Column: Biggest disruption of Saudi tour is words, not golf
The theme of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series is, “Golf, But Louder.” Money talks, loud enough for Dustin Johnson to get an offer he couldn't ignore, for Brooks Koepka to do an about-face within a week, for Pat Perez to be smiling after shooting 80. Talor Gooch got more attention for his words than anything he ever did on the golf course.news.yahoo.com
Match Play field set with possibilities that remain for more
Then, Brian Harman shot 69 to tie for third at The Players Championship and went from No. Most curious is the case of Gary Woodland, the former U.S. Open champion and a Match Play finalist in 2015. Under the PGA Tour guidelines, he has to self-isolate for 10 days. THE BOUNCEIt didn’t take Collin Morikawa long to learn how to win on the PGA Tour. A year later, he won a playoff over Justin Thomas at Muirfield Village and a major at the PGA Championship.
Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds
Hoge, tied for the first-round lead with Harold Varner III and Roger Sloan, kept in front with a steady 2-under 68 to get to 10-under par. Hoge, whose best-ever tour finish was a second at The Greenbrier this season, was asked what it would take for his first PGA Tour win. Like Kim, Gooch shot 65 to get into the foursome on top. He had six birdies, including two of his final three holes, to move up. Kokrak was in a group of seven one shot further back along with past Wyndham champ Webb Simpson, who shot his second straight 66.
Thompson, Werenski share lead at 3M Open at 12 under
Richy Werenski celebrates after a birdie on the 18th hole to give him the lead of the during the first round of the 3M Open golf tournament in Blaine, Minn., Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton- King)BLAINE, Minn. – Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski maintained their momentum at the 3M Open. Thompson and Werenski topped the leaderboard at 12 under, Finau and Talor Gooch climbed within a stroke and stars Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood struggled again Friday at the TPC Twin Cities. Thompson, who played in the first group of the day with a 6:50 a.m., moved even with Werenski on the 194-yard 17th hole. “The big thing is just try not to overpower the golf course, stay within myself, make good, comfortable swings,” Thompson said.
Hatton, Kang share lead on a tough day at Bay Hill
He battled through a tough test at Bay Hill on Friday and was only surprised by what he saw when he finished. 8 and felt he made Bay Hill harder than it was — and it was plenty difficult — for a 73 that still left him within two shots of the lead. He was he first player since Camilo Villegas in the 2013 Honda Classic to go from the first-round lead to a missed cut. The average score was 74.08, the highest at Bay Hill since the opening round of 2011. Hatton and Kang were at 7-under 137, the highest score to lead at Bay Hill in 10 years.
Every delivers again at Bay Hill, leads McIlroy by 1 shot
309 player in the world whose only two PGA Tour victories in 237 starts were back-to-back at Bay Hill, played in the tough afternoon wind and was one shot better with a 65. Not only was it Every's lowest round at Bay Hill, it was 20 shots better than his last round six days ago in the Honda Classic, when he shot 85. “I just didn't want to shoot myself out of the tournament with the way the weather was,” Every said. Every, even with his Bay Hill victories in 2014 and 2015, had a round out of nowhere. “I wasn't leaving that tee until I hit the shot I wanted," Every said.