Workday Charity Open win, a name change and what’s ahead for college football

Fat Guy Corner

 

 

The golf finish at the Workday Charity Open was one of the best finishes I have seen in a long time. The match went through a three-hole playoff before Collin Morikawa snatched an improbable victory from Justin Thomas.

I say improbable, because Collin was three shots behind Justin with three holes to play. I have to admit when Thomas made an eagle putt from 25 feet on hole 15 I thought this match was over. However, in sports nothing is ever over until the very end as we all know. The first playoff hole Thomas drains a 50-foot putt, for the win you would assume? Collin said hold the phone as he banged in a 24-footer to force more playoff golf. Picture the pressure Collin was under after watching a 50-footer go in and then make a 24-footer! Wow, what an answer. The second playoff hole was halved, so on to the third hole of playoff golf. The end came for Justin Thomas when he was behind a tree and could not escape the trouble. All Collin had to do was make par and he took away his second PGA victory.

The Memorial Tournament will be right back at Muirfield Village this weekend where the Workday Charity Open was played this past weekend.

The return of Tiger Woods this week is big news as he has won five times. Tiger has not played since the PGA returned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time he played in a PGA event was February actually. I will be curious to see how well Tiger Woods plays in his return to the links this weekend. The pairings were announced and Tiger Woods will be playing with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka. That is a nice interesting group to follow.

The other major golf news is that the Ryder Cup has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns. I mentioned a few weeks back the golfers were grumbling about

playing in the event. The bottom line is, without spectators the event is just not the same. The fun of the Ryder Cup is the spectators yelling and screaming. I also think the golfers enjoy the fans at the Ryder Cup. I will seriously miss the event as I love watching. The Ryder Cup will return to Whistling Straights in Wisconsin Sept. 24-26 in 2021.

The Washington Redskins name will be retired from the National Football League. The review of the name began July 3 and the announcement came Monday from the team officials. Owner Dan Snyder and Coach Ron Rivera are supposedly working together to come up with a new name and design. I think the design will try to keep the tradition as similar as possible to the old tradition. I just wonder how long it will take for me to not call them the Redskins? A long time, I can tell you that. I will now treasure my Washington Redskins hat that I have in my hat rack! Hail to the Redskins for the last time.

The college football season made the news this week as the Big Ten and Pac 12 decided to go to a conference only schedule for the fall season. I am pretty sure these two conferences will not be the only ones who do this. The other three power conferences, the Big 12, SEC and ACC have not made any announcements about their fall sports plan. I would say the chances are the three conferences will follow the lead of the Pac 12 and Big Ten. I wonder if there will even be a college football season to be honest. I can see a situation where the season is cancelled. The Patriot League has cancelled the fall sports season for 2020 season. The cancellation does not include the U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy yet. I can be reached at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.