There are one or two tournaments in my home club this year and I am hoping to play well enough to win some trophy. Of course, it isn't easy given I play once a week at best and am not playing my home course regularly, but hope is eternal
Shot 82 (ESC 81) on Sunday, 14 GIR/nGIR, 29 putts, 1 penalty stroke.
Full swing was not great today, but it was playable for most of the round, except for one triple-bogey on the front, and another on the back. Both blow up holes were due to bad tee shots and worse recovery shots due to tree trouble.
Had two birdies today, including a new one which I entered in the TST 2021 Birdie Challenge thread.
Strokes gained vs. 5 handicap for the round (it's obvious where I need to put in practice time):
Short Game: +1.34
You have it right, its the flight of the ball, not whether it bounced on dry land or not, and its where the ball LAST crossed the edge of the Penalty Area.
Oh, and that gator has been there by the 16th tee for decades, I think I first played there in the late 1980's, and he was there.
The majority of the players on this US team have such high floors and are such consistent players (DJ, Morikawa, Finau, etc) that outside of injury to multiple guys I think it's unlikely the team they bring to Rome will be worse than what they brought this year.
Yes a lot can happen in 2 years, but even if a couple guys who are on the team now struggle over the next 2 years and don't have form heading into Rome, there are a number of young players who didn't make this team who absolutely could go to Rome, guys like Sam Burns, Will Zalatoris, even Max Homa come to mind. Guys that can absolutely flush it with their irons and can hold their own off the tee too.
Now it's certainly possible that the course fit in Rome might not be as strong as this year was for the U.S. team, but I don't think the talent and depth this year was a fluke by any means.