McIlroy in the dad club as toughest test looms: golf talking points

The second majors of the yr for each males and females dominate golf speaking elements this week:

Teenager boomers

Rory McIlroy will play his first foremost as a dad on the US Open this week, after his accomplice Erica gave provide to daughter Poppy on 31 August, and now he might be part of all through the teenager discuss with quite a lot of his rivals on course.

World No 1, FedEx Cup champion, PGA Tour participant of the yr and 2016 US Open champion Dustin Johnson has two sons with affiliate Paulina Gretzky, five-year-old Tatum and three-year-old River.

Defending champion Gary Woodland has three kids with accomplice Gabby: three-year-old son Jaxson and year-old twin ladies, Maddox and Lennox.

McIlroy’s Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood, the 2018 US Open runner-up, and affiliate Clare’s son Franklin could also be three on the top of this month. Whereas fellow Europe star and 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose has Leo, 11, and Lottie, eight, as soon as extra residence all through the Bahamas with accomplice Kate.

And naturally McIlroy’s good good good good friend Tiger Woods is a doting dad to 13-year-old daughter Sam and 11-year-old son Charlie – reportedly no point out junior golfer himself – from his earlier marriage to Elin Nordegren.

“For individuals who happen to try fathers in all totally fully completely different sports activities actions actions, golf, tennis, it is not a mannequin new lease of life, nonetheless it’s a distinctive perspective,” mentioned McIlroy after observe on the New York course on the weekend.

“It is your occupation, nonetheless on the top of the day you get to go residence to your loved ones members, which is an important concern.”

That perspective merely may do the 31-year-old Northern Irish world quantity 4 some good as he seeks to finish a six-year foremost drought this week and elevate his second US Open after worthwhile his maiden foremost at Bethesda methodology as soon as extra in 2011.

Treachery afoot

This week will mark the sixth US Open at Winged Foot, rated as almost definitely in all probability essentially the most treacherous host of all, with its infamous highly effective, huge bunkers and multi-crested greens so slick that 2006 runner-up Colin Montgomerie regarded them as additional sturdy to know than Augusta.

On account of it first carried out host in 1929, just one participant has gained with a rating beneath par, Fuzzy Zoeller in 1984.

Hale Irwin’s victory in 1974’s “bloodbath at Winged Foot” seen him end seven-over – a rating that continues to be the perfect to win a giant on condition that phrase “par” entered lexicon in 1911.

“That they’d hassle discovering their ankles, tons loads a lot much less the golf ball,” mentioned one participant that yr as a succession of the world’s greatest misplaced balls all through the highly effective and watched putts run off the greens.

The last word time Winged Foot staged the US Open, in 2006, Geoff Ogilvy gained with out breaking par in any spherical after definitely one in every of many wildest finishes ever seen in a giant.

A stroke behind had been Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson, who each double-bogeyed the 72nd gap when needing a par to win, and Jim Furyk, who missed a five-foot putt to emphasize a playoff.

Anybody has wager $45 000 on Mickelson to win this week at odds of 75-1. If the 50-year-old does full his occupation slam at Winged Foot, the payout is perhaps an astronomical $three.375 million. “Hoping for each of us I’ve a three shot lead on 18 tee,” Lefty tweeted.

“The golf course will get extremely efficient on the primary tee and by no means will get any simpler,” Jack Nicklaus famously mentioned.

He ought to know. In 1974 on his opening gap of the event he had a downhill 25-footer for birdie. He walked off 4 putts later with a double-bogey six.

Good wall of Dinah

With no followers, the large blue barrier behind the 18th inexperienced for the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore course in Rancho Mirage ought to have been surplus to necessities.

Nonetheless the ‘Good Wall of Dinah’, which usually fronts a short lived grandstand perched above, was put in anyway and ended up stealing the present on the second ladies’s foremost of the yr.

Lee Mi-rim was trailing by two when she intentionally powered her second on the par-five closing gap into the blue fence, which handily furthermore prevents overhit approaches from discovering a watery grave.

She then chipped in for an eagle and gained her first foremost in a playoff with Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson.

“I undoubtedly thought to utilise the backboard,” the canny Lee mentioned. “I practised that shot.”

Some weren’t so enamoured. “Truthfully, I would love they did not have that wall there,” Korda mentioned presciently earlier all through the week.

Tv commentator Judy Rankin chimed in: “It has been methodology too synthetic. There was no exact goal for it to be there. It has affected play methodology an excessive amount of.”

World rankings

Prime 10s, week starting 14 September 2020


1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.16

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 9.85

three. Justin Thomas (USA) eight.68

four. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 7.91

5. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.68

6. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.11

7. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.42

eight. Brooks Koepka (USA) 6.09

9. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 5.88

10. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.79


1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 7.97

2. Nelly Korda (USA) 6.68 (+1)

three. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.43 (-1)

four. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 5.51

5. Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.43

6. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.42 (+three)

7. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 5.24 (-1)

eight. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 5.14 (-1)

9. Park In-bee (KOR) four.90 (-1)

10. Lexi Thompson (USA) four.77 (+2)

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