Michael Kim Runs Away With The John Deere Classic for His First PGA Tour Victory

Michael Kim annihilated the field Sunday at The John Deere Classic, finishing at 27-under par and eight strokes ahead of his nearest competitors. His win not only vaulted him from 161st to 56th in the FedEx Cup rankings but also earned him the 156th and final spot in The Open Championship this week at Carnoustie.

The PGA Tour is usually only a dream for most golfers, but Kim made that dream more of a reality on Sunday when hoisted the trophy like the golf heroes he used to admire on television growing up.

“Yeah, I started playing when I was eight years old, watching Tiger win all those tournaments,” Kim said. “You know, you say you dream about playing on the PGA TOUR, winning on the PGA TOUR, but as a kid, you don’t really know how hard that is, how much work that takes.

“But to be sitting here with the trophy, I don’t know, I’m just at a loss for words. I think I made the right career choice.”

 

Zach Johnson, who shares a management agency and trainer with Kim was quoted as saying, “He’s very, very, very good.”

While many thought this first win would come much sooner, that was just not meant to be as Kim struggled greatly over the past year, especially with his driver. After a coaching switch, things really started to click.

“I wasn’t real familiar with his game or anything, but what was related to me was that the driver was killing him,” said his new coach, John Tillery. “He mostly had a big right miss. He had some inefficiencies there, but we’ve started to address those and he’s obviously gained some confidence from seeing the ball go where he’s looking. He’s got the pedigree.

“We’re just starting…He’s got a lot more gas than he showed even this week.”

 

What Clubs Michael Kim had in the bag at the John Deere Classic

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Driver: Titleist TS2 (Aldila Rogue Black 60X), 10.5 degrees

3-wood: Titleist 917F2, 16.5 degrees

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1, 21 degrees

Irons (4): Titleist 716 T-MB; (5-PW): Titleist 718 AP2

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist GSS 350

Tony Romo Wins the American Century Championship

Another tournament and another win for Tony Romo. The former NFL quarterback is now (un)officially titled the ‘World’s Best Celebrity Golfer’ after winning the American Century Championship on Sunday in Lake Tahoe.

Romo finished with 71 points using a modified stableford format–a scoring system where your score on each hole earns you a certain amount of points and the highest point total wins. His win also halted Mark Mulder’s (former Oakland A’s pitcher) three-year reign as champion – Romo also snapped his three-year of being the runner-up.

While Romo did win $125,000, he was not able to accept the check due to his amateur status, so instead he will donate his winnings to local charities as well as Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

“It’s a special win,” Romo said. “It’s a privilege to play in this event. I think I’ll always feel lucky. It’s one of our favorite weeks of the year.”

However, there is no rest for the dedicated and determined as Romo will head to Wisconsin for the 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifier.

Dustin Johnson & Rickie Fowler Lead Power Rankings For The Open Championship

The stage is set for the oldest championship in golf—The Open Championship. Carnoustie is known to be the toughest course in The Open’s rotation…some would argue that it is perhaps the most difficult championship course of all. Case and point, the scoring average in 1999 was 5.816 over par.

Yikes, sounds like a U.S. Open.

Additionally, it looks like the weather will be the epitome of Scottish conditions—strong winds prevailing from the west, spitting rain and temperatures below 70 degrees. And, although the course is dry, it is going to play long. So, in terms of who will be on top of the leaderboard come Sunday—most likely an experienced and creative player with patience, grit and the ability to hit a variety of accurate shots, but most importantly a low piercing ball flight–precision is key.

POWER RANKINGS:

  1. Dustin Johnson (No. 1 OWGR)
  2. Rickie Fowler (No. 7)
  3. Justin Rose (No. 3)
  4. Brooks Koepka (No. 4)
  5. Alex Noren (No. 11)
  6. Jon Rahm (No. 4)
  7. Tommy Fleetwood (No. 10)
  8. Francesco Molinari (No. 15)
  9. Patrick Reed (No. 12)
  10. Paul Casey (No. 14)
  11. Zach Johnson (No. 52)
  12. Rory McIlroy (No. 8)
  13. Marc Leishman (No. 18)
  14. Tyrrell Hatton (No. 23)
  15. Branden Grace (No. 35)
  16. Sergio Garcia (No. 19)
  17. Jason Day (No. 9)
  18. Phil Mickelson (No. 20)
  19. Justin Thomas (No. 2)
  20. Hideki Matsuyama (No. 16)

The Open Championship

Carnoustie Golf Links (Championship); Angus, Scotland

7,402 total yards; par 71

Purse:  $10,500,000 & 600 FedEx Cup Points to Winner

Defending Champion:  Jordan Spieth (Royal Birkdale)

Bryson DeChambeau Forced To Withdraw From The John Deere Classic

The defending champion of the John Deere Classic, Bryson DeChambeau, was forced to withdraw from this year’s tournament after only 15 holes due to a shoulder injury. After receiving treatment, Bryson took time to speak with the Golf Channel’s Chantel McCabe.

“They said there was some instability in the joint,”DeChambeau said. “On No.2, I hit the shot out of the rough on the right, and I just didn’t feel right after that. I probably overloaded the muscle, my [deltoid], and that’s something I gotta work on in the future, to get a little stronger so that stuff doesn’t happen.

“I’ve just got to take care of my body a little better.”

Unfortunately, DecChambeau may not be able to play in next weeks Open Championship. But DeChambeau remains positive as he hopes this injury is minor and will require just a bit of rest.

“If I can get three or four days of good rest in. When I get there Monday night, I’ll evaluate it and see how I feel,” DeChambeau added. “Hopefully by next week, I’ll be ready to go.”

It is a shame to see DeChambeau go down with this injury in the midst of another solid year for the young tour professional. Already another win under his belt and a chance to capture his first major in either The Open or the PGA Championship.

Rickie Fowler is Off to a Hot Start At The Scottish Open

Rickie Fowler began the Scottish Open in style, shooting a 6-under, 64, on Thursday. The Scottish Open returned to Gullane this year, and the last man to win the Scottish Open at this venue is none other than Fowler. In his 2015 win, Fowler made three birdies in his final four holes to close out the victory.

On Thursday Fowler started strong, making three-straight birdies on holes 2, 3 and 4 – along with an eagle putt on No.6. Coming back in Fowler birdied holes 11 and 12 before bogeying 13; he was then able to par his way into the clubhouse for his solid 64.

“The front was playing easier than the back,”Fowler said after the round. “And getting off and getting under par makes it a lot easier to hold on or try to get a couple extra on the way in.

“I feel like this golf course, you go around and you hit pretty much every club in your bag. You hit driver quite a bit. It’s just fun. Especially once the wind starts to blow a bit.”

Fowler said before the tournament even started that he ‘loves links golf‘ and has certainly proved that in the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. Fowler has three Top-15 finishes in The Open in the last nine years.

Another reason for Fowler to smile this week is because there is now a bar named after him in Scottland. Fowler has yet to visit but that’ll be in his plans.

“I have not,” Fowler said. “I’m sure that will happen soon or shortly. It’s pretty cool to feel as welcome as we do in Scotland. You know, especially at places like this where we’ve won. To be taken in, felt like a local after we won and now to have the bar named after us, I should just get a place and become a semi-part-time resident here in Gullane.

“I feel like the Scottish people and culture is very respectful and very welcoming, and they are definitely diehard golfers. They love their golf. We have people following us over at North Berwick, there’s just a handful of them, but like I said, they are very respectful. They just follow around and watch. They are not getting in the way or trying to bother you or anything like that. Took a couple pictures afterwards, but they enjoy their golf.”

Perhaps Fowler’s first drink at that new bar will be a beer poured into the Claret Jug.

Patrick Reed Weighs In on the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Heavy Weight Match

The players are now weighing in on what some are calling the match of the century. Masters Champion, Patrick Reed, who is playing in the Scottish Open this week believes that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson should each front the $10 million out of their own pocket.

“I would pay a little bit more to watch it if it was for their own money, for sure,” Reed said. “It’s going to be entertaining. I think it would be more entertaining if it was for their own money because I think the guys would grind even harder.

“I’ll be curious to see it because I feel like one match, 18 holes, not your own money, it’s just kind of an exhibition.”

Reed, who has finished Top-5 in the last three major championships, has given this match-up some thought. A lot of thought actually…

“I think it would be pretty cool if it was at night, like a three-round knockout,” Reed added. “Have old school (equipment), persimmon woods and balata balls, and then put them in their normal stuff and play a round at night. Have fun with it.”

And, I tend to agree. Neither Tiger or Phil are struggling when it comes to money, so why not put up their own and really make it interesting–an event worth all the hype? Additionally, why not give all the proceeds to charity? These two golf superstars have more than enough money to last a few lifetimes.

Rickie Fowler at the Scottish Open: ‘I Love Links Golf”

Rickie Fowler showed up at the Scottish Open media day with an old friend, his mustache. We were never sure if Fowler would bring it back or if he has just gotten lazy with the razor.

Speaking of blasts from the past, the last time the Scottish Open was held at Gullane Fowler was the one walking away with the trophy.

“I mean, this golf course, I definitely enjoyed it from the first time I played it,” Fowler said in his press conference on Wednesday. “It’s a fairly straightforward, links golf course. Not many blind shots. It’s kind of right in front of you and I feel like we’ve got a good variety of conditions last year as far as a couple days where it blew pretty good, and [I] definitely remember the stretch I had coming in.

“I love playing links golf,” Fowler added. “I feel like it tends to bring the best out of me and I feel like I hit a lot more solid golf shots because I’m kind of focused on where I want to start the ball and how I want the ball to flight. I feel like for me, it helps me create a lot better picture of exactly what I’m trying to do with it.”

Fowler is one of the more creative golfers on tour when it comes to shaping shots and giving the ball good flight into greens with difficult pin locations.

This tournament has been a gateway for players like Fowler to prepare for the tests links golf will present in the Open Championship following this week. Phil Mickelson was the first to start using the Scottish Open as a strategic way to prep for The Open.

“I feel like a few guys have definitely tried it,” Fowler said. “It may not be for everyone. But I feel like since Phil has started to come play over here a lot and in The Scottish Open the week prior.

“Like I said, it’s not for everyone. I find it beneficial. Some guys may like to stay home, practice, or just get over a few days earlier. Maybe get in Friday, Saturday, and get in some looks at Carnoustie.”

Speaking of Carnoustie, Fowler had the chance to play it this week. In his press conference, Fowler noted that the course was playing firm and fast since it was dried out. Additionally, the winds weren’t dictating his ball flight. Fowler knows both of those factors could change by next week which is why he was only concerned with getting ‘the lay of the land’.

Zach Johnson & Bryson DeChambeau Lead the Featured Groups at The John Deere Classic

The John Deere Classic is always a spectacular shoot-out for both old and young alike. A tournament where we have seen past champions like Steve Stricker go back-to-back-to-back and young studs like Bryson DeChambeau claim the first of what should be many PGA Tour wins.

“I’ve just been working so hard my whole life to try and do this, and to finally have it happen at the John Deere, where I started pretty much a couple of years ago, is just incredible,” -2017 Champion, Bryson DeChambeau, on what that first victory means to him.

DeChambeau and veteran Zach Johnson headline the featured groups for this weeks PGA Tour event as the top players around the world sharpen their saws one more time before the Open Championship next week.

 

 

FEATURED GROUPS: 

THURSDAY:

  • 8:50 AM OFF No.10:  Aaron Wise (25 FedEx Cup Standing), Si Woo Kim (40) & Harold Varner III (123)
  • 9:00 AM OFF No.10:  Zach Johnson (54), Steve Stricker (136) & Wesley Bryan (141)

FRIDAY:

  • 8:50 AM OFF No.10:  Austin Cook (24), Scott Piercy (41) & Francesco Molinari (43)
  • 9:00 AM OFF No.10:  Bryson DeChambeau (6), Ryan Moore (58) & Davis Love III (207)

 

KEY PAIRINGS:  ALL EST

OFF No.1:

  • 8:40 AM: Patton Kizzire (9), Fabian Gomez & Nick Watney (91)

OFF  No.10:

  • 8:30 AM:  Nick Taylor (128), Martin Piller (111) & Joaquin Niemann
  • 9:50 AM:  Roberto Diaz (181), Matt Atkins (212) & Doug Ghim (Became Top Ranked Amateur in May 2018)
  • 10 AM:  Stephan Jaeger (153), Ethan Tracy (175) & Broc Everett (2018 Men’s NCAA Individual Champion)
  • 1:50 PM:  Chris Kirk (57), Bill Haas (137) & Brian Gay (48)
  • 2 PM:  Billy Hurley III (204), Vaughn Taylor (106) & David Lingmerth (140)

 

HOW TO FOLLOW: (All EST)

TELEVISION:

Thursday-Friday:  4-7 PM on The Golf Channel Saturday-Sunday: 1-2:45 PM on The Golf Channel & 3-6 PM on CBS

PGA TOUR LIVE:

Thursday-Friday: 8 AM-4 PM for The Featured Groups & 4-7 PM for The Featured Holes (par-4 14th and par-3 16th)

RADIO: 

Thursday-Friday: 1-7 PM

Saturday-Sunday: 1-6 PM

(PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com)

 

Dustin Johnson & Rory McIlroy Still A Top the Betting Odds for the Open Championship

With The Open Championship just a week away, the latest betting odds have been released per Golfodds.com. Some would say that Carnoustie presents the toughest challenge of any of the Open Championship venues. Let’s see who has the best shot of conquering this beast.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, remains the favorite at 12-1 heading into the third Major of the season. Right behind him at 14-1 is 2014 Open Championship winner, Rory McIlroy. Both Jordan Spieth – the defending champion – and Rickie Fowler – who is still seeking his first major – come in at a solid 18-1. Reigning U.S. Open Champion, Brooks Koepka, finds himself at 20-1 along with Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm.

Below are some more betting odds; for a complete list go to Golfodds.com:

Dustin Johnson 12/1

Rory McIlroy 14/1

Justin Rose 16/1

Jordan Spieth 18/1

Rickie Fowler 18/1

Tommy Fleetwood 18/1

Justin Thomas 20/1

Brooks Koepka 20/1

Tiger Woods 20/1

Jon Rahm 20/1

Jason Day 25/1

Henrik Stenson 25/1

Sergio Garcia 25/1

Hideki Matsuyama 30/1

Patrick Reed 30/1

Paul Casey 30/1

Alex Noren 30/1

Francesco Molinari 30/1

Phil Mickelson 40/1

Marc Leishman 40/1

Branden Grace 40/1

Tyrrell Hatton 40/1

Louis Oosthuizen 50/1

Bryson DeChambeau 60/1

Matt Kuchar 60/1

Adam Scott 60/1

Bubba Watson 60/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1

Ian Poulter 60/1

Tony Finau 60/1

Russell Knox 60/1

Patrick Cantlay 80/1

Rafael Cabrera Bello 80/1

Thomas Pieters 80/1

Zach Johnson 80/1

Xander Schauffele 80/1

Shane Lowry 80/1

Daniel Berger 100/1

Webb Simpson 100/1

Brandt Snedeker 100/1

Lee Westwood 100/1

Thorbjorn Olesen 100/1

Andy Sullivan 100/1

The 2018-2019 PGA Tour Schedule has Finally Been Released!

At long last, the PGA Tour has released a much-anticipated 2018-19 PGA Tour schedule that is full of changes to consolidate the season. The PGA Tour had two goals in mind for creating this improved schedule:

1. Host all Major Events Between March and August
2. End the Golf Season Before the Beginning of the Football Season
It makes sense right? The PGA Tour would rather not have to compete with the juggernauts that are college football and the NFL in the fall. Players will benefit from this too as there should be more of a ‘rest period’ for them to recuperate and prepare for the next season.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has been working closely on this project to ensure that those two major goals were met.

“We are extremely pleased with the way the schedule has come together, particularly with the number of changes that were involved and the strength of the partnerships required to achieve this new look,” Monahan said. “It’s been our stated objective for several years to create better sequencing of our tournaments that golf fans around the world can engage in from start to finish.

“This will enhance the visibility of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and overall fan engagement with the PGA Tour and the game as a whole.”

THE COMPLETE 2018-2019 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE 

Oct. 1-7: Safeway Open (Silverado Resort and Spa-North Course)
Oct. 8-14: CIMB Classic (TPC Kuala Lumpur)
Oct. 15-21: The CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges (Nine Bridges)
Oct. 22-28: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (Sheshan International Golf Club)
Oct. 22-28: Sanderson Farms Championship (Country Club of Jackson)

Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (TPC Summerlin)
Nov. 5-11: Mayakoba Golf Classic (El Camaleon Golf Club at the Mayakoba Resort)
Nov. 12-18: The RSM Classic (Sea Island Resort)

Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Sentry Tournament of Champions (Kapalua Resort)
Jan. 7-13: Sony Open in Hawaii (Waialae Country Club)
Jan. 14-20: CareerBuilder Challenge (PGA West Stadium Course, multiple courses)
Jan. 21-27: Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines Golf Course)

Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Waste Management Phoenix Open (TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course)
Feb. 4-10: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Pebble Beach Golf Links, multiple courses)
Feb. 11-17: Genesis Open (The Riviera Country Club)
Feb. 18-24: World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship (Club de Golf Chapultepec)
Feb. 18-24: Puerto Rico Open (Coco Beach Golf & Country Club)

Feb. 25-Mar 3: The Honda Classic (PGA National Resort & Spa)
March 4-10: Arnold Palmer Invitational (Bay Hill Club and Lodge)
March 11-17: The Players Championship (TPC Sawgrass)
March 18-24: Valspar Championship (Innisbrook Resort)
March 25-31: World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin Country Club)
March 25-31: Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Puntacana Resort & Club (Corales Golf Course)

April 1-7: Valero Texas Open (TPC San Antonio)
April 8-14: Masters Tournament (Augusta National Golf Club)
April 15-21: RBC Heritage (Harbour Town Golf Links)
April 22-28: Zurich Classic of New Orleans (TPC Louisiana)

April 29-May 5: Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow Club)
May 6-12: AT&T Byron Nelson (Trinity Forest Golf Club)
May 13-19: PGA Championship (Bethpage State Park)
May 20-26: Charles Schwab Challenge (Colonial Country Club)

May 27-June 2: The Memorial Tournament (Muirfield Village Golf Club)
June 3-9: RBC Canadian Open (Hamilton Golf & Country Club)
June 10-16: U.S. Open (Pebble Beach Golf Links)
June 17-23: Travelers Championship (TPC River Highlands)
June 24-30: Rocket Mortgage Classic (Detroit Golf Club)

July 1-7: 3M Open (TPC Twin Cities)
July 8-14: John Deere Classic (TPC Deere Run)
July 15-21: The Open Championship (Royal Portrush Golf Club)
July 15-21: Barbasol Championship (Keene Trace Golf Club)
July 22-28: World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (TPC Southwind)
July 22-28: Reno-Tahoe Tournament (Montrêux Golf and Country Club)

July 29-Aug. 4: Wyndham Championship (Sedgefield Country Club)

FedEx Cup Playoffs

Aug. 5-11: The Northern Trust (Liberty National Golf Club)
Aug. 12-18: BMW Championship (Medinah Country Club)

Aug. 19-25: Tour Championship (East Lake Golf Club)