Pat Perez cruised to a four shot win in Malaysia, shooting rounds of 66-65-64-69. The 41-year-old entered the final round with a four shot lead over Xander Schauffele who failed to make a run at the Perez, shooting a 72 to finish t3rd. Former PGA Champion Keegan Bradley shot a final round 67 to finish solo second and earn his best finish since 2014. Full scores
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The win caps a remarkable rise for Perez, the win will move him into OWGR top 20, one year removed from a career-threatening shoulder surgery. The surgery forced Perez to take a five month break from the game and he came back revitalized.
Since returning, Perez has become one of the best players in the world after the tee ball, ranking 69th in strokes gained approach, 4th in strokes gained: around the green and 37th in strokes gained: putting. With two wins in less than a year, a strong season could earn Perez a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
The Belmont Stakes: A golden age gem in peril
In 1916, A.W. Tillinghast designed Hermitage C.C., the eventual host of the 1945 PGA Championship. Today it's called Belmont GC and is a public course operated by Henrico County, just 10 minutes from downtown Richmond. Belmont GC and Bethpage Black are the only two public Tillinghast designs to have hosted a major championship.
Belmont remains true to its original design, but over the years it has fallen into disrepair. It's greens are shrunk, fairways lines off and bunkers in poor shape. Henrico County's Parks and Recreation Department recently was awarded funds to improve the golf course. The county is in the process of awarding a bid that would remove and alter all of the original Tillinghast bunkering. Here is my detailed story on Belmont and how you can help save it from losing its Tillinghast Charm. Geoff Shackelford also weighed in on the situation, read his article here.
Back to back
25 year old budding superstar Tyrrell Hatton won for the second consecutive week at the Italian Open. Hatton closed with a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole to beat out Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat by one shot. The birdie on 18 was a part of Hatton's back nine 30 to chase down the leaders. The Italian Open is part of the lucrative Rolex Series and is the biggest win of Hatton's young career. Hatton moves into the top 15 of the world rankings and is one of nine Europeans in the top 22 of the world rankings. Full scores
Last week I checked out Kingsley Club in Northern Michigan. Set on a magnificent property, architect Mike DeVries moved very little dirt. The routing emphasizes the great aspects of the property. Here is a video of Kingsley with Mike talking about how he routed the memorable 2nd-6th holes.
The Olympic Course
The Latin American Tour played the Brazil Open at the Gil Hanse designed Olympic Course, in Rio. Rodolfo Cazaubon won the event by six shots, shooting a final round 65 to distance himself from the competition. The win moves Cazaubon up to 9th on the Narcos Tour Money List. With five weeks remaining, players will need to make their move to get inside the top 5 of the money list which earn Web.com Tour cards.
The Rio Course is alive and well and the feedback from competitors was fantastic. I was speaking with Tee-K Kelly who remarked about how he was forced to hit all the clubs in his bag and think his way around the course. The Rio course requires the world's best players to hit different shots because of its brilliant design. Professional golf needs more of this and less of monotonous challenges courses like TPC Kuala Lumpur and PGA National present.
Jin Young Ko won her first LPGA title at the Hana Bank Championship.
Monty claims the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour.
Big Cat is hitting drivers, raising questions of if/when he will come back.
Jay Revell dives into his experience at Sweetens Cove.