Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 11/15/20
One of the reasons Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked golfer in the world is that he never seems to let his emotions get the best of him. But we have seen the green jacket bring grown men to tears countless times in the past, and D.J. was no exception.
Johnson won the Masters on Sunday by posting a score of 20 under par for the tournament, which was a Masters record. The 36-year-old told Amanda Balionis that capturing the green jacket was a “dream come true,” and he fought back tears while discussing the feat.
Tony Finau confirmed on Tuesday that he has withdrawn from this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open held at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Finau began the week ranked No. 16 in the world and hasn’t played since he finished tied for eighth at the U.S. Open in September. He will have to return negative test results and be cleared before he can rejoin the Tour.
The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek Golf Course, also in Vegas, is scheduled for Oct. 15-18. It’s unknown if Finau intends to participate in that tournament if he’s eligible.
As Bob Harig wrote for ESPN, at least 14 players have tested positive since the PGA Tour returned to action amid the pandemic. Three caddies have also produced positive test results.
Bronson Burgoon replaced Finau for the Shriners. Burgoon, 33, has a pair of second-place finishes on the Tour during his career.
Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 8/9/20
Collin Morikawa on Sunday captured his first career major, winning the PGA Championship in San Francisco by shooting 13-under for the tournament. And he did it all at the age of 23.
After making a par putt on the 18th hole to lock up the major, Morikawa started to celebrate. He headed toward his girlfriend Katherine Zhu and was about to go in for a kiss or close embrace, but then the reaction changed, and they pulled away from each other. Morikawa put up his hand for a high-five instead.
Perhaps due to COVID-19 mask guidelines, the two avoided a kiss. Then they realized they could still hug and did that. They also were shown later getting more cozy.
Tiger Woods announced on Twitter that he will be returning to the PGA Tour at next week’s Memorial Tournament.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the [Memorial Tournament] next week,” Woods said. “I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there.”
The Memorial Tournament will not have fans but it is expected to have many of the biggest names in golf, including Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.
This will mark Woods’ first major event since February when he finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. Back problems caused Woods to miss several events, and then the coronavirus pandemic put golf on hold just around the time he was getting ready to compete again.
It appears the disappointing Ryder Cup news most have expected for weeks will be confirmed on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Bob Harig reported that the PGA of America will announce that the Ryder Cup scheduled to occur at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin this September is postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ewan Murray of The Guardian reported the news back on June 22 and added that The PGA of America and European Tour weren’t keen on holding the tournament without fans in attendance. Future editions of the competition will transpire in odd years.
Any lingering hopes the Ryder Cup could welcome a percentage of spectators were dashed on Monday when the PGA reversed a previous position and announced that the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament held at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio from July 16-19 won’t allow fans amid growing coronavirus cases throughout the country.
It’s not known if the PGA will open courses to fans this summer.
“I don’t know what specifically it will look like but it would be a competition while also being entertaining and getting the right mixture of individuals to have their personalities come out the way Peyton and Tom shined in this last one,” Mickelson told Markazi about the future of the match.
“They were humanized with their golf game yet they were competitive and they were funny and entertaining. They let their sense of humor come out. It’s about finding the right mix of those competitors and I don’t think we could get two better guys than who we had in Peyton and Tom. Going forward that will be the challenge. How do we improve on that?”
Woods and Manning have already agreed to a third meeting, but it sounds like Mickelson and Brady sure do want a rematch.
The foursome raised $20 million for coronavirus relief efforts, and the combo of Woods and Manning stopped Brady and Mickelson’s bid at a late comeback to win by one shot.
Tom Brady played miserable golf for six-plus holes during “The Match” on Sunday, but the four-time Super Bowl MVP came roaring back just as many people were giving up on him.
After spraying the ball all over the course and looking completely overmatched, Brady holed out for birdie with an incredible approach shot on the 7th. The shot didn’t look lucky either. It took two hops on the green and spun beautifully into the hole.
The 2019-20 golf season is upon us for both the PGA and LPGA Tours. There is plenty to talk about in the new year and much to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
Here are 18 golf storylines to keep in mind for 2020.
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The question of “How much will Tiger play?” remains the hot-button topic of the 2020 golf season. His quest for a record 83rd PGA Tour victory will officially begin with the Farmers Insurance Open, Jan. 23-26, at Torrey Pines. Barring any health issues, Woods should be good to go for all four majors, beginning with his title defense at the Masters. Of course, his health will be key all season.
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Remember not too long ago when we were talking about Jordan Spieth’s pursuit of the grand slam? Now, that seems like forever ago, considering Spieth has not won a tournament since the 2017 Open Championship. He had only nine top-10 finishes in 2018 and ’19 combined, so the pressure for Spieth to break out of his rut is only mounting.
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Koepka keeps charging
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The World’s current No. 1-ranked golfer, Koepka will try to win a major tournament in a fourth consecutive season. A victory at this year’s PGA Championship will make Koepka the first to win three in a row in the stroke-play era history of the prestigious event. There’s also Koepka’s pursuit of the grand slam, which would be complete with wins at the Masters and Open Championship. He finished top five at both in 2019.
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