Tour Talk: April 3
PGA Tour Recap
The PGA Tour visited the Shell Houston Open this past weekend where Russell Henley collected his third PGA tour victory with a final round 65 amidst very wet conditions. With the win Henley has secured his invite to the Masters this week at Augusta National. Rickie Fowler’s final round of 70 was good for a T3 finish after a weekend of solid play despite an early round hiccup on Sunday. Jon Rahm had another top 10 performance this week adding to his already impressive rookie year on the tour.
This week the tour visits Augusta National for the Masters, the PGA Tour’s first major of the year. The hallowed grounds have played host to many legends over the years. Our favourites going into the weekend are Dustin Johnson, John Rahm, and Rickie Fowler. All three have played great early this season and have dominated the leaderboards. Adam Hadwin makes his first Masters appearance this week and we hope to see his skills with the flat stick translate continue on the lightning quick greens at Augusta. The last time a Canadian won the green jacket was in 2003 when Mike Weir pulled off the victory.
LPGA Tour Recap
A wild finish on Sunday in Carlsbad had So-Yeon Ryu claiming her first victory since 2014 after a string of top 7 finishes in 2017. When you look up the word “consistency” in the dictionary, Ryu’s picture is there along with her record of not missing a cut since 2014. Her final 5 foot putt this Sunday was no different as she sunk the championship winning birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Lexi Thompson.
Thompson, the 54 hole leader, came into Sunday with a full head of steam collecting three birdies on her front nine. Her three shot lead came crashing down on the 13th
when a rules official notified Thompson of a 4 stroke penalty stemming from her Saturday round. A fan email had alerted rules officials that Thompson had incorrectly placed her ball, no further than 1 inch, from her original mark on the 17th
green. This email cost Thompson four strokes and $155,000 as she had to battle her way into a Sunday playoff that she eventually lost. A tough day on the links for Thompson will likely stick with her for years to come.
The LPGA is off this week before heading off shore to Hawaii.
Play of the Day
In the final round of the Shell Houston Open, Angel Cabrera's 220-yard tee shot finds the bottom of the cup on the 9th hole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXidFq7g2qk