Slowing down on the call for American dominance

Once it became obvious that the 2017 Presidents Cup was going to be a rout in favour of the United States, the conversation shifted from the event to talk about how good the American side was, both in current and historic terms. Below is just a sample of some of the questions being asked online in the aftermath of the event.

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Match play records for all 24 players in the 2017 Presidents Cup

Below, you’ll see records for all twenty-four players competing this week at the 2017 Presidents Cup. I’ve split out the records into five categories:

  • Presidents Cup Singles: How each player has fared in the Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup
  • Presidents Cup Team: Records for each player in both the fourball and foursome format at the Presidents Cup
  • Overall Singles: Records across all competitions in singles play (ie. WGC-Match Play, Volvo Match Play, etc.)
  • Overall Team: Fourball, foursome and greensome records in all team competitions
  • Overall Match Play Record: Everything combined into one overall record.

As always, you can click on each player’s name to get a full record with exact details on the matches, and if you have any questions/spot any errors, let me know.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick and winning early

On Sunday, Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, defeating Scott Hend in a playoff with a par on the third extra hole. The win is Fitzpatrick’s fourth on the European Tour, and propelled him into the 33rd position in the Official World Golf Rankings, four spots off from his highest ever placing of 29th, which he earned after winning the European Tour’s season ending DP World Tour Championship last November.

He also just turned 23 ten days ago.

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August 30th Mailbag: Canada, Twitter and Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf

Keep the questions coming on Twitter, or via email: adamrsarson@gmail.com

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The 18: Justin Thomas wins the PGA Championship

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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The 18: Vegas repeats in Canada

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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July 31st Mailbag: Jordan, Rory and Golf Twitter

Keep the questions coming on Twitter, or via email: adamrsarson@gmail.com

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The 18: Odds and ends from Royal Birkdale

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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Jordan Spieth is the 2017 Champion Golfer of the Year

I have written, tweaked and deleted this opening paragraph several times since the end of the 2017 Open Championship. Not because I thought what I wrote was bad, and not because it had mistakes that needed correcting. It just didn’t feel like any of it was good enough at capturing the magnitude of Jordan Spieth’s third major win; I felt like my words had to live up to what I had just seen unfold before my eyes. That’s what watching Spieth does to you. Trying to find the right words to continually describe his greatness has become an increasingly difficult task, especially with how it all unfolded on Sunday at Royal Birkdale. As Ben Coley said, how do you describe the indescribable?

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Best winning storylines for the 2017 Open Championship

It’s a well documented fact that golf is on a run of first time major winners. Since Zach Johnson’s triumph in a playoff at the 2015 Open Championship, seven different players have taken home a major title for the first time, from long awaited winners like Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson to young thoroughbreds like Brooks Koepka, and the crazy thing is that it’s very easy to see this trend continue for the next year or so without even batting an eye.

Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and many more could win a major and it wouldn’t shock anyone. Those four players are all vying for the Open this week at Royal Birkdale, and would all provide a tremendous storyline if they were able to come out on top. That’s the point of this post: who would provide the best winning storyline if they were able to capture the Claret Jug this week? Here’s my top ten.

Note: The caveat here is that I’m only listing players that I think have a legitimate chance to win the tournament, so as much as Mark O’Meara winning would be amazing, he won’t be here.

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