Fueled by rounds of 67-62-66-67, Austin Cook claimed the RSM Classic by four shots over J.J. Spaun. The rookie put on a ball-striking exhibition, leading the field in strokes gained: tee to green. Cook's closest competitor entering the day was Chris Kirk, but the veteran faded shooting one-over-par to finish in a tie for 4th. Full scores
Who is Austin Cook?
Shortly after posting my "rookies to watch" article, I got a text from a friend remarking that Austin Cook was going to be an ATM on Tour. That proclamation quickly became true. The rookie made four starts in the fall, making all four and notching two top 25s and a win. The 26-year-old Arkansas grad's finishes have netted him over $1.2 million, a spot in next year's Masters, the PGA Championship, Players Championship, Kapalua and a few others.
Ole Miss star Braden Thornberry impressed again, making the cut after a second round 64. The reigning NCAA champion and Haskins award winner struggled on Sunday, shooting a 74 to finish in a tie for 61st. The junior has now played in three PGA Tour events as an amateur, making the cut in two.
The Yolk with Doak
I am excited to announce a new regular podcast series with golf course architect, historian and writer Tom Doak. The podcast will be driven by listener questions. With that said, the first four episode's topics are below and need your questions.
Episode 1: Golf Course Architecture 101
Episode 2: Waialae, Raynor and the Sony Open
Episode 3: Streamsong Blue
Episode 4: A discourse on the desert
For more on each topic and to ask questions visit the podcast's page.
23-year-old Jon Rahm captured the European Tour's DP World Championship. The Spaniard fired a final round 67 to hold off Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry. The win was Rahm's third in his first full year as a professional. To go along with the three wins, Rahm registered two seconds, two thirds and seven other top 10 finishes. His consistency is remarkable for a 23-year-old. After starting 2017 ranked 137th in the world, Rahm is now 4th in the world rankings behind only Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Full scores
The season-long winner
Justin Rose started the day looking for a third consecutive win and a chance to overtake Tommy Fleetwood for the Race to Dubai title. Rose struggled on the back nine shooting two-over and falling into to a tie for fourth. Rose's fade and Fleetwood's t21st were enough to give the 26-year-old Englishman the Race to Dubai crown.
Second but still a winner
Ariya Jutanugarn won the LPGA's season-ending CME Tour Championship by one shot over Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda. The runner-up finish was enough for Thompson to take home season-long Race to the CME Globe and it's $1 million bonus. Full story.
We have added a bunch of fresh content to the website in the last week. If you missed any of it here are the links below:
Keith Foster Podcast
A review of Moraine C.C.
Dissecting a CC of Buffalo's great set of par 3's
Bill Coore Podcast Part I & Part II