As the PGA Tour rolls toward its Tour Championship season finale this week in Atlanta, there is no shortage of on-course fireworks. Witness Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson rolling in lengthy putts late Sunday at the BMW Championship – Johnson to force a playoff and Rahm to end it after one extra hole.
Johnson still will begin this week in the No. 1 position at East Lake. Rahm is right behind him. The world's best players are in form and well positioned as the FedEx Cup playoffs reach their final event.
While many sports in the United States saw schedules halted briefly after another rise of race-connected tension in the country, golf tournaments went on without interruption. Professional golfers are part of the conversation, however, and Ron Green Jr. says this can be a moment for growth, for turning difficult conversations into demonstrable change.
At the penultimate event of the PGA Tour's 2019-20 season, host course Olympia Fields was one of the stars. Rory McIlroy was among the big names suggesting the Chicago-area track is worthy of U.S. Open consideration.
After helping to initiate the Rose Ladies Series in the UK, Liz Young now gets to reap one of its benefits. Lewine Mair says Young is a deserving recipient of the help she'll receive as she takes on the challenge of LPGA qualifying.
And after a strong showing two weekends ago at the first women's major of the year, 28-year-old Austin Ernst stepped up further with a Sunday-best 63 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, her second LPGA victory.
On the European Tour, 19-year-old Rasmus Højgaard claims his second victory on the circuit at the UK Championship, and in the process also edged Sam Horsfield for the top spot on the UK Swing Order of Merit.
Sean Fairholm checks in with PGA professional Liz Cooper, who this summer became a senior director for membership and events for the LPGA. She says, "What gets me excited is providing opportunities for people to get into the game."
In this week's Divot, Steve Eubanks recalls his early experiences around Sophia Popov several years back, saying they gave him insight into the young golfer the world got to know two weekends ago when she won her first major championship.