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Tour Rundown: Champ re-emerges, Victor Perez, MJ Hur, feather in a bucket cap

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While this writer’s quarterback was being headbutted out of a game by those law-abiding Patriots, golf was being played around the world. Not the greatest opening line for a Tour Rundown, I’ll admit, but I need to blow off some steam. You know, vent a little. #ThanksOfficials. Moving along, a playoff concluded this week’s Champions Tour event, while a Frenchman with a Hispanic name conquered St. Andrews…all of it! Japan took all three podium positions at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open, while MJ Hur hit the bricks at the Brickyard. Oh, and Champ champed again. Run run run it all down right now with the final Tour Rundown of September 2K19.

Champ re-emerges on PGA Tour with a walkoff win at Safeway

After Cameron Champ bogeyed the 71st hole to slice a 2-shot lead to 1, he watched Adam Hadwin tie him on the 18th hole. 11 months after his first tour triumph (Sanderson Farms 2018), Champ rebounded with a birdie of his own at the last, for a 2nd victory in the show. At Sanderson last year, Champ held off Canada’s Corey Conners by 4 shots. This year, another Maple Leaf made it a bit closer, but the result was still the same. Many expected the young launcher to make a run at a major this year, but the surge never materialized, until late September. Champ never went mid-60s low in Napa, but his collection of top-shelf vintages (2 67s, a 68 and a 69) made him the only guy to complete all 4 rounds in the 60s. Hadwin went 10 deep on the weekend, but a 14th-hole bogey on Sunday proved to be his undoing. Still, birdies at the final 3 holes says something about his guts. Champ had 5 birdies on the final day, but those 2 pesky bogeys kept the field within striking distance. Still, to follow up bogey with a bounce-back at the last, suggests that the bomber from Sacramento might have some cache on tour, after all.

Victor Perez continues move up European Tour ladder with victory at Dunhill

Victor Perez epitomizes the road warrior. He graduated from the Alps Tour (whatever that is) with a victory in 2016, then won each of the last two years on the Challenge Tour (that one, we’ve heard of.) In 2019, Perez journeyed to the home of golf and played Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course like a fiddle. In what should have been a playoff-decided event, Waring essentially gave back 2 shots over the closing pair. He bogeyed the Road Hole, then failed to birdie the eminently-birdieable Home hole at The Old Course. Wait, what do you know? Southgate did the same thing. As for Perez, he did nothing spectacular like Luke Donald (holed wedge for 2 at the last on Saturday) on Sunday, but he did enough correctly to win his first European Tour event at the home of golf. Nice memories were made this weekend by the Frenchman with the Hispanic name.

Indy Women In Tech to MJ Hur on the LPGA Tour

You don’t get much more heart of the USA than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Its Pete Dye-designed golf course concludes in the heart of the oval, a hybrid away from the famed bricks, where the winner of the Indy 500 drinks milk in celebration. No telling if MJ Hur of South Korea imbided this Sunday; what is known is that she held off young Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark by 4 shots. Hur began the day in what looked like a showdown with New Jersey’s Marina Alex, but the Vandy grad could only muster an even-par 72. That meager effort dropped her to 3rd spot, 6 behind Mi Jung. Madsen, meanwhile, put together a 5-under 67, with birdies at the final two holes enough to vault her past Alex, into the runner-up position. Hur won the Scottish Open in August, her third victory in ten years on tour. Her every five years streak (prior wins in 2009 and 2014) came to a happy end, with this 2nd victory of the season.

Pure Insurance on PGA Tour Champions is another feather in Triplett’s bucket cap

I won’t say that I’m thrilled that Kirk Triplett won this week. Good guy and all…love the bucket hat. His 8th PGA Tour Champions title (and 2nd of this campaing) came at the expense of my old college chum (and frequent interview subject) Billy Andrade. Eight golfers ultimately finished within 3 shots of the top spot. Both Andrade and Triplett birdied the 18th to reach 9-under par. Paul Broadhurst also made 4 at the 18th, but came up one shot shy of extra time. In the playoff, Triplett made after Andrade missed, and thus the west was one. It was a 3rd victory in this event for Triplett, but more important was the victory of his The First Tee playing partner in the junior boys competition. Sometimes a little distraction is a good thing.

Asian Tour title rests in hands of Toshinori Muto

Shugo Imahira and Hosung Choi, aka the Fisherman, each posted 4 rounds in the 60s this week. Choi never reached deep enough into that decade to challenge for the title. He tied for 5th spot with 3 others. Imahira finished 17-under par, 5 better than Choi and last week’s winner (Jbe Kruger) but still not good enough. There was this guy, see, named Muto, Toshinori Muto, and he lit up the Higashi Hirono golf club like an opera chandelier. Muto had 65 on day one, and 64-64 over the weekend. In truth, he might have won by 10, had he not slipped on Friday with 4 bogies in one round. Over the remaining 54 holes, Muto made but 2 bogies. Not a bad week’s work, nor paycheck. The victory was Muto’s 7th career title, with the other 6 coming on the Japan PGA Tour.

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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. James

    Sep 30, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Who pours milk on themselves? Must be one of those crazy Koreans.

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Morning 9: Improving golf coverage | Oral history of TW’s “best shot” | Nichols: Charity matches were great…but why no women?

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1. Match-inspired innovations for improving golf coverage
Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan with a few thoughts…Mid-round interviews…There’s no really good reason beyond mild annoyance to the players that this couldn’t work, even in the current COVID-19 environment, provided that safe social distancing is practiced. In the major team sports, coaches are obliged to give interviews, and players will occasionally speak at halftime or between periods. There are no “coaches” in that same sense in golf, but the game happens at a slower pace, and a 60-second walking interview between holes is not too much to ask. I don’t think there’s a reasonable argument that it’s overly disruptive, especially if planned in advance.”
  • …”Mic’d up players and caddies…In exhibitions past, we’ve witnessed players with live microphones, but the purpose behind it is dreaded “banter,” which typically comes across as hollow, forced and not very funny. But if players and caddies wore mics during a round, producers could find riveting audio that captures natural conversation or impromptu strategy sessions. Phil serving as a mentor for Tom Brady was riveting and hopefully stokes our appetite for similar mid-round insight…”
2. An oral history of Tiger’s “best shot” 
Cameron Morfit for PGATour.com…(This is just the introduction to a fantastic piece that talks to Bob Weeks of TSN and Steve Williams, among others!)…”Had it slipped between Tiger Woods’ 6-iron and golf ball, one rogue grain could have sunk his hopes of winning the RBC Canadian Open in 2000, becoming the first since Lee Trevino in 1971 to win golf’s Triple Crown – the U.S., British, and Canadian Opens in the same year.”
  • “So was it the ultra-fine margin? The stakes? The absurdly improbable physics of the shot itself?”
  • “Yes. Yes. And yes. All of these things compelled Scott Verplank, among others, to call it “the greatest shot I’ve ever seen in my life,” Woods’ 218-yard masterstroke from the wet sand at the par-5 18th at Glen Abbey. Woods’ caddie Steve Williams would return to the bunker once the commotion had died down, still struggling to get his head around what he’d seen. Others have made the same pilgrimage and tried to visualize what Woods had, tried to feel what Woods felt, for this was magic.”
3. Thrive? Struggle? Survive? 
Golfweek’s Adam Schupak contemplates what’s ahead for the golf industry…”These are strange times living through a global pandemic. Suddenly, golf courses are packed in a way the industry hasn’t experienced since Tiger Woods was revolutionizing the game in the late 1990s and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem was predicting 50 million golfers by 2020.”
  • “Well, that didn’t happen, but golf has been given this new-found seal of approval highlighting its healthy aspects and its ability to provide safe recreation. As courses across the country re-open there is pent up demand among golfers to get out and play. Tee sheets are mostly filled and former golfers and those trying out the sport for the first time are emerging out of the woodwork desperate to be in the sunshine and doing something, anything that has been deemed “COVID OK.” There is renewed belief that golf can grab a bigger piece of the pie among recreational and entertainment options.”
4. Where were the women?
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols wonders…How can there be downside to two Sundays of golf taking center stage and raising mega-money for COVID-19 relief?”
  • “Well, there is no a downside, but it could’ve been more. As LPGA player Mel Reid tweeted during the TaylorMade Driving Relief Challenge, the broadcasts could’ve represented all of golf.”
  • “They could’ve included women.”
  • “…It would’ve been great to see an LPGA player and her sponsorship partners get in on the action in a similar fashion.”
  • “The TaylorMade event could’ve been a mixed-team format. Maria Fassi and Paula Creamer are both in Florida. Some of TaylorMade’s female stars could’ve also called in during the broadcast as Jon Rahm did. Staffers who could’ve called in include Natalie Gulbis, Muni He and Charley Hull. Sung Hyun Park, who speaks limited English, was involved in a charity exhibition in South Korea with current No. 1 Jin Young Ko. Women’s golf frequently takes center stage in that part of the world.”
5. 80% of golf retail open
From the NGF Q…”The number of physical golf retail outlets that are back in business continues to increase – from off-course stores and specialty club-fitters to green grass pro shops.”
  • “Approximately 66% of golf course pro shops are open at facilities that are open to play, the equivalent of almost 9 million square feet, although some states and counties have limitations on the number of customers permitted at one time. That percentage is up from 36% at the start of the month, but is unchanged over the past week as pro shops in at least 10 states (including Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois and New York) have government mandates that say they must remain closed inside to customers.”
  • “Meanwhile, approximately 79% of off-course golf retail stores were open (in terms of total square footage) through May 25. This is up from 73% last week and 59% two weeks ago. In early April, only about 4% of the 6.5 million square feet of total off-course golf specialty space was open to in-store traffic. Roughly 81% of all off-course retail stores are now open to customers.”
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GolfWRX Classifieds Spotlight (05/27/20): Adams, Mizuno, Ping

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Gator5 – Adams CMB Irons

Forged – check, Multi-Material construction – check, cool as all heck because these clubs are sweet and Adams made some really cool gear – check!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Adams CMB Irons

Member Ksears – Brand New Mizuno MP20 Irons

Did someone say brand new Mizunos??? What else could you really want from a forged blade beside being meticulously crafted and forged in Japan – as well as being priced lower than retail.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link hereMP 20 Irons

Member 1hellaofashot – Ping G410 7 Wood

Speaking from experience let me just say this “stop denying the inevitable and embrace the 7 Wood” It’s endlessly versatile, more forgiving than a hybrid, and because this one for sale is a Ping G410 it is adjustable. Here’s your chance to dial in your own par 5 killer.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Ping 7 Wood

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds 

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Morning 9: Match 2: The most-watched golf telecast ever | Rory: Players don’t want fan-less Ryder Cup | Justin Thomas aces broadcast debut

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1. 5.8 million average viewers for The Match
AP report…”Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.”
  • “Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.”
  • “It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.”
  • “Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.”
2. Shackelford’s take
A few observations from the scribe…“While still an overnight, it easily bests the previous week’s relief fund match that drew a 1.5 and total of 2.3 million viewers across three channels, including a 1.5 rating on NBC and a .24 on Golf Channel).”
“More incredibly, this means The Match 2 out-rated any major championship round on cable.”
“Given a so-so promotional run-up, a slow start to the show (caused in part by a slight weather delay) a dreary day to watch, and a long telecast, the rating is a stunning statement about the remaining star power of the contestants.”
3. JT’s TV debut
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”That said, whenever he decides to put down the clubs, he should immediately pick up a mic.
The former Alabama star made his broadcast debut as an on-course reporter on TNT/TBS alongside CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis on Sunday during The Match: Champions for Charity, which saw Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. Thomas received rave reviews from golf Twitter during and after the event. He was brilliant. His rapport with Woods and Mickelson allowed them to open up on a different level compared to the original The Match in 2018.”
“Most importantly, Thomas didn’t overdo anything. Unlike some broadcasters, he knew fans weren’t watching for him and he never once tried to steal the spotlight. He didn’t speak just to talk. When he had something to say, it was insightful or funny. Like a golfer picking out which holes he can attack and score on, Thomas picked his spots on where to interject throughout the broadcast like someone who’s been doing it for years, let alone a day.”
4. Tiger looked terrific 
Bob Harig writes…”For the first time in 98 days, we got to see Woods in action. And the last time we saw him, he didn’t look good. Woods shot 77 at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 16 and finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. And he complained that his back was stiff”
  • …”Woods hasn’t played since but neither has anyone else. And the time off has done him some good.”
  • “Woods didn’t miss a fairway. His swing looked smooth and in rhythm. He hit some deft pitch shots and a really nice long bunker shot. And all of this in difficult, rainy conditions.”
  • “It was just a charity match, but he looked pretty good. Who knows when Woods will resume his schedule when the PGA Tour returns next month, but his game looks good to go.”
5. Rory McIlroy: ‘Majority of players’ want 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 
Adam Woodard at Golfweek…”Rory McIlroy has a hunch about the Ryder Cup, and it’s one that golf fans around the world aren’t going to like.”
  • “In an interview with BBC Sport, the world No. 1 said: “My personal hunch is that I don’t see how it is going to happen, so I do not think that it will happen.”
  • “Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits is scheduled to host the 2020 Ryder Cup Sept. 25-27, but amid the coronavirus pandemic the event would most-likely take place without fans (if held at all).”
  • “I think the majority of players would like to see it pushed back until 2021 so that they can play in front of crowds and have the atmosphere that makes the Ryder Cup so special,” explained McIlroy. “The players are the ones that make the Ryder Cup. If they are not on board with it and don’t want to play then there is no Ryder Cup.”
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