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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Young, Thegala Lead a Strong Class of PGA Tour Rookies

scheduled tribe. ANDREWES, Scotland ( Associated Press) — It’s becoming a strong group of rookies on the PGA Tour, consisting of three players who have one thing in common: no one has won yet.

The only winner in PGA Tour Rookies is Chad Rummy in the Dominican Republic. His only other top-10 finish was in Puerto Rico, both opposite-field tournaments.

Cameron Young is the front-runner with three events prior to the post-season tour based on two numbers. His runner-up at the British Open – his second close call in a major – propelled him to No. 19 in the world. He is also number 13 in the FedEx Cup.

It’s not missing the playoffs by one shot at the PGA Championship or finishing once again in their Lynx debut at St Andrews. Also runner-up at the Genesis Invitational and Wells Fargo Championships at the Young Riviera. He has six places in the top three.

Right behind is Thegala, who was a fraction away from two wins this year – a tough end at the Phoenix Open, a double bogey on the final hole of the Travelers Championship. He was number 437 in the world when he finished the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He is now ranked 62nd, and he is ranked 38th in the FedEx Cup.

Davis Riley is playing the 3M Open this week and could join the fray. They lost in the playoffs at the Valspar Championships, Colonial and Mexico were two other close calls and have been so stable this year that they are number 23 in the FedEx Cup.

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high cut

Luck in golf can change rapidly, and Louis Osthuizen can confirm it. A year earlier, he had taken a 54-hole lead at the British Open and was tied to advance to the final round of the US Open. He was the runner-up at the US Open and the PGA Championship.

This year, he never played a major weekend in a week.

Oosthuizen was the only player to play all four majors without making a cut. This includes a comeback and 76 after the first round of the Masters with a bad back.

On the other side was Rory McIlroy. He was the only player to finish in the top 10 in all four majors, a trophy without much consolation for it. McIlroy was one of 10 players who made it to all four majors.

The others were Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Joaquin Nieman, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Tyrell Hatton.

Rahm now has the longest active streak in the Major to make the cut at 13. Harris English scored 15 runs in a row before missing the cut at St Andrews.

chambers bay

Bruce Charlton was one of the lead designers on the creation of Chambers Bay, with the intention that it would become a regular in the rotation of the USGA Championship.

Chambers Bay, where Jordan Spieth won the 2015 US Open, hosts her fourth USGA Championship with the US Women’s Amateur in early August.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how the USGA sets this up to pick up some attack angles for female players because there’s so much out there,” said Charlton, president and chief design officer of Robert Trent Jones II Golf Architects. “That would be fun to watch.”

But its future beyond this championship is as cloudy as the Seattle area in the fall.

Chambers Bay believed it was going to be part of a progression that would potentially take it back to another US Open. The USGA Four-Ball Amateur was held last year in the public course and was widely praised. It was the first event on the renovated greens during the 2015 Open that angered players – and an eyesore for spectators.

This is followed by the Women’s Amateur, which was then considered to be followed by the Women’s Open. But when the USGA announced future Women’s Open sites earlier this year and went out through 2031 — and in a few years — Chambers Bay was nowhere to be found.

Charlton said that while the disappointment struck, he expected one of the major USGA championships to return to the course.

“I really believe it is a matter of time. Obviously, you would like to see that kind of major championship come back and re-test the course. I think it will,” Charlton said. That it’s still very strong in consideration for those kinds of championships. … we know it’s on the radar screen.”

Payne Stewart Award

Billy Andrade has been selected to receive the Payne Stewart Award this year, which has become the highest honor for PGA Tour players.

The award honors Stewart, who died in a plane crash in October 1999, the year he won the US Open. It is given to sportspersons to demonstrate character, sportsmanship and commitment to charity.

“It’s so special. Payne was incredible to me and I knew her so well. I’m truly speechless, to think I’m now part of this elite group of past achievers who did it right It is,” Andrade said.

After winning his first PGA Tour title in 1991, Andrade collaborated with Rhode Islander Brad Faxon to form the Billy Andrade/Brad Faxon Charities for Children Inc. for southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It has generated over $30 million through its various endeavors, which include the CVS Health charity Classic.

Each May at East Lake Golf Club, which hosts the Tour Championship, Andrade and fellow Atlanta resident Stewart Sink host the East Lake Invitational, a charity supporter that benefits neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Andrade will be honored on Tuesday night, August 23, ahead of the Tour Championship.

double pleasure

Germany’s Mark Hammer has risen 734 places to 380th in the world rankings after winning twice in a single week.

Hammer won the Weihenstephan Open on the German-based Pro Golf Tour, where Martin Kemmer made his debut long ago. Which ended last Tuesday. And then he played the Eurom Bank Open in Austria on the Challenger Tour of Europe. which ended on Sunday.

Good news for Hammer? Now that he has won the Challenge Tour, he is exempt.

“This win shows me that I am doing the right thing and I am on the right track. I am very happy because now I can play the Challenge Tour every week instead of the Pro Golf Tour,” Hammer said.

divots

Rory McIlroy had 10 two-put birdies for the week at St Andrews, the old course record at the British Open. … The PGA Tour Champions have their final Major of the year at the Senior British Open with a chance to have five different winners. That hasn’t happened since 2011… With her team title in Michigan, Jennifer Kupcho has three LPGA Tour titles to lead the tour this year. She has come within 292 points of Minjie Lee in the race for the CME Globe. … Only three of the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup have played 20 or more tournaments this season – Scotty Schaeffler, Sam Burns and Will Zalatoris.

week status

For the first time since the Masters began, four professional Majors were won by different players in their 20s – Masters champion Scotty Scheffler (25), PGA champion Justin Thomas (29), US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick (27) and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick (27). British Open champion Cameron Smith (28).

last word

“When you win golf tournaments, you have friends you didn’t even know were friends.” -British Open champion Cameron Smith.

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Associated Press Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this report.

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