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Monday, September 4, 2017

Stacy and Peter Finally Break Through

With the Limerick Summary delayed a day for the PGA Tour's Monday finish, I thought I'd take a quick look at two nice stories from Sunday.


First, Stacy Lewis broke her three-year winless streak with a victory at the LPGA's Cambia Portland Open. Not only did she pick up a win and a $195k winner's check but, since she had already pledged her entire check this week to the Houston relief effort, her sponsor KPMG announced they would match her donation. And then her husband flew in to be there when she broke her win drought. It was a feelgood story all the way around.

Peter Uihlein with Nationwide trophy

Likewise, when Peter Uihlein turned pro several years ago, he decided to go the same route as Brooks Koepka -- head over to Europe, use the Challenge Tour to get a card on the ET and then use that experience to make it to the PGA Tour.

As it turned out, Peter's route was a lot longer than Brooks's was. He hasn't done badly by any measure -- he's currently #12 in the Race to Dubai. But this year Peter decided to come over to the Tour Finals and try to get a PGA Tour card that way. And while Peter made $15k less than Stacy with his win at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, it was enough to lock up his Tour card for 2018. As things stand, he plans to play both tours.

On Sunday, both stories took a happy turn with Stacy getting her win (and two huge checks for her hometown's relief efforts, once you add KPMG's) and Peter getting his win (and tour card). And both players have time to celebrate, since today is a holiday here in the US (Labor Day).

Meanwhile, the rest of us get to watch a loaded leaderboard duke it out for the Dell Technologies Championship today. Not a bad weekend at all!




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