I've given up fantasy football which means this football season is going to be very different for me. With Covid-19 certainly playing some type of role and losing interest over the past two years, this is my first fantasy-free football season in well over a decade. Combine that with baseball undermining a pandemic through consistent travel and outbreaks and my subsequent personal boycott of live-watching of the sport, and I've got a giant sports void in my life. Originally filled through soccer and the Blackhawks, the Champions League is over and the Blackhawks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Golf to the rescue! The PGA Championship had seven players tied for the lead when Morikawa hit his clutch drive on 16. On Friday at the Northern Trust, Scottie Scheffler shot a 59 while Dustin Johnson went 11 under through the first 11. DJ finished 30 under par for the tournament and lapped the field. This week's BMW championship, however, topped them all. With Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama in the final group, this week was the last chance to move up in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standing, securing a spot in next week's Tour Championship and the perks that come with it. Matsuyama looked shaky and wasn't a factor late, but it was Jon Rahm and his steady barrage of long putts that finished with a 64 and the clubhouse lead. Fast forward to DJ's 18th. One stroke back, needing a birdie to force a playoff, DJ put himself in a tough spot off the tee. With virtually no chance to put his 2nd shot close, DJ made a great shot to even give himself a chance, even though it was a prayer. A downhill, left to right and back again 30+ footer to send it to a playoff?
The nerve to drop that so calm. In the playoff, DJ hit himself into the trees off the tee but got a bounce directly into fairway. It looked like it was DJ's tournament to lose, especially when Rahm found himself 66 feet away from the hole with what the announcers called "the most difficult two putt of his life". Two putt? Nah.
Unreal putt. I've enjoyed investing my Sunday's in golf these last weekends and golf hasn't let me down. With the Tour Championship next week, the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and the Masters coming in November without fans, there's plenty more to come.