The PGA Tour heads to Ohio this week for the first of back-to-back tournaments at Muirfield Village (AKA Jack’s Place). This week is the first-ever Workday Charity Open, which is taking the place of the John Deere Classic.
It should be an interesting few weeks for the PGA Tour since they’ll be playing at the same venue. All this came about because the John Deere Classic cancelled it’s event due to COVID concerns in Iowa. Weird flex, but okay. I’m sure they’ll speed up the greens maybe do something with the rough, but it would be nice to see a course play a little harder.
Let’s take a look at some of the groupings and tee times for the Thursday & Friday.
Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka & Jason Day
– These boys will go off in the early wave on Thursday (7:45 AM).
– Is Jason Day good enough to still be put in these featured groups? I know he’s a member, a major champion, former world No. 1 and resides just outside Columbus, Ohio, but he’s made only one cut (T46 at Travelers) since the Tour resumed play.
– JT has been on fire and is coming off a week off. Thomas has two top-10s in his last three starts.
– Brooks is coming off a two-week break because he caddie tested positive and then negative for COVID. He never tested positive. It looks like he enjoyed the time off and the holiday weekend.
*His shorts are dangerously low! Brooks! For shame! Sad to see he got rid of that beautiful moustache he had a few weeks ago.
Viktor Hovland, Jon Rahm & Gary Woodland
– They will also get going early Thursday (7:34 AM).
– Interesting dynamic in this group. Rahm is sparkplug and the other two guys are cool, calm and collected. Could we be seeing a future European Ryder Cup pairing in Hovland and Rahm?
– Rahm can reach number 1 in the OWGR with a win. That’s been the case in his last few starts. Will he finally be able to breakthrough?
– Hovland has made a crazy ascent up the OWGR since turning pro last year and he’s finished just outside the top-10 in each of his last two starts (T11 Travelers & T12 Rocket Mortgage).
– Garbear hits a mean stinger. He’s kind of like a light beer. He won’t wow you, but sometimes it’s just what you need. Did that make sense? I don’t know. Regardless, below is a video of him mashing stingers courtesy of the guys at Skratch.
Whispers ** I think he hits better stingers than Tiger**
Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth & Phil Mickelson
– They go off late Thursday and early Friday. What better way to start your Thursday afternoon (with a beer or two) watching the rollercoaster that is Spieth.
– I declared Jordan back during the Colonial and maybe I was shooting from the hip, but when he is on the links it’s must see TV.
– Phil is going to Phil. He’ll rock his shades. Hit some crazy shots by the green. Make a few bombs. Spray the absolute shit out of his driver. He was rock solid through 36 holes in his last start at the Travelers. Can he put it together for 72 holes? ICYMI he’s 50 now!
– Cantlay is not technically defending, but he did win The Memorial here last year. He’s good player. I don’t particularly care for him because he takes FOREVER. He is the walking embodiment of slow pay. Seriously. Watch the clip below.
** That video was painful to watch and why so many casual viewers can’t get into golf. Get it together, Patrick.
Rickie Fowler, Matthew Wolff & Patrick Reed
– Another group of guys going out in the afternoon on Thursday and early Friday.
– Love the Oklahoma State connection. #GolfSchool. Wolff and Fowler have a great dynamic. The chemistry between is awesome and was one of the reasons the exhibition skins match back in early May was so fun to watch.
– Fowler had a good Sunday in Detroit and broke his streak of missed cuts.
– Wolff had a disappointing Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage classic, but he was stellar through the first 54 holes.
– Stop putting Patrick Reed in these featured groups. NO ONE likes him. I’ve mentioned it before with him. The only reason it is fun to watch is when he makes a bogey or worse I genuinely get happy. When they cut to him, I’m always hoping for the worst.
OTHER GROUPS OF NOTE
Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele & Billy Horschel
– They go off at 7:56 on Thursday. Rose had a strong finish here last year. Schauffele hasn’t really put it together since his meltdown of sorts at the Colonial. Billy Horschel is sponsored by polo and wears funky clothes. Lots of pastels. He probably loves dressing up for Easter.
Marc Leishman, Collin Morikawa & Brandt Snedeker
– Afternoon wave on Thursday. Why aren’t these guys a featured group? Morikawa is looking to start his streak of made cuts back up again. I feel like Brandt Snedeker is a guy that wears a TON of sunscreen. I’m going to be on the prowl all week to see if I can get a picture of him looking like powder. I always forget that Marc Leishman is Australian and then I hear him talk. Without fail I’m like “Oh, yeah!”
Come back tomorrow for our preview on the event. What groups are you looking forward to seeing on Thursday & Friday?