Monday scramble: Brilliant win, bad look highlighting emotional week at Wentworth

Shane Lowry wins one for “The Good Guys,” LIV Rebels engage in self-sabotage, Presidents Cup teams form and more in Monday’s edition of Scramble:

Shane Laurie is a good sneaker The year now is a great year.

The Irishman, who missed two chances to win on the PGA Tour last season, capitalized on DP World’s biggest event by closing in on 65 and blocking John Ram and Rory McIlroy. It was another dramatic finish at Wentworth: McIlroy burned the rim on the 17th hole and then needed an eagle on the last green, but left the 25-foot hit outside the right lip. Ram closed with a score of 62, including a back nine 29 (by a ghost).

“I’m really happy for him. He’s played a lot of good golf and he deserves it,” McIlroy said of Lowry, who picked him to take the BMW PGA title in 2014.

Lowry narrowly missed qualifying for the Tour Championship (#32) after a season in which he couldn’t convert good winning chances at Honda and Heritage, the first after getting caught in torrential rain in the last holes. This was the best and most consistent golf of his life, and he didn’t have much to show for it.

Before the final round, Lowry told coach Neil Manship he was tired of being passive at the moment and wanted to “grab the bull by the horns and win the championship.” In the rainy Wentworth he played all 54 holes without bogeying, hitting the best 5 iron of his life in the home hole and shooting a 17 under 199 to capture one of the championship titles he wanted.

Remarkably, it was his first tournament win anywhere since the 2019 Open.

He said, “I am very happy.” “Honestly, words cannot express how happy I am, how much this means to me and how much I like this tour and how much I love this tournament. I am the happiest man in the world right now.”

BMW PGA Championship It was billed as the final showdown between the best players ready to celebrate a European Tour and LIV 18 that turned out to be unwelcome at the party.

Keith Bailey, CEO of DP World, made it clear from the start that he didn’t approve of these rebels getting involved in his main event, but there wasn’t much he could do about it – a court case in February 2023 would determine whether the tour had the power to suspend those players, as in the PGA Tour. In the meantime, he has to hold his nose and hope that the stench will not overshadow his events.

Although the Championship Tour was canceled due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the BMW PGA is still running. The closing Wentworth extension produced predictably fireworks. And the last leaderboard, even with 54 holes, was Billy’s dream:

1.) Shane Lowry

2.) Rory McIlroy, John Ram

At the start of the week, in an emotional interview, Lowry told Sky Sports he “can’t stand” the idea of ​​LIV players keeping an eye on her alongside those who have remained loyal and loyal to the scheduled rounds. By the end of the week, he was at the top, with LIVers Talor Gooch alone in fourth and Patrick Reed sharing fifth.

“I didn’t tell any secrets about how I felt about the whole thing,” Lowry said Sunday night. “I wanted to go out and win this tournament myself, first and foremost, but I think this tour and everyone who stayed loyal to this tour and everyone who did everything for this tour — I feel like this is one for the good guys.”

That stream of passion is unlikely to wane, and he has emerged at the top of the player selection standings with McIlroy, who has admitted he no longer has much of a relationship with his former Ryder Cup teammates.

This was one of the most baffling aspects of this entire melodrama.

Written by Colby Powell

Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose withdrew before play resumed Saturday morning at the BMW PGA Championship.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia would very much like to keep partnering with the European Ryder Cup team going forward, either as captains or players, however they have been the most restless and hostile. Westwood has been publicly critical of the European Copper Tour members and publicly poaching other players. Poulter defied Billy’s request to refrain from wearing LIV-branded clothing and continued to run the rounds in court. Garcia was his usual self, boisterous in the infamous locker room, grumbling in meetings, then quitting after a poor opening run at Wentworth (with no reasons given) and back in Austin in time to enjoy long football. Game.

The latter happens all the time of course, but it was an especially bad look considering A) the LIV players only fought the round to play in the event, and B) with his obviously nonexistent heart, Garcia stole another player from a spot on the field. In this case, fellow Spaniard Alfredo Garcia Heredia, the first substitute who ranked 134 in points was vying to keep his card. He’s also (Drammuller, please) Ram’s close friend, the player Ram went out of his way to refer to before the tournament as someone being pressured by the LIV participants. This will sting more.

So, to sum up: Not only have these veterans incurred the wrath of the European Tour leadership, but they also infuriated the best players – the same players who need their help if they want to reintegrate into the squad room, because they wouldn’t be able to qualify for a team on their own.

Even some of the rebel arguments have merits. But they act the wrong way, torping friendships and burning bonds on a sad journey into exile.

Now that the bosses The cup teams are set, and the only question left: Do the internationals have any shots?

Visitors won only once in 13 attempts. They’re heading into enemy territory at Quail Hollow, a vast football stadium that will bustle with American fans. And they’re not just Cameron Smith and Joaquin Neiman, but fellow LIV defectors Louis Oosthuizen, Abby Anser, Carlos Ortiz and Mark Leishman – all of whom are likely to make the team, either as an automatic pick or a wildcard pick.

Yes, anything can happen in this 18-hole matchup game. And of course, these are still 12 of the best golfers in the world (although we would have loved to have seen Ryan Fox on the list), led by a man, former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, who knows what it looks like when the unlikely. But this is still one of the best American rolls ever compiled, and it’s hard to imagine that slouching would be an issue; These guys are cold-blooded killers eager to make sure last fall’s historic Ryder Cup was just a preview. Consider the last time Americans hosted the Presidents Cup, in 2017, it was almost over on Saturday night. That might be the goal this time.

Next week’s international win will be one of the biggest surprises in the sport’s history.

This week’s award winners…

No doubt about it: Scotty Scheffler. The obvious over the weekend was confirmed, with Scheffler named the Tour’s best player for the 2021-22 season in an announcement made during “College GameDay” live from Austin, a really nice touch. Scheffler became the first player to be named Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year, New Player of the Tour and is now the Tour’s Most Valuable Player—and he has done so in four years. The fact that Schaeffler received “only” 89% of the vote indicates that membership still (more than) values ​​the FedExCup winner.

welcome back!: PGA Tour of Golf. Less than three weeks after the 2021-22 season ended, it’s time to kick off the 2022-23 campaign, the final (thankfully) final season before the circuit returns to the January-August schedule in 2024. Among those watching this week are in Napa Hideki Matsuyama, Max Homma, Ricky Fowler and Saeth Thegala, along with promising newcomers like Austin Ekroat, Justin Soh, Kevin Yu and Matty Schmid.

His plan… succeeded? Taylor Gotch. Somewhat controversially, Gooch admitted to chasing world ranking points when he – for the first time – in the main event of the DP World Tour. His goal was clear and clear: He slipped to 46th in the world, and he wanted to stay in the top 50 in the world by the end of the year so he could remain exempt (for now) in the 2023 Masters. His fourth solo finish allowed him to move up to 11 positions, to position 35, and now it will be interesting to see if that is enough or if there is a need to add another lap to maintain that position. Gooch has played well all year, in fact, with the high end here as well as a Top 10 in all four of his LIV starts.

Glance: Italian Open Championship. All eyes will be on Marco Simon this week, who is organizing the DP World Tour event this week before it hosts the 2023 Ryder Cup. McIlroy and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick are among those getting an early look as well. In the meantime, the LIVers will be in Chicago for the fifth round of the event.

one feminine: Ally Ewing. With a strong closing extension in Cincy, Ewing became the second LPGA player (Jin Young Ko) to win an event in each of the past three seasons. Ewing snatched five in a row on the back nine for Sunday 66, giving her a one-shot victory over Xiyu Lin.

Weird athlete (no, seriously!): John Daly. His work ethic leaves a lot to be desired, of course, but it’s no exaggeration that this guy is a sports prodigy with insane physical gifts. Take a quick look at this seamless procedure that puts the last attempts to shame: