The Daily: Key Evian Groups, Smurf Turf, DJ’s Vine, More

In today’s PGW Daily, we talk Evian Championship, the in a Supermarket Sweep contest, and the European Tour is going outside the box for their new tournament.

Eyes on Evian

These are some of the key groupings for the Evian Championship, the LPGA’s fifth and final major of the year.
All times local.

8:18 AM – Ariya Jutanugarn, Julia Engstrom, In Gee Chun

Jutanugarn is playing better than any golfer on the planet right now, with five wins on the season, all of those in her past 11 events. She was also the winner of the RICOH Women’s British Open, the most recently played major. Chun, from the women’s golf powerhouse of South Korea, is ranked 7th in the world. She has finished in the top 8 of her past three tournaments.

12:58 PM – Brittany Lang, Eun Jeong Seong, Brooke Henderson

Lang, the surprise winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, might not be considered among the LPGA’s “big three”, but with a win here would have more 2016 majors than any of them. Henderson, the #3 ranked golfer in the world has been slumping a little lately as a T14 is her only finish better than 38th in the past three months, but is still having a fantastic season overall, highlighted by outdueling Lydia Ko in a playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

1:20 PM – Lydia Ko, Hyo Joo Kim, Suzann Pettersen

Ko is the world #1 was a runaway #1 for most of the year, but now has Jutanugarn nipping at her heels. Like the other two members of the “big three”, Ko has one major on the season, the ANA Inspiration. The silver medal winner at the Olympics, Ko has only finished worse than 7th once in her last 8 events, with two victories in that span. Pettersen, Norway’s best female golfer, is coming off a T5 in last week’s Manulife LPGA Classic.

1:31 PM – Gerina Pillar, Stacy Lewis, Amy Yang

Lewis and Pillar both represented the United States at the Olympics. Lewis is 8th in the world rankings, with Pillar at 17th. Lewis finished in the top seven of the last two majors.

1:42 PM – Shanshan Feng, Lexi Thompson, Sung Hyun Park

Feng, from China, was the bronze medal winner at the Olympics. Thompson, at #4 in the world, is the highest ranked American in the LPGA. She leads the LPGA Tour in driving distance, and has finished in the top 8 of four of her past six tournaments, including a T8 at the RICOH Women’s British Open.

Smylie the MC

Smylie Kaufman and John Peterson are the MCs at an event for LSU Tiger fans.

Invading the Smurf Turf

With the finals in Boise this week, several players took to practice on the famous blue turf at Boise State University.

Awwww Picture of the Day

Rikard Karlburg spent some quality time with his children.

Anthony Kim Sighting of the Year

He isn’t seen often these days, so it wouldn’t make sense to make it the Anthony Kim sighting of the day. The former star golfer showed at a charity golf event.

Vine of the Day

Dustin Johnson’s POTY swing is mesmerizing.

Hole Setup of the Day

Lexi Thompson takes on an aggressive downward slope. Remember: y= mx+b.

Future Tournament of the Day

The European Tour will add a new tournament to their schedule. Called the World 6 Super Perth, it starts with 54 holes of stroke play followed by a big cut with the remaining 24 players battling each other on a six-hole match-play shoot-out, plus a “knockout” hole to settle ties with a nearest to the pin contest. The event will be played in February in Australia.

SuperMarket Sweep!

A number of professionals competed in a supermarket sweep contest for charity.

Game of the Day

Champions Tour member Gene Sauers played tic-tac-toe at the First Tee Open.

Jab of the Day

D.A. Points calls out Belgium’s Thomas Pieters.

Protracer Fun!

Jon Rahm has a protracer request.

Classy Pic of the Day

Luke Donald took a picture with Rory McIlroy at his annual “Taste of the First Tee” event.


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