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Tour Mash: Grillo outlasts Na to win his first

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Frys.Com Open

There’s clearly no stopping Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. The Platense captured the Web.Com Tour Championship two weeks ago, securing a PGA Tour card in the process. This weekend, Grillo posted 65-69 to tie tour winner Kevin Na after 72 holes. That 69 included a 23-foot birdie roll on the final hole of regulation. Na made the day interesting with birdies on four of his final six holes, to match the Argentine at 15-under par. On the second playoff hole, Grillo’s birdie was enough to defeat Na and secure his first PGA Tour victory.

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Portugal Masters

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If you looked at the leaderboard of the Portugal Masters at any point today, you would have noticed that all of the golfers were within two holes of each other. It’s rare that a major tour goes off on a shotgun start. On this rare day, Mother Nature had this to say: have at it, lads.

Andy Sullivan had a monster third-round lead and kept smiling throughout all of the final day. Understand that he smiles even when he’s playing poorly!

Sullivan expanded his monster lead to a nine-stroke victory over countryman Chris Wood. With the win at Oceanico Victoria golf club, Sullivan became the first three-time winner on the European Tour in 2015.

LPGA Hana Bank Championship

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The LPGA season takes on a different tone in the fall, as golfers travel to Asia to participate in a mini-tour of sorts. Not the lesser-skilled kind, mind you, but a residence in the land of many of today’s great champions. The tour visits Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia over a six-week stretch.

At Incheon, South Korea, Lexi Thompson held off the resurgent Yani Tseng by one stroke to win her sixth tour title at the Hana Bank Championship. Thompson was the model of consistency in her effort, posting four rounds between 67 and 69. Tseng eagled the fifth hole to serve notice that her challenge was real, but a 10th-hole double bogey provided the gap that Thompson needed. Tseng closed birdie-birdie to establish the final margin.

Extreme Golf of Another Realm

They had us at Lukki Minni’s Butter (the local term for raging-surf sea foam.) Actually, before that, with the nearly-sideways flagsticks and the background roar. If this is the sixth hole, what are the other 17 like? Did he play the rest on this day? Hats off to you, mate. Great stuff.

A Benevolent Gesture from a Young Champion

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In Gee Chun, a.k.a. Dumbo, came out of near-nowhere to win last summer’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster country club in Pennsylvania. She returned to the site of her great triumph by way of a $10,000 donation check to a local cancer treatment center. Her magnanimous gift should gain widespread attention and encourage all tournament winners to continue to give back to community and charity.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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Report: 2020 Open Championship set to be cancelled; R&A releases statement in response: “continuing to work through options”

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This year’s Open Championship will be cancelled outright by the R&A due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Golf Digest.

Per the report, an unnamed source has divulged to the publication that the championship will next take place in 2021 with St. Andrews hosting the event. Royal St. Georges, due to host the 2020 Open Championship, would instead host the 2024 edition.

According to Golf Digest’s source, insurance has played a pivotal role in the decision making. As with Wimbledon, the Open Championship has an insurance policy that protects itself against a global pandemic if the event is cancelled by a specific date.

On Wednesday, the R&A officially announced that the 41st Curtis Cup would be played in 2021 while the organization also moved the British Amateur and British Women’s Amateur from June to August.

Though unconfirmed, this would mark the first major championship of 2020 to be cancelled outright, with the Masters and PGA Championship having been officially postponed.

*UPDATE*

On Thursday morning, in light of the speculation surrounding this year’s Open Championship, Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, released a statement where he said the R&A are “continuing to work through our options for The Open this year.”

“We are continuing to work through our options for The Open this year, including postponement. Due to a range of external factors, that process is taking some time to resolve. We are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can. We will give a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so and thank everyone for their support and understanding in this challenging situation.”

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Report: Woods-Mickelson Part 2 likely to happen in May and will feature two other sporting superstars

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Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson teased “The Match” Part 2 on his social media, and according to a report from CNBC the exhibition, though unconfirmed, is likely to take place in May and will include both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

On Monday evening, golf journalist Robert Lusetich stated that the potential “The Match” Part 2 would likely involve NFL legends, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in a two on two contest.

Now per CNBC’s report, who claim that “a person familiar with the negotiations” confirmed the story to them, the contest is organized by AT&T’s WarnerMedia and the PGA Tour, and would likely take place in May with the proceeds going towards coronavirus relief charities.

The report also claims the event would likely not be a pay-per-view contest, with plans also in place to feature big names throughout the PGA, NFL, and National Basketball Association.

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Schedule postponements and cancellations on the PGA Tour, European Tour plus the four majors: What we know so far

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour and European Tour have taken steps to cancel or postpone several events. Action has also been taken on some of golf’s major championships, and here we’ll summarize what decisions have been made so far altering the 2020 calendar.

The Majors

Both The Masters (April 9-12) and PGA Championship (May 14-17) have been officially postponed with hopes of rescheduling both events for later in the year. According to the NY Post, the US Open is also set to be postponed and rescheduled for “later in the summer”, though as of Tuesday, March 31 the USGA has made no formal announcement confirming this news.

The R&A has of yet made no announcement on this year’s Open Championship which is due to take place from 16-19 of July.

  • April 9-12: The Masters – Postponed
  • May 14-17: PGA Championship – Postponed
  • June 18-21: US Open – NY Post reporting postponed; not yet confirmed by USGA
  • July 16-19: Open Championship – On Schedule

PGA Tour

Since cancelling the Players Championship mid-event, the PGA Tour decided to cancel several subsequent tournaments. As of now, the earliest return date for the PGA Tour is May 21 at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which is played the same week as the WGC-Match Play was postponed with plans to reschedule the event.

  • March 12-15: The Players Championship – Cancelled
  • March 19-22: Valspar Championship – Cancelled
  • April 16-19: RBC Heritage – Cancelled
  • April 23-26: Zurich Classic of New Orleans – Cancelled
  • April 30-May 3: Wells Fargo Championship – Cancelled
  • May 7-10: AT&T Byron Nelson – Cancelled

European Tour

Along with the cancelled WGC-Match Play and confirmed postponed major championships, the European Tour has postponed a further seven events. Unlike the PGA Tour, the European Tour has chosen to postpone almost every upcoming event for the time being instead of cancelling. The GolfSixes Cascais is the only confirmed cancellation as of now.

On Monday, the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open became the latest tournament to be postponed meaning the earliest possible return date for action on the European Tour is now June 4 at the Trophee Hassan II.

  • March 12-15: Magical Kenya Open – Postponed
  • March 19-22: Hero Indian Open – Postponed
  • April 16-19: Maybank Championship – Postponed
  • April 23-26: Volvo China Open – Postponed
  • April 30-May 3: Andalucia Masters – Postponed
  • May 9-10: GolfSixes Cascais – Cancelled
  • May 21-24: Made in Denmark – Postponed
  • May 28-31: Irish Open – Postponed
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