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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Those Other Two Weekend Stories

There were two stories I didn't get to mention Monday, so let's get you up-to-date in case you missed them.

Sergio with the Valderrama Masters trophy

First of all, the Andalucía Valderrama Masters finished up on Monday. It was weather-delayed -- no rain, just lightning problems -- and shortened to 54 holes. But that didn't stop Sergio from taking the event by a fairly dominant margin of four strokes. The back-to-back win not only defended his title but made this his third win at the event.

While the shortened event is still an official finish, it doesn't carry the full effect it would have had as a 72-hole event. Both the purse and the Race to Dubai points were reduced -- I believe players only received something like 75% of the totals. Still. that moves players up in the rankings... and money's always a good thing to get!

The other bit of news concerns Paul Azinger being named as Johnny Miller's successor at NBC. The new lead golf analyst spent an hour on Morning Drive -- just to get broken in a bit, you know. Here's a segment of Zinger's morning appearance:

Miller is scheduled to end his long broadcast run at the Phoenix Open while Zinger will make his first appearance at the WGC-Mexico Championship in February. And GC's announcement included this interesting bit of info:
In addition to offering his views from some of the biggest events of the year, Azinger will also contribute to various instructional, documentary and news platforms on Golf Channel. He will retain his current roles broadcasting the Masters for the BBC and the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open for Fox Sports.
It appears that Zinger is going to be very busy for a while. And us Zinger fans will get to see him in a variety of roles going forward. I'm especially pleased that he'll be contributing more instructional material because he has a proven ability to explain things clearly.

So now you're caught up on what happened this weekend -- besides Brooks Koepka reminding people who he is, of course.

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