Less is more
With his wife in tow, Chris Kirk spent more time on the Mexican beaches than the golf course leading up to this week’s OHL Classic, and the unorthodox preparation has paid off thus far. On Thursday, Kirk blistered El Camaleón shooting an 8-under-par 63 to lead the trio of Camilo Villegas, Gary Woodland and Ben Crane by 1 shot.
Quite the start
Last week, 20-year-old phenom Aaron Wise finished t10th at the Shriners and earned a spot in this week’s OHL Classic. Thursday, Wise wasted no time getting back to the top of the leaderboard. After 3 pars to start, Wise made a hole-in-one on the 4th hole and then an eagle on the 5th to get to 4-under through 5 and take the lead! Wise finished his day at 6 under par and currently sits just two shots back. If he continues this hot play, he could be playing his way onto the PGA Tour.
These kids can play
Paulie pointed out young Australian pro Cameron Davis as a player to watch this week, and he didn’t disappoint shooting an opening round 5-under-par 66. Davis has quite the track record at El Camaleón, where he took home the medalist honors during the World Amateur Team Championship during his last visit.
Another young player lurking is Jon Rahm. The Spaniard fired a 4-under-par 67 on his 22nd birthday to notch his 22nd consecutive round under par, a remarkable feat for a young player.
Take me to Sun City
In South Africa for the 2nd event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the trio of Felipe Aguilar, Jeunghun Wang and Ross Fisher lead after opening 4-under-par 68s. Lurking 1 shot back are Race To Dubai points leader Henrik Stenson, 3-time winner Alex Noren, Ryder Cupper Chris Wood as well as 4 others.
Player Profile: Grayson Murray
23-year-old Grayson Murray entered the 2016 Web.com Tour with conditional status, but a sponsors invite at the Rex Hospital Open, a tournament he made the cut in at 16, changed all of that. Murray finished t10th and strung together strong finishes the rest of the season to finish 2nd on the money list. Read about Murray and his interesting path to the PGA Tour here.
The hottest name in the game
In golf course architecture news, the storied Pinehurst Resort announced that they would be doing an extensive remodel of the number 4 course. The man for the job? Gil Hanse, who has quietly become one of the most sought-after architects in golf. In the last two years, Hanse has won high profile jobs such as the Olympic Course in Rio, Streamsong Black, Bandon Dunes Sheep Ranch, Mossy Oak and remodel jobs at Sleepy Hollow, Winged Foot, LACC, and now Pinehurst.
We gotta start makin’ changes
On Wednesday, the Web.com Tour announced a change to its early season schedule in the Bahamas. Instead of the traditional Thursday-Sunday schedule, the Tour is switching the events to a Sunday-Wednesday schedule with the goal of getting more exposure for the Tour that sorely deserves it. I think this is a great move. The Web.com Tour should be televised more, it’s home to some of golf’s brightest young stars.
Rahm puts together an epic display of #TourSauce.
2 in a row, USC tops Stanford for the Gifford Collegiate.
Mongooses or Mongeese? A herd delays play in South Africa.
2nd Stage of Q-School wraps up today, check out the scoring here.
The final 4
We are down to the final 4 of No Laying Up’s annual Saucies. Vote now for the epic matchups of Stenson’s Ryder Cup club toss vs. Spieth’s one-handed club twirl and Thomas Pieters’ Open Championship club break vs. Stenson’s Open Championship walk-in.
I’m not campaigning....
But Stenson’s club toss was phenomenal. Remember it forever with a NLU t-shirt. Get yours here.