One Win is Good, a Paris Better

Bryson DeChambeau is the winner on the PGA Tour for the second week in a row. Starting the day 1 shot back of the lead, Bryson shot a final-round 67 and finished 2 shots clear of the field. DeChambeau has now won each of the first two playoff events, leads the FedExCup, has three victories on the season, and is ranked 7th in the world. Leaderboard

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If you’re like me, you probably have mixed feelings about Bryson. Golf has never been a uniform game, and yet his individuality continues to stick out from the crowd. His antics on and off the golf course make him one of the most complex figures our sport has seen. It is in this complexity that he thrives. He now has a U.S. Amateur title and four PGA Tour victories before his 25th birthday. This victory moves him above Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in the world rankings, a fact that my brain doesn’t know how to process.

Leaderboard Notes

As he is prone to do, Justin Rose quietly finished off another solid week and finished runner-up in Boston. The Englishman finished 2 shots behind Bryson and 1 shot ahead of Cam Smith, who finished in solo 3rd. Rose moves up to 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings while Smith bumps himself to the 8th position.

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Tony Finau shot final-round 68s and both finished inside the top 10. More importantly, their strong play will bode well for their hopes of playing in a certain team event later this month. More on that in a minute.

Phil Mickelson (63) and Dustin Johnson (64) shot the rounds of the day at TPC Boston to move into the top 15. Phil finished tied for 12th while DJ finished T-7.

Hideki Matsuyama and CT Pan made final-round charges and tied for 4th place. Both shot rounds of 66 or better and have each moved inside the top 33 in the FedEx Cup standings. One more good week will earn them a trip to East Lake.

Playing together in the final round, Keith Mitchell and Peter Uihlein combined for 5 birdies over their final three holes and both moved within the top 70 in FedEx Cup points. The pair finished 66th and 64th in the standings, just barely inside the cut to move on to Philadelphia next week.

Ryder Cup Updates

United States- The captain’s picks will be Tiger, Phil, Bryson, and Tony Finau. The first three picks will be announced today. I will not be taking questions at this time.

Europe- The top 8 on Europe’s team have been announced, but their captain’s picks are still very much up in the air. Ian Poulter is a lock for one of the four picks, but that still leaves three spots available. Matt Wallace made things even more difficult after winning his 3rd European Tour event of the year on Sunday. He joins Rafa Cabrera Bello and Russell Knox amongst the players hoping their recent play is enough to earn a pick. Veterans Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia are still lurking as well, but neither of them have played very well recently. Thomas Bjorn has some thinking to do.

Getting in the mood for the ‘Mink

Hanse Golf Course Design shaper Jaeger Kovich is back on the site to break down the 2018 BMW Host Aronimink. The Donald Ross masterpiece is one of the jewels of the Philadelphia golf scene. Jaeger details the restoration work and some of the most interesting features at the Mink. Read here.

Not Your Average Roommate

Kramer Hickok won the second Finals event outside of Cleveland on Sunday. Hickok had already locked in his PGA Tour card by being in the top 25 on the money list but has further improved his status heading into 2019. Matt Jones, Hunter Mahan, Max Homa, and Seth Reeves also earned tour cards by assuring themselves a top-25 finish in the Finals. Leaderboard

Campus Update

“Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight.” - Billy Madison

Welcome back everyone! College golf is back and the NCAA’s best are ready to make another run at a title. Oklahoma St. also returns after a dominant performance in the national championship a year ago.

Things got underway at Pebble Beach over the weekend with the Carmel Cup. Only 8 teams participated in the event, but Oklahoma put together a statement victory. The Sooners dominated the first two rounds and held on to win by 2 shots over Georgia. Oklahoma State came in third but was missing U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland as he prepares for the World Amateur Championship next week. The Cowboys still had the individual champion as sophomore Matthew Wolff shot rounds of 65-66-68 and won by 1 over Oklahoma’s Garrett Reband.

Quick Hooks

Scott McCarron made a hole-in-one and two birdies over his final 5 holes to win the Champions Tour event in Canada this weekend. Leaderboard

Marina Alex came from behind to beat Georgia Hall and win on the LPGA Tour in Portland. Leaderboard

As mentioned earlier, Matt Wallace birdied 10 of his final 13 holes to win in Denmark. Leaderboard