Gambling Picks for the WGC Fed-Ex St. Jude

Hope you didn’t fade me last week because your boy was hot! At the 3M Open, we hit on Finau top-10, Wolff top-20 and Bubba Watson missing the cut. Nearly cashed on Finau outright to win and our darkhorse (Max Homa at +7000) finished T3.

Not bad.

This week, we have no cuts! It’s the WGC Fed-Ex St. Jude’s Classic. The field is absolutely loaded. In all, 45 of the top 50 players in the OWGR will tee it up at TPC Southwind – the most of any event during the 2019-20 TOUR season. WOW!

This week, the PGA Tour announced a new partnership with DraftKings. In the vein of that announcement, we are using their odds this week and moving forward.

Locked and loaded. Let’s go.

Finishing Position
Rory McIlroy Top-10 (+150):
Listen, Rory McIlroy has flat out stunk since the restart. As a fan of the Ulsterman, it’s been tough. Rory has finished outside the top-10 in four straight starts for the first time since 2018. His next start the last time that happened was a W at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational. He was playing in the final group here last year and ended up finishing fourth. He also holds the course record (62 with Jon Rahm), which he shot in the third round last year. Cash it.

Daniel Berger Top-20 (+120): Daniel Berger. Haven’t heard from him in a couple weeks. Oh and in case you were wondering, Daniel Berger loves the course. Over the last 10 years with players that have played at least 10 rounds at TPC Southwind, Berger owns the best scoring average at 67.8. Too easy guys. He got a pair of top-three finishes in three starts after the break.

Max Homa Top-20 (+350): Max played great last week. Sure, his missed some putts down the stretch, but he put himself in position to make a move. After struggling with a string of missed cuts, he’s starting to figure it out again. Ball striking was great. Putting left a little to be desired, but I see another strong finish from him. Max shared an interesting tidbit on emotion on the golf course.

I will definitely say I’m going to implement this and then fail within three holes during my next round.

Viktor Hovland Top-20 (+120): Viktor! After a week off, the Norwegian is back. He’s been on a tear since the restart. He has racked up three top-12 finishes. He was primed for success before a tough 77-79 weekend at The Memorial. He’s playing in his first WGC. I don’t think he’ll have any jitters. Hey Viktor, what did the D.A.R.E. officers in Norway teach you…

Tommy Fleetwood Top-20 (+125): Tommy lad! Listen, hand up. I fudged up with my Fleetwood calls last week. That’s on me. I can admit that. The putter let us down last week. He put on a stripe show during the exhibition on Wednesday and I thought I was going to laugh all the way to the bank. I am a man of my word. I am doubling down (of sorts). No cut this weekend. Let’s get a backdoor T20, Tommy!

How I feel after every missed putt.

Those are my plays for this week. Who are your picks for the week?

I’ll write about some of the feature groups tomorrow. Come back!

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P.S. It was very difficult not to mention the B word during this. On principal, I’m not backing him this week. He’s going to go viral and force my hand. I know it. Are B**so* and I the golf blogging equivalent of Ross and Rachel (They weren’t on a break BTW)? Time will tell.

3M Open Monday Morning Superlatives

After a one-week hiatus we are back. If you didn’t catch any of the golf this weekend you weren’t missing much. A lot of the big names took the week off with a big week two-week stretch ahead with the WGC St. Jude in Memphis and the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco.

Playing in the final group on both Saturday and Sunday Michael Thompson held on to score his second career PGA Tour win. His first came seven years ago! There were a ton of guys chasing him and he did just enough to card a one-stroke win!

Michael Thompson wasn’t the only winner 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.

Most Likely to Not Get a Slow Play Warning
Renato Paratore.

Renato won the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood this week in England. It was the first official event on the European Tour in five months. He scored a three-stroke-victory with his decisive play. I mean this dude plays quick. Love it. I LOVE IT. Reminds of Brooks Koepka in how quick he gets it going. By the time your turn comes up, you know your lie and what you want to do. The only iffy thing about our boy is he spent this past week putting with his glove on.

YUCK!

Most Likely to Make an Absurd Par…
Sangmoon Bae. During the first round of the 3M Open, Sangmoon made a mess of things (kind of) on the par-5 18th hole.

His 250-yard hole out (for par!) was the longest hole out for par in the shotlink era. The previous best was 176 yards by Steven Bowditch in 2013. I mean what a ride that hole was. Tee shot wet. Drop two. Third shot wet. Drop four. Par from 250 out into the bottom of the cup. 

Most Likely to Have Me Worried…
Dustin Johnson. After going 80-80 and missing the cut at The Memorial. DJ made a mess of things of early on during the first round of the 3M open. He carded a 78 in round one before withdrawing with a back injury. We are getting to a pivotal stretch in the PGA Tour season. I hope he’s healthy.

Most Likely to Come Up Clutch…
Michael Thompson. He played some great golf on Sunday. He wasn’t overpowering the golf course, but he made some huge putts and some very clutch shots. In a tie for the lead with Aaron Long (who was already in the clubhouse), Thompson came up to the driveable par-4 16. He tugged his tee shot into a greenside bunker leaving himself a tough up-and-down. Thompson had 37 yards to the pin. He hit the following shot to tee feet for an easy and eventual tournament-winning birdie. Clutch.

Most Casual Celebration…
Bo Van Pelt.

Listen, I know these guys are pros. But, you have to show more emotion than this. I know it was Thursday. But come on! It’s a hole-in-one. The odds of a professional golfer making a hole-in-one are 2,500-to-1. That’s pretty unlikely. I know they have the saying “Act live you’ve been there before” but you have to be better. BE BETTER!

Most likely to be a Weekend Warrior…
Adam Long.

Adam Long went from making the cut on the number to solo second thanks to a casual 63-64 weekend. He was T-51 starting the weekend and he cashed a solid 714K! Not a bad 48 hours!

Best Dressed…
Charl Schwartzel. The 2011 Master’s champ was an absolute mood on Sunday.

What a fit that is. Oh my goodness. I didn’t know that Michael Kors made golf clothes. Also, that hat is a 1100 out of 10. You bet your ass I was scouring Amazon looking for one just like it. Oh and he had a pretty solid Sunday. He carded a three-under 68 to finish T3 despite making a double bogey on his second hole of the day. I will say this though. WTF is going on with his putter.

Seriously. Is this thing legal? I feel like if your handicap is under 20 then you just can’t have a putter like that. Did he buy that thing while he was drunk off an infomercial on the Golf Channel at 3:30 in the morning? I need to know more about this.

Most likely to Make You Rich…
Me! If you listened to my gambling picks column on Tuesday, you had a pretty solid weekend. I called Bubba missing the cut, Finau top-10 and Wollf top-20. I nearly cashed big time on Max Homa winning outright (+7000). Notes to know for you heading into next week in Memphis!

What did I miss?

Are you ready for a big two-week stretch on the PGA Tour?

Should have some monster featured groups in at the WGC. Let’s go.

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Gambling Picks for the 3M Open

NEW FEATURE ALERT!

Alright, we are back. In the first iteration of our weekly gambling picks we had a lackluster performance at The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. We went 1-for-2 in making/missing the cut (Brooks made it on the number!). We went 0-for-2 on positional picks (freaking Kisner and Justin Rose). And our head-to-heads were 0-for-2. Tiger and DJ both missed the cut and Xander finished better than Rickie.

So in week 1 we went 1-for-6. Not great.

In the words of the immortal Jordan Belfort…

New week. New me. All these odds are from FanDuel.

Make/Miss The Cut
Mackenzie Hughes to MAKE the cut (-142)
: Mackenzie has been playing like an absolute stud in the restart. He’s quickly becoming my favorite Canadian Golfer (although there isn’t much competition). He’s made four straight cuts. He’s finished in the top-6 in two of his last three starts. Put it on the board.

Bubba Watson to miss the MISS the cut (+215): Listen, I can’t just pick guys to make the cut every time. He’s missed three of the last four cuts. He shot 76 on Sunday at Muirfield Village. I’m not happy to be routing against someone. It is what is. Lock it in.

Finishing Position
Matthew Wolf Top-20 (+125):
The defending champ absolutely tore this place up last year. He’s defending a title for the first time this week. I think he’ll have a strong week on a course that suits his game. Shoot, I almost took him for top-10. He has a little scar tissue from his meltdown at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a couple weeks ago. I think the open set up this week will help the bombers.

Tony Finau Top-10 (+150): Speaking of bombers, Tony put on a clinic off the tee last week. We don’t need to speak about his final 18 holes. Let’s keep the first 54 in our memory. He has four top-10s this season. He also ranks 11th this season on Tour in shots gained tee-to-green.

Tommy Fleetwood Top-10 (+165): I know he hasn’t played a competitive round since The Player’s Championship first round in early March, but here me out. He is one of the best ball strikers on the planet. He shot 64 at Shinnecock Hills last weekend to get himself ready. I know his putting has been an issue at times. He’s playing the nine-hole exhibition on Wednesday so we’ll see where his game is. If you don’t believe me listen to the lads below…

*Remember bars. Remember the Ryder Cup. Simpler times.

Outright Winner
Tony Finau (+1400):
Let’s get weird. I can’t believe he’s never won on the PGA Tour. He had three great rounds and a terrible Sunday last week. Let’s have some short term memory and hope Tony does too.

Dark Horse Pick
Max Homa (+7000):
Max Homa is coming off a MC at The Memorial. He’s playing in the featured groups, so you’ll get to see him plenty on Thursdayand Friday. Listen, he’s been struggling. He has missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments. He opened with a two-under 70 last week and he’s been under par in three of his missed cuts. He’s not playing bad. Just needs more birdies. There will be plenty of opportunities this week. Throw 10 bucks on Homa and when you’re 700 dollars richer just remember who to thank!

Who do you like this week?

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Phil Mickelson Had Himself A Day at The Memorial Tournament

I didn’t think I’d be writing about a guy that ended his round 21 shots off the pace after carding a six-over-par 78, but here we are.

Sunday was peak Phil Mickelson. Before we dive into his shenanigans on the links, let’s catch everyone up to speed. During the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (how annoying is that), he did the following.

  • Positioned his coffee tumbler on the green with the sticker facing the camera
  • Putted from 80 yards out
  • Laid up on a par 3

What a character. So starting on the second hole, Mickelson started to place his coffee tumbler on the green directly in line with the camera. Ambush marketing. Nobody and I mean nobody is a better marketer than Phil.

Sitting at eight-over-par after a perfect 364-yard drive right down the middle on 13, Phil decided to pull his putter. Seriously. If I saw someone do this at a muni I’d laugh. This guy did it on Sunday of the biggest PGA Tour event this season. Phil DGAF.

After leaving the putt short of the green he told his brother and caddie “I saw that playing out differently in my mind.” What the hell did you think was going to happen, bud! It get’s better! His next shot was unreal flop. Full swing. Full send.

I love when Phil flops it. Best in the game. I would have bladed that thing three holes over with a swing like that. Ho hum par.

He saved his best for the difficult par-3 16. The hole has been the toughest all week and is playing nearly a whole stroke over par. He laid up. On a 173-yard hole over water. HE LAID UP!

He left himself 43 yards to get up and down for par. He ended up missing his 14-foot par attempt. So not sure the strategy paid off. Have I unintentionally laid up on par 3. Yes. Yes, I have. Should Mickelson have laid up. No. No, he shouldn’t.

All in all it was a wild ride for Mickelson. He had four bogeys. One double bogey and zero birdies. Tough sledding in some brutal conditions on a very firm course.

If Phil Mickelson shot 78 what would you have carded?

From the tips, I probably would card a 150. No joke.

Check back later to hear about the winner!

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Bryson DeChambeau Shows His True Colors During the Second Round of The Memorial

My love affair with Bryson DeChambeau is over. No more cute nicknames. No more getting jazzed up over his ridiculous lines off the tee. He showed his true colors today. He is a spoiled brat on the golf course and no matter how cool he tries to be his child-like behavior always comes back.

Heading to the scoreable par-5 15th hole, Bryson was +1 for the tourney. He then proceeded to record a 10! A quintuple bogey. Sad to say this is relatable, but how he handled everything during the hole and after was not. Here’s the shotcast for him.

To recap: He drove it into the hazards (shout out). Dropped 2. Hit his third Oscar Bravo. Dropped 4. Hit his fifth Oscar Bravo in the same spot. Dropped six. Hit his seventh 259 yards to the right rough (short side) 44 yards from the hole. He then had a 10-minute debate with a rules official on whether his first ball was actually OB (it was). His eighth shot was to 29 feet. He then two-putted for a 10.

I HATE how relatable that video is. The number of greens I walk off going like that en route to my double bogey is HIGH.

Look at this tweet from the guys at No Laying Up about his 15th hole.

26 minutes! What a joke. That messes with your playing partners rhythm, the guys behind you and the flow of the round. Such a shitty move by our former boy.

Let’s take a deeper look at his antics.

Here is Bryson maybe, but definitely fluffing down the rough before his drop. Listen, I do this ALL THE TIME and it’s fine in my book if you’re playing in a scramble or with the boys at the local muni. BUT, you can’t do this on the PGA Tour. Is this legal? Get me a rules official stat!

Here is Bryson not believing the rules official and calling for another ruling. While this was going on during the broadcast, Sir Nick Faldo explained the rule pretty darn clear and that Bryson was indeed out of bounds.

On the next hole, Bryson’s caddie pulled one of the most outrageous moves I’ve ever seen. I’m not being hyperbolic here. His caddie literally ran in front of a camera to block them from showing Bryson walking after a poor tee shot into a par three.

That was outrageous!

Live look at Brooks scrolling twitter…

I cannot wait to hear how Bryson spins this in his post round interview. Let’s be honest.

Next week, I’ll be back on Bryson’s jock. I’m addicted to his CONTENT.

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Tiger’s Caddie Talks About How He Spent The Past Five Months

Tiger’s Caddie, Joe LaCava, had a quick and interesting chat with the guys over at Caddie World earlier today leading up to the start of tomorrow’s The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. After a five-month layoff, Tiger and LaCava are back at it this week in Ohio.  

Here’s a quick history on LaCava. He’s been on Tiger’s bag since 2011. Tiger and Joe linked up after TW split with longtime caddie Stevie Williams. LaCava came up on the bag of Fred Couples, who is Tiger’s boy, in the 1990s. Joey and Tiger share a special bond. If you don’t know anything about him, the brief interview below should let you know how awesome he is.

What an absolute gem this guy is. Would LOVE to throw a few back with him. He probably has some awesome stories. Just crushing Netflix and playing golf. Now he’s back on the bag for the GOAT. Fuck all. What a statement. Joe LaCava DGAF.

I might have to mess around power rank some of the caddies on Tour. Spoiler Alert: Joey’s in the top spot!

After a little research, I found that not only is there a Caddie Hall of Fame, but Joe is in it. He’s caddied for Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III, Tiger and Justin Leonard. What an eclectic group of personalities that is.

Never forget.

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The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Preview

The PGA Tour is still at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio for the second week in a row! This week, the course is primed for the 2020 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

The field is stacked, the rough has been grown out over the last two weeks (thanks rain!), the greens have been sped up and the course is going to be tipped out. Despite all that, I hope they consider moving up the tee box on 14 again like they did last week. It made for some great drama, especially on Sunday.

Can Collin Morikawa run it back and win two weeks in a row? Can Tiger win in his first start since February? Who will emerge from these SUPER groups we have on Thursday and Friday. Lots of questions heading into the week.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 7:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

STORYLINES & SUPER GROUPS
The field this week is absolutely loaded. Nine of the top-10 players in the world are in the field and 22 of the top-25. Lots of OWGR points on the line. Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson all have a chance to become the No. 1 player in the world with a win.

Tiger is back and playing with Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy during the first two rounds. Just take a minute to let that sink in. They go off Thursday afternoon and first thing Friday. Tiger is back. His swing has looked great in all the viral videos that have popped up during the past few months. Can he put it together and compete with the younger players for four days? A win gives him the all-time record (83). Every time he plays until he wins they are going to talk about this. Brooks is hungry after a missed cut and has some shit talking to Bryson to back up. He hasn’t won since last July. He always plays well in bigger events. Expecting good stuff from him. Rory is going to Rory. Hopefully he can cut down on the mistakes and string some birdies together. This group will be fun to watch. Like really fun.

Is the course going to hold up for two weeks in a row? Um, yes. The PGA Tour posted the picture below and oh my god does Muirfield still look pure. The grounds crew has been working around the clock over the last two weeks. They’ve grown the rough out. The greens have been sped up. I’m interested to see the divot situation between last week and the practice rounds this week. For those guys playing both weeks it will be different for sure. Different tee boxes and angles off the tee. Faster and less receptive greens. Should play firmer and faster and the hot temps in Ohio will help with that.

Another one of the super groups is Bryson DeSLAMbeau (god I missed typing that, but I enjoyed our week apart), Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay. These are the last three winners at Muirfield. Bryson is back and obviously he’s been posting a TON on social media. How many times will we see the Kraken during the first round. What a name for your diver by the way. Can Morikawa go back-to-back? His ball-striking on Sunday was unreal. Kid plays with confidence and he’s care free, although I still think his putter under pressure is questionable. He nearly missed a two-footer to force the playoff last week. Cantlay takes two days standing over every shot. He annoys the crap out of me, but he gets results. Can’t knock it (I will continue to knock it). Below is the hype video Bryson posted this week. There is no way he can keep that swing speed up consistently without hurting himself, right?

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is the week, guys. This is it. Rory is back after a two-week vacation. That means I’m going with the No. 1 player in the world. But Steve, he hasn’t performed well in the restart. Hmm. Interesting take. Let’s do some research… Rory has finished outside the top-ten in three straight starts. His finishes in his next event the last three times he did that: Win, T2 & T4. LFG! Rory McIlroy and -14 winning score.  

CWalks: Let’s look at the power rankings this week heading back into Muirfield.  We have Bryson, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas in the top-three.  I really want to give Justin Thomas the nod on this one and go with what the rankings are telling me, but I’ve really been into Viktor Hovland lately. This kid has finished in the top-25 in every tournament since the restart after COVID.  He’s super young and I’m not sure if he is yet ready to deal with the Sunday pressure especially with a lot of big names in the field this week. However, I can’t help but think that he has to break through and pull out a win very soon. So why not, I’m pulling for Hovland this week to take home the Memorial.

Foster: This week I’m keeping it simple. I know everyone’s going to pick Tiger. And in case you didn’t know – I’m everyone. Why? Never bet against a legend. 18-under wins it for the Big Cat.

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Gambling Picks for the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide

NEW FEATURE ALERT!

The Memorial presented by Nationwide has always had a major feel. It’s played at a difficult course. It has a limited and stacked field and it is Jack Nicklaus’ tourney. Just as players dream of capturing major championships, the winner of this walks off the 72nd hole to be greeted by the second-greatest golfer that’s ever tee’d it up.

With all that in mind, we decided to roll out a new feature. All of these odds are taken from FanDuel.

MAKE/MISS THE CUT
Brooks Koepka To Make Cut (-290):
A lot of these odds stink. I don’t think Koepka will miss two cuts in a row at the same course. He closed his second round at the Workday Charity Open with birdies on three of his final four holes and a nice five-under 31 coming in. Brooks will be competing this weekend. Cash it!

Shane Lowry To Make Cut (-150): This was supposed to be the week that Lowry was defending The Open Championship. Outside of a sloppy third round (two-over 74), Lowry produced some decent scores at Muirfield last week. We know they are going to grow out the rough a little and the greens will run faster. Is the weather going to make the greens more receptive due to all the rain or will they play as fast as those setting up the course hope? This one is more iffy in my mind then Brooks. Cash it!

FINISHING POSITION
Justin Rose Top-10 (+470):
Rose has a nice history at Murifield. In his last three starts at The Memorial he’s finished 13th, 6th and 2nd. I know he missed the cut at Workday last week, but HEAR ME OUT. Since the restart, Rose has switched away from Honma clubs and changed his swing coach. Despite his back-to-back MC, he’s also finished T3 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and 14th at the RBC Heritage. HE IS DUE!

Kevin Kisner Top-20 (+380):In his last start, Kevin Kisner shot a Sunday 66 to finish third at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Muirfield is a course that rewards good putting and this guys rolls the rock like an absolute stud. He ranks 25th on Tour in total putting. I don’t care that he has missed two cuts in his last three starts. I’m a what have you done for me lately type of guy. He was solid in Detroit. He has four top-20 finishes this season. Let’s make it five. This ain’t no hobby.

TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS
Tiger Woods (+116)
over Dustin Johnson: Tiger, Tiger, Woods ya’ll. The GOAT is back. He has torn up Muirfield in the past (5 wins). Listen, I have no idea where Tiger’s game is right now. It’s first professional start since February. I know that golf is more fun to watch when he’s in contention and playing well. Is DJ really going to go lower than TW? Let’s ask TIGER.

Rickie Fowler (+110) over Xander Schauffele: Slick Rick for the dub. I think I hate this pick. Rickie has been all over the place since the restart and nonexistent on the weekends. He hasn’t been in the hunt in a while. Xander has been pretty solid, but since his mini meltdown at the Charles Schwab Challenge he’s played okay (a pair of top-20s). Rickie shot a Sunday 73 at the Workday and Xander ended up beating him by two strokes. I think I’ve put myself in a pretzel writing this. I absolutely hate this pick, but Rickie don’t let me down.

What a tournament we have this week, folks! Should be a lot of fun. Come back tomorrow for our preview!

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Workday Charity Open Monday Morning Superlatives

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?

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Collin Morikawa Wins the 2020 Workday Charity Open

Collin! What a Sunday for golf that was. Oh em gee. I feel like I need a cigarette after that. Collin Morikawa fired a six-under-par 66 and outlasted Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff to win the 2020 Workday Charity Open.

Morikawa now has more wins (2) on the PGA Tour then missed cuts (1). After an up-and-down Saturday, Morikawa took advantage of the earlier tee times this morning to chase down JT. With the win, Collin moves all the way up to No. 13 in the OWGR! WOW! One spot ahead of the GOAT (Tiger).

Speaking of Tiger, Morikawa is the first player since Tiger in 1996 to win twice on Tour before missing 2 cuts as a professional. Tiger won 43 times before his 2nd missed cut as a pro.

Everyone wondered after his missed three-footer in a playoff a few weeks back at the RBC Heritage if he’d be able to bounce back. I think the answer is year. Five birdies, one eagle and just one bogey, while playing in the final group with Justin Thomas. Morikawa was locked in.

He had EIGHT approach shots inside 10 feet today, including one on the third and final playoff hole. The 23-year-old was STONECOLD with his irons today.

Already one under on his day, Morikawa stepped up to the 230-yard, par-3 fourth.

That swing was SO pure. How does that not go down for an ace. He followed that up with an unreal eagle on the par-5 fifth.

He hit three wood off the tee 282 yards to the fairway. Then hit his five wood from 231 yards out to 3 feet. CASUAL.

Justin Thomas saw his two-stroke lead to start the day turn into a three-shot deficit. But, JT didn’t hear no bell. Starting on the eighth hole he made four straight birdies. Then on 14 he added another birdie before a dagger (or so we thought) with a 21-foot eagle putt on 15.

With that eagle on 15, JT had a three-stroke advantage. Thomas stumbled coming in making bogeys on 16 and 18, while Morikawa had another huge birdie on 17 and nice par on 18 to force the playoff. For as sharp as JT was on Saturday and during the middle of the round, he was that sloppy coming home.

The playoff did not disappoint.

Let’s take a look at the birdie attempts from both guys on the first playoff hole.

WHAT A PUTT from JT. Holy cow. He let out the loudest cheer we’ve heard on the PGA Tour since the Player’s Championship. BOMB. That was from over 50 feet. NO BIG DEAL.

Could Morikawa answer?

Obviously he answered. HE WON THE TOURNAMENT! But what a putt from the young gun. 24 feet. Right in the heart. STONES.

After both guys made par by missing their putts by fractions they moved to third playoff hole (No. 10).

JT found trouble off the tee and had too punch out for his second. Morikawa followed up a perfect drive with a dart to nine feet. Thomas hit his third to 14 feet and was unable to convert the par and Collin won it with two putts.

What a freaking day of golf. That was awesome. There was a ton of other stuff to unpack so check back in tomorrow morning for our Monday Morning Superlatives.

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