The PGA Tour heads up the road to Hartford, Connecticut and the Travelers Championship. The event has seen a resurgence in recent years as tournament organizers have been able to draw many of golf’s biggest names to Connecticut after a major championship. Headlining this year’s Travelers field is defending champion Jordan Spieth, world number 2-ranked Justin Thomas, 4-time major champion Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
Welcome to SpiethBerger
Last year’s championship led to one of the highlights of the 2016-2017 season when Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger squared off in a playoff. On their second hole, Spieth holed a greenside bunker shot to turn the tables on Berger, who had a 20’ birdie look. With the win, Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only players with 10 PGA Tour wins before their 24th birthdays since WWII.
Three of the tournament’s biggest names (Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day) will look to rebound after missing the cut at Shinnecock Hills. Spieth won in his first appearance last year while Rory finished t17th and switched putters three times in four days.
This year’s crop
With the U.S. Open past us, we get a look at some of the new pros that will attempt to earn their way onto the PGA Tour through sponsor exemptions. Making their first PGA Tour (non-U.S. Open) appearance are Illinois grads Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy as well as Texas star Doug Ghim. Meyer is coming off a t20th finish in the U.S. Open, his first professional start. His teammate and Northbrook native Hardy debuted as a pro at the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship earning a t33rd finish. Ghim, who grew up battling Hardy in Illinois junior golf tournaments, will make his first start as a professional. This year Ghim was the low-am at the Masters and missed the cut at last week’s U.S. Open.
All aboard the Si-Woo Kim bandwagon! Paulie has you set for fantasy golf at this week’s Travelers Championship. Read his full article HERE
Final US Open Thoughts
We can’t completely move on to the Travelers without a few final U.S. Open thoughts. There has been a lot of talk about where the USGA went wrong and the outrage from the players. Andy put together an article that covers a myriad of topics but most notably breaks down why they got so mad and why it is partially misguided. Read his full piece HERE
RIP: The greatest champion golfer of the year
Australian golf legend Peter Thomson passed at age 88 last night after a lengthy bout with Parkinson’s Disease. Thomson was a golfing icon in Australia, winning five Open Championships in his playing career along with becoming an accomplished writer and architect. Despite his accolades and accomplishments, Thomson will go down as one of the most underappreciated players in America. Read GolfAustrailia’s full article on Thomson’s career and listen to Michael Clayton talk about Peter Thomson.
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The Web.com Tour heads to Wichita this week.
The Tour will head back to Minnesota with the announcement of a sponsorship with 3M.
The LPGA heads to Arkansas for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Tee Times