21-year-old Aaron Wise earned his first win at the AT&T Byron Nelson after rounds of 65-63-68-65, winning by three shots over Marc Leishman. Wise was a stripe show for the week, finishing 2nd in strokes gained off the tee, 1st in strokes gained approach and 7th in strokes gained putting. Wise was coming off a t2nd in his last start at the Wells Fargo and was unflappable during Sunday's final round. Full scores
The 21-year-old Wise is less than two years removed from his 2016 NCAA win and has excelled at every level. Wise earned his 2017 Web.com Tour card through a 3rd place finish on the Mackenzie Tour (Canada) and then won on the Web.com to earn his way onto the PGA Tour. The win came in Wise's 26th PGA Tour start. To put that in perspective, Rory McIlroy's 1st PGA Tour win came at age 20 in his 19th start, Jordan Spieth's came at 19 in his 24th and Justin Thomas' came at 22 in his 43rd. Editor's note: Si Woo Kim's 1st win came at age 21 in his 30th start.
At Leish he didn't lose
A pair of bogeys prohibited Marc Leishman from keeping pace with Wise's strong final round. Leishman is coming off a breakout season in 2017, where he won twice and finished 6th in the FedEx Cup. The runner up is Leishman's best finish of 2018 and his 5th top 10 of 2018.
Trio in 3rd
Brendan Grace fired a Sunday best 62 to vault into a tie for 3rd with J.J. Spaun and PGA Tour rookie Keith Mitchell. It was both Spaun and Mitchell's best finishes of their young PGA Tour careers.
Adam Scott needed to finish in a tie for 6th or better to move back into the top 60 in the world rankings to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. Scott fell just short in a tie for 9th and will now have to get within the top 50 by June 11th or go to Sectional qualifying to extend his streak of 67 straight major championships.
Thanks to Sunday rains and benign conditions on Thursday and Fridaymorning, Trinity Forest yielded low scoring for the PGA Tour. While scores were low, the course required players to execute to take advantage of the setup. Most importantly, player feedback on the course was positive, and Jimmy Walker even went as far as saying he "loves this course."
The PGA Tour also played a role in the low scores by being extremely cautious with the setup. Tees were moved up on 7+ holes to shorten the course, and the greens were watered to be more receptive for the PGA Tour. On a daily basis, members at Trinity Forest play a firmer and faster golf course than the PGA Tour setup. Hopefully with year one under their belts, the Tour will let Trinity Forest play closer to its intended form in year two.
The Trinity Forest Finale
Geoff Ogilvy was fantastic on the recent State of the Game podcast, and they were kind enough to allow me to use some of the audio. Listen to Geoff Ogilvy explain how tournament golf usually differs from the great golf holes and how it relates to Trinity Forest.
55 with a bogey
Michael Arnoud earned a spot in the Web.com Tour's BMW Pro-Am after a Kent Bulle WD. Arnoud made the most of the opportunity, shooting 27-under to win by five shots. The win came thanks to a couple remarkable front-nine efforts at the Thornblade Club. On Friday, Arnoud fired an 8-under 27, which included a bogey, and then shot 28 on Sunday! The win moved Arnoud from 193rd to 13th on the Money List and earned him starts the rest of the Web.com Tour season. Full scores.
Will Knights put together a roundup of what happened in each of the NCAA Men's Golf Regionals last week.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won the PGA Tour Champions Regions Tradition.
Ariya Jutanugarn won the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship.
Zac Blair hits one of the more creative chip shots in PGA Tour history.