It was Patty-Ice better known as Patrick Cantlay winning the FedEx Cup at East Lake Golf Club over a never-say-die Jon Rahm. Some of my fellow writers felt the tournament was dull, primarily to Cantlay’s demeanor, but that level-headed well-paced game got him to the top and no one can deny he played the best. Congratulations Patrick!
I have a problem with the tours playing the Solheim Cup the same weekend as the FedEx Cup. It was a hullabaloo at the historical Inverness Club, one of our true national treasures, in Toledo, Ohio where the European Team outplayed the United States 15-13. It was one of the most entertaining matches I have ever watched, played on a fantastic 1916 Donald Ross design that has withstood the test of time. Kudos to the Euros!
In Sandwich, Massachusetts, LPGA stars Jan Stephenson & Laura Diaz combined for a one-shot victory at The Ridge Club in the BJ’s Charity Championship.
Billy Horschel, a 34-year-old Floridian, birdied Wentworth’s storied 18th hole to win the BMW PGA Championship in England, beating almost everyone on the European Ryder Cup team while not getting an invitation to play for the USA. Way to go Billy, Billy, Billy!
At beautiful Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, home of some great wins by legends Ben Hogan & Kathy Whitworth, David Toms defeated Dicky Pride on the first playoff hole to capture the Ascension Charity Classic for his first win since 2018 where he was victorious at the U.S. Senior Open.
A Big Shout Out to Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev, first time winners of the U. S. Open Tennis Championships.
Congratulations to Patrick Cantlay for being chosen “Player of the Year” and Will Zalatoris for “Rookie of the Year” on the PGA TOUR 2020-2021.
At the beautiful Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear, Alabama, Laura Tennant, from Oregon, won the U.S. Senior Women’s Golf Championship 2&1 to take home the trophy for the third consecutive time. The match play event was played on the Dogwood course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail, that covers the state with 468 fantastic holes at 11 different sites.
California born Max Houma captured the Fortinet Championship, his 3rd PGA TOUR win at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, the first event in the 2021-2022 FedEx Cup. In Portland, Jin Young Ko won easily in the rain-shortened LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at the Oregon Golf Club. That is her ninth LPGA win and 23rd overall professional wins for the 26-year-old Korean.
Speaking of old, 53-year-old Darren Clarke won his 3rd Champions Tour event at the Minnehaha Golf Club in South Dakota, the site of the Sanford International Golf Tournament presented by Cambria.
Nasa Hutaoka from Japan took the title at the WALMART NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G for her 5th win on the LPGA.
How about South Korea’s K.J. Choi capturing the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links for his first Champions Tour victory.
It was America’s Horses for Courses against an aging European Ryder Cup Team. Captain Steve Stricker’s young bucks gave the USA an amazing 19-9 victory at the awesome Whistling Straits Golf Club in Stricker’s home state of Wisconsin. Special kudos to Dustin Johnson who went 5-0 in his matches to help secure the win in the 43rd Ryder Cup.
Back home in Florida, we had our first morning in the 60’s since June 1.
What a great time to get out and play golf. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather.
David J. Daubert, GWAA