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A true “grinder”
While it wasn’t the glitziest tournament this weekend, the Korn Ferry Tour’s Wichita Open ended up being the most compelling. That’s because the winner was Jared Wolfe, an 11-year pro who has never played a PGA Tour event. With rounds of 63-65-65, he jumped out to a three-shot lead entering Sunday, but his final round proved far more difficult. Wolfe battled weather and nerves down the stretch, but eventually parred the 72nd hole to win by one shot. Wichita Open Leaderboard
You often hear about PGA Tour members who “grind” through “rough years,” but those guys are usually making at least a few hundred thousand dollars a year in the process. Jared Wolfe is an actual grinder. The Murray State graduate has bounced between the PGA Tour Latinoamérica, the Mackenzie Tour, and the Korn Ferry Tour since 2014, never once sniffing a paycheck like the ones on the PGA Tour. But now Wolfe has two wins on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020, and his 2021-22 PGA Tour card is all but in the bag. He’ll be easy to root for going forward.
Is there a better illustration of the contrast between the Korn Ferry Tour and the PGA Tour than the fact that one was in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend while the other was at a resort in the Dominican Republic? Anywho, Hudson Swafford won the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on Sunday by one shot over Tyler McCumber. Swafford had a three-shot advantage early on the back nine but ended up needing to birdie the 71st hole to retake the lead. The win is the second of his PGA Tour career and his first since 2017. Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship Results
John Catlin is a winner on the European Tour for the second time this month. The 29-year-old American shot a final-round 64 to come from behind and capture the Irish Open on Sunday. Before 2020, Caitlin had won only on the Asian Tour; now he’s inside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking and likely has some big-time starts in his future. Unfortunately for Catlin, the image most people will remember from this Irish Open will be the unique gallery on moooving day. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Results
Will Zalatoris continued his incredible summer run with a T-8 finish in the Dominican Republic. Well back after 54 holes, Zalatoris fired a closing 65 to leap into the top 10. The high finish earns him another start at next week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, but he will need to continue his strong play to accumulate enough FedEx Cup points for a temporary PGA Tour membership.
While winless, Taylor Pendrith is a star on the Korn Ferry Tour. His solo second in Wichita is his fourth runner-up of the season and moves him to No. 2 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list. Like Zalatoris and Davis Riley, Pendrith is clearly ready for the PGA Tour.
Playing as an amateur, Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton finished T-8 at the Wichita Open. Norton gained entry into the KFT event by winning the 2019 Patriot All-America tournament.
Guillermo (Willy) Pumarol was the only native Dominican to make the cut at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, and his T-65 is the highest finish by a Dominican in PGA Tour history (via PGA Tour Communications).
This week, Sergio García will drop out of the top 50 in the OWGR for the first time in roughly nine years.
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Shotgun Start: Victory Monday!
Andy is brimming with enthusiasm and confidence for the Nick Foles era, even if it means his over wager for Mitch Trubisky starts is in trouble. Brendan is cautious about Baker Mayfield and just happy the Browns are over .500 for the first time in six years. The Victory Monday celebration consumes the first several minutes of the episode because, well, there’s little enthusiasm for the golf. Nevertheless, there is time and credit given to Hudson Swafford’s win in the Dominican Republic. There’s also a tangent on the Hudson and Harris confusion. John Catlin’s win at the Irish Open is discussed, as he’s now just the third American to take the historic event. The incredible Jared Wolfe story down on the KFT is hailed after his win in Wichita. In news, they hit on Tiger committing to the Zozo at Sherwood and reports of Tony Finau being sued for a hefty sum. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.