A U.S. District Chief Judge ruled in favour of Augusta National last week, just days after the club filed an injunction against online merchant Green Jacket Auctions to temporarily prevent the sale of three of its iconic blazers. The memorabilia company had placed a collection of Masters-related gear up for auction on August 2nd that included three Green Jackets — one of which was purportedly owned by two-time Masters champion, Byron Nelson. Christopher Cosper, an attorney for Augusta National, argued in court on Thursday that the jackets in question were either stolen or fake, since the club does not allow its blazers to be removed from the premises. Gail Podolosky, a representative of Green Jacket Auctions, contended that the club has no right of claim to the Green Jackets, even if they were taken from Augusta National, as “policy doesn’t equal possession”. After listening to arguments from both sides, Judge Randall Hall sided with Augusta National and ordered Green Jacket Auctions to halt the auctioning off of the disputed memorabilia.
In baseball, one can hit for the cycle. In hockey, one can record a hat trick. And, in basketball, one can post a triple-double. However, in golf, there really aren’t any unique terms that designate a string of remarkable achievements over the course of 18 holes. And that is a shame because on Friday, Johnson Wagner had the exact sort of round that — in our opinion, at least — necessitates its own special category! The Texan shot a 6-under 64 in his second round, pouring in three birdies, an eagle, and an albatross in the process! Well, he didn’t exactly pour in an albatross as much as he jarred his second shot on the par-5 fifth from 214 yards out. Either way, it was impressive!
Unfortunately, despite his big day and overall impressive performance throughout the week, Wagner did not finish high enough to advance to the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begins next week at Glen Oaks Club in New York.
Over the Moon
After completing his mandatory twenty-one month enlistment in the South Korean military, Sang-Moon Bae will finally be returning to competitive golf next month at the Shinhan Donghae Open. The 31-year-old has been serving as a rifleman in South Korea’s Military Manpower Association (MMA) since November of 2015, just one month after he had competed in the first Presidents Cup of his career. Bae has full status on the PGA Tour next season as a result of a Mandatory Obligation exemption that the circuit created specifically for him so that he could resume his career upon completion of his military service. He told reporters from Yonhap News last week that he has remained in excellent shape over the last two years by adhering to a strict routine of weightlifting and cardio workouts. “I’ve been dying to play golf,” the two-time PGA Tour winner told reporters. “I want to get some practice in and get into tournament golf. I’ve been dreaming of the moment when I find myself in contention for a title.” That moment could come rather soon, as the former 26th ranked player in the world is reportedly planning on returning to the PGA Tour as early as this October!
Ace in the Hole
Martin Flores began his week just outside of the Top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and needed a strong week at the Wyndham Championship to avoid losing his PGA Tour card for next season. Fortunately, the Texan caught fire in his final round and made five birdies on his front nine, as well as this hole-in-one on the 16th hole with his tour card more or less on the line!
That ace fuelled Flores into a tie for 7th for the week and essentially guaranteed his PGA Tour status for next year, as the 35-year-old earned enough FedEx Cup points with his Top 10 finish to qualify for the Northern Trust Open next week. Hopefully, he kept that hole-in-one ball as a souvenir and didn’t give it away to a fan!
Gaffe of the Week
All of the American players arrived at the first tee for their afternoon matches at the Solheim Cup on Friday wearing identical colours and patterns except for Michelle Wie, who accidentally wore her morning outfit instead of her afternoon attire. Wie admitted to reporters after the round that she didn’t realize that she wasn’t matching her playing partner, Danielle Kang, until Kang mentioned it to her after the conclusion of their match. Whoops!
Video of the Week
Plenty of jokes have been made about the lengthy pause at the top of Hideki Matsuyama’s backswing and this one is by far the best of the lot!
Shank of the Week
Jason Day ended up with a quadruple bogey at the PGA Championship on Moving Day after he tried to strike his way out of some tree trouble. However, this poor guy suffered a fate that was far, far worse than the Australian’s when he tried a rescue shot of his own last week!
Swing of the Week
This is one way to keep your arm straight in the back swing …