If you have not watched the television in the past couple of days or if the pressure from your work has not allowed you to keep up to date, a lot has happened in the golfing world. New rankings have been released. New tournaments and fixtures have been announced. On-going tournaments nonetheless have seen spectacular changes.
While covering all that might have happened since you were away may not be possible, we have made a brief list of the most important events that have taken place recently.
Each week, new rankings are released by the World Golf Ranking. For the 33rd week of 2019, the top 4 players have kept their positions stagnant. 5th to 10th positions have seen the most activity. The new rankings are being topped by the Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson with 558.47 and 425.20 points respectively. Third, on the table is the Irish Rory Mcllroy with 407 points. Amongst the 5th-10th positions, only 2 players respectively Justin Thomas at 5th (previously on 10th) and Patrick Cantlay at 7th (previously on 9th) have climbed up the ladder. Fans favorite Tiger Woods managed to stay in top 10, however losing his 6th position to Spanish Jon Rahm to end up at 8th position on the table with 267.35 points.
Astonishingly, 6 of the top 10 positions have been secured by American golfers.
The top 10 positions are as follows:
Damien McGrane Leading The 109th Irish PGA Championship
"I played lovely yesterday (Monday) and my putting was weak. I played lovely again today, the back nine came good for me and I had a really strong finish in tough conditions” said McGrane after putting on a spectacular show on the course. Hitting back to back birdies, the 14th hole put Damien McGrane in the driving seat after hitting 5 consecutive birdies. McGrane further mentioned that leading the Irish PGA Championship was a dream come true for him. Ever since a rookie, he greatly admired the Irish legends take on the course. And to successfully bring home the Irish Championship a couple of years back was the highest feat of his career. Retiring from the European Tour in 2015, McGrane mostly takes part in Irish PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka's Journey From Fit To Fitter To ESPN's Body Issue
Brooks Koepka ranked first by the official golf rankings for the week 33, had been leading his fans on about something big coming up. With his latest Instagram post, Koepka eventually brought light to speculations by mentioning he lost 24 pounds in under 5 months for the ESPN body issue. A 212 pound to 190-pound journey was without a doubt strenuous for Brooks. But a healthy diet and a strict work-out routine twice a day is what kept Brooks going.
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A lot is changing in the golf world, new players are taking the spotlight, new tournaments are being played. Above all, defunct rules are being replaced by new and more flexible rules. If you have been away for too long, chances are you are unaware of the new USGA rules. The old and defunct rules have been revamped to cater to players' ease and comfort allowing much leniency in the sport.