Dustin Johnson did what he set out to do. The Team TaylorMade member went wire to wire at East Lake in Atlanta to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup to secure his 23rd professional career win and continue as the #1 player in the world. In Spain at Real Club Valderrama American John Catlin held on to win the Andalucia Masters on the European Tour. John, a Team Srixon player, has won four times on the Asian Tour but this is his first in Europe.
Eleven- time “Sportswriter of the Year” award-winner, Rick Reilly, has authored a book about Potus. Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is an enjoyable account of numerous interviews with famous golfers, caddies and former employees who have played golf with the Donald over the years and a must-read.
The Road to the 2021 FedEx Cup has begun. It was a family affair in Napa, California. After 11 years without a win, 2009 Open Champion Stewart Cink, a PRO V1 loyalist, closed with a 21 under par with his son Reagan on the bag and wife Lisa walking along to win the Safeway Open at Johnny Miller’s Silverado Resort for his 7th victory.
What happened to the leaders at the ANA Inspiration, the LPGA major played in 100 degrees Rancho Mirage, California? An inspired Miram Lee from South Korea came from behind to tie Nellie Korda and Brooks Henderson and then win on the first playoff hole. Congratulations Miram on her first major.
It was the flamboyant Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez who lead wire-to-wire at the Sanford International presented by Cambria with a full field of adoring fans in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That’s right, the PGA TOUR Champions allowed spectators and they came out in hordes.
Bryson DeChambeau, playing his Bridgestone Tour BX ball, muscled his way around Winged Foot Golf Club to capture the U.S. Open, his first major, with a 6-under score, the only player below par. It was a remarkable showing particularly Saturday & Sunday as the Mamaroneck, New York unforgiving course took its toll flummoxing the world’s best players. Well deserved Bryson!
In Portland Oregon, Englishwoman Charlie Hall took charge in a two-hole playoff to win the LPGA’s Cambria Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Jim Furyk goes two for two in his Champions Tour debuts, beating Jerry Kelly in a playoff to secure the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach.
The PGA TOUR headed south to the Dominican Republic for the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Hudson Swafford, a University of Georgia alumnus, secured his 2nd win outlasting a field of players who had trouble on the back nine Sunday. At the Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open 29-year old American John Caitlin captured his 2nd European Tour title in a month’s time at Galgorm Castle in Northern Ireland. Congrats John. I expect we will be seeing more of him in the USA shortly.
Golfers, remember golf is a safe sport to enjoy during the covid-19 pandemic where you can social distance, so Go Play!
David J. Daubert, GWAA, ING, USGA