Weekly Fang: January 29, 2018

Very movidita week in the world of golf - we saw the competitive return of Tiger Woods, Rory, a excellent tournament in the European Tour, controversy in Torrey Pines and the start of the LPGA. But as lovers of the foreign say - we go in parts.

The Euro Tour - China raises its hand

Haotong Li defeated a Rory McIlroy who looks very good this year . Haotong Li climbed to 32nd place in the World Ranking with victory. Li is originally from Hunan - the only region in China that has not had any government restrictions in terms of golf - a sport that is considered "bourgeois" historically. Here the summary of the blow:

LPGA starts

I start the women's tour with a cut-out tournament 54 holes due to bad weather. The tournament was held in the Bahamas - where it can get a lot of wind.

Gaby Lopez was the most outstanding Latina and was tied in place 21.

The next stop It is in Australia from February 15 to 18. And from there to Thailand and then to Singapore. See the full schedule of LPGA 2018 here.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods returned to real competitive golf, because the Hero tournament in the Bahamas was actually between friends. Positive things:

  • He did not hurt himself!
  • He passed the cut
  • The speed of his swing is back
  • Saturday saw the power of his putter - 3.13 strokes won with the putt


  • The yips could come back. Chipping from the rough is not the same as from a hard and compact surface
  • Will the driver correct? Tiger averaged 30% of fairways

Even with the twisted face technology of the TaylorMade driver, it is clear that it is always the Indian and not the arrow. p>

Torrey Pines Nightmare Final

Jason Day's triumph over Swede Noren - who has been quite successful in Europe in previous years, even reaching the top 10 in the world ranking.

What caught our attention was the slow play in general - as the groups were completing the rounds in more than six hours. This was due to several factors such as the wind, firm and fast greens and heavy roughness among other factors, but JB Holmes's has no explanation at the end.

The chronology:

  • Jason Day had already finished at -10 his round.
  • On the fairway of hole 18 par 5, there were Noren (-10), Holmes (-8) and Palmer (-9)./li>
  • Holmes took the modest amount of 4 minutes and 10 seconds to decide if he was going for the green or the layup. He ended up doing a bad layup to the rough - when he needed to make 3 to tie!
  • Noren had a hybrid to go across the green in two, ended up changing to a 3 wood - he blew up the green and put the ball in the stands.
  • Noren makes a pair and goes to the tiebreaker with Day.

Twitter crucified JB Holmes. The truth is that, if I needed 3 to draw, there is a minimum to go for the green.These actions are selfish, affect the other competitors and generally do not help the sport of golf grow.

The field with its heavy rough, firm and fast greens of poa, and distance do not help nothing. It is a microcosm of what happens with modern golf - long fields and narrow fairways are a very bad combination.

The Numbers of Latinos:

Emiliano Grillo: Position T-12, found 50% of fairways, 63% of greens and 0.33 strokes won with the putt.

Abraham Ancer: Position T-20, found 53% of fairways, 58% of greens and 0.43 strokes won with the putt .

Roberto Diaz: Position T-72, found 55% of fairways, 52% of greens and -0.77 hits lost with the putt.

Camilo Villegas: Position 77, found 46 % of fairways, 54% of greens and -0.17 hits lost with the putt.

Jhonattan Vegas: Did not pass the cut.