Today’s newsletter is a bit different. We’re going to begin with collegiate golf.
And then there were two. Alabama and Oklahoma State will meet in the final match of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday.
Oklahoma St. has been the favorite all season and has proven their prowess this week. They were the #1 seed through the stroke play portion before disposing of Texas A&M and Auburn in match play. The Crimson Tide have also been very consistent this season but struggled during the stroke play portion of the championship. None of their players finished in the top 20, and they snuck into match play as the six seed. There they dominated Texas Tech and Duke on their way to the championship match.
Alabama beat OSU in the 2013 championship match by a score of 4-1 at Prairie Dunes. The Cowboys will look to get revenge for that loss as well as their 2011 loss to Augusta St. That season saw OSU upset on their home golf course at the hands of Patrick Reed and company. Expect a great match and atmosphere at Karsten Creek tomorrow. Watch the championship match live on Golf Channel at 4pm EST.
The House that Jack Built
The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village this week for The Memorial Tournament. Hosted by Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial is one of the best fields every year. This year’s event is headlined by (deep breath) Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Patrick Reed.
Muirfield Village Golf Club is a big ballpark designed by the Golden Bear himself. The course features some brawny holes as well as a few holes that are infused with strategy. Weather looks to be a potential issue and could turn the course into a target golfer’s paradise.
Duf Duf Goose
Jason Dufner captured the Memorial last season after an extremely volatile weekend. After shooting back-to-back 65s on Thursday and Friday, Dufner bogied four of his first five on Saturday on his way to a 77. He then made 7 birdies on his way to a Sunday 68 and made up a 4-shot deficit for the victory. It was his fifth PGA Tour victory.
King of the Hill
While Justin Thomas will step to the tee for the first time as the #1 ranked player in the world, his position is anything but safe. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose all have the opportunity to take the top spot depending on how the rest of the field shakes out. After his win last week, Justin Rose matched his highest OWGR ranking at #3. This is the best chance he has ever had to become the #1 player in the world.
Tiger makes first start since PLAYERS
5-time champion Tiger Woods will make his first start at the Memorial since 2015. Tiger made the cut that year, but a Saturday 85 removed any chance of him making a serious charge. We last saw Tiger on the weekend at TPC Sawgrass three weeks ago as he made a pseudo-charge at Webb Simpson.
This week’s field also includes a bevy of young talent. Leading the charge is Joaquin Niemann, who is coming off his second top 10 of the season. Since turning professional in April, Niemann has two top 10s and two MC Hammers in his four starts.
Sam Burns, Doc Redman, Will Zalatoris and Harry Ellis are all in the field as well. Burns has had an excellent season thus far, notching a Web.com victory as well as three top 25s on the PGA Tour. Redman is making his professional debut this week, foregoing exemptions into the U.S. Open and Open Championship.
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Broc Everett (Augusta) won his first career individual college event on Monday, the NCAA Championship. Watch his winning putt.
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The Web.com Tour heads to Raleigh for the Rex Hospital Open. Tee Times.
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