Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Jimmy Walker 1st Repeat PGA Winner This Year

March 30th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:


1. Jimmy Walker wins in his hometown at Texas Open. His win makes him the first repeat winner this season on the PGA Tour — his first win came in January when he won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots. Fellow Texan, Jordan Spieth, finished second by four strokes. Spieth’s finish pushed him up to fourth in the world rankings, while Walker moved from 13th to 10th.


2. Donald Trump’s long awaited golf course opens in NYC on April 1. New York golfers have long wondered if the fabled golf course would ever become a reality. According to the New York Post, Trump Golf Links of Ferry Point will be open for business this week. “There’s never been anything like this ever built in the history of golf,” Trump said in an interview with The Post. “You have a world championship course that fronts the East River that has among the most magnificent views of the city.” Local businessmen and women will rejoice at this — Midtown Manhattan is just eight miles from the first tee. Perhaps close enough for a midday golf break?

3. Tiger is skipping Houston, the final event before the Masters. It was assumed he wouldn’t play since it hadn’t been a tournament Woods had played in the past, but his decision was made official this week. That means, if Tiger plays at The Masters in a few weeks, he will do so with just two events under his belt this season. Woods now ranks 96th in the world, and after having to miss The Masters for the first time last year due to injury, chances for his return for this year’s Masters looks slimmer and slimmer with every passing day. Woods has been making headlines recently (like this one about creating a scholarship, and this one about rebuilding a course in China), but he hasn’t tweeted since mid-March. put together a list of nine reasons why The Masters need Tiger Woods. 4. Cristie Kerr wins first LPGA title since 2013. Kerr pulled away from previous leader Mirim Lee on the back nine after sinking four straight birdies. She finished at 7-under 65 to claim the Kia Classic title. World No. 1, Lydia Ko was tied for first at the 14th hole, but failed to make a birdie the rest of the way. 5. Aaron Baddeley holed out from 336 yards on a par-4 on Thursday… but due to a re-teeing penalty, his shot didn’t count as a hole-in-one. There has only been one recorded hole-in-one on a par-4 in Tour history. With the one shot penalty, Baddeley’s hole-in-one did still count as a birdie, and it counted in the history books. The shot is the longest hole-out for birdie and the longest hole-out of any kind since the Shortlink Era began in 2003.

Links I Love:


  • Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald got to show off their golf skills to some of the best athletes in the world.




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Stop Back Pain And Get Back To Playing!

March 26th, 2015


Changes are if you suffer from the golfin’ bug, you’ve also suffered some back pain too. Lower back pain is by far the most common ailment suffered by golfers of all ages. TPI polled over 31,000 golfers and found that 28.1% of all players deal with lower back pain after every round. And it’s not just us weekend warriors who are hurtin’. Data indicates that over 20% of pros play with pain as well. Nothing takes you out of competition like hurtin’ the old back. So Scratch here thought that he’d take a moment to educate all you out in Internet-land about how to avoid a back injury and what to do if you do get hurt.

golf1It’s no surprise that back pain is one of the most common problems for golfers. Although you might not believe it, according to this article in The Spine Journal by Doctors Gluck, Bendo, and Spivak, the golf swing generates a tremendous amount of force. Add to that, the twisting and turning motion of swinging a club, and you’re putting a lot of stress on your lumbar spine aka your lower back. A full golf swing (backswing and follow-through) rotates the spine with a great deal of force and little control, leaving the structures in the lower back particularly open to injury.

The easiest way to prevent injuries is to make sure that you have good technique. This means you practice proper swing mechanics and club grip, proper conditioning, and use the proper equipment. When you swing a golf club, your lumbar spine goes through a variety of stresses and forces including compression and rotation. You can reduce the stress that swinging causes by:

  • Rotating the shoulder and hip the same amount during the backswing. Think about it: Your spine connects them so you don’t want to force them onto different planes. Not only can you hurt yourself, but you’ll lose power in your swing
  • Keeping a neutral spine position during the set-up and backswing. Many golfers think they should arch their lower back when addressing the ball – like they’re forming an “S” with their spine. This is an extremely common posture created by prolonged static postures, like sitting at a desk for years on end. However, this can lead to back pain and a bad swing. This puts stress on the muscles of the lower back. You can stick your butt out, but make sure to keep bend from the hips and keep your back flat and neutral.

Golf instructor Sean Foley, who teaches Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose, says he’s figured out the four main ways that golfers hurt themselves during their swing. Check out his article on Golf Digest to see if you’re guilty of any of these back sins!

You can also avoid injuries by following building strength in your core and having a good stretching regiment before you take to the course. Check out the video below one great back stretch you can do anywhere!


Back PainGolf Digest fitness advisor Ralph Simpson says try these exercises:

  • Stand with the heels of your hands on top of your buttocks, fingers pointing down, and arch your back until you feel tension. Hold for two seconds, repeat 10 to 15 times.
  • Sit cross-legged with the ankle of one leg resting on the knee of the other. Grab the knee of the resting leg and pull it toward your opposite shoulder until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds, then push the knee down until you feel tension in the hip. Hold 30 to 60 seconds, switch legs.
  • Cross your arms so your fingers touch the opposite shoulder. Turn your torso until the elbow of one arm passes over the opposite thigh. Turn the other direction. Do 10 to 15 rotations.
  • Lie face down supported by your forearms and toes. Keeping your pelvis higher than your lower back, tighten your abdominals, and hold. Relax and repeat.


If you find yourself facing a serious injury, it’s generally advisable to rest for a day or two, apply heat and/or ice alternatively, and take pain medication. Medications like ibuprofen or naproxen can help decrease inflammation and reduce your pain. You can also roll out any muscle knots an sore with a foam roller. If you find that your pain still ain’t going away, it might be time to treat yourself to a massage or even consult your doctor about your lingering aches. And don’t start playing again until the pain is gone; you could just injure yourself further.

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Matt Every Repeats at Bay Hill

March 23rd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:


blog-matt-every-arnold-palmer-03231. Matt Every wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the second year in a row. Every made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the win over Henrik Stenson and secure his spot at The Masters in just a few weeks. Last year’s come-from-behind win was bested this year as Every headed into Sunday with a six shot deficit. His birdie putt would have forced a playoff, but Stenson missed wide left. Every is in good company joining Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts as the only others to repeat at Bay Hill. Every finished at 19-under 269 with all four of his rounds scoring in the 60s.

2. Hyo Joo Kim wins LPGA Tour’s JTBC Founders Cup. The 19-year-old rookie finished the final eight holes Sunday with five birdies, outlasting Stacy Lewis for the win. South Korean golfers have dominated this season, winning all six LPGA Tour events in 2015. Top-ranked golfer, Lydia Ko (born in South Korea, but is from New Zealand) finished sixth at the tournament this weekend.

3. Daniel Berger and Zach Johnson both score mystical albatross. Both golfers holed their second shots on the par-5 16th hole at Bay Hill over the weekend. First Berger on Saturday – the first on the course in 35 years – while Johnson followed suit on Sunday. According to several sources, the odds of making an albatross, or double eagle, are somewhere in the ballpark of six million to one. Since 1970, there have been a recorded 121 double eagles on the PGA Tour.

4. Jimmy Walker leads FedEx Cup standings with 1,150 points. In second place, Bubba Watson with 1,088. Patrick Reed is in third with 1,076. Dustin Johnson and Robert Streb round out the top five with 910 points and 903 points respectively. You can see the full list of standings here.

5. An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calls this golf season “melodramatic and leaderless.” The author’s argument? In the eleven events so far this calendar year, there have been no repeat winners. On top of that, he says that no one has “stepped up” and taken the place of legends like Tiger and Jack Nicklaus. Heck, even Rory is working on his game. He calls for a central hero, and hopes that The Masters next month will bring someone to the forefront. My opinion? It’s early yet. Let’s give it some time. What do you think?

Links I Love:

  • Golf lovers in Western Pennsylvania braved the harsh winter to throw the Frostbite Open. Photo gallery via ESPN.
  • is asking you to vote for the best American Golfer. Vote here.
  • This photo gallery from showcases the strangest trophies in golf. Some of them are just plain weird looking!

What to Watch For:

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

March 19th, 2015


My newest contest of the month for my Facebook fans has JUST started, and this time I’m giving away something an amazing set of sticks! Worth $900, Taylor Made SLDR Irons will set you up for success no matter the course! They deliver the distance and forgiveness that every golfer wants! So don’t delay – go enter my awesome Giveaway Contest for FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!


sldr_fb_giveaway_custombannerEnter to win via Facebook today! Don’t delay – the contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on March 31st!

  • The sweepstakes runs from March 16th to March 31st at 11:59pm, so you can’t procrastinate in entering to win these fabulous prizes.
  • You must be 18+ years old to enter and win. As much as we appreciate you young pups taking an interest in golf, get your parents to enter if you’re not quite reaching that age requirement.
  • All entries will be used and drawing will be random.
  • All you have to do is enter your email address. No purchase necessary! If you are chosen as a winner, the email address you submitted will be used to contact you to obtain an address to send the prize.
  • A Facebook account is needed to enter.
  • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.


The sweepstakes only lasts ’til 11:59pm March 31st, so enter quick for yer chance to win! Enter to win via Facebook today!


Now that that’s are out of the way, let’s take a look at our fabulous prize!


FREE Taylor Made SLDR Irons!

sldr_fb_giveaway_buttonTECHNOLOGY YOU CAN SEE.


All players who want the best of both worlds — a traditionally shaped and sized iron that also has modern performance technology that enhances distance, launch angle and forgiveness.

The SLDR iron is ideal for players who want the eye-appeal and responsiveness of a classically shaped iron with as well as modern performance technology that promotes higher and longer shots.

When we say classic looking we mean a simple, triangular shape, not too big, with a thin topline, thin sole and beautiful chrome finish. Many golfers find this look appealing, but don’t feel like they have the skill for such an iron. The SLDR iron has changed that – its new, ThruSlot Speed Pocket helps you launch the ball with more speed and with a higher launch angle than you can with past player’s iron. The high flight promotes a steep descent angle for quick stops on the green.

We’ve never made an iron like this that goes this far and feels so good. And it’s all thanks to careful calibration of the Speed Pocket’s design as well as the discreetly positioned badge on the back that absorbs unwanted vibration.

Any player who loves the look and performance of a classic player’s iron, including those who’ve admired them from afar but convinced themselves they don’t have the skill to put them in their bag, will love the new SLDR iron and its extraordinary of beauty and distance-enhancing performance.


  • New and improved Speed Pocket with ThruSlot Technology
  • ThruSlot Technology promotes fast speed and high launch across the face
  • Modern-classic blended shape, slim topline and thinner sole for superb look and playability
  • Complex vibration-dampening system delivers Tour-caliber sound and feel
  • Consistent gapping and precise distance control throughout the set
  • New KBS Tour C-Taper 90 designed to promote high launch, and spin control

Go to Rock Bottom Golf for more information of the Taylor Made SLDR Irons!


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Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Spieth Wins Valspar Championship; Gator Wins The Internet

March 16th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff


Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Jordan Spieth wins his second PGA Tour title in a playoff at the Valspar Championship. Spieth’s first PGA victory was conquered during a playoff as well. With six holes to play, Spieth made two birdies in a row to catch up with then-leader, Ryan Moore, whose game quickly went sour. Spieth earned the playoff victory against Sean O’Hair and Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Reed, who had previously beaten Spieth in a playoff last year. The twenty-one-year-old’s short game has long been lusted over and certainly was the reason for his victory on Sunday as Spieth made a 30-foot birdie on the third playoff hole to secure the win. He is now the No. 6 ranked golfer in the world.

2. Tiger Woods will not play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week. Apparently the former No. 1 still needs practice, this coming a few weeks after his announcement that he is going to take time off from golf to better his craft. Tiger has won the Invitational eight times prior. There are just two other tournaments before The Masters, both of which Tiger has rarely played. “I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta,” Tiger wrote on his website on Friday, adding, “I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA Tour until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level.”

3. So Yeon Ryu wins her first World Ladies Title. She beat overnight leader and defending champion, Inbee Park by just one shot. Ryu is the 2011 US Open Champion. She made par on the final hole to take the win.

4. Gator causes chaos at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, FL then goes viral on social media. The course posted a picture of the reptile on it’s Facebook page. The club manager says the gator measured about 13 to 14 feet long and is still out on the course somewhere.

5. Derek Jeter takes over as host at Celebrity Golf Invitational at Aria, formerly hosted by Michael Jordan. This year’s event benefits Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation which focuses on providing opportunities to turn away from drugs and get “Turn 2″ a healthy lifestyle. This year’s winner was Brittany Lincicome, a golfer on the LPGA Tour. She won $5,000 for First Tee of St. Petersburg.

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What to Watch For:


  • The Arnold Palmer Invitational begins Thursday from Orlando, FL.


Golf 101: How To Spin The Ball

March 12th, 2015


It is not easy to put spin on a golf ball. However, getting a ball to stop where it lands on the green can help you keep your score down and give you a competitive advantage. It can be very useful when you’re hitting on firm greens or when the pin is placed directly behind a hazard or bunker. The following steps explain the basics of adding a good spin on a golf ball – so read up and go practice!

Spin is created by friction, dynamic loft, contact point(on the face), and speed.

  • Friction is the force between two surfaces when rubbing together. Remember elementary school? Two smooth surfaces create little friction, while two rough surfaces create a lot of friction. That is why golf clubs have grooves and golf balls have dimples — the grooves provide the necessary friction that is created as the golf ball slides up the club face. Any matter (dirt, water, grass) that comes between the golf ball and club reduces friction and therefore spin. This is why you will seldom see a professional spin a ball out of tall grass.
  • Dynamic Loft is the actual loft of the club at impact, which is much less than what is measured on a loft/lie machine. The reduction in loft is due to the fact that in order for a golfer to strike down on the ball, he or she must create some forward shaft lean at impact, which reduces loft. A typical 6 iron with around 30 degrees of loft will have as little as 20 degrees of dynamic loft when hit by an elite level player, but I have seen readings as high as 40 degrees from some amateurs with poor impact positions.
  • Contact point on the face is a little complicated. Even though there is less loft at the bottom of a club face and more loft at the top, a principle called vertical gear effect causes shots hit low on the face to have more spin than shots hit higher on the face. Think about how much more roll you get on tee shots you hit high on the face compared to the ones you hit low on the face.
  • Speed is relatively simple to understand. All things being equal, faster club head speed creates more spin and slower club head speeds create less spin.
Ball Flight

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The How-To’s

  • Stand with your feet closer together than when you normally swing.
  • Position yourself so that the ball is closer to your back foot.
  • Try this with a high degree wedge, like a 58 or 60 degree.
  • Swing the club on a steeper plan (more upright).
  • Force the club to hit the bottom of the ball and then hit directly underneath the ball before taking a divot. Take a divot that is long and shallow.
  • Follow through normally.



  • Make sure that the grooves on the face of your clubs are clean.
  • Hitting the ball crisply is critical. A slight mis-hit can result in a significant mistake.
  • It is easier to spin a “softer” golf ball. These are usually two- or three- piece balls and are often marked “Extra Spin.”
  • This shot is most effective when the ball comes in at a high trajectory.
  • This is one of the hardest shots in golf and must be practiced on a driving range before being attempted on the course!
  • An easy way to look at is to think about playing pool. When you put spin on a golf ball it’s very similar in nature to putting backspin on a cue ball. To accomplish this you strike the cue ball at a steep downward angle with a great deal of force which then imparts this energy on the bottom half of the cue ball and sends it flying.


Now that you know the basics, check out this video from Expert Village and then get out there and practice!

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: DJ, Doral, Donald, & The Scuba Diver

March 9th, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:


1. Dustin Johnson brings home first victory since taking a break from golf. After making up a five-shot deficit on second-place-finisher J.B. Holmes, Johnson had a one-stroke lead as he teed off at the 18th hole. Johnson finished at 9-under at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship this past weekend celebrating with his seven week old son, Tatum and fiancee, Paulina Gretzky. This is Johnson’s ninth career win and second World Golf Championship title. He is now the no. 7 ranked golfer in the world and heads into The Masters as a top contender.

2. Rory McIlroy throws his golf club into the water hazard after a frustrating shot during the second round. Donald Trump, the very visible owner of Trump National Doral Country Club, sent a scuba diver in after the 3-iron and returned it to the golfer on Sunday. “It’s unlucky having 13 clubs,” Trump said when asked about the gesture. Although, having 13 clubs may be luckier than the iron itself because as soon as Rory got it back, he hit a ball into the water with it. Trump said he wants to mount the club or perhaps auction it off for charity. McIlroy finished ninth at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship this weekend. With his next tournament not until March 19, Rory and his dad are heading to Augusta to play a practice round this weekend admitting his “game’s just not quite there.”

3. Harrison Ford survives plane crash after landing on a golf course. The 72-year old actor was flying a World War II era aircraft last week after reporting engine trouble shortly after taking off. The plane landed on Penmar Golf Course outside of Los Angeles. Ford is resting at home with non-life threatening injuries.

4. Inbee Park wins 13th career LPGA title. Park started and ended the day with a two-stroke lead to beat out teenage phenom and world no. 1, Lydia Ko at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. Just last month, Ko took the top spot from Park, but Park played flawlessly this past weekend to keep the rankings close. She finished 72 holes without making a single bogey.

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Improve Your Game With Scratch’s Best Driving Drills!

March 5th, 2015


What’s the first thing you do during a golf game? No, not make an un-winnable bet with your friends. It’s driving. Everyone starts their game off with driving the ball. Now that the new season is finally here, it’s time to get your drive back. Try these driving drills to help you get distance and swing you need!


For more helpful hints on your driving, don’t forget to check out my 4 Tips For Blastin’ A 460cc Driver!

Address Drill

A successful driving golf swing start with the proper address position. Here is a drill that you can practice at the office, family room, basically anywhere.

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and your shoulders and arms relaxed. Bend your knees slightly, hot too pronounced, think of it as someone is pushing down on the top of your head. Take your left forefinger and touch the middle of your chest, while your right hand is in front of your body where the club’s grip would be. Imagine that your right hand is a tray of drinks. Take your right arm back in your normal swing motion (as if you are swinging a golf club) and when you are at the extent of your back swing, visualize that you are balancing that tray. From this position proceed with your downswing and finish the follow through by touching your left shoulder with your right hand.

This drill will always give an indication of your set-up at address through the swing path to your finish and it can be practiced anywhere. If you are a left handed golfer follow the same steps but reverse your hands.

Follow-Through Drill

One of the keys to a solid golf swing is the release, in which the wrists become uncocked and turn at impact with the ball. If that does not occur correctly, the club head will strike the ball at an angle, resulting in a ball flight to the right or left.

To perform this drill, take a club and swing about half your typical speed. Stop when your arms make a L during the backswing and check where your wrists are. Swing through and release, turning your wrists through the ball and finish by creating the reverse L as you follow through.

Continue swinging in this manner, but increase the speed. You will become more cognizant of these two important points in the golf swing while noticing increased power.

If the desired ball flight is not occurring while you’re doing this drill, adjust your grip and arm angle. These should be slight adjustments that the individual golfer will need to experiment with, because it depends somewhat on the strength of the grip and velocity of the swing.

During the adjustments, continue to do the drill and test different arm angles and grips. This will help the golfer understand the relationship between club head, wrist motion, arm angle and grip in his own swing.

Penny Drill

This simple but extremely effective drill will help a golfer get the ball off the ground quickly. Take a penny and place it on a practice mat. Hit a penny off a mat. Try to hit the penny off the mat with different clubs. See how high you can get it to fly. This will help you stop topping the ball. Now try to hit the penny when a ball is on top of it. This will continue to train you not to top the ball.


If you’re more of a visual learner, check out these videos below for more helpful driving drills!




Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Rain Delays, Upset Caddies, & More!

March 2nd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff


Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Weather delay forces Honda Classic to finish on Monday. Paul Casey and Ian Poulter were tied at 7-under going into the final day. Poulter had a strong three-shot lead early on, but several mistakes caused him to fall back and allowed Casey to close the gap. American, Patrick Reed started Monday at 6-under while Phil Mickelson was one of three players who finished Sunday at 4-under. The weather delay was caused by five inches of rain and wind gusts that were upward of 50mph. ESPN reported that there was so much water, the grounds crew had to chase off an alligator from one of the bunkers. In the end, it went down to a playoff, not between early leaders Poulter and Reed, but between Padraig Harrington and Daniel Berger. Golf Digest describes the playoff action saying, “Berger came back from nine strokes at the start of the round to finish at six under, while Harrington forced a playoff with a clutch birdie on the 18th after a double on the hole before. Paddy ultimately pulled through after another clutch shot on the second playoff set up an easy par and forced a mistake from Berger.” Good start to the season for a good guy. You can find final scores at

2. World No. 1, Lydia Ko, grabs title at second straight tournament. The native New Zealander earned her country’s Women’s Open Title Sunday by four strokes. This is her sixth LPGA Tour win at just 17 years old. On Saturday, Ko shot a 61 breaking the course record with ease.

3. Caddies are angry after being denied shelter during the storm at the Honda Classic. With a torrential downpour delaying play in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, fans and players rushed to find shelter to wait out the rain. However, caddies do not have access to the clubhouse during PGA Tour events, so they were ushered off to a makeshift shelter. Several caddies took to social media to show their fancy digs. The “shelter” was made a metal roof and just three walls. Kenny Harms, who caddies for Kevin Na, was quoted as saying, “The PGA Tour should be embarrassed about what happened this weekend. It’s not the first time that caddies have been left outside in a metal tent during an electrical storm, and it shows a disregard for the lives of the caddies on Tour.”

4. Rory misses cut at Honda Classic. You can blame it on the weather or say it’s because he hasn’t played a PGA event in five months, but Rory made just one birdie and headed home after just two days. He shot a 4-over 74.

Links I Love:


  • To see just how strong the wind and rain were on Sunday at the Honda Classic, check out this video of the scoreboard being knocked into the water!



  • Check out the LeBronold Palmer sneaker recently released by Nike.




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Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Dustin Johnson Forces Playoff, But Finishes Second

February 23rd, 2015

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup


I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Dustin Johnson returns strong, forcing a playoff at The Northern Trust Open. However, DJ fell to James Hahn, finishing with a 69. Last summer, Johnson announced he was going to rehab to deal with “personal issues” and took the remainder of the year off from golf. In January, Johnson and longtime girlfriend Paulina Gretzky (yes, that Gretzky) welcomed a baby girl. DJ has started in three PGA Tour events this year. Paul Casey joined Hahn and Johnson in the playoff after they all finished the round at six under. Casey made bogey on the 18th and Johnson missed his birdie putt that would have given him the win. Hahn’s victory gives him an invitation to the World Golf Championship and The Masters.

We are so blessed to have a happy and healthy baby boy. @paulinagretzky

A photo posted by Dustin Johnson (@djohnsonpga) on

2. World No. 1, Lydia Ko, wins Australian Open on LPGA Tour. The teenager made her second start this past weekend as the top-ranked female, and earned a victory after shooting a final round 72. This isn’t the first time Ko has been in the headlines. At age 14, Ko became the youngest golfer to win a professional event when she won at The New South Wales Open. As a native New Zealand-er, Ko admits she always golfs her best when she plays Down Under.

3. Jack Nicklaus thinks Tiger’s struggles are “between the ears.” In an interview with The Morning Drive on The Golf Channel, Nicklaus says despite the struggles, Tiger will turn it around. Tiger announced earlier this month that he was taking a break from golf to practice, admitting he wasn’t at his best and that he didn’t want to play until he could compete at the highest level. Nicklaus has won 18 career majors and has openly admitted and in the same interview, he admitted that he believes Tiger will surpass his record, it’s only a matter of time.

4. Michael Jordan wants to build a golf course. Because, of course, he can, but also because the country club that he belongs to is not meeting his standards. As reported by, Jordan is dissatisfied by the pace of play at The Bear’s Club where he is a member and “can’t stand it when people won’t let him through.” So, like any rich man does, Jordan is looking into building his own extremely exclusive course in Florida and to become a member, you would need to be hand-picked by Jordan himself.

Links I Love:

  • The 31 Greatest Ben Hogan Photos of all time via
  • In Russia, they play helicopter golf. Via RT.
  • Bubba Watson judges a Grilled Cheese Contest for City of Hope Cancer Research Center. PGA Tour video.
  • And just because it’s been 35 years this week, let’s all watch the last two minutes of the Miracle on Ice and Al Michaels’ famous call.
  • What to Watch For:

  • The Honda Classic starts Thursday, February 26 from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.