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Monday Scramble: After latest wins, is enough enough with Rahm and McIlroy?

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Europe’s biggest stars walk away victorious, Lydia Ko ends the comeback season, Adam Svensson bets himself and more on this week’s Monday Scramble:


McIlroy looks back on the season with a #1 spot on the DP World Tour.

McIlroy looks back on the season with a #1 spot on the DP World Tour.

Rory McIlroy and John Each of the Rams left Dubai feeling better than ever, even if those who didn’t compete continued to want to see more, more, more.

At the season-ending event of the DP World Tour, McIlroy became the first person to win the top prizes on the PGA and European tours, as well as being the No. 1 player in the world.

It’s a remarkable achievement that speaks volumes about McIlroy’s level of consistency over the past seven months; as caddy Harry Diamond said, “Long way from San Antonio.” This was a reference to their slip up on the eve of the Masters when McIlroy was looking for answers. All he has done since then is win three times and only finish worse than 18th once.

“I don’t think I’ve played as consistently throughout my career as I do now,” he said.

Despite McIlroy finishing eighth or better in all four majors, some will no doubt see his 2022 as a missed opportunity, especially given that at St. Andrews Open he shared the lead with 54 holes. On the final day, McIlroy closed with a 70 and could only watch as Cam Smith swept past him for a pitcher of burgundy. But throughout that eight-year drought, McIlroy preached the promise and value of improvement, and he put that crushing disappointment behind him by not only chasing Scotty Scheffler for the FedExCup title, but then turning his attention to Europe, and also claiming the Race to Dubai, despite the fact that that he didn’t win the DP World title this year.

“I’ve been a professional for over 15 years,” he said, “and still trying to find ways to achieve something new – that’s what keeps me coming back.”

Ram seemed to feel that his year would be defined by his big misses as well, and he was determined to change the narrative.

Despite being a big threat on a weekly basis, Ram has only made one grand slam appearance this year, finishing 12th at the US Open as he tumbled down the board with a score of 74 on Sunday. His other major finishes: T27. -T48-T34.

Definitely not like Rama.

Yet the infamous short-tempered Ram seemed to get more attention for himself than his critics. On the track, he remained among the Tour’s statistical leaders but failed to repeat his big break at the 2021 US Open. But back home, the 28-year-old moved to a new location in Arizona and adjusted to having two children in 15 months.

“Maybe the standard I set makes you guys see me win more often, or at least have a chance to win more often,” he said.

But like McIlroy, after the big tournaments were over, Ram also needed to rethink his goals for the rest of the year. He ended up winning three times on three different continents, including the season finale of the DP World Tour for the third time in four years.

Proof that not all “great” years are automatically accompanied by major trophies.

“I hope people stop telling me it was a bad year,” Ram said.


Ko wins the fight with Maguire at Tiburon


Seven years later Lydia Ko once again became LPGA No. 1.

Even if she’s not that dominant, well, she might just be a better and more accomplished player.

Ko, now 25, put an exclamation mark in her comeback season with a hard-fought win at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. With this victory – her third of the season – she earned the LPGA Points Player of the Year award as well as the Ware Trophy for lowest average for the second year in a row.

This is the first time Ko has won a POY title since 2015, when she won five times, including her first major tournament. Now she has a completely different life: she is going to get married next month, a 19-time winner and two points short of the LPGA Hall of Fame threshold.

“I have gone through my share of ups and downs,” she said of her journey over the past decade, “and I think it helped me understand that we are going to have good days as well as bad days. … I hope I have become more of a person since then and I think golf is very connected to life in general and golf also makes you very humble. It’s a continuous learning experience, but I’m delighted with where I am in life and on the golf course.”



Adam Svensson probably required find a new way to celebrate his first PGA Tour title – and that suits him.

Tired of the direction of his game, the 28-year-old Canadian decided a few years ago to devote himself more fully to his craft. Be professional. He was a student of the Korn Ferry Tour, winning twice in the COVID era, and now he’s lived up to his bet by winning the RSM Classic on the last tour of the calendar year.

With the breakthrough win comes a two-year release, as well as a place in the Masters. In the fall of 2019, those perks seemed far away when he lost his Tour card for the first time after finishing 167th in the FedExCup.

“When I was younger, I relied mostly on talent,” he said. “I didn’t work much, I wasn’t that disciplined. Two years ago I decided to give 100% and was very disciplined. I don’t drink anymore. I go to the golf course every day. I went up 6. Now I’m giving 100%. That’s the reason.”

Indeed, Svensson was not going to miss this second chance.

No. 97 in last season’s standings, he started off slow this fall and needed to rally with No. 64 in the second round to make it to Sea Island. His stick remained hot through the weekend, going 62-66, including a pair of birdies on the 70th and 71st holes, to seal his first Tour title.

“You can say you can work hard, but at the end of the day, you have to really do the work,” he said. “I’m just proud of myself for it.”

THIS WEEK’S AWARD WINNERS…


Powerful misunderstanding: LPGA season finale. It was a real bomb from Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek., who tracked down a disgruntled Terry Duffy (CEO of CME and power figure) after several players failed to show up for an earlier week’s party in Naples ahead of the $7 million finale. None of the players have been mentioned by name, but it’s not hard to connect the dots here: the next generation (especially young Americans) appears to be in need of a refreshing course in the appreciation culture that Mike Wang helped create. Commissioner Molly Marku Samaan is responsible for making sure the key sponsor doesn’t show up again.

And so it began…: Honda Classic. It was only a matter of time before the title sponsor got mad at being squeezed out by the new promotional streak schedule and decided not to re-enter the Tour. It’ll be a shame that it’s Honda – the Tour’s longest running title sponsor – but that’s one of the downsides of the new boosted roster: Honda fell behind Phoenix and Riviera, but before Bay Hill and The Players. Ouch.



Well imagine: Bryson DeChambeau Diet. Big Bryson isn’t that big anymore now that he’s lost weight with the help of a nutritionist. His physical transformation was one of the stories of the year in 2020 (ah, simpler times…), but he recently admitted on the 5 Clubs podcast that he went too far, his crazy diet wreaked havoc on his digestive system and caused “huge mood swings.” too talented for this “C-game” to become the norm.

See you in January: Cole Hammer. By missing out on guaranteed starts on the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, Hammer showed what he needed to prove at Sea Island by placing first in the first round with a score of 64 and then recording his first career top 10 with a final score of 65. It was more. more than enough to get the former Texan star into the next full-scale Tour…Sony Open in mid-January.



Well deserved break: Seamus Power. With the exception of the likes of Rahm and McIlroy, perhaps no one in the world plays better golf right now than Power, who will enter the short off-season by winning the last three Win-T3-T5 starts as he races his career. – the best 28th in the world ranking. If that form continues into the new year, Power could be a sustainable force in the middle of the Ryder Cup European roster.

Cap tip: Alex Noren. Few have logged more miles this fall than Noren, who has made stops in Napa, Scotland, Vegas, South Carolina, Mexico, Houston and Dubai since September. All that time on the plane didn’t affect his game either – he finished a year in a row in the top 4, including a second-place finish in the DP World Tour season finale. A few more nights at home is all he asks for this holiday season.

Batting 1.000: Andrew Putnam. He completed a perfect tie fall with a 21st-place finish at the RSM, giving him eight Tour cuts in eight starts this fall. He moved up to No. 12 in the FedExCup and at least gave himself a head start by reversing the cut in the top 70.

Rest easy, big boy. Tony Finau. Fresh off a decisive victory in Houston, Finau was the only notable player in the 2022 Finals at Sea Island. Except he didn’t even make it to the starting line, pulling out before the event as a precaution due to a minor knee ailment. For now, he is still in the field for next week’s Hero World Challenge.




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