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Tee Box Talk: Can’t win a golf tournament if you don’t put pressure on the leader

Tee Box Talk is a weekly column that goes live every Monday about golf things that stood out to Pace over the weekend. 

The 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Justin Thomas never felt any heat at his heels. Going into Sunday at the Firestone Country Club (South Course) in Akron, Ohio, Thomas had a three-shot lead. That lead turned into a four-shot victory as Thomas picked up his second win of the year. There were a few golfers Sunday that tried to make a charge as Dustin Johnson and Thorbjorn Olesen fired 64’s and finished tied for third at 10-under. Kyle Stanley had a runner-up finish at 11-under but back-to-back bogeys at the 13th and 14th, hurt his chances of lifting up the Gary Player Cup trophy. Thomas put himself in a great position after Saturday’s round that helped him create a little cushion. That cushion could’ve been much larger if he didn’t card three bogeys in round three.

1. Tommy Fleetwood wants to buy Casey’s irons — Tommy Fleetwood hits Nike VR Pro Blade irons. Before the 2018 season begun, Fleetwood replaced his old irons with a new set, however, Nike doesn’t make equipment anymore and Fleetwood only has one set of VR Pro Blades left in his possession. So, with no final solution set in place, Fleetwood learned that Paul Casey had a set available this weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He offered to buy them. Casey wasn’t selling … yet. He told PGATOUR.COM Saturday that Fleetwood hasn’t offered a high enough price.

“They are as rare as rocking horse poo,” Casey said with a laugh. “And I will not sell them to him. Or put it this way, he hasn’t offered me enough money. They look beautiful, by the way, and I haven’t used them. They’re the kind of clubs you could hang on the wall.”

“I love the fact that [Tommy’s] running around telling everybody. I haven’t found any gifts in my locker or handwritten notes. He’s gotta try harder.”

2. Six-year-old New Jersey kid wins two world golf championships — One month after winning his first world golf title by four strokes in San Diego at the six-year-old and younger IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships, Trebor Melendez won his second over the weekend. U.S Kids Golf held the World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., and Melendez won the boys six and under division in a sudden death playoff. He turned six-years-old just about three weeks ago. Through three rounds of nine holes Melendez was tied for first-place at 7-under (32-35-34). The course was 1,311 yards and featured holes from 69 to 220 yards. I’m not saying he’s the next Tiger Woods but he took his first swing when he was 10-months-old and he’s only in first-grade.

 

3. LaMelo Ball jumped out of a golf cart — Possible the most bizarre golf story you didn’t hear this week came from a 17-year-old basketball player. LaMelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Lonzo Ball, jumped out of a moving golf cart in the latest episode of Ball in the Family. No one is sure why he did it but he can do just about anything athletically except stick a golf cart landing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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