While Dustin Johnson dominated in Boston and Sophia Popov shocked the world, there were other untold stories that took place in golf. Here are three stories you may have missed.
No caddy? No problem
With new protocols in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the LPGA Tour has increased their demand for players to use caddies for the rest of the season. While most decided to keep their loopers on the bag, Lindsey Weaver decided to go against the grain and use a handcart instead.
The trusty cart served her well throughout August as she made three cuts all the way to the Women’s Open, so the cart made the trip to Royal Troon too. Weaver continued her steady play across the pond as she wrestled for much of the week, eventually finishing T19.
The finish at the Women’s Open was her second top 20 of the season and earned Weaver her biggest salary of the year.
“I feel like it’s kind of going back to basics,” Weaver said. “This is what junior golf was like. That’s what golf was like in college and on the Symetra Tour when I played there for a year … I mean, it’s still just golf. “
Another 10 earn exemptions from the US Open
With local and sector qualification for the US Open made logistically impossible in 2020, the USGA has opted for a full exemption model to fill the field. Many of these seats have already been filled, but this weekend another 10 exemptions were granted at the conclusion of the British Swing of the European Tour. The top 10 overall point earnings have punched their Winged Foot tickets thanks to their play in the past few weeks.
These exempt players are Sam Horsfield of England, Thomas Detry of Belgium, Andy Sullivan of England, Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark, No.5 Renato Paratore of Italy, Romain Langasque of France, Sami Valimaki of Finland, Adrian Otaegui of Spain, Connor Syme of Scotland and Justin Harding of South Africa.
Of the group, Horsfield, Sullivan, Paratore, Langasque and Harding return to the US Open, while the other five make their debut in the event.
Curtis Luck finds the winner’s circle
The last month for Curtis Luck has been a fight on the golf course, but you wouldn’t know it based on his game in Columbus last weekend. Luck won the National Children’s Hospital Championship, his first career victory on the Korn Ferry Tour and his first top 10 of the season on the development tour.
Luck fired a 71 final round to finish 11 under and keep a trio of challengers at bay with a shot for victory. The win earns him KFT status through 2022, puts him in an excellent position to earn a promotion to the PGA Tour, and gives him an exemption for the 2021 Memorial Tournament. Not a bad haul.