The 2017 PGA season has been an excellent one for Canadian golfers. To date MacKenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario and Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan have found the winner’s circle and Hughes, Hadwin, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan and David Hearn of Brampton, Ontario all qualified for this past weekend’s Players Championship in Jacksonville.
At the Players, Hughes had an excellent first round and Hearn had an excellent second round. Both had flashes of brilliance but could not find the consistency required to put together four excellent rounds of golf. Hughes was a very respectable -1, but that result could be considered a bit of a disappointment for him after he was a -5 after the first round. Hearn meanwhile was -5 after round two and then shot an 80 in round three and a 78 in round four to finish at +6.
The 2017 Players champion was Si-Woo Kim of South Korea, who set history this past weekend. At age 21, Kim became the youngest Players champion ever, and broke Adam Scott’s record by two years. Kim, who won the Wyndham Championship this past August, will not be at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic this weekend in Irving, Texas this weekend with a back injury.
Kim has played a ton of golf. He has played in 18 events since October and while resting his back, Kim can now count his money and have lots of financial space to pay for a chiropractor. That is what happens when you are $1.89 million richer than you were the previous week.
Even though Kim will not be in Irving this weekend, another hot South Korean golfer will be. It has also been a great year for Byeong-Hun An of Seoul. An has played in 13 tournaments since October and has only missed one cut. He has also had two top ten finishes—a sixth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and an eighth at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Other golfers worth considering this week are Australian Matt Jones, and Americans Russell Henley and J.B. Holmes. Holmes was excellent after the first three rounds of the Players Championship. He was a -9 after the first three rounds and in contention for the lead. Then in the fourth round, it was disaster as he shot an 84 and went from -9 to +3 in only 18 holes of golf. If Holmes is able to mentally block out his bad round on Sunday away from his memory bank, he could contend for a title this weekend.