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Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:48:57 GMT
While the volume of play hasn’t increased, the course itself remains playable with conditions some say are better than what the world’s best competed on a year ago.
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:35:00 GMT
The U.S. Solheim Cup team took down the European side 16.5 to 11.5 in a thrilling team event in Iowa over the weekend. I watched most of Sunday's action with my daughter, and we had a blast. As I noted on the First Cut Podcast, I'm here for any kind of team event/match play golf you have to offer.  The ratings reflected two things. The first is that many golf fans are with me. The second is that women's golf continues to grow. Now, we're not talking about football or basketball ratings, but growth is growth, no matter how small.  U.S. captain Julie Inkster noted that in her closing remarks from Des Moines, too.  "I think the real winner here is women's golf," Inkster said. "You can say whatever
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:47:00 GMT
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Back in 2008, Paul Azinger led the weakest U.S. Ryder Cup team in recent history into battle. His back against the wall, and with the U.S. team without a victory since 1999, he drew inspiration from he Navy SEALS. That idea led to what Azinger later called the "Pod System," and the concept is pretty simple: Professional golfers aren't used to having partners, or being on a team, but as Azinger saw it, the European Team boasted an inherent advantage in making that transition because the team featured players from a variety of different countries. That may not sound like an advantage, but in a roundabout way, it kind of is. To make things simple, let's say pretend a European
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:53:42 GMT
Henrik Stenson kept making birdies on the back nine Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. They added up to a tournament record — and his first victory of the year. Stenson closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory in the final event of the PGA Tour regular season. The 2013 FedEx Cup champion finished at 22-under 258 at Sedgefield Country Club, breaking the course's 72-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008 and matched last year by Si Woo Kim. The Swede earned $1,044,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points for his sixth win on tour and his first since the 2016 British Open. "It's certainly a good time to start firing," Stenson said. "We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs. ... If
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:20:00 GMT
On a summer day in 2017, at a forward-thinking golf course in Chicago's western suburbs, I closed my eyes and imagined it was 1941. A young Ben Hogan takes a drag from a Chesterfield cigarette. The Hawk is stressed. He leads the Chicago Open with three holes to play but is engaged in what the Associated Press would call a "furious final-round battle." Elmhurst Country Club's 16th hole is atypical for the Midwest, a par-3 with an island green. Hogan misses his downhill target, but his ball lands dry, avoiding Salt Creek. He gets up and down for par. He wins for the fifth time on tour. Afterward he poses for a picture, pointing to a leaderboard displaying his 10-under total. His arm blocks the
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:00:00 GMT
Each morning on his way to work Marcio Galvão drives by the vacant sports arenas in Rio’s Olympic Park and the 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Like most Brazilians who expected so much more from the 2016 Olympic Games, the first held in South America, it makes Galvão’s heart sink. “It’s a disaster, a disaster,” he says. “From a Brazilian perspective, it’s a shame, because it’s a kind of incompetence from the governance.” It also serves as a daily reckoning of how crucial Galvão’s job is, not just to golf in Brazil but to the ultimate legacy of the ’16 Games. Those who know him call Galvão a “serious guy,” although the 67-year-old’s infectious smile and quick laugh suggest
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 02:30:33 GMT
LOS ANGELES – When Doc Redman was 14 years old, he decided he was tired of not being a great putter. For a whole year, he focused only on hitting the ball on the center of the putter face. The next year, he worked solely on his distance control and hitting straight putts. By the third year, he was perfecting his stroke on breaking putts. Redman’s dad, John, estimates his son hit about 7,000 putts a week in those three years, and dad would fish nearly every putt out of the hole. “I’ve got videos of us standing in the snow while he putted, and standing in the rain with an umbrella over his head,” John Redman said. “He was not a natural. It was lots and lots and lots of hard work, and he put it
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:15:18 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State redshirt senior men’s golfer Harry Ellis has been selected to the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team, announced by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Ellis and his GB&I squad will compete against the United States at the biennial amateur golf competition on Sept. 9-10 at Los Angeles Country Club. The Ryder-Cup style event pits some of the world’s best amateur golfers. Ellis is part of a 10-team squad that includes five Englishmen, two Scots, two Welshmen and one golfer from Ireland. Ellis is a Southampton, England, native who will be one of the top returning collegiate golfers in the country. The 2017 PING! All-American and All-ACC Team member has enjoyed an eventful offseason. He played at the Open Championship in Royal Birkdale on July 20-21, getting there in amazing fashion after delivering a stirring comeback at the Amateur Championship on June 24. In that competition, Ellis defeated Australian Dylan Perry on the second sudden-death hole after being 4 down with 5 holes left to play. The FSU graduate, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management this summer, also played at the Arnold Palmer Cup for Team Europe on June 9-11 at Atlanta Athletic Club. He contributed by winning the Day 1 foursome. GB&I looks to defend its Walker Cup title after winning 16 ½ - 9 ½ in 2015 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lytham St. Annes, England. The playing format includes four morning foursomes matches followed by eight singles matches on Saturday, Sept. 9. On Sunday, Sept. 10, four more foursomes will be played followed by 10 singles matches to end the tournament. All of the competition will be broadcast on FS1 (channel 219 on DirecTV; channel 150 on DISH Network). Day 1 foursomes on Sept. 9 will be covered from Noon-3 p.m. EST, followed by 5-8 p.m. coverage of Day 1 singles. On Day 2, the foursomes will be covered from Noon-3 p.m., then singles coverage will occur from 6-9 p.m. Ellis will be the third Seminole to participate in the Walker Cup, and the first to do so since Jeremy Robinson played for GB&I in 1987. FSU golfer A. Downing Gray, who competed for the Seminoles from 1959-61, played for the United States in 1963, 1965 and 1967. He also captained the U.S. in 1995 and 1997.
Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:24:05 GMT
The name Scotty Cameron has become synonymous with high-quality putters, and Titleist’s master craftsman for putters (that’s his official title) has worked with scores of the game’s top players. From Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson, Brad Faxon to Jordan Spieth, they’ve all come to his California studio to have their putting stroke scrutinized, and to have Cameron and his staff make them a putter. Cameron, 54, recently spoke at length with Golfweek‘s David Dusek about trends, finding just the right putter to match your stroke and more. David Dusek: I have learned that some of the simplest questions are the most difficult to answer, so I’m going to toss one to you that couldn’t be easier: How do you fit a player to a putter?
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:40:00 GMT
As the PGA Tour postseason kicks off, another race nears the finish line. Only two weeks remain for players to claim one of 10 automatic qualifying spots on the U.S. or International squads for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Rosters will lock following the Dell Technologies Championship, while captains Steve Stricker and Nick Price will each add two additional selections on Sept. 6. The Presidents Cup will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. Charley Hoffman is the American on the bubble, while Phil Mickelson sits 18th on the U.S. list. Mickelson has not missed an American team event since 1993 and has played in every Presidents Cup since the event's inception in 1994.

 

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