For the fourth time in 2018, Bryson DeChambeau is your winner on the PGA Tour. Bryson closed out the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on Sunday with a final-round 66, edging out defending champion Patrick Cantlay by one shot. Bryson becomes the first player to win four times during the 2018 calendar year and now has five career PGA Tour victories to his name. Leaderboard
At this point last season, Bryson had one career PGA Tour victory. His resume is much beefier now, and it has shot him up to 5th in the world golf rankings. He is ranked ahead of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, and even Rory McIlroy.
Bryson’s performance this week furthered the body of evidence of how great his all-around game truly is. He was in the top 7 in strokes gained off the tee, approach, and around the green this week while rolling in enough putts for the win. His crowning moment came on Sunday when he rolled in a monstrous eagle putt on 16 to shoot to the top of the leaderboard over Cantlay. There are many differing opinions on Bryson, but there is no doubt that he has the talent to compete with anyone in the world.
Dealer Had 21
Patrick Cantlay played some really good golf this weekend but came up one shot short of winning this event for the second straight year. He made 22 birdies over his final 45 holes, but a costly bogey on the 71st proved to be the difference. Cantlay finished the week 2nd in strokes gained off the tee and 5th in approach, two stats that will almost always lead to great results. He will win in the near future, but Sunday just wasn’t his day.
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Sam Ryder made a valiant charge on Sunday, but his final-round 62 came up two shots short of Bryson. He shot a bogey-free round with 9 birdies on his way to his second top-5 finish of the fall season.
Bud Cauley tied for 10th in just his second event since recovering from a serious car crash over the summer. The former Bama player shot 67-65 on the weekend to make a charge and record his highest PGA Tour finish since last year’s RSM Classic.
Playing in the final group for the first time in a very long time on the PGA Tour, Lucas Glover made a 72nd-hole triple bogey to drop to a tie for 7th.
The seemingly never-ending carousel that is the #1 ranking continues to turn this week. Justin Rose defeated Haotong Li in a playoff on the European Tour this week and will reclaim the top spot in the world rankings. Rose made a charge down the back nine on Sunday before bogeying the final two holes to get into the playoff with Li. He was able to secure the title with a par on the first playoff hole and now jumps Brooks Koepka for the top spot in the world. His latest reign will be a short stint as Koepka is expected to retake the top spot next week. Leaderboard
Shotgun Start: BrySin City, Rose gets back to No. 1, and LPGA cheating drama
Brendan and Andy return to catch you up on a strong weekend in golf. The beautiful boy Bryson DeChambeau rolls on with his fourth win in his last 12 starts and his fifth career W since last summer. After the Shriners win in Vegas, he’s now No. 5 in the world so they discuss his trajectory and where we go from here. Sam Ryder’s extremely aggressive jogger pants look in Vegas gets a review. They also discuss Justin Rose’s work in the Euro Tour’s first Race to Dubai event pushing him back to the top of the world rankings. A scandalous cheating moment at LPGA Q School also demanded a critique of the overbearing parent allegedly at the heart of it. Finally, they wrap with segments on the best things they saw over the weekend and a couple Sunday scaries nominees. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify
Monterey’s local links
Inspirational stories of rounds on the ocean in Monterey typically center around Pebble Beach and Cypress Point. For Garrett Ford, the back nine at the muncipally-owned Pacific Grove Golf Links brought him back to the game of golf. Read his story on Pacific Grove and its tremendous back 9 designed by Jack Neville here.
The Fried Egg Podcast: Colin Sheehan Part 2
Part two of the latest podcast with Yale Head Golf Coach Colin Sheehan is up in podcast feeds. In part two, Andy and Colin discuss Colin’s early career as a golf writer, golf course architecture, golf in the UK and much more. Listen to part two on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify.
Nasa Hataoka defeated fellow countrywoman Momoko Ueda to win the Toto Japan Classic on Sunday. Hataoka has played great golf lately, notching top 10s in four of her last six events. Leaderboard
Doris Chen was disqualified from LPGA Tour Q School last weekend after playing a ball that had been moved from out of bounds back within the boundary. The person who moved it? Her mom. Full Story