For players such as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and a host of others, the Sentry Tournament of Champions served as a nice opportunity to put some new equipment in play.
It was, in football parlance, the classic “game of two halves.” Three-shots clear of compatriot Marc Leishman with 18 holes to play in his bid to retain the Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith was, after an outward-nine 37, suddenly two strokes to the bad.
How’s this for confidence? Marc Leishman had a trip booked for Maui without yet qualifying for the Tournament of Champions
Winless during the 2017-’18 PGA Tour season, Marc Leishman had yet to qualify for the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui the first week of January.
Performances like the one Marc Leishman delivered on Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia would certainly help the International cause at next year's Presidents Cup.
Much like his round on Saturday, Marc Leishman took charge of the CIMB Classic early on Sunday.
Marc Leishman was on track to run away and hide on Saturday at the CIMB Classic, opening his third round with an unconscious six-under 30 on the front nine at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Matt Kuchar will be a vice captain for the United States at the Ryder Cup later this month. But he’ll be teeing it up for the red, white and blue later in the fall.
These guys aren’t among the favourites this week at Carnoustie, but under the right circumstances, they could all find themselves in contention come Sunday.
There are those in professional golf for whom a learning curve was largely unnecessary, linear their more likely ascent. Jon Rahm most recently set the course, and Aaron Wise is now following it.
Before he registered a career-best T-2 finish earlier this month at the Wells Fargo Championship, Aaron Wise said his “time was going to come eventually” in regards to a victory. Little did he know it would come in his very next start just two weeks later.
After two days of low scores at the AT&T Byron Nelson, the wind picked up late Saturday afternoon in Dallas, making the third round a grind for those at the top of the leader board.