Rocket Mortgage Classic Monday Morning Superlatives

We are back! The PGA Tour crowned its fourth winner in the restart. Bryson DeChambeau carded a smooth 65 on Sunday to earn a three-shot win at the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

DeSLAMbeau wasn’t the only the only winner this week in Detroit. Let’s dive into our Monday Morning Superlatives.

Most Likely to need a reality check…
Bryson lost his mind on a camera operator during Saturday’s round. After hitting a poor bunker shot, he swiped his club through the sand in anger and ended up making a bogey. After his playing partner finished, he confronted the camera guy next to the green.

Bad look for the Big Bomber. He said “I think we need to start protecting our players out here compared to showing a potential vulnerability and hurting someone’s image.” And he added “As much as we’re out here performing, I think it’s necessary that we have our times of privacy as well when things aren’t going our way.”

Um, no you don’t dude. You’re playing for millions of dollars. Maybe just keep your composure. For a smart guy, it was a pretty tone deaf move. He didn’t want to damage his brand. Then when we won he name dropped all his sponsors. In the on again/off again world of our relationship, I think we are off, Bryson. Thankfully, he’s taking the week off so the distance will help us. HE YELLED AT A CAMERAGUY FOR DOING HIS JOB. Seriously?!

Most Likely to defy the laws of physics…
Seung-Yul Noh. Well we certainly know that you caught a bad break after this perfect approach.

That was an absolutely incredible wedge out of the rough. I still have no idea how that didn’t fall. But, some karma came his way this weekend as he opened the third round with eagle after holing out from 82 yards.

Most likely to get what you deserve…
Hosung Choi. WHO?! Well, if you don’t know Hosung Choi is the guy that went viral last year for his wild, spinning swing. Playing in a Korean Tour event last week he had this happen…

When you swing like an asshole stuff like that is going to happen. When they show the side angle he wasn’t even close! Pretty sure he was trying to blame his caddie here. I need a translator, stat! Sadly, I’ve topped a drive or 100 in my day so I get it. But I don’t have this crazy spin move as part of my action so not sure what my excuse is.

Most Likely to get a surprise top-3.
Kevin Kisner. Now, I say surprise because he just wasn’t shown during the broadcast on Sunday unless he was on the green putting. He shot a six under 66 to get his best finish of the year on Tour. He’s always been a killer with his putter (don’t forget he won the WGC Match Play in 2019). Below are his highlights from yesterday’s round.

He also had a great post-round interview. Check out his answer to a question about Bryson.

Most Likely to overread a putt…
Four weeks in and our first tie! This one goes to both Tyrrell Hatton and Rickie Fowler.

Tyrrell Hatton opened his round with a birdie on Saturday after stuffing one close. His putt saw every inch of the hole. He couldn’t believe that he misread it.

It happens man. Take the three and move on!

Not to be outdone. Earlier in the week, Rickie saw his putt almost do a 540 around the hole before dropping.

It was an interesting week for Rickie. He had a lot of sponsor interviews and was all over the place. Tough to balance hosting of sorts and competing. He FINALLY made a cut. Should be good momentum for him moving forward.

Most Likely to take a step forward…
Matthew Wolff. I know he shot a final round 71 to see his three-shot lead disappear, but he battled to put himself back in position yesterday. He was also damn near flawless for the first 54 holes. He’s only 22! That’s so dumb. To think what I was doing at 22 and this guy is smashing 360-yard drives and bringing home 800K paydays.

His move is awesome. I’m mesmerized by it. I said it yesterday, but the future is bright for these guys. He said he was struggling mentally on Saturday and he heard an ice cream truck in the distance. That reminded him to have fun. Youth.

What did I miss? Let me know!

Hope you enjoyed another weekend of coverage. Muirfield for the first of two weeks in a row. LFG.

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Bryson DeChambeau Wins the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic

What a whirlwind 24 hours it’s been for our boy Bryson DeSLAMbeau. After getting into it with a camera operator on a green yesterday for following him too long (yes you read that right) he went out and literally overpowered the field at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Gains Stewart closed with a 65 to overtake Matthew Wolff and pick up his sixth career win. If you read my preview (which you should have!) I picked Bryson to break through with a win this week and he delivered on Sunday.

Trailing by three to start the day, Bryson came racing out of the gates.

After his birdie at one, he went on to put circles on the card on three and four.

I say this all the time, but I LOVE that camera angle. So pure. I would have misread the crap out of that one.

While Bryson was doing that, Wolff played the front nine in 38 (two over) with four bogeys and two birds.

That’s how Bryson opened his back nine. That putt looked like it wanted to move three different ways, but it never left the hole.

What is a blog about Bryson without mentioning his insane driving. His set up here preposterous. When I heard that exhale as he approached the ball I knew it was going to be absolutely sent. As soon he made contact he knew and he told us he crushed it. Shout out to Nick Faldo for the International Space Station comment. A+.

After a sloppy bogey on a par-5 thanks to chipping into the hazard. Way to find it, bud! Strong promotion for the brand.

He made this bomb to get a little breathing room.

That celebration (if you want to call it that was tough to watch). Felt so forced. Is that how Bryson shows emotion? Maybe he is a robot.

After his slow start, Wolff turned it on. He made back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13. He had a six-foot putt on 14 to get within one and he raced it by. He also missed an eight-foot birdie attempt on 16 by a fraction. The biggest sting of the day for Wolff might be his eagle attempt on 17. After a perfect drive and a sick approach to 14 feet he left the putt an inch short. One more rotation. That’s all it needed.

What a brutal break, but it kind of summed up his day. The future is bright for Wolff. I look forward to using this video on social A LOT.

What an electric video with absolutely no audio. Golf clap for the Taylormade marketing staff I guess.

Bryson ended the day with a 367-yard bomb down 18 and flipped a wedge to 2 feet for birdie.

And to put an exclamation point on the win Bryson went FULL Rickie Bobby is in his post-round interview. After the first question about his eagle putt, Bryson responded “first I just want to thank Cobra Puma, Bridgestone, Penzoil, the entire M&M’s team.”

Cash those checks, Bryson!

Another week in the books! Next the boys head to Ohio for back-to-back tournaments at Muirfield. Come back tomorrow to check out our Monday Morning Superlatives.

Let’s go!

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Bryson Leads with 9 to go for final grouping

With Matthew Wolff looking like he was in control to begin the day, a dismal +2 start through 9 has allowed Dechambeau to step up and do what he’s been doing best, hitting bombs and taking names.

DeChambeau is 4 under through the first 9 and it doesn’t look like he’s planning on slowing down. He is just dialed in through the first 9 posting a -4, 32.

As we speak Bryson makes birdie on 10 and takes a solid 3 shot lead heading into the home stretch.

Matthew Wolf, not helping himself anymore makes another bogie on 10 and clearly something isn’t clicking with him today.

It looks like Kevin Kisner is the only one who has anything in the tank to potentially make a run, but he’s running out of holes fast and still 3 shots back. On top of that, we can be sure Bryson is going to drop a few more before the day is over.

Looks like we might have a correct prediction from our fellow blogger Steve calling the DeSlambeau victory. It would be a miracle for the guys to catch him at this point and its looking like its going to be a smooth ride home for Bryson.

Take it in Brotha! lets see how this unfolds!

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Webb Simpson & Chris Kirk Tied for the 36-Hole Lead at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

It was another good day to go low in Detroit with plenty of players making a move. Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson both stand at the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend. There is plenty of firepower behind them with six players, including BRYSON, within one-shot of the 12-under-par pace.

Chris Kirk is a name most of you might not be familiar with. He shot a 65 on Friday to give himself the final tee time on Saturday with Webb. Kirk took time off last year to address issues with anxiety and alcohol. Sober for over a year and back in the game and making moves. In his last start, he won on the Korn Ferry Tour. Today he was money around the green. Chipping not once, twice on BACK-TO-BACK holes!

I would have bladed that wedge shot from Detroit to (checks google maps) Ann Arbor. Then he find the thick stuff behind the flag on his next approach shot and does this…

It is already a great story for Kirk, but can he hang with the big guns on the weekend?!

One of those big guns is Webb Simpson. Yes, you read that right. Webb Simpson is a BIG GUN. With a win or solo second finish, he’ll become the highest American in the Official World Golf Rankings. Impressive stuff.

Webb has been throwing darts since the restart and today was no different.

That was for his FIFTH birdie on the front nine en route to an eight-under 64. He had eight birdies and 10 pars on the day. Pretty solid. He also showed some bunker skills late in the round to tie Kirk for the lead.

One of the newer trends on Tour is guys hitting big drives and calling out our boy Bryson. Today was no different. Bubba Watson hit this 335-yard bomb and wanted to get in DeSLAMbeau’s ear.

Bryson (completely unaware of the call out) stepped up and did his thing.

Hey Bubba, somebody’s closer (Bryson’s drive was 346).

Bryson had another solid day. Carding a 67 to sit one back of the pace, despite not having his best stuff (his words).

Some of the other guys one back heading into the weekend are Seamus Power (yeah, you guessed it he’s Irish), Mark Hubbard, Ryan Armour, Richy Werenski and Matthew Wolff.

Wolff is one of the young guns that is wowing fans. He got some good national exposure when he played in the Skins Exhibition match with Rickie Fowler alongside. Well, he’s looking for his first top-10 since winning the 3M last year. He was on fire early this morning.

That amount of bite on that ball was awesome. Looked like it was shot out of a cannon. Nice easy birdie to start his day that saw him card a 64. He also had the flat stick working. In all he made nine birdies to go along with just one bogey. I know I said it yesterday, but I love watching the ball disappear on a good putt.

One of the more relatable moments of the day was when defending champ Nate Lashley hit a poor approach shot.

The video cuts off a little, but I feel yah, Nate. In fact, any wedge inside 30 feet is considered a win in my book. What was unrelatable was his putt that followed…

Nice little 30-footer for bird. Lashley tried his hardest to get it going, but a bogey on 18 made him miss the weekend and we’ll have a new champion in Motor City.

Who do you like heading into the weekend?!

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Three Players Tied for the Lead After Day One of the Rocket Mortgage Classic

In ideal conditions on the first day of the 2020 Rickie Fowler Rocket Mortgage Classic, three players are tied for the lead at Detroit Golf Club. Kevin Kisner, Doc Redman (what an awesome name!) and Scott Stallings each carded seven-under-par 65s.

It was a great day to go low as the cut will probably be around three or four under (possibly lower) come tomorrow evening. No winds and receptive greens made for great TV (lots of birdies).

It was the Bryson DeSLAMbeau show all afternoon (we’ll get to him soon), but Kisner had a bogey-free 65 during the afternoon wave. Pretty sure the only actual shot of his they showed on TV was the eight-footer he made for par on his final hole of the day. Kisner saunters around the course and just looks so smooth with the flat stick.

Doc Redman has TORN THIS COURSE UP the last two years. In five rounds at DGC, he is -26. What’s even crazier is despite that, he’s never held the outright lead after any round. He had a little bit of psycho scorecard coming in with only one par. Also, his moustache is hideous. Just brutal. Doc also looks like he gassed a dozen Miller High Life’s on Wednesday night.

If you haven’t fallen in love with Bryson’s game on the course then shame on you. He is an absolute monster and a Tour De Content.

Below is him playing the 13th hole.

354-yard drive. Little flip wedge and a three-footer. Ho-hum birdie. Too easy. Trevor was right. That ball was absolutely smashed. 196MPH ball speed!

DeSLAMbeau had drives on the back nine of 317 (weak!), 330, 354, 376, 336, 377 and 325. In total, he had SEVEN drives of 340 yards today. BUT, he wasn’t just doing it with the driver. He had the putter going as well. Check out his eagle putt on 14.

If it weren’t for a sloppy bogey on 18, he’d be T1 heading into tomorrow. He shot 66 which is becoming his new normal, but he made four bogeys. A 66 with four bogeys is crazy. He had eight birdies, an eagle, five pars and four bogeys. Rollercoaster ride for Gains Stewart on Thursday.

Tournament host, Rickie Fowler had a nice little 67 to start the week. Oh wait, he’s not the tournament host. My bad. He got off to a hot start and despite battling blisters (?!) he rolled in seven birdies on the day and one sloppy double bogey on 18.

He stuck his approach on his opening hole and was locked in. He also made some nice putts. I love the angle in the putt below. No better feeling than watching the ball disappear.

Bubba had a nice day with the big stick on Thursday, hitting all 14 fairways. Check out his tee shot on 18 below. He knew he needed it to go 14/14. Also, the way he shapes his shots is awesome.

And my favorite little sparkplug/Cwalks pick to win this week, Tyrrell Hatton showed off some of his famous British sarcasm.

Should be a fun Friday in Detroit. How often is that statement typed?

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Quick Plug to Improve Our Golf Game!

I don’t know about everyone else, but the more I watch golf, the more I want to get out and play. Unfortunately, not all of us have the ability to get out and practice and play consistently, which leads to shortcomings and inconsistencies that turn out to frustrate the living hell out of most players.

After taking an entire year off from golf. Don’t do that, its not a good idea, I guarantee you will add 10 strokes to your game once you return. But if you do have to do that and are looking to get your game back, or even just improve it in general, what can you do?

Not everyone has the ability to spend 70-100 dollars every week for lessons, but the great thing is that there are so many resources to help improve your game that are absolutely FREE!

Since my return to playing golf regularly, I have been really struggling to stay consistent with both chipping, as well as off the tee. Like most players who play recreationally, I have a tendency to come in steep when chipping the ball which results in what we know as the CHUNK. Then off the tee, with the less lofted clubs such as the driver, cutting across the body on the downswing through impact leads to a slice. ITS SO FRUSTRATING, because you realize what you’re doing but it can be so hard to fix yourself!

I wanted to share a Youtube channel that I have been watching recently called TopSpeed Golf run by Clay Ballard. Clay does an amazing job of breaking down the swing and providing a clear explanation on what you’re likely doing wrong and how to fix it. After watching some of these videos its really made me start thinking about some of the thing I do wrong and allowed me to alter some very minor things, which have helped me greatly in a short period of time. This isn’t the typical types of blogs we write here at Found The Hazard, but I think this guys channel is too good not to share! So hopefully you guys can avoid hazards by listening to some of these tips. Have fun!

Next post will be back on the Rocket Mortgage and the PGA!

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Highlights From Today’s Nine-Hole Exhibition at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

In case you missed it, Bubba Watson/Harold Varner III squared off against Jason Day/Wesley Bryan in a nine-hole exhibition today to raise money for charity at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The guys started off on No. 10 and it was a pretty entertaining afternoon. Airing on PGA Tour live, the players provided most of the commentary with announcers occasionally jumping in. Basically, this is what we wanted from both the Rory/DJ/Rickie/Wolff skins match and the Tiger & Phil match.

If you haven’t put any money on HVIII this week you might want to. He was throwing absolute darts and oozing confidence.

The ball listened, Harold. Bubba & HVIII were locked in and making birdies.

Bubba almost aced the 15th hole. Shaping shots like an absolute boss. Check out the video of it and his easy birdie here.

HVIII put the match away with dagger on 17. With him and Bubba leading 2UP he made a bomb for eagle and peacocked around the green for the 3&1 dub.

How much swag does this guy have. Looked money the whole way. #NightNight

Also can’t forget to mention our boy Wesley Bryan. He was working through some stuff with his driver.

Bring the pose back! Little fairway finder. Shout out to whoever said “Toe City” at the end. Sounded like Jason Day. No clue that guy had a sense of humor.

All in all a surprisingly fun afternoon of golf. And they raised over a million dollars for charity. NO BIG DEAL. Good for them and Bubba for organizing this. Hopefully we see more of this in the future. I’m sure the pros would enjoy it a lot more than Wednesday Pro-Ams.

Round one tomorrow morning! LFG

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Check Out the Longest Par-5 in Professional Golf

The longest par-5 in professional golf is back this week at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes on the Korn Ferry Tour.

It is a 773-yard absolute bear of a hole. 773! How fitting is it be named Longer Still. Perfect. Just perfect. Below is a look at me typing this as I thought about what I’d put on the card walking off this green.

Here is a closer look at this monster.

I never met the architect of this course, but I can tell you he is a DICK. And the hole location is BANANAS. Tough. I’m getting the triple-bogey sweats just thinking about it. I know they are playing at altitude, but this hole is over HALF A MILE long.

The hole is 83 yards longer than the previous tour-sanctioned longest. That was back at the PGA Tour’s 1991 Tucson Open at The Gallery GC, which featured a 690-yard par 5. 690 yards in the early 90s is crazy to think about!

At the event in 2019, the hole played to a stroke average of 5.072. In fact, it ranked as only the eight most difficult hole at TPC Colorado last year. But, that’s mostly because these guys are used to tearing up par 5s in general.

For a par-5 to play over par in tournament is crazy to think about. Typically, these guys are pissed if they walk off the hole with five. Oh, and if you think things get any easier, the next hole is a 273-yard par-3. SHEESH.

Follow the Korn Ferry Tour! There are a ton of good stories and guys grinding to earn their Tour card. Plus some super low scores every week.

What would you card on this hole?

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2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic Preview

The PGA Tour heads to lovely (?) Detroit this week for the Rickie Fowler Rocket Mortgage Classic. A slightly less star-studded field will take part in the event at the par-72 Detroit Golf Club.

Will another big name win this week or will the trend at DGC continue with less known names bringing the home the hardware and the Fed-Ex Cup points.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:00 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: 8:00 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

THE FIELD
Not as many big names in the field as the last three weeks, but still plenty of star power, including Rickie Fowler and our favorite duffer of late Bryson DeChambeau.

There are some pretty interesting groupings.

Bryson, Patrick Reed & Hideki Matsuyama
In mentioning the course design on Tuesday, Bryson noted the number of fairway bunkers that are 290 yards from the tee. He also said flying those would not be a problem. SWAG. I’ll enjoy hate watching Patrick Reed. Does anyone else do that. Whenever he three-jacks and shanks one it’s like a shot of pure adrenaline for me. Hideki will look at his partners and think that Americans are all insane.

Rickie, Webb Simpson & Nate Lashley
Rickie is coming off back-to-back MC and since he’s sponsored by Rocket Mortgage will be seeing plenty of him. He hasn’t played bad in the restart, he just hasn’t been able to stay in rhythm. He’d take take a step forward with an eagle and follow that up with two bogeys. Here’s hoping he puts it together in Motor City. Webb won in his last start at the RBC Heritage after taking last week out of precaution since a member of his family tested positive for COVID. He’s been doing everything right so far and look for another strong finish. Nate Lashley. WHO. Nate Lashley won the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic by 6 strokes and led outright after all four rounds. Since 2010, every other player to do that on the PGA Tour (Rory, Martin Kaymer, Day, JT) has been ranked number one in the OWGR at some point in their careers. Impressive stat!

Bubba Watson, Jason Day & Brendon Todd
Bubba is always fun to watch. I lowkey think I’m a Bubba guy. Feels weird to write that, but I’m happy it’s out there. Jason Day is Mr. Glass. Ever since reaching world number one he’s been a mess. Brendon Todd is coming off the worst Sunday for a 54-hole leader in a long time. Let’s hope he’s like good CB and has short-term memory. Also, couple of big-time ugly criers in this group….

Brandt Snedeker, Tyrrell Hatton & Sungjae Im
Brandt Snedeker is like white toast. He just is. He exists. No one is going to crazy for him, but he’ll get the job done. Everyone knows how I feel about Tyrrell he’s an absolute loose cannon and a joy to watch. Basically, he’s the opposite of Sungjae Im. Im is a silent assassin. He is the PGA Tour’s ironman. Just plays every event under the sun.

Wesley Bryan, Harold Varner III & Viktor Hovland
This should be a fun group to watch. Wesley Bryan has been going viral every damn round for his talking to his ball and dropping clubs. We at Found The Hazard are big fans of HVIII. Hoping for another strong week for him. There’s something about Hovland. Everyone knows I’ma  Team Europe guy and he’s the future for them in the Ryder Cup. Amongst the young guns, everyone talks about Wolff and Morikawa, but Hovland is a DUDE.

He Sunday outfit at the Travelers was absolutely stunning. Shout out Oklahoma State. #GolfSchool

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is not the week, guys. This isn’t it. Rory has the week off. That means I’m going with our boy Gains Stewart. That’s right, Bryson DeSLAMbeau is finally going to break through. He’s going to put it all together and pick up his sixth career win. Winning score, let’s go -19. Everyone has been going crazy low of late.  

CWalks: Tyrrell Hatton this week.  I like this guy, every start this year he’s been in contention. He’s just a straight up player. Five events, five cuts, four top 10’s. I loved the passion he showed at the RBC and I want to see it again on Sunday this week.  Let’s give the Englishman a win! -22… he’s going LOW!

Foster: Last week, I took the scientific approach and it bit me in the ass. Time for a 180 – I’m going with my gut. And, for no apparent reason, my gut says Tony Finau. Three top-10s this season for Tony and his 4th will be a victory. 20-under brings it home.

Bryson DeChambeau’s Diet is Out of Control

Bryson DeSLAMbeau is quickly becoming one of the best interviews on Planet Earth. He is an eccentric cat to say the least. During his pre-tournament Q&A at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Tuesday, the five-time winner on the PGA Tour talked about his diet.

BRYSON’S DIET
Breakfast
4 eggs
5 pieces of bacon
Toast
2 protein shakes
Midday
PB&J sandwichGoMacro bar “here and there”
2 shakes mid-round or every 6 holes.
“Snacking” when practicing after
Dinner
Steak
Potatoes
2 shakes

Oh em gee. Pray for Bryson’s bowels and the pluming at the rental properties he’s been staying at. SIX to SEVEN protein shakes a day including crushing them mid-round in tournaments. What a sly little chuckle when describing that he likes the taste.

I know that Bryson is pretty active on Twitch. He should just stream himself eating for a whole day. I would watch the absolute crap out of that. He has done a complete 180 in many fans eyes, including my own. He has picked up his pace of play, used science (in a cool way) and his body to try and get to 200 MPH ball speed which is UNHEARD of.

I love that the fact that he calls his driver the Kraken. RELEASE IT!

What he’s doing is working for him. He’s got three top-10 finishes in the restart and he leads the PGA Tour in score to par (-46), GIR (78.7%), shots gained off the tee (1.15) and drives over 300 yards (90!).

Is it sustainable? Who knows. But one thing is for sure it’s been damn fun to watch so far.

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