Welcome to a different version of The Grind, the place we’re nonetheless reeling from being on the incorrect facet of probably the most lopsided shows in teaching historical past. Kudos to Will Fullerton for exploiting a ridiculous determination to override USGA tips for a two-man scramble and use an 80-percent handicap format (ridiculous, belief me) as an alternative of the prompt 35/15 formulation. Will, a fellow Wake Forest man so you realize he is fairly sharp, then constructed all partnerships of high-low handicaps to maximise the Younger Crew’s benefit for this yr’s Golf Digest Seitz Cup. And it was an absolute massacre.
As for the Previous Crew’s captain, we cannot point out names. OK, effective, we are going to. It was Sam Weinman (pictured above handing Will the trophy). Once more, this has nothing to do with Sam’s management or his potential to strategize. He simply did not notice this absurd 80-percent rule was in place and the way a lot it modified issues. Because of this, he led us previous peeps right into a slaughterhouse. A freezing chilly slaughterhouse, so it was a tricky day at an in any other case spectacular Mountain Ridge. And, sure, we take this annual occasion fairly severely round right here:
Anyway, congratulations to the Younger Crew. Luckily, the golf being performed round the remainder of the world was much more aggressive so let’s discuss that as an alternative.
Jon Rahm: In what could be probably the most quiet three-win marketing campaign ever, the Spaniard completed robust on the DP World Tour finale by holding off a stacked leaderboard (extra on that later). And after, he revealed the massive chip he is been carrying on his large shoulders. “Hopefully, folks can cease telling me that this was a foul yr,” Rahm stated. “Three wins worldwide. Three wins on three completely different continents. Yeah, there wasn’t a serious championship, nevertheless it was nonetheless a very, actually good season.”
After all, we would counter by telling Jon that any criticism this yr must be taken as a praise as a result of we all know what he is able to. And if he retains on main the PGA Tour in strokes gained off the tee subsequent season, there isn’t any method he will not win much more whereas most likely choosing up at the least a second main. Particularly after having a second child. There shall be much more perspective—even when there’s much less sleep.
Lydia Ko: Much like Rahm, and not using a main victory, Ko’s unbelievable yr was a bit ignored. However how about this remaining tally of dominance?
Ko wrapped issues up by successful the CME Group Tour Championship to additionally declare the LPGA’s Participant of the Yr, and the most important prize in ladies’s golf historical past. A examine for $2 million, plus trophies, Rolexes, you identify it. Take a look at that haul!
Maybe extra amazingly, she’s nonetheless solely 25 and has 19 wins regardless of having a five-year span wherein she solely received as soon as. And he or she’s now simply two factors shy of qualifying for the LPGA’s Corridor of Fame.
Hey, it helps to begin successful if you’re not even legally allowed to drive but. Now she will drive—and purchase—no matter automotive she needs.
Adam Svensson: Congrats to the Canadian for choosing up his first PGA Tour title on the final full-field occasion of 2022. Svensson shot a final-round 64—making up for a gap 75—at Sea Island to assert the RSM Traditional:
No shock the chilly climate suited him. However severely, it is a large win for Canada—particularly within the wake of that 0-8 efficiency on the Presidents Cup. And it is trying increasingly more like Svensson might be part of that squad in a pair years.
This Tiger shirt: Nicely, we might be shopping for it if we might. We have seen lots of Tiger-related objects by the years up for public sale, however this could be the good. A Sunday crimson shirt from the 2010 Masters. And it is signed in addition.
After all, it would be even higher if it was a Sunday crimson shirt he wore for one among his 5 Masters wins, however that is as shut because it will get. And I would ask if anybody needs to go in on this with me, nevertheless it’s robust to share an autographed shirt.
OWGR factors: On the whole, I agree with the adjustments to the Official World Golf Rating this summer time that penalized tournaments with stronger fields. Nonetheless, it created a state of affairs that was nearly as unfair because the one Golf Digest’s Previous Crew confronted finally week’s Seitz Cup. The RSM Traditional featured zero top-20 gamers following Tony Finau’s WD, but the winner acquired 37 factors. Compared, Jon Rahm acquired simply 21.8 factors for beating a bunch of higher gamers (seven within the high 20) in Dubai. Earlier than the match even began, Rahm referred to as the state of affairs “laughable.” We’re unsure what the answer is, however Rahm is true.
Race to Dubai: Individuals knock the FedEx Cup on a regular basis—particularly for the bizarre staggered leaderboard on the Tour Championship—however you may’t deny it produces extra deserving champions than the DP World Tour. Look, Rory McIlroy has been the world’s greatest participant for the totality of 2022, however he wound up successful this race once more regardless of not successful a single occasion on the DP World Tour. How is that potential?!
(By the way in which, Rory wound up incomes about $45 million this yr… respectable!) And this after final yr, the place Collin Morikawa determined to point out up for the finale as a result of he was main the race regardless of not successful a daily DP World Tour occasion all yr. Like with the OWGR, the numbers must be mounted.
LPGA-sponsor dinner drama: The CEO and chairman of CME Group, Terry Duffy, had some fairly spicy phrases for the LPGA after a clumsy state of affairs at a pre-tournament occasion on the Ritz-Carlton’s Triburon Golf Membership. Apparently, Duffy needed to focus on among the greatest golfers on this planet throughout a speech, however after they panned to the viewers, not one of the 11 who had RSVP’d had been there. Ouch. “It is a humiliation to an organization of my dimension and a humiliation to me personally,” Duffy instructed Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols. And he added, “I’m exceptionally upset with the management of the LPGA. They higher get their act collectively as a result of they will lose folks like me over stuff like this.”
Look, nobody likes going to company gigs, nevertheless it’s a part of the gig. And other people like him are the explanation they had been handing out $2 million to the winner on Sunday. Actually, that is him really handing out that examine. And if you’re a tour preventing for extra recognition/publicity/prize cash, you must go much more out of your method on this space. After all, LPGA commissioner Molly Marcoux Samaan deserves a lot of the blame. Similar to Sam for us previous guys getting trounced on the Seitz Cup. That is simply the way it goes if you’re in cost.
The PGA Tour heads to . . . Hey now, what’s this?! A weekend?! Identical for the LPGA. And the DP World Tour. And the PGA Tour Champions. And, effectively, I am positive there’s golf being performed someplace, however possibly let’s simply take the week off from watching golf, of us. You deserve it—particularly in any case that is occurred this yr.
Random match truth: This Thanksgiving weekend marks the thirteenth anniversary of, effectively, Tigergate. Or, actually, Tigerhydrant. Anyway, I figured I would point out it with such an unfortunate anniversary quantity so as to assist jinx one thing comparable from occurring this yr. However I most likely simply reversed jinxed it and now a good greater golf scandal will come to gentle. Kidding. That will be unattainable.
RANDOM PROP BETS OF THE WEEK
—We’ll use that 80-percent handicap rule at subsequent yr’s Seitz Cup: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds
—Sam Weinman will nonetheless be the Previous Crew captain subsequent yr: 10-to-1 odds
—We’ll nonetheless play method too late within the season and it’ll nonetheless be freezing: LOCK
Tyrrell Hatton appears to have an issue with each golf course, however swimming swimming pools—particularly when he is obtained a drink in his hand—are a special story:
I had forgotten concerning the ripped shirt! Rory ought to put that up for public sale!
VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK (MOTHER NATURE EDITION)
We begin with a loopy ice storm wreaking havoc on a driving vary in Fargo:
Though, possibly it is not so loopy contemplating it is Fargo. And the way about what occurred at Carnoustie? In case you missed it, the Open Championship venue was underwater after heavy rains:
We would make a Jean van de Velde joke, however that is scary stuff. Our seaside golf programs—and our planet basically—could be screwed.
VIRAL VIDEO(S) OF THE WEEK (PET EDITION)
OK, this is a pick-me-up in any case that destruction:
THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION(?)
Lydia Ko’s mother retains telling her she was higher when she was 15:
Mothers will be robust! (However she she may need a degree!)
“I have been taking part in with concern since ceaselessly, since I obtained my tour card actually. I am scared to dying of getting a job.” —Joel Dahmen. And Joel stated that after he obtained to be a visitor editor for Golf Digest’s newest problem when he labored on a selected challenge with him. . . you guessed it, Sam Weinman. Coincidence? (Truly, examine that story and video out as a result of they’re actually good.)
Wales soccer star Gareth Bale obtained round his nation’s World Cup golf ban by reportedly having a simulator put in in his Qatar resort room. And now I am rooting for Wales to win the World Cup. . . . Patrick Reed’s $750 defamation million lawsuit towards Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee, and others was dismissed by a federal decide. Surprising, I do know. . . . Steve Williams is popping out of retirement (once more) to caddy for Adam Scott. Additionally, surprising, I do know. . . . And, lastly, whoever is stocking our workplace flooring’s kitchen space determined to separate the Well-known Amos cookies from the remainder of the snacks:
Nicely achieved. All the time good to see an ELITE snack get the right respect it deserves.
RANDOM QUESTIONS TO PONDER
How a lot is Patrick Reed paying losing in authorized charges?
How a lot will Tigers 2010 Masters shirt go for at public sale?
What number of Well-known Amos cookies have I eaten in my life?