This week's winners and losers from the golf world


Jason Day

The Aussie didn’t win on Sunday at the Byron Nelson, but he looks to be back in form after a tough start to the year. Day had his best showing in a tournament since the 2016 PGA Championship, where he finished in second place. The world No. 4 had four rounds in the 60s, thanks to a flatstick that was second in strokes gained putting.

Lexi Thompson

Thompson won her first tournament since losing the ANA Inspiration in a playoff due to a rules infraction. “We all want to win. I have a little bit more drive now, I would say,” Thompson told ESPN on Saturday. The 22-year-old beat In Gee Chun on Sunday to claim the Kingsmill Championship, breaking the tournament scoring record in the process with 20-under par.

Joel Dahmen

Dahmen’s best finish in a PGA Tour event came back in February at Pebble Beach, where he caught fire with a T-48 result. The world No. 562 posted rounds of 68-70-68-67 this week at the Nelson to finish in a tie for ninth place.


TPC Four Seasons

Sunday marked the 35th and final time the venue will host the Byron Nelson Championship. The tournament will move to Trinity Forest Golf Club next year, but the TPC layout will be missed by those who played it over the years. “Lots of good memories here,” Jason Day told the Dallas News. “Kind of sad to see it go over to Trinity Forest.”

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy grew up trying to emulate Tiger Woods, but Friday withdrawals due to injury isn’t a very good trait to copy. The Northern Irishman was to forced to pull out of next week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday because of a rib injury he suffered last week at THE PLAYERS Championship. The world No. 2 missed two months earlier in the year with a stress fracture in his ribs that he sustained in the South Africa Open.

Jordan Spieth

The Texan made his PGA Tour debut at TPC Four Seasons in 2010 as an amateur, but played his last round at the course on Friday, thanks to a quadruple-bogey at the 16th hole. Spieth was inside the cut line at 1-under par, but hit two drives out of bounds at 16, walked off the green with a nine, and missed the cut. “Trying to do too much,” Spieth told the Golf Channel after the round. “Trying to move up the leaderboard instead of just letting it come to me on this course.”

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