Headin' down under

Who said the golf season is over

This week, there’s not 1 but 3 marquee professional events, not what I would call “the offseason.”  The PGA Tour is in Sea Island for the RSM Classic, while the European Tour heads to Dubai for the final event in their Race To Dubai series and the country down under hosts its national championship, the Australian Open.

Homecoming

The action heads to Sea Island for the final week of the PGA Tour’s fall season. Sea Island is home to a handful of PGA Tour players, each of whom will look to use their home course advantage to notch a win before the new year. This year’s event will be headlined by defending champion Kevin Kisner and a group of Ryder Cuppers, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar. Another group of players to watch is the rookie class, many of whom will get their first start in a couple of weeks.

First loser no more

At last year’s event, Kevin Kisner finally broke through to earn his maiden PGA Tour victory after racking up 4 2nd place finishes in 2015. Kisner was spectacular over the weekend at his part-time residence, shooting a pair of 64’s to win by 6-shots over 2nd place finisher Kevin Chappell.

Paulie’s Picks

There is a common theme in Paulie’s picks this week, local knowledge! Check out which Sea Island residents Paulie likes here.

The final leg

The European Tour heads to their season finale and final stop of the Race To Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship. The European Tour’s best are teeing it up in Dubai at Jumeriah Estates and the top 4 in the Race To Dubai standings have a shot at taking the season long crown. While only the top 4 players have a shot at the season long title, everyone in the field has a chance at the top 10, which gets a taste of the $5 million bonus pool. As it currently stands, Henrik Stenson is on top with Danny Willett, Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy rounding out the top 4.

The Aussie Open

Starting tonight at 8pm EST, you can catch some primetime golf with the 101st playing of the Australian Open. All of the big name Aussies are in attendance, with the exception for oft-injured Jason Day. Also teeing it up at the Royal Sidney Golf Club is American superstar Jordan Spieth who won the 2014 Australian Open and finished runner-up last year.

Big announcements 

The PGA Tour officially released all the details on the new team format for the 2017 Zurich Classic. The format will include Thursday and Saturday rounds of foursomes (alternate shot) and Friday and Sunday rounds of four-ball (best ball). Along with all the details, a few superstars have announced their alliances for the inaugural event. Leading the way were Zurich ambassadors Jason Day and Rickie Fowler along with regular European Ryder Cup pair Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. I am sure we will see more and more of these teams popping up over the next few weeks as the Zurich is becoming one of the most anticipated events of 2017.

On the other side of the pond, European Tour head Keith Pelley announced another big change with the addition of the Rolex Series. The new series is geared towards keeping their big name players on home soil through big money purses. The first year’s series will include at least 7 events with $7 million dollar purses and aims to increase that number every year. 

A Neglected Piece of Golf History

Earlier this summer, I played Downers Grove Golf Club, the original site of Chicago Golf Club, and the oldest golf course in America. While not all of C.B. Macdonald’s design remains, some do. Read about what I thought of the course and its future here.

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NLU Section

NLU partnered up with the best in the golf shirt business, Holderness & Bourne to create some gear for you on the course. Give these beautiful shirts a try here.

 

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