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12 players to follow in 2022: (5) Greyson Sigg

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Over the next 12 days, the two presenters on our new ‘Across The Pond’ podcast, Matt Vincenzi and Jason Daniels give their 12 players to follow for 2022 to coincide with the 12 days of Christmas. 

None so far have won on their respective tours, so here’s to a long-term watch and investment!

5. Greyson Sigg (PGA Tour)

There were a host of second-season players to put up, and the temptation was to put up Taylor Pendrith, who looks certain to make his name over the next few months thanks to enormous driving.

However, I’m always taken with those with a touch of feel about their game, and 26-year-old Greyson Sigg could be the next Georgia Bulldog to put his name against a trophy.

There is no coincidence that that particular university has a production line of quality golfers – indeed, eight took part in the latest U.S Open at Torrey Pines and nine in the FedEx playoffs – and coach Chris Haack clearly does a great job. He’ll no doubt repeat that with Sigg, his future son-in-law.

Haack makes his players work for their place in a team, and Sigg told PGATour.com that ”you learn to find yourself and what you like to do at a young age, so when you come out of college, you’re ready to go do a Monday qualifier and (used to) having to shoot eight under to get through.”

Having led the Bulldogs’ scoring average in 2017, Sigg played on the Mackenzie (Canadian) tour for three seasons, recording eleven top-10 finishes in 38 starts, the best being a third-placed finish at the GolfBC Championship when a final round 59 launched him up from a tied-35th overnight.

A naturally straight hitter, Sigg has worked on his short game over the years, and the last two years on the Korn Ferry Tour have produced eight top-10s, a runner-up at the 2020 Tour Championship (led after the second and third rounds) and, of course, the two wins at the Knoxville Open (first round 61) and in Idaho, where three rounds of 65 showed the consistency he is renowned for, rewarded with the award for 2020/21 Rookie of the Year.

Seven starts on the PGA Tour have been an education rather than a spectacular start, but four midfield finishes reads well enough. Of the missed cuts, he opened with a killer 77 at the Sanderson Farms, something he couldn’t recover from despite a second-round 69, whilst he missed the weekend in Houston by just two shots and at the RSM on the number.

He can also keep fond memories of a weekend at Torrey Pines where the experience of playing with a certain Phil Mickelson will not have gone wasted.

”Making a lot of cuts, and everyone keeps texting me great playing when I finish 30th, but I’m not exactly pleased with it and know what I need to do to get better.” Sigg to PGATour.com.

The attitude is right, the team behind him is top grade so let’s be on when he wins!

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Unruly fan behaviour overshadows Charlie Woods’ pre-qualifier round for Cognizant Classic

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On Thursday, Charlie Woods attempted to pre-qualify for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. The round at Lost Lake Golf Club didn’t go so well for Charlie, as he shot a disappointing 86 on the day.

According to The Palm Beach Post, the round quickly became unenjoyable for the 15-year-old. A group of nearly 50 fans followed Woods close to the fairway and ignored pleas from the tournament staff for them to “stay on the cart path”.

“Who are you? The fire marshal?” one fan reportedly said.

The Palm Beach Post also shared that one grandmother pulled her granddaughter out of school in hopes of Woods noticing her. Another fan became disgruntled when Charlie wouldn’t sign a copy of her book, “How I Play Golf,” by Tiger Woods, saying “I live here” when told that Charlie wasn’t allowed to sign mid-round.

Woods was derailed by scoring a 12 on the 7th hole, as well as plenty of other mishaps throughout the round. Unlike most 15-year-old kids, Charlie doesn’t have the luxury of being able to grind through the adversity outside of the public eye.

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We asked Rory McIlroy what his dream all-time version of ‘The Match’ would be…Here’s what he had to say

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In the lead up to TNT Sports’ ninth edition of “Capital One’s The Match,” Rory McIlroy, Max Homa, Rose Zhang and Lexi Thompson held a press conference.

While answering a question from GolfWRX, Rory McIlroy did his best to reveal what four players in the history of golf he’d hypothetically like to see play in “The Match”.

Vincenzi: “If you could create a match in this format between any players in any era, what match would you create and why?”

McIlroy:

“I think one of the cool things about golf is being able to or at least trying to compare generations. So, I was always a big fan of Shell’s wonderful world of golf growing up. And obviously you had a lot of the greatest players ever to play those matches.

I mean, it’s hard. I think there’s too many great players in the history of the game to try to, to just put up a foursome together because, you know, off the top of my head, I’m like, ok, Sam Snead and Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Seve. I mean, you can go on and on down the list and I’m a pretty big historian of the game and I, I really appreciate where the game has come from and what it’s evolved into and how that has benefited me and all of my peers up until this point. So, I think it’s hard to create a foursome and a format that would really do the history of golf justice.

But take your pick, there’s so many different ones that you could do. But I think trying to compare generations, being able to compare Hogan to Tiger, for example, in both of their primes would be something that would be really cool to watch.

There you have it. If the next version of “The Match” was Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods, who would you pick?

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‘Yuck’ – Cringe driving range mansplaining incident towards PGA pro goes viral

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While a female golf professional and coach was on the range, she received some unprovoked swing tips from an amateur onlooker.

“What you’re doing there is you’re coming back too slow,” the random man said to Georgia Ball, who has almost 200,000 Instagram followers based on her excellent golf tips she puts out on social media.

“I’m going through a swing change at the minute, so…,” Ball responds.

The man continues to try and “help” and says he’s been playing the game “for 20 years”.

You can see the full video on Ball’s Instagram page (@georgiagolfcoach) here:

 

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The most infuriating part of the video is certainly after she makes a great swing, the man tries taking credit as if his advice is what produced the result.

The man takes a beating in the comment section so make sure to check out the post, with even Hollywood actor Don Cheadle calling the incident “yuck”.

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