The Barbasol Championship is an alternative event to the Open Championships. The event is mainly attended by professional golfers. The first Barbasol Championship was in 2015. The event takes place at Opelika, Alabama. Winners from alternative events such as the Barbasol Championship do not earn a spot at the Masters Championship but they are able to attend the PGA championship.
The 2017 Barbasol Championship took place on July 20- July 23. Scott Piercy won the first Barbasol Championship followed by Aaron Baddeley in 2016.
Grayson Murray won his first PGA title at the 2017 Barbasol Championship. He was able to beat Chad Collins by one stroke, scoring a 3-under-par sixty eight.
Murray started off behind Scott Stallings in the third round with an eagle, four birdies and one bogey.
Collins Murray later revealed that all he had to do was to make the least mistakes compared to the other golfers. His secret: to par on 17 and 18 so that the others would be unable to catch up with him. In his own words, “the others would have to do something special to beat me”
Murray finished par-birdie-par-par on the 14th and went on to birdie in 15, 16 and 17. However, he lost a six foot birdie on 18, a mishap that he shrugged off as just “life being life and golf being golf’.
Scott Stalling’s led on the third round was at par. He was able to lead with a birdie at 16 but was unable to hold off the competition. He bogeyed at 18 making him end up at position 3 behind Tad Ridings.
Tad Ridings bogeyed at 16, taking away the lead he had created in the final round. He finished at 19 under with Stallings and Brian Gray.
Up until the end of the Barbasol Championship, Murray’s top win was in October 2016 at Sanderson Farms.
The championship ended on a disappointing not for Brett Drewitt, who closed with a 9-under sixty two, the lowest score he has ever had.
Murray is 23 years old. On the same week, 24 year old Jordan Spieth won the British Open. This marks the eventual domination of young golfers. Murray attributes this new pattern to the fact that young golfers today are more courageous because they have practiced hard and seen it all. Other golfers who have begun dominating despite their youth include Berger, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Berger is 24 years old. Justin Thomas won the Sony Open recently. He turns 25 in October.
On top of the overall win, Murray walked from the tournament with an improvement in his rankings. Murray moved up to 24. Other golfers got their boost in rankings thanks to his tournament. Ryan Blaum moved to 105, Brian Gay was still at 115 and Camron Percy moved up from 135 to 12.
Sam Burns finished the tournament in 9th place and earned himself the title of the highest rated amateur in the event. It was also his 21st birthday. The young amateur golfer is likely to turn pro soon after completing the US Amateur as well as the Walker Cup.