It seems as though we had a little bit of a lull for a couple weeks since Rory won the FedEx Cup, but things are getting exciting again within the game and there is a lot to look forward to. The start of the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season kicked off at the Greenbrier and the always entertaining ladies’ Solheim Cup took place. Some manufacturers are releasing new equipment and we have the Presidents Cup in early December. Here’s is a recap of this past weekend and a preview of what’s to come.
Did Tiger just pick himself as a playing captain? Presidents Cup captain Tiger Woods submitted a blog to the Presidents Cup website encouraging his US players, those who aren’t yet qualified and those who are officially on the squad, to play as much in this fall season as possible so “they can arrive to Royal Melbourne in tournament ready shape and in good form.” He also mention the names of some world-class players that are on the outside looking in; Fowler, Spieth, Finau, Reed, Woodland, and Mickelson. But it was at the end of his letter that tells us Tiger has already made one of his 4 picks. He signed off “U.S. Team Playing Captain.” The deadline for captain’s picks is November 4. Giddy Up!
Euros capture Solheim Cup. The European women defeated the U.S. in Scotland with smallest margin in Solheim Cup history, 14.5 – 13.5. I love all of the team golf events, and this may be the best event in women’s sports. It always brings out the best in the players, the crowds, and the fans. Suzann Pettersen made the cup-clinching 7 foot putt on the 18th hole. She was a captain’s pick by Catriona Matthew after taking 18 months off for the birth of her son. After the celebration, Pettersen announced she was retiring from golf. That’s how important this event is and how much making the winning putt meant to her. She returned for one more hurrah, and she got her storybook ending. U.S. captain Juli Inkster, a definite face on the Mt. Rushmore of women’s golf, finishes her career as captain with a 2-1 record. The Korda sisters, Jessica and Nelly, lead the way for the U.S. each going 3-0-1 for the week.
Titleist and Mizuno launch new irons. Titleist and Mizuno lead the way when it comes to serious clubs for serious players, and are the top 2 brands when it comes to the finest forged clubs on the market. Titliest released their new T-100, T-200, T-300 series as well as their new 620 sets on the first of September. The 3 new MP-20 offerings from Mizuno will hit at the end of the month. Read about all the models here at golfhq.com.
Callaway has a secret. Callaway has something big planned for spring 2020; the release of a new ball. I have absolutely zero info on this model as of now, but reps are saying the company is going all in from a design, technology, and marketing standpoint. The ball is supposed to be next generation and a lot of time, effort, and money is going into the announcement and ad campaign. The plan it to try and take a huge bite out of Titleist’s market share. Exciting stuff.
How did my 3 picks do last week? The 2 players I said would contend, did just that. Kevin Na finished T-14 and Harold Varner III finished T-19. My winner, Jason Kokrak, missed the cut however. I give myself a C. First-time winner, Joaquin Niemann, had himself a week with an impressive 6-shot victory. Viktor Hovland tied the PGA Tour record with his 17th straight round in the 60’s. He is tied with Bob Estes.
Sanderson Farms Championship. Ok fantasy and Draft Kings players, here are my 3 picks for this week’s Sanderson Farms played in Jackson, Mississippi. The defending champ is Cameron Champ, who set last year’s fall series on fire with his incredible length.
Winner: Chez Reavie. Reavie is currently 14th on the Presidents Cup points list and is looking for a captain’s pick.
Will contend: Harris English. T39 here last year and T3 last week at Greenbrier. A player a lot of people thought would win more. Get it done in a weaker field.
Sleeper: Lucas Glover. Glover had his best year on tour in years in 2018. Seems as though the form has returned for the U.S. Open winner.
Enjoy the game and each other,
Written by Seth Zipay – Head Golf Professional
Published by Craig Walton