Welcome to win country, welcome to the grind that is the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.
After three weeks off, the new Tour season begins and this will mark the last of what has been come to be known as “The Cross-over Season” — that span of events between the Tour Championship and the end of the calendar year.
In 2024, the schedule, in fact, just about everything changes on the PGA Tour.
But first things first. Time for the Fortinet and that means a trip back to wine country for Max Homa where he collected his third PGA Tour win last year at the Silverado Resort where Johnny Miller plays host. After a fairly quiet start with rounds of 67-72, Homa lit it up with a pair of 65s on the weekend. His Sunday afternoon finish was dramatic at the least. After a bogey at the 10th hole set him back, he responded by holing out his second at the par four 12th from 94 yards for eagle. He then ran in a 21-footer for birdie t the 13th, made a two-putt birdie at the par five 16th then dropped in another birdie putt at 17 from 18 1/2 feet. He finished 19-under and edged young Maverick McNealy by a shot.
“That first and second win, it releases a lot of pressure and you end up playing better,” Homa said this week as he looked back on that third victory.
Another notable in the field is Hideki Matsuyama, who has been troubled as of late by a neck issue. Hideki will get in some work to prepare for next week’s Presidents Cup matches in Charlotte.
Rickie Fowler is looking for that comeback season. Fowler has made a caddie change and also made the decision to return to his former swing coach, Butch Harmon.
This week’s field will also have 28 players who earned their PGA Tour cards between the regular season Korn Ferry Tour and the KFT playoffs.
A word to the rookies and those who re-gained their cards — get out and play well in the cross-over events. When the re-shuffle comes before 2023, you don’t want to lose ground and get shut out of the events that start in 2023.
Shane Lowry: “One For The Good Guys”
Three players who make up a big part of the European Ryder Cup team finished first and T2 last week at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Shane Lowry took the title with Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy tied a shot behind. The victory put Lowry back in side the world’s top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings as he checks in at No. 19.
The field included 18 LIV players, who were, for the most part, a non-factor, including Sergio Garcia who shot 76 on Thursday then withdrew without giving a reason and flew back to the United States, leaving the DP World Tour fairly pissed off.
Lowry made statement after his win: “I wanted to go out and win this tournament for myself first and foremost but I think for this Tour. Everyone that’s stayed loyal to this Tour and everyone that’s done everything for this Tour. I feel like this is one for the good guys.”