The Pin Sheet – January 27, 2020

Welcome to The Pin Sheet, a quick guide for your day in golf that pairs beautifully with our Clubhouse Newsletter.

Between this daily aggregation and the Newsletter, you’ll find everything you need to know that’s going on in the world of golf to be the most well-informed player in your foursome.

Without further ado, now on the tee…

Today’s Clubhouse Newsletter

Tiger, Tour Pros Remember Kobe

It was a surreal day on the grounds of Torrey Pines, just 110 miles south of the Staples Center where Kobe Bryant played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers.

As news spread around the grounds of the NBA legends tragic death in a helicopter crash, some players competing in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open learned of the news mid-round, while others, like Tiger Woods, weren’t informed until hours later when their rounds finished.

Other tributes to Bryant came in from all across the golf spectrum. Here is a sampling.

Leishman Wins Farmers Despite Poor Driving  

It wasn’t conventional, but it worked.

On Australia Day, Marc Leishman only managed to find three fairways on Torrey Pines’ South Course, but he was able to hit 14 greens and pick up 4.778 strokes on the field average on the green to shoot a 7-under par 65 to come from four shots back to defeat Jon Rahm and claim the Farmers Insurance Open.

“Pretty amazing, particularly all the problems that have been happening back in Australia with the fires and people losing their lives, firefighters. Just devastating really,” Leishman said of winning on Australia Day.  “If this can bring them a little bit of joy, that’s a big win for me personally and then for them as well.”

The win was Leishman’s fifth of his PGA Tour career, and his most recent since the 2018 CIMB Classic.

Herbert Wins Omega, Promises Hangover

Before Marc Leishman won the Farmers Insurance Open in California, his fellow countryman Lucas Herbert had already delivered a victory on the European Tour for the nation that has been devastated by brush fires over the past few months.

Taking Christiaan Bezuidenhout to a second playoff hole after hitting his approach in the water on the first, Herbert made birdie on the par-5 18th hole to secure his first victory on the European Tour as well as the first win by an Aussie in 20 years on the circuit.

With this to build off, what does Herbert think he’s capable of in 2020?

“A hangover tomorrow,” he said with a laugh.

Sagstrom Dodges 72nd-Hole Bullet To Win

Madelene Sagstrom won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio on Sunday, but not in the fashion in which she would have liked. 

Sagstrom got off to a rocky start, but steadied the ship and birdied the par-3 17th hole to tie Japan’s Nasa Hataoka. After Sagstrom made a five-footer for par, she appeared to have every intention of going to a playoff, but Hataoka missed her three-foot par putt, handing the title to Sagstrom. 

“It doesn’t matter how you start,” Sagstrom said. “If you just continue fighting, things can go your way. And I just told myself, ‘Keep fighting, keep fighting.'”

It was the 27-year-old Swede’s first LPGA Tour title.