What an exciting weekend of golf at Muirfield Village in Dublin Ohio! This inaugurul Charity Open was an amazing and memorable tournament. They lost the John Deere Classic off the schedule so the PGA scrambled and decided to head to Muirfield one week early and have this tourney replace it on the schedule. This will mean having back to back PGA tournaments at one course for the first time in 63 years.
It was a fantastic weekend of golf highlighted with a great roller coaster Sunday that ended up in a three hole playoff. Collin Morikawa held off one of the best in the world in Justin Thomas. Morikawa led the tournament after the 1st with a 65 and second round 66 roaring out to to a big lead. Justin Thomas reeled him back in with a 66 of his own on saturday against Morikawa's 72. That lead was gone by 4 holes on Sunday as JT made two bogeys and Morikawa and Viktor Hovland both were getting a lot of early birdies. Then JT turned it around in the middle of his round and eventually had a three shot lead with three holes to play but lost it. It forced an incredible three hole playoff. On the second playoff hole Thomas was first to putt and sized up a fifty foot wide breaking left to right putt. He nailed the fifty footer that almost sealed the victory but Morikawa drained a 24 foot putt of his own to continue the battle. When JT hit his tee shot behind a little tree on the 10th hole he had to lay up and when Morikawa nailed his par putt he had his second victory on tour. He has more wins (2) than missed cuts (1) in 24 tournaments.
We also look ahead to the Memorial tournament presented by Jack Nicklaus and the return of Tiger Woods searching for his record breaking 83rd career win to break the tie with Sam Snead and become the winningest golfer of all time. Tiger is teeing it up for the first time in five months so he could be rusty. He will be playing the first two rounds with Rory Mcilroy and Brooks Koepka and that will be a fun group to watch. The other featured pairing we talked about was Bryson Dechambeau with Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay the defending champion of the Memorial Tournament.