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Dean & Deluca

The tour stays in Dallas for the Dean & Deluca Invitational held at historic Colonial Country Club. Leaving us all to wonder, what the hell is Dean & Deluca? 

The Tour’s new sponsor is an upscale grocery store that shockingly doesn’t have a Dallas location, making us scratch our heads a bit….

At last year’s (Crowne Plaza) event, Chris Kirk notched his 4th career PGA Tour win by beating the trio of Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn by 1 shot. Kirk converted a clutch 7-foot par putt on the 18th to ice the win.

The field

World number 2 Jordan Spieth headlines the event and is joined by 8 more of the world’s top 30. Spieth looks to bounce back from his disappointing weekend at the Byron Nelson and earn his first career win in his home state of Texas.

Only the names have changed

Colonial C.C. is the PGA Tour’s longest active tournament host, having held a PGA Tour event since 1946. Designed by the legendary Perry Maxwell and John Bredemus, Colonial is a traditional course that features tight fairways and many doglegs. The course tends to favor the strategic player who values accuracy and precision over distance.

Paulie’s Picks

Paulie has an bonus pick for this week’s stellar lineup of players who are on a roll but not too overpriced. Check them all out here, and plug ‘em into your fantasy lineup. 

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An set to defend

This week, Wentworth Country Club hosts one of the European Tour’s flagship events, the BMW PGA Championship. Last year’s championship served as a coming out party for young star Byeong Hun An, who blitzed fellow co-leader Francesco Molinari in the final round, shooting a 7-under 65 to win by 6 shots and set a tournament scoring record of -21. 

Defending will be no easy task for An with a stout field at Wentworth that includes Danny Willett, former champion Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Rio, we have a problem

With top players Adam Scott, Louis Oosthueizen and Charl Schwartzel opting out of the Olympics, golf’s triumphant return could be better described as “hanging by a thread”. Vital to its success is the participation of the game’s best players, but the growing concern of the Zika Virus and men’s ability to transmit the disease has many players second-guessing their participation. On Monday, news broke that both Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy are also on the fence because of the disease.

Just ask the fried egg

This situation is a hot mess. I don’t blame the players for pulling out as the majority of them are in their “baby-making” years. The entire planning of golf’s inclusion has been bad, from the individual stroke play format to the player selection process. If McIlroy and Willett drop out of the Olympics, it could be the start of a domino effect of top players pulling their commitments and leaving the Olympic committee to pick from the Senior Tour.

The full Monty

The senior circuit heads to Michigan for its first major, the Senior PGA Championship. It will be held at Harbor Shores Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design with some of golf’s most diabolical green complexes. Colin Montgomerie is back and looking to complete a 3-Peat against top contenders Bernhard Langer, Woody Austin and John Daly.

The Final Four

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is now down to the final four teams. 
The members of the fried egg who were competing have since been knocked out, but we hope to see even more qualify next year.

The semifinal and final matches will be played today with teams Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanon facing Patrick Christovich and Garrett Rank, and Otto Black and Colin Joseph facing Brandon Cigna and Ben Warnquist. Follow along live here. 

Wednesday’s Workout

If you work in an office, you likely struggle with your posture on the golf course. 18 Strong has an exercise that can help you develop better habits for on and off the course.

Quick Hooks

Rahm becomes the first-ever back-to-back winner of the Hogan Award.

TopGolf just got better by acquiring ProTracer

Fan gets drilled by a Bud Cauley punchout.

The LPGA heads back to college for the LPGA Volvik Championship in Ann Arbor.