Two thumbs Europe

Francesco Molinari notched his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday as he closed out the Quicken Loans National with a 62. In the midst of a close battle through the front nine, Molinari made an eagle and four birdies to start the back nine and coast to an 8-shot victory.

Screen Shot 2018-07-01 at 9.57.46 PM.png

While this is Molinari’s first PGA Tour victory, he does have five European Tour wins to his name. He most recently won the BMW PGA Championship in May, one of the Euro Tour’s strongest fields. His victory on Sunday moves him to 16th in the world rankings and almost guarantees his spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Molinari becomes the first Italian born player to win on the PGA Tour since 1947.

Armed and Dangerous

Finishing second to Molinari was journeyman Ryan Armour. The 42-year-old has bounced back and forth between the PGA Tour and the Tour for the better part of two decades. He finally notched his first PGA Tour victory at the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship. Armour is one of the best ball strikers on tour and rode that skill to his second-place finish.

Kang’s Ruse

Sung Kang started Sunday in 16th place before shooting a final-round 64 to shoot up to 3rd place. His birdies on 17 and 18 finished the round and helped him achieve his second top 10 of the season. Kang has kept his card each of the last two seasons but has yet to be a consistent member of weekend leaderboards. His career best finish came at the 2017 Houston Open where he finished runner up.

Puttering Around

Tiger shot a final-round 66 to move into a tie for 4th place, his fourth top 10 this season. There was a lot of attention put on Tiger’s putter change this week, and it actually lived up to the hype. Tiger finished the week 7th in strokes gained putting despite missing 13 putts inside of ten feet this week. Big Cat now has two weeks off before his next appearance at The Open Championship.

Other Leaderboard Notes

Armour, Kang, Abraham Ancer and Bronson Burgoon all earned invitations to The Open Championship with their performances this week.

Dylan Meyer notched his second top 20 of the season with a T-17 at Quicken Loans.

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms was a fantastic test on Sunday. It is a little narrow for our taste, but the firm conditions put an emphasis on hitting the ball well. Huge props to superintendent Stephen Britton and the PGA Tour grounds committee for their work this week.

A Callus Performance

There were fireworks all over Le Golf National on Sunday as roughly a dozen players appeared to have a chance to win. Alex Noren came out on top over a group of players that included Sergio Garcia, Julian Suri, Jon Rahm, and Russell Knox. His victory on the host course for the Ryder Cup seems to lock in his spot on the European team.

KMPG Women’s PGA Championship

Sung-Hyun Park defeated So-Yeon Ryu and Nasa Hataoka to win the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship outside of Chicago. Brooke Henderson and Jessica Korda also had strong showings at Kemper Lakes but came up just short of the playoff. The PGA also announced that the 2023 Women’s PGA Championship will be heading to Baltusrol.

A Green podcast

Up and coming golf course architect Andrew Green joins the pod for the first of a two part podcast. In part I, Andrew discusses how he got into golf, how he approaches his business, his recent trip to Scotland and much more. Listen to the podcast on iTunesStitcher or the website.

Quick Hooks

The U.S. Senior Open also ended Sunday with David Toms taking home the title. Leaderboard

Justin Thomas made a pretty impressive par on the 72nd hole to cap off his French Open.

Anders Albertson notched his first Tour victory at the Lincoln Land Championship. Leaderboard