McIlroy ready for baby dash, Johnson on pole: golf talking points



We now have reached the final word phrase week of the truncated 2019-20 PGA Tour season, nonetheless some gamers’ minds are already on utterly totally numerous components.

Proper appropriate correct proper right here follows a do that week’s speaking parts in golf:

Rory ‘can’t wait’ for youngster

Sooner than the coronavirus shutdown Rory McIlroy was near his best – as rapidly as additional at world No 1 after six consecutive top-five finishes, together with a WGC victory in Shanghai.

Provided that restart, his struggles with solely two top-15 finishes in eight begins had appeared inexplicable… till now.

All by means of the BMW Championship closing weekend, the Northern Irishman revealed why his concepts may need been elsewhere.

McIlroy and affiliate Erica predict the availability of their first teenager, a daughter, any day now.

“I think about from the get-go my concepts has been wandering the previous few weeks, and now you guys sort of know the explanation why,” talked relating to the four-time obligatory winner.

“I did not assume it was one concern that I truly significantly wanted to share all through the market. It is a personal matter, nonetheless we’re really excited and can’t stay up for her to get acceptable appropriate correct proper right here.

“You are going out to play and perhaps not realizing whether or not or not or not or not or not you’ll end the spherical or not. Look, it is undoubtedly not an excuse. I merely have not carried out successfully ample.”

He nonetheless intends to defend his Tour Championship and FedEx Cup crown this week in Atlanta, nonetheless won’t hesitate to leap on a airplane if he’ll get a recognition.

“I’m going to play in various additional Tour Championships and it is solely going to be the availability of your first teenager as rapidly as.”

DJ in driving seat

For the primary time offered that US PGA Tour playoffs started, the simplest three gamers contained inside the FedEx Cup standings transferring into the Tour Championship are furthermore the simplest three gamers contained inside the rankings – Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

For the second 12 months working the FedEx parts are cleaned and altered by a handicapped leaderboard for the winner-takes-all shootout at East Lake.

With a victory and runner-up end inside the 2 playoff occasions thus far, “DJ” Johnson is rewarded by beginning at a nominal 10-under par with not decrease than a two-shot cushion to all folks else contained inside the 30-man elite matter chasing the large $15 million first prize.

BMW Championship winner Rahm begins at eight-under, Thomas seven-under nonetheless world quantity 4 McIlroy, if youngster permits, ought to make up seven footage from three-under par to remodel the primary participant to win the FedEx Cup thrice.

Citing the rear at even par are numbers 26-30 in standings Cameron Smith, Viktor Hovland, Mackenzie Hughes, Cameron Champ and Billy Horschel.

Tiger on acquainted attempting flooring

The 2018 Tour Championship winner, Tiger Woods, didn’t make the simplest 30, so will as a substitute be succesful to leisure his creaking physique forward of an assault on a 16th obligatory on the US Open in two weeks.

He may stay up for a title defence on the Zozo Championship subsequent month, not in Japan the place he obtained it closing 12 months, nonetheless in California after the occasion was moved on account of coronavirus restrictions.

Woods merely just isn’t going to be too sad on the model new, non eternal venue. He has six victories at Sherwood Nation Membership in Thousand Oaks.

It was the scenario of the Woods-hosted World Downside from 2000-2013, the place he did not afford his firm many favours, worthwhile 5 occasions.

He furthermore beat David Duval contained inside the televised “Showdown at Sherwood” match between the world’s prime two in 1999.

Remaining October Woods obtained the Zozo Championship – the primary US PGA Tour occasion in Japan – to tie Sam Snead’s all-time tour victory mark of 82.

Claiming the outright doc at Sherwood may merely put collectively the 15-time obligatory winner appropriately for his rescheduled Masters defence in November.

World rankings:

Extreme 10s, week starting 31 August 2020:

Males

1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 9.96

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 9.87

three. Justin Thomas (USA) eight.34

four. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 7.86

5. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.53

6. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.03

7. Brooks Koepka (USA) 6.14

eight. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 6.02

9. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.76

10. Adam Scott (AUS) 5.42 (+1)

Girls

1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 7.97

2. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.28

three. Nelly Korda (USA) 5.67 (+1)

four. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 5.57 (-1)

5. Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.24

6. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 5.19

7. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) four.94

eight. Park In-bee (KOR) four.88

9. Brooke Henderson (CAN) four.65

10. Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) four.48



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