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Tour Mash: A Case of the Monday finishes

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If the President’s Cup isn’t the anticlimactic team competition of them all, please tell us which one gets your vote! With little to bind the rest of the world team together, this one was over on day one. As if that weren’t enough of a kick in the teeth, the LPGA and the Web.Com tours had their Sunday rounds postponed into Monday. We are patient fans, and are happy to bring you this delayed but still-tasty, Tour Mash.

Presidents Cup to USA for 10th time

It might be troublesome to see that the big news out of the big team event of 2017 revolves around ancillary golf gear. The team from USA came out hot on Thursday and Friday, amassing a 7.5 to 0.5 lead with two days of competition remaining. Call it foursomes, call it fourball, the format mattered little. And nothing changed on day three, as the Red-White-and-Blue won 6 of 8 pair matches to tuck in on Saturday night with an unthinkable, 13.5 to 2.5 advantage.

Were the Americans that good? Were the Rest of the World that off their game, or perhaps disinterested? Not for us to surmise. Although the visiting squad mounted a comeback effort on day four, winning six singles matches outright and halving three others, the final outcome was resolved. At this juncture, the questions on aficinionado minds revolve around importance and improvement of the event. Perhaps when the golf world arrives at Royal Melbourne (Australia) in 2019, some answers will be known.

Byrd claims Web.Com Tour Championship

The week began with an electrifying 59 from Sam Saunders, just a few days past the 1-year anniversary of the passing of his grandfather, Arnold Daniel Palmer. Saunders was in the mix all weekend long, ultimately tying for second with Shawn Stefani at 20-under par. The winner, Jonathan Byrd, established himself with consistently-stellar golf from the start.

Over the four days of competition, Byrd made three bogeys in 72 holes. Top that! His 27 birdies elevated him to 24-under through 72 holes, four shots clear of the runners-up. In addition to the champion, Stefani and 48 others officially received their 2017-18 PGA Tour membership cards. Matt Jones, Cameron Tringale and Tom Hoge joined Byrd and Stefani in solidifying tour status during this week’s competition.

Dunne hoists first European Tour trophy

Paul Dunne captured the attention of the golf world at St. Andrews in 2015. The then-amateur from Ireland led the entire tournament after 54 holes. Two years later, Dunne is a tour winner, zooming past Rory McIlroy at the British Masters for a 3-stroke win.

Dunne’s final-round 61 was brilliant; seven birdies and an eagle elevated him from second to first on day four. McIlroy might have imagined that his 63 was pretty nifty, until he saw Dunne’s magic. Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot no higher than 67 all week, but was unable to maintain a grasp on the lead he held after 54 holes, ultimately finishing in third spot, one back of McIlroy and four strokes out of the lead.

New Zealand Open marks Henderson’s fifth LPGA title

One of the missteps that journalists and fans make with prodigies is projection. We project all-time greatness onto them, and anything less than perfection or triumph is viewed as unacceptable. It’s our job to not make that mistake with Brooke Henderson. The young Canadian champion made a visit to Auckland last week and, despite a fourth-round delay, finished off her fifth tour win by five strokes.

Henderson trailed Belen Mozo of Spain at the beginning of round four, but the young Iberian went the wrong way on Sunday/Monday. Six bogeys and a double sent her spiraling to 78, dropping to a fifth-place tie with countrywoman Beatriz Recari and Su Oh of Korea. At the high end of the leaderboard, Henderson seized momentum with birdies on 3 of her first 5 holes. She closed with 69 in round four, with Jing Yan of China in second spot.

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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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  1. Thomas A

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

    My opinion; the World and European teams should play each other. And then take a year off between each tournament so matches are on every other year. It’s too diluted now with the USA playing every year.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings

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We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

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#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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