Familiar names returning to the highest of leaderboards, and a travelling American profitable a return ticket house dominate AFP Sport’s golf talking points this week:
– Lydia by numbers –
Lydia Ko is again into the world’s high 10 for the primary time since February 2018 after her dominant seven-stroke victory on the Lotte Championship ended a 1,084-day winless run.
The former teen prodigy’s previous few rounds make for some eye-watering statistics.
From her unimaginable record-equalling 62 on the Sunday of the primary main of the yr, the ANA Inspiration, Ko has been untouchable.
The New Zealander’s final 5 rounds have been 62, 67, 63, 65 and 65 — a jaw-dropping 38 below par with only one bogey in 90 holes.
Up to seventh in the world, Ko talked about how she’d been impressed by Jordan Spieth (1,351 days with no victory earlier than the Texas Open) and Hideki Matsuyama (1,344 days till he gained The Masters) ending related droughts this month as 2021 shapes up because the yr of the comeback.
So who could be subsequent to get again in the winner’s circle?
Could or not it’s Rory McIlroy, who final lifted a trophy on the 2019 WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai? Maybe, however his 535-day dry spell is put in the shade by the person one place above him in the world rankings.
World quantity 12 Tony Finau final tasted success on the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, a whopping 1,851 days in the past.
– Father and son –
Stewart Cink had endured a fair longer shedding streak, from his sole main at Turnberry’s 2009 Open Championship till the Safeway Open final September in the beginning of this PGA Tour season.
On that event Cink’s son Reagan had simply been filling in as caddie however, after the win, dad requested him to remain on and 12 occasions later the pair gained once more on the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
“It worked at Safeway, it worked here this week,” stated Cink Sr, who has joined Bryson DeChambeau as the one two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Any extra success and Reagan, as a consequence of get married and begin a brand new job in the summer time, could be tempted to remain one other yr.
“I look forward to the rest of the year with him caddying,” stated Cink. “I might just retire when he stops caddying. How can I top this?”
– Catlin’s main date –
A number of hours earlier than 47-year-old Cink made it seven profession US PGA Tour wins, one other American, 30-year-old John Catlin, was profitable in his seventh totally different nation on the European Tour’s Austrian Open.
The former Asian Tour participant has now gained 3 times in his final 13 begins in Europe, his earlier two coming final yr in Spain’s Andalucia Masters and the Irish Open.
Catlin’s first skilled wins have been in second-tier Asian Development Tour occasions in Indonesia and Malaysia in 2016 and 2017.
He went on to win 4 instances on the primary Asian Tour, in Malaysia (twice), Taiwan and Thailand.
He rises to 79th in the world after Sunday’s triumph and his reward can be a primary main look on the US PGA Championship subsequent month the place the globe-trotter may have a uncommon likelihood to compete on house soil.
He has performed solely 4 PGA Tour occasions in the US — all in 2019 with a greatest results of tied forty fourth on the Phoenix Open — and he holds the weird distinction, for an American, of reaching all 9 of his skilled wins abroad.
– World rankings –
Latest males’s and girls’s high 10s, week starting April 19, 2021
1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.57
2. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.95
3. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.84
4. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.27
5. Xander Schauffele (USA) 7.22
6. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.15
7. Patrick Reed (USA) 6.24
8. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 5.95
9. Webb Simpson (USA) 5.76
10. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 5.51
44. Stewart Cink (USA) 2.61 (+71)
79. John Catlin (USA) 1.61 (+45)
1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 9.37
2. Park In-bee (KOR) 8.71
3. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 8.26
4. Nelly Korda (USA) 7.92
5. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.32
6. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.53 (+1)
7. Lydia Ko (NZL) 5.49 (+4)
8. Lexi Thompson (USA) 5.38 (-2)
9. Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 5.12 (-1)
10. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 4.93