Topgolfgears Morning 9: Keegan | Tony the 12th | What the PGA Tour can learn from the NFL

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1. Keegan triumphant
Hard not to be happy for the Vermonter who found his way out of the abyss in into the winner’s circle yesterday, no?
Here are a few of the angles the scribes took in framing Bradley’s victory.’s Sean Martin…”It’s easy to blame the belly putter….Keegan Bradley used that club to win three times in his first two seasons, including a major and World Golf Championship. Then his promising career took a downturn, just as the debate about anchoring was beginning to heat up.”
  • “He was finally barred from using his beloved belly putter on Jan. 1, 2016. The ban became official in the midst of his worst season. By that summer, he was worried about missing the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time.”
  • “The putter wasn’t the only problem, though. His full swing was in disarray, as well. Ball-striking, especially long and straight tee shots, had always been his strength. It allowed him to conquer tough tracks like Firestone and Atlanta Athletic Club…when his swing left him, doubt crept in.”

Golf Digest’s Alex Myers...”He was like a scientist in the lab, changing his swing, his putting stroke, his fundamentals – investing in the work needed to get to where he was Monday on soggy Aronimink: going head-to-head in a sudden-death playoff against the new No. 1 player in the world, Justin Rose.”

  • “For a player who had to reinvent his game, the clutch moment didn’t seem so scary. Bradley topped Rose with a par on the first playoff hole to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship for his first PGA Tour victory in six years.”
  • And interestingly, this was Bradley’s attitude entering the final round of the BMW…:”Truthfully I was really fixated on making the Tour Championship, and I kind of knew if we didn’t play today, I was in it…It was the weirdest couple of days because I knew in the back of my mind if we didn’t play, I was in Atlanta. It was my goal to start the year. It was difficult to get ready to play because I was like, ‘Man, if they call it, I’m good.’ But I was only three back.”
2. Tony the 12th
If your money was on Jim Furyk selecting himself with his final captain’s pick, sorry. On a more serious note, if you wagered on Kevin Kisner or Xander Schauffele getting the nod, sorry again; Captain Furyk made his final selection after play wrapped at the soggy BMW Championship, and in making his choice he, well, chose the man most expected him to choose: Tony Finau.
  • Finau joins Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau as the four wildcard selections on a U.S. squad that will be seeking its first “road win” since 1993.
  • “He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” said Furyk. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the Majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”
3. A new world No. 1
Justin Rose, with his runner-up finish at the BMW Championship, has taken over the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
“It’s boyhood dream stuff, something I am incredibly proud of,” Rose said. “It’s been a good stretch of golf. I’ve played solidly over the past year. I’m delighted to get to the top,” he told Sky Sports.
4. FedEx Cupdate
A quick rundown of the 30 gentlemen prepared to fatten their wallets at the Tour Championship.
1 Bryson DeChambeau
2 Justin Rose
3 Tony Finau
4 Dustin Johnson
5 Justin Thomas
6 Keegan Bradley
7 Brooks Koepka
8 Bubba Watson
9 Billy Horschel
10 Cameron Smith
11 Webb Simpson
12 Jason Day
13 Francesco Molinari
14 Phil Mickelson
15 Patrick Reed
16 Patrick Cantlay
17 Rory McIlroy
18 Xander Schauffele
19 Tommy Fleetwood
20 Tiger Woods
21 Aaron Wise
22 Kevin Na
23 Rickie Fowler
24 Jon Rahm
25 Kyle Stanley
26 Paul Casey
27 Hideki Matsuyama
28 Gary Woodland
29 Marc Leishman
30 Patton Kizzire
5. Tiger comes up short again
The NYT’s Kevin Armstrong on Tiger’s
“Woods shot a 65 on Monday, for a cumulative score of 17 under par, three shots behind Keegan Bradley, who beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. Instead of a victory, it was another stroll straight to the clubhouse for Woods, who finished tied for sixth place.”
  • “For Woods, a winner of 14 majors who has undergone spinal fusion surgery, progress was marked differently. To finish so close to the lead a year after he feared he might not be able to play again, Woods said, sent him home with what he called “a very positive feeling.”
  • “At the end of the season here to say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I’ve been through is a pretty good accomplishment,” Woods said.
6. What the PGA Tour could learn from the NFL
…assuredly nothing about handling controversy. However, while plenty point to sinking ratings for the most-watched sport in the United States, few point of deficiencies with the telecasts themselves–not so for golf, obviously.
  • Golfweek’s Forecaddie examined what PGA Tour coverage could borrow from the NFL. Here are two of his suggestions.
  • Standardize key technologies...When I watch an NFL game, I know I’m going to see the line-of-scrimmage line and the first-down line on every play. When I watch golf, I might see shot-tracing technology or putting graphics on a hole – or I might not.
  • Rather than golf producers teasing viewers with cool technology here or there, let’s identify two or three of the best technologies, then put all of the sponsorship dollars behind them so that we can see them on every hole.
  • Mic ’em up…I’ll reiterate an old favorite: Start putting microphones on PGA Tour players or their caddies. NFL Films has been doing this for decades. We don’t necessarily see the benefits of this on Sundays. But it produces great content for weekly highlights shows and season-ending anthologies. That sort of peripheral programming takes fans inside the game and helps them learn more about the players
7. There’s still golf to be watched!
This week, the top 30 professionals on the PGA Tour get the benefit of an off week before the Tour Championship. However, here’s a friendly reminder that professional golf is still being played, including a major on the LPGA Tour. Golfweek’s Jason Lusk rounded up the schedule.


What: The Evian Championship
When: Sept. 13-16
Where: Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
European Tour
What: KLM Open
When: Sept. 13-16
Where: The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands Tour

What: Albertsons Boise Open
When: Sept. 13-16
Where: Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho
PGA Tour Champions
When: Sept. 14-16
Where: Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, Grand Blanc, Mich
8. Horschel the designer
Billy Horschel, octopus pant enthusiast and fashion plate that he is, has worn Ralph Lauren apparel on tour since 2011. This year, RL decided to involve Billy Ho in the creative process, he spoke with Golf Digest about the collab.
How did the idea for a design collaboration with Ralph Lauren come about?
“It really just came about last summer. The lead designer for men’s and women’s golf at Ralph Lauren called up [my manager] Sherry [Whay] and said, “Hey listen, we want to possibly do a collection with Billy for 2018,” and she was ecstatic. When they called me, I was in Colorado on vacation and I was sort of speechless. I didn’t know what to say, which is unusual for me, but it was something that I was really happy to do.”
What was the hardest decision to make?
“I think it was the color. Obviously I knew the base colors I wanted. I wanted to do white and grey because it’s just a nice classic, clean look. Then I wanted navy involved because some of the outfits I wanted to use navy….Then it was the accent colors. [There were] so many colors I could choose from, and I tried to sort of go with what they were doing for Fall 2019. I’m really big into little details that make something stand out. I wanted to make sure the colors were somewhat of a pop-y color, so the pinks and baby blue [made sense]. The blue I chose really sticks out.”
9. Red sweater memories
Continuing on the fashion front, the Twitterverse lost its mind when Tiger arrived at Aronimink is a something along the lines of the red sweater he wore at the Master in 1997 and early in his career.
Doug Ferguson tweeted…”Haven’t seen Tiger in a red sweater on Monday of a weather-delayed tournament since Pebble in 2000.”
Riggs from Barstool Sports tweeted…”RED SWEATER TIGER IS THE BEST TIGER”
Alex Myers

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