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Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?

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Everyone knows that Bryson DeChambeau has a lot of clubhead speed—he’s averaging just over 133 mph this season—but the craziest thing isn’t what Bryson has done to his own game, it’s actually what he has inspired from other players.

One of the players gunning for a spot in the field via Monday qualifying at this week’s Valspar Championship was Korn Ferry Tour player John Somers. As it was pointed out by Monday Q info on Twitter, John could be one of the longest players in professional golf. To give you an idea of his length, here are some of his TrackMan numbers for his pitching wedge

His 6 iron

Although John hasn’t played in enough events to fully qualify for ranking within the stats on the Korn Ferry Tour, his average driving distance of 331.5 yards would put him solidly in the lead on the KFT by seven yards over the current longest player, Brent Grant, and 10 yards past Bryson DeChambeau, based on PGA Tour Shot Link data.

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Ryan Barath is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. emncaity

    May 31, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Last place, you say.

    If distance were everything, DeChambeau would win every week. He doesn’t.

  2. Karsten's Ghost

    May 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    I’ll keep saying it – the only thing that the USGA needs to do with the ball is impose a max compression of 65. Make these guys even more wild, and don’t hurt the mortals among us.

  3. Shorty McFirsttohit

    May 3, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I wish I could hit the ball that far.

  4. PGA2021

    Apr 30, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Yes. I did My PGA level 3s with this guy he flat out murders the ball

  5. Wkndhckr

    Apr 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Question: Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?

    Answer: No.

    While his wedge distance is impressive, I’m more impressed with a drive’s length and a wedge’s accuracy.

  6. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Drive for show…

  7. Jerry

    Apr 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    What does he hit from 100, putter?

  8. jgpl001

    Apr 27, 2021 at 4:27 am

    The opening line says it all “currently in a tie for last place”…….

    Its time all this club head speed / distance nonsense stopped, it becoming boring and irrelevant

    • Brev

      Apr 27, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Read again slowly. This is a Monday qualifier. He is tied for the last spot to get into the tournament

      • jgpl001

        May 3, 2021 at 8:56 am

        You are correct, my mistake.
        I have no doubt he has more golfing ability in his little finger nail than I do, but did he qualify….and I will gladly eat humble pie if he ever wins a PGA Tour event
        Players need to give up this hammering every shot nonsense

    • Matt

      Apr 27, 2021 at 7:56 am

      He was in a tie for the last qualifying spot, not in last place…

  9. Dwayne Williams

    Apr 26, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Whatever. I can blade a pitching wedge 200+ in the right conditions. Amateur.

    • Brad

      Apr 28, 2021 at 12:44 am

      ROFL. You must have been in the playing group in front of me last weekend. I’m sure I saw that shot come out of the bag a couple of times around the greens.

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How much each player won at the 2021 CJ Cup

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Rory McIlroy made it win number 20 on the PGA Tour, and the Irishman’s victory earned him an impressive payday of $1,755,000 in Las Vegas. Collin Morikawa’s blistering final round vaulted him up the leaderboard on Sunday and secured the current Open champion another check for over $1 million.

With a total prize purse of $9.75 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 CJ Cup.

1: Rory McIlroy, -25, $1,755,000

2: Collin Morikawa, -24, $1,053,000

T-3: Rickie Fowler, -22, $565,500

T-3: Keith Mitchell, -22, $565,500

T-5: Sam Burns, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Talor Gooch, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Adam Scott, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-5: Aaron Wise, 267/-21, $342,468.75

T-9: Harry Higgs, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Sungjae Im, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Cameron Smith, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Robert Streb, 268/-20, $243,750

T-9: Gary Woodland, 268/-20, $243,750

T-14: Abraham Ancer, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Chris Kirk, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Webb Simpson, 269/-19, $169,065

T-14: Jhonattan Vegas, 269/-19, $169,065

T-18: Emiliano Grillo, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Viktor Hovland, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Ian Poulter, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Xander Schauffele, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Jordan Spieth, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Justin Thomas, 270/-18, $116,331.43

T-18: Tyrrell Hatton, 270/-18, $116,331.42

T-25: Paul Casey, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Sergio Garcia, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Russell Henley, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Mackenzie Hughes, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: K.H. Lee, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Carlos Ortiz, 271/-17, $70,506.43

T-25: Erik van Rooyen, 271/-17, $70,506.42

T-32: Keegan Bradley, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Tom Hoge, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Sung Kang, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Seonghyeon Kim, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Hudson Swafford, 272/-16, $51,610

T-32: Harold Varner III, 272/-16, $51,610

T-38: Tommy Fleetwood, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Matt Jones, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Brooks Koepka, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Marc Leishman, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Maverick McNealy, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Louis Oosthuizen, 273/-15, $37,635

T-38: Scottie Scheffler, 273/-15, $37,635

T-45: Tony Finau, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Lucas Glover, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Dustin Johnson, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-45: Joaquin Niemann, 274/-14, $27,007.50

T-49: Stewart Cink, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Joohyung Kim, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Sebastián Muñoz, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Kevin Na, 275/-13, $21,723

T-49: Kevin Streelman, 275/-13, $21,723

T-54: Kevin Kisner, 276/-12, $20,085

T-54: Jason Kokrak, 276/-12, $20,085

T-54: Shane Lowry, 276/-12, $20,085

T-57: Minkyu Kim, 277/-11, $19,597.50

T-57: Justin Rose, 277/-11, $19,597.50

T-59: Byeong Hun An, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Hideki Matsuyama, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Alex Noren, 278/-10, $19,012.50

T-59: Cameron Tringale, 278/-10, $19,012.50

63: Rasmus Hojgaard, 279/-9, $18,525

T-64: Cam Davis, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Jason Day, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Patton Kizzire, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-64: Sanghun Shin, 280/-8, $18,037.50

T-68: Branden Grace, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Charley Hoffman, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Jaekyeong Lee, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-68: Patrick Reed, 281/-7, $17,257.50

T-72: Brian Harman, 282/-6, $16,575

T-72: Max Homa, 282/-6, $16,575

T-72: Yoseop Seo, 282/-6, $16,575

75: Hanbyeol Kim, 284/-4, $16,185

76: Si Woo Kim, 288/ E, $15,990

77: Charl Schwartzel, 295/ 7, $15,795

W/D: Harris English

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‘Up & Down’ – Bubba Watson releasing book detailing how he overcame struggles off-course

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Bubba Watson took to Instagram over the weekend to unveil his new book ‘Up & Down’, which is billed as “The inspiring Story of an Imperfect Man”.

Per the description on the book’s site, Watson “began to let the constant criticism from fans and commentators haunt his thoughts”, and in his new book, the big-hitting Lefty shares how he:

  • “Overcame his anxiety and feelings of inadequacy
  • Found his true identity not in the standards of the world but in the God who already knows he is enough
  • Learned to trust God with his gifts, family, and biggest dreams
  • Became the husband, father, friend, and mentor he was called to be”

 

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The two-time Masters Champion’s story drops on November 2nd and is available to pre-order now at UpAndDownBook.com.

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Brutal 360-degree lip out leads to 1-stroke penalty at CJ Cup

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Seonghyeon Kim was making only his second start on Tour at the weekend and suffered a brutal break on his 72nd hole that cost the South Korean almost $20k.

Faced with a 3′ 4″ birdie putt on 18, Kim saw his ball lip out in brutal fashion in front of a stunned crowd, with one spectator screaming, “Did you see that?”.

As an equally shocked Kim assessed what he had just witnessed, the Korean patiently waited until his ball dramatically fell into the cup. “Don’t you love this game, Steve Sands?” said Trevor Immelman over a cheering crowd, but the incident was about to take a grim turn.

Per rule 13.3a, on a putt overhanging the hole, “the player is allowed a reasonable time to reach the hole and 10 more seconds to wait to see whether the ball will fall into the hole.”

As you can see from the video, Kim took far longer than 10 seconds, and therefore was assessed a 1-stroke penalty turning his birdie into a par.

The penalty saw Kim finish T32 when if his putt had dropped within the 10-second allocation, he’d have secured a top-25 spot and with it an extra payday of approximately just over $17k.

 

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