Our weekly look back and peek forward at the world of golf:
Daniel Berger was able to defend this weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. A final round 66 was enough to give him a one-stroke victory over Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim. The win moved Berger up to 10th in FedEx points.
Ariya Jutanugarn was able to beat Lexi Thompson and Gee Chun to gain the Manulife LPGA Classic and move up to number one in the world. Thompson had a short 4-foot putt to win the tournament in regulation but failed to convert. Jutanugarn will replace Lydia Ko as golf’s top female golfer after a run of 85-weeks in the top spot.
PGA Tour Champions
Brandt Jobe was able to fend off a charge from his friend Scott McCarron to win his first PGA Tour Champions event at the Principal Charity Classic. The win was the first for Jobe since his 1998 Mizuno Open win on the Japan Golf Tour. Jobe has never won on the PGA Tour.
Dylan Frittelli’s final round of 67 was enough to give him the victory at this weekend’s European Tour stop. The win moved Frittelli up 8 positions in the Race to Dubi standings to 17th overall. After losing in two previous playoff attempts, this was Frittelli’s first victory on the European Tour.
Stephan Jaeger did it again this weekend on the Web.com Tour. His victory at the Rust-Oleum Championship, his second win in the last three events, was enough to secure his PGA Tour card for the 2017-2018 season. He will be playing in this week’s U.S. Open after medaling during Open qualifying. Jaeger will continue to play on the Web.com Tour looking for a third victory that would reward him with an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour.
Davis Love III will caddie this week at the U.S. Open for his son Davis Love IV. “Dru” was able to qualify for the Open as an alternate from his sectional qualifier and recently turned pro after finishing his college career.
The official yardage book is out for the U.S. Open and Erin Hills is going to be a long one. While the USGA was quick to point out that the course will not be set up to play to its maximum length, the card lists Erin Hills at 7,741 yards from the tips. This makes Erin Hills the longest course in U.S. Open history. One nice touch for traditionalists is that even at this length the course will be played as a par-72. It is a strangely rare thing for U.S. Open courses to play to a 72 going back to Pebble Beach in 1992 to find the last traditional layout.
Finally, Kevin Na went a bit viral over the weekend with his demonstration of what players will be facing at Erin Hills this week via Instagram:
Good luck to the players this week at the U.S. Open. Be sure to check in throughout the week as we cover all of the action at Erin Hills.