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T-Minus-74 days until the top-125 players arrive.
THE NORTHERN TRUST hot sheet offers updates from the PGA TOUR and THE NORTHERN TRUST,
the first event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, played this year at The Ridgewood Country Club, August 21-26.
1. There’s a mad scientist on the loose!
24-year-old Bryson DeChambeau—aka the PGA TOUR’s Mad Scientist—made everyone’s head spin with his incredible performance at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Hey, whatever formula the former cerebral physics major used sure worked.
DeChambeau birdied four of his last six holes for a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Saturday to claim his first 54-hole lead on TOUR. He then began his final round with birdies on three of his first 12 holes to take the outright lead, but bogeys at two of his last five holes dropped him into a three-way playoff with Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley. An 11-foot, 10-inch birdie putt on the second playoff hole sealed the victory for DeChambeau, who earned his second TOUR win and moved to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings. DeChambeau is certainly looking to redeem himself after a missed cut at THE NORTHERN TRUST last year. May the gravitational forces be ever in his favor
Complimentary golf balls = check
Father’s Day gift = checK.
Tickets for the family = check.
Happiest dad in the world = priceless.
Father’s Day is next Sunday, which means there is still plenty of time for you to procrastinate some more buy your dad the perfect gift. Show your dad how much you love him by giving him tickets to the first FedExCup Playoffs event. Here’s our special offer: for a limited time, fans will receive one dozen Bridgestone e6 golf balls with the purchase of a Family Plan ticket package to THE NORTHERN TRUST. Valued at $199.99, the package will cost $150 plus applicable taxes and includes two Good-Any-One-Day grounds tickets, unlimited admission for kids 18 and under and a $20 concession voucher. The whole family wins! The offer ends on Father’s Day, so even the procrastinators won’t get penalized 😊
3. The key ingredient.
Just as Bryson DeChambeau utilizes physics to defeat the world’s best golfers, THE NORTHERN TRUST could not be successful without our volunteers—the key ingredient in our winning formula. If it weren’t for the 1,800 men, women and children across 23 committees who volunteer their time, our tournament would not be possible.
We had the chance to catch up with one of our volunteers who has truly made an impact inside and outside the ropes. Her story is one of persistence, passion, service and positivity. Gianna Rojas has been a volunteer with us since 2013, serving as a Marshal, or as she calls it, “A Professional Shusher!” She is now a veteran Marshal on the 1st hole and also served as the volunteer spokesperson several years ago. Better yet, Gianna was just named one of LPGA Women’s Network’s 22 Disruptors who are “spearheading a revolution in golf.”
Gianna is the founder of Adaptive Golfers, a non-profit organization that aims “to be a resource to provide individuals with different (not dis) ABILITIES with the resources, advocacy, and ambassadorship they need.” In fact, she was born with no fingers on her left hand and has overcome many setbacks in her life but found that “golf has taught me that I can and will do anything I put my heart and soul into.” Known as the “One-Handed Lady Golfer,” she is now sharing her love of golf with so many others.
Being a volunteer for THE NORTHERN TRUST “makes me feel like I am part of a team,” Gianna said. “I have made friends that are now a big part of my life and journey.”
Click here to read the full Q&A with Gianna, and if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, visit THENORTHERNTRUST.COM and click “Event Info” followed by “Volunteer Information.”
4. Fourth time’s the charm.
2018 marks the fourth year that The Ridgewood Country Club has hosted the top-125 players in the FedExCup standings at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Each of the three previous playings have produced one exciting finishes. One after another, after another. Don’t believe us? Read on.
2008: 45-year-old Vijay Singh proved to everyone that age is just a number, defeating Sergio Garcia and Kevin Sutherland in a playoff with a birdie on the second extra hole. Sutherland was eliminated on the first hole when Singh and Garcia both made birdies. And we’re not talking about easy, tap-in birdies…right after Garcia sunk a 27-footer for birdie, Singh nailed his 26-footer to extend the playoff. Better yet, he went on to win the Dell Technologies Championship the following week, followed by T44 and T22 finishes in the next two Playoffs events en route to being crowned the 2008 FedExCup champion. Remember, it all started in Paramus.
2010: Matt Kuchar entered the final round five strokes behind leader Martin Laird but stormed back with a 5-under 66 to finish tied with Laird at 12-under par. The result was another sudden-death finish at Ridgewood. Kuchar hit a 7-iron from 190 yards out of the left rough and had a little help from the back edge of the green to have his ball settle two feet, six inches away from the cup. Kuchar made the putt (thank goodness) to win his third PGA TOUR title and jump to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings. After a T25 finish at the TOUR Championship, he narrowly missed being crowned the season-long FedExCup Champion. He finished No. 2 behind Jim Furyk, aka the man who started the backwards hat trend. #nohairnoproblem
2014: Hunter Mahan began the final round one stroke behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Jason Day, but that didn’t bother him. One of the original Golf Boys birdied four of his last six holes to shoot 65 and earn a two-stroke victory over Day, Stuart Appleby and Cameron Tringale. The win marked Mahan’s sixth TOUR victory and first FedExCup Playoffs victory. He went on to finish a career-best No. 6 in the standings (and then he dropped the mic trophy. Seriously.). #ohohoh
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