Tour Rundown: Bryson goes back-to-back, and a four-man playoff
We’ve gotten used to Boston on Labor Day, so it’s with moderately-misty eyes that we bid farewell to the New England portion of the PGA Tour playoffs. With 2018-19 offering a three-week playoff, to be concluded by the end of August, we’ll no longer finish the third leg of the playoffs on Labor Day. Time marches on, seasons change, and football arrives. Oh, so does the Ryder Cup, and we should know the next three members of the USA squad by Monday evening. The first weekend of September brought us leg two of the Web.Com Tour playoffs, a Champion’s Tour event in Calgary, and a long-time-coming victory on the LPGA Tour. Running, running, let’s get this Tour Rundown started in here.
DeChambeau on one of those second-season rolls, wins second straight at Dell
Not only is Bryson DeChambeau making Jim Furyk’s first pick for Ryder Cup side USA a sneeze, he’s now the darling of the FedEx Cup playoff run. We’ve seen this before, in the guise of Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson. Golfers win a pair of the postseason prizes and hold off the field for the overall title. Who knows if Bryson will get it done over the next two weeks, in Philadelphia and Atlanta. What we do know is, he has the potential to be a force in the game, in areas far beyond professional golf events.
DeChambeau tossed a scintillating 63, in the company of Tiger Woods no less, to take the lead in Saturday’s 3rd round. He was slightly less luminous, but no less effective, on Sunday. Five birdies and one bogey on the outward nine served notice that someone would have to chase him down. Justin Rose nearly did, with birdies on 4 of the closing 6 holes. The Englishman seized the runner-up spot on the podium at 14-under, but DeChambeau played controlled golf on the homeward half, with 1 birdie and one bogey, for a two-shot win. The third spot belonged to Cameron Smith, one shot back of Rose.
With the victory, opened a 2300-point gap over Dustin Johnson in the FedEx Cup. The playoffs move to delightful Aronimink in Philadelphia this week, before closing two weeks later in Atlanta, at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
. just keeps winning.
Check out all the highlights from his final round that led to his second consecutive win.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR)
Four Brits Walk Into A Playoff…
If I were witty, I’d have a punchline. Instead, I have a tale of four Englishmen who finished at 19-under in the European Tour’s Made In Denmark event. Lee Westwood, Steven Brown, Jonathan Thomson and Matt Wallace took different routes to the 72nd, but they all broke the tape together. At the first extra hole, both Wallace and Brown hit approach shots inside 10 feet and converted, eliminating Westwood and Thomson’s pars. Back to the 18th tee they went, and Wallace went even closer on his approach, tucking it neatly to 4 feet. With the ensuing birdie conversion, he earned his 3rd title of the 2018 season, 4th of his career, and certainly gave interested onlooker Thomas Bjorn (European Ryder Cup captain) another reason to offer a wild card to . With a fifth Englishman, Matthew Fitzpatrick, coming close to victory but not winning, Thorbjorn Olesen was guaranteed the final, automatic spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
WHAT A PERFORMANCE??
Matt Wallace birdies 10 of his last 13 holes to win the on the second play-off hole.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour)
Alex storms back to claim first LPGA title at Portland
No bookmaker would have given odds that Georgia Hall and Minjee Lee would shoot 75 and 77, respectively, on day four of the Cambia Portland Classic. Since both decided to do that, the door opened wide for anyone brave enough to step through. Marina Alex made 10 birdies in her opening 62, but struggled a bit during the tournament’s middle rounds. She recaptured the magic on Sunday, making 8 birdies before a closing bogey, but it was enough to blaze past Lee and Hall, and nab a 4-shot victory for LPGA tournament tile number one. Hall has been in terrific form since her singular victory at July’s British Open, but that form was absent on Sunday. Unfortunately for Lee, she has inherited the undesirable crown of most talent wins least from Brooke Henderson. As for , since this box is checked, she can move on to the next important task in life, serving as bridesmaid for a Vanderbilt teammate in Nashville.
Marina Alex reception as she approaches 18 grew at the
— LPGA (@LPGA)
McCarron finds the handle in final round of Shaw Charity Classic
At last week’s PGA Tour Champions stop, Scott McCarron was one of three, final-group golfers who conspired to let Scott Parel claim his first title. The conspiracy was completely unintentional, as not one of the three could buy, steal or scavenge a putt to avert Parel’s magnificent, closing charge. Leap ahead to September’s first weekend, and the scenario nearly repeated itself. Parel was once again in contention, as was McCarron. This time, the long-hitting Californian had just enough gas left in the tank to another Parel blitz. Last week’s winner had 62 on Sunday, including 6 birdies for 29 on the inward nine. McCarron’s run to the house wasn’t elegant, but it held off Parel. Beginning at 14, went ACE-bogey-birdie-bogey and, finally, birdie at the par-five closer, for Champion’s Tour win number 2 on the season, the 8th of his career. Parel did his best, but came up one birdie shy of a playoff, finishing at 15-under par. Canadian Rod Spittle chose Calgary as the site of his swan song, ending a storied, competitive career with a fine T17 finish, at 6-under par.
3 birdies and an ACE on the back nine.
Watch how got it done at the .
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour)
Comfort allows Hickock to swing freely and claim first Web title
We’ve seen it before: golfer earns tour card for following season, relaxes, plays great. Kramer Hickok is the latest example of the House-Money syndrome. With a 2018-19 PGA Tour card securely in hand, thanks to a Top-25, regular-season finish on the Web.Com Tour, Hickok took charge of the 2nd leg of the playoffs, winning his first Web title in Cleveland. Hickok began the week with a magnificent 63 at Canterbury, than tacked on two 68s and a 67 to finish at 14-under. eclipsed runners-up Matt Jones and resurgent Hunter Mahan by 3 shots, moving to 2nd spot on the season-long money list, and first on the Playoff portion.
Poised under pressure. alum holds a two-shot lead with seven holes to play.
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour)