Sophia Popov and partner Max Mehles have actually changed functions for the week as the significant champ has actually gotten the bag for Mehles at the PGA Trip Canada Qualifying Competition.
Mehles opened with a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to take a share of 12th after the preliminary. The couple fulfilled through the German nationwide group and after Mehles finished from Kentucky last Might, COVID-19 put a stop to his expert strategies.
He actioned in to caddie for Popov last summer season at Royal Troon, and it ended up being a wonderful week for the couple as Popov assembled the story of the year in golf, winning the AIG Women’s British Open as the 304th-ranked gamer on the planet without any LPGA status.
Mehles remained on the bag for the rest of 2020 and now seeks to get status of his own today on the Mackenzie Trip. Keenan Huskey leads the field after an opening 5-under 67.
Popov informed Golfweek that she has actually caddied for Mehles prior to in smaller sized one-day occasions which she’s not extremely associated with his procedure.
” I assist with checks out and club choices occasionally,” Popov composed in a text, “however for one of the most part simply keeping him in great spirits!”
The 72-hole no-cut occasion occurs on the Competition at RTJ Golf Path at Highland Oaks in Dothan, Alabama, and there are 99 gamers in the field.
The medalist will make exempt subscription for the 2021 season. Those who end up second through sixth will be exempt through the reshuffle, which will happen roughly midway through the season. Those who end up seventh through 25th (plus ties) make conditional subscription.
Popov in fact looped for great buddy Anne van Dam last summer season when the LPGA season rebooted at the Drive On at Inverness. She stated her time on the bag assisted her with course management entering into the next numerous weeks, where she got approved for the AIG by completing connected for ninth at the Marathon Classic, then ended up in a share of 2nd on the Symetra Trip in the Arizona desert and after that won a significant.
Maybe this newest stint on the bag will result in a comparable outcome. The very first significant of the season, the ANA Motivation, is just 3 weeks away and the popular Popov will make her launching at Dinah’s location.