Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Backspin: Too Young for the Tour? - BACKSPIN - Golf News & Articles | Golf Channel

Too Young for the Tour?

"If Thompson eventually petitions the LPGA for a waiver of their age requirement (must be 18 to be an official tour member), Michael Whan and company would do well to grant it."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson gives us yet another British Open disappointment . So many times he overthinks himself. I'll bet it is hard to be his caddie when he makes these goofy decisions.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

McIlroy tears it up

Rory McIlroy leads the Open after stunning opening 63. So many of these young ones play with no fear.

Tiger in the hunt

Tiger Tracks Golf Blog .... well, he must have needed that putter change.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Watson is all class all the time

Mon, 12 July 2010|

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – On a blustery afternoon at the Old Course, Tom Watson had more to do than just work on his iron play heading into the British Open, the major he came so close to winning last year at the age of 59.

He posed for pictures. He doled out local knowledge. All with that impish grin.

“St. Andrews is a place where people are just happy. They’re just happy to be here. The fans, the players, everyone. It’s a place that people truly enjoy,” Watson said Sunday after a practice round with pick-his-brain playing partners Brian Gay and Ben Crane.

Can Watson pull off another turn-back-the-clock performance at the British Open? A year ago at Turnberry, he lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff after missing an 8-foot par putt on the 72nd hole that would have made him the oldest major champion in golf history.

“Ask me Wednesday,” Watson said. “I don’t have my arsenal firing right now. My iron play is sketchy right now. I’ve got to see if I can get it homed down.”

“I still love to put my game to the test here. It’s a wonderful test of golf. This is where people think of when they think of links golf. The first course that comes into your mind is St. Andrews.”

Gay and Crane were soaking it all in, trying to get inside information from Watson, who’s playing in his seventh Open at St. Andrews.

“I tried to pick his brain a little bit about pin positions and how to hit certain shots, what clubs to use,” Gay said. “This was my first go-round out here. It’s pretty overwhelming. There’s so much to try to figure out there. It just seems you can’t play it enough times.”

As they walked away from No. 17, the hole that runs alongside the Old Course Hotel, Crane wanted to know what to use as a reference point for his tee shots.

“I hit it over the ‘L’ of the hotel,” Crane said, referring to the prominent sign on the building.

“I hit ‘em over the ‘O,”’ Watson countered.

History is against Watson pulling off another performance like the one at Turnberry.

Even though he’s America’s greatest links champion, having won the claret jug five times on five courses, the one Scottish layout where he’s failed to win is St. Andrews. He came close in 1984, losing on the final holes to Seve Ballesteros.

It will be more of a challenge at St. Andrews – with the daunting length of holes such as the 480-yard fourth – than it was in 2009 at Turnberry, which better suited golfers getting by on guile more than strength.

“The conditions have to be right,” Watson said. “I have to be firing on all cylinders. That’s one thing I learned early in life. I didn’t have to fire on all cylinders to win. I could just think my way around the course early in my career and still win. But the older you get, the shorter you get.”

One thing that won’t be weighing on Watson’s game this week: any lament about letting the claret jug slip from his grasp at Turnberry.

“That left me in about 24 hours,” he said, shrugging his shoulders. “There’s no regrets at all. I’ve played enough golf to have lost tournaments that I should have won, and I’ve won some tournaments that I should’ve lost. That’s my philosophy about it. There’s nothing I can do to bring it back. So there’s no regrets. No regrets at all. That’s how life is.”

Not that he doesn’t appreciate what got away.

Said Watson, “It would’ve made a great story.”


Tiger to tee up with Rose, Villegas at Open -

American winners and the LPGA

Shag Bag Golf Blog . The success of the LPGA is dependent on interest in the U.S. . It markets it's players many times on how they look and where they are from. That's the cold hard fact.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tomasulo shoots 61 to win Nationwide event

Scores - Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic . Kevin Chappell shoots even par and gets lapped... ouch.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kevin Chappell is 5 strokes up at Nationwide event

Golf Scores - CBSSports.com

And Stricker keeps going lower and lower

Golf Scores - CBSSports.com... and lower.

Why Mickelson struggles at the British

I believe hitting it solid is as important as hitting it low in windy conditions.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A student of mine

Facebook Kendall Dusenberry: amazing junior golfer. Keep an eye on this one I really think she is gonna' be good.

Ben Hogan mirror image (lefty)

Here is some Mr. Hogan for you lefties who have been so discriminated against.

Glof swing plane training with WonderSwing1

I like this. Just turn and drag the arms, hands and club back with your torso. Don't use your wrists to take it away.

Geez, how low can they go?

Striker leads John Deere by one after setting 36-hole record

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Only 4 people see the entire round

Goydos' gallery of four: I happen to read her blog from time to time. I think this is a cool story.

Marijuana arrest

Matt Every playing in the Deere following marijuana arrest: At least his game didn't go to pot.

Kevin Chappell takes it low in Nationwide event

Golf Scores . Remember what I said about this guy. He can really golf his ball.

Stricker shoots 60

Like my buddy who texted me said... Yikes, ya shoot 60 and you are behind by one after first round.

Only fourth player to shoot 59 on PGA tour

Paul Goydos shoots 59 in John Deere’s opening round - man, that is low. Years ago I caddied for a buddy at a Hogan tour event and Goydos was in the group. He shot 67 and I couldn't believe it. When you watch him swing you think, ah whatever, it's not so pretty. Like they say, there are no pictures on the scorecard and 59 is low, low, low.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods turns icy at personal questions in Ireland . Maybe it's justified, maybe it isn't, but Tiger has seemed pretty icy about everything lately... except for his 4 footers.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Tiger continues to play poorly

Tiger staggers to 7-over 79 in charity event in Ireland :

Woods was matched up with no major celebrity teammates Monday. One in his foursome, silver-haired Swiss banker Bernard Droux, played more consistently than Woods, who offered him compliments after his precise approach shots and solid putts.

Ouch, outplayed by a banker.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Justin Rose playing well again

AT&T National Second Round: I always say that if a player has the kind of meltdown that Rose had last week it can lead to one of two things: a wound that won't heal or a learning experience that leads to a change in behaviour the next time around. Guess we will find out this weekend how Justin deals with it.

Update: Rose had this to say yesterday;

"I turned up here Monday morning feeling like I was a better player than I was Sunday," said Rose, who has eight birdies and just one bogey through 36 holes at the AT&T National. "You can never prevent it from happening again. I think that's the first thing to accept. You can't be scared of it happening again. You've just got to put yourself in that position, dig in, do your best."

Ya gotta' love that kinda talk.

Early start for Tiger tomorrow

Tiger Tracks Golf Blog . Barely making cuts must leave him seething.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tiger still struggling

Cause For Concern: It's not like he is dealing with a divorce or an inquiry about a relationship with a doctor who has been providing PHD (performance enhancing drugs) to other athletes... oh, wait, yes he is.