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Monday, September 26, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Presidents Cup

Winner: USA, 17.5-12.5

Around the wider world of golf: Atthaya Thitikul won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Guido Migliozzi won the Cazoo Open de France on the DP World Tour; Steve Flesch won the PURE Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Britney Yada won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout on the Epson Tour; Klara Spilkova won the KPMG Women’s Irish Open on the LET; Travis Smyth won the Yeangder TPC on the Asian Tour; and Mj Viljoen won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour.

The victorious US Team

This week I did my Twofer Tuesday picks for both the LPGA and the PGA Tour, simply because picking the Presidents Cup was only a two-horse race. On the LPGA I had Lilia Vu (T16) and Megan Khang (T5), and I had the US Team to win the Presidents Cup. Not bad this week!

  • Top10s: 27 for 99 (18 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 4 for 49
  • Top20s: 43 for 99

The US Team's win over the International Team at the Presidents Cup surprised no one. After all, the Internationals were a huge underdog coming in, after Greg Norman and LIV plundered their team and had the nerve to send a totally insincere 'wish you well' to them as the week began.

The US pros did what we expected. Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Max Homa were the big point getters, with Spieth winning his first ever singles match (and posting the only 5-0-0 record) and Homa being only the fourth rookie to go 4-0-0 all-time. Xander Schauffele posted the winning point for the US. Every player got at least a half point.

But I feel that I need to spend some time on the Internationals in this post, simply because what the Internationals did was astounding.

We saw some players step up and possibly, like Scottie Scheffler at last year's Ryder Cup, change the trajectory of their careers. Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim and Sebastian Muñoz fall into this category, with Kim and Muñoz taking down top US players JT and Scheffler, respectively, in the singles. Tom Kim is probably the breakout star of the event, especially coming on the heels of his victory at the Wyndham. All four Korean players posted at least 2 points each for the week, another first. And let's not forget that, after that horrible start in the first two days, the International Team actually outscored the US Team on the weekend (10.5 vs 9.5).

Their performance definitely bodes well for them going forward, and Captain Trevor Immelman can certainly feel good about the building he did on top of Ernie Els's efforts in the last Cup. With the experience all their rookies got this time, they definitely should be excited about what's coming down the road for them!

But to the winners go the spoils and that means a nice shiny Limerick Summary for the US Team. Thanks for adding to my winner total this week, guys!

That young International team
Hung tough in pursuit of their dream.
But the US hung tougher
With no plans to suffer
A loss. Are you sensing a theme?

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Potential for History

Alright, making up four points in singles is no simple task. But then again, we've seen it done more than once. Who's to say the International team can't do it too?

Si Woo Kim and Tom Kim celebrate victory

Here are the pairings for the 12 singles matches today:

  1. 12:02 p.m.: Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Si Woo Kim (INT)
  2. 12:14 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Cam Davis (INT)
  3. 12:26 p.m.: Sam Burns (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
  4. 12:38 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott (INT)
  5. 12:50 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler (U.S.) vs. Sebastian Munoz (INT)
  6. 1:02 p.m.: Tony Finau (U.S.) vs. Taylor Pendrith (INT)
  7. 1:14 p.m.: Xander Schauffele (U.S.) vs. Corey Conners (INT)
  8. 1:26 p.m.: Cameron Young (U.S.) vs. Sungjae Im (INT)
  9. 1:38 p.m.: Billy Horschel (U.S.) vs. K.H. Lee (INT)
  10. 1:50 p.m.: Max Homa (U.S.) vs. Tom Kim (INT)
  11. 2:02 p.m.: Collin Morikawa (U.S.) vs. Mito Pereira (INT)
  12. 2:14 p.m.: Kevin Kisner (U.S.) vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT)

NBC's live coverage of the singles begins at noon ET. Can the Internationals pull off the upset? I'm not ready to bet against them.

There's an old saying: The door of history swings on small hinges. Let's see which way it swings today!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Speed Grip (Video)

Many years ago I posted a video from Martin Hall on how your wrists work in your swing. (Or maybe I should say, how they should work.) Golf Channel has since taken the videos down so I can't link to them anymore... but Mike Malaska recently posted this short video that gives you the basics of how your wrists work, why the grip should be in your fingers rather than your palms and -- BONUS! -- a tip on how to automatically get a 'speed grip' by gripping with the shaft by holding it vertical. It's a great investment in your game for a mere six minutes of your time.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Presidents Cup, Day 2 Fourball Pairings

The International team struggled on Thursday, as was expected in foursomes play (those have historically been their weakest sessions) and are now behind 4-1. But they have a really good record in fourballs and have won those sessions several times, so this could be their opportunity to make this thing close again.

International team captin Trevor Immelman

Here are the pairings and times for Friday's matches.

#UNITED STATESINTERNATIONALTIME

1

Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

Adam Scott & Cam Davis

11:35 a.m.

2

Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns

Sungjae Im & Sebastian Munoz

11:50 a.m.

3

Cameron Young & Kevin Kisner

Mito Pereira & Christiaan Bezuidenhout

12:05 p.m.

4

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

12:20 p.m.

5

Billy Horschel & Max Homa

Corey Conners & Taylor Pendrith

12:35 p.m.

GC's coverage begins today at 11:30am ET. Let's see if the Internationals can pull it together and make the US team a bit nervous!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

In Case You Missed the Pairings...

There are five foursome (alternate shot) matches today at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow GC in Charlotte NC.

Captains Davis Love and Trevor Immelman

In case you missed the announcement of the pairings, here they are. All times are ET.

  • 1:05pm: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) vs.
    Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
  • 1:17pm: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs.
    Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT)
  • 1:29pm: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs.
    Tom Kim/K.H. Lee (INT)
  • 1:41pm: Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) vs.
    Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT)
  • 1:53pm: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) vs.
    Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INT)

GC's live coverage begins today (Thursday) at 1pm ET. The PreGame Show starts a half-hour earlier at 12:30pm ET.

Foursomes are supposed to be the big weakness for the International team. I'll be interested to see if that turns out to be true today because I'm guessing this will be closer than most fans expect.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Another Clubface Squaring Drill (Video)

Yes, I'm still trying to help you find a way to square your clubface more consistently! Peter Finch has a half-swing drill to help you keep that clubface square to your target longer, even as you turn into your followthrough. Different players respond to different drills, so here's yet another one for you to test.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Twofer Tuesday splits its personality this week in order to divide its time between the LPGA and PGA Tours, trying to be at both the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and the Presidents Cup.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship defending champion Nasa Hataoka

While the Presidents Cup is arguably the biggest event going on this week, making a Twofer Tuesday pick there isn't really all that exciting, is it? While I'll pick the US team -- in no small part because I live in the USA -- the fact remains that they're an overwhelming favorite and making just one pick just isn't that exciting. After all, there are only two possible picks to choose from.

Just for the record, I'm not so sure that the US team has this in the bag. Team events tend to bring us new stars and, with the International team having so many rookies this time, I suspect their rookies will step up to prove that going with 'experience' isn't necessarily the path to victory in team events anymore. The LIV money grab is just clearing the decks for more rookies to get a chance.

As a result, I've decided to also make Twofer Tuesday picks from the LPGA event this week. We're coming to the final stretch on that tour and there's a lot to be excited about, so why not do double duty this week?

You already know that my Twofer Tuesday pick for the Presidents Cup is Team USA. So let's get to my Twofer Tuesday picks at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. We've got NINE first-time winners on the LPGA leading into this week. And I'm inclined to look for another first-timer at this event. So here are my picks:

  • Lilia Vu
  • Megan Kang

The LPGA event is a 54-hole event, with GC's Friday coverage being tape-delayed until 8pm ET. That will change on Saturday as NBC picks up the main coverage, meaning the LPGA will get live coverage starting at noon.

GC's live Presidents Cup coverage starts Thursday at 1pm ET. GC also has Friday coverage but on Saturday the bulk of the coverage moves to NBC

The big question is... Will the Presidents Cup automatically get the Limerick Summary next week? To be honest, I'm not sure. That, at least, may make this week more interesting for you readers out there.