Ryan Armor begins another season on the PGA Tour at the FortinetAmazing on so many levels he doesn’t know where to start.
After already missing a month in the spring with a back injury, the 46-year-old Armor had to pull out after the 3M Open in July due to a stress fracture of his ribs. Early expectations around Halloween are back.
He still had the status of a former champion. And while it finished 166th in the FedEx Cup standings, Armor will at least have a 16-player emergency signing position with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, lifting it to 150th.
Then a funny thing happened when the postseason started – coughing and sneezing no longer caused as much pain. His strength is back. He got a cortisone shot and then hit balls for the first time in about a month.
He hit the pins and when he woke up the next day he felt sore but not hurt. He had a full appointment and felt fine the next day. Repeat the process. Then he called out the can and said, “I’m going to Columbus.”
The Ohio station was the second of three spots in the Radiant Shuttle Finals. Charion tied for 22nd and then finished 65th in the Corinne Vivarot Championships To receive one of the 25 full tickets available for the PGA Tour.
“I surprised myself,” Armor said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”
A little help from LIV GolfPlenty of help with an early return from injury and a clutch catch after two weeks of not playing for more than a month got Armor on a Monday morning flight from Florida to Napa, Calif., to begin a new season start.
The timing was critical as it was the final year of the Korn Shuttle Tour final year. Starting next year, the only way to return to a full map is to finish top five in Q-school. His injury would have cost him one spot in the fall and then probably won’t give him another until Pebble Beach in February. It was or try the last two Shuttle beam finals.
“Do I want to go to Q-school to get five cards?” Shield said. “I’ve been down this road before. I didn’t feel like doing it against 20-year-olds for five points. I thought it was better to give yourself two chances to play great than one.”
Armor was 186 in driving distance and led the circuit in driving accuracy (74%), a tough recipe in modern Power play. Even winning two KFT events against players who drive 400 yards into the green was impressive, especially his 67-65 championship last weekend.
The final hurdle was bad weather that forced a stop and start on the final day, leaving Armor slightly worried that it might not be ideal to warm up three times.
“I came out and played really well,” Armor said. “I don’t think I’m good at giving myself confidence. But what I did… I even liked myself.”
Armor had to make last-minute arrangements, not just booking flights and accommodation.
Jim McGurk, his bag, thought Raymore would be away until the end of October, so he booked a vacation in Italy. He leaves on Friday. Armour’s wife, Irene, will enter Cady for the first time.
The Ryder Cup is just over a year away with Marco Simone in Italy, and it’s hard to imagine Sergio Garcia there in any capacity.
Garcia was one of the LIV golfers who entered the BMW PGA Championship At Wentworth last week he was the odd one out as he rarely supported the main event of the European Tour. It was the fifth time he had played since his rookie year in 1999.
In 2009, Garcia arrived in England a week after Wentworth for the European Open. He was at the BMW PGA Championship in 2013, two weeks after his public feud with Tiger WoodsWhen he made racially insensitive comments.
A year later, after 73 retired In the first round due to knee pain. At least give a medical reason afterwards.
Most troubling about his recent performance has been his controversial behavior on the European Tour since joining Liv and then leaving after a 76 in the first round. post a photo On Instagram from the sidelines at Saturday’s Alabama-Texas football game in Austin, Texas, where Garcia lives.
The Daily Telegraph Report expects Garcia to be fined for the tour. Garcia has three weeks to provide a reason for WD, which may include “reasonable medical evidence.”
KO on the patch
Jin Young Koo is not defending her title at the Portland Classic this week, and Golf Digest says she will take time off due to a wrist injury. It’s the same injury Coe suffered a year ago, Coe’s manager told Digest.
The PGA says Shaw, the no. 1 player in women’s golf, entered just three of the eight remaining tournaments on the table, starting with the BMW Women’s Championships in South Korea at the end of October. The others are the Pelican Women’s Championship and the CME Group Tour Championship in the final two weeks of the season.
Annika Sorenstam now has her own LPGA event in Florida.
The LPGA and Pelican Women’s Championship said Tuesday that Sorenstam will host the November tournament in the Tampa Bay area beginning in 2023. It will officially be called the Gainbridge-backed Hanika of the Pelican.
The tournament is the last event before the CME group tour that ends along the coast in Naples.
Sorenstam called it an “incredible honor.” She is the only player to have served as an official host on the LPGA Tour. Lorena Ochoa hosted a tournament under her name in Mexico for nine years ending in 2017.
The tournament is expected to announce the prize pool and other details of the Pelican Women’s Championship during the week of November 7-13.
Gainbridge was the main sponsor of the LPGA Championship in Florida earlier this year, twice at Boca Raton and Lake Nona in Orlando in 2021. Sorenstam played the event at Lake Nona because she lives there.
The Asian Tour takes its international series to Egypt for the first time. It will take place from November 10 to 13 at Madinaty Golf Club with a portfolio of $1.5 million. … Scotty Scheffler and Justin Thomas are the only two players to rank in the top ten on the Birds in each of the last three seasons. … Rory McIlroy made his debut at the Italian Open, the site of next year’s Ryder Cup tournament. He won six national openings, two in European countries. … Jimmy Walker Return to the PGA Tour for the first time since April with a friend as John Hill, a card holder on the PGA Tour Latin America.
statistics of the week
Nelly Korda, who missed four months earlier this year due to a blood clot, and Lexi Thompson are the top 10 women in the world without an LPGA Tour win this year.
The last word
“The role of the evaluation is not to encourage the paths of players to succeed and continue the game. It is a matter of the tours themselves. The role of evaluations is to be as accurate as possible.” – Peter Dawson, Official Chairman of the World Golf Ranking.
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