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Morning 9: Berger prevails | Tour’s triumphant return | Morikawa | Schauffele | McIlroy | Varner




By Ben Alberstadt
June 15, 2020
Good Monday morning, golf fans.


1. Berger prevails in golf’s return
Rough stuff for Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, whose each found themselves felled by brutal lipouts. Not to take anything away from Berger, who burst forth from a pack few really realized he was in, honestly, before the back-nine action at Colonial heated up.
  • AP report…”Berger saved par from behind the 17th green on the first playoff hole and won when Collin Morikawa missed a 3-foot par putt.”
  • “Berger closed with a 4-under 66, his 28th consecutive round at par or better dating to Oct. 11 at the Houston Open.”
  • “Even over the final hour, a half-dozen players were still in the mix. All that was missing was the sound and energy of a gallery, with the PGA TOUR not allowing spectators for the opening five events in its return.”
  • “Berger won for the third time — all victories during this week on the calendar, just not in circumstances like this. It was the first PGA TOUR event since March 12 when the spread of the new coronavirus shut down golf and other sports.”
2. “Triumphant return” 
Steve DiMeglio for Golfweek…”After a 13-week break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA Tour resumed action with the Charles Schwab Challenge at revered Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Its reward after more than 90 intense days of discussion that produced safety protocols and a detailed plan to produce a “bubble” of protection aimed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus was a stacked leaderboard and a Sunday stampede unfortunately played out in front of no spectators.”
  • “…Not a single player or caddie tested positive for the coronavirus. All quickly adapted to having their temperature taken daily and answering a questionnaire every day. All were conscious of adhering to social distancing protocols at Colonial and limiting their off-course activity.”
3. Luke List!
Meanwhile, on the PGA Tour’s feeder circuit…Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…“Three months ago he was here, in the shadow of the PGA Tour’s headquarters, at the Tour’s flagship event, on the Tour’s crown jewel, competing for a purse that awarded $2.7 million to the winner. (This week’s haul: $106,000.) He shot 70 that day, and by the time he returned to his rental house and flipped on the news, he had a feeling golf was about to be shut down indefinitely. List drove back to Augusta, Georgia, and didn’t touch a club for three weeks. He played “Mr. Mom” to his young daughter before returning his attention to his golf game.”
  • “He worked his ass off,” said his caddie, Dykes Harbin. Sweating it out in the gym. Continuing to go through the system he built with swing coach Jamie Mulligan. Grinding on the practice green with putting guru Marcus Potter.”
  • “We’ve been working on making him more complete,” Mulligan said. “He’s always been known as a basher, and he’s so polished now where winning on a course like this is indicative of that.”
4. The tyranny of the 17th
A cruel cup, indeed…Our Ron Montesano writes, “For at least four days, until they tee off at the Sea Pines course for the Heritage Championship, the topic of discussion at Zoom water coolers will focus on the 17th green at Colonial. “Bad location,” some will say. “Poor cut of the hole,” others will lament. In the final 45 minutes of Sunday’s play, we saw Xander Schauffele 360-degree a short putt out of the hole in regulation, followed by Collin Morikawa do a hard lip-out in the playoff. No doubt, something was amiss, but in the end, a winner emerged. Daniel Berger was the only challenger to make three at the last, and he carried his good fortune into extra holes. The victory was his third on tour, and first since rehabilitating from wrist injuries”
5. Successful week, but…
Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch…”The myriad challenges of resuming professional golf won’t ease anytime soon. Twenty-one states saw increases in new coronavirus cases this week. One is Texas. Another is South Carolina, where numbers spiked 60 percent just as the RBC Heritage gets underway in Hilton Head Island. Such statistics illustrate the daunting task facing the Tour has it endeavors to Frogger its way across the country while avoiding getting hit by the runaway COVID juggernaut.”
  • “The Schwab Challenge established a baseline for what is needed to stage Tour events. Much of that is dependent on the particular circumstances in each host city. Those circumstances are in turn shaped by public behavior to mitigate the spread. The PGA Tour season, like our own efforts to return to some kind of normalcy, is effectively hostage to the dumbest guy in town who thinks wearing a mask is a sign of weakness but wearing body armor makes him a hero. Against that backdrop, week one went as well as could be hoped. It won’t get easier next week, or the week after.”
6. Plenty of positives 
ESPN’s Todd Archer…”From a health standpoint, no players, caddies or staff tested positive for COVID-19. From a golf standpoint, the strong field with the top five ranked players in the world and 16 of the top 20 did not disappoint. The tour dove into the issues of social injustice and systemic racism with a daily moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. for the memory of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, sparking worldwide outrage. In a nod to the front-line workers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the pandemic, the tour matched their names to the players on the caddie bibs.”
  • “At the start of the week, 487 players, caddies, officials and other personnel were tested without a negative result. Signs were posted around almost every common area at the course to be mindful of social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations were prevalent. As the week wore on, players and caddies were more mindful of the guidelines they were asked to follow. Players tried to remember to pull and replace their own clubs. Caddies wiped down rakes and flagsticks.”
7. McIlroy fades
Gareth Hanna at the Belfast Telegraph…”the Holywood star found himself six over at the turn and eventually carded a four over par 74 to finish six under for the week, nine behind eventual winner Daniel Berger.”
  • “The result ends McIlroy’s run of seven consecutive top five finishes as he came in tied 32nd.”
  • “I got off to a really bad start,” he confessed.
  • “The wind was up today. You didn’t have to be that much off for it to show. I missed a couple of greens in the wrong spots and made bogeys.”
  • “I played all the way to the end and shot a decent back nine but on the front, I just got into a rut and played a bad run of holes. Obviously that put me out of the tournament.”
8. Varner won the week
Joel Beall for Golf Digest, with this praise for HV3’s work inside the ropes…“the most remarkable thing happened. Varner, at a juncture where the lines of sport and society are blurred, turned in a seven-under 63, taking the opening round co-lead at Colonial. He proved it was not a one-day wonder, hovering near the top of the board on Friday and Saturday and setting the stage for a scene reserved for movies.”
  • “Varner did his best to downplay the spectacle, acknowledging the spotlight while not jumping in it. “When I get on the golf course, it’s been very businesslike,” he said Saturday. “I just kind of handle what I can do … If I’m worried about something else, then I’m probably not going to have a good outcome I don’t think.” The Hollywood ending didn’t come to pass, his only birdie coming at the opening hole. But an ending that didn’t diminish the story.”
  • “Yes, it’s just a tournament, unimportant in the grand scheme of things. But in chaotic times, sports are mistakenly devalued, overlooking the fact that they are one of the few mechanisms with the power to unite. With his words and resolve, with a performance that can only be measured against the pain and uncertainty and fear we all face, Harold Varner showed us the best that golf can be.”
9. Another near-miss for Morikawa at Colonial’s Ben Everill on Morikawa’s rough history at Hogan’s Alley…“Collin Morikawa has been runner-up at Colonial Country Club before. Twice before in fact. But this one stung a little more.”
  • “Prior to watching in horror as his 3-foot par putt lipped out on the opening hole of a sudden death playoff with Daniel Berger, the 23-year-old had a history of close calls at this historic venue.”
  • “The PGA TOUR young star was a finalist in the prestigious Ben Hogan award in 2018 and 2019 during his amateur days. He was invited to a lavish ceremony to declare the winner at the iconic course that hosts the Charles Schwab Challenge and was home to Hogan himself.”
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GolfWRX Classifieds (07/09/20): YES! Putter, Mevo, Honma irons



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 mlp021 – Flightscope Mevo

If you are looking to add some fun to your practice routine, while also getting useful data to help you improve and become more consistent, the Mevo is one of the best options around.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Flightscope Mevo 

Member OpenPar – YES! Golf Holly Putter

Finding any classic YES! putters in good shape continues to be more difficult, but this Holly looks like it hasn’t seen many rounds of golf, and it even comes with the original cover! Yes!

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

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Morning 9: Why a fanless Ryder Cup never made sense | Rapid LPGA restart | How Tiger practices putting at home



1. Officially no Ryder Cup in 2020…Prez Cup moved to ’22
What was widely reported is now official. Our Gianni Magliocco…”On Wednesday, it was officially announced that the 2020 Ryder Cup had been postponed and rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.”
  • “Subsequently, the next Presidents Cup which was initially scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2021 will now be played in September 2022.”
  • “Per the announcement on the Ryder Cup website, the decision to postpone “was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
  • “Speaking on the postponement, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh stated…
  • “Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”
2. A fanless Cup never made sense…
ESPN’s Bob Harig…”Some 50,000 spectators a day packed Hazeltine four years ago. They came ready and roaring, fueled by flowing alcohol and the freedom that comes with a Ryder Cup, where cheering and booing is expected and taunting of the opponent comes with the territory.”
  • “It was much the same two years ago at Le Golf National outside of Paris — although the event was lacking the boorishness observed two years before that — when the Europeans romped to victory in front of a serenading home crowd.”
  • “That, in essence, is the Ryder Cup….And to not have that in any form would be nearly as depressing from a sporting standpoint as what all have endured during these unprecedented times.”
3. Forecaddie on LPGA restart
Golfweek’s Forecaddie…”After nearly five months off, LPGA players can finally begin to explore what their comeback on tour might look like, and there’s not much time to ease into things either. The decision to travel overseas for two weeks in Scotland looms large ­- not to mention the possibility of fans in Toledo. To the Forecaddie, in many ways it feels like a straight plunge into the deep end.”
  • “One day after two events in Scotland were confirmed for next month, the LPGA hosted two tour-wide conference calls on Wednesday and sent out a couple of surveys.”
  • “The Forecaddie certainly didn’t expect the LPGA to offer its players anything remotely close to the $100,000 that PGA Tour players received after testing positive for COVID-19. It looks like LPGA players will receive a $5,000 stipend if they test positive during a tournament and $2,500 if it happens while at home. Same for caddies.”
4. Playing while testing positive
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“In what the PGA Tour is calling a clarification regarding its health and safety plan, players or caddies who continue to test positive for COVID-19 can now return to competition under certain guidelines.”
  • “Last week, the Tour announced a move to a “test-based model” for asymptomatic cases, which means that anyone who tests positive would be allowed to return competition if they returned two negative tests that were administered at least 24 hours apart.”
  • “Wednesday’s clarification addressed a player or caddie who continues to test positive after 10 days since the first symptoms appeared and hasn’t had a fever for 72 hours. That player would be allowed to return to competition with certain restrictions.”
5. LPGA return environment
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…“There are all kinds of challenges for the women going overseas, even with Scotland set to ratify the United Kingdom’s foreign athlete quarantine exemption, which will allow Americans and players from other foreign countries to avoid the 14-day quarantine required upon arriving.”
  • “That exemption doesn’t include parents or agents.”
  • “That’s a challenge for young players accustomed to traveling with their parents, a fairly common practice in the LPGA ranks.”
  • “The Women’s British Open is creating a “bio secure zone” at Royal Troon, allowing only players, caddies and other essential personnel inside the zone, which restricts movement to the course and designated hotel.”
6. Workday features COVID-19 grouping
Todd Kelly for Golfweek…“Nick Watney, Denny McCarthy and Dylan Frittelli, who all tested positive for COVID during the PGA Tour’s restart and who the Tour says continue to test positive, are in the field at this week’s Workday Charity Open and, after a late change to the tee times, will play in the same group for the first two rounds.”
  • …”The Tour said it is following the CDC’s symptom-based model for those three golfers, as they have continued to return positive tests but they all meet the CDC guidelines for Return to Work.”
7. Asia Pacific Ams canceled 
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…“The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, set for Oct. 7-10 in Thailand, and Asian-Pacific Amateur, scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Australia, will not be played this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • “While the women’s championship, which was already rescheduled from last February, will return next year for its third edition, to be played Feb. 4-7 at Siam Country Club, the men’s championship does not have a future date at this time. It was supposed to be contested at Royal Melbourne this fall.”
8. Rocket Mortgage ratings
Geoff Shackelford…”Another very solid weekend for PGA Tour ratings with not much sports competition due to the pandemic and a late start for NASCAR’s rance, a July 4 weekend that should have substantially cut into numbers, did not.”
  • “Bryson DeChameau’s win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was up 56% from 2019 and if you ignore the silly demographics, earned plenty of eyeballs.”
9. Tiger’s at-home practice putting routine
In case you ever wondered how one of the greatest flatstick wielders practices his putting…
Explaining to GolfTV’s Henni Koyack, Woods revealed how he consistently focuses on his putting from 6 feet and in before going straight into a heavy workload of lag putting.
  • “I end up doing a few sets of chalk lines from probably about 6 feet and in. I work on my start line (and) I try and get that dialed in. And then I really don’t spend a whole lot of time in the 8-15 foot range.
  • “Once I get a lot of my dialed-in time on my putting, then I’ll lag putt a lot and start trying to get my feel in my fingers and how I like to release the putter and feel it in my stroke. I like to do designated tee drill, line drill and then lag putt to death.”
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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.9.20)



In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

New Bushnell series wedges in the works from Golf Sub 70.

Built up Honma wedge from Peoples Golf.

Great shots of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club courtesy of Zoe.

New covers from Robert Mark Golf.

‘Skyler & The Gauge’

Beautifully clean looking set of irons from Ballistic Golf.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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