Lydia Ko turned 19 Sunday. She has 12 professional wins, including two majors. Had she won in San Francisco, it would have been her third consecutive win at the Swinging Skirts. Instead, she had to settle for 6th.
Speaking of great golfers, Tiger Woods is back in the news, and he may or may not be finished. We might or might not see him in action as soon as Quail Hollow. If we do see him, will he or won’t he be able to compete again? Questions remain.
Let’s hit the links.
Hole #1: Clutch Putt Ends Streak of Close Calls
A birdie on the final hole gave Charley Hoffman the win in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. [Link]
Hole #2: Swinging (and Blowing) Skirts
In a very windy final round, Haru Nomura stretched her 3-shot third round lead into a 4-shot win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. [Link]
Hole #3: Tiger Ready to Come Back?
Tiger Woods turned up at a juniors tournament last week and, literally, put on a clinic (including hitting at least one 300-yard drive). [Link]
Hole #4: “You’re Not Gonna Be Great Again”
That’s Michael Jordan on his friend Tiger Woods in a new ESPN article on Tiger Woods. [Link]
Hole #5: No Scott, Singh, or Oosthuizen
Several pros have announced their unavailability for the Olympics citing crowded schedules. [Link]
Hole #6: But Did They Have to Do It This Week?
Do you hate playing on aerated courses? We should probably be happy about punched greens and fairways. [Link]
Hole #7: Bad Club, Bubba
Bubba Watson and Ted Scott trade places for a little night golf. [Link]
Hole #8: “What Happened Jordan?”
In case you missed it, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, and Smylie Kaufman did a little unwinding in the Bahamas last week, and it was a hit on social media. One of the best moments was Fowler trolling Spieth about that third shot on 12 at the Masters. [Link]
Hole #9: The Swallows
The “major” amateur championship that you’ll never see, let alone play in. [Link]