Justin Thomas Leads the Workday Charity Open After 54 Holes

JT! Justin Thomas was en fuego on Saturday afternoon, carding a smooth six-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 2020 Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village.

Thomas has been stellar this week and he is just the second player since 1990 (Jim Furyk, 1997) to go through 54 holes without a bogey at Muirfield Village!

After racing out of the gate, Thomas took the lead for good on the par-5 11th. He had every facet of his game working today.

Playing in the last group, Thomas erased a three-hole deficit thanks to finding fairways and greens. While Thomas was six-under, 36-hole leader Collin Morikawa struggled with an even par round of 72.

Early in the round, Thomas found a divot and had this unreal approach shot.

That shot is so difficult and he makes it looks so easy. That’s why he is a pro! Thomas has a little bit of breathing room heading into Sunday.

I said he was doing everything right. You don’t believe me?! Here’s a nifty up-and-down from the rough.

In case you were really doubting me here’s a nice little sand save. Such a tough shot. Green running away. Water. JT was feeling it today!

Here’s how we stand with 18 holes to play.

Thomas was not the only player to make a move as Viktor Hovland had eight birdies on the way to third round 66.

Hovland loves the 14th! He drove it for the second day in a row. He’s been so solid since the restart and has the second-best score-to-par of any Tour player not named Bryson DeChambeau in the last month.

Also, I LOVE his swing. Check him letting the big dog eat!

Should be another solid Sunday. The final group is JT, Morikawa and Hovland. LET’S GO!

Is JT going to hold on? I think so! Who do you have winning it all?

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Morikawa will Hold 36 Hole Lead at Workday Charity Open

While there are still a few guys left to finish round 2, they aren’t going to catch Collin Morikawa after 36 holes. What a great way to bounce back after missing a cut the week prior. Morikawa went on to back up his opening round 65 with a solid 6 under round of 66 including 3 bogies in the round! That’s crazy!

Round 2, 66

Collin has been absolutely lights out at Muirfield Village, which is amazing because we are seeing so many guys struggle here at this 7456 yard beast of a course. So far this week, Morikawa has been throwing darts on his approaches which has given him some great looks to make birdies which you’re definitely going to make when you are averaging 1.536 putts per green in regulation.

While Morikawa has made it look easy, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for a lot of other guys who we won’t see make the cut. Jordan Speith is continuing his roller coaster play and has been unable to break through and shoot under par. MuirField is also getting the best of the former Olympic gold medalist Just Rose who finished the weekday rounds +10. We also have to mention Matthew Wolff, who posted a 2 day +5 total making us look really bad after just featuring him in our young gun blog.

It stinks not to get to see these guys through the weekend, but there’s still plenty of names topping the leader board that should be fun to watch. Heading into today it’s honestly anyone’s tournament, there’s a solid grouping of guys at at least -5 including Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama who are only a few shots back. It seems like 8 shots off the lead is a lot, but the way this golf course is playing, anything can happen.

Due to a round 2 suspension due to darkness, we will have to wait until later this afternoon to get things going in round 3 to see if Morikawa can keep up this pace?

56-Year-Old Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads the Austrian Open After 36 Holes

You read that right! The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez, holds a two-stroke lead at the Austrian Open after 36 holes. Jimenez fired a seven-under 65 in the second round of the European Tour’s first event back.

The Austrian Open is being co-sponsored by the European Tour and the Challenge Tour. The Challenge Tour is the European Tour’s version of the Korn Ferry Tour and arguably it’s most famous (here in the States at least) for where Brooks Koepka got his start.

With no live video highlights have been hard to find. Here’s a look at the Spaniard’s mood heading into the weekend.

Miguel is looking to break a record he already owns in becoming the oldest winner on the European Tour. On Friday, he carded an impressive 10 birdies to go along with three bogeys. He ended his round in style with this bird.

Decent approach. He’s still got it.

Just remember, NO ONE and I mean NO ONE, has as much swag as Miguel.

Who has made cigars more popular Miguel or Arnold Schwarzenegger? Hard to say. Also, I had to Google that last name and it still doesn’t look right.

Anyways if you’re not familiar with Miguel’s sweet pre-round stretching routine check it out below.

Cigar in the mouth and all. What a character. If you saw someone do this on the range you’d 1,000% think they were an asshole. But somehow, Miguel pulls it off.

Will he hold off the pack over the weekend?!

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Collin Morikawa Leads the Workday Charity Open After Day One

YOUNG GUNZ! Baby-faced Collin Morikawa shot an opening round seven-under-par 65 to lead the first-ever Workday Charity Open by one stroke.

Morikawa’s low round in the afternoon was an anomaly thanks to some insane ball-striking as almost 70 players carded over-par scores at Muirfield Village on Thursday.

Before we get to Morikawa’s day, let’s take a look at the leaderboard and some of the big names that got off to rough starts. Adam Long ended up bogeying his final hole of the day so he dropped back to four-under.

Gary Woodland (+1) made four birdies on the day, but he also three bogeys and a double.

Phil Mickelson (+1) Phil went out in four-under 32, but he hit a wall. He came in with a 41! There was a stretch where he went BOGEY-BOGEY-BOGEY-BIRDIE-DOUBLE BOGEY-PAR-BOGEY. That looks an awful lot like my scorecard after a few hard seltzers on the course. Actually, TBH I’d be pumped with a 41 coming in.

Brooks Koepka (+2) Shot three-under on his back nine, but he went out in 41!

I’ve been there, Brooks. That’s when you start looking for the cart girl and some cold beverages.

Justin Rose (+2) stumbled out of the gates, making three bogeys on his front nine and never found his groove.

Ryan Palmer (+5) had a tough day. I know he’s not a BIG name per say, but he made a sextuple bogey! He put a NINE on the card on a par-3.

I hate to say it, but this is RELATABLE. Tee shot in the water. Drop in the water. Second drop to the water AGAIN. SEVENTH shot after all the drops to 32 feet and nice little two putt. I wonder what type of expletives came out of his mouth coming off the green. I hope he threw the last ball in the water on the way to the next tee box.

Bubba Watson (+7) After starting on No. 10, he was even thru nine holes. On his opening nine, he made three birdies, a bogey and a double. He DID NOT ENJOY the end of his round. Check out his scorecard coming in. YIKES.

While it was nice to see a course finally have some bite, Let’s take a look at Morikawa’s smooth 65.

Collin’s swing is so effortlessly smooth. He gained over five strokes on the field off the tee and on his approaches. This shot here is a major reason why.

On the times when he wasn’t stuffing the ball tight, he was rolling it pure.

That was a thing of beauty. Looks like he’s bouncing back from the first career missed cut rather nicely.

After his round Morikawa said this.

“I hit my iron shots good, tee shots felt great and I knew if I just kept that going I was going to make some birdies.”

Must be nice, bud. Never felt that way out there, but there’s a reason you’re on Tour and I’m not. Think I just found who I’m rooting for this weekend.

Some of highlights on the day were this sick camera angle they displayed.

Let’s be honest, for a second you were like I wonder if Jordan just destroyed that super expensive camera. He didn’t.

Rickie with some terrible luck on a beautiful approach shot.

Don’t worry he made the putt. Little gift (and a good roll) from the golf karma gods.

Back at it tomorrow AM. What do you think the cutline will be?

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Tiger Woods Commits Next Week’s Memorial Tournament

It’s happening! This is not a drill! The Big Cat is back. Tiger Woods is teeing it up next week at the Memorial.

Tiger, who has won the Memorial FIVE times, will play a PGA Tour event for the first time since he hosted the Genesis Invitational in February. It is his first start since the pandemic hit.

He did play in the exhibition match with Peyton Manning against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in mid-May. He was striping the ball that day despite terrible weather.

That sound. That swing. That swag. It’s a thing of beauty.

With the shortened season, Tiger has not changed his approach. Despite a sprint to the Fed-Ex playoffs, Tiger is building his game around being prepared for majors.

Tiger with no fans following his every move will be something. Never forget this epic pic when he won the Tour Championship in 2018.

That is a work of art. Just an incredible scene. More to come on this and the return of El Tigre in the pieces next week.

For now, I’ll leave you with this.

No one and I mean NO ONE twirls their club after a stripe quite like Tiger. Poetry in motion.

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Young Guns: Matthew Wolff

The boys over at Found the Hazard have been really interested as of late in a lot of the young guns breaking onto the tour. Particularly due to the fact that these dudes have MADD skills! It’s sort of a peculiar time on tour right now because so many of the big time, super star guys we are used to watching dominate every week are getting older and are either just not playing in as many tournaments or really just don’t have the pop they once did.  So, naturally, that leaves a lot of room for some new names to start popping up, and it’s time they start getting noticed.  

This week, the first highlight guy is Matthew Wolff, a true PGA Tour young gun.  While his name is becoming more of a household name for those of us that follow the PGA tour, I’m sure there are alot of people who really don’t get how good he is. Don’t worry though, we should expect to see a lot more of him in the coming years. 

The 21 year old former Oklahoma State Cowboy won the individual NCAA title in 2019 joining our boy Bryson DeChambeau who won it back in 2015. It’s amazing to think a guy can come straight out of college and 2 months later win your first PGA Tour event. Unbelievable, COLD AS ICE! Wolff, who has in my opinion, has one of the best swings on tour, which is capped off with that signature quick twitch is just awesome to watch. It’s just so unconventional and according to Wolff, he mimicked his baseball swing which for most DOES NOT WORK, but hey! It gives all of us who have picked up habits from their past sports day and don’t have the “perfect swing” some hope and the guts to tell the people who think you should change it to F**K Off.

Matthew Wolff Swing

 Not only can Wolff play, he absolutely MASHES the ball. He’s ranked 8th on tour with a 312.40 average drive. Here’s a few drives at 356 and 368 if you don’t believe me..

Dropping Bombs

At 21 years old we would expect him to not be as consistent as some of the bigger names on tour, but his ability to keep a straight head after having a bad week and perform is something you don’t always find in young guys *cough* Jon Rahm *cough*.

After coming off a 2nd place finish last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, it will be interesting to see if he keeps that great play up(I probably wouldn’t after just winning $817,500, I’d probably be dead).

Even though he had a rough Sunday last weekend, which honestly could have been attributed to his inexperience, he really was in command all weekend and maybe that’s an something he needed this early on in his career.

It didn’t stop him the first three days though, check out his highlights from his 3rd round 64 last week. Rock Solid

Can’t wait to see more of this kid this weekend. Lets see if he keeps it going.

Time to make a name for yourself bruh… GET IT!

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The 2020 Ryder Cup Has Been Postponed

This should not come as a surprise with the climate the way it is, but the 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed. The event would have STUNK without a fans and not sure any of the players wanted to play without the fans.

With the move, the President’s Cup will also move back a year. This isn’t the first time they’ve done this. It happened back in 2001 as well following the events of September 11. The PGA of America pumped out this statement today.

The PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced today that both the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.

The 43rd Ryder Cup, scheduled for September 22-27, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been rescheduled for September 21-16, 2021. Likewise, the Presidents Cup, initially slated for September 30-October 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, will now be played September 19-25, 2022.

Fans and the Ryder Cup go hand-in-hand. The first tee is always electric. This is from 2018 in Paris.

Goosebumps. That was awesome. As I’ve said before I’m a Team Europe guy (don’t @ me), so I’m obviously biased. Love Rory getting the home crowd juiced up.

The PGA Tour without fans has been tough to get used to, but because we have been missing sports so much we are more accepting. This event is different. Players feed off the energy from the crowd in general, but it’s amplified at this team event.

What would that epic Rory-Patrick Reed showdown on Sunday in 2016 be like without fans.

That is just awesome and it was before I truly despised P Reed. I simply just wasn’t a fan at that point.

We won’t be starved for golf in the fall. If things stay the way we hope then we’ll have the US Open in mid-September (9/14-9/20) and that little tournament in Augusta in early November (11/12-11/15).

An extra year will help be storylines. Will the young guns emerge? Will Phil earn his spot or be a captain’s pick? Same with TW.

It will also be interesting to see what they do with the qualification process. If they take into account wins and performance this year or start up next fall. I’m sure Webb Simpson has some feelings on that with his form of late.

Between now and the next Ryder Cup there will be 7 majors, 2 Fed-Ex Playoffs and 1 Player’s Championship. The standings now could look a lot DIFFERENT.

#TeamEurope

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2020 Workday Charity Open Preview

The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio for the first-ever Workday Charity Open. This is a unique situation for the Tour as they’ll be playing at Jack’s place two weeks in a row. Will the course hold up? I think so. It is absolutely mint. They’ve said the greens will play slower this week and they’ll speed them up next week. Will the tournaments look/feel different? Probably because the field is loaded this week and that doesn’t include Rory, DJ, Bryson and a certain Big Cat that will most likely tee it up next up.

The last three weeks, the PGA Tour has seen a winner from the top-10 in the OWGR. Will the big names continue to shine this week (I think so) or will we get an unlikely winner in what is likely a one-off tournament due to COVID?!

HOW TO WATCHThursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 6:45 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

STORYLINES
Some of the big guns are back this week with plenty of firepower in the featured groups. I mentioned some of the bigger named groupings for Thursday and Friday in my piece yesterday.

There are plenty of interesting storylines this week with Jon Rahm trying to be the first Spaniard since Seve to ascend to No. 1 in the OWGR. Hard to believe that Sergio never got there, but when you really think about Sergio and his propensity for melting down literally and figuratively is it really that hard to believe.

*That’s a video of him from February of 2019. What an absolute child. He was apparently upset with his lie, blaming the way the bunker had been raked for his ball finishing in an awkward position in the sand. Strike the ball better, bud. Also, he left himself a more than reasonable putt for par. Hard to root for that dude.

Everyone’s favorite caddie, Bones, is back on the bag this week. Not for Phil, but for Matthew Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is without a caddie these next two weeks and he was able to lure Bones away from the Golf Channel.

*That’s an incredible story about Phil. What a relationship those guys must have. That video was from the 2016 Ryder Cup during a practice round. Imagine the amount of insane stories that Bones must have. Would love to have a cold one or four with him.

When is the freaking heck is Tiger going to announce he’s coming back. Everyone assumes he’ll play The Memorial since he has a good history there and it is Jack’s Tourney. People have been refreshing the location of his yacht for weeks. I bet Tiger will love playing without having the entire gallery of the golf course move with his every swing. I need to see him in red on Sunday’s again. ASAP.

Is Brooks going to be able to back up his smack talk to Bryson. I know Bryson isn’t playing this week, but now that Brooks is healthy he needs to start delivering again. He’s gone T32 and seventh in his two starts, but he has racked up eight straight rounds in the 60s. Every time Bryson does something annoying as all get up I just assume this GIF rolls through Koepka’s head and he has to call him out.

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is not the week, guys. This isn’t it. Rory has the week off again. That means I’m going with a pick that I hate. I won’t enjoy watching him play well, but I have to go with Patrick Cantlay this week. He absolutely destroys this course and he won The Memorial last year. That’s right, Patrick Cantlay is my pick this week. He’s going to take two minutes over every shot and psyche out his playing partners. Winning score, let’s go -14. Everyone has been going crazy low of late. I’d love to see a cutline that is not -5.   

CWalks: I’m taking Cameron Champ this week. He’s trending in the right direction after getting COVID (EDITOR’S NOTE: He never got COVID, CWalks. Read a damn book! It was a false positive or so he claims.) and was flushing the ball last weekend. I liked what I saw.  The field is a little thin this week for big names, so I think this is a good opportunity to pick one up.

Foster: This week I’m going with Hideki Matsuyama. He hits the ball far, plays well at Muirfield, and looked like he started to get his shit together last weekend in Detroit. The post-shutdown American winning streak ends on Sunday! The course is going to play a little easier because of the back-to-back weeks there, so I’m saying 21-under wins it.

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Brooks Koepka is Trolling Bryson DeChambeau on Twitter Again

Everyone’s favorite social media is feud is back! Brooks Koepka has some feelings about Bryson DeChambeau. Before I get into their history on the old Twitter machine, let’s fast forward to this afternoon.

At approximately 2:58 PM EST Koepka tweeted this GIF

Lots to unpack here…

First off, he is clearly mocking Bryson going after the camera guy at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last Saturday. As troll jobs go it’s pretty solid.

It makes me laugh to think that Brooks and his buddies (other Tour pros included) refer to DeSLAMbeau as Kenny Powers.

Nothing wrong with a little fun speculating how Bryson bulked up. I gotta say though, Brooks, it is pretty easy to gain 20 pounds during quarantine. I can send you my diet and workout (mostly 12 oz curls and chasing around a toddler) plan for the last four months. It will probably help you add some distance and weight.

Brooks is not the only professional golfer coming for DeChambeau’s crown.

Eddie Pepperell tweeted this on Monday

Both Pepperell and Brooks have a history with Gains Stewart on social media. Back when Bryson was just the scientist, he took a shot at Brooks being in the ESPN Body issue.

Our sweet, skinny prince said the following about Brooks on a Twitch stream back in January.

“Yea I weigh more than him now. Significantly more. Did you see the body issue? He didn’t have any abs. I have abs. We don’t talk about it. We just don’t see eye to eye.”

And Brooks responded with this kill shot…

Despite my recent infatuation with BDC, I’m Team Brooks.

I hope they are grouped together at The Memorial or even better the PGA Championship next month.

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Featured Groups & Tee Times Announced for the Workday Charity Open

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.  

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*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?

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