In this issue, GGP presents our seventh All-Amateur team selections, honoring the world’s best amateur, mid-amateur and senior-amateur competitors. Of the 179 men and women from 26 nations that we selected, two stood out as our Amateurs of the Year: Stanford University graduate Brandon Wu and Oregon senior amateur Lara Tennant.
Brendon Todd won his second consecutive PGA Tour start, the Mayakoba Golf Classic, on Monday morning in Mexico, with a 20-foot birdie on the 15th hole upon resumption of play following a Sunday suspension proving to be the difference.
Tommy Fleetwood outlasted Marcus Kinhult in a playoff on Sunday to win the European Tour’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
With his victory in Sun City, Fleetwood moved to No. 2 in the Race to Dubai, enhancing his prospect of adding a second season-long crown to the one he captured in 2017 with this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on tap.
Playing professional golf is romantic in a dig-it-out-of-the-dirt kind of way, competitors in the annual ritual known as the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School demonstrate. It’s alluring and addictive, the vaporous notion that this is the day or this is the week, writes Ron Green Jr.
Both Ernie Els and Pádraig Harrington had their thoughts and conversations consumed with their respective captaincy duties while playing together in last week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge, writes Michael Vlismas.
Catriona Matthew, who has agreed to return as Europe’s Solheim Cup captain at the Inverness Club in 2021, has the dynamics of the match on her mind as talks loom about a potential merger between the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, writes Lewine Mair.
Matt Kuchar is still trying to heal the damage to his reputation caused by the criticism concerning his payment to a fill-in caddie after winning last year’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.
As the Presidents Cup in his homeland approaches, Jason Day is searching for form. One possible factor in his struggles is that he is on his fourth caddie of the year.
With a victory at the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday, Alex Beach became the first player to win multiple PGA of America national championships in the same calendar year, having previously won the PGA Professional Championship in May.
Less can be truly more in golf, particularly when it comes to clubhouses, this week’s installment of The Divot posits.