Hong Kong (AFP)
A golden oldie, some monstrous prizes and an Asian participant’s minimal strategy function in AFP Sport’s golf speaking factors this week:
– Nifty at fifty –
Germany’s Alex Cejka set a brand new report on the over-50s PGA Champions Tour when he received the Senior PGA Championship on the weekend.
He turned the primary Champions Tour rookie to win two majors since Jack Nicklaus in 1990, and the primary participant on the circuit to win on his first two main begins.
The 50-year-old had overwhelmed Steve Stricker in a playoff to win the Areas Custom, the season’s first main, earlier in Might.
With Phil Mickelson successful the US PGA Championship the earlier Sunday for his sixth main, Might proved to be a prolific month for the 50-somethings.
Nevertheless Cejka, it ought to be famous, is six months youthful than Mickelson, who will have fun his 51st birthday on the eve of his newest try to finish a Grand Slam of successful all 4 majors on the US Open at Torrey Pines later this month.
“The final couple of weeks have been unbelievable,” mentioned Cejka. “I am unable to even describe it in phrases how I really feel proper now.”
– Kokrak in driving seat –
Measurement issues in Texas — and that features the prizes at PGA Tour occasions.
For pipping native boy Jordan Spieth to the Charles Schwab Problem at Colonial, Fort Price, to win his second US PGA Tour title, Jason Kokrak picked up $1.35 million. However the sponsors weren’t completed there.
Together with the cheque got here an unlimited winner’s trophy nearly as tall because the 6ft 4in (1.93m) Kokrak, whose maiden win got here on the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in October.
He was additionally draped with a gaudy, fairly giant tartan winner’s jacket, however the greatest prize was but to come back.
Kokrak was then handed the keys to a monster 1946 Dodge Energy Wagon traditional truck.
“I am a giant man with a giant truck with a giant jacket and a giant paycheck,” a beaming Kokrak mentioned.
“So I assume the whole lot’s larger in Texas, proper?”
– Within the bag for Juvic –
Did you hear in regards to the professional who went right into a match with solely 11 golf equipment in his bag and no caddie? He received — and certified for a significant.
Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines took his maiden Japan Tour win on the Mizuno Open on Sunday, carrying his personal (lighter) golf bag as a result of caddies have to make use of electrical carts due to Covid restrictions.
“I get older and final two instances with 14 golf equipment had been actually heavy,” he mentioned. “I do not like to make use of the electrical carts, since it’s important to go all the way in which across the greens.”
Pagunsan eliminated his three, 4, six and eight irons from the permitted 14-club array, retaining his 4 wedges and including a 19-degree hybrid to substitute for the longer irons, to nice impact.
The victory gave the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Benefit winner a coveted place within the Open Championship, at Royal St. George’s subsequent month, for the primary time since 2014.
“Now I’m relieved. I get to go to UK. I can go once more,” he mentioned, earlier than asking: “May I get my visa? How is the quarantine measures?”
– World rankings –
Newest main world rankings, week starting Might 31, 2021
1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 9.98
2. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.34
3. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.21
4. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 6.98
5. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.81 (+1)
6. Collin Morikawa (USA) 6.79 (-1)
7. Brooks Koepka (USA) 6.16
8. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 5.97 (+1)
9. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.94 (-1)
10. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 5.80
22. Jason Kokrak (USA) 4.22 (+13)
1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 9.43
2. Park In-bee (KOR) 8.61
3. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 7.85
4. Nelly Korda (USA) 7.64
5. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 6.21
6. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.11
7. Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 5.55
8. Lydia Ko (NZL) 5.43
9. Lexi Thompson (USA) 5.08
10. Patty Tavatanakit (THA) 4.77
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