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Sunday 63s are good
Simply put, Sei Young Kim dominated the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. After a 65 on Friday that shot her to the top of the leaderboard, Kim backed it up with a Saturday 67 and slammed the door on Sunday. She finished five strokes ahead of Inbee Park for her first major title. Her final-round 63 tied a tournament record, and her four-day total of 266 set a new one. Results
It would have been easy for nerves to get the best of Sei Young Kim at Aronimink Golf Club yesterday. She started with the lead but had the likes of Inbee Park and Nasa Hataoka making serious charges. Unfazed, Kim played impeccable golf. Bogeys were not even on her radar, and she finished with four birdies in her last six holes. A 10-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Sei Young Kim can finally add “major champion” to her résumé.
It wasn’t meant to be for Inbee Park, but the 32-year-old notched her 32nd top 10 in a major championship. Thirty. Two. That’s incredible. Her bogey-free 65 on Sunday was good enough to beat everyone not named Sei Young Kim by two strokes.
Nasa Hataoka started the final round with a hole-out eagle and finished with a bogey-free 64. Her T-3 is the 22-year-old’s fourth career top 10 in a major.
It was a rough final round for 2016 Women’s PGA champion Brooke Henderson, but she still finished solo sixth. In her six appearances at the event, Henderson has placed worse than sixth just once (T-30 in 2019).
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It was a star-studded leaderboard at Wentworth Golf Club on Sunday, but in the end no one could keep up with Tyrrell Hatton. The irascible Englishman shot rounds of 66-67-69-67 to win the BMW PGA Championship by four shots over Victor Perez. Results
Known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, Hatton has emerged as an elite talent over the past five years. But in spite of his success, he hasn’t achieved much mainstream fame. That may be changing soon. Hatton now has five career European Tour victories to go with one PGA Tour win, and three of those have come in the past year. In his past 15 events, he has had eight top 10s. His win at Wentworth moves him into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. This week, Hatton turns 29. We suspect his best is yet to come.
Martin Laird’s last victory came more than seven years ago, and his last top 20 in a non-opposite-field event came in 2018. Both of those droughts ended on Sunday, when Laird won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in a playoff over Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff. The Scotsman made an all-world up-and-down for par on the 71st hole but proceeded to bogey the 72nd. All was forgiven, however, when Laird closed out the event with a clutch birdie on the second playoff hole. The win is the fourth of his PGA Tour career. Results
Trey Mullinax shot a final-round 69 at the Orange County National Championship to grind out his first Korn Ferry Tour win since 2016. The Alabama product played most of his golf on the PGA Tour for the past three seasons before dropping down to the KFT in 2020. Brandon Wu, Stephan Jäger, Greyson Sigg, and Chad Ramey rounded out the top 5. Results
Patrick Reed finished T-3 at the BMW PGA Championship, increasing his chances of winning the Race to Dubai without being anywhere close to a full-time European Tour player. We love this ridiculous subplot in the 2020 golf season. Expect numerous further updates on it.
After looking like he might boat race the Shriners field on Thursday, Bryson DeChambeau took himself out of contention with a front-nine collapse in his third round. He recovered well, though, salvaging a 71 on Saturday and finishing T-8 on Sunday. We can only assume that he has already retired to his lab to test that 48-inch driver in preparation for the Masters.
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Shotgun Start: Speedy Sei Young gets her major, Hoodie Hatton, and Bryson vs. Fitzy
Andy and Brendan begin this Victory Monday with some brief comments on their 4-1 football teams and then some not-so-brief comments on the practice of examining potato chips for green complex design inspiration. Then they get to the golf of the weekend, starting with Speedy Sei Young Kim winning the Women’s PGA at Aronimink. They focus on her inspiring pace, if she was the best to have never won a major, the importance of beating Inbee Park, and how the course so brilliantly brought out drama off the tee. For the BMW PGA, they lament the struggle it was to actually watch the conclusion on television but praise Hoodie Hatton’s play to capture that tour’s flagship event. Also, was there actually anyone critiquing him about wearing a hoodie or was this just a Twitter strawman? At the Shriners, they marvel at Martin Laird emerging from the Martin zone as well as some poorly placed TPC design service catch basins for his first win in seven years. Ernie Els and Trey Mullinax also get some love for their weekend wins before a lengthy news segment on the Matt Fitzpatrick vs. Bryson DeChambeau debate over what constitutes “skill.” Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
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