We are back! The PGA Tour crowned its fifth winner in the restart. Collin Morikawa carded an impressive 66 on Sunday and held off Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the first-ever Workday Charity Open.
Young Gun Collin Morikawa wasn’t the only the only winner this week in Columbus. Let’s dive into our Monday Morning Superlatives.
Most Likely to Finally Break Through
Viktor Hovland. Obviously, I like the guy’s game. He has been stellar since the restart. In fact, all 20 of his rounds over the last five week been under par! That is freaking crazy. He had some bad breaks and had a tough time getting momentum on Sunday, but his time is coming soon.
Most Likely to Become a Very Rich Man…
Collin Morikawa. Collin may have a little scar tissue from his playoff loss at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but he showed he can hang with the big boys this week. Going against the No.5 player in the world, he whittled away a three-shot deficit over the final three holes. When Thomas rolled in a 50-foot bomb on the first playoff hole, Morikawa answered with a 24-foot birdie of his own. Plus his swing is so pure!
Most Intriguing Hole…
The driveable par-4 14. This whole was all over social media this week. Hovland drove the green twice during the tournament (making one eagle). During the final round the hole did a fair job of serving up the drama. In the final group of JT, Morikawa and Hovland, we had three vastly different tee shots. JT laid up with an iron and left himself 96 yards in. Hovland saw his driver hit the rough and bounce into the water, while Morikawa hit a laser to 11 feet for EAGLE! Hovland ended up with a bogey. JT hit his approach to 5 feet and made birdie. Morikawa raced the eagle putt by and settled for birdie. Below are their tee shots. Love the set up on this hole. Big time risk/reward.
Most Likely to Ruin a Perfectly Good Thing…
CBS. We need to have a serious talk about TV rights/contracts. What the freaking heck are we doing. I understand the TV window and that Golf Channel can only air the two hours leading into the final round coverage blah blah blah. Why can’t CBS just put this live on TV. I shouldn’t have to go on a treasure hunt to watch such an awesome finish. No one cares about your PBR bullriding event. Put golf on!
And then when I’m forced to watch the best playoff in maybe last three or four years on a laptop I’m getting this.
Why are we cutting away during the playoff. Then coming back with no drama being built up. I am mad online! Come on guys! We’re trying to grow the game.
Most Likely to Buy the Next Round…
Chase Seiffert. What a Sunday for Chase. The 2019 Korn Ferry Tour grad carded a final round 67 to finish in fourth. He also moved to 109 in FedEx Cup points. He’s very close to securing himself a card for next year. He had a pretty solid day. Made a 42-foot birdie on 9 and after hitting his layup in the water on 11 he holed out for birdie from 135 (with a pitching wedge) on the par-5. Oh, he also cashed a nice little 303K check! Next round is definitely on you, bud!
Jordan Spieth Moment of the Week…
Jordan Spieth did not make the cut, but we still got some good content early in the week. Below is the essence of following Spieth. He makes this approach to the par-5 look so easy.
What an approach and eagle that is. He was talking to the ball like only he can and it just looked so easy. HOWEVER, it was the lone highlight for him. That’s part of the Jordan mystique. An incredibly easy birdie, but too many bad bogeys.
Most Relatable Reaction…
Jigger Thompson. That is an incredible name. You might be wondering why you didn’t hear him this weekend, it’s because he plays on the European Tour. The European Tour returned this week with the Austrian Open event on the Challenge Tour (their equivalent of the Korn Ferry Tour). On Friday, Jigger had this putt for birdie.
I feel like I’ve given the sarcastic thumbs up on the course before. It used to be my go-to move when a driver would cut me off or drive like an asshole. Instead of chucking the bird, I went with the thumbs up. Similar reaction here.
Most Self Aware…
Byeong Hun An. On Wednesday before the Workday Charity Open, An tweeted a pic of his latest stamp on one of his wedges.
Self-awareness at an all-time high. Not sure if he put this bad boy in play at Muirfield Village. He’s another pretty solid follow on Twitter. He’s not exactly wrong, entering this week he ranked 210th (-.789) in strokes gained putting on Tour this season. He calls it like he sees it or doesn’t.
Most Likely to Outdrive Bryson…
Tony Finau. Tony did not play this weekend, but that didn’t stop him from going viral. Playing with some buddies in Utah, Finau shot a 59! NO BIG DEAL. During his round, he took a crack at letting one rip with his driver. He got up to 206 MPH ball speed with a ridiculous carry of 383 yards. Have mercy. Check out the swing below.
Most Relatable Celebration…
Patrick Mahomes. Why am I writing about the Super Bowl LIV MVP? Because he played in the American Century Championship this weekend. The tourney has athletes and celebrities competing out in Lake Tahoe. Playing the par-3 17th during the first round Mahomes did this.
Did he just throw the game-winning pass in the Super Bowl or hit a par putt on a short par-3 in a celebrity golf tourney? Ironically, I think the last three par putts I’ve made from this length I’ve had a similar reaction. Shout out to Pat for showing emotion after signing a 500 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT. The guy cares.
Should be another fun week at Muirfield.
Did I miss anything from this weekend?