This week’s article is going to be slightly different. It’s been an eventful old week on the fairways, so here is a recap of the latest news and what’s coming up in the week ahead.
Rory Steals the Headlines the Right Way
Yes, as I had suggested in last weeks article, right here at Model Sports Fan, Rory has lifted a big weight off his mind and as a results dumped a big weight into his bank account. Having announced he wasn’t ready to be tied down yet (such a scamp), Rory got the job done on the course and won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. This, surprisingly, marked his first win on European soil and consolidated what has been a decent year so far. Let’s hope this continues as we look towards the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Monty gets his Major
Name the best golfers never to have won a major and Colin Montgomerie is arguably the best of them. He dominated the European Tour (8 titles with 7 of them coming in succession), but the major title always eluded the Scot. Well now Monty has moved to the Champions Tour and is settling in well. So much so that he has taken the Senior PGA Championship in rather emphatic style. Congrats Colin!
Double Victory for Scotland
Big Monty wasn’t the only Scot that was in the winner’s circle this week either. Kylie Walker (who represents my home course Mar Hall) won the Delloitte Ladies open in Amsterdam. This was her first win on the LET and came after a she sunk a twenty-foot putt at the second playoff hole. I also need to mention Catriona Matthew here. She finished tied for 3rd in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Alabama to cap-off a great week for coach Kevin Craggs who helps both athletes to victory.
Scotty Consolidates Number 1 Ranking
Speaking of victorious Scots, Adam Scott (see what I did there) won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial in his first outing as golf’s world number one. His hard work both on and off the golf course is paying off and his form just keeps getting better! Jason Dufner and Scott went to a play-off with the Aussie picking up the fetching tartan jacket. In response to losing the play-off “It’s tough to beat him,” Dufner said. “He’s a great player. It’s tough to concentrate. He’s so good looking, too.” Unfortunately ladies Adam is newly married.
US Open Regional Qualifying
The International Sectional of US Open qualifying took place at Walton Heath in Surrey at the start of this week. Many players left Wentworth (where the BMW PGA Championship was played) and headed straight to qualifying. Shane Lowry (second at Wentworth) took first place and a spot at Pinehurst. Other notable qualifiers were Scotland’s Chris Doak, Brooks Koepka, Tom Lewis and Danny Willet.
Onto this week then…
This week the PGA Tour heads to the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus’ event- The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Dublin, Ohio. We’re getting very close to the US Open, so player’s games are becoming increasingly sharper every week. So who will win? Well, my first correct prediction came last week, it’s only taken until tail end of May, but hopefully I’ve got my eye in now. I’m going to say that Matt Kuchar is a good possibility this week. He’s had a good year and is probably due another win this season. He’s also defending champion and has racked up plenty of top-5 finishes at Muirfield Village.
Look out for Jordan Spieth too. Yes, that is correct, I will be picking him as a ‘one to look out for’ until he gets his first title. He is a phenomenal story once he gets one win I know plenty will follow. My third and final pick this week is Luke Donald. He’s been making some alterations to his swing to generate some more power. From his showing at Wentworth last week it is clear that he’s settling into this and his confidence is growing.
So there you have it folks, it’s been a busy wee spell in golf but now you’re up to date. Thanks for reading.
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