Spring Showers☔

Rain, rain go away

The big story is weather as the Zurich Classic has been delayed every day due to continual thunderstorms in the bayou. These storms have forced tournament officials to shorten the event to a 54-hole championship, finishing today. Play resumes at 7am CST with the final group on the 5th hole. Today’s rainy forecast could mean a possible Tuesday finish if players are unable to finish their 3rd and final round before the rain.

Current standings  

The leaderboard is jammed with 13 players within 4 shots of the co-leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas. Former All-American and Alabama star Bobby Wyatt is the big story as the struggling professional received a sponsor’s invite to the event and has managed to surge into 3rd place after going out in a 6-under-par 30 before play was halted. Wyatt turned pro in 2014 after back-to-back National Championships and was labeled as a “can’t miss” PGA Tour star, but after two failed Q-School trips, Wyatt has found himself stuck on the mini-tour circuit. if Wyatt is able to put together a strong-finishing 9 today, that could all change.

Who do we like?

While the names at the top of the leaderboard aren’t jumping off the page, big names like Jason Day and Charley Hoffman lurk just 3 shots off the lead. We also have our eye on Jamie Lovemark, who is just 2-shots back and paired with Vegas and Stuard. Lovemark has put himself into contention a few times this year but hasn’t been able to seal the deal on Sunday. The Monday finish might just be the break he needs to notch his first PGA Tour title.
A couple of comebacks

Looks like the tour will get a couple of their veteran stars back sooner rather than later.

Jim Furyk has been sidelined with a wrist injury since last year’s FedEx Cup and has announced that he is ready to return to action at this week’s Wells Fargo. 

Rumors are running rampant about Tiger Woods’ return, and it appears that his comeback could kick off at this year’s Memorial (June 2-5). Word got out that Tiger has made housing accommodations in Columbus that week.  A return at the Memorial would make sense given Tiger’s familiarity with the course, having won the event 5 times.

Li wins his championship

20-year-old Li Haotong was able to win the European Tour’s Volvo China Open by 3 shots over Felipe Aguilar. Li had fallen short at last year’s event, finishing in a tie for 6th, but he wouldn’t be denied this year, shooting a Sunday-best 64 to close out his first career title.

You'll always remember your first

2016 has been a year of first-time winners for the LPGA Tour, and the trend continues this week with South Korea’s Jenny Shin cashing in for the first time at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. The 23-year-old used a final-round 67 to push past third-round leader Gerina Pillar, who finished in a tie for 2nd.

Good thing his name isn’t “Max”

In the running for the best name in golf, Ireland’s Seamus Power was able to capture the United Leasing Championship, shooting a bogey-free, final-round 67 to win by 1-shot over Jonathan Randolf, Adam Schenk and Cody Gribble. It was Power’s first win on the Web.com Tour, and it moves him to 7th on the money list. Power’s win came at the hands of misfortune for Cody Gribble, who bogeyed the final hole after his (almost stellar) shot took a hard bounce and rolled into the water.

College Roundup 

The world’s top-ranked amateur, Jon Rahm, was able to claim the Pac-12 individual title on Sunday. Rahm had an incredibly consistent spring, finishing in the top 10 in all 11 events played. On the team side, Stanford continued their late season surge, dominating the event and winning by 27 shots over 2nd place call. 

The nation’s top team, Texas, was able to win their 4th consecutive Big 12 title, cruising to a 26-shot win over 2nd place Oklahoma State. The individual title was taken home by OSU’s Stratton Nolen, who was able to beat Beau Hossler (likely Player of the Year) by 1 shot.  

With the lopsided wins from Stanford and Texas this week and Illinois’ record-setting performance last week, it appears that these 3 schools have separated themselves as the clear favorites as we head into the Regional and National Championships at the end of the month.

Golf Course Photo Tour: Toronto Golf Club

Designed by grandfather of golf course architecture Harry Colt in 1911, Toronto Golf Club was a revolutionary design and served as Canada’s first great golf course, inspiring many others in the years to follow. Colt’s original routing and clubhouse remain intact today as the club has done a fantastic job preserving this piece of golf course history. Take a look at Colt’s design principles, which have inspired many of North America’s greatest golf courses here.

Quick Hooks 

Justin Rose duffs a driver off the deck. 

A new take on a hit-and-run

Long John turns 50 and wins $150k.