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Golf Update: Wolff Roars in Mexico; Bellerive to Host 2030 Presidents Cup; Saso to Turn Japanese

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Golf Update Wolff Roars in Mexico Bellerive to Host 2030 Presidents Cup Saso to Turn Japanese

Golf Update – Matthew Wolff shot a course-record 10-under-par 61 to grab a two-stroke lead in the first round of the US PGA World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico. Wolff registered 10 birdies at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen. He led over Aaron Wise, who signed off for a 63 in the opening round. Starting from the 10th hole, the 22-year-old began his sizzling round with a birdie. Then, he added four more birdies in the last six holes of the back nine. He followed it up with back-to-back birdies in the first and second holes. After, he then scored three more in the fifth, seventh, and ninth holes. With his performance, Wolff matched his lowest round ever in his career. 

Wise, meanwhile, made seven birdies, one eagle and one bogey to shoot a 63. The golfer was a shot ahead of Chris Kirk, Sergio Garcia, Taylor Gooch, and Billy Horschel. Kirk began his round with a hole-in-one in the 10th hole. He became the first player to start a US PGA round with an ace. This was after Keith Mitchell did the exact feat in 2017. The sizzling scores in the opening round mean that it will be a big week for golf oddsmakers betting for their favorite parbusters in the PGA event.

Bellerive to Host 2030 Presidents Cup

The 2030 edition of the Presidents Cup will be held at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, the US PGA Tour has announced. The golf course has been the site of some historic moments. Particularly, in 1965 when Gary Player took home the US Open to complete a career in Grand Slam. It also played host to two PGA Championships in 1992 and 2018 that were won by Nick Price and Brooks Koepka, respectively. US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan described the city of St. Louis as a “passionate and iconic” sporting area and welcomes such events as the Presidents Cup with “tremendous enthusiasm.”

The Robert Trent Jones-developed course was the seventh different US layout to stage the team showdown between US and non-European Internationals squads. The Americans own an 11-1-1 (win-loss-draw) edge in the tournament. The last Presidents Cup saw Team USA winning 16-14 over the Internationals in Melbourne, Australia, with Tiger Woods serving as player-captain. The next event will stage in 2022 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other future Presidents Cup events scheduled include 2024 at Royal Montreal and 2026 at Medinah in suburban Chicago.

US Women’s Open Champion Changes Citizenship from Filipino to Japanese

Reigning US Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso has announced that she will change citizenship when she turns 22. The Filipina-born parbuster won two gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games and competed in the Tokyo Olympics. She opted to choose the citizenship of her father. National Golf Association of the Philippines secretary-general Bones Floro said that Saso’s decision was for business purposes and disclosed that its president Martin Lorenzo also tried to convince the athlete to remain a Filipina. Floro felt that Saso might be swayed by Japan’s passport power as she can travel for her tournaments without needing any visa. Saso will have more than a year to carry the Philippine flag before she reaches 22. The decision has left Filipino online betting enthusiasts sad and Japanese golf fans happy as they can bet on Saso as a campaigner for Japan by 2023.