Traditionally the USPGA is always played this week and is known as Glory’s Last Shot as it’s the final Major.
This year it was the first after taking up its normal slot after initially being moved to May to avoid the Olympics.
Another first was for 23 year old Collin Morikawa who held off challenges from Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau with an eagle on the 16th.
It was my first win this year too as I had backed him. With my guru Jeremy Chapman seemingly permanently absent from the golf column in The Racing and Football Outlook, replaced by Jim Champion, I tend to read – not follow – the latter and Steve Palmer in The Racing Post.
I’m looking for tasty each-ways as most companies offer 8 places and I pride myself that Morikawa was my own choice.
He, Matt Wolff and Victor Novlund have emerged from the College circuit as young tyros. It’s always good though to get a Major under your belt.
The only two left – The Open at Royal St. George’s was cancelled – are the US Open and the Masters.
In Europe we have nothing like the college circuit which prepares young golfers so well for competitive professional golf.
So Norwegian Victor Novlund and Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Sam Horsfield take up American college places. It also means that the conveyor belt of young talent reinvigorates golf though no doubt Rory “Moaning” McIlroy, who did not feature, and Tiger Woods will still dominate the headlines.