The race to win the PGA Championship 2020

There were 16 golfers behind Dustin Johnson’s lead in just about four strokes, after 54 holes of the major event at TPC Harding Park.

After the penultimate round on 8/8, Johnson jumped 10 steps to monopolize the top of the board at -9. This round, he hit 65 strokes (par70) scored eight birdies, kept eight par, bogey in hole 6, and double bogey hole 9.

Self-control was a problem for Johnson in the final rounds of the major

This is the fourth time the American golfer alone or copper has taken the lead after 54 holes in major. But three times ago, at the US Open 2010, 2015, and 2018, he failed to break the standard stroke of the pitch in the last round or win the final.

The defending champion Koepka of the T4 group with a score of -7 with Collin Morikawa and Paul Casey. With two strokes behind Johnson, Koepka is still on his way to winning the PGA Championship three times in a row following the streak format adopted in 1958. In history, Walter Hagen is the only one to have a four-win streak since 1924. until 1927, but at that time, the event was also fighting against a match.

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In the history of the traditional major quartet since 1860, only six golfers have won for three consecutive years at an event in this group. The closest person to achieve that feat was Peter Thomson, at The Open Championship from 1954 to 1956.

Contrary to Johnson, the past favors Koepka. He leads or is one stroke behind before reaching the final round in all four previous major wins, including twice at the US Open. As for the PGA Tour, the Phoenix Open 2015 title was the only victory when he was three strokes behind and 18 holes left.

From the top of the group to T13 a total of 17 people in the four-stroke range, including Johnson, achieved the largest number of such a gap after the PGA Championship’s 54 holes since 1993 – the year that holds the statistic peak in this regard with 18. people.

Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ stood T2 with -8. Having been professional since 2018, Scheffler has just attended three major in 30 events and has not won a title at the PGA Tour.

As can be seen, the upcoming race to win the PGA Championship 2020 is having many interesting things to expect.

Koepka may mark his name in the PGA Championship milestone

If the Wanamaker trophy holds this week, Brooks Koepka will be on the list of great champions in the history of major tournaments. Koepka in the training matches ahead of the PGA Championship at the TPC Harding Park Stadium in San Francisco on August 4.

In the history of the traditional major quartet since 1860, only six golfers have won for three consecutive years at an event in this group. The closest person to achieve that feat was Peter Thomson, at The Open Championship from 1954 to 1956.

As for the PGA Championship, the only golfer to have won four consecutive times is Walter Hagen, from 1924-1927. But that was when the event was still in the form of a matchmaking match.

If he succeeds in the PGA Championship this year, Koepka will be the first to win a three-time streak since the tournament switched to stroke play since 1958. Last year, he also faced the chance to win three consecutive at the major US Open. but in the end came second, behind Gary Woodland.

Before the PGA Championship 2020, Koepka struggled to gain momentum for nearly a year. It was not until the end of last week that this golfer showed a positive signal through his achievements at WGC-FedEx St.

Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, par70 in Memphis. He hit 62 strokes in the opening round, staggered in the second leg, and then settled through the last 36 holes to hit T2. That was also the only time Koepka entered the top 10 final this season. He also leads the league in terms of green attack performance.

The day before the opening round of FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Koepka had to ask Phil Kenyon – the leading coach to correct the technique in 11 hours. And in a new way, his ball touchpoint moves back inside the clubface center, the heel of the club hits the ground and uses more left hand than before during putt.

And from the beginning of the season to Memphis, Koepka had to deal with an ineffective swing. This move is intended to fine-tune the left knee with a history of injury and is still dull despite surgery.

For many years, Koepka collaborated with coach Claude Harmon III to practice swing at the same time with Pete Cowen in technique – short-range strategy and competitive psychology. Due to a travel restriction during the epidemic, Koepka has not seen Cowen outside the training ground since The Players Championship in mid-March.

Todd takes the top of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Brendan Todd took the lead at -11 thanks to effective putting in the second round of the PGA Tour event with a $ 10.5 million prize fund in Memphis.

After the opening stage, Todd and Rickie Fowler of T2 with a score of -6. This position is two strokes behind the top table of defending champion Brooks Koepka. But on July 31, Todd turned the disadvantage into a two-stroke advantage by scoring five birdies in a 65-bogey non-bogey scoreboard at TPC Southwind, par70.

Saving another five strokes with good putting, Todd took the lead after the second round

Meanwhile, despite a double-bogey at hole 11, par3, Fowler made up for it with five birdies to stand-alone second, two inches behind Todd. And Koepka, due to hitting one stroke more than the par, dropped two steps to T3 (-7) with An Byeong Hun and Chez Reavie. Immediately thereafter at a club stroke were Sung Kang’s T6 and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Todd is 35 years old, 1.9 meters tall, and weighs 81 kg. He reached 280 yards, ranked eighth from the bottom of the average tee time chart at PGA Tour 2019-2020. Over two laps on the TPC Southwind pitch, that figure was 282 yards, near the bottom of the 78 contestant’s professional specifications.

In the PGA Tour 2019-2020 season, Todd won two consecutive titles in November. From the June 11 rematch, he twice failed to qualify and reached T11 in the Travelers Championship – the peak of personal achievements after the holiday break.

In terms of professional competence, Todd and Koepka are opposite polar opposites. Koepka is a long-range specialist with an average of 307 yards.

But compared to other stars, Koepka is fine. From the T36 group at even par, the world number one Jon Rahm fell 26 steps, to the T62 group because of the 74-sticks scoreboard. In contrast, the number two OWGR Rory McIlroy jumped 34 steps to T33 at -1.

McIlroy lost the top of OWGR after Rahm won Memorial on July 19. Rory can regain that position if he wins FedEx St. Jude Invitational. But with 10 strokes at the top of the table, maybe Rory should wait for the PGA Championship next week. Justin Thomas can make it to the top of the world if he wins this week, but that’s far away he only reaches -4 after 36 holes while the top is -11.

Is it true that the US Open still goes on despite the pandemic?

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s plan to compete in the world’s No. 1 world this year may face turmoil related to a series of famous tournaments in the US Open Series affected by Covid-19.

According to the plan, the Professional Men’s Tennis Association (ATP) plans to restart this year’s professional tennis season with the Citi Open – ATP 500 on the hardcourt in Washington DC, starting August 13. next.

Citi Open – ATP 500 on hard court in Washington D.C has been running the momentum for the US Open, which has just canceled this year. The official announcement from Citi Open confirms that this year’s tournament will not be held due to the bad effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that is raging in this country.

However, it is noteworthy that right after the Citi Open in Washington D.C was canceled, USTA reaffirmed that the organization of this year’s US Open will still take place on schedule from August 31 to September 13 in New York.

Nadal and Djokovic used to have a lot of resentment when they met at the US Open

Notably, this year’s Cincinnati Masters tournament may still take place from August 15-23, but the venue may not be the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason (Ohio) but may be moved to Flushing. Meadows, the modern tennis complex that hosts the US Open every year.

Currently, big players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexandre Zverev or Stan Wawrinka are still actively practicing or attending a few friendly tournaments to regain the feeling of competition. If the US Open does not cancel the award this year as Citi Open, it will be very good news for the stars intending to attend the tournament.

However, most likely among them, there will be people who don’t venture out to the US in the middle of the Covid-19 season to compete in this hard-court Grand Slam. Among them may be the US Open champion Nadal and former King Wawrinka, who is still training hard on clay courts and have hinted about the possibility of giving up the US Open to compete at Roland Garros.

PGA Tour going on with no audience till the end of the season

The rest of the PGA Tour’s rematch schedule for the 2019-2020 season will prohibit the field venue because Covid-19 is complicated in the United States.

On 13/7, all units hosting the remaining stages of the PGA Tour simultaneously announced the plan to organize with no audience. Last week, this information appeared on the Golf Channel but has not been confirmed by the PGA Tour.

As of 11 pm on July 14, data from Johns Hopkins University in the US recorded that there were 3,363,056 cases of -19 in the country and more than 135,000 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic. Florida is leading the number of new cases with 15,300 positive cases were detected only on 11/7. Meanwhile, the whole US spent 59 days to reach 15,000 cases, from 21/1 to 20/3.

PGA Tour reopened on June 11

PGA Tour reopened on June 11 and has now completed five closed matches. In the original plan, the Memorial Tournament from July 16 to July 19 in Muirfield Village in Dublin City, Ohio will be about 8,000 field fans every day. But when the number of new cases in this area increased at an alarming rate, the event organizer, led by the great golfer Jack Nicklaus, canceled the proposal.

It was expected to be the first event to open to field audiences after Covid-19, but Memorial will still be quiet and unpopular as it kicks off this midweek

After Memorial, PGA Tour 2019-2020 still has eight more stages to take, including 3M Open, WGC-FedEx St. The Jude Invitational and the Barracuda Championship are both on July 23-2 August.

In August alone, they had to deal with major PGA Championship, Wyndham Championship, and two play-off stages of FedEx Cup, Northern Trust, and BMW Championship. After this part, it will be the event to close the Tour Championship season from September 4 to 7, deciding the results of the FedEx Cup and USD 15 million for the overall winner.