Adam Long can remember playing the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship as a Korn Ferry Tour player, so he can appreciate being in the Dominican Republic as a big-leaguer.
Given Long’s recent form, he doesn’t look like he’s headed back to the KFT anytime soon. He’s turning 33 on Friday and I expect him to give himself a birthday present of making a sixth straight cut.
Long is coming off his best major championship performance of his career, posting T-13th (71-74-69-73) at the U.S. Open last week. The former Duke Blue Devil had one of the best scores on the weekend.
Long was solid all around last week with a top-30 ball striking week, finishing 13th in strokes gained around the green (.753) and 21st in SG putting (.965).
That last part is reassuring after finishing outside the 100 last season on the PGA Tour around the greens. Long did rank 41st in SG approach (.358).
Long came out of nowhere to outlast Phil Mickelson and others at the 2019 Desert Classic as the 417th-ranked player. He’s obviously shown it was no fluke as he’s entered the top 100.
Since June, Long recorded T-24th at the Travelers Championship, was solo runner-up at the 3M Open (his second of 2019-2020), made the cut at the PGA Championship (T-51st) and reached the second stage of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at the BMW Championship. Long was one spot away from his first trip to the Tour Championship.
Long finished T-8th at Corales in 2017. I expect another high result, this time against some tougher competition.