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Directors Poll: Week 9


Was Paul McBeth's hot hand enough to retake the top spot in this week's Directors Poll, or can Ricky Wysocki hold on? Photo: Eino Ansio

One round of 18-under par, or two rounds of 16-down?

That seemed to be the question heading into the most recent Directors Poll, as Paul McBeth was coming off his historic performance at the Great Lakes Open and Eagle McMahon made some personal history by winning his first career PDGA Major at the Konopiště Open

Chalk up another win for The Bird, then, as McMahon used his power and consistency to move to the top of the Directors Poll for the second time this season. The real surprise here, though, is the standing of Ricky Wysocki: His fifth-place showing in the Czech Republic was enough to trump McBeth's late-tournament surge into third place. We'll say Wysocki was flashing those back-to-back PDGA World Champion rings this week.

In other news:

  • Let's hear it for  Seppo Paju. First, the 23-year-old Finn logged a career-best Major finish, as he smashed the Franz Ferdinand fairways to take fourth at Konopiště. While a few putts stood in the way of a podium finish, he certainly got our voters' attention.
  • The same can be said for James Conrad, who also notched a fourth-place showing -- his came at the Great Lakes Open -- to continue his hold on a top 10 placement. He's well-positioned for a climb up the board as the season moves into the more friendly confines of the East Coast woods.
  • Paige Pierce didn't need to play the Major to keep her grip on the number one spot in FPO. She's that good.
  • While Eveliina Salonen matched McMahon with her first career Major -- and beat him by two years by getting it done at the ripe old age of 18! -- her Finnish compatriot Henna Blomroos wasn't able to make the cut. Keep an eye on her as European disc golf continues to get more coverage, though. She's the future.

We'll be back with another poll after the pros survive the rest of the Idlewild Open. Until then, here are the full standings:

Open

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Eagle Eyes: McMahon was locked into the top spot after his romp through the Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Eagle McMahon 37817 2 ↑ 1
2 Ricky Wysocki 38008 1 ↓ 1
3 Paul McBeth 27523 3 --
4 Simon Lizotte 8332 4 --
5 Drew Gibson 48346 5 --
6 Nate Sexton 18824 6 --
7 James Conrad 17295 8 ↑ 1
8 Garrett Gurthie 13864 7 ↓ 1
9 Nate Doss 11794 9 --
10 Seppo Paju 36744 15 ↑ 5
11 Jeremy Koling 33705 10 ↓ 1
12 Kevin Jones 41760 13 ↑ 1
13 Paul Ulibarri 27171 12 ↓ 1
14 Philo Brathwaite 26416 11 ↓ 3
15 Chris Dickerson 62647 17 ↑ 2
16 Austin Hannum 68835 16 --
17 Josh Anthon 17946 14 ↓ 3
18 Bradley Williams 31644 19 ↑ 1
19 Joel Freeman 69509 20 ↑ 1
20 Anthony Barela 44382 18 ↓ 2

Open Women

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Eveliina Salonen, 18, won her first career Major at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Rank Player PDGA # Previous Change
1 Paige Pierce 29190 1 --
2 Catrina Allen 44184 2 --
3 Sarah Hokom 34563 3 --
4 Jessica Weese 50656 5 ↑ 1
5 Lisa Fajkus 32654 4 ↓ 1
6 Madison Walker 59431 7 ↑ 1
7 Valarie Jenkins 17495 6 ↓ 1
8 Paige Bjerkaas 33833 9 ↑ 1
9 Eveliina Salonen 64927 New --
10 Jennifer Allen 15354 8 ↓ 2

Comments

Submitted by bntfischer on

I'm a little surprised there was no mention of Nikko L. He had a GREAT showing - rounds right behind Paul. I still believe he is in the top 20 - probably higher.

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