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Si Woo, showin’ that class, showin’ that class
Si Woo Kim doesn’t play at his best very often, but when he does, it’s an absolute sight to behold.
On Saturday at the Wyndham, Si Woo made an ace and then nearly made another at Sedgefield Country Club. The last player to do that was Brian Harman at the Northern Trust (The Barclays then) in 2015.
The last player to make two holes-in-one in a single round was Brian Harman in 2015.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 15, 2020
Kim shot an 8-under 62 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale. Starting the week, Kim was on the edge of making the playoffs, but he would just into the top 30 (or close) with a win. One bettor in particular believes Si Woo is a freaking lock.
.@DKSportsbook just took a $500,000 bet on Si Woo Kim to win the Wyndham Championship at +125 odds. He leads by two shots entering tomorrow’s final round.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 16, 2020
With lift/clean/place on Sunday at the Wyndham, where 59s are possible, this seems like a foolish bet. Hopefully it pays off for whoever it is. But laying $500,000 to win $625,000 ($1.125 million in total) seems bonkers.
The final is set for the US Am
We get the 36-hole final for the US Am on Sunday at Bandon Dunes after Semifinal Saturday out in Oregon.
Tyler Strafaci, who advanced from the Round of 16 when his opponent’s caddie had a brain fart and literally started swirling his hand in a bunker on the final hole of regulation in a tied match to cost his guy the match, got out to a huge lead against Aman Gupta — 4 up through 12 — only to see it all slip away and get the match to the 18th hole. In the midst of the comeback, Gupta tried a whole bunch of gamesmanship that Strafaci had to play off as not a big deal.
I love match play. pic.twitter.com/OaExHDxHvG
— Garrett Morrison (@gfordgolf) August 15, 2020
Gupta, who was the literal last man in the field, then found a deep bunker on the 18th hole and made a questionable choice in how far to try to advance the ball out the sand. It took him three to get out, and then Gupta conceded the match at the putting green.
“It’s still a very weird feeling. I would say it’s almost weirder than the Segundo [Oliva Pinto] match, because the whole time in the Segundo match, I was positive and ready to go and played 18 really good,” Strafaci said after his win, which was his third match in as many days to go all 18 holes. “And this time, I was playing great and then had [seven] holes where I played 5 over. And just the way I snapped out of it on 18, I think that’s why I’m pretty tired right now because it took everything I had to just snap out of it and flip my mindset, because I was going south, quick.”
Strafaci will face Ollie Osborne in the 36-hole finale on Sunday in primetime on the East Coast. Both players are in the 2021 US Open and 2021 Masters just by getting this far.
What I’m reading, watching and listening to
Aces with putter count, right? This player at the Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes (where I would have been in April were it not for the pandemic) decided to hit putter off the par-3 16th. She made it for an ace. How awesome.
Amazing golf isn't just being played on #BandonDunes in the #USAmateur this week, it's also being played on #SheepRanch. Check out this ace by @the4koehnkes (IG) on No. 16 with her putter! The boys on Bandon may want to take notes on playing the ground game more often. 😉 @USGA pic.twitter.com/hvaAuqzn72
— Bandon Dunes (@BandonDunesGolf) August 15, 2020
Drag ’em, Stacy! Stacy Lewis played with Jennifer Song and Azahara Munoz on Saturday at the ASI Ladies Scottish Open, and she’s playing with them again today. They’re slow. Dreadfully slow. I appreciate Lewis calling them out.
Another. On this day 24 years ago, “Tin Cup” was released in theaters.[/s2If]