MJ Viljoen leads on day 1 of Vodacom Championship Unlocked

MJ Viljoen leads on day 1 of Vodacom Championship Unlocked

MJ Viljoen got off a strong start at ERPM Golf Club by shooting not one but three consecutive birdies in first-three holes (1,2, 3) and ended first nine with two more (Birdies) in fifth, seventh and if you think that, scoring five birdies from nine holes was amazing then wait, as Viljoen have got more for you as Viljoen got four more birdies in back nine for a total of nine birdies from 18 holes for a 64 in the opening round and during this time, he dropped his shot only once and that was in hole eight of first nine and an eight-under 64 was sufficient for Viljoen to get a two-stroke lead over his competitors.

MJ Viljoen Round 1 Results:

Rank: Par:
1. -8


The Vodacom Championship Unlocked is part of Rise-up Series and Rise-up Series is a special series consisting of multiple golf tournaments, featuring 54 holes and it was introduced by Sunshine tour as a comeback series because on March 2020, Sunshine Tour was halted following a nationwide lock-down in South Africa and last month the tour was finally resumed and Vodacom Championship Unlocked is a golf tournament sponsored by mobile communication company Vodacom and they are going sponsor back to back events for Sunshine Tour in Rise-up Series, first is Vodacom Championship Unlocked which is going on now and the second is Vodacom Championship Reloaded and it kicks off from 30th September – 2nd October.
 
Round 2 will start on Friday at 5:00 AM GMT.

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September 24, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Payne's Valley Cup Preview

Payne's Valley Cup Preview

Tiger Woods is ready to show the world his new golf course, located at the Big Cedar Lodge in Ozarks, Missouri.

Tiger Woods and his friend Tom Morris came together to design a 19-hole Payne’s Valley golf course and is named on the World Golf Hall of Famer Payne Stewart and the course is made very close to nature and this is not the first time a course is made at Big Cedar Lodge because it already has four golf courses (Buffalo Ridge Springs, Ozarks National, Mountain Top, Top of the Rock) and Payne’s Valley is the fifth course to its addition.



The glorious 5th hole of Payne's Valley
(Photo Credit: Big Cedlar Lodge). 

Currently, the Payne's Valley is open but you can only play 13 holes and it will be fully open from 22nd September because today, the course will have its first event which is an exhibition game between four players competing for USA/Europe and it will feature multiple events like match play, singles and four balls. Below are the four players participating in Payne’s Valley’s maiden event:
 

Team USA: Team Europe:
Tiger Woods Rory Mcllroy
Justin Thomas Justin Rose
 
Hole 19 (Bonus Hole) and Public Golf Course: 
The newly made course has many specialities and one of the specialities is a ‘’19th Bonus Hole’’ and is specifically made for players to enjoy the nature surrounding it and the other great thing about the course is that Payne’s Valley will be a public golf course.
 
The event will be aired on TV which will start from today and this will be a perfect platform for Tiger Woods to display his golf course and an opportunity for Woods and other three-player to set the first-ever course record in Payne’s Valley.

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September 22, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Justin Thomas is out of the top ten in 2020 US Open

Justin Thomas is out of the top ten in 2020 US Open

Justin Thomas is playing in his 6th United States Open Championship and his best finish in a major championship is a victory in 2017 PGA Championship, yet he has never won the US Open and his best finish is a T9 in 2017 US Open and since then, Thomas has not able to replicate that performance in next US Opens (2018 and 2019) because in 2018 he finished at T25 and in 2019 he missed the cut.
 
After producing poor results in consecutive US Opens (2018 and 2019), Thomas needed a comeback in 2020 US Open and the comeback was amazing because Thomas led the 2020 US Open from the first round itself and set a new US Open lowest round score (65) at Winged Foot and in round two Thomas lost his lead by scoring 73 on day two and getting two places behind the leader to T3.
 
Now, after giving away +3 and losing two places in the leaderboards (during first-two round), it was important for Thomas to not give away bogeys in round three but Thomas did the opposite as he got six bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies so, instead of cutting round two's +3, Thomas added +6 in round three which increased his overall score to +4 and slimmed his chances of winning a second career major at US Open because, after day three's poor result, Justin Thomas rank is at T17.

First-three round result of Justin Thomas:

Rank after: Round: Round Score: Par After:
1. 1. 65 -5
T3. 2. 73 -2
T17. 3. 76 4

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September 20, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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