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Viktor Hovland vs Matthew Wolff vs Collin Morikawa

I have made it known that I think Viktor Hovland will have the best professional career of the three golfers that came on tour in 2019. On this page I will keep a document of the history of the Official World Golf Rankings and professional wins for each golfer. You can decide who is having the better golf career.

Link to PDF of Official World Golf Rankings History.

I analysis all three of their golf swings here:

Many could argue that Viktor Hovland had the chance to get his career started before both Wolff and Morikawa as he played early in the 2019 season at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Masters. Wolff made his debut at the Waste Management Open with George Gankas on the bag but didn’t play again until the 25th tournament of the season (The Travelers). He got a win in his 4th start on tour with a bomb eagle putt on the 18th hole at the 3M Open. In that same 3M Open fellow rookie Collin Morikawa placed 2nd in his 4th career professional start. Morikawa went on to win three weeks later at the Barracuda Championship. Morikawa got a win in his 6th start on tour.

Hovland didn’t get a win until his 22nd tour start and at a limited field event at the Puerto Open. Morikawa’s strong performance just prior to Covid-19 and his sensational play just out of Covid-19 rocketed him into the top 10 in the world. Morikawa is the only one of the three players to have a major championship with the 2020 PGA Championship. All have performed very well in majors.

Stats so far

Hovland:

  • 60 professional tournaments
  • 9 missed cuts
  • 1 WD
  • 3 wins
  • 12th – highest OWGR

Wolff

  • 43 professional tournaments
  • 8 missed cuts
  • 1 DQ
  • 1 WD
  • 1 win
  • 12th – highest OWGR

Morikawa

  • 53 professional tournaments
  • 5 missed cuts
  • 4 wins (1 major)
  • 4th – highest OWGR (current)

PGA Tour Pros That Tested Positive for COVID19

Since it is inevitable, I am going to document the PGA Tour Pros that test positive for COVID19, the date they tested positive and the tournament(s) they will have to sit out. The first tournament after the shelter in place was the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Dallas, Texas on June 11th-14th, 2020. The PGA Tour plans to use 1 million COVID19 test kits to finish the season. In April 2020, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan said:

We need to have widespread, large-scale testing across our country. We’re going to need to be able to test players, caddies and other constituents before we return, but we need to do so in a way that’s not going to take away from the critical need that we’re currently facing, and we feel confident, based on the advice that we’re getting from medical experts, that we’ll be in that position.”

Back to golf.

Beginning at the Traveler’s Championship, PGA Tour Pros will wear WHOOP bands to detect Coronavirus.

Charles Schwab Challenge – June 11th-14th, 2020 

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

RBC Heritage – June 18th-21st, 2020 

  • Nick Watney (1) – Tested positive on Friday, June 19th, 2020

Travelers Championship – June 25th-28th, 2020

  • Cameron Champ (2) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
  • Ken Comboy, Graeme McDowell’s caddie, Tested positive on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2020 = McDowell WD
  • Ricky Elliott, Brooks Keopka’s caddie, Tested positive on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2020 – Keopka WD
  • Denny McCarthy (3) – Tested positive on Friday, June 26th, 2020

Rocket Mortgage Classic – July 2nd-5th, 2020

  • Dylan Fritelli (4) – Tested positive on Sunday, June 28th, 2020
  • Harris English (5) – Tested positive on Monday, June 29th, 2020
  • Chad Campbell (6) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Workday Charity Open – July 9th-12th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

the Memorial Tournament – July 16th-19th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

3M Open – July 23rd-26th, 2020

  • Grayson Murray (7) – Tested positive on Monday, July 20th, 2020

Barracuda Championship – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Brendon Grace (8) – Tested positive on Saturday, August 1st, 2020

WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

PGA Championship – August 6th-9th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Wyndham Championship – August 13th-16th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

The Northern Trust – August 20th-23rd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

BMW Championship – August 27th-30th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

TOUR Championship – September 4th-7th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Safeway Open – September 10th-13th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

U.S. Open – September 17th-20th, 2020

  • Scottie Scheffler (9) – Tested positive on Sunday, September 13th, 2020
  • Sam Horsfield (10) – Tested positive on Monday, September 14th, 2020

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship – September 24th-27th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Sanderson Farms Championship – October 1st-4th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – October 8th-11th, 2020

  • Tony Finau (11) – Tested positive on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek – October 15th-18th, 2020

  • Dustin Johnson (12) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Zozo Championship – October 22nd-25th, 2020

  • Adam Scott (13) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Vivint Houston Open – November 5th-8th, 2020

  • Harry Higgs (14) – Tested positive on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Masters – November 12th-15th, 2020

  • Joaquin Neimann (15) – Tested positive on Friday, November 6th, 2020
  • Sergio Garcia (16) – Tested positive on Monday, November 9th, 2020

What is a Thursday Night ABCD Stag Night?

If you are joining a country club, one of the challenges is meeting new people. While anyone can book a tee time and go out there and whack the white ball around, it can be difficult to find groups to play with. No matter what country club you go to, there are always people that seem to know everyone. How do they meet all these people? Well, many country clubs have a weekly ABCD “Stag Night”. This is a weekly “tournament” that allows golfers to meet fellow members of all skill sets.

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Raleigh Orthodontist Jason Gladwell Sponsors Ravenscroft Golf Tournament

On Monday, April 23rd, 2018, the Ravenscroft Golf Classic was played at North Ridge Country Club in North Raleigh. One of the sponsors of the event was Raleigh Orthodontist Dr. Jason Gladwell.

If you are looking to play in the event in 2019 or would like to be a sponsor, you can go to this link.

It is great to see local businesses giving back to the community, especially when it comes to education. There is always a need for a little extra money at high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

Have you participated in a charity golf tournament? Have you or your business sponsored a golf tournament and played as a twosome or foursome?

Vehicle Sponsors in Golf

We all know that Mercedes, BMW and Audi are vying for sales when it comes to luxury vehicles. They also know that millions of people are watching and playing the game of golf therefore a large sponsorship is often worth it. Last week, at the BMW Championship in Chicago, all the players and announcers had the opportunity to drive around in brand new 2018 BMW models. This means BMW had about 100 new vehicles being test driven around the city of Chicago.

So, is it worth it? While luxury brands are pushing to the higher income customer brands like Honda are pushing first time car buyer discounts. It is amazing to see how these different marketing strategies are executed. We rarely see national TV commercials for Honda, Toyota, Ford and Chevy during golf tournaments. That said, we see a ton of those commercials during college football, NFL football and NASCAR.

Does seeing a brand new Mercedes or BMW driven by a PGA Tour professional make you want to go out and buy one? Does the fact that these golf championships are named after luxury car makers change your vehicle buying decision. Would you rather go get a Ford F150 and spend $50,000 or a BMW 3 series and spend $40,000?

At the end of the year, the luxury brands have to decide where to put their marketing dollars. Golf is obviously one of the best places to do so as they keep coming back for me.

Santa Barbara Golf Club Fight to Cure Blindness Tournament

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 over 100 golfers played a round at Santa Barbara Golf Club for a great cause. The event was hosted by Eye and Vision Care and the proceeds went to The California Project to Cure Blindness. The research is being completed at UC Santa Barbara.

A team of scientists are using stem cells to develop ground breaking treatments for diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Some of the participants of this event included vision impaired and blind golfers.

On one of the holes players were blindfolded showing just how hard it is to play golf with impaired vision. Six years ago this golf tournament started with just 24 golfers. In 2017, over 130 participants were signed up.

Anyone that has played golf that has less than stellar vision understands just how difficult the game can be. The importance of knowing distances and sitting the ball before it is hit can determine the success or failure of any golfer. Over the years, more and more golfers have elected to get LASIK eye surgery in hopes of improving their overall experience. In fact, Tiger Woods received LASIK eye surgery at a young age.

Hopefully, more and more country clubs and golf clubs host tournaments in which the proceeds will benefit research to cure blindness. As a golfer with very poor vision, I would be more than willing to donate my fair share to research.

How to Run a Member Member Tournament Calcutta

Over the last several years, my country club has not had a Calcutta for the Member Member or Fall Classic ye there was a huge Calcutta for the Member Guest. This year, I took it over myself as I want to up the ante when it comes to bragging rights at my country club. There were a few things I had to consider when setting up and running this years Calcutta.

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Are You a Good Member-Member Partner?

The Hasentree Spring Member-Member is coming up this weekend and all the guys are making their predictions as to who will win what flight. Obviously, part of it is luck but a large part of country club tournament golf is how well you play with your partner. I have been asked many times, “What does it take to be a good, or great, member-member partner?”

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Best Masters Pick a Pro Tournament Setup

The 2016 Masters Tournament is just around the corner as diehard fans are making their way to Augusta right now. Those that will not be watching the pros in Augusta will likely be playing in some type of Masters Pick a Pro tournament this weekend. There are a number of different ways these tournaments can be played. Here are some options:

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Will Jason Day, Jordan Speith or Rickie Fowler Win the 2016 Masters?

We may get to see one of the most exciting Masters tournaments in recent memory in less than a week. Jason Day is back to playing at the top of his game. Adam Scott has already won twice this year. Phil Mickelson has the lowest scoring average on tour. Rory McIlroy is seeking the career grand slam. Jordan Speith reached 20 under last year. Bubba Watson has won at Augusta the last two even years. I could go on and on.

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