Sunday, February 5, 2023

Still 5 Months Away, Harry Higgs Has Masters on His Mind

When it comes to playing at the Masters, all Harry Higgs knows is waiting for him.

The first took place on Kiawah Island in May, when Higgs used a 6-foot par putt to complete a bogey-free 70 in the final round of the PGA Championship. And then he had to wait to see if it would allow him to finish in the top four and receive an invitation to Augusta National.

Kevin Streelman helped by making a bogey on 17, leaving him a shot behind Higgs and the others.

“All we had to do was avoid hiding it[from the fairway]because then I go to fifth,” Higgs said. “And of course, I’ve got some bones as to what shots they show and when. Streelman had his second hit, but we don’t know where he is. Louis Osthuizen hit his shot to 15 feet. More TV We could see a ball on the far right of the green. And we just started screaming and yelling and high-fives and hugs.”

And now the real wait: invitations in the mail, which usually don’t happen until the holiday season.

Higgs can focus on current tasks, such as playing the Houston Open this week, his fifth start of the new season.

“When I’m at home, it’s constant. It’s like, it’s awesome. It’s the pinnacle. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “It’s not on top of mind all the time. But when I’m asked, or I’m going through the details of how to book a house, or someone is asking for tickets – that increases my living hell, but it reminds me that I’m going to play at the Masters. I am

While at SMU, he played the Augusta State tournament twice and was allowed Monday for a practice round. But he has never played Augusta National, and he won’t wait until April.

“My understanding is that once I get my invitation, I can go on my own and play as much as I want,” Higgs said. “They say ‘as much as you want’ – I’m not going to be that guy who goes 20 times and tells me I can’t show up anymore. But if I play with a member, I’m going to be my brother. , can bring my dad, take a trip with my coach, guys back in dallas.

How much is too much? It’s one thing to be invited, another to be the guy who never gives up.

“I’ll find a way to ask tactfully,” Higgs said. “I’m guessing that if I go four times before now and April, that’s fine. And from what I hear, you enjoy an affair with your father, with your brother, you on that Let’s keep an eye. But it’s not going to work. Because by the time it starts, they’ve done their job and that’s very different from what I’ve heard.”

korda and ko

Nelly Korda and Jin Young are neck and neck as they race to the CME Globes, victory and the women’s world rankings ahead of the final two weeks of the LPGA Tour season.

Based on falling points and a two-year rolling formula, Korda returned to world No. 1 this week. They are also number 1 and 2 in the Vere Trophy for lowest scoring average, although neither could win the prize as they would not reach the minimum round of 70.

Even though it looks like quite a battle at the top, the Pelicans’ women’s championship will be only the second time they will face each other, since Korda won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7. win of the year.

They have played in the same tournament 11 times including the Olympics.

Last month’s Cognizant Founders Cup is the only tournament Korda won while Korda was on the field. Ko won the korda played in all four events. Korda has performed better in seven of those 11 tournaments, including three majors.

money put

Jack Fischer already had Korn Ferry Tour status. A 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole of Q-School gave him more.

Fischer’s birdie made him a medalist with one shot. Not only was it worth $50,000, it gave him full status for 2022. The next nine players are guaranteed 12 starts next year before a series of reshuffles to determine priority in the field. The other 39 players who finished in the top 40 and tie are guaranteed eight starts.

It was the second time that 32-year-old Fischer was a medalist in the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, which he also won in 2013.

This will be his fifth full season on the Korn Ferry Tour. He has yet to earn a full PGA Tour card, although full status gives him another chance next year.

hall call

Scott Verplank leads a class of five people who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame on November 21.

Verplank won the Western Open as an amateur and NCAA titles at Oklahoma State, and then overcame diabetes, winning four times on the PGA Tour and playing on two Ryder Cup teams.

Also included are David and Danny Edwards, brothers who combined for nine PGA Tour victories. He grew up playing at the Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, Oklahoma, and will be a big part of the induction. Other inspiring architects are Floyd Farley, who designed the public course north of Oklahoma City, and longtime pro Art Proctor, the first major supporter at Kickingbird who taught the Edwards brothers.


Sony Corp has extended its title sponsorship on the PGA Tour for another four years until 2026. Sony Open is being played under the same sponsorship since 1999. … Lexi Thompson is making her fifth appearance at the QBE Shootout in December with a fourth partner. , this time Bubba Watson. They have combined for any one of 16 two-player teams to win worldwide (37). … Sam Burns will be at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas when Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama chose not to play. … Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Women’s British Open, Evian Championship, Hana Bank Championship and Augusta National Women’s Amateur starting Wednesday with winner earning spots. … The French Open will return to the European Tour schedule to be held on 22-25 September next year, the same week as the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National. The tournament was canceled in the last two years due to the pandemic.

week status

Steven Alker earned $841,849 from three full PGA Tour seasons and a total of 86 tournaments. He has earned $896,207 in his nine tournaments this year in the PGA Tour Champions.

last word

“It’s good to have the freedom to be my own boss.” — Brooks Koepka.


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