Each Thursday, the Boston Globe hands out its weekly golf award, goes inside the numbers, and looks at the week ahead on the tours:
Player of the week: Ben Kohles.
Fourteen days ago, Kohles was playing his first competitive round as a professional. What he’s done since then is simply staggering: He won in his professional debut, on the Web.com Tour, then made it two straight victories by taking the Cox Classic. In eight rounds he’s a cumulative 36 under par, he’s up to second on the money list with $261,000, and he’s already guaranteed a PGA Tour card for 2013. The way Kohles is playing, he might not wait that long: One more Web.com Tour victory this year – it could come this week in Springfield, Mo. – and the boyish-looking 22-year-old from the University of Virginia will receive an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.
Double dip for Montgomerie?
It’s rare these days to have someone serve as Ryder Cup captain more than once, but Colin Montgomerie said he’d accept the offer should the European Tour come calling in 2014, when the matches will be held in Montgomerie’s native Scotland, at Gleneagles. “I’ll do anything I can to help the European team. The Ryder Cup has been part of my life since 1991,” Montgomerie told Golf Monthly-UK. “If the European Tour wants me to be captain, I will be.” The last European captain to serve more than once was Bernard Gallacher (1991, ’93, ’95); Jack Nicklaus (1983, ‘87) was the last American to get the nod a second time. Montgomerie captained the European side to victory in 2010 at Celtic Manor, and played on eight Ryder Cup teams. Jose Maria Olazabal will guide Team Europe next month at Medinah.
Bradley helping out for Vermont
Reigning PGA Championship winner and Vermont native Keegan Bradley will host a charity golf tournament on Aug. 27 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, benefiting the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. The day will begin with a brunch at 9:30 a.m., with Bradley conducting a clinic at 11 a.m. A cocktail reception follows golf at 4:30 p.m. Since space is limited, registration is required to attend the clinic, and spots are still available for the tournament and cocktail reception. The timing of the event is nearly a year to the day after the heavy flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene. “It’s a good time to celebrate the progress made in the area and help to finally overcome the setbacks so many of our friends and businesses have suffered,” Bradley said. To sign up, make a donation, or for more information, visit www.keeganbradley.com/charity.php.
Quote of the week: “I’m still a very competitive person, so if I go out and practice more at golf, I’m going to drop ‘X’ amount of strokes. Short game, putting, hitting the ball straight is another problem of mine as well. So there are a lot of things I need to work on.” -- Michael Phelps, in a press conference one day after winning his record 22d Olympic medal. Phelps says he’s retiring from competitive swimming, and is looking forward to new challenges, which include golf.
Tweet of the week: “Think I understand now why the Ryder Cup at Kiawah was called The War on the Shore – no not USA vs Europe, Man vs Bugs. #eatenalive #bugswin” – Luke Donald (@LukeDonald).
This week’s tour schedules:
PGA Tour: PGA Championship, Kiawah Island, S.C. Purse: $8 million (winner’s share $1.445 million). Defending champion: Keegan Bradley. Number of top-10 players in field: Ten (Luke Donald, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose). TV: Thursday/Friday 1-7 p.m. (TNT), Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (TNT), 2-7 p.m. (CBS).
LPGA Tour: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Sylvania, Ohio. Purse: $1.3 million (winner’s share $195,000). Defending champion: Na Yeon Choi (2010; no event in 2011).
Web.com Tour: Price Cutter Charity Championship, Springfield, Mo. Purse: $625,000 (winner’s share $112,500). Defending champion: Steve Friesen.