The 150th Open was the end of this year’s major championships, but there are still several exciting tournaments set to be played during the rest of the year. The FedEx Cup playoff begins on August 11, and LIV Golf continues to introduce new players as it prepares for its third event.
The 3M Open takes place this week on the PGA Tour. While a major golfer signed with LIV Golf.
Cameron Smith Wins the 150th Open
Cameron Smith won his first major tournament on Sunday when he completed the day with a 64 to finish -20 for the tournament. Smith’s win at the 150th Open came after he won The Players Championship earlier this year.
Entering Sunday, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland were tied for the lead of the tournament at -16. Hovland, however, didn’t play well on Sunday, finishing with a 74 in the final round which meant he finished the tournament tied for fourth.
McIlroy, meanwhile, remained the leader for much of the day. However, throughout his round he missed several putts that would ultimately prevent him from winning The Open. McIlroy eventually finished third, after Smith’s incredible round and an eagle from Cameron Young on the 18th hole.
Young and Smith both performed well through the first two days of the tournament, but eventually finished four strokes behind the leaders heading into Sunday. Young finished second, the second time he has finished in the Top 5 of a major tournament this year, and had a great final round that was somewhat overshadowed by Smith’s victory.
McIlroy finished every major tournament of the year within the Top 10, including finishing third at The Open, fifth at the U.S. Open, and second at the Masters. Despite that, the 33-year-old will have to wait until next year to win his first major tournament since 2014.
Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak, and Charles Howell III join LIV Golf
LIV Golf’s third-ever tournament is set to take place next weekend. Ahead of the tournament, the series announced that Henrik Stenson, Jason Kokrak, and Charles Howell III would join the new tour.
Stenson is one of the most notable players to depart for LIV Golf so far. He won the 2016 Open Championship, along with the 2009 Players Championship and 2013 Tour Championship.
Kokrak and Howell are both experienced PGA Tour players who will join the new tour. Kokrak finished 14th at the Masters earlier this year, and Howell finished in the Top 5 of the Valero Texas Open in April.
The most notable element of Stenson’s departure may be how it affects next year’s Ryder Cup. Stenson appeared on the European team at the Ryder Cup in 2006, 2008, 2014, 2016, and 2018. Next year, he was set to be the captain of the European team for the 2023 edition of the tournament.
How LIV Golf would impact the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup had been one of the major areas of focus regarding the new series over the last few weeks. Now, that impact will begin to be felt as Stenson is replaced by a new captain.
The 3M Open Takes Place This Week
The PGA Tour will head to the 3M Open this weekend at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota. This weekend’s event is one of the last three tournaments before the beginning of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Tony Finau and Hideki Matsuyama are both playing in this weekend’s event despite participating in The Open last weekend. Finau finished last week’s tournament tied for 28th, while Matsuyama finished the weekend tied for 68th.
Matsuyama will tee off at 8:23 a.m. on Thursday alongside Tom Hoge, who missed the cut at The Open, and Sungjae Im, who finished tied for 81st last weekend. Finau will play alongside Jason Day and Davis Riley at 1:33 p.m. Day and Riley both did not play in The Open last weekend.
Cameron Champ, who won the 3M Open in 2021, tees off at 1:44 p.m. alongside Michael Thompson and Chez Reavie. The tournament begins at 7:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, with the final tee time of the day set for 3:12 p.m.