Paul McBeth was at his Sunday best with a final round comeback in Kentucky. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
On the same day Tiger Woods made a late charge at the British Open before ultimately falling short, the disc golfer most often compared to the stick-and-ball stalwart was able to finish his own triumphant comeback.
A 1065 average round rating led Eagle McMahon to his first career PDGA Major victory at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio
Eagle McMahon had always said that once he finally got over the hump and locked down his first significant win that more victories would follow.
But he never thought they would come this quickly.
“I didn’t, no,” the 20-year-old Colorado native said. “Like at Vegas, after I won that tournament there were thoughts in my head like, ‘Sweet, I got the big win. This is gonna be my big win of the year.’ Fast forward to mid-July, and it’s one of four. It’s gone a lot faster than I expected.”
Paul McBeth tossed a historic round Saturday at the Great Lakes Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
It's the seventh of July, but don't tell that to Paul McBeth.
The four-time PDGA World Champion brought some leftover fireworks to the Great Lakes Open Saturday, as he hit a 50-foot putt on the 18th green to go 18-under par and move to a comfortable lead at the sixth Disc Golf Pro Tour event of the season.
Ricky Wysocki won his second career Santa Cruz Masters Cup after a wild final round at the DeLaveaga Golf Course. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The famed Beach Boardwalk and its landmark Giant Dipper make for a bucolic skyline here in this seaside enclave, but for yesterday afternoon’s final round of the Masters Cup it was as if Ricky Wysocki and Josh Anthon picked up the red and white wooden roller coaster and transplanted it to the fairways of the DeLaveaga Golf Course.
Paul McBeth joins the show to talk about this weekend's Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: The Flight Record
Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the record-breaking PDGA Women’s Global Event weekend, including Sara’s WGE experience (00:45); the KC Diva Spring Feeva (3:50); and some of the other numbers that point toward the event’s success (5:57). Sara breaks down observations from the Global Scores (9:22) before the hosts cover the hot rounds from the weekend (13:45).
The weather in Waco was not the only intriguing story from the weekend. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
There weren’t any buzzer beaters, though competitors did race Mother Nature’s shot clock on Saturday. Nor were there any UMBC Retrievers to be found, but some did have to retrieve wayward discs from the waters of the Brazos River. Heck, there wasn’t even an upset; even if there was, Nate Perkins over Jeremy Koling would have been more akin to No. 13 Marshall over No. 4 Wichita State than Friday night’s No. 16 over No. 1 shocker.
Jeremy Koling has employed a smooth forehand and precise approaches as he aims to defend his Waco title. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
Paul McBeth was on a historic pace Friday at the Waco Annual Charity Open. A near impossible eagle connection through a wooded jail on Brazos Park East’s 15th put him at 10-under par through nine holes, and it looked as if a vintage performance was in the making.
A clean sheet vaulted Devan Owens to the top of the Waco Annual Charity Open leaderboard. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT
Devan Owens was in the zone Thursday, content to play placement golf through the woods of Brazos East Park and take what the course would give him. Even as he peppered in a 75-foot throw-in for birdie on the track’s 462-foot 13th, he really didn’t have a sense of how well he was playing.
Paul McBeth tees off during the final round of the 2013 Memorial Championship. Photo: PDGA
March 2, 2013, started like any regular day for Paul McBeth. He woke up on the road, in Arizona, and ate a basic breakfast – probably yogurt, he said, because he was less sensitive to dairy back then – and headed to Fountain Hills for the final round of the Memorial Championship.
Eagle McMahon (left) and Joel Freeman shared their home state pride after round three of the Las Vegas Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen
HENDERSON, Nev. – Eagle McMahon and Joel Freeman stood feet from the 18th basket on the Adidas Terrex course on one of the rare patches of green grass in this parched desert landscape. The sun had just set on the third round of the Las Vegas Challenge, and the two Colorado natives could not help but be in awe at their current standing.
“I can’t believe that Joel – from Colorado -- and me are first and second right now,” McMahon said. “That’s so ridiculous.”
Paul McBeth #27523 sweeps every ranking metric in 2015 to retain his PDGA World #1 rank after sweeping the PDGA Majors: Pro Worlds, USDGC, Aussie Open, Scandinavian Open, and European Open. McBeth also finished with the best record for the PDGA National Tour events and retained the highest player rating, setting new records along the way. Ricky Wysocki #38008 moved up into 2nd place on the strength of his runner-up finish at the 2015 USDGC, forcing Will Schusterick #29064 and Nikko Locastro #11534 down to 3rd and 4th, respectively.
Disc golf history was made at the USDGC during Saturday’s final round when Paul McBeth #27523 won his first USDGC and completed disc golf’s Grand Slam in the process when he beat Richard Wysocki #38008 by five strokes.
Coming from three strokes behind to start the day, McBeth shot a 61 (-6), overtaking Round 3 leader Nate Sexton #18824, then eventually outlasting Richard Wysocki when Wysocki stumbled on Hole 17, clearing the way for a McBeth victory.
“The National Tour started with a playoff and ended with a playoff”, said Paul McBeth #27523 as we walked up to the tee pad of Hole 2 with the gallery just behind us. At that moment, the reality of the 2015 National Tour coming to an end finally hit me. Has it really been six months since The Memorial Championships where Mcbeth faced another North Carolinian in a playoff?
We think back to last year’s exciting PDGA World Championships and how exciting the final few rounds were before the most memorable playoff. The way this year’s tournament is playing out, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see equally as large fireworks in Pittsburgh this weekend for the 2015 Pro Worlds.
With two full rounds remaining before the finals, the leaderboard continues to see many changes after a wild day on Thursday.