Japan to California for record-chasing Tiger: golf talking points

Enormous names, wild native native climate and a fragile slide carry out in golf speaking parts this week:

Eye of the Tiger on 83

Tiger Woods achieved his record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour win on the Zozo Championship in Japan 11 months beforehand, nonetheless he is not going to should journey as far to defend the title.

Woods this week dedicated to having fulfilling with on the 2020 Zozo Championship which has been shifted to Sherwood Nation Membership in Thousand Oaks, California, starting October 22, on account of coronavirus-induced journey restrictions.

The 15-time main winner triumphed on the first PGA Tour occasion to be held in Japan final 12 months to tie Sam Snead’s all-time wins report, and Woods will potential be as shortly as additional on acquainted flooring for his defence.

Woods hosted the World Draw once more occasion on the Sherwood format from 2000 to 2013, worthwhile 5 circumstances.

If he’s so as in order so as in order so as to add to that tally he ought to beat a Zozo Championship dwelling that’s shaping to be far more sturdy than final 12 months’s, the PGA Tour launched Tuesday.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who pushed Woods all one in all many best strategies by which in ending runner-up final 12 months, and Rory McIlroy, who achieved third, have entered as quickly as further.

They are going to be joined by the world’s extreme two Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, plus Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Ricky Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose for the no-cut, 78-player shootout.

Scotland for the courageous

The European Tour this week returns to semblance of normality, a minimal of by the use of prize cash, with the Scottish Open carrying a $7 million purse – sufficiently giant to draw fairly fairly a number of large names as shortly as farther from having fulfilling with for the riches on current contained inside the US.

Moved as shortly as farther from its customary slot, per week earlier to the Open Championship in July, the North Berwick venue will see extreme names braving the October parts on what seems sure to be a blustery week on the coast merely east of Edinburgh.

Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett will potential be among the many many many many many luminaries arriving from America armed with handwarmers, mittens and rain gear as they go in quest of worthwhile positively one among many European Tour’s “Rolex Sequence” of mega-money occasions.

Good luck to them – the forecast for the weekend is bleak, to say the least. Most temperatures might solely nudge 11°C (52°F) with rain and 30 kilometres per hour wind thrown in on the uncovered hyperlinks edging the Firth of Forth.

In any case it needs to be slighter additional clement the next week when the tour heads south for however one other big-money occasion – its flagship PGA Championship at leafy Wentworth close to London.

Falling Garcia

Sergio Garcia dropped out of the world’s extreme 50 this week, ending a particular run on the acute.

The Spaniard broke into the best 50 as a 19-year outdated in 1999 and, except for one kind blip between August 2010 and July 2011, had been there ever since.

He’s one amongst solely 5 gamers in historic earlier to have spent bigger than 1 000 weeks contained inside the extreme 50, although under no circumstances reached the summit, with being second-ranked in 2008 the closest he acquired to No 1. The opposite 4 are Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk.

Since worthwhile his sole main on the Masters in 2017, Garcia has been on a fragile slide. He dropped out of the best 20 in late 2018 and fell to 51st from 48th contained within the mannequin new rankings revealed Monday.

Garcia is entered this week on the US PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship, the place a wonderful end consequence might even see solely his second fall from golf’s extreme desk in 21 years be very short-lived.

World rankings:

Prime 10s, week starting 28 September 28


1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.11

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 9.90

three. Justin Thomas (USA) eight.72

four. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 7.90

5. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.60

6. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.59

7. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.21

eight. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.69

9. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.80 (+1)

10. Brooks Koepka (USA) 5.80 (-1)


1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 7.97

2. Nelly Korda (USA) 6.68

three. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.28

four. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.42

5. Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.35

6. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 5.26

7. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 5.24

eight. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 5.14

9. Park In-bee (KOR) four.99

10. Lexi Thompson (USA) four.77

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