Congratulations to Gary Woodland in winning the 2019 Open Championship. Gary won the Open through his complete golf game reflecting his hard work this past year to prove he was not just a long ball hitter. Gary played all four days of the Open shooting in the ’60s. His total score was minus 13. This was Gary’s first win in a major an at the age of 35, Gary considered himself a late bloomer.
Gary took the time right after winning to call his friend Amy in Phoenix. This is the young girl with Down Syndrome that Woodland played golf with last year in Phoenix. They have since become good friends and Amy was really pulling for Gary to win the Open. As a side note, Amy just received a Golf Scholarship at a local community college. She is the first person with her condition to receive such an honor.
Gary feels his game has finally come together as an all-around game. But, he stills knows he can improve his game and take it to the next level.
Brooks Koepka also shot in the ’60s all four days and became the first player to do that in an Open and not win. He still showed us some great golf.
Should Young Golf Players Play Other Sports?
As some the top players have played other sports in High School and College, this question is being discussed more in the golf world. Gary was a basketball player, Koepka played baseball, and others played the same and other spots.
The feeling is that playing different sports helps condition young bodies better overall rather than specializing in one sport and repeating the same movements thousands of times over several years. The golf players that only played golf all through school seem to suffer back and other injuries more than those players who played other sports as well as golf.
Ladies to Watch in the LPGA
Jin Young Ko– Let the good times continue to roll for Ko as she enters her 11th week at the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She comes to Hazeltine National off a T23 finish in Grand Rapids. Ko finished T11 in her only appearance in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year, with a four under round on moving day to vault into 10th place heading into the final round. It was her best finish in a major last year, with her only missed cut since becoming an LPGA Tour member coming at the Ricoh British Women’s Open.
Minjee Lee- Lee visits Minnesota off a T16 finish at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give over the weekend, with seven consecutive top 25 finishes including her victory at the HUGEL-AIR PREMIA LA Open. She’s finished within the top 25 at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in four of five starts, including her best finish of T12 in 2016. Lee sat in 10th place after the opening round last year, when she shot a 69.
Sung Hyun Park– The 2018 champion returns to defend her second major title, coming in after finishing T39 in Michigan. Her best performance over her last three tournaments was at the second major of the year, where she finish T12 at the U.S. Women’s Open. It’s Park’s third start in the tournament, where she posted T14 in her first appearance in 2017. Her victory was highlighted by beating Nasa Hataoka and So Yeon Ryu in a playoff, where she went birdie-birdie to secure her second major title.
Brooke Henderson– Henderson played spectacular golf in harsh conditions in Grand Rapids to finish at 21-under-par at Blythefield Country Club and become the second multiple winner of the 2019 LPGA Tour season; in April, she won the LOTTE Championship.
The Canadian made history with her one-stroke victory over Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare. Henderson became the first multiple winner in tournament history, and with her ninth LPGA Tour victory, she became the winningest Canadian golfer, male or female, in the history of the LPGA and PGA Tours, one win clear of Sandra Post, Mike Weir and George Knudson.