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Schauffele, Thomas both cash-in big at the Tour Championship

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The 2016-17 PGA Tour season came to an exciting end this weekend in Atlanta. The Tour Championship turned into a battle between Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas, while the FedEx Cup race was down to the final putt. The Web.Com Tour series reached its penultimate week, and there’s still more! Fall Tour Mash, activate!

Justin Thomas wins more fans and even more cash

He didn’t win this week, but “JT” did what needed to be done at East Lake. Thomas parlayed his Dell Technologies Championship in week 2 of the FedEx Cup series into the overall title. With generational rival Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit, Thomas birdied 2 of his final 3 holes on Sunday to leap into second place in the tournament, hopping over Spieth for the series win in the process. Time to rewrite goals for the 2017-18 season, Mr. PGA Champion and now, Mr. FedEx Cup Champion!

Xander Schauffele…It’s so much fun to say

For fans of consonants everywhere, you get to say “Zander SHAUW-fully” for the next year or so, at a minimum. The young man who first captured our imagination at Erin Hills, won big on Sunday. He did what Paul Casey, the third-round leader, could not do: avoid bogeys. Casey had four of them on his card and dropped to 5th place on day 4. Meanwhile, Schauffele had 3 birdies against 1 bogey, including a closing birdie on the par-5 18th, to capture his second PGA Tour title of 2017.

Schauffele also had to sidestep the 2017 FedEx Cup champion on his way to victory. Justin Thomas closed strong, reaching 11-under, but Schauffele came up with two great shots, a heady lag putt, and shaky lip-in to clinch the title in the end.

Lindheim wins DAP in Web.Com finals series

Chasson Hadley may not have won in Cleveland, but he established a hard-to-overcome lead in the Tour Finals on the Web.Com tour. The honors and trophy in C-Land went to Nichols Lindheim, who secured 2017-18 PGA Tour playing privileges with his win, but Hadley’s playoff loss (Rob Oppenheim also went down in extra holes) bumped him to a $170K series lead over Andrew Landry with only the Tour Championship remaining.

Lindheim did his best to give the DAP away, with bogeys on 17 and 18 on Sunday. Having lost the 2016 event in a playoff, he was keen to make amends. With a fair bomb of a putt on the first extra hole, he did just that. In addition to Oppenheim and the victor, eight other golfers also earned PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season.

Langer claims Pebble Beach again on Champions Tour

The name may change, but Langer is king at the event that brings young golfers from The First Tee to the Monterrey Peninsula. Despite challenges from hot Jerry Kelly and even-hotter Scott McCarron, the uber-scorching Langer played steady, birdie-ful golf in California to ink his fourth win of the current campaign.

McCarron uttered a challenge with his opening 63, but Langer was on his heels with a 64 of his own. McCarron faltered in round 2 with a wretched 72, rolling out a carpet to his challengers. He recovered from the funk on Sunday, but could only take third place, 2 strokes behind Kelly. The Minnesotan, twice a recent winner on tour, made a run a Langer with an outward nine of 32. The German champion answered with a 3-birdie stretch of his own on the inward half, and a familiar story was written once again.

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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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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stickney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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