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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spaniard Adrian Otaegui wins new Belgian Knockout on European Tour

European Tour Belgian Knockout leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2018/tournamentid=2018042/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

This week in Antwerp the European Tour continued on its path to make golf more exciting, more watchable for the fans with the inaugural Belgian Knockout and it has just wrapped up after a very busy week with Spaniard Adrian Otegui winning his 2nd title, beating Frenchman Benjamin Hebert by 2 shots at this 9 knockout hole match medal play.

Here's how it works.

A 144-man field came to Rinkven International Golf Club as the European Tour returned to Belgium for the first time since 2000 and that field was cut to 64 after two days and 36 holes of straight forward stroke play - with a little help from an 11-man play-off.
 
There were then six rounds of nine-hole stroke play knockout to determine the winner, with bumper crowds lining the fairways over all four days of the event, which was organised and hosted by Belgium's Thomas Pieters and his family.
 
Next week it's the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event at the wonderful tree lined Wentworth GC in Surrey, England.
 
Bryan Angus

 

Rookie Aaron Wise the next young gun, poised to win the Byron Nelson

PGA Tour AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/at-t-byron-nelson/leaderboard.html

*Weather warning. Round 4 tee times delayed for an hour due to inclement weather

Look out Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler etal, here comes the next young American gun, Aaron Wise the 21-year-old PGA Tour rookie is ready for another run at his first victory.

He shot a -3 68 to tie Aussie veteran Marc Leishman at -17, four shots ahead of Matt Jones and Kevin Na going into the final round of the wind blown Byron Nelson at the new Trinity links style course south of Dallas.

It’s not the first time Wise has been in this position. Two weeks ago, he finished T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship, two shots behind Jason Day.

Wise has won at every level, including the 2016 NCAA individual title while helping Oregon win the team championship just before turning pro. He was the first player in eight years to pull that NCAA double. He was born in South Africa but raised in the United States.

Jordan Spieth couldn’t make a move from eight shots back, shooting par 71 and falling 10 strokes behind.

Nick Taylor (69) is the top Canadian at -7 under. Corey Conners (73) is -2.

Bryan Angus
(notes pgatour.com)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Henderson starts Sunday 4 shots behind at Kingsmill Championship

LPGA Kingsmill Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/kingsmill-championship/leaderboard

Heavy rain in Virginia forced officials to cancel play on Saturday at this Kingsmill Championship reducing the event to 54 holes beginning early Sunday morning.

Nobody was any hotter than Brooke Henderson who posted a rain delayed -7 65 on Friday to move into a T8, four shots behind leader In Gee Chun who is in the clubhouse at -11.

Brittany Marchand starts Sunday T20 at -5 while Maude-Aimée LeBlanc is T30 -3.

Henderson and Chun were two of only 60 players who completed their 2nd rounds.

Those who didn't will hopefully complete their 2nd rounds on Sunday morning, a cut will be made and the third and  final round will begin around 10.30am.

There is no more rain in the forecast with a mainly cloudy hot day predicted on Sunday.

Bryan Angus

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Justin Thomas is the new World #1

Yesterday 25 year old Justin Thomas became just the 21st player to be crowned World Number One since the Official World Golf Ranking started in 1986. He sealed his first Major title with a two-shot victory at the 2017 US PGA Championship and ended the year as the leading player on the PGA Tour, recording five victories on his way to claiming his maiden FedEx Cup title.
Thomas has continued that form into the 2018 season winning two titles on the PGA Tour at the CJ Cup and Honda Classic, a second-place finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship and fourth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March, before recording his best-ever result at the Masters Tournament where he finished tied 17th.
Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood round out the top 10.
Adam Hadwin is the top Canadian at #45.
Bryan Angus

Tuesday morning shag bag..Tiger, Weirsy, 2019 PGA Tour schedule..

It's a dreary rain soaked Tuesday morning, it's actually like Saturday for me as I work Thursday- Monday, so I have a chance to sit and post my Shag bag. By the way do you have a lawn to care for. This time of year with all this rain, then sun we are all mowing every few days just to keep up with the grass, which is growing like it's on steroids !! ( so are the dandelions)

1. Webb Simpson like Adam Scott suffered from the ban on anchored putting, he is only now emerging and his confidence in his new putting stroke was in evidence to say the least with his command performance last weekend at the Players. Last year at this time Tim Clark suggested he change to the claw grip which made all the difference to the former US Open champion who hadn't won since 2013.

2. Tiger's 65,69 weekend wasn't the only one, but has the hype machine in high gear again posting him a favourite to win next months US Open. I'll say this, he's healthy and is getting more consistent with reps. What did you expect? He didn't forget how to play while he was recovering.

3. Mac Hughes growth as a young professional took a leap forward paired with Tiger on Saturday then Justin Thomas, the new world #1 on Sunday. Knowing you can play with these guys without being embarrassed is a real confidence builder.

4. Speaking of the Players, it will be part of the changes in the 2019 PGA Tour schedule which will be posted soon. The PGA Championship is moving into it's spot in May, with the Players going back into March.

5. Also the St Jude Classic has lost it's sponsor (Fed Ex) so the week before the US Open is open, so to speak. Speculation has the RBC Canadian Open as a possibility, more likely according to several sources in the US, the Houston Open with a brand new sponsor will get the spot. There are more changes as well as these,  I'll post the new schedule here asap.

6. Mike Weir recently turned a youthful 48, and he will begin his series of events on the Web.com this week at their big pro-am, the BMW Charity in S.C. Weirsy has always had an indefatigable spirit, and despite the elbow injuries that knocked him out of his glory years in 2003-04, he continues to fight his way back to being competitive playing on the European Tour around the world and more reps on the Web.com can only help in my opinion.

7. The Canadians left on the PGA Tour are at the Byron Nelson in Dallas this week. Corey Connors, David Hearn, Nick Taylor and Ben Silverman will be there.

8. The women are back in action in Virginia at the Kingsmill. Brooke Henderson is joined by Alena Sharp, Maude Aimee LeBlanc, Brittany Marchand and Anne Catherine Tanguay.

9. A combination of a long overdue raise in minimum wages and this impossible spring of cold weather, and soaking rain is really tough on many golf courses across Canada. They look green but are very soft, in fact staff have only recently been able to get machinery on them without rutting, while staff on summer contracts are being paid to do odd jobs around the facilities to keep busy. Throw in a sharp drop in attendance that  has cities like Calgary and Toronto contemplating the selling off of their public courses, you can see it's a hard time in this industry.

Bryan Angus

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Simpson steals the show, Super groups flop, Mac plays with Tiger at Players Championship

PGA Tour Players Championship leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-players-championship/leaderboard.html

Webb Simpson stole the show, while the so called "Super Groups" flopped and all three Canadians will compete this weekend at the Players Championship.

Simpson just drove the ball perfectly all sunny Friday at TPC Sawgrass, then putted just as well as he tied the course record of -9 63, -15 total, to break out of the 6 way tie for the lead that existed on Thursday night, giving him a 5 shot lead over Charl Schwartzel, Danny Lee and Patrick Cantley.

If you missed it Simpson would have shattered the record but for a double bogey at the 17th, his tee shot joining tens of thousands in the water around the island green.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, then Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy who my colleagues in the media hyped into the Super Groups were a collective flop.

Tiger, Spieth and Thomas barely made the cut on the -1 number, while Fowler, Rory and Phil are off doing whatever bazillionaires do with a free weekend.

As for the Canadians, Adam Hadwin had a 68 to move to -4 T34 and he is paired with Patrick Reed today, Mac Hughes recovered brilliantly from an opening 76, with -5 67 and at -1 is paired with Tiger today. Nick Taylor after an opening 69, survived a triple and a double bogey on his way to 74, making the cut at -1.

Bryan Angus

Friday, May 11, 2018

Some of golf's big names struggle, Taylor leads Canadians at the Players Championship

PGA Tour the Players Championship leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-players-championship/leaderboard.html

As round 2 begins today at the Players championship Nick Taylor is T24 at 69 -3 which is the good news. The bad news is it could have been much better, on a benign sunny Florida Thursday at TPC Sawgrass.

With 5 birdies including a red hot 4 in a row, he went off the 10th tee, out in -5 31 strokes, but after the turn, playing the front nine last, he made bogey's on the 1st, 4th and 9th, with a birdie at the 2nd, back in +2 38 for the -3 69 total. All in all a good if somewhat disappointing start for Nick who has missed the cut in 8 of his last 9 starts.

Adam Hadwin shot E 72, while Mac Hughes was +4 76.

The featured group or "super group as the media have tabbed them, was a flop. Tiger 72, Phil 79, Rickie 74 and they are out in the early wave under more sunny skies this morning.

At the end of the day six players were T1 at -6 66 including Dustin Johnson. Steve Stricker is one of a pack including defending champion Si Woo Kim at 67, and big Jon Rahm, who could be world #1 by the end of the week is in the group at 68, as are Sergio, Bubba and Justin Rose.

Rory is at -1 71, Justin Thomas +1 73, Jordan Spieth +3 75, so a few of golf's brightest stars have a lot to do today if they want to stick around Jacksonville for the weekend, with the cut forecast to fall at -1.

The early wave this morning are taking advantage of perfect weather, the late wave will have a freshening breeze to deal with.

Bryan Angus