The American Express Monday Morning Superlatives

We are back! Si Woo Kim closed with a bogey-free eight-under 64 to win The American Express on the PGA Tour and Tyrrell Hatton boat raced the field in Abu Dhabi to move into the top-five in the Official World Golf Rankings with a win on the European Tour at the HSBC AD Golf Championship.

Kim and Hatton weren’t the only winners this week. Let’s take a look at our Monday Morning Superlatives and all the oddities you might have missed last week in the golfing world.

Best Weekend…
Patrick Cantlay

Listen, Cantlay is the slowest golfer on Earth. He literally stands over every putt for a minute and wiggles his feet 10 times to get into position. It is infuriating to watch. That being said, he was on another planet this weekend. After making the cut on the number, he shot a ridiculous 126 over the weekend. He was 11 under par on Sunday with 11 birdies! In his last 36 holes, he had 20 birdies, 14 pars and two bogies. That is insane. He almost birdied every hole on the course over the last two rounds. Truly impressive.

Coolest (Free) Car…
Alexander Levy

During the third round of the HSBC AD Golf Championship on the European Tour, Alexander Levy made a hole-in-one on the 177-yard par 3 15th. The shot and the celebration were both awesome. Check out the video below. Watch until the end for some DAD dance moves. If you were wondering why some people think golfers are socially awkward just watch this whole thing unfold.

Best Shot Trajectory…
Si Woo Kim

I’m a sucker for a good stinger. This is so simple and so awesome. Si Woo Kim is only 25! He feels older because he’s been playing professionally since he was 17! Been around eight years and he became just the second player currently on tour (Collin Morikawa) with three wins before turning 26. He won The Players a few years back. Good on you, Si Woo. Also, could he pull down his hat a little lower…

Most Likely to be back in the Win Column…

I was awful with my picks at the Sony Open and went 0-for-the board. This week, I was a respectable 3-3. Rickie top-30 check, Finau top-20 check and McIlroy with a higher finish than JT check. I should have backed Cantlay instead of Reed. I WILL NEVER ROOT FOR PATRICK REED AGAIN. NEVER! Big week ahead with lots of big names in the field at the Farmer’s Insurance Open.

Best Sense of Humor…
Mark Hubbard

Mark Hubbard had a tough go of it last week at The American Express. He shot a four-over-par 76 on Friday to miss the cut. On his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth, he unveiled what he dubs as “The Snail” putting grip.

What a WILD move that was. I guess if you’re not going to make the weekend then the par putt doesn’t really matter. He explained the putt…

“Like most things, the key aspect is really the presentation. You’ve really got to sell it, that you’re going in for a normal stroke. Really look focused and determined, and at the last second, shimmy in there. Reminiscent of a Jack Parkman from Major League 2, shimmying at home plate.”

I think I want to get a beer with Mark Hubbard.

Most Impressively Average Round…
Phil Mickelson

Phil did something he has never done before. When you get to type that it’s always exciting. During the second round of The American Express, he carded 18 straight pars. It was his 2,201st round on the PGA Tour and he had NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE. It didn’t help me (who took him top-30) or Phil as he ended up missing the cut. Been the story of Phil lately. Go a little viral on social without a strong performance.

What did I miss?

Let’s have a week, everyone.


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