SwingU instructor and social media personality Josh Kelley breaks down the weekend that was in professional golf.
A great ending to a special week in Shanghai!
Thank you to @HSBC_Sport for putting on such a wonderful tournament. It gets better and better every year. The support was amazing this week with the biggest crowds yet. It’s fun to see the excitement for the sport growing in China! pic.twitter.com/n4M2cMmMVf
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) November 3, 2019
Brooks Koepka may not be viewing Rory McIlroy — or anyone else for that matter — as a rival, but McIlroy is doing his best to bring the fight to Koepka.
McIlroy won his fourth PGA Tour event of 2019 on Sunday at the WGC-HSBC Champions in a playoff over Xander Schauffele, which not only netted him over $1.7 million, it also closed the gap on Koepka’s stranglehold of the No. 1 ranking in the world.
OWGR on Aug. 4, 2019:
1.) Brooks: 12.8336
3.) Rory: 8.5373
OWGR on Nov. 4, 2019:
1.) Brooks: 11.4673
2.) Rory: 10.3837
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) November 3, 2019
“I’m trying to (chase down Koepka),” McIlroy said Sunday. “I’m still a little behind, I think, but I’m getting there. This win definitely helps, and if I can get another win by the end of the year, I’ll be feeling pretty good heading into 2020.”
Elsewhere, Brendon Todd earned his first win in five years at the inaugural Bermuda Championship, topping runner-up Harry Higgs by four strokes. Todd’s return to the winner’s circle was well-received by all who know his story.
After winning in 2014, Todd lost his game and his card, eventually missing 37 of 41 cuts from 2016-18 and fell outside the top 2,000 in the world.
“I was beat up,” Todd said. “Hitting a 4-iron like 50 yards right, out of play, every round, and I did that for like two years.
“A year ago I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep playing, so it’s really special to get this win this soon. I’m just overcome with emotion right now.”