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A softer Congaree, a resurgent DJ, a bombing South African, and an excellent idea on the Euro tours


Today’s headline goes out to all the dads.

Searching for momentum

Typically one of the firmest golf courses in the southeast, Congaree Golf Club was softened by recent rains and played relatively slow on Thursday at the Palmetto Championship. The course wasn’t a complete pushover, but more than 30 players shot 68 or better. Wes Roach leads after firing a 65. Leaderboard

Among the players one shot back is world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who is making his first start since missing the cut at the PGA Championship. Coming one week ahead of next week’s U.S. Open, this is a promising sign for DJ. He’s missed the cut at the first two major championships of 2021 and hasn’t been himself in quite some time. After starting the year hot with a win and two top-11 finishes, DJ has had one top-25 finish in his past seven starts.

We all know Dustin Johnson doesn’t exactly need momentum to win big events, but the week before each of his major titles he recorded a top five. Another strong round or two this week would be a great lead-in to Torrey Pines, a course that sets up very well for him.

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Something new

It’s rare that we see innovation in professional golf, but the Euros have something special cooked up this weekend. Co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour, the Scandinavian Mixed, an event featuring men and women playing for the same purse, is off and running in Sweden. Sam Horsfield and Christine Wolf lead the way through 18 holes after both shot 64 on Thursday. Leaderboard

A mixed-gender event is something we’ve wanted to see for a long time. It makes sense that the two European tours would try the format first, as they have been more open to innovation than their American counterparts. We can only hope that the idea will spread. It would be cool to see mixed-gender competition at the Olympics, and any match-play event with mixed pairs would be instant must-see TV. But regardless of how often we see this format in the future, we’re excited to see it this week.

Solheim Scouting

This week, three members of our team took a trip to Inverness Club, which will host the Solheim Cup this year. Recently restored by Andrew Green, this Donald Ross design showed out and got us excited for September. Here are a couple of photos taken from our quick sojourn to northwest Ohio!

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