An Englishman’s uncommon attire and a South Korean’s long-awaited win function in AFP Sport’s golf speaking factors this week:
– Trend snobs dealt a blow –
Tyrrell Hatton moved into the world’s prime 10 for the primary time with a superb victory within the European Tour’s flagship PGA Championship on Sunday, however needed to spend a lot of the weekend defending his alternative of clothes at a cold Wentworth, close to London.
The hoodies he wore to maintain heat within the autumnal climate divided golf followers on social media and sparked a debate about so-called conventional apparel within the sport, typically seen as a stuffy barrier to younger folks taking on the game.
Hatton, who added a second 2020 win to his Arnold Palmer Invitational triumph, defended his sartorial alternative, an possibility additionally favoured prior to now by world quantity three Justin Thomas to raised eyebrows from golf fuddy-duddies all over the place.
“The hoodies look good and there is not any cause why there needs to be a problem with it,” the forthright Hatton hit again.
“It creates a little bit of debate. Individuals are cut up, they do not know in the event that they prefer it or not, however I believe it is a cool factor that individuals are speaking about it.
“They need to be open to the concept of making a extra open sport fairly than being form of snobby.”
– Kim casts off undesirable report –
Kim Sei-young lastly shook off the tag of being the very best participant by no means to win a girls’s main when she broke by means of at the PGA Championship in Pennsylvania on Sunday — and she or he did it in fashion.
The 27-year-old, who had recorded extra LPGA Tour wins than another lively participant but to win a significant, carded a bogey-free 63 to win by 5 strokes from Park In-bee, matching the bottom spherical within the 66-year historical past of the Ladies’s PGA Championship and ending with a report 14-under par 266 whole.
Kim grew to become the 18th South Korean to win a significant since Pak Se-ri triumphed on the identical event in 1998 to encourage a era on the east Asian peninsula.
It was Kim’s eleventh victory on the LPGA Tour to face third within the listing of Koreans behind solely five-time main champion Pak’s 25 LPGA titles and runner-up Park, who has seven majors amongst her 20 wins on the elite girls’s tour.
“I dreamt of profitable a significant championship after seeing Pak Se-ri profitable the primary one for our nation,” Kim stated.
“I did not understand it was going to take this lengthy. I will not lie, I did really feel the stress. I am so excited. I am really actually hiding my tears.”
– Sleepless in Seoul –
Speaking of South Korea, the world’s main males ought to have been teeing on the nation’s picturesque southern island of Jeju on Thursday for the CJ Cup, the primary occasion on the US PGA Tour’s almost $30 million greenback “Asian Swing”.
Nonetheless, Justin Thomas will defend the CJ Cup title — which he has gained for 2 of the previous three years — at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, the place the event has relocated due to coronavirus journey restrictions in Asia.
Brooks Koepka, who pulled out of his title defence injured final yr, is the one different participant to have gained the event since its inception in 2017, and he’ll play alongside Thomas and main Korean Im Sung-jae for the primary two rounds.
Different signature teams embody world numbers one and two Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm enjoying with big-hitting teenager Matthew Wolff, whereas Rory McIlroy will make his event debut alongside Sergio Garcia and one other main Korean Kim Si-woo, whose largest win got here on the 2017 Gamers’ Championship.
All of it makes for a feast of golf for Korean followers, the one downside being that they should keep up all evening to look at. It is a 15-hour time distinction from Las Vegas to Seoul.
– World rankings –
New world prime 10 rankings as of October 12, 2020:
1. Dustin Johnson (USA) 10.06
2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 9.85
3. Justin Thomas (USA) 8.65
4. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 7.77
5. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 7.51 (+1)
6. Collin Morikawa (USA) 7.49 (-1)
7. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.11
8. Xander Schauffele (USA) 6.60
9. Patrick Reed (USA) 6.08
10. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 5.96 (+5)
1. Ko Jin-young (KOR) 7.83
2. Kim Sei-young (KOR) 6.87 (+5)
3. Nelly Korda (USA) 6.59 (-1)
4. Park In-bee (KOR) 6.18 (+5)
5. Danielle Kang (USA) 6.15 (-2)
6. Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 5.91 (-1)
7. Brooke Henderson (CAN) 5.77 (-3)
8. Park Sung-hyun (KOR) 5.23
9. Minjee Lee (AUS) 5.15 (-3)
10. Lexi Thompson (USA) 4.81