The Sunday Sweat

The Open Championship

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Justin Thomas has been on the struggle bus this season. Let’s start by saying JT made a 9 on the par-5 18th during Thursday’s opening round of The Open Championship 😬.

Let me just say, JT is one of my personal favorites on TOUR. While his shirts are often a bit too… bright for me, the dude has some serious swagger. And when he’s feeling it out on the course he’s not only exciting to watch as a spectator but nearly impossible to beat.

But the kids game this season just hasn’t been what we’ve come to expect from him. In 17 events played, he has 0 wins, 0 runner-ups, and three top-10s. For someone with 15 career wins at the ripe age of 30, this has been a disappointing year for him thus far.

Worst of all, he’s at risk of not making the Ryder Cup team, one of his favorite events to play in. He’s currently sitting 13th in the Ryder Cup standings, the top-6 get an automatic bid, every other player who makes the team needs a captains pick.

Get it together JT!! We fans need to see more of that electric Spieth and JT pairing at the Ryder Cup later this year.

  • ⛳️ Tournament: The Open Championship

  • 💰 Purse: $16,500,000

  • 🎥 Watch: 7am-2pm EST (NBC)

The best players in the world are competing at Royal Liverpool GC for the final major of the year. The conditions have been volatile. What was a hard and fast course the first two rounds, softened up with some rain on Saturday which resulted in some very low scores. Jon Rahm for instance went out early and made the course look like a walk in the park, shooting a course record 63, 8-under par. With rain again in the forecast for the final round, we could see some big time drama on this major Sunday. We love it!

The Narrative: The lefty, no no, not Phil, Brian Harman 🤔. Some may have heard of him, most probably haven’t. In 339 events played on TOUR, this lefty has two wins with his latest at the Wells Fargo Championship all the way back in 2017. With that said, he’s built himself a nice cushion of five strokes heading into the final round. But this is a major Sunday, and he has a young and hungry Cameron Young and a Spanish bull in Jon Rahm looking to chase him down.

Does this little known lefty, in a position he’s never been in, have one more round in him to take home his third career win and first major championship???


Cam Young has the ability to go ridiculously low at any moment and pour in the birdies. This year at the Dell Match Play he made NINE (9) STRAIGHT threes on the front-9 at Austin CC. Hopefully Young will be putting pressure on Harman all day Sunday. He ripped off a -5 (66) on moving day to get in the final pairing thanks to shots like this:

Rahmbo went silly on Moving Day and just picked up the course record at Royal Liverpool. He was quoted after saying “that’s the best round I’ve played on a links golf course ever”. He finished off his historic round with this birdie putt on 18 to break the course record:

Had to show a Rickie highlight because… of course, we do. He had his first-ever bogey-free round in a major championship on Saturday and went from on the cut line to top 25 heading into Sunday. He threw it past the hole and ripped it back to set up a bird here on 16:

Outright Winner: Cameron Young @ +700 ($100 to win $700) 

Why? Cameron Young, in only his sophomore season on the PGA TOUR, has proven he has the game to get his first win on the PGA TOUR. But more importantly, not only has he shown he’s got the game, but he’s also put himself in contention on Sundays. Last year he finished in solo 2nd at The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Not only that, he was paired with Cameron Smith who went on to take one away from Rory Mcilroy, who at the time was the leader heading into the final round. Being in the final pairing with Harman allows this young buck to put the pressure on early and often. One time Cam Young!!!!

Drip Pick: Harris Tweed x Footjoy

Brand Details: Footjoy and Harris Tweed joined forces to release two stunning limited edition golf shoes to celebrate the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The Wilcox is priced at $260, and the field is priced at $240. Both models will be available on Footjoy come August 3rd.