Can Lydia go 4/5 in Canada?25 Aug 2016
It’s another massive week for New Zealand PGA members around the world. Question number 1: can Lydia make it four Canadian Pacific Women’s Opens in the last five years? She clearly has a stranglehold on this event, having first won it in 2012 as a 15 year old, and last year she beat Stacy Lewis on the 1st playoff hole to be the defending champion this year.
The TAB clearly thinks she can do it again, having Lydia at the very short odds of $3.75 to win, and $1.55 to finish Top 5.
Lydia tees off tomorrow at the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, alongside world 4# Sei Young Kim, and Jessica Korda.
It’s playoff time, with a massive $US 57 million on offer in prize money and Fed Ex Cup bonuses over the next four weeks. The first event is The Barclays, being played at the brutal Bethpage Black Course on Long Island, NY. The course itself, built in the 1930s as a welfare relief project during the Depression, was A W Tillinghast’s last design, opening in 1936. Tillinghast’s own life was starting to unravel at the time, and some say this is reflected in the golf course, dubbed by Sam Snead as “Impossible to play”. Playing to around 6,700 metres, Bethpage Black is a public access course recommended for low handicappers only. It has hosted the US Open twice: in 2002, when Tiger Woods was the only player to finish under par, and in 2009, when Lucas Glover prevailed.
The PGA of America has selected Bethpage Black for the 2019 PGA Championship, and for the 2024 Ryder Cup.
New Zealand hopes lie with Danny Lee, who enters the playoffs ranked 71#, some 40 places lower than at this time last year, when he was enjoying a purple patch triggered by his win in The Greenbrier. He could still win the overall series and the $US 10 million bonus that goes with it – Billy Horschel achieved this in 2014 with a starting ranking of 69# before the Barclays – but he needs at least a Top 20 finish this week or next to progress to the BMW Championship, when the field gets cut to the Top 70 Fed Ex ranked players.
Definitely the last chance for Josh Geary, who will effectively need to finish 1st or 2nd to go into the playoff series starting next week. He and Steven Alker tee it up in the Winco Foods Portland Open at the cutely named Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon
Grant Waite will be looking to carry on his excellent form in the US Senior Open this week in the Boeing Classic in Washington State. This is a 3 round tournament for $US 2.0 million, starting on Saturday our time.
European Challenge Tour
Ryan Fox is arguably our hottest golfer at the moment. He will be buoyed by Danny Lee choosing him as his partner for the World Cup at Kingston Heath in November – the foursomes/ four ball format should be ideal for these two birdie machines – and he has the chance to further boost his Challenge Tour ranking in the Bridgestone Challenge at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, England, starting tonight.
The Japan Tour gets down to business again today, with a lot of money on offer between now and December. Michael Hendry and David Smail both start in the KIZAP KBC Augusta tournament at Keya Golf Club in Fukuoka.
What’s in a name?
There are plenty of unusual names on offer in the USA, and the ranks of touring golf professionals have their fair share of these.
Would you decide on a career as a golf professional with names like: Ryan Yip, Adam Schenk, Jhared Hack, Dave Bunker, Fred Funk, Duffy Waldorf or Kohki Idoki? They are all current Tour or Senior players.