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This is the last week before the playoffs start, and no I am not talking about nascar, baseball or football, or hockey.  We are talking about golf and the FedEx cup which will start following the conclusion of this weeks Wyndham Championship.  Despite the lack of fire power this week, there will be some fireworks as the season long, $10 million dollar FedEx cup field will be set on Sunday afternoon.

Formerly known as the Greater Greensboro Open, The Wyndham Championship will be held at the Forest Oaks Country Club, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  One of the oldest events on the tour, this week will mark the 68th occasion for North Carolina’s premiere golf event.  The par 72, 7,311 yard layout was redesigned by Davis Love III in 2002.  Love, who also happens to be the defending champion of this week’s event, did not believe the redesign aided in his victory, "I don’t think Jack (Nicklaus) or Arnold (Palmer) or any of those guys that built a lot of courses have found that it’s the secret. You don’t get any secret knowledge. When you hit the golf ball it doesn’t know who designed the course. It just knows where you send it."  Since the redesign Love has received nothing but complements on his efforts.  Many players including Rocco Mediate echoed the same sentiment, "Now it’s better than it was 20 years ago, when it was awesome."  Great praises from your peers. 

This week’s field will include Bubba Watson, Lucas Glover, Carl Petterson, Steve Flesch, John Senden, and Joe Durant. Pablo Martin, the highly touted Brazilian golfer received a sponsor’s invitation and will be in the field.  Glover, who was just selected onto his first president’s cup team, will be looking to show that his selection to the team was no fluke.  Petterson, who is the highest ranked player in the field at 48th in the world, played his college golf locally at N.C. State and lives in Raleigh.  Also keep an eye on John Rollins, and Brandt Snedeker, both of whom come into the event looking to move up on the FedEx cup points list.  Davis Love III, and K.J. Choi both withdrew this week due to medical problems. The defending champion, Davis Love III, is scheduled for surgery to remedy a kidney stone problem that has been ailing him for some time.  A disappointed Love said, "I was hoping that we could take care of this matter between tournaments but my doctor has advised me to take care of it as quickly as possible."  Choi, who cited fatigue as the reason for his late withdrawal is another late loss for this weeks event as he was the highest ranked player in the field. 

The Wyndham Championship has a storied history and many greats have hoisted the trophy in victory.  Sam Snead has to be the greatest of the champions, having won the event eight times.  Some of the other past champions of this event include, K.J. Choi, Mark O’Meara, Davis Love III, Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Seve Ballesteros, Raymond Floyd, and Frank Noblio.  Nobilo’s story has to be one of the better ones because he was actually going to skip the event until his then roommate, Ernie Els, convinced him to honor his commitment and play in the event.  That victory would be his crown jewel as it would be his sole PGA Tour victory in 173 starts. He made the cut 63 percent of the time on the PGATOUR and finished in the top 25 more than 35 times.

There will be 25,000 FedEx Cup points available this week.  The $5 million dollar purse will allow the winner to take home a check of $900,000 dollars. 

Television Coverage

Thursday         8/16     3-6 PM ET GOLF
Friday              8/17      3-6 PM ET GOLF
Saturday          8/18     1-4 PM ET CBS
Sunday            8/19     1-4 PM ET CBS

Championship Website

www.wyndhamchampionship.com

 

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Morning 9: Match 2: The most-watched golf telecast ever | Rory: Players don’t want fan-less Ryder Cup | Justin Thomas aces broadcast debut

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1. 5.8 million average viewers for The Match
AP report…”Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.”
  • “Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.”
  • “It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.”
  • “Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.”
2. Shackelford’s take
A few observations from the scribe…“While still an overnight, it easily bests the previous week’s relief fund match that drew a 1.5 and total of 2.3 million viewers across three channels, including a 1.5 rating on NBC and a .24 on Golf Channel).”
“More incredibly, this means The Match 2 out-rated any major championship round on cable.”
“Given a so-so promotional run-up, a slow start to the show (caused in part by a slight weather delay) a dreary day to watch, and a long telecast, the rating is a stunning statement about the remaining star power of the contestants.”
3. JT’s TV debut
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”That said, whenever he decides to put down the clubs, he should immediately pick up a mic.
The former Alabama star made his broadcast debut as an on-course reporter on TNT/TBS alongside CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity, which saw Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Thomas received rave reviews from golf Twitter during and after the event. He was brilliant. His rapport with Woods and Mickelson allowed them to open up on a different level compared to the original The Match in 2018.”
“Most importantly, Thomas didn’t overdo anything. Unlike some broadcasters, he knew fans weren’t watching for him and he never once tried to steal the spotlight. He didn’t speak just to talk. When he had something to say, it was insightful or funny. Like a golfer picking out which holes he can attack and score on, Thomas picked his spots on where to interject throughout the broadcast like someone who’s been doing it for years, let alone a day.”
4. Tiger looked terrific 
Bob Harig writes…”For the first time in 98 days, we got to see Woods in action. And the last time we saw him, he didn’t look good. Woods shot 77 at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 16 and finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. And he complained that his back was stiff”
  • …”Woods hasn’t played since but neither has anyone else. And the time off has done him some good.”
  • “Woods didn’t miss a fairway. His swing looked smooth and in rhythm. He hit some deft pitch shots and a really nice long bunker shot. And all of this in difficult, rainy conditions.”
  • “It was just a charity match, but he looked pretty good. Who knows when Woods will resume his schedule when the PGA Tour returns next month, but his game looks good to go.”
5. Rory McIlroy: ‘Majority of players’ want 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”Rory McIlroy has a hunch about the Ryder Cup, and it’s one that golf fans around the world aren’t going to like.”
  • “In an interview with BBC Sport, the world No. 1 said: “My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen.”
  • “Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits is scheduled to host the 2020 Ryder Cup Sept. 25-27, but amid the coronavirus pandemic the event would most-likely take place without fans (if held at all).”
  • “I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special,” explained McIlroy. “The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don’t want to play then there is no Ryder Cup.”
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The DailyWRX: What’s buzzing on social media (5/25/2020)

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Gotta say, The Match: Champions for Charity, was a fun escape from reality and further fueled the “we need golf back” fire. I dedicate this DailyWRX to The Match, thanks for thrills boys.

No matter how hard you try to make this a meme…

It’s Tom Brady. He wins….always, no matter what. He’s a Mount Rushmore guy.

This gave me goosebumps…

Its an exhibition match for charity, and I’m over here jacked up like its Balboa vs. Drago. SMH. I love TW.

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Sunday red is back. ????

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Yes…

To all of it.

Phil…

Please just run for President and get it over with, you got my vote…..in perpetuity. I mean hellacious seeds? Yes I want hellacious seeds. Please.

DM @johnny_wunder

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Justin Rose, Honma officially part ways

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Justin Rose and Honma Golf have officially severed ties, per a joint statement released Friday evening.

Former World No. 1 and current World No. 14, Rose (previously a TaylorMade staffer) made waves in the equipment industry when he signed on as a full-bag Honma staffer at the beginning of 2019. He made waves again in late February when he arrived at PGA National with a TaylorMade SIM driver in his bag.

The next week, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose swapped out his remaining Honma wares for a TaylorMade SIM Max fairway wood, a Cobra Speedzone Pro 5-wood, TaylorMade P730 irons, and TaylorMade and Titleist wedges.

Full text of the statement from Honma/Rose below

“Honma Golf Limited (“Honma”) announces that, following a successful partnership with the former No. 1 player in the world, Honma and Justin Rose have agreed that Justin will no longer be one of Honma’s brand ambassadors. We are proud to have been a key part of Justin’s journey to regain his position as World Number 1 in early 2019, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in his second event with Honma equipment in play.”

“For over a year, Justin worked closely with our team to help develop innovative and top­ performing lines of Honma woods and irons. His pursuit of perfection, approach to product testing and feedback has produced great value to Honma. Justin’s expert input and desire for maximum ball speed inspired our team to make the Honma TR20 460 and 440 drivers among the fastest drivers in the game. Consistently, and excitingly, our nationwide team of fitters are seeing the new TR20 460 and TR20 440 drivers produce some of the fastest speeds on the market. We wish him the very best in his pursuit of more majors and career success,” said John Kawaja, President Honma Golf North America.”

“I have enjoyed working with the Honma team and collaborating closely with them to design and develop excellent golf equipment. I was able to see firsthand the innovations that the craftsmen at Honma bring to their clubs. I am hopeful that during our time of partnership, we have laid the groundwork for Honma to continue to expand their brand. We both feel it is the right time to pursue our own paths,” said Justin Rose.”

Per Honma PR: “This will be the official statement and we are unable to provide any further comments”

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