Latest Golf News (Week 1 June 2018)

Woods still some way from his big win

The Memorial Tournament was a big chance for Tiger Woods to show he had come back. But it looks like the former champion will have to wait a bit longer for a trophy as the tournament was bagged by Bryson DeChambeau. Woods finished with six strokes off Bryson in a tie for 23rd. Although he did not win, the performance here was far better than the previous time he had competed in the very same tournament. Woods has been dealing with back problems since the past few years which reduced his game time drastically. In three years he had just managed 19 starts in which his best position was 10th. But after the 2017 break, Woods seems to have recuperated a bit, where in 9 starts he has managed to secure two top five finishes. The 42-year-old also underwent a lumbar fusion operation in 2017 which has helped his growing back problems. Still problems kept finding the golfer, as he was arrested for driving under influence. The medicines were found out to be prescription based and the charges were shelved. The 14-time major champion will be looking to win the big one before finally hanging up his boots.

DeChambeau wins the Memorial tournament

Bryson DeChambeau claimed his second PGA victory by winning the Memorial tournament. He bogeyed in the 18th to get a one under 71 and then missed the first extra hole. Finally, as they say, third time’s the charm, he hit a birdie to claim the win from Byeong Hun An. Kyle Stanley same close by hitting four birdies, but his final shot went into the deep rough. Then he got eliminated at the first extra hole when his hot went for a bogey. Tiger Woods closed in within three shots but ran out of contention when he missed a 3-foot par putt and put his tee shot well in the backyard. Patrick Cantlay also came close but failed to make a birdie in his last ten holes and finished 4th. The final moments were nerve racking as DeChambeau missed his first extra hole and Hun An coming fairly close with a chip down the slope. The final prize for DeChambeau was a staggering $1.6 million for the win.

The nominees for the Haskins and Annika awards revealed

The final nominees for the Fred Haskins and Annika awards were declared on Monday. The winner is set to be declared on Wednesday at 6 pm eastern time. The Haskins award contenders are, Doug Ghim, the number one in World Amateur Golf rankings; Braden Thornberry, the current Haskins champion and Norman Xiong, the NCAA regionals winner. The Annika award nominees are, Maria Fassi, the SEC player of the year; Jennifer Kupcho, NCAA individual winner and Lilia Vu, the top ranked golfer in the world.