Tour Talk: March 26
PGA Tour Recap
The PGA Tour traveled to Texas this week for the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play hosted at the Austin Country Club. This is the only event on the PGA Tour all year that has the competitors using the match play format. Similar to the NCAA March Madness, the players who made the round of 16 were made up of some favourites and a few underdogs. After some dominate play from Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm we had our final match up for the tournament. Johnson was rolling early, 5 up through 8, before Rahm fought his way back to 1 down to force the match to the 18th
hole. Johnson would hold his ground and pick up his second PGA Tour victory of the season. Keep an eye on these two to do battle throughout the 2017 season.
The opposite field event this week was held in Puerto Rico offering a chance to enjoy the depth of talent the tour has to offer. At the conclusion of the third round Andrew Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau were both within striking distance of their first PGA Tour win. Sunday wasn’t Johnson’s day as a couple of late bogeys would drop him to 10th for the weekend. DeChambeau held on for the majority Sunday with a late charge of 3 birdies over his last 5 holes but it wasn’t enough to catch D.A. Points, the eventual winner of the Puerto Rico Open.
The Tour heads to the Golf Club of Houston for the Shell Houston Open in Humble, Texas. Dustin Johnson had a 3rd place finish here in 2016 and will take a run at back to back tour victories when he tees it up next week. This is the final tournament before the Masters so look for many players to be working hard on their game all week.
LPGA Tour Recap
This week the LPGA traveled to Carlsbad for the KIA Classic where Mirim Lee was on fire posting a 6 shot victory, 20 under final score. The punctuation of her win came Sunday as she put up a bogey free 65 with 7 birdies on her card.
Brooke Henderson unfortunately couldn’t get it going this week as she missed the cut along with fellow Canadian Alena Sharp. A Canadian making her first cut of the 2017 season was LPGA Rookie Jennifer Ha who finished T49. Congratulations to Jennifer on collecting her first professional paycheck.
World #1 Lydia Ko did not make the cut but will retain the title over a chasing Ariya Jutangugarn who finished this week with a T21.
The tour remains in California this week when they visit the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage. Lydia Ko looks to bounce back this week and defend her 2016 title.
Play of the Weekend
There was a barrage of top plays this weekend with chip ins, a hole out eagle from Jim Furyk, and many clutch putts. This week’s top play goes to Hideto Tanihara who dunked his tee shot on the 8th to go 1 up on Bill Haas in the consolation final at the WGC Match Play.