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Game of thrones
Mother Nature did her best to interfere with the Cambia Portland Classic this weekend, even forcing the LPGA Tour to reduce the tournament to 54 holes. But it was clear that Jin Young Ko deserved the win. The second-ranked player in the world shot three sub-70 rounds to take home the four-shot victory. Results
No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings for much of the past two years, Jin Young Ko hasn’t had a bad 2021 by any measure. In 14 starts, she has accumulated two wins and eight top 10s. Yet Ko’s season has been overshadowed by Nelly Korda’s major, gold medal, four victories, and nine top 10s.
We haven’t seen a head-to-head battle between Korda and Ko just yet, but one seems inevitable. At 23 and 26 years old, respectively, both have plenty of time left in their primes, and right now they’re running away from the rest of the LPGA Tour. Let’s hope for a showdown sometime soon.
Fields of dreams
It’s time to start crossing items off your bucket list, and the folks at Dream Golf are here to help.
Dream Golf—the people behind Bandon Dunes, Cabot Cape Breton, and Sand Valley—have been making golfers’ dreams come true for over two decades. Recently, they announced a partnership to bring an array of USGA events to Bandon Dunes, and the long-lost Lido is nearing its resurrection near Sand Valley. To celebrate, Dream Golf is hosting a giveaway to send you to either Bandon Dunes or Sand Valley! Winners will have their choice of adventure and will either attend the 2022 U.S. Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes or be among the first to preview the Lido. Entries close on September 20!
Max Homa came roaring back at the Fortinet Championship, firing a weekend 130 (65-65) to capture his third PGA Tour victory. Well back with seven holes to play, Homa holed out for eagle at the par-4 12th and birdied Nos. 13,16, and 17 to get into the house at -19. One group behind Homa, Maverick McNealy made a double bogey on the 71st hole before eagling the 72nd to finish runner-up. Mito Pereira, three-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour in the 2020-21 mega-season, earned his career-best PGA Tour finish with a solo third. Results
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Figure Eights on the Lake: Whistling Straits – Host of this weekend’s Ryder Cup, Whistling Straits is more than a pretty place. Andy Johnson and Garrett Morrison break down Pete Dye’s lakeside design and talk about some holes to look out for.
Mike Whan Weighs In on Golf’s Distance Debate – In last week’s Friday episode of The Fried Egg Podcast, new USGA CEO Mike Whan had some intriguing comments on the distance issue and the USGA’s timeline for future guidelines.
The Fried Egg Podcast: Thoughts on the Design of Whistling Straits
To get ready for this week’s Ryder Cup, Andy Johnson and Garrett Morrison chat about the design of host venue Whistling Straits. Andy recently shot the Straits Course for a new Fried Egg video, so Garrett asks for his thoughts on Pete Dye’s routing, par-3 concepts, and outrageous shaping. They also discuss the PGA of America’s hefty build-outs, the reasons behind Andy’s hatred of catch basins, and the simple pleasure of gazing at a big ol’ lake all day. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
The Shotgun Start: A *new* world No. 1 at the Fortnite, Dutch Boy Toffer, and RV reconnaissance
Before the madness of the Ryder Cup and a flurry of episodes later this week, this truncated Victory Monday episode is a quick reaction to the weekend in golf, starting with Max Homa’s ridiculous back nine in Napa that took the Fortnite Championship and put him in the lofty perch of new world No. 1. Andy and Brendan discuss their former colleague’s quick turnaround to start the new season, the firm conditions at Silverado, and Maverick McNealy’s swing at the 17th tee that cost him. Then they whip around the rest of the golf world, hitting on Jin Young Ko coming back from a lengthy break and immediately winning on the LPGA, a Toffer getting it done on the Euro Tour after six years of hell and almost blowing an 8-shot lead, and Darren Clarke rumbling and bumbling to his third Champs Tour win. They close with some supremely naive chatter on the RV for the Ryder Cup after Andy had a disconcerting chat with the owner of the vehicle. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.
Despite the worst final-round score of the top 10 (72), Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg won the Dutch Open on the European Tour. Broberg opened up an eight-shot 54-hole hole lead thanks to a second-round 64 and third-round 61. Results
Led by Austin Greaser, North Carolina won the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields this weekend. Greaser, runner-up at this year’s U.S. Amateur, won the individual title after jarring his approach from 168 yards on the final hole. Results
Golfweek’s Adam Schupak recently caught up with Johnny Miller for a Q&A. The two talked about the Ryder Cup, announcers in golf, how Miller’s retirement is going, and more. Full Article
Bryson DeChambeau posted a video to Instagram of a drive he hit 405 yards in preparation for the Long Drive Contest, er, Ryder Cup.