Alena Sharp can take a lot away from the AIG Women’s Open, not the least of which is that she held it together on a renowned golf course that had its fangs out with the nasty mix of conditions it threw at the field, particularly the first two days. The conditions that greeted the players once play started were not the same as the conditions in which they played their practice rounds. In a text from Scotland afterwards, Sharp said she felt she had a steady tournament, but added she wasn’t making many putts in the final three rounds … Her tie for 22nd at six over earned Sharp $41,276 … Brooke Henderson missed the cut by one shot, but no reason for concern since it was her first competitive golf since before the coronavirus pandemic. She has missed the cut just nine times since becoming a full time member of the LPGA Tour late in 2015, which is equal to her number of victories on tour. Her missed cut at Royal Troon is her first in a major, but she withdrew after the first round of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open to go home on a family matter … Henderson fell from seventh to ninth in the latest women’s world rankings. Sharp moved into the top 100 and is 97th this week … Sharp, Henderson and Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee will tee it up this week at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Brittany Marchand and Maddie Szeryk are alternates from the Symetra Tour, which is off for a week before playing the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Ind. … Here’s a figure that puts perspective on the longshot victory by Sophia Popov at the AIG Women’s Open. She jumped 280 spots in the rankings after her victory from 304th to 24th … If you’re wondering about the health issues Popov talked about in her victory speech, it was a long battle with Lyme disease that almost caused her to give up on being a pro golfer …
An emotional interview from @sophiacpopov after her incredible triumph!
— AIG Women’s Open (@AIGWomensOpen) August 23, 2020
Popov is the first German woman to win a major. Martin Kaymer and Bernhard Langer won on the men’s side … How’s this for a run at age 68? Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Doug Roxburgh just won his 17th club championship at Marine Drive in Vancouver … Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes will all move on to this week’s BMW Championship at Olympia Fields in Chicago. Hughes went from 52nd to 36th this week in FedEx Cup standings. He’s followed by Taylor (40), Hadwin (49) and Conners (54) … What was in Dustin Johnson’s bag for his convincing win at the Northern Trust? TaylorMade SIM 10.5° driver, SIM Max 15° fairway, SIM Max 21° fairway, P730 3-PW irons, MG 52° and 60° wedges, Spider Tour IB Limited putter and TP5X ball #1 … Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman and Adam Svensson are teeing it up at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Newburgh, Ind., which normally concludes the Korn Ferry Tour Final and awards 25 PGA Tour cards. The first 25 cards usually go to the top 25 on the regular season points list where Pendrith holds down fourth place, but everything is on hold until next year due to the pandemic … Mike Weir is playing the Charles Schwab Cup Series at Ozarks National, which began Monday and featured Phil Mickelson’s PGA Tour Champions debut in Ridgedale, Mo. … This was supposed to be the week of the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers if the golf business where they’re employed has experienced any incidents of coronavirus, in which an employee or guests/members/visitors tested positive. It was a landslide with 94 per cent of respondents voting no and six per cent saying yes … This week’s poll asks readers if they’re concerned that a second wave of coronavirus will prematurely end the 2020 Canadian golf season where they work. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.