Morikawa travels to the Middle East after finding his groove in Hawaii

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Perhaps more of a later than earlier case in Collin Morikawa’s quest to overtake Jon Rahm at the top of the world rankings.

Morikawa’s fifth place in the Sentry Tournament of Champions was his fifth straight top 10 finish prior to the CJ Cup last October, but he’ll be returning his attention to the DP World Tour (the European Tour as before) in the near future coming weeks and will play next week at the Abu Dhabi Championship and the following week at the Dubai Desert Classic.

After a four-week winter break, Morikawa felt his competitive edge return with each round of the Kapalua no-cut event.

“I didn’t know exactly how the game would end, I only chugged one foot in front of the other for the first few days. . . I think these are things that I did that I had to realize in a couple of laps compared to the end of last season when it was only natural and things are pretty simple that I can easily remember. That happens in the off-season, sometimes you forget a few things. I’m doing well.”

Cam’s Mama Set for new balance bikes

It’s not all about the money, at least not in Cameron Smith’s world. . . and the 28-year-old Australian, whose recent success at the Sentry Tournament of Champions brought his career prize money on the PGA Tour to $ 19.18 million, could consider getting a new car.

Not for himself, but for his mother.

“I’m quite happy with where I am,” Smith admitted, not needing to add luxury items to his list right away. “I know mom’s car is likely to be four or five years old, so maybe a new car for mom.”

In numbers: 10,000,000

That’s the amount – in US dollars – that this year’s US Women’s Open is spending as prize money, almost doubling the prize money that was available for Yuka Saso’s triumph last year.

The increase in the prize pool to US $ 10 million, with ProMedica coming on board as the presenting partner for a new launch, is part of the USGA’s plan to increase the prize pool to US $ 12 million over the next five years.

This year’s US Women’s Open will take place in Pine Needles, North Carolina, for which Leona Maguire is already qualified; Future locations include Pebble Beach (2023), Lancaster CC (2024), Erin Hills (2025), Riviera (2026), Inverness CC (2027), Oakmont (2028) and Interlachen (2030).

Word of mouth

“I can still improve a lot, but the trend is in the right direction, so I’m happy with it” – World number one Jon Rahm in his quest to get even better. The Spaniard was 33 under par for the four rounds of the Champion of Champions at Kapalua and was still second best to Cam Smith but left with the aim of “giving me a lot more chance of winning” during the season.

Geoff Ogilvy from Australia holds the trophy after winning the Mercedes-Benz Championship on the Plantation Course in January 2009. Photo: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

That day: January 11, 2009

Geoff Ogilvy dominated the Mercedes championship from start to finish, but suffered a wobble on the final lap before finally crossing the finish line in Kapaula, where the laps of 67-68-65-68 took him a total of 24 – Par 268 for a six-stroke win over Davis Love III and Anthony Kim.

The Aussie took six 54-hole shots into the lead on the final day but saw that lead reduced to one stroke at one point after bogeying four of his first eight holes. However, a 20-foot eagle putt on the ninth got him out and he eventually pulled away from his pursuers to land a payday of $ 1.1 million and the fifth title of his PGA Tour career.

“I’ve traditionally been a terrible starter on the West Coast and last year I missed my first three cuts, so winning the first week [out] is really very nice. . . I’ve never had a six-shot lead before and that’s really quite an uncomfortable feeling. It was difficult on the first nine and I wasn’t playing terribly, I just had a couple of loose punches and a couple of putts that didn’t go in. “

Twitter twaddle

Congratulations Cameron Smith on a great win and the other guys @PGATour on breaking the points record. It was time – Ernie Els when he finally saw someone break his long-standing, below-average 72-hole record that had been in place since the 2003 Mercedes championship.

Can someone go to @IanJamesPoulter and have a look – No birthday feelings for the freshly 46 year old Poults, just Ian Westwood a playful kick on his buddy Ian Poulter after Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup win against Arsenal.

Things you like to see. . . BIG Day for Women’s Golf #driveon – Leona Maguire welcomes the news that the US Women’s Open prize fund for the 2022 championship at Pine Needles, North Carolina nearly doubled to $ 10 million this June.

In the bag: Cam Smith – Sentry Champion of Champions

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (10 degrees)
3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees)
5-wood: Titleist TS2 (21 degrees)
Iron: Titleist T100 Black (4-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46, 52, 56 and 60 degrees)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 prototype

Know the rules

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Player A plays her second shot, briefly looks for her ball in the greenside rough in the lower right corner and then goes back onto the fairway and drops another ball under penalty of stroke and distance. She is about to play her fourth stroke when her original ball is found within three minutes of originally starting looking for it and before playing the dropped ball. What’s the verdict?

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Player A must move on with the dropped ball. As soon as the player has brought another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance, the original ball is no longer in play and may not be played (Rule 18.1).

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