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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the Wyndham Championship

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, J.T. Poston claimed the first PGA Tour title of his career, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the Wyndham Championship.

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J.T. Poston’s ball striking in Greensboro made the difference as he went 72 holes without a dropped shot on his way to victory. The 26-year-old gained 10.4 strokes over the field tee to green over the four days of action, eclipsing his previous best performance in this area by almost three strokes. Check out the clubs Poston used on his way to victory last week in our WITB piece here.

Viktor Hovland continued his excellent form at last week’s Wyndham Championship, gaining 9.2 strokes tee to green. Since teeing it up at the API back in March, the Oslo native has gained strokes both off the tee and with his irons in eight straight events.

Another youngster who continues to dazzle is Matthew Wolff, and at last week’s event, the 20-year-old gained 5.6 strokes over the field for his approach play.

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Jordan Spieth’s third round implosion stole the headlines in Greensboro, and the Texan’s numbers make for grim reading. Spieth lost 7.5 strokes tee to green for the three days he was in town at the Wyndham Championship – the third-worst total in this department of his career.

Martin Kaymer’s missed cut last week cost the German his PGA Tour card, and it was the multiple major champion’s putting which proved very costly in Greensboro. Kaymer lost six strokes with the flat-stick for the two days he featured, which is the worst putting performance of his career.

Zach Johnson won’t be competing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs this month, and last week the American suffered a dismal two days with his short game. Johnson lost a combined 6.1 strokes on and around the greens in Greensboro to end a disappointing season.

 

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to caddie at next week’s PGA Championship

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will return to looping duties at next week’s PGA Championship after a mix up meant that Max Homa’s caddie would be unavailable.

Speaking on the Get a Grip podcast, Homa explained that his regular caddie Joe Greiner wanted to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay – believing that the event was the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

However, after realizing the event was in the middle of this year’s PGA Championship, it left Homa stuck, but Greiner quickly found him a decent replacement in the legendary Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay.

“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around.” said Homa on teaming up with Mackay.

Mackay has recently worked for NBC and Golf Channel telecasts since his split with Phil Mickelson. However, he has also worked as a fill-in caddie for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker over the past couple of years.

Next week will be the first time Bones has teamed up with Homa, and it’s a prospect that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” said Homa. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”

 

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Smylie Kaufman explains brutal 1-foot miss at Monday Qualifying

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We’ve all heard stories about how cutthroat Monday qualifying is each week, but Kaufman’s tale is a real heartbreaker.

Kaufman missed out on a playoff by one stroke, and the crucial one stroke needed to make up the ground was a missed 1-foot putt.

The Alabama native took to Twitter on Tuesday explaining the missed 1-foot putt, which he put down to: “not realizing my ball accumulated so much water and sand” after a rain delay.

Golf fans were perplexed by the incident, with many not sure if Kaufman had failed to mark his ball, but it’s more likely that the putt was his second after the restart. Just brutal luck.

The 29-year-olds fall from grace has seen him drop to 1530 in the World Golf Ranking, having made just one cut worldwide since 2019.

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Rory McIlroy’s heart rate hit stunning high on 72nd hole at Wells Fargo

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PGA Tour professionals are imperious at looking cool under pressure, but in reality, they aren’t immune to high moments of stress.

Thanks to Whoop’s partnership with the PGA Tour, now us mere mortals can all see exactly how the best are feeling.

The most stressful moment for Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week came on the 72nd hole when he hooked his 3-wood off the tee dangerously close to the water.

Per Whoop Live, the Irishman’s BPM (Beats per Minute) spiked to 140 following the tee shot. It settled back to 115 as he addressed his approach to the green but once again rose dramatically following his putt to win, with his BPM hitting a remarkable 151.

 

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Whoop, the human performance company and 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, became the official fitness wearable of the PGA TOUR in January.

Part of this partnership includes Whoop Live, which throughout the season will highlight player biometric data and heart rate during defining moments with real-time metrics integrated into live broadcast and digital content.

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