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Tour Rundown: Bryson DeChambeau wins his fourth event of 2018

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There were just three events this week across the professional golfing world, but each offered a story of its own. In Europe, Justin Rose returned to the world’s number one ranking, despite having a battle of the putting woes with his chief combatant, Haotong Li. In Japan, Minjee Lee fell apart after leading through 3 rounds, opening the door for a homebred winner. And finally, Las Vegas rewarded the tour equivalent of a card counter, scientist Bryson DeChambeau. For all the deets, scroll down for this week’s Tour Rundown.

DeChambeau follows COR comment with fifth tour win

Bryson DeChambeau once again spun the golf world’s collective brain with a physics-related comment as the Shriners Open began. He ended the week demonstrating why he is a safe bet to win when in contention. DeChambeau held steady with a 4th consecutive mid-60s round while others around him fell apart, or caught fire. The wunderkind began round 4 in a tie with Peter Uihlein, who imploded with 75 for a 22-place drop on Sunday. Meanwhile, Patrick Cantlay made 9 birdies around the TPC Summerlin course, to close the gap on DeChambeau. Unfortunately for Cantlay, he made 2 more bogeys than the winner, and those stumbles were the difference between winning outright and losing by one. The round that everyone wanted, was turned in by Sam Ryder. He had 9 birdies for 62, and moved all the way from 14th to solo 3rd. With the win, DeChambeau move into 5th spot in the early going of the FedEx chase; as for that comment on the relationship of flagstick COR and leaving/removing it in 2019, does anyone really doubt him?

Rose outlasts Haotong at Turkish Airlines Open

It’s a safe wager that neither Justin Rose nor Haotong Li will hang a photo of the 18th at Regnum Carya in their living room. Rose must have thought he’d given away a chance at a title defense when he bogeyed the 17th and 18th in Turkey on Sunday. Haotong Li joined Rose’ parade of misery with a bogey of his own at the closing hole. Both golfers returned to the final tee deck, where they each found the fairway. Both golfers reached the putting surface with their approach shots, but Li’s putter let him down, in the haunting guise of a three putt. With a successful title defense, Rose re-ascended to the number-one ranking in the world, his second visit to the top spot this year.

Hataoka blesses rains in second LPGA Tour win of 2018 at Toto Japan

It didn’t rain all week in Shiga, Japan, but as long as the event is called the Toto Japan, there will be the obligatory Africa song reference. Drums began echoing in the night after Hataoka won in Arkansas during the summer; they didn’t guide her toward salvation immediately, but the writing was on the wall. Sunday’s 3rd round ended with 10 golfers within five shots of the top spot, all with a chance a the victory. Hataoka began the round on flame, with 5 birdies in 10 holes. She weathered consecutive bogeys on the inward side, then birdied the last hole to put some distance between her and the runners-up trio of countrywomen Momoko Ueda and Saki Nagamine, and Spaniard Carlota Ciganda. Hataoka moved inside the top 5 of the season-long CMFE Chase for the Globe playoff race with the victory. Hurry, girl, the title’s waiting there for you.

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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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    Nov 6, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    There’s just something about Bryson that makes it hard to root for… I don’t know what it is. He doesn’t seem very likable.

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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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