Thu, 13 Aug 2020

One player's amazing streak continued, Ryder Cup speculation grew and a player retired with an almost perfect finale - here are this week's talking points in golf.

Speculation has been growing that this year's Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits will be postponed until 2021 - with an announcement likely as early as this week.

European Tour chief Keith Pelley originally promised a decision by the end of June, when course preparations at the Wisconsin layout would need to begin in order to be ready for the September 25-27 USA v Europe showdown.

Many top players, including McIlroy and Brooks Koepka, have said that holding the noisiest event in golf without colourful galleries of partisan fans would be unthinkable.

The US PGA Championship, the first major of the year in August, has already announced that it will be played without spectators, and there has been a surge in coronavirus cases in the US over recent days.

With five PGA Tour players testing positive for Covid-19 in the past week and the European Tour unable to restart until next month, the most responsible course of action would seem to be reverting to odd-numbered years for the first time since 1999 - the 2001 event was postponed for 12 months because of the 9/11 attacks.

Extra time

American journeyman Daniel Summerhays came within a whisker of a Cinderella sign-off as a professional at the weekend.

The 36-year-old had ground out eight seasons on the PGA Tour without a victory until losing his card in 2017.

Further lean years followed, and Summerhays announced last week that the Korn Ferry's Utah Championship on his home course would be his final tournament before taking up a new career as a high school teacher.

And then he nearly won it.

Summerhays saved his best until last, signing for a nine-under par 62 on Sunday and the clubhouse lead at 20 under.

Three hours later he found himself in a playoff with Paul Haley II and Kyle Jones but agonisingly the fairy tale ending did not materialise as Summerhays bogeyed the first playoff hole. Jones won a hole later.

But a beaming Summerhays was still grateful for the chance. "Oh man, to be in that position, to be able to have a little bit of extra golf was spectacular," he told the Golf Channel.

And the performance had not changed his mind about retirement. "When it comes time for school in August, that's where I'll be," he added.

Top 20

Updated Official World Golf Rankings after the Travelers Championship:

1. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 9.04

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 8.03

3. Dustin Johnson (USA) 7.59 (+3)

4. Justin Thomas (USA) 7.29 (-1)

5. Brooks Koepka (USA) 7.22 (-1)

6. Webb Simpson (USA) 7.18 (-1)

7. Patrick Reed (USA) 5.95

8. Adam Scott (AUS) 5.86

9. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 5.85

10. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 5.53 (+1)

11. Xander Schauffele (USA) 5.44 (-1)

12. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 5.31

13. Justin Rose (ENG) 5.11

14. Tiger Woods (USA) 5.09

15. Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 4.68 (+1)

16. Marc Leishman (AUS) 4.60 (-1)

17. Tony Finau (USA) 4.49

18. Gary Woodland (USA) 4.28

19. Matt Kuchar (USA) 4.27

20. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 4.10 (+1)

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