Andrew Landry was 624th in the world when I wrote this back in 2016 after the first day of the U.S. Open at Oakmont. He was the leader at that point, and though he didn’t stay that way, he’s now World 66 with a bullet as a 54-hole leader who closed the deal. His victory at the Valero Texas Open was his first on the big tour.
The big Texan — or kind of biggish, compared with most 12-year-olds, at 5-foot-7 — would be all but lost under a 10-gallon hat, and he’s back in play this week with a podner, Talor Gooch (World No. 230), at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where the game is two-man teams in alternate-shot format. Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith wore the big hats last year.
Kooch, rhymes with Gooch, is playing with Bubba. I like this Brexit/EU team: Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, the big Swede out of Sweden.
Hudson Swafford is playing with … Harris English. It was meant to be.