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Robert MacIntyre Celebrates with Home Crowds on Hand!

New Scottish Open champion Robert MacIntyre might need a helping hand getting to Royal Troon this week.

The Scot claimed a brilliant and emotional win at the Renaissance Club on Sunday and vowed to ‘celebrate hard’ despite the 152nd Open Championship coming up on Thursday.

MacIntyre delighted the home crowds by birdieing his final hole in North Berwick to beat Adam Scott to the prestigious title by one stroke.

The victory came just twelve months on from heartbreak for the 27-year-old as Rory McIlroy beat him on the final hole of last year’s Scottish Open.

MacIntyre has made no secret of his desire to win his home event and, having done so, he was in the mood celebrate.

“I think there might be a change of schedule,” MacIntyre said of his pre-planned Open press conference at 3pm on Monday.

“I don't think I'll be in a fit state to get to Troon. I don't think I'll be legally able to drive.

“This, I'm going to celebrate hard, and I'll pitch up [at Troon] when I tee the ball on Thursday, whatever time I tee off, I'll try to win the championship.

“There might be some alcohol still in the system, but I will try my best.”

MacIntyre has enjoyed a stellar year, starring at the Ryder Cup before winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the Canadian Open last month.

His Scottish Open title has added to his already-impressive CV while he’ll be eager to build upon his fine Open record this week too.

MacIntyre added: “How I come down from this, I don't think I will.

“I think I will just try and ride the wave, and next week, yeah, it's Open Championship, that means, again, a lot to me.

“But you've got to celebrate the good times because it doesn't happen a lot.

 “I've lost my voice from the scream that I let out.

“Last year was heartbreaking, but this year, it means everything. This is one that I said I wanted at some point in my career, and I got it today.”

[Source: talksport.com]

Lunch Specials - 7/9 through 7/13

Stop by The Club House Bar and Grill this week for our delicious lunch specials and enjoy them with a beautiful view of the golf course!

Beginning today through Saturday, we have:

  • Beer Brat with Sauerkraut, Onions, and Dijon
  • Ham, Turkey, and Cheddar Melt on Rye
  • Chicken Salad Wrap

Lunch specials available: Tuesday - Saturday • 11am - 2pm

The John Deere Trophy House

If Davis Thompson keeps up the streak, there is a house in the Quad Cities area of Illinois that PGA Tour pros will be clamoring to get into next year. Has anybody called the couch yet?

The 25-year-old Thompson heads into the final round of the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run holding a two-shot lead over Eric Cole (64) and Aaron Rai (66) after firing a nine-birdie 62 on Saturday to get to 21 under. If he prevails, the former Georgia Bulldogs and Walker Cup star will notch his first tour win in his 63rd start.

Better yet, a Thompson win will continue either a really lucky or spooky streak for what PGATour.com dubbed in a story this week the “Trophy House.”

There are a group of players who regularly rent houses together at tour stops, and though they often switch residences, the crew has, for superstitious reasons, kept going back to one home for the Deere. That’s because J.T. Poston captured the 2022 event while staying in this particular house, and fellow renter Sepp Straka strengthened the Trophy House vibe when he roared to a closing 62 for the victory last year.

Straka said earlier this week that he paid the full rent for last year’s house, but he wasn’t staying there this week because his family was in town, though he did stop by to play cards and shoot the bull.

“If I win this year, they got to pay their own way,” said Straka, who will not get that done, standing at T-53 heading into Sunday.

Enter Thompson, who Straka jokingly said “snuck” into the house and got his room. Eerily, before the tournament, Straka offered, “Maybe it can work well for him.”

The Trophy House group this year includes Thompson, Poston, Denny McCarthy, Ben Kohles, Greyson Sigg and Patton Kizzire.

“We get a big house, there’s like six of us in there, and it’s fun because you come back and you’re playing cards or throwing football in the backyard,” Poston told PGATour.com. “It’s a good way to decompress and get away from golf, because the hard part of the hotel thing is you get back to the hotel and, if you’re alone, you’re probably thinking about golf.”

Said McCarthy, “It can be a battle, especially when things aren’t going great on the golf course. It’s nice to have guys in the house to come back to and talk with and hang out. Whether you shoot 65 or 75, it doesn’t matter.”

Thompson, who has scores this week of 63-67-62, has done his part to carry the mojo. He’s pulling off the trifecta of impressive stats, ranking second in strokes gained/around the green, third in off the tee and eighth in putting.

“It's been fun staying with those guys this week. Hopefully maybe it three years in a row,” Thompson said. “That would be pretty cool. Seems like everybody is going to want to be staying in that house next year.”

And Sepp Straka is going to have to fight to get his room back.

[source: golfdigest.com]

Will These Golfers Be Able to Make the Playoffs?

Welcome to Playing Through’s morning ritual — Golf Talk Today.

Each morning will feature a Golf Talk Today, where the crew will discuss various elements throughout the PGA Tour, LPGA, LIV Golf, and more.

There are six normal events, a major championship and the Olympics until the FedEx Cup Playoffs are here. Only the Top 70 get into the Aug. 15-18 FedEx St. Jude Championship.

While there is still plenty of time to gain much-needed FedEx Cup points, the clock is ticking for some of these guys.

Last year, the PGA Tour moved the playoff number from 125 to 70 for its first event. From there, only the Top 50 survive to play in the BMW Championship. To cap off the three-week playoff, the top 30 make it to the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where a FedEx Cup champion will emerge.

Let’s take a way too early look at those on the outside looking in that need a solid finish to the regular season so they can live to fight another day in the playoffs.

Notable PGA Tour Players outside the Top 70

*as of July 1, 202

— Nicolai Højgaard (No.74)
— Justin Rose (No. 75)
— Keith Mitchell (No. 76)
— Nick Dunlap (No.87)
— Rickie Fowler (No. 93)
— Joel Dahmen (No. 103)
— Daniel Berger (No. 123)
— Webb Simpson (No. 131)
— Matt Kuchar (No. 140)

These are just a handful of players that will currently not make the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Rickie Fowler could miss the playoffs if he does not go on a solid run in the next few weeks. He has just two Top 25s on the season and has missed five cuts in 18 starts.

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy finished T31 last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Fowler finally got his second Top 25 at the Travelers as he was T20.

His best finish came at the RBC Heritage, a T18.

Nicolai Højgaard is another name that is interestingly outside the Top 70. He has a runner-up finish, a top 10, and two top 25s. The former Ryder Cup member has missed five cuts this season, though.

He has not completed a tournament inside the Top 20 since the Masters, where he was T16. Since that week, Højgaard missed three cuts, and his best finish came at the RBC Canadian Open in a T35.

However, he is still close enough with a strong stretch of golf and could see himself in Memphis for that first playoff event.

Justin Rose, who is ranked No. 75, is another who could make the playoffs.

It has not been the Englishman's best season, with just one Top 10 and two Top 25s. He did finish T6 at the PGA Championship but missed the cut at the U.S. Open.

There is a lot of golf left for players to earn FedEx Cup points and a spot in the playoffs. Nonetheless, time is not on these golfers’ side, as they need a momentum boost to push their way into the Top 70.

[Source: sbnation.com]

The Beauty of Golf; Everyone Has a Chance

Three beers is apparently the perfect amount for this golfer. 

Nick Bienz, a Golf Galaxy employee, survived a playoff qualifier to play in this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic after downing a few cold ones. 

Bienz, 27, shot 7-under 65 thanks to a 12-foot birdie on the 18th hole at The Orchards Golf Club in Michigan, tying four other golfers looking to make it into the PGA Tour event.

A perhaps slightly wobbly Bienz survived the eight-hole playoff, qualifying for his first-ever PGA Tour-sanctioned event with a little buzz on. 

“I have to call my boss and call off work tomorrow for sure,” Bienz said after the round, per Golfweek. “I’m supposed to be there at 7:30 in the morning (Tuesday) and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Bienz will be one of 156 golfers at Detroit Golf Club on Thursday and playing for a purse of $9.2 million. 

He’ll tee off at 2:22 p.m. ET in the last grouping of the day alongside Rafael Campos and Anders Albertson. 

“This is by far the craziest day of my life,” Bienz wrote on X. “Thank you so much to everyone. Let’s have a freaking week!”

Bienz appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday ahead of his big weekend in Detroit. 

“Everybody needs a little swing oil,” Bienz said. “It’s just about finding the right balance. For me, it just happened to be three.”