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DJ wins again | COVID-19: Champ negative, Frittelli postive, J. Day scare | W for Fassi

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By Ben Alberstadt 


June 29, 2020

Good Monday morning, golf fans. I think we all benefit from robustness and competition at the top of the OWGR. Thus, it's good to see the world No. 6 hoisting a trophy again! (photo evidence, below)
 
 
1. DJ returns...now a winner in 13 straight seasons 

...and owner of a new blue blazer for the wardrobe! AP report..."Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13."
  • "Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in March 2019."


2. You may have missed: Day's situation...further protocol changes

Nick Pietruszkiewicz for ESPN.com..."On Saturday morning, Jason Day asked to be tested again. He had an 8:19 a.m. tee time. Clearly, he wasn't going to get a result in time. So his tee time was pushed back. He didn't play with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Rogan Sloan, as scheduled. Instead, as the tournament leader Mickelson teed off on the first hole with Will Gordon and MacKenzie Hughes, a few hundred yards away at the 10th tee, at the exact same time, Day was started his round all by himself, not knowing whether he was positive or negative."
  • "The result came in a few holes later. He was negative; had he been positive, he would have been removed from the course midround and put into isolation."
  • "Shortly after the PGA Tour announced his negative result, it announced another change to the protocols, their second such announcement in four days. Going forward, beginning at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, players would not be allowed on site at an event until they got back a negative test result."

3. Cam Champ tests negative for COVID-19 3X

Adam Woodard for Golfweek..."After three tests over the last 72 hours all came back negative, the 25-year-old took to Twitter to announce the good news on Saturday afternoon."
  • "Subsequent to my positive test result for COVID-19, I am fortunate to say that I had three consecutive negative test results in the 72 hours which immediately followed. I've felt great the whole time and experienced no symptoms. I am pleased to be on my way home in accordance with the CDC Guidelines," said Champ via a statement.
  • "He continued: "I would like to thank my team, all the medical advisors, and everyone at the Travelers Championship, as well as the player relations team at the PGA Tour, for their advice, care, and attention during this process. A special thanks goes out to my fiancee, our family, my partners, and all of you out there for the outpouring of love and support that I've received this week. Stay safe and see you soon!"

4. Dylan Frittelli tests positive 

Golf Digest's Brian Wacker..."Dylan Frittelli has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the fourth player to do so since the PGA Tour resumed its season three weeks ago."
  • "The tour announced the test result in a statement on Sunday night. "I am experiencing no issues and feel great physically and was surprised and disappointed to learn of the positive test today," Frittelli said in the statement. "I look forward to getting back on tour once it's safe to do so."
  • "Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship after playing the first two rounds with Ian Poulter and J.T. Poston, has withdrawn from next week's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit."

5. McIlroy on T12 finish: Decision making "terrible"

PGATour.com's Mike McAllister..."he will definitely take next week off in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and may not return to action until the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, the second of two consecutive TOUR events at Muirfield Village."
  • "The way I'm feeling right now," McIlroy said, "I feel like a couple weeks off ... just reset and start again."
  • ..."McIlroy was playing the Travelers for the third time in the last four years, having finished inside the top 20 in his previous two times. He has another top-20 this week, but the lasting feeling for McIlroy is frustration."
  • "Decision-making was terrible the last few days," McIlroy said. "Just some stupid shots and trying to take too much on at times. I think probably playing a little bit and just being a little more thoughtful on the course. Yeah, it's just sort of dumb mistakes in there that I don't usually make."

6. For Phil: Progress-despite weekend fade (and joggers)

...kidding, I'm bullish on joggers! Always! Golf Channel's Will Gray..."It wasn't the weekend finish he envisioned, but Phil Mickelson still viewed his stint at the Travelers Championship as a step in the right direction."
  • "Mickelson made the most of his first start as a 50-year-old, shooting rounds of 64-63 to take a one-shot lead into the weekend as he looked to win for the third time at TPC River Highlands." "But he couldn't keep pace from there, closing with two straight rounds of 1-over 71. Mickelson finished the week at 11 under in a tie for 24th place."
  • ..."I'm looking at this week as progress," Mickelson said. "Certainly the goal is to win tournaments, but keep in mind I've missed a bunch of cuts. I haven't played to the level I've wanted to, and this week I came in and had a lot of great finds. I hit a lot of good shots, hit a lot of good tee shots. My misses were much better."

7. Meanwhile, on the KFT...

Trevor Allen at KSL Sports..."Baylor alum golfer Kyle Jones knocked off two others in a playoff round to win the Korn Ferry Tour Utah Championship on Sunday."
  • "Jones, Paul Haley II and Utah native Daniel Summerhays all finished the final round at -20 for the tournament and went on to play in a playoff at Oakridge Country Club."
  • "...Jones scored a birdie on the second hole to claim the Utah Championship."

8. Fassi wins first pro title

Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols..."Two eagles in the span of three holes vaulted Maria Fassi to her first professional title. The former Arkansas standout went wire-to-wire at the Cooper Communities NWA Classic on the Women's All Pro Tour in Bella Vista, Arkansas, about 30 minutes from the Razorbacks' home course, the Blessings Golf Club. Fassi won the individual NCAA Championship there last spring."
  • "Fassi, who began her career on the LPGA just over one year ago, closed with a 68 in the final round to post a 14-under 274, finishing four shots ahead of amateur hotshot Alexa Pano."

9. Two birdie bombs = $210K

Golf Channel's Nick Menta.."Playing in the afternoon's second-to-last group alongside runner-up Kevin Streelman, Mac Hughes poured in a pair of birdie bombs late Sunday to vault himself into a backdoor tie for third at the Travelers Championship with a final-round 67."
  • "...A pair of routine two-putts would have left Hughes in a six-way tie for sixth at 15 under, with Ryan Armour, Brendan Steele, Patton Kizzire, Scott Stallings and Bryson DeChambeau."
  • "Instead, he locked up a tie for third with Will Gordon at 17 under....The difference between the respective finishes ($225,700 vs. $436,600): $210,900."
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