1. After an uneven final round, 54-hole leader Robert Streb almost retired for the Eagle in the second hole of the playoffs to beat Kevin Kisner and win the RSM Classic for the second time.
TO TAKE AWAY: For a while it looked like Streb was going to take a three-stroke lead in the final round, having made a few mistakes and then missing three 10-foot putts on No.13, 14 and 16. Good rebound with his iron 6 of 17, leading to an 11-foot birdie to tie Kevin Kisner at 19 under.
In the playoffs, he landed an 8-foot par putt to stay alive on the first extra hole, then hit the shot of his life – nearly soaked his pitching corner for an eagle, his approach shot scorching the left edge and leaving only a tap. -en to defeat Kisner.
“It’s really nice to sit there and have a little one foot putt instead of trying to do a 6-, 7, 8-foot,” he said.
This is the second victory for Streb, who also won this event in 2014. It has been difficult since – he has finished in the top 100 for FedExCup points only once in the past five seasons.
But Streb had a good break in 2020, as he had to go through the Korn Ferry Tour finals last year to keep his card. Due to the pandemic, no player has lost their status this season, even if they finished outside the top 125, as Streb (145th) did. That means he stayed in the majors for another season, and he took advantage of it – winning his fifth start this fall and now becoming fully exempt until August 2023.
2. Tiger Woods surprised by signing up to play the PNC Championship for the first time alongside his 11 year old son, Charlie.
TO TAKE AWAY: Talk about some extra juice for the event formerly known as the father-son.
Good for Tiger, and it says a lot about the state of his life and career that he’s now set to show up for a nationwide TV hearing with his son. It probably also says a little something about young Charlie’s play – that his dad thinks he’s now at a point in his development where he can handle the spotlight.
There will no doubt be mountains of grips on the game and Charlie’s (ugh) future, but it will be fascinating to peek behind the curtain. One of the only times we got to see Tiger, the father, was his emotional embrace with his children after the Open 2018 and Masters 2019.
3. With only his sixth start on the PGA Tour since the tragic death of his young daughter, Camilo Villegas was sixth at the RSM Classic.
TO TAKE AWAY: Everyone in golf was supporting Villegas as he shared the first round lead (64) and remained in the chase all week on Sea Island, where he landed his best Tour finish since 2017. The daughter of Villegas, Mia, died in July following a brief battle with tumors on her brain and spine. She was only 22 months old.
Villegas took time away from the Tour to cry and returned to competition, hoping to extend his once promising career. Once ranked seventh in the world, he was not among the top 1,000 when he ranked it this fall. He’s participating in a major medical extension following a shoulder injury which Villegas says could end his career. He needed a second in solo to meet the demands of his medical, but you’d think sponsors would line up to offer invitations if he couldn’t rack up the necessary points in his next seven tournaments.
It was the first time since 2017 that he had shot all four par laps or better.
Great to see.
4. Sei Young Kim stayed on cruise control, winning the Pelican Women’s Championship in her first appearance since becoming a major champion.
TO TAKE AWAY: Doubling down, Kim is the first player to win her first start since winning a major since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016. Just as she dominated at Aronimink on her way to her PGA Women’s KPMG title, the 12th career title of Kim at the LPGA was never in doubt. as she won by three over another recent winner, Ally McDonald.
With 12 LPGA titles, Kim is now third on the Koreans’ all-time winning list, behind only Se Ri Pak (25) and Inbee Park (20).
Kim is in searing form at the right time – the $ 1.5 million CME Group Tour Championship, which she won in 2019, is just around the corner.
THIS WEEK’S PRIZE WINNERS…
Cameron Champ of the European Tour: Wilco Nienaber. To be honest, we had never heard of South African until this week, but what a showcase! With the easy power of Champ, he smashed a 439-yard lift-assisted drive in the first lap, led the field in driving distance to 362.5 yards a pop and, until he had bogey the last two holes, was in control of the Open Joburg. “Bags of potential”, as Ross Fisher, five-time winner of the European Tour, tweeted. No kidding. Nienaber lost to Joachim B. Hansen.
No no. 1 I like: Jin Young Ko. Making her 2020 LPGA debut at the Pelican due to coronavirus concerns, Ko shot 3 above par and tied for 34th – her worst result ever in any event she finished since the CME Group Tour 2018 championship.
Called his shot: Andy Ogletree. The 2019 American Amateur Champion has announced he is turning pro – just like he said he would do in that letter, dated 2008. His outlook is much brighter after his weak amateur performance at the Masters; he entered 2021 not knowing where he was going to play with sponsor exemptions. Let’s see what he can do.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery: John Daly. TMZ Sports reported over the weekend that Daly had stepped up the schedule for one of his bladder cancer treatments so he could play in the PNC Championship with his son, Little John, who went missing. recently engaged to play college golf in Arkansas. Pair them with antlers!
Difficult to swallow: Kevin Kisner. In 74 holes, he made only one bogey – one! – and it still wasn’t enough to win outright, as his 19-under tally only got him into the playoffs with Streb. Even though he’s been winless since March 2019, it was his fourth top-4 in the past four months.
Now on the bubble: Matt Wallace. It is ranked 50th in the world – the most important OWGR cutoff for elite players – with just a few weeks left in the calendar year. Despite using a local replacement caddy because his regular looper tested positive for COVID-19, he shared the first lead at Sea Island, but slipped to 37th place. Rickie Fowler remained 48th in the world …
Let’s just say it worked: Dustin Johnson. During DJ parties in St. Barts, his TaylorMade team learned that he had almost run with a 47-inch driver at the Masters, even testing him the previous Tuesday. In the end, he decided to ride with his usual 45 inch player, and… yeah, good decision.
Fantastic pick of the week: Sungjae Im. If you thought he would continue his Masters final, well, you’d be wrong. He missed the cut at Sea Island after 72-69 innings, meaning of his last five starts his only top 40 finish was at Augusta. A good time to flash, eh?