Before ! Things
1. Scottie Scheffler, who took over the No. 1 ranking at the end of March before give in to Rory McIlroy last month, had a chance to regain the top spot with a second-place solo at Mayakoba. And he gave it a good run, shooting a final lap 62 to finish tied for third.
2. Russell Henley’s six-shot 54-hole lead at Mayakoba was the biggest on the PGA Tour since Jon Rahm led by the same margin over 54 holes of the 2021 Memorial Tournament. Rahm had to withdraw shortly after finishing because he tested positive for COVID-19. Patrick Cantlay took the win. Henley won by four over Brian Harman on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory and an automatic invitation to the Masters.
3. McIlroy joins Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in the last reiteration of The Match, which has yet to be officially announced, but is set to take place on December 10, under the lights, at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida. It is at the same place that the Pelican Championship of the LPGA Tour will be disputed this week.
4. Still to be determined: will Woods play in the Hero World Challenge, the event that benefits his foundation? The 20-man tournament is scheduled for December 1-4 in Albany, Bahamas. Three places remain open on the ground.
Before ! More things
1. Among the DP World Tour schedule changes for the 2022-23 season: four new events in Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Korea; Irish Open moves to September; the Italian Open (host of the Ryder Cup) until May; there will be a three-week break after the British Open; there is an increased pool of $8 million for the top eight in the DP World Tour rankings; And one income insurance of $150,000.
2. Several LIV golfers have participated in the International Series Morocco event won by Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand. David Puig, who made his professional debut at the LIV Chicago event and played college golf at Arizona State, was the third-round leader but finished third. Scott Vincent, another LIV player, finished fourth.
3. Dow Finsterwald, a longtime friend of Arnold Palmerrules official at the Masters and winner of the 1958 PGA Championship, died aged 93. His 1958 PGA win was over Sam Snead and Billy Casper and the first contested in stroke play. The previous year, Finsterwald had lost in the final by match.
4. Greyson Sigg’s ace at the par-3 10th on Saturday during the third round in Mayakoba is among the most commonplace. Sigg had no idea he had made an ace. He watched the ball go down the hole, heard no cheering, and it wasn’t until he walked to the green that he realized what had happened.