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Tour Rundown: Five victors over long weekend



Across the USA and Canada, it’s a long weekend that marks a celebration of fall. Across the golf world, victors were anointed in England, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina (OK, mainly across the USA:) The colorful passing of leaves from trees forewarns the arrival of cold temperatures, snow and, in some places, a break from the golf. For us, we chase the sun as Hogan did, running down professional tournaments wherever they are played. Have a nice cup of something warm and enjoy this week’s Tour Rundown.

Hatton claims homeland PGA Championship

The great debate rages on, as to why the USA is home to three of the world’s four major men’s golf titles. Important events are played across the globe, and the British PGA must certainly be counted as one. The uncontainable Tyrrell Hatton withstood an early charge from France’s Victor Perez, then countered mid-round with a volley of his own. He then closed firmly, to claim a 5th European title and second professional win of 2020.

Hatton had stamped himself as the frontrunner over three days, but when Perez stood minus-six on the day through twelve holes, the Englishman was compelled to seek something deep. His lead was a single stroke at the time, thanks to consecutive birdies at 9, 10 and 11. Perez simply wouldn’t go away … until the next hole. The man from Gaul had emptied his storehouse of birdies, and two closing bogies brought him back to -15. After a hiccough at 13, Hatton finished off a -19 performance with birdies at 15 and 18. The closing hole was kind to him all week; he made birdie each of the days, and secured a coveted, homeland title of importance.

Sei-young Kim finds major glory at Aronimink

With this taste of fall major championships, golf’s followers might lobby to do this more often into the future. First the US men’s open, and now the Women’s PGA! The scattering of events of magnitude throughout the calendar year is compelling, and might encourage the admins to rethink the way (and the places) that they shape their schedules.

Sei Young Kim won four of her ten previous LPGA titles in playoffs. She is money in extra time, but came nowhere close to needing a playoff in Philadelphia this weekend. Kim entered Sunday with a two-shot advantage over Brooke Henderson, and the Canadian would have needed 61 just to reach one of those aforementioned playoffs. That’s due to the monstrous 63 that Sei-young etched into history on Sunday. Three birdies on the front nine to preserve the lead, as Henderson struggled. Four more over the closing six holes, to reach -14 over a stored Donald Ross course. It’s a lengthy, one-paragraph summary; in essence, it was a one-woman event. Despite the heroics of Carlota Ciganda and Inbee Park (65s on Sunday) and Nasa Hataoka (64 punctuated by a hole-out eagle at the 1st), WPGA 2020 will be forever known for the separation of Sei-young Kim from the field. Welcome to the Major table, SYK!

Martin Laird is a winner once more

Unlike Sei-young Kim, Martin Laird is not Money Martin in playoffs, unless they take place in Las Vegas, kind of. Laird has been involved in three Shriners playoffs (2009, 2010, 2020) and has won two of them. Take him away from the desert, and he is zero for two. Time to focus on what he did brilliantly this week, holding off Matthew Wolff and Austin Cook in extra time for a 4th tour title.

Laird entered round four in a tie with Patrick Cantlay, at -20. After a 63 and two 65s, Cantlay went somewhere mysterious with a front-nine 39 on Sunday. He had two birdies coming home, but the damage was done. Laird soldiered on, as many around him made mid-6os runs at the lead. In addition to the aforementioned Wolff and Cook, Peter Malnatti and Bryson DeChambeau had 66s, and burst into the top ten. With the tournament in his hands, Laird made bogey at the watery 18th, falling into a three-way tie and a lagoon of doubt.

Regrouping quickly, the Scotsman headed off to extra holes with two associates. All three made par at the first playoff hole, with Wolff and Laird excruciatingly close to a winning birdie. At the 2nd playoff hole, the par-three 17th, Laird’s putt never looked like it would stay high enough, until it caught the lower edge and dropped for a winning birdie. Seven years after his last tour win, the now-gray Laird had a fourth title, and one to share with his young family.

Mullinax locks gate on Korn Ferry 2020 with Orange County win

Trey Mullinax was a part of those Justin Thomas-led, University of Alabama teams of the early 2010s. Since his time in Tuscaloosa, Mullinax has ground out a living across America’s PGA Tours. He has two victories on the Korn Ferry Tour, along with a stint on the big tour, to show for his efforts. This weekend, Mullinax claimed that second KFT victory, by one stroke at the Orange County National complex in Orlando.

Round four was an unstable one for the man from Birmingham. Five birdies were offset by three bogies, and he closed with 69 for -23. Fortunately for Mullinax, one of those birdies came at the par-five finishing hole. Gaining ground behind him were Brandon Wu and Stephan Jaeger. After forging his seventh birdie of the day at the 15th, Wu could summon no more, ending at -22. Jaeger was the antithesis. After dropping a stroke at the par-five 14th, he closed with three birdie along the four-hole, finishing stretch. After reaching the last in two, his putt for eagle and a tie came up shy, and Mullinax had a victory to close the 2020 campaign.

The Big Easy plays well in Cary

The SAS Championship celebrated its 20th playing this week, all of them in Cary, North Carolina. The little town that could has grown up, and what better champion to celebrate two decades of success than Ernie Els? Situated west of Raleigh, and south of Durham and Chapel Hill, Cary makes no claims on enlarging the triangle into a quadrilateral. It likes who it is, just fine, and should serve as a fine host to the PGA Tour Champions for years to come.

Els came oh-so-close to being one of those winners in his first senior event, earlier this year. He has now won twice in his maiden campaign on the Champions Tour, by one shot this week over Colin Montgomerie. In truth, the SAS appeared to be a reset to the early 2000s, with Els, Monty, Vijay Singh and Bernhard Langer giving chase. After 74 on Sunday, it appears that the the great German champion Langer might be finally showing signs of passing the torch to a new generation of old guys.

For all the world, it seemed that Singh and Montgomerie would do battle for the title. Both had 70 on day four, and finished at -10 and -11, respectively. Els stood +1 through five holes on Sunday, apparently out of the picture. Along came the seven-birdie train, however, punctuated by gained shots at the final two holes, and just like that, the South African hero had snatched the title from the mitts of Scotland and Fiji. The title boosted Els into the Schwab Cup lead, with two events left before the grand finale in Phoenix, in November.

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Ronald Montesano writes for 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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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/22/20): Adams MB2, Olson putter, Titleist TS3 head



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 Bradh972 – Adams raw MB irons

A set of Adams MB2 in this condition doesn’t come up that often – these are highly sought after and considered the peak of Adams golf irons.

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

Member ThatCAGolfer – Olson Legacy putter

Made in America, one at a time, Olson putters are some of the nicest around. Now here is your chance to snag one for an attractive price in brand new condition.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Olson Putter

Member Taylormadehunter1 – Titleist TS3 driver head

With the announcement of the new TSi Series from Titleist, you can expect to see more TS driver on the market and for a great price. This TS3 head comes with extra weights and is hot melted, and ready to go.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TS3 driver head

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

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What players really think about fan-less events | dam Scott positive for COVID-19 | PGA Merch Show to be virtual



By Ben Alberstadt
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October 22, 2020 
Good Thursday morning, golf fans. May you own the home stretch of your weeks the way Henrik Stenson’s did the “Dreams” Challenge.
1. What players really think about fan-less events
The Undercover Caddie (yes, I know some readers think UC is fake news, but I believe the source is a legitimate one)…
  • “What’s it like on tour without fans? You came to the right place. I’ve seen what the players have said, and though I’m not calling them liars, they aren’t being honest, either. In their defense, what are players supposed to say? We’re glad fans are at home. They’re pests. This makes our jobs so less demanding. Come on. No one is that boneheaded.”
  • “Listen, everyone misses fans. Most players are alphas; they enjoy entertaining you, and there’s no drug that feels as good as doing what you love and getting loved for it. On the caddie front, no one ever accused us of being introverted souls. But the fact is, life at the golf course is easier without spectators.”
2. Adam Scott positive for COVID-19
BBC report…”Former world number one Adam Scott has pulled out of this week’s Zozo Championship in California after testing positive for coronavirus.”
  • “The PGA Tour confirmed on Wednesday that the 40-year-old Australian will not play at the Sherwood Country Club.”
  • “Scott said his “focus now is on recovery” for the rest of the season.”
  • “In a statement, the PGA Tour said Scott “will have the PGA Tour’s full support throughout his self-isolation period under CDC guidelines”.
3. Mickelson nervous for fans in Houston
ESPN’s Bob Harig..”Mickelson said Wednesday he might skip the tournament, which announced last week it would be the first PGA Tour event in the United States to allow spectators, capped at 2,000 per day.”
  • “I think that they will do a very good, safe job in having 2,000 people at the Houston Open,” Mickelson said at Sherwood Country Club, where he is playing in this week’s Zozo Championship. “However, for me personally, I don’t like the risk that having that happen the week before the Masters. I just feel like the week before the Masters, like that’s a big tournament we have and I just don’t want to have any risk heading in there.”
  • “So it has made me question whether or not I’ll play there. But then I have to give the Tour a lot of credit and confidence in the way that they’ve handled the entire year and I’m sure they’re going to do a great job at keeping the players safe in that environment.”
  • “But because I haven’t seen it before, because it’s the first one out on the Tour with some people, I’m unsure and I don’t want to take any unnecessary risks. I don’t go out to dinner, I don’t go out and socialize, because I want to make sure that I have an opportunity to compete in the Masters.”
4. PGA Merchandise Show will be virtual
Golfweek’s David Dusek…“In an announcement that should come as a surprise to almost no one, PGA Golf Exhibitions and the PGA of America announced on Wednesday that the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show will be an all-virtual event.”
  • “The three-day event held annually at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, typically attracts more than 40,000 PGA of America professionals, manufacturers, media members and golf industry insiders. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing throughout the United States and the rest of the world, the safety of everyone involved took precedence.”
5. No fans for USWO
From the Golf Channel Digital team…“The U.S. Women’s Open will be conducted without fans because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the USGA announced Wednesday.”
  • “The Women’s Open, originally slated for early June, was rescheduled for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston.”
  • “Following extensive consultation with health officials, we have decided that hosting the U.S. Women’s Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships. “While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome fans and their unmatched energy at Champions Golf Club, we know this is the right decision for the community and players.”
6. Tiger talks distance debate in Zozo press conference
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard “…Whether the game’s rules makers should consider dialing back some of those gains, however, is a completely different question.  “[The rules makers] should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now,” Woods said. “It’s about what do we do going forward and how soon can they do it? You’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it’s not just a few of them.”
7. Record golf equipment sales 
Golf Digest’s Joel Beall…“Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced Wednesday that United States retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter. If that number sounds significant, it is, the first time sales in July, August and September have ever exceeded $1 billion in Q3, and serves as the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time.”
  • “For comparison, Q3 sales are up 42 percent over the same period last year, spurred by purchases of golf bags, wedges and irons.”
  • “The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year,” said John Krzynowek of Golf Datatech. “While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”
8. Tiger’s toughest test?
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“But the biggest challenge for Tiger may have nothing to do with the conditions or his uprooted schedule. Since the Tour’s restart in June, Woods, along with a few other players, have talked of how difficult it is to focus during rounds without fans at events and nowhere will that be more evident than at the Masters, a tournament defined by Sunday roars.”
  • “There’s no other place like it. It echos there, it travels,” he said. “When you know the pairings, you know where certain players would be at that particular time and you can figure out who’s doing what, and the roars for certain people are louder than others, and then you hear eagle roars and hole-outs on 16, or whatever it may be. It’s unlike any other place in the world.”
9. A thin slice of golf’s recent success pie
The Denver Post’s Kyle Frederickson…“Colorado’s golf renaissance is real.  Public golf courses operated by the City of Denver report a roughly 20-percent rise in rounds played this year and that’s despite being closed for several weeks due to the coronavirus. Ed Mate, executive director of the Colorado Golf Association, said: “I’ve heard from some private clubs, anecdotally, that they’ve increased their rounds by 100 percent in a given month.”  The CGA compiles an annual survey of public course operators, and prior to this year, the state averaged about 1.5 million-1.7 million rounds played. That number is about to rise, by a lot.”


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Tour Photo Galleries

Interesting photos from the Zozo Championship



This week is the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Golf Club, and with most of the worlds top golfers including Tiger Woods playing and prepping for the November Masters, there is a lot going on around the range when it comes to gear and testing.

As a reminder, you can check out all of our photos in the GolfWRX forums.

New Fourteen irons and wedges


The irons are a throwback to a classic “channel back” style iron with mass positioned towards the top and bottom of the face to increase vertical stability of the blade while also maintaining feel.



Justin Rose with Artisan lob wedge

The little shop from Texas continues to make big waves with more wedges spotted on tour every week including in former world number 1 Justin Rose.

Xander Schauffele’s new Apex irons and testing putters on Quintic

Xander’s prototype Callaway Apex irons look a lot like the newly released 2021 X-Forged irons but with obvious Apex branding. We also can’t forget about putting, and it’s cool to see a Quintic high-speed camera system on the practice green getting players dialed in to launch conditions just like how they would for a driver.

Ricky using older generation Cobra Amp Cell Pro Irons


If there is one thing pros love, it’s a set of older irons—they’re the golf equivalent of putting on a pair of comfy broken-in jeans. For Ricky and his custom Amp Cell Pro’s with tungsten toe inserts, there must be some magic there because he has previously used multiple newer sets of irons but continues to gravitate towards these.

Shigeki Maruyama testing new Bettinardi putter

Shigeki isn’t someone to shy away from testing putters, and this week he was spotted testing one of the new Bettinardi putters that debuted last week in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek.

Pros are “just like us” – Justin Thomas and Mac Hughes edition

Yes, tour pros are just like us except for the fact that they are exceptional golfers, but even JT likes help in his long game and has a Titleist T300 3-iron in the bag, and when it comes to breakfast Mackenzie Hughes happens to like ketchup with his breakfast sandwich—although personally, I’m anti-ketchup when it comes to breakfast sandwiches.

Mickelson testing older X-Hot 3Deep

We’ve heard rumblings, of Champions Tour terminator Phil Mickelson testing 47.5″ drivers in the name of speed and distance, but as a way to also have a “fairway finder” it appears that he is contemplating putting his old X-Hot 3Deep in play. (Being able to identify a multi-generations old fairway wood from a distance based on its paint scheme is part of the reason we are WRX)

Gary Woodland testing Ping G425 driver

With the launch of the Ping G425 woods on tour a few weeks ago, it’s no surprise to see more players testing them in prep for the Masters, and for the fact that, they are the next evolution of the well-loved Ping G410—Gary Woodland is no exception.


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