Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Lee6, six of the best and Cantlay’s Village

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A maiden major winner came through a wild weekend in Charleston as Jeongeun Lee6 prevailed in the US Women’s Open as a swashbuckling Patrick Cantlay tamed Muirfield to win the Memorial. Italian Guido Migliozzi added to a diverse career resume with victory in the Belgian Knockout.

 

Opening Drive

 

It had to be… After the pre-event controversy surrounding Tiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney (more on him later) Jeongeun Lee6 finished at six under to edge home in South Carolina on a weekend which saw lightning strike the course at the US Women’s Open. Lee6 was among a clutch of players with a chance to claim the second female major of the season and when Celine Boutier couldn’t find the cup from the green-side bunker on the 72nd hole the win (also her first on the LPGA) was secured. At 23 years of age Lee6 has now recorded eight professional triumphs which is an incredible achievement given the struggles her family has gone through and the fact she only took up the game at the age of 16!

 

Patrick Cantlay’s second PGA Tour win came courtesy of a two-stroke triumph over Adam Scott at the Memorial having seen the American record a final round eight-under 64 to overhaul third round leader Martin Kaymer, who led by four shots after 54 holes. Grabbing the lead on the 11th and Kaymer was sliding before recording a final round even par 72 at Muirfield was enough for Cantlay’s victory.

 

The second Belgian Knockout went to Italian Guido Migliozzi who beat Dutchman Darius van Driel in the six-hole final. Migliozzi was ranked 576th in the world before winning the Kenyan Open in March and has launched himself to 95 in the world now with his second European Tour title at the Rinkven track near Antwerp.

 

Greens in regulation

 

From Belgium to Portugal the European Tour pivots to another format outside the 72-hole stroke-play with Golf Sixes to take place on the Iberian Peninsula.

The event features 16 nation-based pairs. Two of which (England and Germany) are female teams and after finishing second in the recent mixed event in the Middle East NSW Open winner Meghan MacLaren will be aiming to go one better with her teammate Florentyna Parker.

 

Following the major action in Carolina the LPGA visits Galloway, New Jersey for the LPGA Classic won last year by American Annie Park.

 

After Jack Nicklaus’ close association with the Muirfield winner can a local become more famous than singing star Bryan Adams. Yes the PGA Tour heads to Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario this week for the Canadian Open.

 

Tap in

 

Aside from the, what could be categorised as, flippant racism from Hank Haney as a prelude to the US Women’s Open, the attitude of the swing guru and his sheer lack of knowledge about the women’s game was intriguing to say the least. Haney, on Sirius XM PGA Tour radio, prognosticated about the coming Open and the probable winner as ‘a Lee.’

 

Given the high turnover of some coaches with certain players in golf it’s odd Haney would choose to virtually wipe out any hopes he has in now working with a large chunk of players in the future. The move would almost make him persona non grass amongst the LPGA’s brightest and any male taking him on would first have to think long and hard about the negative impact this may have on their own reputation.

 

Haney may be happy with the odd analyst spot and at the age of 63 not be seeking a full schedule of coaching as perhaps when he was working with Tiger Woods in his prime, but his blunder-wrapped-in-a-stumble attempt to poke fun is, also, much more harmful than he perhaps he thought it was.

 

This week

Canadian Open – Hamilton, Ontario

Shane Lowry
With consecutive top eight finishes (including a T8 in the PGA Championship) the Irishman, who won in Abu Dhabi in January.

Dustin Johnson
Once had a Masters jacket pinned onto him before a slip Johnson still has ‘only’ one major win but wins strong events on a yearly basis. This pre-US Open field is strong and he won this event last year at Glen Abbey.

 

Golf Sixes – Cascias, Portugal

Australia – Scott Hend/Wade Ormsby
Albeit at a different venue Scott Hend made the final of the inaugural event in 2017 with Sam Brazel and the experience pairing with Wade Ormsby is a strong hope here.

Ireland – Paul Dunne/Gavin Moynihan
Continuing the Irish theme. Since their win as a pairing in this event last year Dunne has contended in the Super 6 in Perth and placed T4 in Denmark recently. Moynihan has set the world on fire but the return to this format should help him.

 

2019 record:
Feb 13: Nelly Korda win and Paul Dunne third.
Feb 20: Ledioda missed the cut and in Mexico Ancer (T39) was the best of the three.
Feb 27: Best two were Brooke Henderson (T15) after taking an eight on one of the par fives in her opening round and Harrison Endycott T17.
March 6: Matt Millar T23 in NZ was the best result in the tough weather on the South Island.
March 13 Justin Thomas T35 was the best of the TPC Sawgrass four.
March 20: Went off a week early with Kisner but in the Valspar Jon Rahm was T6 as the best result.
April 4: Matt Jones’ T30 was the best of the four options last week after Rahm’s T6 finish the week prior.
April 11: Xander Schauffele. T2 at his second Masters appearance is impressive a show for the future.
April 17: Brooke Henderson won in Hawaii with Matt Fitzpatrick the best at the RBC Heritage at T39.
May 15: Brooks Koepka won the PGA with Schauffele aiming for a top five finish before faltering like so many on Sunday to eventually finish T16 and 11 shots off the winner.
May 22: Matt Wallace was the best of a rough weekend finishing T41 in Denmark after a promising start.
May 29: Tiger Woods at T9 in Dublin was the best of the weekend four.

 

This golfing wrap first appeared on From the sideline of sport

 

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About Hamish Neal

Born in Lower Hutt New Zealand Hamish is forever wedded to all things All Black, All Whites, Tall Blacks and more. Writing more nowadays in his 'spare time' (what is that anyway?) but still with a passion for broadcasting. Has worked in various sports development roles in England, Northern Ireland and Australia.

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