Woods looks for cold remedy, an Asian star is born: golf talking points

The Masters on the mistaken time of 12 months and an thrilling younger ladies’s participant are amongst golf speaking factors this week:

New Masters problem

Tiger Woods got here into final week’s Zozo Championship because the champion, however nicely earlier than Sunday, the place he completed 22 pictures adrift of winner Patrick Cantlay, his ideas had turned to a much bigger title defence subsequent month.

The US Masters, shifted from April to November due to the coronavirus shutdown, is the 15-time major-winner’s sole remaining focus in 2020, however he admits preparations will probably be totally different from standard.

“The truth that the Masters will probably be held in November, it is unprecedented,” he advised reporters.

“I can not simulate the traditional ramp-up that I usually have, and I do not suppose anybody else can both,” he stated.

And Woods had some chilling phrases for many who suppose the Masters within the autumn will probably be something like Augusta within the spring.

“I’ve performed there in November. And the few instances that I’ve performed in November, it has been the identical. It has been chilly. The ball does not go very far.

“In the event you’re in a position to get the north wind that point of 12 months, it may be awfully tough and lengthy — very totally different than what we usually play in April.”

‘She whacks it’

There is a new younger Asian expertise to comply with on the LPGA Tour, and for a change she’s not South Korean, Japanese or Thai – however from the Philippines.

Rookie Bianca Pagdanganan, who turns 23 on Wednesday, has been fascinating observers along with her relaxed manner and prodigious energy since making her professional debut in July.

Pagdanganan completed tied ninth two weeks in the past in her first main, the PGA Championship, and was then tied for third Sunday on the Drive On Championships behind winner Ally McDonald and world quantity 5 Danielle Kang to rocket to 43rd within the 2020 cash checklist after taking part in solely six occasions.

However it’s her size off the tee which has many believing she may very well be the way forward for ladies’s golf.

Pagdanganan, who received group gold and particular person bronze for the Philippines on the 2018 Asian Video games, has been usually blasting her driver previous the 300-yard mark, a distance few ladies can match.

“Yeah, she whacks it,” stated Haley Moore, her NCAA championship-winning teammate on the College of Arizona. “We had been like, ‘Oh man, do not attempt to sustain along with her. She bombs it’.”

Father Sam says Pagdanganan needs to be “the primary girl to common 300 yards” (in driving distance). She is already nicely on her method, main the tour stats at 288.eight yards, totally six yards additional than the following finest.

Veteran English major-winner Karen Stupples is already a fan. “She’s received the persona. However she can also be the one girl within the sport with that type of energy who is not afraid to make use of it,” Stupples advised LPGA.com.

“Different gamers might hit it so far as she does, however they’re afraid to do it. They have been advised that they should pull again and hold it in play or hit it to a quantity. She does not care about any of that. She picks a line and rips it.”

Pagdanganan does not appear to know what all of the fuss is about. “I by no means actually seen that I hit it far till individuals began telling me in school,” she says, including that she is simply joyful to “reside my dream”.

“In the event you advised me a pair years in the past that I’d be taking part in on the LPGA Tour and be on this place in my rookie 12 months, I would not imagine you.”

Robust on the prime

Spain’s Jon Rahm solely lasted two weeks as world No 1 in August earlier than being knocked off the highest by Justin Thomas.

And on Sunday on the Zozo Championship he had the prospect to seize again prime spot from the absent Dustin Johnson with a win or outright second place, till Thomas once more proved his nemesis.

Rahm wanted a birdie on the 18th to tie clubhouse chief Patrick Cantlay, with taking part in associate Thomas a stroke additional again. Rahm’s 20-footer slid previous, nevertheless, to offer Cantlay the title.

Thomas, needing an unbelievable eagle two on the par-four 72nd gap to face any probability, had arrowed his strategy to 4 ft and holed out for birdie and a share of second, denying Rahm the highest rating.

All of it left Johnson, at residence recovering from Covid-19, protected within the information that although he could be underneath the climate, he was nonetheless on prime of the world.

World rankings

Newest main world golf rankings, week starting 26 October 2020:


1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.26

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 10.17

three. Justin Thomas (USA) 9.06

four. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.58

5. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 7.50

6. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.42

7. Xander Schauffele (USA) 7.17

eight. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.01

9. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 6.32 (+5)

10. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 6.26 (-1)


1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 7.97

2. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 6.87

three. Nelly Korda (USA) 6.59

four. Park In-bee (KOR) 6.18

5. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.15

6. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 5.91

7. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.77

eight. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 5.23

9. Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.15

10. Lexi Thompson (USA) four.81

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