Monday Morning Golf Rap sponsored by Myrtle Beach Golf Authority and broadcasted by Zeus Digital Marketing Network presents host George Honeycutt, Senior Golf Analyst and Broadcaster. George provides a comprehensive summary of the results of each of the professional golf events that were competed for during the last several days.
On the European Tour, Joost Luiten holds off a final day charge by Lowry and Fleetwood to win the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor. The 28 year old Dutchman started the final round with a bogey, bogey first two holes and then makes three birdies on the first nine holes to right the ship. Luiten noted during post tournament interviews that his play this year has been much improved and he hopes to continue his strong play and make the 2016 Ryder Cup team for Europe.
In Hawaii, the Champions Tour makes a Pacific rim stop for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship. What an exciting final nine holes of this three day tournament as Paul Goydos, Scott Dunlap and Fred Funk battled to the very end for the championship. Goydos has only played in six events on the Champions Tour while Dunlap and Funk are veterans of the tour. Finishing at 19 under par, Goydos holds off Dunlap and Funk by one shot to capture the $330,000 dollar first place check. Funk gets the shot of the day award as he makes a hole-in-one on number 16 with a laser hybrid shot that lands and takes one hop then center slaps the pin to fall into the cup. Goydos shots 66, 63, 68 to capture the title and moves up 21 spots in the Charles Schwab Cup race.
The LPGA tour card members are playing the last few events of the 2014 season by visiting one of the harder golf courses in their rotation, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Prattville, Alabama. Notorious for elevated greens, sweeping fairways and hardwood floor type speed on the greens, the RTJ Judge course always plays tough unless you are Mi Jung Hur or Stacy Lewis. Both players posted final rounds of 66 to heighten the drama of the last several holes of the tournament and make the golf course seem to play much easier than it actually is. For M.J. Hur, this is her second win on the LPGA and first since 2009. Her play and win of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic likewise set a new tournament record for total final score at 21 under par. The LPGA will be playing outside of the USA for the next seven weeks before returning for the Rolex Championship, the LPGA tour championship.