The Open 2017: What to Expect this Weekend

July 20th, 2017

One of the biggest tournaments of the year starts today! We know you’re excited. This year, as I’m sure you know, The British Open will take place at Royal Birkdale Golf Course, in England. Every year exciting and surprising things happen at The Open, but here’s what we’re looking at at this point.

1. The Course

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The course was founded in 1889, but underwent a redesign 33 years later. While it may be beautiful, it’s certainly not without it’s challenges. Sand dunes, wind, and tight fairways, will all be factors that play into this weekend’s tournament.

This year marks the 146th British Open, and it will be Royal Birkdale’s 10th time hosting this tournament. While the first tournament took place in 1860, there are 12 years the tournament did not take place: 1871, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945.

2. History

Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson,  Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino,  Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, John Daly- these are just a few names of golfers who’ve taken home the Claret Jug over the years. Here are the winners from the past 10 years:

  • 2016- Henrik Stenson
  • 2015- Zack Johnson
  • 2014- Rory McIlroy
  • 2013- Phil Mickelson
  • 2012- Ernie Els
  • 2011- Darren Clarke
  • 2010- Louis Oosthuizen
  • 2009- Stewart Cink
  • 2008- Padraig Harrington
  • 2007- Padraig Harrington

 3. Weather Forecast

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Unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news on the weather side of things. As of right now, in Southport, England, rainy and windy weather is on the horizon.

  • Thursday- Sunny and Partly Cloudy with a Low of 55 and High of 62
  • Friday- 90% Chance of Rain with a Low of 55 and a High of 66
  • Sat- 30% Chance of Rain with a Low of 54 and a High of 67
  • Sun- 40% Chance of Rain with a Low of 58 and a High of 65

They are also calling for approximately 15-25mph winds throughout the weekend!

4. Those most likely to win

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Here are our current top picks.

1. Dustin Johnson- DJ is the #1 ranked golfer in the world. With 3 wins this year alone, despite his recent injuries, Johnson’s been having a pretty good year.

2. Jordan Spieth- He’s won twice this year, which got him his 10th PGA Tour career win just a few weeks ago.

3. Jon Rahm- The 22 year old is ranked #5 on the FedExCup Standings with 7 Top 10 finishes this year, including his first PGA Tour win and 2 runner ups.

4. Rickie Fowler- While he hasn’t yet won a Major, since he became a part of the PGA Tour, Rickie has won 4 tournaments and had 55 Top 10 finishes. He’s currently ranked #6.

5. Sergio Garcia- This was Sergio’s big year. Winning The Masters gave him his very 1st Major PGA Tour win. But overall, he’s had 95 Top 10 finishes in his career!

5. Notable News

  • Just in case you haven’t already heard, Phil Mickelson is playing, just without a driver!
  • Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the tournament Wednesday morning, due to a rib injury. James Hahn, 1st alternate, is taking his place.
  • Kevin Na made a hole-in-one on the 14th hole during Wednesday’s practice round!

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July 16th, 2017

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5 Unwritten Rules of Golf Etiquette You Need to Know!

July 14th, 2017

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1. Tick-Tock! 

This one’s a gimme (pardon my pun :p)! Make sure you arrive at the course AT LEAST 15 minutes before your tee time. The last thing anyone wants is for someone to start the game off behind schedule.

 

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2. Nope! You can’t stand there!

Standing behind a person attempting to putt is bad news. If you want to make friends on the course, don’t stand behind them or in their line through- which extends 2-3 ft past the hole. Give the guy (or gal) some space.

 

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3. Put the phone away!

If you’re paying attention to your phone, chances are you’re not paying attention the game. This makes for some really slow play. Be courteous to your group and those behind you.

 

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4. Keep Calm and Carry On

Sad but true, throwing your clubs is a no-no. While breaking or tossing the club that caused you to triple bogey 3 holes is a row may be an effective form of catharsis, let’s remain calm and remember this is a gentleman’s sport.

 

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5. Shhhh!

Pretty much everyone knows not to talk while someone is getting ready to hit the ball, but it may surprise you to learn that it’s customary for the person holding the pin to hold the flag still so that the noise from the flapping doesn’t distract the person trying to putt.

The Rock Bottom Golf Dictionary: “Fairway”

July 12th, 2017

The Rock Bottom Golf Dictionary presents the definition of

Fairway

/’ferwā/; fair•way
noun

  1. the part of a golf course between a tee and the corresponding green, where the grass is kept short.
  2. the nicely kept grass you drive the cart on to find your #$@&%*! ball in those #$@&%*! trees over there.

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Quick Look at Quicken Loans National

June 30th, 2017

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1. The Course

The PGA Tour hosted tournaments at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for over 15 years (1987-2004, 2006). The course was renovated in 2008, but even so, no PGA Tour events have been held there since 2006. This will be the first time The Quicken Loans National tournament, formerly known as the AT&T National, has been held here!

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2.  Neat hole on the Course

One notable hole on the Avenel Farms course is the par-3 12th hole. On this hole, one must hit an uphill shot to a hole that cannot be seen!

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3.  Tiger Woods Foundation

As you probably know by now, Tiger Woods will not be attending this event. It’s unfortunate, for many reasons, including the fact that this tournament contributes to his charity, the Tiger Woods Foundation. This foundation helps children growing up in low-income homes receive the education and skills they need to be successful.

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4.  Previous Winners

Here are the winners from the past 10 years.

  • Billy Hurley 2016
  • Troy Merritt 2015
  • Justin Rose 2010, 2014
  • Bill Haas 2013
  • Tiger Woods 2009, 2012
  • Nick Watney 2011
  • Anthony Kim 2008
  • K.J. Choi 2007

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5. Stats: Who’s takin’ home the trophy this year?

The PGA Tour has listed their favorites to win this weekend. Here are their top 3:

  • Patrick Reed
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Justin Thomas

Golf World’s Professor’s top 3 picks are:

  • Rickie Fowler
  • Graham Delaet
  • Marc Leishman

Golf World’s Expert’s top 3 picks are:

  • Kevin Chappell
  • Bill Haas
  • Brendan Steele

Keep up with the leaderboard here.

5 Great John Daly Moments

June 23rd, 2017

He likes golfing barefoot, singing, playing guitar, and drinking Diet Coke & booze. John Daly is a legend, and we’ve got 5 of his best moments right here!

5. Paid for two sisters to go to college

John Daly paid the way for two sisters to go to college after their parents were killed by a lightning strike. One of the sisters told ESPN, “For someone to do what he did for my sister and me, complete strangers, is remarkable. The fact that John never sought out any publicity for his gesture makes it even more unbelievable. He must have some big heart, John Daly. He must be something.”

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4. Bought his hometown Golf Club- Lion’s Den Golf Course

Lion’s Den Golf Course, in Dardanelle, AK, is the course on which John Daly grew up playing, and in 2005, he bought it! A few years ago the course wasn’t doing too well financially.  There was some talk of having to sell it, but as luck would have it, John recently announced that it was opening to the public in May of 2017!

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3. Release of 2 Albums

John Daly released his first Country Music album, My Life, in 2002 and his second, I Only Know One Way, in 2010. Along with these pretty fantastic accomplishments, especially for someone who already has a successful career in Golf, you can often spot him singing on the golf course or at charity events with Jake Owen.

 

2. Winning the 1995 British Open

Don’t forget his second Major win at the St. Andrews 1995 Brittish Open. Rockin’ a mullet, Long John Daly shot a 282!

 

1. Winning his First Major: 1991 PGA Championship

To begin with, John Daly wasn’t even supposed to play in this tournament. He drove all through the night to attend the tournament in case there was an opening. Despite being the 9th alternate, he got to play! Little did anyone know, that he would take home the trophy with a score of 12-under par!

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BONUS: Winning the PGA Tour Champions Insperity Classic

And finally, John won the PGA Champions Tour Insperity Classic just a couple of months ago. This was his first win in 13 years! Sweet, sweet victory!

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Here’s hoping for a lot more wins & top JD moments still to come!

5 US Open Moments for the History Books

June 16th, 2017

1. First Amateur to Win the US Open

If you’ve seen The Greatest Game Ever Played (a film considered to be among the better golf movies), then you know the story of how Francis Ouimet came to win the 1913 U.S. Open. If you haven’t, it’s a classic underdog tale. Francis grew up near the The Country Club in Massachusetts and worked as a caddie. He became the first amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open and showed the world that golf was an American sport too.

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2.  Current record for “Most Strokes Under Par”

Rory McIlroy currently holds the record for the most strokes under par in the history of the U.S. Open! In 2011 he won by shooting an overall 16 under par! During the first round of this year’s tournament, Rickie Fowler tied for the lowest first round score (7 under), maybe he’ll beat this record this year?

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 3. Jack Nicklaus’s Historic 1st PGA Tour Win

Jack Nicklaus made a splash on the PGA Tour when he beat Arnold Palmer in the 1962 U.S. Open. Jack took Arnold to a playoff and won- giving him his very first PGA Tour win!

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4. Ben Hogan’s Triumph Post-Car Accident

Ben Hogan pulled off an amazing win at the U.S. Open in 1950.  Just 1 year prior, he had been in a nearly fatal car accident. The doctors thought he may never even walk again, but not only did he do so, he got back in the game and won the following U.S. Open with a 1 iron!

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5. Phil Looses Shot at Career Grand Slam

It was a sad day for Phil when he came to his final hole of the final round of the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Having been ahead by 1 stroke, playing great all day, he completed a disastrous bogey. We all had hope Phil would be able to play in this year’s U.S. Open, still see his daughter graduate, and get his chance at a Career Grand Slam. But, no such luck. Still, it’s good to see that even with so much on the line, he puts his family first. Here’s hoping for next year!

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Family Before Golf: Tour Pros who put Family First

June 7th, 2017

By now, you have probably heard that Phil Mickelson has said that he probably won’t be playing in this year’s U.S. Open in order to attend his daughter’s graduation ceremony. You may have also heard that hundreds of fans have signed a petition to have the school move their graduation ceremony to another time.

It’s a huge deal that Phil won’t be playing, but I think it’s important to appreciate the fact that he is putting his family first, like so many of the professionals in this sport do. Here are some other examples!

1. Phil Mickelson

When he was asked about the fact that he likely won’t be playing in this year’s U.S. Open, he said:

“As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish, and be glad I was present,” said Mickelson, who will turn 47 on the day of graduation.”

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2. Marc Leishman

Leishman withdrew from the Masters a couple of years ago because his wife became very ill. The Doctor’s gave her a 5% chance of surviving the illnesses- she was suffering from both toxic-shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Thankfully, after being sick for 1 1/2 years, she was able to pull through!

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3. Jason Day

You may recall that Jason Day announced in a press conference that he’d be withdrawing from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play back in March of this year. With his mother’s impending lung cancer-related surgery, he decided that he needed to be with her instead of playing in the tournament.

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4.  Rory McIllroy

Last year, Rory decided not to participate in the Olympic Games due to the Zika Virus. At that time he was engaged, and said that a family was not too far off into the future.

“Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take.”

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5. Gary Woodland

In the beginning, we didn’t know why Woodland withdrew from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Gary had announced it as a “personal family matter,” however, we later on learned that it was because he needed to be with his family as his wife, who was pregnant with twins, lost one of the babies.

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6. John Senden

John Senden withdrew from the 2017 PGA Zurich Classic in New Orleans in order to be with his wife and son when his 13-year old son was diagnosed with cancer.

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7. Nick Price

Finally, the reason John Daly was able to play in the 1991 PGA Championship, and win, was because Nick Price withdrew to be with his wife when she had their child! I think that’s a win-win for the both of them!

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