The playoffs of FedEx Cup have become the province of superstars.
The up-and-comers, journeymen, one-hit wonders, during the regular season, those guys must win. But, when it comes to playoff time, then only the super and the biggest players survives.
If you ask any professional golfer of elite class and he will respond that his priority is major championships and if you ask them what after that? The Players Championship (PC) or for most of the European-grown players, it could be the BMW PGA Championship, this is the championship, which in overseas is the flagship event. And the next on their list could be the playoffs of virtual sudden-death between the four Golf Championship tournaments of World and four FedExCup playoff events.
And if, just check the winners of these and many other important events, then the past nine playoff titles, has gone to who’s who list of golfers, and the winners are: Dustin Johnson, Johnson (again), Rory McIlroy, McIlroy (again), Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Day (again) and Rickie Fowler.
There is a superb chance that the in a row the 10th will be won again by the golfer with a similar pedigree.
To enter in the Dell Technologies Championship final round, there are over a half-dozen players present that are within the lead’s shouting distance who qualify. And that doesn’t include even Paul Casey, who has been a good and a consistent performer for years, Marc Leishman, Adam Hadwin, and Grayson Murray; these are the players who have won the PGA Tour event in the year.
The players that are best in their game aren’t worried about their game and they usually do not think about what they have to do in order to go to the next playoff event.
A former golf coach at KU Athletics Ross Randall passed away on Friday night, leaving Kansas sad.
The Hall of Fame KU golf legend led the Jayhawks for almost three decades. Randall joined KU in 1979, helping seven teams to the NCAA Championships and 19 teams to the regionals.
Randall achieved several feats at KU during his time. He led the team in 1989 that reached the NCAA finals for the first time in 32 years. He also supervised the team that reached the final rounds at the Championships in 1996 – the second best finish for KU in history.
The coach oversaw the development of three All American selections in Chris Marshall, Chris Thompson and Ryan Vermeer. He helped 27 protégés to become all-conference picks including 2007 graduate Gary Woodland who is playing in the PGA Tour.
“This is a sad day for KU Athletics and the men’s golf program. Ross Randall meant a lot to the program and to the hundreds of players he coached. Ross and Linda didn’t have any children of their own, but they had many golfers who they cared for and mentored while at KU and after graduation,” the head coach Jamie Bermel said after the news of his death filtered in.
Bermel added that he coached Ross for many years, adding that the deceased had “a great feel for the game and a great feel for his players.”
The Athletic Director at KU Sheanhon Zenger also praised Randall’s exploits whilst at Kansas, labelling him as “one of its all-time greats.”
“For 30 years, Coach Randall gave himself to the KU men’s golf team and achieved great success. Beyond his NCAA Championship and NCAA Regional appearances, his legacy will be left with his many connections with former student-athletes and the Kansas golfing community,” Zenger added.
Randall was the Director of Gold Operation from 2007 until his retirement two years later. The Kansas Golf Foundation inducted him into the Kansas Hall of Fame in 2014 for his contributions to the sport.
Wesley Brian was found hitting the tees as he was part of the final round at RBC Heritage held at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 16th.
His latest trick was applauded by the media and rightly so as he has gone from being a YouTube sensation to winning the PGA Tour. He had an eventful whirlwind time over the last 16 months. This culminated in his victory over Luke Donald, the former number one player at the RBC Heritage that was held in South Carolina. Bryan was ecstatic about the win at the age of 27. He also became the first native of South Caroline, who has won in the 49 years of the event happening at Harbour Town Golf Links. This achievement had come to him in the 18th start to his career in the PGA Tour. He shot four birdies straight on front nine and even overcame a four stroke deficit that had been set by Jason Dufner, a former PGA champion.
This was indeed a lucky break for him as he and his brother are known to shoot some amazing trick shots which they did when they participated in the competition named Big Break the Palm Beaches.
At that time he did not win, though he did triumph in 36 holes. However, in March 2016 there was the Web.com Tour where he gained the victory. He has now gained entry in 2018 Masters and he happens to live in Augusta where the Masters takes place. This year he followed several players in the Masters as a fan of their game in order to understand their strategies. He jokingly stated that he was there as he was able to eat great cuisine at concessional rates. Wesley is known to have a history of <>a href=”http://www.iloverickefowler.info/we-may-never-again-see-a-vintage-tiger-woods/”>Harbour Town as he and his brother as well as his father has been at the University of South Caroline golf team.
For the first time outside the U.S mini tours, Harold Varner III has won the Australian PGA.
Varner had fired nine birdies on Sunday in a closing 65 which saw him finish at 19 under, two clear of the Australian, Andrew Dodt, and four ahead of Adam Scott, the Masters Champion in 2013.
The 26 year old American had finished as a runner-up last year after a playoff, and during his rookie season on the PGA Tour, he had come off with four top-10 finishes.
At the event co-sanctioned by the European tours and the Australasian, Varner had a hectic week after his first round was stopped by rain and lightning while he was just done with his 14th hole. He thus had to set his alarm for 2.45 a.m. on Friday so he could get up in time for his 5:30 a.m. tee off.
By the time he finished his first round, he was in the share of the lead at 7 under before going out to finish his second round on day two just in time for lunch. His spare time sees him playing black jack at the Casino where he was staying. Speaking after the win, Varner had said,
“After last year, it feels good to come back and finish it off,” he said.
“This is my first win since the mini tours, so this is my first win, I guess, as part of an organization such as the PGA Tour, the European Tour. It’s just a step in the right direction and I’m just super excited.”
He also added that considering that it was his first win abroad, he was not yet fully accustomed to the routine of a champion as he had to take extra news conferences, interviews and photo opportunities.
Adam Scott has just proven why he’s one of the best golf players in the business today.
We are referring to his recent stint at the WGC HSBC Championship, which was held in China. He fought back relentlessly on day three. And it was one of the most spirited performances we have seen in the recent times.
Adam Scott is a former world No. 1 and that was on display. Day 2 wasn’t that great for him. Day 2 ended with a shooting of not so impressive 80. He played his best in the 3rd round, where excelled beyond everyone’s expectations. The 3rd round saw 8 birdies. And that completely erased his forgettable performance on day 2.
The third round was held on Saturday and the Queenslander had a blemish-free performance. Even though he’s trailing behind Hideki Matsuyama, it was such a great comeback.
Without any doubt, the 64 was the best round of the day.
Once he teed off the 10th hole, it looked as if he would be aiming for a neutral position. But excellent birdies at 13 and 14 told us about what was in store for the day.
He continued to perform well. We saw him doing well at 16 and 18 as well. And as a result, he was sent to the turn 4-under. It was his second 9 for sure.
For him, it was about seeking redemption. And he managed to walk away with redemption at the Sheshan International Golf Course.
The double bogies helped in immensely to gain 42 strokes. But he didn’t want to repeat the embarrassing performance in the second round. Therefore, he managed to cover the journey in 10 shots less.
And as a result, he managed to regain his lost confidence. And that was visible in his brilliant performance in the 3rd round. It was indeed a memorable performance for the golfer and his fans.
Hope you might be remembering the popular American golfer and Ryder Cup winner Anthony Kim.
The golf course’s Bigfoot Kim is an elusive man on the golf scene, but has been spotted quite a few times in the So & So’s Dallas bar or in a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas or in the Madison Club ranch in California.
All that is known about Anthony Kim is that he has not teed in a PGA tour event since 2012. He is alienated from the game now and even his handlers are not having a conversation with him. Kim, the 31 year old American golfer, looks pretty relaxed and calm whenever he is spotted in the crowd and gone on with his daily life as usual.
The latest from Kim is that he was spotted in a Dallas pet store and was also snapped. This photograph is all over the internet and many are looking at this snap with awed interest. The reason was his new hairdo.
This American has had a miserable time with injuries and has undergone six or seven surgeries in the past three and a half years. But, he looks quite spirited and worry free and there is no hint from his side that he would be returning to the PGA events. His last interview in 2015 revealed that he did not play even a round of golf for the last 18 months.
Kim in his hay days was three time PGA tour winner and an important member of the 2008 US Ryder Cup victory team. He achieved this feat at the age of 23. He now has added a lot of hair and some more tattoos and was all smiles in the recent photo that went viral. His fans and well wishers hope to spot this true American champion on the golf course very soon.
Australian golfer Adam Scott is all set to return to his homeland to compete in the 2016 Australian PGA Championship.
This tournament will be taking place in December and Adam will be looking to repeat the feat that he had achieved in 2013. The 36 year old golfer will be appearing in the European tour event for the first time in 4 years. The tournament will be played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1 to 4 December.
This is a big event in Australia and the there is no doubt that big names will be attracted to this tournament. This PGA event is co-sanctioned by the PGA tour of Australasia. Scott is pretty much excited that he will be teeing off in front of his home fans. He hopes that with the home crowd support he will be able to play his best game during the event.
Adam said that he loves coming back to his homeland and competing in a high profile event. He says that the support that he would be receiving from the Gold Coast crowd is sure to drive him to give his best shot and is looking forward to win the event.
The PGA Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Thorburn is really excited about the prospect of Adam Scott playing in the European PGA event in Australia. The Australian fans will get to see home favorite Adam in action and there could not be a much bigger news to happen in the event.
As the tournament is a European tour co-sanctioned event, there is no doubt that some of the popular European golfers would also be making it to the event. Scott’s last European tour event was the 2012 Barclay’s Singapore Open. Scott is expecting that his home fans make the week a very special one for him.
Rory McIlroy, the Irish golfer, wakes up at 5.30 am for breakfast.
After an hour, he is out running. Followed by yet another breakfast at 7.30. By it is 9 o’clock, he hits the course before a position of lunch at noon. After an hour-and-a-half, he is back at the tee box for yet another 3-and-a-half hours drill before he could polish off a mid-afternoon snack. McIlroy’s main gym workout starts at 4.45 pm. He takes dinner at 6.30 pm and by 10 pm, it is light out, bed time.
McIlroy believes that this strict routine will bring him that elusive Green Jacket next Sunday at Augusta. The Masters starts on Thursday and the twenty-six year old world number three is quite confident that he would be in the run to win the year’s first major.
With 2 PGA Championships, 1 Open title as well as a US Open already to his kitty, the Northern Irishman is more than desperate to beat the players like Jordan Spieth and Jason Day to golf’s top prize and battles his grand slam major set.
Rory believes that his precise preparation would serve him get an edge of his rivals. If you do not really love the work you have to put in to become the best then you might want to consider a different line of work or sport of choice.
He believes that the common denominator among each great athlete, no matter the sport, is they love the pursuit to improve. They devote themselves more and that is the main reason they are better.
Dustin Johnson is surely going through a fantastic state lately – he has been the longest of hitters on PGA Tour with an average of 315.1 yards, owns 2nd best average & it seems that he is on his way to make big at Zurich Classic.
The # 7 golfer has so had a super successful 2015. He finished at 6th or better at 5 of 7 tours this year, including a triumph at Doral hosted WGC Championship last month. He must be looking ahead to keep up his heightened form alive in the upcoming Zurich Classic as well- which would be played at New Orleans.
Dustin took an off from PGA Tour in 2014 that led to rumors that the golfer had tested positive in drug test. But both the golfer & Tour denied such an allegation. He clarified that the break was needed for him to seek some professional help to help him in dealing with some personal challenges.
His layoff continued till February 2015 as he got back to compete at Farmers Insurance Open, having spent the winter out at sea on a Greek Yacht Charter.
Dustin missed out on the cut at the tournament yet apart from Honda Classic, he has been all charged up for the rest of tournaments so far. Initially, the golfer credited hard work & strong gym sessions for his turnaround. But later on he added that the reason might lie somewhere else.
The good news is that the golfer had his first child with fiancée Paulina in January this year which has naturally brought great joy & motivation in his life. The little one is called Tatum & Dustin is just captivated by the little bundle of joy in his house.
“Being a father gives you best feel in the whole world”, said the excited new dad He is with the new born and Pauline at New Orleans at present. Golf is no more the # 1 thing for me anymore. It is all about my son & my family now.”
The 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play has come up with a new format this year that has been duly welcomed by pro golfers like Adam Scott & Jason Day.
Adam Scott has been teamed with Chris Kirk from America, Paul Casey from England & Francesco Molinari from Italy.
Paul is like the dark horse of the group who finished as runner-up in 2009 & 2010 events. Scott, who missed the 2014 WGC partly in protest of traditional Match play format, is hopeful that the latest change in format would be helpful for him.
The erstwhile # 1 was unable to cross over the 2nd in his past 8 appearances in WGC Match Play & he was knocked out right in the maiden round 5 times, including the last 3 on trot.
Defending champ Jason has been grouped with Americans Charley Hoffman & Zach Johnson as well as Branden Grace from South Africa for WGC round robin that would hosted at the famous Harding Park.
Jason, who claimed the WGC title last year in a highly competitive ground with 64 top players, this year, would need to triumph his team after rounds against every man in 3 days to proceed to knockout round 16.
Last year WGC victory marked the greatest victory for Day that he earned with an epic fight against Victor Dubuisson from France.
Marc Leishman would have to go past Rose but in case he is able to come up with an upset, he might face Anirban Lahiri from India & Ryan Palmer from America.
Matt Jones would be fighting to hone up his debut in WGC this year, drawing Dustin Johnson, Frenchman Dubuisson as well as erstwhile Masters champ Charl Schwartzel.
Sender (John) will open against Henrik Stenson, Bill Haas & Brendon Todd