Weekly Wrap-Up | Domination Across the Board | Should There Be an Asterisk Next to Signature Event Wins? | The Year of 16-year olds

Dominant Performances Across the Board

No offense intended to Taylor Pendrith, Ben Kohles, and the CJ Cup Byron Nelson championship last week, but let’s face it, this week’s lineup of professional golf tournaments made that event seem like a minor league baseball game.

With the signature Wells Fargo Championship, the debut of the Myrtle Beach Classic, the kickoff of the Champions Tour Major season, and Nelly Korda’s pursuit of a record sixth consecutive win at the Cognizant Classic, golf fans were spoiled for choice with an abundance of thrilling tournaments to watch.

With all of these great events, we were treated to some amazing by a select few who decided to show up with their best stuff to blow away the field.

Rory showed us glimpses of what he can do by turning a two-shot deficit through 7 in the final round into a five-shot win despite a double bogey on the last hole. This form is just in time for next week’s PGA Championship where Rory will try to win his first major in ten years, a gap that is hard to fathom with his talent.

Chris Gotterup, also dominates in the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, cruising to a season-record six-stroke victory at the Myrtle Beach Classic which was the PGA Tour’s first-ever stop on the Grand-strand of South Carolina.

The LPGA supplied the most drama in the game this week even though Nelly Korda was never really in the conversation to capture six events in a row despite finishing tied for seventh.

The up-and-coming star Rose Zhang birdied four of her last five holes to overcome a three-shot deficit with five holes remaining to win by two shots over Madelene Sagstrom. The two players blew away the field remarkably as Zhang finished at twenty-four under, Sagstrom finished at twenty-two under, and third place only finished at nine-under par.

Finally, the Champion’s Tour regions tradition yielded the most tightly bunched leaderboard of the week with Doug Barron finishing with a two-shot victory over Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker.

Do Signature Events Deserve an Asterisk?

The first edition without a cut of the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship has come and gone and as with any major change deserves some scrutiny to see if the Tour’s product has really improved the way that they anticipated.

With a sub-70 player field that lacks a cut, one might wonder: does McIlroy’s victory warrant an asterisk? Was winning this event against a full field more impressive in the past, or is triumphing in the smaller, signature event field equally significant?

Looking back the past ten years to 2014 we can see that a signature event caliber player won the championship. Eight of the last ten Wells Fargo Champions were in the field this week and all of the former champions would have made their way through the 36-hole cut.

The only two winners in the past decade not in this week’s field were J.B. Holmes and James Hahn; neither of which, without a sponsor invitation, would have played their way into the signature event field as Homes finished 236 the year prior on FedEx and Hahn finished 68th the year before his victory.

Overall, I don’t think that an asterisk is necessary but I do think that the new limited field events are cutting out some underlying competition and potential cinderella stories from the big events that everyone watches.

The Junior Golfers are Out in Full Force

A couple of weeks ago we saw a sixteen-year-old finish top 20 on the Korn Ferry Tour and this week, sixteen year old, Blades Brown topped that with a top 26 finish on the big stage.

The 16-year-old is ranked third in the world for junior golfers and 176 in the World Amateur Rankings.

With rounds of 72-67-66-69, Brown proves that he has what it takes to find the skill and composure when it is needed most to compete at the highest level, even at the age of 16!

It promises to be exhilarating to witness this fresh wave of talent, seemingly even younger than previous generations, as they navigate their paths through collegiate and professional golf. Feel free to place your bets early for the 2030 Masters, as I’m confident that Blades Brown will be a prominent figure in the narrative!

Next Week in Professional Golf

  • PGA Championship – Valhalla Golf Club
  • Korn Ferry Tour – Advent Health Championship
  • LPGA Tour – Mizuho Americas Open
  • Champions Tour – OFF
Patrick Stephenson
Patrick Stephenson

Hello, I’m Patrick Stephenson, a golf enthusiast and a former Division 1 golfer at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. I have an MBA degree and a +4 handicap, and I love to share my insights and tips on golf clubs, courses, and instruction through this blog.

Here are clubs that I rely on when I play golf:

Driver: Ping 425 Max
3 Wood: Titleist 917
Hybrid: Titleist 818
4-7 Iron: TaylorMade 760
PW-8 Iron: TaylorMade 7MC
58, 54, 50 Wedges: Vokey SSM9
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red S

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