Tour Talk: April 17
PGA Tour Recap
Following the Masters last week, the PGA Tour arrived in Hilton Head, South Carolina, for the RBC Heritage hosted at Harbour Town Links. Harbour Town demands accuracy off the tee and a round full of well placed shots to score on this course. Part of our 2017 Who to Watch List included Wesley Bryan and he did not disappoint this week notching his first PGA Tour win in style with a 13 under score. Bryan is also well known for his trick shots with brother George Bryan. If you have a chance make sure you check out their website for a couple of videos featuring ridiculous trick shots. Luke Donald has yet another second place finish at this event adding to long streak of consistent play on the PGA Tour. While Donald’s short game was on fire all week long his tee shots cost him the win as they were all over the place. Graham Delaet came into Sunday in second place after a strong first three rounds of play but unfortunately he crumbled on Sunday shooting a 73 knocking him down to sixth. Other Canadians in the field include Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor both finishing at T22 and David Hearn at T59.
The PGA Tour heads back to Texas for the Valero Texas Open hosted at TPC San Antonio. This course is a monster off the tee and will likely favour the long hitters as the wind tends to kick up during this event. Charlie Hoffman is your returning champion and has a strong chance to repeat following his 2017 Masters performance. The winning elements of his game are there but the question is if he can remain focused wire to wire this year.
LPGA Tour Recap
This week the LPGA visited one of the most popular events for the tour as it touched down in Oahu, Hawaii, for the Lotte Championship Presented by Hershey. Cristie Kerr is your 2017 champion after a third round 62 and final round 66 to finish at 20 under par. This victory puts Kerr over the 18 million dollar mark in career earnings during her professional career. Lydia Ko finish in a tie for second along with In Gee Chun and Su-Yeon Jang. Canadian Alena Sharp finished in solo 5th this year to collect her first top 10 of the 2017 season. Brooke Henderson finished T11 following a T14 at the ANA in California. Michelle Wie, Hawaiian native, was unable to recreate the local magic the propelled her to victory in 2014 as she finished T39 with a respectable final round 68.
Next week the LPGA is off for a travel week before returning to play on April 27th for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC in Irving, Texas. Jenny Shin will look to defend her title while holding a number of well rested top players.
Play of the Weekend
This week it goes to Wesley Bryan for not throwing up on the 17th hole with only 2 holes to play. His post round interview was the most honest we have had from a winner this year. Check out CBS twitter here for the video quote: https://twitter.com/GolfDigest/status/853728990460293120
Here are the PGA Tour Weekend Highlights:
Ian Poulter wasn’t the first player on tour this year with a wild animal encounter. His weekend included setting up for a shot with a few yards of a local alligator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtbLtuBOOjU