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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Just a Reminder

Just as Muirfield Village is hosting its second tournament in a row, TPC San Antonio is hosting its second in a row for the Korn Ferry Tour.

Will Zalatoris

This week it's the inaugural TPC San Antonio Championship at the Oaks. This is the same course that hosts the Valero Texas Open, measuring almost 7500 yards as a par-72. And Will Zalatoris is back after taking a week off from his first KFT victory at the TPC Colorado Championship. He leads the Korn Ferry Tour regular season points list by more than 300 points, so he's the target this week.

Once again, there's no TV coverage, hence this post to give you the link to the event's leaderboard. After all, you want to keep up, don't you?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Twofer Tuesday: Memorial Tournament

Twofer Tuesday enjoyed the milkshakes at Murifield Village so much it stayed over another week for the Memorial Tournament.

Jack Nicklaus and defending champion Patrick Cantlay

The venue is the same as last week, of course -- except that the course will be firmer and faster this week. Jack isn't about to let HIS tournament play as easily as the Workday did!

The field is stacked, with Tiger coming back, Brooks entering after missing the cut last week, and the Top12 in the FedExCup Rankings all there to play. And defending champion Patrick Cantlay should have gotten the rust off his game so he's ready for his title defense.

Knowing that those legendary milkshakes are ready for a second week on duty, let's get right to the picks.
  • My first pick is a no-brainer, I guess. Bryson DeChambeau has been on such a run -- and has been a winner at this event before -- that I can't wait to see what he does with that newfound length of his. Having taken a week off to regroup after his win at the Rocket Mortgage, he should be rested enough to at least give me another Top10.
  • My second choice was a dice toss between the Top2 at Workday. I've decided to go with Justin Thomas. Morikawa's win this past week, having seen Muirfield Village only once, was very impressive... but I think the beast will play differently this week and Collin might have more difficulty. JT's familiarity with the harder setup, combined with his solid play last week, should give him an edge on the field.
GC's live coverage starts Wednesday at 2:30pm ET but you know there will be early coverage on the PreGame Show and possibly even some early PGA TOUR LIVE coverage. As for me, I can't wait to see Bryson square off against Tiger!

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Workday Charity Classic

Winner: Collin Morikawa

Around the wider world of golf: Marc Warren won the Austrian Open on the ET; Mardy Fish won the American Century Championship; David Lipsky won the TPC San Antonio Challenge on the Korn Ferry Tour; Joo Hyung Kim won the Gunsan Open on the KPGA; and the KLPGA's IS Dongseo Busan Open is expected to finish Monday due to bad weather. (Thanks to IC for the Korean updates.)

Collin Morikawa with the Workday trophy and a milkshake

As well as my Twofer Tuesday picks did last week, they struggled this week. I had Patrick Cantlay (T7) and Brooks Koepka (MC). I called Brooks a flier and he played like one this week -- unpredictably. Patrick put up a great Sunday round to grab that Top10 for me.
  • Top10s: 15 for 30 (6 Top5, 9 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 1 for 15 events
Collin Morikawa is now in the strange position of having more wins than missed cuts, having missed his first pro cut just two weeks ago but grabbing his second win this week. And he got that win in a shootout with Justin Thomas that went into three holes of overtime.

Viktor Hovland spiced up the battle on the front nine until two back nine bogeys ended his chances pretty early. But Morikawa and Thomas -- wow! It was back-and-forth all day with JT leading to start, Collin surging past as JT struggled in the first part of the round, then JT returning the favor in the middle, and Collin finishing strong on the final three holes (-1 VS JT's +2) to force the playoff.

And the battle didn't stop there. The high point was the two birdies on the first playoff hole -- JT from 50 feet, Collin from 24 -- and the last two holes were just a question of who would blink first.

With a second tournament at Muirfield Village this coming week, you have to figure these two guys are the favorites. But for now, Collin Morikawa has the best of all worlds with his second win, his second Limerick Summary, and God only knows how many of those legendary milkshakes.
His week was uneven at best
But when, down the stretch, he was pressed
Collin pulled it together—
The prime time pacesetter
Who never once veered from his quest.
The photo came from this page at golfchannel.com.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Mike Malaska on Clubface Control (Video)

This brand new Malaska video teaches you a different way to think about aiming the clubface. I think you'll find it useful.



When Carl Rabito taught me the basics of the golf swing 30 years ago, although he didn't explain it in the same terms, he used the exact same drill to teach me ball control. After some instruction I would swing and, at the top of my backswing, he'd tell me to hit a draw, a fade or a straight shot.

Yes, I could do it. And no, it wasn't that hard.

But I like Malaska's description of the process. Don't think of the shaft as a baseball bat. Think of the clubface as the bat. You might be surprised how much difference a little mental change can make!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

How to Swing Like Bryson (Video)

Bryson DeChambeau uses a single-plane swing just like the legendary Moe Norman did, and Todd Graves learned from Moe. This is a great 16-minute introduction to how the swing works, simple enough that you can learn the basics from this one video.



There a dozens of swing methods you can learn.  I personally prefer a more classic swing similar to the ones taught by past teachers like Jim Flick, Manuel de la Torre and Tommy Armour. But that doesn't mean everybody has to use that swing. It's not unusual for me to get questions from players who ask if they should change their swings.

My answer is "if the swing works for you and it doesn't hurt, don't change it." You can't get better if you change swings every time you struggle.

But even if you've settled on the best swing for you, it never hurts to learn how other swing methods work. Sometimes you'll learn something that can be adapted to help you solve a problem in your existing swing. Knowledge is power!

So take a few minutes to learn how Bryson does it from this video. Todd Graves explains the main points clearly. Enjoy!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Common Par-3 Mistakes (Video)

The Meandmygolf guys did a short video on the most common mistakes made by all players (including pros) on par-3s.



Here, for your reference, is a list of the mistakes players most often make on par-3s.
  1. Poor club selection
  2. Flag hunting
  3. Misunderstanding hazards
  4. Underestimating elevation and wind
  5. Wrong tee height
  6. Ignoring your shot pattern
Note that all but tee height are strategy problems.

The last half of the video explains how to take these things into account. It's worth watching simply because correcting strategy problems is the easiest -- and fastest -- way to lower your score.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Pretty Much What We Expected

The Ryder Cup 2020 is now the Ryder Cup 2021. What else could they do?

Ryder Cup date changed to 2021

The ripple effect is that the Presidents Cup will also be delayed a year to 2022 -- again, pretty much what we expected.

And certainly it's the right decision. The Ryder Cup is as much about the fans as about the players, and there is no way (given the current conditions) that the fans could be safely included. Postponing it was the only real choice.

You can find plenty of info about the effects of this decision online, but the most interesting to me was the European decision to freeze their points lists until January 2021. I don't guess there was anything else they could do and still give all the players a fair shake, but it's still an unforeseen side-effect.

Likewise, the LPGA's season will start as planned -- without fans and with their first major intact -- but with some uncertainties about the Marathon Classic, which said fan attendance (especially for pro-ams) was a necessity for the event to go on. Again, this sort of on-the-fly decision is pretty much what we expected for the LPGA events, which don't have the advantage of the deep pockets that the PGA Tour does.

But at least we're seeing some amount of predictability in a time of tremendous unpredictability... and that's something worth celebrating. (With masks and appropriate social distancing, of course!)