US Open/World Cup Week


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June 7-10 PGA Tour Event

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This Week’s PGA Tour Event

Saturday: Oh, crap.  It’s Patrick Reed.  How could I forget that one?  Won national championship at Augusta State.  A player I’ve followed closely since he arrived on Tour.  It took scrolling through the field this morning.  I was trying to get it unaided, but just couldn’t do it.  I now recall Reed leading pretty much wire-to-wire, so he must have been playing with Rickie in the final group.  I remember the 72nd hole being devoid of drama, so maybe he was two shots up on Rickie at the tee box?  Or maybe Rickie hit a bad drive.  Oh, well, I got it.  Finally.  I’m sure it was him, though, because I recall checking OWGR the next day and being disappointed he did not make the Top Five.

Friday:  Day Three of my Memory Quest.  Danny Willett?  Did that happen?  And if so, was that this year or further back?  I know Sergio won last year, so it would have had to have been prior to that if not this year.  I’m leaning toward it not being Willett.  I’ve been trying to do this with no training wheels, but I might scroll through this week’s field with the idea that if the Masters champ is playing, his name might ring a bell.  I remember I watched the Augusta National live stream feature group of Rory and Jordan, so I would not have seen the leader that much.  I notice comments are coming in, but, obviously, I can’t look at them until I get it or give up.  I hope I get it before the Butler’s Cabin green jacket ceremony next April.  I’m thinking now it might be one of the golf media’s “athletes,” a Koepka type American, but someone else.  Or maybe someone from Euro Tour…  This is one hard puzzle!

Thursday: I still can’t recall.  Seems like it was a young lion type.  A European, perhaps?  Jordan made a run on Sunday, but from well back, and the course was playing easy, so it never felt like he was 100 percent in it.  Oh, now I seem to recall Fowler finishing second.  Holy cow, this is embarrassing.  The greatest golf writer on the planet and I don’t even know who won this year’s Masters.  Not a good sign for golf.

Wednesday: Not to say golf is losing its hold on me or anything, but I’m unable to recall who won the Masters this year.

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Colonial Week

A quality tournament on a great course.  Everything a golf course should be, and somewhat less vulnerable to the equipment manufacturers’ money grab which has ruined so many other classic courses.

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Byron Nelson Week, Kind Of

New course with no trees.  Look for rounds of 89, 95, 97, and 96.  Those aren’t scores; those are expected temperatures.  In the shade.  But then there won’t be any shade, will there?  I wonder if they will reprise the Pavilion.  If so, they better make it even bigger.  It’ll be interesting to see how things play out over the next five or ten years.

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The Sawgrass Major

“Mysteries” Abound at Sawgrass

Tiger Woods was outside the cut line and packing his bags.  The golf hucksters were not happy, opening complaining on television.  The cut was -2, and Woods had finished -1.  Then this happened:

  • Jordan Spieth bogies final hole
  • Justin Thomas bogies final hole
  • Wesley Bryant bogies final two holes

And — voila! — Woods had made the cut.

Then there was Webb Simpson.  On his way to shooting a 61 — making this joke of a golf course look like the joke of a golf course it is — he doubles his next-to-last hole?  Another “mystery.”

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Quail Hollow: Jason Wins The Day

Win Wasn’t Hollow for Jason at Quail

Jason’s son got his hair cut since last I saw him.

Graeme McDowell will finally get a few OWGR points.  Finished something like T51, T51, T21 in last three events, but he got no OWGR points for that.  Zero.  (The New Orleans event — the T21 — isn’t recognized by OWGR.)

Disappointing weekend for Sam Burns.  I felt certain this was the week he’d get unlimited sponsor exemptions.  He might have to play Nike Tour full time to ensure PGA status next year.

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