With the PGA Tour off, the Web.com Tour took center stage in Boise for the second leg of their playoff event where 150 players vie for 25 PGA Tour cards. The star of the show was golf’s fastest-rising personality, Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who came over from England hoping for a Tour card and more opportunities to play in the States. He did just that, finishing in 4th place and earning himself enough money through two events to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2016-2017 season. Looks like America will be seeing a whole lot more of Beef.
Outside of Beef
While Beef was the star of the show, Michael Thompson was able to walk away with the hardware, shooting 23-under for the week with a pair of stellar weekend 64’s. Thompson spent the 2015-2016 season on the PGA Tour struggling to find consistency and finishing 145th on the money list. After his win in Boise, he is set to head back to the PGA Tour for the 2016-2017 season with some much-needed momentum. Finishing behind Thompson was Miguel Angel Carballo at 21-under, who also resecured his PGA Tour Card for the season.
Through 2 events, players have clinched their PGA Tour cards for the 2016-2017 season and will now look to jockey for the top spot in the Finals series in order to gain valuable priority ranking and exemptions for the upcoming season.
South Korea’s In Gee Chun shined at the LPGA’s final major of the year, the Evian Championship, shooting a tournament record 21-under-par to win. For Chun it was her 2nd career LPGA Tour win and 2nd career major championship win, joining Se Ri Pak as the only players to ever accomplish that feat.
The European Tour’s best were out for the Italian Open, and the cream rose to the top setting up a back-9 duel between Italy’s own Fracesco Molinari and reigning Masters champion Danny Willett. Molinari opened up a 4-shot lead, but a birdie and eagle on the back 9 from Willett closed the gap to 1 shot with 4 holes remaining. In the end, Molinari was able to hold on and become the first Italian to win the championship twice.
Many of Europe’s Ryder Cup members were in the field for the Italian Open, and it looks as though they are rounding into form. Besides Willett’s 2nd-place finish, the European team saw solid performances from Rafa Cabrera Bello (12th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (16th), Martin Kaymer (20th) and Andy Sullivan (20th). Meanwhile, Captain’s Pick Lee Westwood missed the cut.
A Golden Age Gem: Ravisloe C.C.
I get asked countless times a year where people should play public golf in Chicago, and I always recommend a Donald Ross design, Ravisloe. While you won’t get the glitz and glam of some other public options, you will get a great golden age design that provides a fun and playable test for golfers of all skill levels. Check out our review and tour of Chicago’s only public access Donald Ross design.
New faces, same results
This weekend, the University of Illinois hosted their annual Fighting Illini Invitational at historic Olympia Fields Country Club. The event draws the country’s best teams with 4 of the top 5 in the collegiate rankings and 10 of the top 25 in the 15-team field. Many experts expected the Illini to have a down year after losing All-Americans Charlie Danielson and Tom Detry to graduation, but so far it looks like they are doing just fine without them as the Illini cruised to a 13-shot victory over 2nd place Oklahoma State. The Illini were paced by Western Amateur champion Dylan Meyer, who finished in second place behind Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ.
Long-lost Tour star Anthony Kim seen playing golf at the University of Oklahoma.
Kyle Nathan (fried egg member) and John Hunter win the prestigious Williams Four-Ball at Oak Hill C.C.
U.S. Senior Am heads to the round of 64 with fried egg member Tim Sheppard finishing 3rd in medal play.