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Paul McBeth took his first PDGA National Tour victory of 2018 with a final round 14-under par at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Tina Oakley

In the pantheon of battles between Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki, the number of epics seems more apt for a Hollywood film franchise or an avant-garde 1970s rock band.

2015 European Open. 2016 Masters Cup. 2014 Pro Worlds. All with their own flavor, but each providing another chapter in the career-long rivalry between this era’s most consistent victors.

It's easy to be happy when you're hitting 71 percent of your putts from circle 2, just like Paul McBeth did during round two of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge Saturday afternoon. Photo: Tina Oakley

Calvin Heimburg checks his scores after kicking off Pro Worlds with an 11-under par performance. Photo: Dalton Slantis

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – The heat index pushed toward triple digits here Wednesday during the first round of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, as Mother Nature welcomed competitors to the Green Mountain State with unseasonably warm conditions.

Little did she know she’d be outdone by a Sunshine State native with the hot hand.

Ricky Wysocki stared down adversity and came away with the lead after a round for the ages Saturday at the MVP Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen | DGPT

Gazing up from 30th place after the opening round of the MVP Open wasn’t exactly how Ricky Wysocki envisioned kicking off his title defense at Maple Hill Disc Golf Course. But after a frustrating Friday found him in that unenviable position, he dialed up the resolve that has become one of his career calling cards.

“I needed to do something,” Wysocki said.

"This tournament is far from over." Eagle McMahon has the lead at the midway point of the Konopiště Open, but he knows his competitors have plenty of time to catch up. Photo: Eino Ansio.

If Eagle McMahon was going to have a letdown after setting the Konopiště Open course record on Thursday, it wasn’t going to come on Friday. But the tournament’s defending champion was right there to keep pace.

Ricky Wysocki celebrates his third win of the 2018 season after a final round romp at the Utah Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

After a 14-under par final at the Utah Open that registered an 1105 round rating, Ricky Wysocki wasn’t feeling the need to brag.

“It’s not bad,” the two-time PDGA World Champion said with a laugh.

A little super glue helped Ricky Wysocki hold it together during round two of the San Francisco Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

After taking down the Santa Cruz Masters Cup, Paige Pierce (foreground) took over our Instagram story. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

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.

Reigning PDGA World Champion Ricky Wysocki takes a one-shot lead into Saturday's round at the Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Eagle McMahon is one of a handful of players who share the lead at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Photo: The Flight Record

EMPORIA, Kan. – “I want to act the same if I’m 18-under or if I’m 18-over.”

Ricky Wysocki separated from the pack by only carding two bogeys during the Jonesboro Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

In order to find the last time Ricky Wysocki went until April without a victory, you have to go all the way back to 2010, when he won a one-day C-Tier on May 8.

Snow blanketed the tee pads Saturday morning at the Jonesboro Open. Photo: DGPT

If the story from day one of the Jonesboro Open was course records, Saturday was about weather records.

Springtime in Arkansas turned into a winter wonderland overnight and the mercury dipped to 28 degrees, matching the record low for the same day from 1994. Morning tee shots resembled slap shots as players slid across pads, and even when the snow let up the wind did not.

Florida native Garrett Gurthie sits in first place at the Jonesboro Open after a course record-breaking opening round. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

If it seems like Garrett Gurthie is playing like a man trying to make up for lost time, perhaps that's because he is. 

Plenty changed in the three years he was away from disc golf, and the Florida native took notice. Now back on tour full time, he's making good on his decision to hit the road. And he's ready for his close-up.

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.

Nikko Locastro is one of five tied for the lead after the first day of the Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

A handful of competitors tossed double digits under par Wednesday to kick off the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour season, with 10 coming up as the lucky number on the leaderboard at the Memorial Championship outside Phoenix.

JohnE McCray, Nikko Locastro, K.J. Nybo, Ricky Wysocki, and Teemu Nissinen all fired off 1062-rated 46s at Fountain Hills to seize an early share of the lead, while Simon Lizotte, Eagle McMahon, and Eric Oakley are tied for sixth place after their 9-under par 47s.

Jesse Adams leads the Las Vegas Challenge after a 10-under par performance Thursday. Photo: PDGA Media

HENDERSON, Nev. – Jesse Adams is playing in his first career PDGA National Tour event, and with that came an 8:32 a.m. tee time Thursday at the Las Vegas Challenge.

By 5 p.m., when all of disc golf’s biggest names finally exited Wildhorse Golf Club after a day of abysmal conditions, Adams’ unofficially 1075-rated 10-under par 48 still stood up as the top performance.

It’s rare, but sometimes not making the cut can end up being a blessing in a weird way. They didn’t cash, but at least they can say they went to an amazing event and played one of the best courses in the world during back-to-back-to-back days of incredible weather. It’s been more than 15 hours since the first card teed off this morning at a cold, windy, and rain-plagued Maple Hill, and it’s STILL RAINING.

The long awaited start of the 32nd Kansas City Wide Open came to fruition this morning at Wyandotte County Park on the Kansas side of Kansas City. Thanks to a ton of prep work by the tournament staff, the course was primed and ready to go for championship caliber disc golf. The air horns sounded off right on time for the shotgun start, and the 84 players were lucky enough to tee off and play all day in nearly perfect weather conditions.

Anyone that checked the weather forecast last night was probably not looking forward to the final round of the Texas State Championships today at Old Settlers' Park. The wind was somehow forecasted to  be even stronger than the first round on Friday, but with the added punishment of colder temperatures and potential precipitation. Thankfully the rain never showed up, but the continuous 25mph-30mph wind ensured that even the most seasoned competitors would never have an easy drive, approach, or putt.

When we arrived at Old Settlers' Park this morning for the second round of the 2014 Texas State Championships, we knew we'd be in for an interesting morning to say the least. Typically when we get to the park in the morning to set up the tents, PA system, and feather banners, the only people around are the tournament staff and the grandmasters warming up on the course. What we saw instead as we winded around the park heading towards tournament central was an absurd amount of pedestrians walking the paths that meander through the fairways of the course.

"That's ridiculous..." was the most common phrase overheard if you were hanging out near where the players turned in their scorecards after finishing their first round of the Texas State Championships. The players and spectators uttering that phrase were of course referring to the unofficially rated 1107 round that Ricky Wysocki (#38008) threw in the persistent 30mph wind on the monstrous 21 hole layout that is Old Settlers' Park in Round Rock, TX. Even the players that came in feeling really good about their round were blown away.