July 23, 2021

Can you believe it- the Senior Champion is younger than the current PGA Champion. what a phenomenon. Alex Cejka was born in December and Phil in June of 1970.

A big congratulations to Pepperdine University Men’s Golf Team for winning the Division 1 National Championship at the beautiful Grayhawk Golf Club’s Tom Fazio-designed Raptor course in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jon Rahm had a healthy lead at the end of play Saturday, 6/5, at Jack’s Memorial . He had been exposed to covid earlier in the week and notified the PGA, who then tested him and found the test to be positive, forcing Rahm to quarantine to the sidelines, while his nearest competitors Cantlay and Morikawa fought it out on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, Ohio. Taking nothing away from Patrick or Colin, they provided their own drama Sunday with Cantlay finally being victorious.

Garrick Higgo from South Africa picked up his first win at the inaugural Palmetto Championship at the unique Congaree Club in Ridgeland, S.C. just a few miles from Hilton Head.

Lexi Thompson fell apart on the last holes of the US ’s Open on the Lake Course at Olympic Club in San Francisco allowing 19-year-old Yuka Sasso from the Philippines to win her first LPGA event(a major) in sudden death. Just up the road the next week Matilda Castren became the first Finnish player to win at the LPGA Mediheal Championship on Lake Merced Golf Club.

After learning what not to do from me at the Chubb Classic Pro-Am at Tiburon in Naples, Stephen Ames, who has relinquished his Canadian citizenship, cleared his head of my swing thoughts and won the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa for his second win on the Champions Tour.

Back in Wisconsin, home-boy Jerry Kelly captured the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison at University Ridge CC in sudden death.
Redemption for Rahm at the 121st US Open winning his first major at the same location Jon won his first PGA title-Torrey Pines South Course in California, playing Callaway clubs and Chrome-Soft ball.

Nelly Korda got back to her winning ways In at the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield CC in Grand Rapids, playing a full bag of Titlist clubs, Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron putter and PRO V1 ball.

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