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Phil’s Announcement, Secrets of the Memorial Milkshake, Pine Needles

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Minjee Lee was golf’s biggest winner this week.

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Welcome to the Monday ending, where there are things money can’t buy – like these milkshake shots. Let’s go!

FIRST ON THE TE

Something you might have missed: Telling the truth to the power of the milkshake.

Every year, Muirfield Village’s legendary milkshakes seem to get bigger. The best milkshakes in golf. The best milkshakes in the world. What could they possibly put there?!

To hear some pros talk about it, the main reason they show up at the Memorial every year is to pick up a buckeye shake after the round every day. Maybe two. I had the pleasure of covering and coaching the tournament and can confirm that the milkshake obsession is not overstated; pros and caddies and families absolutely harbor milkshakes all week.

But this year, for the first time, there seemed to be a few pros determined to push the narrative further.

“I guess I don’t want to get in trouble here, but like – the milkshakes are good. I’ve had milkshakes that are just as good elsewhere,” said Rory McIlroy.

My friends, I have been in the inner sanctum. I visited Captain’s Grill and cracked the code. And I’m happy to share with you that the secret to Muirfield Village’s milkshakes is…the fact that they’re made with ice cream and candy.

Seriously, let’s get past the myth here. Yes, they use delicious ice cream. Yes, they seem to have the ratios on point. But the truth is, Memorial milkshakes are delicious because everything the milkshakes are delicious. Big Milkshake has established this week as the week when it is socially acceptable to consume them in large quantities in the name of tradition. We’re all in line, one 1200 calorie drink at a time.

I’m definitely not shaming the milkshake here. I believe that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, people should consume ice cream at least once a day; it is the natural order of things. But I’d like us to be honest about this particular tradition and just admit that Muirfield Village doesn’t hold the secret – we do. The secret is inside.

Human beings really love milkshakes.

WINNERS CIRCLE

Who won the week?

Minjee Lee, star.

It was the week when Minjee Lee officially arrived. Of course, she had established herself as one of the best golfers in the world. She had reached No. 2 in the world in 2019. She had scored significant victories as recently as her penultimate start, when she won the Founders Cup. She had even won her first major championship in Evian last year. But there is no equivalent to the US Women’s Open. The massive purse. The massive scene. Massive examination. All seen in ridiculous HD (thanks USGA and shout out Peacock, who all seem to have mastered streaming).

On Saturday night, Lee – who held a three-stroke lead – was asked about her plan for Sunday.

“I’m just going to try to do as many birdies as possible,” she said.

Good plan. Well executed. Lee had four birdies against four bogeys on Sunday in the spotlight. She looked distinctly cool doing it, taking the wording on her win at all costs clothes very literally. His terrific swing had its due; she’s arguably the best irons player in the LPGA and had the chance to prove it (although her red putter really did make a difference). While the post-game analysis seemed to focus on the fact that Lee’s final round was far from perfect, it ignored the fact that only two golfers in the entire field posted better final round scores than his 70 peers. .

Minjee Lee, worthy winner.

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Billy Horschel, sneaky winner

Your new world number 11! As Minjee Lee, Billy Horschel shot 13 under to win by four strokes. Like Lee, he closed it Sunday with a tied final round. Unlike Lee, his included a 50-foot bomb for the Eagle to slam the door at No. 15 on Sunday. Now? Horschel’s resume includes a WGC, a playoff win, a FedEx Cup win and, after Sunday, an invitational win as well. He lacks a Players Championship to hold all the PGA Tour cards. He is No. 8 in the Presidents Cup standings for Team USA.

Horschel’s approach seemed different from Lee’s.

“I knew I was starting with a five shot lead, I know if I lose it I wasn’t going to say I was going to choke. I’m very aware of what people say, whether it’s on social media or in the media, they’re going to question what I’ve done.

In other words, Horschel was trying not to screw it up. He succeeded.

“I didn’t have to do anything special there,” he said. “I have a five-stroke lead. I’ve been playing well the last two days. I just have to go out there and keep executing golf shots and try not to do anything special, try not to do anything stupid that would get guys back in the fold.

ALMOST WINNING CIRCLE

Moral victories all around.

Mina Harigae’s seven-figure check

It’s a million dollars for second place, a first in women’s golf history. Quite a consolation prize.

Albatross of Mito Pereira

Pereira, your near-winner in the PGA Championship, made two on the par-5 seventh hole on Sunday. More importantly, he finished T13, confirming the fact that Southern Hills doesn’t seem to haunt him and that he’s quietly one of the most consistent golfers on the planet, with 12 top 30 finishes in his last 15 starts.

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Some pros who might have been on your Brookline radar showed they were in great shape on a tough golf course, including the sniper Patrick Canlay (T3), great specialist Will Zalatoris (T5) and hard golf expert Max Homawhose T5 took him to a career-best 23rd in the world. Jon Rahm (T10) also seems to be doing very well, thank you very much.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT

LIV is actually happening, huh? Here’s what we know.

The players

Dustin Johnson has officially arrived at the property, signaling the start of the first LIV event outside of London. In other words: Yes, we actually do.

If you read Johnson’s statement (released by his agent) more Kevin NaResigning from the PGA Tour really makes you feel like these guys are ready to quit everything on the Tour. They talk about their stay there in the past tense. Based on the cash values ​​that are being thrown around, this should perhaps come as no surprise. Speaking of what…

money

CEO of LIV Greg Norman talks about a big game, but it also has significant financial backing, which makes some of the reported numbers — like $125 million for Johnson — believable. This is especially true in the context of the $2 billion investment Norman says he has secured for LIV’s next few years. We’ll find out more about those numbers over time, but one interesting nugget buried in this excellent Washington Post article on Norman has to do with their quest to Tiger Woods:

“Norman says Woods turned down a deal that was ‘breathtaking huge; we’re talking high nine figures. “

What exactly does “high nine digits” mean? I’ll let you analyze that one, but it looks like a lot of money and it’s interesting and telling that Team Tiger turned it down.

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It would be dishonest to suggest that LIV has no star power; despite McIlroy’s fair criticism of his strength on the pitch, the fact that a new league has scored a number of top pros and a handful of established executives is pretty seismic. On Monday, we learned more about the broadcast team, which includes longtime Golf Channel voice Jerry Foltz, former Asian Tour pro Dom Bouletlong-distance champion and influencer Troy Mullins and titled voice of the Premier League (and Ted Lasso!) Arlo White.

The tickets

… still seem to be available. Offering free tickets upfront would have been a compelling strategy. Trying to give them a few days before the event suggests oversupply.

The Phil

Last week we at End of Monday confirmed that Phil Mickelson had been training with the coach and the caddy (that’s his brother Tim) like one would only do when preparing for an event. And until he officially committed to the LIV realm, we were reluctant to speculate on his intentions. But in real time, right after I initially pressed “publish” on this story, Lefty dropped his own news: He’s heading to Centurion for the first LIV series event.

Mickelson’s path to the first LIV event was rocky, to say the least. There was his rant against the PGA Tour. His recruitment and behind-the-scenes dealings. His interview with Alan Shipnuck. His disappearance from the public eye. His absence from the Masters and his defense of the PGA Championship title. Now that he is on the pitch, I feel like it was always a win. I’ll have more to say on this as I digest it, but I’ll offer this: I hope the first paragraph of his statement is true, for the sake of Mickelson and those around him. . For the rest: money talks!

NEWS FROM SEATTLE

Monday Arrival HQ

It’s the height of summer in Seattle right now, at least according to the sunset. There’s a nine hole across the street, Interbay Golf Center, which now offers 8 p.m. tee times, and there’s no doubt you’ll get your full round. Dream season, gang.

AND AFTER

Three things to watch this week.

1. The Curtis Cup!

Tired of all that money talk? The Curtis Cup heads to Merion, where you can enjoy the glory of a top golf course as the backdrop for tremendous team competition.

2. The Canadian return of the PGA Tour

After cancellations two years in a row, the RBC Canadian Open returns to Ontario with a strong field in tow. Can McIlroy defend his 2019 title three years later? Who else gets hot before Brookline?

3. Circus LIV

What will Centurion look like this week? Who will watch? Are you going?

We’ll see you next week.

dylan dethier

Dylan Dethier

Golf.com Editor

Dylan Dethier is Senior Editor for GOLF Magazine/GOLF.com. The native of Williamstown, Mass. joined GOLF in 2017 after two years of struggling on the mini-laps. Dethier is a 2014 graduate of Williams College, where he majored in English, and is the author of 18 in Americawhich details the year he spent as an 18-year-old living off his car and playing a round of golf in every state.

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