Kudos to all of you yolkels reading this right now. We know that golf is thin and the weather is cold, but you are here and that’s what matters.
Believe it or not, there is golf!
The first event that is occurring this week is the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Oliver Bekker, a South African himself, leads through one round after opening with a 66 on Thursday. Bekker finished in the top 10 in the PGA Tour of Australasia event last week and clearly brought his game this week as well.
Among the group chasing Bekker are the Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, Dylan Frittelli, Brandon Stone and Robert Karlsson. Leaderboard
The other event of the week is the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour. While that doesn’t sound like an event you would be interested in, there are quite a few big names in the field, like Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Anirban Lahiri. Our friend Berry Henson is in the field and got off to a hot start with a first-round 68. He sits two shots back of the leader, John Catlin. Leaderboard
This week in Patrick Reed drama…
Golf Digest is in the midst of their top stories from 2018, and of course theMasters champion came up. Scott Michaux’s article mainly recapped the trials and tribulations of Reed’s year, but it also included the following quote from Kevin Kisner…
“They all hate him—any guys that were on the team with him [at Georgia] hate him and that’s the same way at Augusta. I don’t know that they’d piss on him if he was on fire, to tell you the truth”
That is one of the spicier quotes I have heard from someone speaking on therecord. Kisner has never been one to hold back, so this should not be surprising. Everyone knows that Reed is not liked by his peers, and this just reaffirms that notion.
Michigan’s Hidden Gem - Diamond Springs
A ways off the beaten path in Western Michigan lies a course of which you have never heard. It doesn’t have a large maintenance budget, the pro shop sells hot dogs, and the scorecard has an advertisement on the front. Still, Diamond Springs provides some of the best value in the entire country. Andy wrote a full article on how this quaint little backwoods golf course stole our hearts during an October stroll this fall. Read his piece HERE
Shotgun Start: Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part I: Amusing and sometimes useless facts
As part of an end-of-year series, Brendan and Andy run through the first quarter of the PGA Tour schedule to review key moments, controversies, and plenty of amusing ephemera you probably forgot. As you can guess, this is not meant to be a cut-and-dry recap of what happened, but rather a tribute to the many oddities and silly dramas that are often forgotten by the end of an interminable season. They alternate events, with one host armed with some research while the other trying to recall or guess cold on what transpired, starting from the top at Kapalua. Listen on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher.
“That sounds good, I’ll have that”
The PGA Tour announced on Thursday that the Web.com Tour will be moving to a FedExCup-style point system next season. This will replace their current earning system and place value on certain positions in each event. It will also value the playoff events more heavily than the regular season events, similar to the FedExCup playoffs. Full story