THE WHOLE TRUTH

April 28 2016


Some news and views, notes and quotes as Rideau View's Golf Insider C.J. Stevenson takes a look at what's ahead this week in the world of golf ... Henderson goes for nine in a row ... Fritsch back after a win and T2 ... Smylie has reason to smile ... The Bahamas Bros (pictured above) are back to work.



THE LADIES

Brooke Henderson will be gunning for her 10th top 10 finish in a row at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Los Colinas Country Club in Irving, Tex.

Henderson, 18, has eight top 10 finishes on the LPGA Tour and one in a Ladies European Tour event in Australia for her remarkable streak.

She's coming off a tie for sixth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco last week, a finish that helped move her up two spots in the Rolex World Rankings to fifth http://www.rolexrankings.com/en/.

Henderson has moved up the rankings the most in the past 12 months, 199 spots from 204th.

Two-time winner and defending champion Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament because of an injury.

Henderson is off at 1:11 p.m. local time Thursday with Charley Hull and Gerina Piller. It's pretty good company. Hull is playing for the first time since a T2 at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year. Piller is coming off T3 at Swinging Skirts and has three straight top six finishes.

Piller's husband, Martin, finished T4 at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday so the Piller household banked about $350,000 for the week's work.

Not bad.

Wednesday marked 100 days until the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Countries with four players in the top 15 of the world rankings are eligible to have all four compete in the Games. Countries with less than four in the top 15 can send two players.

Right now, South Korea is the only country with four players eligible to play.

As of today, there would be 60 players from 34 countries.

Canada would be represented by Henderson and Hamilton's Alena Sharp, who moved up three spots to 120th in the world after her performance at Swinging Skirts, where she finished T40.

Sharp has moved up 13 spots in 2016.

Lexi Thompson and Stacey Lewis would represent the USA.

There will be another Canadian in the field this week at the Texas Shootout as Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., a sophomore at Texas A&M University, was one of the four qualifiers from the 100-person field in March.

This will be Szeryk's third LPGA Tour event, who also qualified for the Texas Shootout in 2014 when she was still in high school.

Kristen Gillman of Austin, Tex., is an 18-year-old senior at Lake Travis High School who also qualified. In an interesting twist, she defeated Henderson for the 2014 U.S. Amateur title.

THE DUDES

With a 2016-17 PGA TOUR card all but official, Rideau View member Brad Fritsch is at the United Leasing and Finance Championship at Victoria National Golf Club in Evansville, Ind., where's he's coming off a win in Colombia - his first on the Web.com Tour - and a T2 last week in Mexico.

He's second on the money list with almost $187,000 (about $161,000 made the top 25 last season to make the jump to the PGA TOUR).

Fritsch said his lofty status won't change much. The higher a player finishes on the money list, the better his position on the priority list to get into tournaments.

"It's very important (to finish as high as possible on the list). I can't imagine I'll be adjusting my schedule much," he said. "It's April and I've only played five events."

Fritsch has been owning the par-5s lately. He's -27 on the par-5s in the past two tournaments and -41 in the five tournaments he's played this season. He ranks No. 1 on the Web.com Tour with an average score of 4.38 on the par-5s.

His other performances: +8 on the par-3s (ranks 113th) and +5 on the par-4s (54th).

He leads the Web.com Tour in eagles with one every 54 holes and total eagles (six).

The winner on the Web.com Tour this week would like to follow in Smylie Kaufman's spike marks. Kaufman won this event last year on his way to finishing in The 25 and won his second PGA TOUR event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He played in the final group at The Masters this year.

There's a pretty good field at the PGA TOUR's Zurich Classic of New Orleans with World No. 1 Jason Day, No. 5 Rickie Fowler, former winner Billy Horschel and last year's rookie of the year, Daniel Berger.

Day has been No. 1 for nine consecutive weeks. He's got a little ways to go to match Tiger Woods' record at No. 1. That would be 683 weeks.

Mike Weir is back in the field this week after withdrawing after a first-round 78 two weeks ago at the RBC Heritage and igniting a Twitter war with ticked off fellow player Dawie van der Walt.

Tweeted van der Walt: "Gotta love a guy who gets an invite into a Tour event and then WD after the first round #?hangitupmike."

Van der Walt was frustrated because he's having a tough time getting into events (he apologized and deleted the tweet) . Fact is, Weir has earned his spot in the field. Don't hate the player; hate the game.

But time is running out on Weir, the 2003 Masters champion. He's got two starts left on his minor medical extension and needs to earn $670,000 or 410 FedEx Cup points to keep his PGA TOUR status.

He hasn't broken par since the 2014 CIMB Classic which is also the last time he made the cut. His lowest round is 73 this season. He's average just 259.4 yards off the tee and hit 46 percent of fairways. That's not a good combination. His strokes gained tee-to-green is -3.107. His greens in regulation percentage is 42.59 percent and reflected in the fact he hasn't had a streak longer than six GIR in a row.

CHIP SHOTS: Kaufman has been playing well for a while now, but he got his biggest boost in Twitter followers last week with the #?SB2K16 hashtag (Spring Break 2016) from the Bahamas where he partied with Rickie Fower, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth and Fowler chronicled much of it on Snapchat. You can read about it and check out the photos from the trip here: http://www.golfdigest.com/.../kaufman-and-fowler-on-their-epi... (Spieth's impression of David Feherty is worth some surfing on its own) ... Bob Parsons, the billionaire behind Go Daddy who's branched out into the club making business had some interesting observations and quotes. Among the ones I liked: "Committees make the best decisions when three people are on the committee and two of them are out of town." he said he spent $350,000 on new golf clubs - in one year. You can read the rest here: http://www.golfdigest.com/story/my-shot-bob-parsons....

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