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Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still recovering from the family’s first trip to Disney World. The days of more than 20,000 steps. The 40-minute ride waits in the heat and humidity of Florida. $ 40 mac-and-cheese children’s meals in a boutique restaurant. Grumpy children. The most cranky parents. Truly a magical place! All kidding aside, wait until your kids are at least 5 years old. Trust me. Oh, and I hope your whole family doesn’t get hand, foot and mouth disease just to have more fun. OK, now that we have this important lesson in life, let’s talk golf. Or rather, try talking about golf. The blisters on my hands hurt when I type. Dude, I’m a mess.
Hideki Matsuyama: Apart from the Japanese star who won the Olympics – where he made a valiant effort – this Zozo Championship win is the most fitting victory of the season. The Masters champion closed a life-changing year by winning just the second official PGA Tour event played in his home country.
And he did it in his usual seemingly unsatisfied style:
Classic. Did I mention he won by five strokes?
Bernhard Langer: More history for this ageless wonder as he became the oldest winner in PGA Tour champion history at 64, beating Scott Hoch’s victory at 63 in 2019. Langer won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in the playoffs against Doug Barron for his 42nd career senior circuit victory to move within three of Hale Irwin’s record total.
It had been an unusually long drought without a win for the German, whose last victory came in March. But Bernhard still racked up four finalists in between, and once again, he has SIXTY-FOUR! He must slow down for a while. Law?
This Vermont Airbnb: First, take a look at this magnificent mansion:
Spectacular. But the best part about this incredible 575 acre property in Middletown Springs? It comes with its own golf course. Yes, this is its own 18-hole golf course:
Absolutely wild. And when you split the price of $ 2,856 per night among the 16 guests it welcomes, it’s a bargain! If you know any golfers who are getting married, talk about the perfect place to go for a bachelorette party. So go ahead and book. And then please invite me.
Phil Mickelson’s weekend: Obviously the guy can’t win every time he plays against the geezers, but that was something else. Mickelson clocked a pair of 9s en route to a T-47 at the same event where he claimed his second senior tour victory last year. Of course, it’s not like anything could ruin his year after becoming the oldest major champion in May. And on Monday, things were already revolving around him:
Never a dull moment with this guy.
Quote from Charley Hoffman: Or rather, the quote from Charley Hoffman during an appearance on the Golf Channel booth during the second round of the Zozo on Friday is a bit out of context. Here’s what got everyone on the frenzy: I expect him to be there soon and hopefully competing to win golf tournaments. It sounds good, but it’s a little different when you see the whole quote: “There’s a lot to go through, and obviously hoping for the best for him and everyone shooting for Tiger Woods.” This game is definitely a lot better with him, and I expect him to be out there soon and hopefully competing to win golf tournaments.
And this quote too: “I haven’t had any conversations with him, but he’s obviously kicked my ass my whole life and I’ve been fortunate enough to play golf a lot growing up with him,” Hoffman said on Golf Channel. “But he’s an inspiration to everyone, and if there’s one guy who can come back and literally get his feet back on the ground, it’s going to be this guy and I’m never going to count him.”
We’re not going to count it either. But we’re also not going to start planning the parade for his 83rd PGA Tour win either.
Getting locked in a bathroom: Especially if you have to be somewhere important. This was the case for Jeff Winther, who was leading the European Tour Mallorca Open Golf on Sunday when the door to his hotel got stuck with him and his wife in the bathroom. If you’ve got your phone, getting stuck somewhere these days isn’t that bad, but Jeff had the most important tee time of his life. And luckily he had the whole family with him on the trip. Winther’s six-year-old daughter Nora managed to save the day by stalking someone to break down the door. Dad has reached his tee time and won his first title on the European Tour!
What a story. I’m not sure our 3 year old would have done the same for us after we didn’t let her go for a swim after bedtime on the last night at Disney.
The PGA Tour heads to Bermuda for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship (I love a good alliterative tournament title), AKA the one where the defending champion was kicked off his flight because the plane was too heavy. True story! Several people had to get off the flight, including Brian Gay. Good for him not to pull a “Do you know who I am?” ” adjust. Or maybe he did and no one knew who he was. Regardless, others have reported similar travel issues. Rough. Again, better than getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
Random tournament fact: For the first time, the Bermuda Championship will count as a full event, with the WGC-HSBC Champions in China canceled. So there is an invitation to the Masters at stake this week, for those who arrive on time.
RANDOM PARIS OF THE WEEK
—Bernhard Langer finished breaking that longest-standing winning mark: 1 MILLION odds to 1
—Brian Gay to successfully defend his title in Bermuda: odds 100 to 1 (real odds)
-Patrick Reed would have pulled a “Do you know who I am?” adjustment: LOCK
It’s not such a great pic, but it’s the best we have for capturing one of the most incredible endings of a sporting event as there is no video of Christopher Feldborg’s miraculous photo Nielsen:
In case you don’t speak Swedish, this dude made a fucking albatross on the last hole to tie a Nordic Golf League tournament, then won in the playoffs. Even better? He thus obtained his Challenge Tour card for next season. Actually, there’s a video of him snatching the ball out of the hole, but it looks like he just hit for a double bogey:
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (OLD LEGENDS DIVISION)
How about Dwyane Wade enjoying sitting next to Tony Finau at a Miami Heat game getting some golf tips?
You like to see it. Of course, Wade also filmed a acting lesson with Tiger Woods earlier this year and he was also seen working with George Gankus. Great athletes are always trying to improve!
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK (YOUNG LEGENDS DIVISION)
I didn’t think it was possible to find a junior golfer with more swagger than Little John Daly. I was wrong. Check out Hunter William’s putting and fist pumping clinic:
Eat your heart, Kevin Na. This kid is a putting prodigy. Absolutely electric stuff, Hunter. Keep having fun, young man.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC AFFECTION POSTERS
Congratulations to Hayden Buckley who won her PGA Tour card and got engaged within weeks of each other!
I wonder which experience was the most nerve-racking.
“It was one of my biggest goals to win in front of the Japanese fans here in this country as well. So happy that I’m going to be able to accomplish this. Plus, in 2019 Tiger won the Masters and won the ZOZO Championship. , so I’m happy to be able to emulate that as well. ”—Hideki Matsuyama after scoring the“ historic ”Masters-Zozo double.
Congratulations to Jin Young Ko on yet another LPGA Tour victory, his fourth of the season and the 11th of his short career. It was also the 200th victory for a South Korean in the LPGA and it came to South Korea. OK, so maybe it was as fitting as Hideki’s victory. . . . In other LPGA news, Patty Tavatanakit took home the Tour Rookie of the Year award despite having two events remaining this season. Then again, Ja’Marr Chase has already finished the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year despite having more than half of the season remaining. . . . The five holders of Georgia Tech’s men’s golf team last week had an average height of 6 feet, 4 ½ inches. It must be the most intimidating golf team in history. . . . And, finally, the trip still has its highlights:
But, yeah, it’s good to be back home.
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
How much weight does a standard aircraft support?
How much does Disney World earn per year?
When Are we going to Disney World again?