By Ben Alberstadt (email@example.com)
May 27, 2019
Good Memorial Day morning, golf fans.
1. Na, Na, Na, Na
AP report on K-Na’s triumph…“Kevin Na birdied four of the first eight holes and shot a 4-under 66 to cruise to a four-shot victory over Tony Finau at Colonial on Sunday.”
2. “Improbable run continues”
Golf Digest’s John Strege…“Ken Tanigawa only a short time ago seemed happily resigned to showcasing his golf game only in Arizona state amateur events, yet for the second time in eight months he improbably turned up hoisting a trophy on another of golf’s greatest stages.”
3. Wiesberger’s fifth
AP report…”The Austrian came into the final round at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort with a one-shot lead over Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, and he maintained his slim margin after shooting a 5-under 66 for 270 overall.”
4. Law’s first
AP report again…”Bronte Law shot a 3-under 67 and held off a series of challengers Sunday to win the Pure Silk Championship by two shots for her first career victory on the LPGA Tour.”
5. A gift for Kenny
ESPN report…”Few were happier to see Kevin Na’s name added to the wall of champions at Colonial on Sunday than his caddie, Kenny Harms, who got to take home a blue 1973 Dodge Challenger.”
6. Back-to-back for Mac
…second-place finishes, that is…
7. The happiest pros
The Undercover Tour Pro says don’t look to the top of the OWGR…
“That said, it ain’t anybody in the top 10 in the World Ranking, or probably even the top 20. Those guys live under a microscope. Seems like Rory McIlroy has to do media every time he shows up to the course. Rickie Fowler makes nice bank from all those sponsors, but it’s a rare day when he doesn’t have a photo shoot or some other type of obligation. And, of course, Tiger Woods can’t walk 50 feet to a port-a-john without getting hounded.
“Me? I’m the kind of player who only gets interviewed when I shoot 65, which suits me fine. It’s fun talking to the writers a handful of times a year. I’m sponsored by the same clothing company as one of the prominent young guns, but I have one-tenth the appointments. One time I saw him getting dragged off on a hot day to do who knows what. I just winked at him as I headed into the clubhouse to watch basketball with the boys.”
8. Rethinking the mainstream golf vocabulary
Geoff Shackelford writes…”Michael Bamberger files a fun consideration of certain golf terms in light of rule book changes along with the desire to shed golf of stuff terms.”
9. A pretty cool giveaway for your wall
Sam Schultz Art and GolfWRX are really excited to bring you this giveaway! Every golfer has or wants a room in their home that is dedicated to the game we love. Sam Schultz creates original paintings and prints that show his passion for golf and fit the style of any room. One lucky member will win a framed Sam Schultz “camelback” print to hang in their home!
Tour Rundown: Sanderson (and security) for Muñoz, Willett wins again
September’s 3rd week brought a bit of a comedown from the spate of team championships of late. Lives were still changed, as a young Colombian golfer secured two years of exemption on the PGA Tour, a former major winner found redemption on the European Tour, and the guy who lost to Tiger at Torrey, won an event of his own in South Dakota! To ice the cake, a South African traveled to Korea for a second-ever win outside the continent of Africa.
Sebastián Muñoz claims Sanderson and security
Colombia’s Sebastián Muñoz pulled off what many fail to do: hold a 3rd-round lead. The Colombian blitzed the Country Club of Jackson (MS) on Saturday with 9 birdies for 63, then made birdie at the last on Sunday to secure a playoff with Sungjae Im, the 2018-19 tour rookie of the year. Byeong Hun An also birdied the 72nd hole, but could only draw within one of the playoff. In extra holes, it was Im who stumbler, and Muñoz was able to claim an inaugural tour title (and the 2-year exemption that accompanies it) with a routine par. After Chilean Joaquin Niemann claimed last week’s event at The Greenbrier, the continent of South America is now 2-for-2 in the new PGA Tour season.
Willett wins again at European PGA Championship
Ask Danny Willett if he considers himself fortunate to be back in the winner’s circle, and he will doubtless say Yes. Willett took the world by storm with his sublime finish at the 2016 Masters. Winning the green jacket sent him into a downward spiral of self-doubt, from which he recently emerged. In November of 2018, Willett won again in Dubai. This week, he fired a final-round 67 to break out of a 54-hole tie with Jon Rahm. Willett’s 6 Sunday birdies were enough to claim a 3-shot advantage over the Spaniard. In truth, Willett’s closing round was reminiscent of his glorious effort at Augusta. The Englishman seized control of the tournament during the opening nine, weathered a bogey, and closed with a pair of late birdies to eclipse all challengers.
Mediate wins 2nd playing of South Dakota’s Sanford International
He won’t get his head on Mount Rushmore, but a win at the Sanford is tasty medicine for Rocco Mediate. The Pennsylvania native, known by so many for his tantalizingly-close, playoff loss to Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open, won his 4th Champions Tour event by 2 shots over a trio of pursuers. Mediate last won on the senior circuit in 2016, when he wrestled the Senior PGA trophy from the field. This week, with Colin Montgomerie, Bob Estes and Ken Duke in the rear-view mirror, Mediate made birdie at his final two holes to establish his margin of victory. Estes played his closing 7 holes in 5-under par, but his fireworks were simply not enough. Montgomerie was able to muster a one-under final half to the round, also not sufficient to chase down the winner. For Ken Duke, it was a missed opportunity. He came to the final hole in a tie with Mediate. The journeyman made double-bogey at the last, dropping into the tie for 2nd.
Jbe Kruger wins Donghae Open by 2 over USA’s Kim
Jbe Kruger of South Africa played a masterful final round in Korea. He posted 65, tied for low round of the week, to edge past Chan Kim by two shots. Kim was quite brilliant on his own, matching Kruger with a 65 of his own. The winner simply would neither bend nor break, and Kim was compelled to settle for a runner-up position and money. Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe began day four with a mild lead, but struggled to his worst score of the week (71) and fell to third spot in the standings. For Kruger, the win in Korea was his 2nd in Asia, having won the Avantha Masters in India in a previous campaign.
Morning 9: Danny Comeback | Nelly | Munoz (and the rise of Latin American golf)
September 23, 2019
Good Monday morning, golf fans.
1. Danny Comeback
James Corrigan at The Telegraph…”The great Danny Willett comeback is finally complete. The Englishman, who fell so far and so dramatically in the wake of his Masters glory, proved that all the talent and competitive resilience of 2016 remains with a 20-under destruction of Jon Rahm and a world-class field.”
2. Munoz gets it done
Golf Channel’s Will Gray…”Munoz started the day with a one-shot lead, and for much of the afternoon it appeared to be his tournament to lose. But Im rallied with three straight birdies on the back nine to overtake him, leaving Munoz in the unenviable position of needing a birdie on the hardest hole to force the Tour’s first playoff since the RSM Classic in November. But his 15-footer on the 72nd hole found the bottom of the cup, and when Im missed a short par putt on the first playoff hole Munoz was left with a 4-footer for the win. The Colombian was battling to save his card at last month’s Wyndham Championship, but with the win he’s now exempt through the 2022 season and will make his Masters debut in April.”
3. Meet Munoz
So, who is this guy?
PGATour.com’s Sean Martin…“Like his former teammate, he didn’t take long to enter the winner’s circle. Munoz won his second start on the Korn Ferry Tour, after receiving a sponsor exemption into the event in his native Colombia. It translated into his first PGA TOUR card.”
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…”Nelly Korda didn’t leave Europe without a trophy after all.”
5. Unleash the calves!
Steve DiMeglio for Golfweek on what’s ahead in Napa…
6. Rising, falling in strokes gained putting
Some research from David Dusek and the Golfweek team shows who’s improving (and who isn’t) in SG:P…”Unlike Spieth, who went from being a below-average putter to elite, Denny McCarthy went from being solid to the best on tour by lifting his average from 0.449 to 0.926, the 14th biggest rise last season.”
7. On spending $400 on a putter…
A question for Bomb & Gouge…Do I need to spend $400 on a putter or nah? –@Sam_Beishuizen
“Do you “need’ to spend $400 on a putter? No one truly needs to spend $400 on a putter. Of course, if you’re willing to spend $500-plus on a new driver, you could investigate the value of a higher end putter because you might be better fit at that price point than one from the bargain barrel. But fact is, most putters on the Golf Digest Hot List are well below that, and we’ve even had putters that go for as little as a hundred bucks make the list. And tour players have won with putters they picked up on sale or even used at the local golf shop or Golf Galaxy. If you’re the type of golfer that appreciates the quality of materials and the craftsmanship that comes with a $400 putter then you might not need to, but you might want to. It’s no different than the person who drives a Tesla or a Mercedes. They don’t need it to get where they’re going. A Honda CR-V will do just fine. But there’s a certain chest-puffing attitude that comes with knowing you have something special. Same applies to putters.”
8. Slow start to slow play monitoring
Geoff Shackelford writes…”The four-point plan debuted this week at the BMW PGA and despite some nice additions to the list of slow play remedies, we know the players aren’t always to blame. Even with the overrated field size reduction to 132, there is the pesky matter of modern distances on any course under 8,000 yards. That means waits, more waits and almost no chance of getting around in the time par of 4:30 or so.”
9. The rise of Latin American golfers?
Golf Digest’s Brian Wacker writes…”A week ago, 20-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile became the youngest non-American winner on the PGA Tour since 1923. Sunday, 26-year-old Sebastian Munoz became the first Colombian-born player to win on tour since Camilo Villegas.”
Interesting photos from the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship
GolfWRX was on site at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi.
In addition to the usual spread of range photos from Monday and Tuesday, we also got a look at a new flatstick from Bettinardi, a few of Matt Jones’ Scotty Cameron putters, new wands from PXG, and some new shafts from Mitsubishi.
Check out a few highlights below and find the links to all our galleries after that.
2018 Scotty Cameron Hula Girl cover sighting!
A look at the unique tee markers
New Callaway staffer Akshay Bhatia’s awesome Callaway Apex MB irons
“Furby Boy” Joaquin Niemann’s 56-degree wedge
New Mitsubishi Tensei AV shafts spotted
One of the several new PXG Gen2 putters we got an in-hand look at
Sam Ryder with a little weight taken out of his Cleveland RTX-3 wedges
One of Matt Jones’ prototype Scotty Cameron putters
An in-hand look at the limited Bettinardi QB8 that launched in The Hive this week
All our photos from the Sanderson Farms Championship
- New Bettinardi putter – Sept 2019
- Matt Jones’ Cameron putters – Sept 2019
- Scotty Cameron Teryllium TFB-1.5 (stainless)
- PXG Putters – September 2019
- New Mitsubishi AV shafts – September 2019
- Joaquin Niemann – WITB Sept 2019
- Chandler Phillips – WITB Sept 2019
- Akshay Bhatia – WITB September 2019
- 2019 Sanderson Farms – Monday #1
- 2019 Sanderson Farms – Monday #2
- 2019 Sanderson Farms – Monday #3
- 2019 Sanderson Farms – Tuesday #1
- Sanderson Farms – Tuesday #2
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