The stage is set as the tour heads to Muirfield Village for one of golf’s best non-major fields, the Memorial. This year, golf fans have the delight of watching the world’s top 3 players all entering the event with a win in their last start: Jason Day at the Byron Nelson, Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open and Jordan Spieth at last week’s Dean & DeLuca.
Swedish star David Lingmerth came from 3 shots back to tie Justin Rose at the conclusion of 72 holes. On the 72nd hole, Rose famously shanked his second shot, drilling a fan in the head before getting up-and-down to save par and force a playoff with Lingmerth. The two men went into a sudden death playoff where Lingmerth was able to take the title with a par on the 2nd hole.
In case you forgot, last year’s Memorial was also the site of where Tiger Woods’ golf game hit rock-bottom. Woods played like a weekend warrior, shooting 85 on Saturday and finishing the tournament in last place of competitors who made the cut.
With the top 3 in the world in the field, Paulie has some sleepers to keep an eye on this week.
the fried egg Fantasy league
For this week’s Memorial Tournament, Swing Juice is giving a couple of shirts to the top finishers. Join and make your picks for our weekly fantasy league here.
And then there were 2
The medal play portion of the NCAA Championships concluded Monday with number 1-ranked Texas edging out the University of Illinois for the lowest team score. Texas and Illinois, along with the other top 8 teams from medal play (LSU, USC, Vanderbilt, Oregon, South Carolina and Oklahoma), moved on to the match play portion for their shot at the National Championship.
Yesterday’s quarter & semifinal action set up today’s final between Texas and Oregon. The story of the tournament has been the hometown Oregon Ducks, who are led by the individual champion Aaron Wise and coach Casey Martin (yes, that Casey Martin). The Ducks are making a Cinderella run through the championship.
Yesterday, the Ducks beat two of the tournament favorites, defending champion LSU in the quarterfinals and the talented Illinois squad in the semifinals. Wise and his teammates are looking to become the first school to sweep the individual and team competition since the NCAA adopted their new format in 2009 but face a stern task against Texas. Texas boasts a stacked roster of future PGA Tour players, beating rival Oklahoma in the quarterfinal and last year’s runner-up USC in the semifinals. One cause for concern? Texas’ star player, Beau Hossler, injured his shoulder late in his semifinal match and remains questionable for the final match. Catch coverage of Wednesday’s final match on the Golf Channel at 6pm CST.
Sh***ing the bed
Watching the drama-packed format the NCAA put into place in 2009 where teams of 5 square off in match play, golf fans can’t help but feel disappointed about the Olympic Committee’s decision to go with the individual medal play format we see week in and week out on both the PGA & European Tours for the Olympics. Given the growing ratings and popularity since its inception, the NCAA format has proven to be pretty entertaining. The format is the first wrong the Olympics should right for the 2020 Games.
A common mistake made by golfers is only incorporating static stretching (the stretches you did in gym class) into their warm-ups. Dynamic stretching will lead to feeling more spry on the first tee. Try out this warm-up routine the next time you hit the links.
Giving a new meaning to in the hazard.
Jutanugarn is taking the week off, but the rest of the LPGA heads to Jersey for the Shoprite LPGA Classic.
The Web.com Tour heads to the Dominican Republic. Here are some players to watch.