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PGA Tour fields may move from Who’s Who To Who?

HONOLULU (AP) – Activity at the practice range in Waialae was expected. Instead of standing behind the players to watch their swings, the most common move was to stand to the side and try to look indistinctly at the front of the golf bag to see what name was on it.

This was the case this year in Sony Openeven though it was the eleventh session of the PGA Tour’s last winding season.

It was the first time the tour had moved from a high-profile event (the Sentry Tournament of Champions at $15 million in purse) to a regular event (the Sony Open at $7.9 million).

And she may have her first glimpse into the future of the PGA Tour.

While 19 of the 38 players who finished in Kapalua made the 22-minute trip from Maui to Honolulu, no one made the top 10 in the rankings. The four players from the top 20 — Jordan Spieth, Tom Kim, Billy Hurschel, and Sungjae Im — all missed the cut.

This is what the PGA Tour could look like moving forward. Its response to the threat of Saudi-funded LIV Golf is a table that brings together the biggest names often. Don’t tell us what that does to the rest of the leagues on the schedule.

There is still a lot of work to be done before 2024. Along with when the tournaments take place – this could be a big change – the main decisions are the size of the course, whether to cut 36 holes and access to the course. Fewer names who play great golf.

The Hawaii swing was an easy target for a worst-case scenario.

One tournament only had PGA Tour winners from the previous year and anyone who made it to the East Lake Tour Championship. The course had 39 players, with two Irish golfers (Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry) skipping. Three of the top four players entering the final day have won three of the last five majors.

The other had 144 players – the rounds did not finish on Thursday and Friday due to darkness – and many of them did not make their mark on the match.

Kapalua’s “Who’s Who” and “Who’s That?” in Waialae.

For those who might have watched in the short amount of time between NFL wild-card games on a Saturday night, they would have seen a leaderboard in which nine of the PGA Tour’s top 15 have no wins, and only two of that group (Chris Kirk and Sy Woo Kim) have won more than Once.

Oddly enough, both tournaments were convincing and came back in style.

John Rahm won at Kapalua Despite falling behind two-time major champion Colin Morikawa by six shots behind and nine, he scored a 63 on the final day.

Kim made up for his three-shot deficit on three holes (a 4-foot birdie missed the fourth) against Hayden Buckley, and then the final 30 minutes was a good play. Buckley made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th to take the lead. Kim heard the chants from 200 yards away, thought it was a birdie or a bust, and chipped 30 feet from behind the 17th green to tie it.

On the par-5 18th, Kim knocked a 5-iron off the fairway bunker running at the front of the green for birdie from 40 feet for a 64. A tough spot short and right of the green.

Kim was 21 years old when he was He won the Players Championship in 2017 Against the strongest and deepest field in golf. This did not feel easy.

“No matter what field it’s in, it’s very hard to win on the PGA Tour,” Kim said after claiming his fourth Tour title. “He still has a lot of good players, big names or not. All the players are still really good here.”

the American Express this week in the California desertAnd no one will talk about the concept of the two-round system because it includes five of the seven best players in the world. This includes Masters champions Scotty Scheffler and Patrick Cantlay, both of whom stand a chance of reaching the number one spot in the world.

For players who don’t have a little cash under the table — the unofficial term is “cocktail party,” not appearance money — some habits die hard. The desert has always been a good place to start the year. It is usually as close as golf can get to an indoor sport because of the weather.

Torrey Pines will have its share of stars, as will Pebble Beach, until the PGA Tour wraps up West Coast Swing with elevated events in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

At the Sony Open, Matt Kuchar has been as guilty as some players don’t know, even after playing three times in the fall against Fields When the Stars sat out.

“I feel like at least I’ve been across the West Coast before I feel familiar with getting the right names and faces right,” Kuchar said. “It’s exciting seeing the new crop come out every year and trying to figure out which guys are going to stay here and which guys might not be at the top of the tour.”


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