After tying for sixth at the Memorial on Sunday, Mackenzie Hughes jumps from 97th in the official world golf rankings to 75th and earns a spot in September’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot as a top 10 finisher at Muirfield who wasn’t previously exempt. As it stands, he’ll be joined by Adam Hadwin, 56th in the world rankings, and Corey Conners, ranked 63rd, and that group of Canadians could be joined in a couple of weeks by a player on the Korn Ferry Tour. Taylor Pendrith has rocketed to third on the regular season points list. The top five point leaders who are not already exempt through the Portland Open, to be played Aug. 6-9, will also earn a spot in the Open … Since July 4, when Pendrith had a T3 finish at the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes, he has finished second and tied for second at TPC San Antonio at the Canyons and Oaks courses, respectively. Last year, he had a similar run and continued his hot hand throughout the summer. On July 14 just over a year ago, Pendrith began a streak in which he finished second at the Osprey Valley Open on the Mackenzie Tour, followed by a T3 finish a week later and a win in early August at the 1932byBateman Open. It didn’t end there as Pendrith finished T5 the following week and got his second win of the year in early September at the Mackenzie Investments Open … Pendrith isn’t playing this week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship in Springfield, Mo. … Pendrith jumped from 241st last week to 190th in this week’s world rankings … Memorial champ and new world No. 1 Jon Rahm has made a couple of equipment adjustments this season. He switched golf balls, moving to TaylorMade’s TP5 from the TP5X earlier this year for more spin and control with his irons and wedges. He also weakened the lofts in his irons slightly to better manage his trajectory and descent angle. In his bag at Memorial was the TaylorMade SIM 10.5 driver Aldila Tour X, SIM 15.0 fairway Aldila Tour X, SIM 18.0 fairway Graphite Design Tour AD X, P750 irons 4-PW, MG Hi Toe 52 degree wedges, MG2 56 and 60 degree wedges, Spider X chalk putter and TP5 #10 ball.
Shout out to the amateurs: Last week, we reported that Doug Roxburgh’s 53 year streak of playing in the British Columbia Amateur was coming to an end so he could be at his son’s wedding. Roxburgh, a Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and a four time winner of the Canadian Amateur, has won the B.C. title 13 times. This isn’t a streak of over 50 years, but Kim Carrington of the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club has won the Alberta Senior Women’s Championship for the fourth time in six years, the most recent coming last week, when she won by five shots at Glendale Golf and Country Club. Actually, Carrington has won four of the last five she’s played in, considering she had foot surgery in 2016 and missed the entire season. She’s an independent sales rep, who works with G&G Golf and ACI Brands … If ever you need inspiration in this year of the pandemic, think of Eva Eckert, full of hunour according to her friends. Still smiling, she teed off last week at Regina Beach Golf Club on her 100th birthday. Global News has more here … Graham DeLaet indicated last week he planned to be back playing in September. DeLaet has been out since January after withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open due to back issues that have plagued him throughout his career. The 2020-21 season is scheduled to get underway Sept. 10-13 at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. … Conners, Michael Gligic, David Hearn and Roger Sloan are the Canadians in the field for this week’s PGA Tour stop, the 3M Open in Blaine, Minn. … The Korn Ferry Tour is in Springfield, Mo., for the Price Cutter Charity Championship, where Stuart Macdonald, Ben Silverman and Adam Svensson are in the field … The Symetra Tour resumes this week with Maddie Szeryk, Brittany Marchand, Josee Doyon and Samantha Richdale in the field at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich. Hannah Hellyer began the week as an alternate …. Marchand previews the remaining nine events on the schedule here … Last week’s GNN Poll asked readers how they think overall year end revenue at the golf operation where they work will compare to last year’s total, assuming there are no more disruptions to the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The majority, or 52 per cent of respondents, said year end revenue will be between 75 and 100 per cent of last year’s total, 24 per cent said it would be between 50 and 74 per cent, while 21 per cent of respondents said between 25 and 49 per cent of 2019 revenue. Three per cent of respondents said it would be lower than 25 per cent … This week’s poll asks if, in this year of the pandemic, are readers playing more, less or the same rounds of golf as they normally would at this time of year. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.