Walker vies for 3-peat
The tour stays in Hawaii this week for the Sony Open, hosted at historic Waialae Country Club, a 1927 Seth Raynor design. Yes, this is the same course as the Waialae featured in the popular 90’s video game “True Golf Classics”.
Jimmy Walker heads into the event as the two-time defending champion, trying to become the first player to win a PGA Tour event 3 years in a row since Steve Stricker 3-peated at the John Deere (2009-2011). He will be facing some stiff competition as the majority of tour will make their first start of the year. The field at the Sony boasts 7 of the world’s top 30, including (anchorless) Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, as well as young stars Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.
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Stat of the week: Par 4 scoring average
With only 2 par 5s and some of the easiest par 3s on tour, it’s going to come down to the players who play the par 4s best. Waialae features tight and firm fairways that value precision off the tee.
Stud: Jimmy Walker
DraftKings Salary: $12,200
Over the past two years, this two-time defending champion has averaged 3.73 on the par 4s. Walker is coming off a solid week at Kapalua, where he made the most birdies of any golfer not named Jordan Spieth.
Sleeper: Pat Perez
DraftKings Salary: $6500
Perez has notched 3 consecutive top 20s at Waialae C.C. and finished 10th in par 4 scoring at 2015’s championship.
Allenby hopes for no repeat
While Walker returns to Waialae C.C. with nothing but good memories, Aussie Robert Allenby returns to the site of one of the strangest stories of 2015. For those of you who missed this gem, Allenby - who failed to qualify for the weekend at last year’s Sony Open - claimed to have been drugged, kidnapped, robbed and beaten the Friday night following his missed cut. There were many conflicting eyewitness reports to the story.
The story didn’t end there as later in the season, Allenby canned his caddie, who then spoke out about the events in Hawaii saying he believed that Allenby simply got drunk and fell, sustaining his injuries. While it appears that no one truly knows what happened to Allenby, the fried egg would like to wish Allenby a much more relaxing stay this year in Hawaii.
Europeans get a warm-up for the Ryder Cup
The second annual EurAsia Cup tees off Friday in Malaysia, with both Europe and Asia seeking their first win in the bi-annual event. 2014’s contest ended in a 10-10 tie after the Asian squad was able to overcome a 7-3 deficit to tie. The EurAsia Cup’s format consists of 6 matches of fourball (best ball) on Friday, 6 matches of foursomes (alternate shot) on Saturday, and Sunday’s 12 singles match finale.
Team Europe is captained by Darren Clarke and will trot out familiar Ryder Cup stalwarts, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, as well as young English stars Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Team Asia is captained by Jeev Milkha Singh and headlined by young Korean star and former U.S. Amateur champion Byeonghun An, PGA Tour member Anirban Lahiri and blast from the past Shingo Katayama.
It is still unknown if Shingo has convinced his teammates to don his trademark cowboy hat during the tournament....
"If it don't make dollars, it don't make sense"
Golf Digest published their 2015 Top 50 Earners in golf this week. The rankings are a cumulative of both on- and off-course earnings. The rankings include golf icons who earn very little to nothing on-course, such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (both still making over $20 million a year), to young PGA tour stars like Danny Lee who haven’t had time to cash in on their on-course performance through off-course sponsorship money.
For the first time in 13 years, Tiger Woods doesn’t sit atop of the earnings rank. Instead, Jordan Spieth, who earned $53 million in 2015, is golf’s cash king. Spieth’s stellar play netted him $23 million in on-course earnings and $30 million in off-course earnings, predominantly from his Under Armour endorsement. Spieth’s earnings show a staggering difference from equally dominant LPGA star, Lydia Ko, who ranked 47th on the list earning $3.8 million on-course and only $1.5 million off-course.
The Wednesday workout
Today we are giving you an easy stretch that every golfer should do everyday. One of the most important muscles for ensuring you are able to create a powerful, balanced and full turn in your swing is the hamstring. This stretch is simple, effective and can be done (well, almost) anywhere.