Mamaroneck (US), September 16
Another week, one other massive trophy for Dustin Johnson, this one with none money.
One week after he captured the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize, Johnson was voted PGA Tour participant of the yr for the second time within the final 5 years. He additionally received the Jack Nicklaus Award, which comes with a bronze of Nicklaus famously elevating his putter, in 2016.
Johnson joins Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Nick Price and Fred Couples as the one gamers to win the award a number of occasions because it started in 1990.
Johnson was on the poll with Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, PGA champion Collin Morikawa and Webb Simpson. The tour traditionally doesn’t launch the tally of gamers who voted. It was the second straight yr the award went to somebody who didn’t win a significant through the season. In this yr of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was just one main.
The PGA Tour has not had a repeat winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award since Tiger Woods in 2007.
Thomas received the PGA of America’s award that’s based mostly on factors — 10 for each PGA Tour victory, together with as much as 20 factors relying on the place the participant completed on cash record and the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring common.
Thomas received thrice. Johnson received thrice together with the Tour Championship, which didn’t rely for the PGA of America as a result of Johnson began with a two-shot lead. Xander Schauffele had the bottom rating on the Tour Championship, although he performed the ultimate spherical attempting to make up a five-shot deficit, whereas Johnson performed the ultimate 4 holes attempting to guard a two-shot lead.
Scottie Scheffler received the Arnold Palmer Award as rookie of the yr on a poll that included Viktor Hovland, Harry Higgs and Maverick McNealy. Hovland was the one different viable candidate from successful the Puerto Rico Open. Scheffler didn’t win, however he had seven prime 10s, together with a tie for fourth within the PGA Championship, and he completed No. 5 within the FedEx Cup.
The PGA Tour now not provides an award for main the cash record — that was referred to as the Arnold Palmer Award. Thomas led the cash record for the third time within the final 4 years.
ASIA OUT FOR LPGA
For the primary time in 45 years, the LPGA Tour is not going to be going to Asia this yr.
The tour misplaced three tournaments from its Asia swing in late February and early March on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, the LPGA stated two extra tournaments scheduled for October in South Korea and Japan had been canceled for 2020 and can return subsequent yr. Two different occasions in China and Taiwan that had been a part of the autumn swing beforehand had been canceled due to journey restrictions and quarantine necessities.
The LPGA first began enjoying in Asia with the Mizuno Classic in Japan in 1976.
The LPGA Tour added a one-time occasion referred to as the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee. That shall be Oct. 22-25 in Greensboro, Georgia, for a handbag of $1.three million.
The LPGA additionally had a “Drive On” event at Inverness to mark its return to golf on July 31.
“Since we unfortunately cannot travel to Asia, we felt it was very important to add another competitive opportunity for our players,” Commissioner Mike Whan stated.
Losing the Asia swing creates a while off for the LPGA that results in a giant end. After the KPMG Women’s PGA at Aronimink from Oct. 8-11, there shall be per week off earlier than the brand new Drive On event, after which three weeks off earlier than an occasion within the Tampa Bay space in Florida.
After Thanksgiving, the LPGA finishes with a event within the Dallas space, the US Women’s Open in Houston and the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
Even so, the price of the pandemic is obvious in alternatives. The LPGA Tour went into 2020 with a 34-tournament schedule. It will finish the yr with 17 tournaments.
GOING FOR TWO
Collin Morikawa has an opportunity to affix one of many smallest lists in main championship historical past.
In the final 100 years, solely three gamers have received the subsequent main instantly after successful their first. Jordan Spieth was the latest when he received the Masters and US Open in 2015. Before that it was Craig Wood in 1941 within the Masters and US Open. Gene Sarazen received the US Open and PGA Championship for back-to-back majors in 1922.
Morikawa received the PGA Championship final month at Harding Park. Next up is Winged Foot for the US Open.
“Walking here as a major champion, you have a sense of knowing how to get things done,” Morikawa stated.
“Yes, I’ve only done it once, but I’ve done it. You just want more. You get that little taste of what it’s like, and you know why guys mark in their calendars the major championships for the year.”
FATHERS AND SONS AND DAUGHTERS
A event that started with fathers and sons enjoying collectively is getting a brand new title to replicate a discipline that additionally contains daughters and even grandchildren.
The PNC Father Son Challenge, which started in 1995, this yr turns into the PNC Championship, which features a sponsorship renewal by PNC Bank. It shall be performed Dec. 18-20 in Orlando, Florida.
The discipline is for main champions or winners of The Players Championships and their companions. Annika Sorenstam performed final yr together with her father. Fuzzy Zoeller as soon as performed together with his daughter. Jack Nicklaus typically performs together with his grandson. Bernhard Langer has performed with two sons and two daughters. Langer received final yr together with his son, Jason.
“We started the PNC Father Son Challenge to showcase the family bond that golf cultivates and also to give the icons of our game an opportunity to share their success with the ones they love,” stated Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of golf at IMG.
“As the PNC Championship, we feel the name reflects the field composition and the event’s stature as we look forward to welcoming familiar faces, new talent and different family partnerships to this unique event.”
Justin Thomas has his common caddie again at work for the US Open. Jimmy Johnson took day without work in July to get blood strain remedy sorted out. Jim “Bones” Mackay, who beforehand labored for Phil Mickelson, had been filling in. … The USGA went heavy on faculties for the US Open tee occasions, with a threesome from Arizona State (Mickelson, Jon Rahm, Paul Casey), from Oklahoma State (Viktor Hovland, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff) and from Georgia (Brendon Todd, Harris English and beginner Davis Thompson).
It additionally put collectively three Canadians in Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin and Corey Conners. … Tiger Woods has received all three of his US Opens on public-access golf programs — Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines. Winged Foot is a personal membership.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker are the one gamers at this US Open who had been at Winged Foot for the 2006 US Open and the 1997 PGA Championship. Mickelson is the one one to make the reduce in each.
“I’m not a gambling man, so I wouldn’t know.” — Phil Mickelson on what he considered his 75-1 odds to win the US Open. — AP