Bryson DeChambeau’s Awesome Long Haul Debut, Bubba Watson’s Big Break, and Historic Round of Golf You Probably Missed | This is the loop
Welcome to yet another edition of The Grind, where we begin with a happy late 25th anniversary of “Tin Cup,” which is both the greatest and most authentic golf film ever to be made. Look for him. And by seek, I mean just take my word for it. This classic came out when I was about to enter high school, and now I’m almost Kevin Costner’s age when he played the memorable Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy role. Dude, time flies when you write a weekly golf column online. Anyway, after reading this week’s Grind, check out this special episode of our Local Knowledge podcast, which includes memories of Tin Cup itself:
Yeah, I spoke to Kevin Costner on the phone. NBD. Just kidding, this is totally a big deal! What a legend. But now it’s time to talk about all that is going on in golf. At least until “Tin Cup” starts again on the Golf Channel.
Sam Burns: Another week, another Ryder Cup final winning a PGA Tour title. This time it was Burns who won the Sanderson Farms Championship for the second time this year. And to the winner of the Sanderson Farms Championship goes this rooster trophy. This pretty rooster trophy:
How much did Burns touch him in Mississippi? In fact, he posted the second worst putting performance by a winner on the PGA Tour since 2010. So, yes, he did really well. And at 25, he has a good chance of being part of future Ryder Cup teams.
Bryson De Chambeau: Just days after consolidating himself as one of the top eight players on the planet at the Ryder Cup, DeChambeau has established himself as one of the top eight long-term drivers in the world. Making his long-term world championship debut, Bryson made his way to the quarter-finals before retiring. It was an impressive display of power and precision from DeChambeau, who dotted the grid and produced several workouts of over 400 yards and a top ball speed of 219 miles per hour. Just watch this guy take care of it!
Again, the baseball cap fit him well and he seemed to really enjoy his time trying something new in front of crowds who refrained from calling him “Brooksy”. PGA Tour pros and long riders actually have a habit of crossing paths, but not over the past few decades. So kudos to Bryson for stepping in and raising a whole sport. Oh, and for giving us something to talk about during what should have been a slow week. The guy is clearly the king of golf content, he just isn’t the king of long drives. At least not yet.
Kyle Berkshire: Bryson’s pal winning a third consecutive long haul world championship was the least surprising result of the year. With ball speeds reaching nearly 230 mph, the 24-year-old claimed victory at Mesquite. And while Bryson’s eyes are clearly on long-distance competition, Kyle has aspirations for the PGA Tour. But hey, let’s just say he’s still at the point where he drives for the show and drives putts for the dough. That being said, just look at what Sam Burns did this week. So there is still hope, Kyle. In the meantime, don’t quit (dominate) your daily job.
Alejandro Del Rey Friday: The 24-year-old Spaniard made golf history with his 58 in the second round of the Swiss Challenge Challenge Tour. The new Mr. 58 — make Señor 58 — became the first player to shoot 14 (!) Under par in one round on a major tour. Look at this absurd dashboard:
And before getting the “What a difficult finish!” Jokes, know that he started his turn on the last nine, so he ended it with a third eagle.
The rest of Alejandro Del Rey week: Although he shot 14 under shots in one round, the Spaniard shot “only” four under the other three rounds to finish seven shots behind winner Marcus Helligkilde. Imagine shooting 58 and losing by seven shots ?! Then again, Tin Cup shot 62 at a US Open and lost more than that to Peter Jacobsen.
Player-caddy breaks: Apparently it’s the #szn breakup, all of you. Sad stuff. On the same day we learned that Justin Thomas was breaking up with Jimmy Johnson (and reuniting with Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay), Bubba Watson and Ted Scott announced they were splitting after 15 years, two green jackets and countless # Pray ForTedScott Moments:
It’s the end of an era. Well, two eras because JT and JJ had a pretty good run themselves. Either way, we wish Ted the best in pursuing his dancing dreams:
The pre-shot routine like this: Normally when I see this kind of videos I think they are fake. But it’s from the Q school!
And former PGA Tour pro Kyle Thompson has confirmed that this guy is real:
While we’re young, man! When we were young! He should be banned from tournaments until he has eliminated about 30 waggles from his pre-shot routine.
The PGA Tour heads to the Shriners Children’s Open for the start of the Las Vegas Swing, aka the most dangerous two weeks of the year on tour. Seriously, two full days in Vegas can be too much, but two full days weeks? Good luck to all the guys out there.
Random tournament fact: In 2010, Jonathan Byrd made a hole in one to beat Martin Laird. Eleven years later, Byrd failed Monday’s qualifying and Laird is on the pitch as the defending champion. The golf gods have a way of partying, eh?
RANDOM PARIS OF THE WEEK
– There will be another hole in one this week: 1 MILLION odds against 1
—Martin Laird to win this week: odds 125 to 1 (real odds)
—Bones will make more money on caddy for JT than working for NBC: LOCK
There is no better setting for a golf trophy photo than the Swilcan Bridge:
If only Danny Willett was holding a rooster trophy, then we’d be really cooking. But seriously, well done to the 2016 Masters champion for winning his first European Tour title in over two years, on his 34th birthday, nothing less. Willett hasn’t won much since he put on that green jacket, but when he wins he goes big game hunting. His three wins since have been the DP World Tour Championship, the BMW PGA and now the Alfred Dunhill Links in St. Andrews.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (PGA TOUR DIVISION)
Here’s Ben Kohles, who is apparently rubber:
Who Said Golfers Aren’t Athletes?
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (EUROPEAN TOUR DIVISION)
It’s also the luckiest rebound of the week / year / century:
And he turned it into a birdie to finish in the top 20 and earn a few extra bucks. Well done, Guido. Don’t expect another great break until you’re 40.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (INSTAGRAM INFLUENCER DIVISION)
It was a tough Monday for Instagram, but not for Paige Spiranac. Not only did she make a hole in one shot, but she did it with Gary Player watching:
Good for you, Paige. Of course, Gary probably gave her some exercise tips again afterwards.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC POSTERS OF AFFECTION LAWYERS
Watch out for Joaquin Niemann this week! It’s a great food there!
THIS WEEK AT PHIL BE PHIL
Well done, Phil. Good game.
“It’s magical. On British soil with everyone here, it’s been a great week. It’s been a few years of average stuff again.
Congratulations to Céline Boutier for winning the LPGA Shoprite Classic for a second career victory. More information on Shoprite sponsorship in a moment. . . . Kudos to PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young, who finished T-2 at Sanderson Farms. When I talk about how Wake Forest is now a football school, keep in mind that it has always been a golf school. . . . In an interview with Steph Curry at the Ryder Cup, Michael Jordan said he played 63 holes of golf in one day. And there isn’t a person in the world who wasn’t surprised that the number wasn’t higher. . . . And finally, a big thumbs up to two of my golf best friends, Eric Lebowitz and Josh Supsak. In 24 hours, Eric turned 80 and became a dad. Impressive. Meanwhile, Josh took on an LPGA putting challenge at Shoprite and did three straight 20 feet to win three Shoprite gift cards!
Luckily he never putts like that when we play.
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
How long will it be before Eric turns 80 again?
How many times have I watched “Tin Cup”?
Should I have asked Kevin Costner to do it?