Englishwoman Mel Reid captured her first LPGA event at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, which was played on the Bay Course at Seaview Dolce Resort in Galloway, N.J. The 13 times European Ladies Tour winner played her Miura irons to win by two. Well played Mel.
Sergio Garcia got his mojo back in Jackson, Mississippi at the Sanderson Farms Championship with some clutch finishing holes to win at the John Fought redesigned Country Club of Jackson. Felicitaciones! At the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland Aaron Rai needed only one playoff hole to beat compatriot Tommy Fleetwood to win the Scottish Open for his second European Tour title.
Scotsman Martin Laird, playing his Srixon 785 irons and the Z Star XV Pure White golf ball, won the Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin near Las Vegas in a three-way playoff on the second hole. It has been seven years since his last win. Englishman Tyrell Hatton captured the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club for his 3rd Rolex win. Tyrell also was victorious at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the last tourney before the pandemic hit professional golf.
In Cary, North Carolina the Big Easy, Ernie Els, picked up his 2nd PGA Tour Champions title at the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club playing his XXIO Eleven Driver & 3 Wood, Srixon irons and Z Star XV Tour Yellow golf ball, with birdies on the last two holes.
South Korean Sei Young Kim won the KPMG PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania for her first major on the LPGA tour.
In Orlando 28-year-old Trey Mullinax won the Orange County National Championship, the final tournament of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour. Hey Hey Trey!
After 10 years and 233 starts, 35-year-old Jason Kokrak hit the jackpot in Las Vegas winning the relocated from South Korea CJ Cup at the Tom Fazio design masterpiece Shadow Creek Golf Club. Knowing he could not compete against the youth on the PGA TOUR, Phil Mickelson has gone two for two in his PGA Tour Champions debuts, capturing the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at the Country Club of Virginia where the 3-day, 54 hole standard fits his age and ability.
Hats off to 38-year-old Englishman Ross McGowan for his 2nd European Tour win at the Italian Open on the Chervo Club just outside Rome, 11 years after his maiden championship at the Madrid Open.
Patrick Cantlay outlasted Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas with a 7 birdie closing day run to capture the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Country Club. Tiger came in tied for 72nd and Phil landed at 76th. Old age is tough.
Happy Birthday Ally! The LPGA took their show to the magnificent Reynolds Lake Oconee in Georgia to compete on the newly renovated Jack Nicklaus signature design Great Waters Golf Club, for the playing of the Drive On Championship. On her 28th birthday, Ally McDonald, a Mississippi native, edged out Danielle Kang to capture her first LPGA title. Another American win. How Sweet it is!
Golf has become the sport to feel safe and enjoy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Golf equipment sales have skyrocketed, and golf courses are enjoying plenty of participation. Want to get out of the house and still feel safe- then dust off those clubs and GO PLAY!
David J. Daubert, GWAA, ING, USGA