What we learned in a weekend’s worth of golf including two majors and a Web.com non-major that had the world’s hottest player going low: Stephan Jaeger, a 27-year-old German, shot 58 Thursday in Hayward, Calif., and went on to blow out the field at the Ellie Mae Classic. His $106,000 paycheck jumped him from 102nd on the Web.com money list to 20th, which you’ll know, if you’ve been paying attention, is within The 25.
Ariya Jutanagarn of Thailand is 20, and after her fourth LPGA victory of the year at the Women’s British Open, it means three of the four women’s major winners so far this season are 20 or younger.
Acting like you know what you’re talking about, while a good working strategy, doesn’t mean you’re not wrong. We wondered whether Argentine Spanish pronounces the double-l in Grillo like a y-sound. It doesn’t, or at least that’s what Emiliano Grillo told the announcers on your television set. So now, when you read his name and can’t help saying it out loud, it’s Gree-loh. I think you still get to roll your Rs.
Grillo was good, but a bad third round (played Sunday morning) took him out of contention, and he might not have caught Jimmy Walker anyway. Walker went wire-to-wire and still had to withstand an 18th-hole eagle by Jason Day to win the PGA Championship by the single stroke he led by after the third round. It’s Walker’s first major — all four major winners in 2016 were first-timers: Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and now Walker.
Who’ll be the first to win a second? Stenson, the big Swede out of Sweden. You read it here first.