WILMINGTON, North Carolina (AP) Dustin Johnson was walking a expansive, manicured fairways where a object filtered by a soaring pines. On his initial day behind to work, it was a sign of what he missed. This wasn’t Augusta National. It was Eagle Point, a pleasing deputy march for a Wells Fargo Championship.
And that wasn’t a usually reminder.
”I’m not certain we need 30 mph breeze in my initial contest back,” Johnson said, referring to a foresee for a opening turn Thursday. Someone mentioned that during slightest would give him a ambience of what he was blank a initial turn of a Masters when he had to withdraw.
His behind no longer is sore.
The Masters can still be a bit of a bruise subject, though. Johnson is not a initial No. 1 actor who had to skip a major, though nothing of a others ever withdrew so abruptly (minutes before his tee time) while during a tip of his diversion (three true victories opposite a strongest fields of a year) by slipping down a stairs.
A month later, Johnson is prepared to go.
His lapse will take some of a courtesy divided from Eagle Point, a Tom Fazio pattern with exceedingly undulating putting surfaces that are pure, organisation and fast. Eagle Point has drawn comparisons with Augusta National, not given of a pattern of any hole, rather given of a willing beauty.
Adam Scott was asked about a similarities. He smiled and said, ”It’s green.”
The Wells Fargo Championship has been during Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte given it began in 2003, though a bar got a wish by hosting a vital (PGA Championship) this summer, so Eagle Point is stuffing in.
The LPGA Tour is perplexing something aged in a new place by changing a Lorena Ochoa Invitational to a Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico City. The prior Match Play events in women’s golf were in New Jersey and New York.
The PGA Tour Champions is in Houston, where a year ago John Daly finished his entrance in a 50-and-older circuit and still doesn’t have a tip 10. Europe, meanwhile, is perplexing a second radical format of a year by personification something called ”Golfsixes” in England. It involves six-hole matches to make a movement go quickly, and it won’t take prolonged for fans to comprehend it hasn’t captivated anyone from a tip 60 in a world.
James Hahn is a fortifying champion of a tournament, though not a course. He won final year during Quail Hollow in a playoff over Roberto Castro.
Hahn won’t get a possibility to urge his pretension during a golf march until a PGA Championship.
The change of courses for a year has lifted questions where it has influenced a field, with Dustin Johnson as a usually actor from a tip 10 in a world. For years, Quail Hollow had one of a strongest fields of a open among unchanging debate events, and a clever list of winners that includes Tiger Woods in 2007. It also supposing a initial PGA Tour feat for Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Anthony Kim (remember him?).
The concentration this week, however, is on Johnson.
He has not played given winning a Dell Technologies Match Play with a 1-up feat over Jon Rahm on Mar 26. Then again, a final time he played a contest but winning was on Feb. 12 when Jordan Spieth won a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Johnson finished third, 5 shots behind.
For all that Lorena Ochoa has finished for a LPGA Tour, it felt like a slight when her contest in Nov couldn’t attract tip players. Most had been skipping it given it fell between a Asian pitch and season-ender in Florida.
So a LPGA altered it to May and altered a format to compare play.
That doesn’t meant everybody is playing. So Yeon Ryu, who won her second vital during a ANA Inspiration, would have had a possibility to go to No. 1 in a world, solely that she is holding this week off.
As for a format, a LPGA had compare play from 2005 to 2007 (HSBC Women’s Match Play) and afterwards from 2010 to 2012 (Sybase Match Play. The many new leader was Azahara Munoz of Spain.