Feherty Is Leaving; Are There ANY Good Commentators Left?

September 3rd, 2015
Original Image: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Original Image: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

This week started with the surprising news that David Feherty was leaving CBS as their man on the ground. Love him or hate him, David Feherty has been an constantly entertaining and insightful voice for the past 19 years.

 

So why is he leaving?

 

Though neither Feherty or CBS  has commented, Golf Digest reports that there are most likely two reasons for his department: position and money. Feherty has grown tired of hoofing around the course and has been pushing for a spot in the booth. However those seats are already occupied at CBS by Nick Faldo and Jim Nantz. Sources also say that Feherty’s agent was pushing for more money than CBS was willing to give.

1997 Doral Ryder Open: CBS announcer David Feherty alone, looking through tall grass during second round.  Image: Jacqueline Duvoisin

1997 Doral Ryder Open: CBS announcer David Feherty alone, looking through tall grass during second round. Image: Jacqueline Duvoisin

There are really only two places he can go: NBC/Golf Channel or FOX Sports. Feherty already has his interview show on the Golf Channel and NBC isn’t likely to renew the show if he starts working for FOX. NBC’s lead commentator is Johnny Miller who at 68 is looking to cut down his on air time. However, sources report that NBC is looking at David Duval to replace Miller and would like Feherty to report on the ground. Feherty is leaving CBS in order to get a booth job; it’s unlikely he’ll want to switch networks for the same job.

David Feherty poses with his putter at the 1989 European Open Golf Championship held at the Walton Heath Golf Course in Walton on the Hill. Image: Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto

David Feherty poses with his putter at the 1989 European Open Golf Championship held at the Walton Heath Golf Course in Walton on the Hill. Image: Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto

That leaves FOX Sports. They already have Greg Norman and Joe Buck in the booth. However, as Golf Digest reports, Greg Norman is primarily in the job as a favor to Fox’s owner Rupert Murdoch. Norman definitely doesn’t need the money; it would be easy to replace him with Feherty. Though in Scratch’s humble opinion, Joe Buck should be the one replaced. He’s bad at announcing football, what in the world made FOX think he’d be a good at announcing golf?!

CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty wears a pink outfit in support of Amy Mickelson and breast cancer research during the third round of the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Image: Hunter Martin

CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty wears a pink outfit in support of Amy Mickelson and breast cancer research during the third round of the 2009 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Image: Hunter Martin

FOX Sports is definitely in need of help. Their coverage of the US Open was universally panned, and rightly so. Since then, they’ve demoted Holly Sonders to post-game coverage and has been floundering to get any good reviews. And even though FOX only has the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Amateur, Murdoch has the money to pay Feherty a pretty hefty sum.

 

 

We’ll most likely have to wait a few weeks before David Feherty announces his next step, but here at the Cave, we’ve come to just once conclusion:

Why Can’t Jim Nantz Announce Everything?!

21948438_BG1

Can We Clone This Man?

 

Jason Day Does It Again!

August 31st, 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:

jasonday

1. Jason Day does it again with win at The Barclays. Day finished at 19-under par — a six shot lead over second place finisher, Henrik Stenson. This victory comes just two weeks after Day won at The PGA Championship — his third victory in the last four events and his fourth PGA Tour victory this year. This weekend’s tournament was also the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

2. Jordan Spieth knocked out of top ranking after just 14 days. Two weeks after Spieth took over the top spot, Rory McIlroy has recaptured his crown. Spieth failed to make the cut at The Barclays this weekend, ending his reign. Spieth became the second-youngest golfer ever to become the top-ranked golfer in the world. McIlroy, by the way, didn’t even play this weekend.

3. John Daly is playing golf less than 24 hours after his lung collapsed. Daly was on the 18th hole at Deerfield Country Club in Mississippi when he collapsed suddenly and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Doctors found no other health issues besides the collapsed lung. The 49-year-old golfer was playing in a small local tournament with friends.


4. 34-year-old LPGA veteran Kris Tamulis earns first tour victory. After 186 attempts, Tamulis finally ended Sunday at the top of the leader board. The Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic was delayed twice throughout the weekend causing Tamulis to play 29 total holes the final day of the tournament. Tamulis said she tried to avoid looking at the leaderboard all day. The last time she won was in her college years at Florida State, although she did have a pair of runner-up finishes in 2004.

Links I Love:

 

  • Phil Mickelson nearly pulls of an amazing backward-over-the-head shot at The Barclays.
  • Brian Harman makes not one but TWO holes-in-one in one round — a feat that has only happened three times in PGA Tour history. Watch the second one here:
  • What to Watch For:

  • The Deutsche Bank Championship begins Thursday from TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.

 

What You Actually NEED To Know About The FedEx Cup!

August 27th, 2015

fedexcup blog topper

Just because the Majors are done, the golf season’s not over yet. The Majors crown four winners, but just like the Highlander, there can only be one (top golfer that is). So starting this week, we head into the race for the FedEx Cup and Scratch is here to break it down for you Rock Heads out there!

The first thing to know is that all this year, the pros have been collecting points according to how they’ve placed in tournaments during the “regular FedEx Cup season”. This regular season runs from Week 1 of the PGA Tour schedule to the Wyndham Championship in August. At the end of the regular FedEx Cup season, the 125 players with the most points move onto the playoffs. Also, those 125 players who make the first cut automatically retain their PGA tour card for the following season. How a player does in the FedEx Cup events can also determine whether he plays in the President’s Cup. So it’s kind of a big deal.

Once in the playoffs, the available points are five times what they were in the regular-season tournaments. So if a player got 150 points for let’s say 5th place in the regular season, that same 5th place finish would net 750 in the playoffs.

The playoffs consist of four tournaments and after each tournament the field of players is cut. The four playoff tournaments are:

  • The Barclays (125 golfers in the field)
  • Deutsche Bank Championship (100 golfers in the field)
  • BMW Championship (70 golfers in the field)
  • Tour Championship (30 golfers in the field)

The cuts in the field each week of the playoffs are determined by ranking on the FedEx Cup points list. For example, following Week 1 of the playoffs, only the Top 100 on the points list advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Seems simple right?

Well, there’s one small catch. Those points I was telling you about? Well, they reset just before the final tournament. Yup, just like in Who’s Line Is It Anyway, the points don’t matter, kind of.

 

After the BMW, only the top 30 players move on to the final TOUR Championship. Before the final event, all the points are wiped out and “reset.” The No. 1 player in the standings begins the TOUR Championship with 2,500 points, the No. 2 player has 2,250 points and so on, down to the No. 30 player, who is given 210 points.

Why? Well, the reason is equality. By resetting the points, any of the top 30 golfers has the mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup. The top players still have the most points and the best chance, but in theory, it’s anybody’s game.

The points are reset because of Vijay Singh. In 2008, prior to the installment of a points reset, Singh won two of the first three events. That meant that he had so many points that there was no mathematical way for anyone else to win. All Singh needed to do was show up, and he would win. The last thing we all want to see is a lame duck Tour Championship, so the reset rule was instituted.

And here’s another hiccup. There’s been a change in the system for the first time in 6 years. Rob Bolton of PGATOUR.com explains:

“For the first time since 2009, the points distribution has been revised. During the first three legs, 20 percent fewer points will be awarded. Instead of spoiling the winners with 2,500 FedExCup points, they will received 2,000. All other allocations would be diminished correspondingly. The revised points system is still four times that of all regular TOUR events, but the fractional loss in volatility at the conclusion of The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship is intended to boost the value of season-long success.”

Want a trip down memory lane? Check out PGA.com’s Look Back At The 2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

The Barclays Tournament started this Thursday, and here are the points standings going into it:

FedEx Current Standings

Who do you think will win the FedEx Cup Rock Heads? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Davis Love III Becomes Third Oldest Golfer To Win On PGA Tour!

August 24th, 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:

davislove

1. Davis Love III becomes third oldest golfer to win on the PGA Tour at age 51. Love started Sunday four strokes back, but came from behind to win the Wyndham Championship. His win came with an invitation to The Barclays next weekend. Love has 21 career victories, his most recent coming in 2008. He ended his winless drought Sunday with a final score of 17-under.

2. Tiger Woods season ends with 10th place finish on Sunday. Woods was just two shots off the lead heading into the final round. But after a triple-bogey on the par-4 11th hole, he bogeyed the 12th hole. He had a late run of birdies, but it was too late. The forty-year-old has suffered through several injuries this season, and looked to be grabbing at his back on Sunday. He did draw large crowds and lots of social media attention when it looked like he may have a chance to win in the earlier rounds. However, Woods season ended with a 13-under at the Wyndham Championship.

3. Lydia Ko earns eighth career victory at Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ko defeated Stacy Lewis to remain at the number 2 ranked woman in the world. This was the third time Ko won this specific tournament. Previously, in 2012 Ko won the Canadian Pacific Open becoming the youngest ever to do so at the age of 15.

Links I Love:

 

  • Hunter Mahan gives his best and worst about the PGA Tour, including the least funny golfer. He says it’s Jordan Spieth. What do you think? Interview via Today’s Golfer.
  • Taylor Made has launched an app that tracks and improves your golf game. Read more about it at Wired.
  • Do you know what as WAG is? Apparently it’s a Wife or Girlfriend of famous athletes. Sports Illustrated put together a list of golf’s best WAGs.

    What to Watch For:

  • The Barclays begins Thursday from Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey.

 

Recycled vs. Refinished Golf Balls: What’s The Difference?

August 19th, 2015

Used Golf Balls

I recently had a Rock Head ask about used balls on the RBG Facebook page, so I thought I’d take a moment and give you all a crash course on used golf balls.Every time you hit a new golf ball into the water do you see the money you’re losing? Well, then you should check out used golf balls. Used golf balls generally come in two types: recycled and refinished. But, what’s the difference between recycled and refinished golf balls?

 

Well, not much. This information comes from Knetgolf, a leader in used golf balls. Every year they recover, process, and market over 20,000,000 to players in 40 countries!

 

Recycled golf balls are balls that have been found, in a lake for example. They are then washed, and sorted by brand and type and then graded by color and cover condition. They are then sorted into Mint, Grade A and Grade B condition so the player can choose the quality and price point they wish to purchase. Mint recycled balls are a great deal as they are almost like new. They should feel and play as a new ball would. While they may include tiny player marks, they won’t have scuffs or blemishes. These were balls that were probably lost after the first swing or two.

Refinished Golf Balls are taken to the next step. Golf balls are refinished if the ball is 100% intact with no cover abrasions or cuts but is just cosmetically stained. Refinishing is an expensive process so you’ll usually only find high-end refinished golf balls. The refinishing process involves mechanically stripping the outer clearcoat and paint off the ball taking it back to where it was before it was originally painted. The ball is then repainted and then re-clearcoated to ensure a durable product. This is to enhance the cosmetic appearance of the ball without affecting performance. Golf balls are not repaired during the refinishing process. If the golf balls have any abrasion in the cover, they are sold as low-end shag balls

Is there a difference in performance?
Not very much. Outside of cosmetics, the balls in all the various grades tested against new golf balls right out the package show only a very minimal loss, in fact a statistically insignificant loss of carry distance. They were tested with a consistent mechanical driver. The average golfer would not be able to duplicate the swing with any consistency to attain these averages over many shots, this loss of carry distance form 1 -5 yards is absolutely minimal when you take into account all the other factors that come into play when you swing a club… plane of club, follow through, back swing, in/out or out/in, weight shift, lie etc.

Knet Testing

Are used golf balls water-logged?
Not modern golf balls. Modern golf balls are made of various types of plastic, so they don’t absorb water. Older type of wound balls can be water-logged if the outer cover is broken, allowing the water in. Some golfers won’t play recycled golf balls because they mistakenly believe that the quality and distance of the ball will be compromised once it is submerged in water. However, a 2009 white paper study by GolfBallTest.org found that virtually no difference between new and recycled balls of the same brand.

Jason Day Wins First Major In A Major Way!

August 17th, 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

day1

Here’s What’s Happened:

 

1. Jason Day earns first major championship in a major way. The Australian golfer has come close many times, finishing in the top 10 in nine of the 20 majors heading into this weekend. But Sunday, Jason Day emphatically won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits with a 20-under on the weekend, defeating second place finisher, Jordan Spieth, by three shots. The 27-year-old became the first to win a major with that score — Tiger Woods had previously held the record with the 19-under he won the British Open with in 2000. Day celebrated his win as he hugged his caddy, his wife and his son with tears running down his face.

2. With second place finish at the PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth is now the top ranked golfer in the world. Although Spieth was three shots away from winning his third major this calendar year, his consolation prize pushes his world ranking all the way to number 1, dethroning Rory McIlroy — McIlroy finished 17th with a 9-under par. Spieth is now just the fourth golfer to finish in the top-5 in all four majors in a season.

3. Tiger Woods, amongst others, miss cut at PGA. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Tiger didn’t play through the weekend at Whistling Straits after the disappointing year he has had. He shot 4-over par, missing his fourth cut of the season. Others who missed the cut? US Open Champion, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, WGC Champ, Shane Lowry, and a number of other big names.

4. Brian Gaffney became the first club professional to make the cut at the PGA Championship in four years. On Tuesday, he returns to work as the director of golf at A.W. Tillinghast’s Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York.

Links I Love:

 

  • A man in Cupertino, California now holds the Guinness World Record for the most autographed golf balls — 200. Read the story from The San Jose Mercury News.

    What to Watch For:

  • The Wyndham Championship begins Thursday from Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Don’t Watch The PGA Championship Without This Course Overview!

August 13th, 2015

 

100_0350_full_size

It’s here! Thursday marks the start of the final major of the year, the PGA Championship! The tournament this year will be played at the Straits Course at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. You might remember it from the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championship. You’ll definitely remember Dustin Johnson grounding his club in the bunker in 2010! Before we watch to see who will take home the Wanamaker Trophy, let’s take a look at Whistling Straits with a breakdown from the PGA! Plus click the link on the name of each hole to watch a flyover!

1

No. 1 – “Outward Bound” – 408 yards, Par 4
A well-struck center-of-the-fairway drive off the tee sets up a short-iron approach. A tee shot down the left side flirts with a series of bunkers and dunes, while a tee shot to the right creates a longer approach from the rough. Favor the right center of the green to avoid deep bunkers short left and long.

 

2

No. 2 – “Cross Country” – 593 yards, Par 5
A tee shot down the left side of the fairway is required on this hole to avoid a blind second shot. If electing to take an aggressive approach by going for this green in two, players will have to clear a deep pot bunker situated 35 yards short of the green. If played as a three-shot hole, the third shot plays slightly uphill to a narrow green guarded by deep bunkers to the left of the green and a large run-off swale to the right.

 

3

No. 3 – “O’Man” – 181 yards, Par 3
Favor the right side of this huge undulating green to avoid Lake Michigan and deep bunkers and dunes to the left. Any shot landing on the right-half of this green will move quickly left. Hole location will dramatically change club selection from short irons to mid irons, even when calm wind conditions exist.

 

4

No. 4 – “Glory” – 489 yards, Par 4

A long, visually intimidating par 4. Large mounding down the right side of the fairway tends to make the golfer want to favor the left, however most shots also bounce left toward bunkers and dunes that drop off quickly toward Lake Michigan. Approach shots require a mid to long iron into a slightly elevated green. The green hangs on the edge of Lake Michigan’s bluffs and will force players to favor the right-center portion of the green.

 

5

No. 5 – “Snake” – 603 yards, Par 5

This will be a three-shot par 5 for most players. Water runs along both the left and right sides of the fairway. The landing area sets players up for a difficult decision for their second shot. Players that dare to hit their second shot to the green will be challenged by a long carry over water to a shallow green with no room for error short or left. A more conservative approach is to hit mid to long irons down the fairway to set up a better approach angle with the third shot, played with a short iron into this shallow green.

 

6

No. 6 – “Gremlin’s Ear” – 355 yards, Par 4

A short, dogleg right that may lead to a blind approach shot if the player strays right off the tee. Some of the braver and longer players may attempt to drive the green with a hard-driving cut shot, however a deep sand pot bunker guards the front of the green and must be avoided at all costs. Any shot short, right or long will leave a very difficult pitch to get up and down. The green is shallow, undulating, and difficult to read.

 

7

No. 7 – “Shipwreck” – 221 yards, Par 3

This striking par 3 hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline on the right. Beside the lake, this green is protected by a series of sand bunkers on the right and short. The left side is framed by a large hillside layered with sand bunkers. This long green will make club selection critical and has many subtle movements on it to challenge players’ putting.

 

8

No. 8 – “On the Rocks” – 507 yards, Par 4

A blind landing area off the tee will challenge players to keep their tee shots left in order to avoid a severe drop-off, sand dunes, bunkers and Lake Michigan on the right. The second shot is played with the Great Lake as a backdrop. A long iron may be required to reach a very deep green guarded on the left by sand dunes and bunkers and right by deep bunkers with a fall off to the lake. The green is long and deep and will create difficult club selection choices to ensure playing to the right area on the green.

 

9

No. 9 – “Down and Dirty” – 446 yards, Par 4

A tee shot down the left side will tend to kick right. If your tee shot is too far right, a large tree about 100 yards out may block your approach. Swirling wind conditions on this hole will dictate club selection from short to mid irons approaching this slightly hump-backed green. Seven Mile Creek and a series of narrow sand bunkers wind along the right side of the green, while the left side is protected by sand dunes and bunkers.

 

10

No. 10 – “Voyageur” – 361 yards, Par 4

The aggressive play off the tee is a driver as close to the left side of the fairway edge as possible while avoiding a drop-off left. The deep bunker on the right side of the landing area will require a carry of at least 240 yards that sets up a wedge approach to this elevated green. Some players may elect to hit driver at the green in hopes for glory and will have to avoid small but deep sand bunkers short left while hitting into a steep hillside guarding the front of this green. This green has many subtle breaks that will fool quite a few players.

 

11

No. 11 – “Sand Box” – 563 yards, Par 5

Playing more than 600 yards, this hole will challenge most players to hit driver, but anything straying right will be swallowed by sand dunes, bunkers and a drop-off to the right. The second shot must avoid a huge sand bunker on the left extending out to about 100 yards from the green. This “sand box” is more than 16 feet deep and would leave a player with a blind shot into the green. A conservative play leaves 110 to 130 yards for the approach shot. The approach shot plays to a small, elevated green with any shot landing on the front edge likely to roll back down well off the green and anything slight long likely to fall into a sand bunker guarding the back center of the green.

 

12

No. 12 – “Pop Up” – 143 yards, Par 3

This may be the most difficult of all greens to manage. In addition, a hole location in the back right tier will get every player’s attention. This par 3 plays downhill to a very large, undulating green. Any shot landing in the middle of the green may reject long into deep bunkers. If missed short or right, the green drops off 40 feet to dunes and Lake Michigan. Getting the tee shot on the green is where the fun begins, as reading all of the breaks will take a very talented eye.

 

13

No. 13 – “Cliff Hanger” – 404 yards, Par 4

Favor the left side of the fairway off the tee on this short par 4. A tee shot that misses the fairway right will find sand dunes and awkward lies. A short approach shot is downhill to a narrow “cliff hanger” green next to Lake Michigan and protected by sand bunkers short right and left. An errant approach to the right will be lost to the steep bluffs over hanging the great lake.

 

14

No. 14 – “Widow’s Watch” – 397 yards, Par 4

The long-iron or fairway-metal tee shot should favor the right side of the fairway guarded by an uninviting hillside with long fescue rough. Any tee shots to the left will most likely end up with a blind approach shot or in a sand bunker that guards the left side of the fairway. While the approach shots will be with short irons, deep sand bunkers guard the right side of this undulating green with more sand bunkers guarding the green long and left.

 

15

No. 15 – “Grand Strand” – 518 yards, Par 4

This hole begins what could arguably be the most difficult four finishing holes in Championship golf. A beautiful par 4 requiring raw power off the tee as well as an accurate long iron approach shot. Favor the left side of the fairway to avoid sunken sand dunes to the right. A long approach is played over sand dunes to a large undulating green. Sand bunkers protect the left side of the green. This green has many subtle breaks to it and will challenge every player.

 

16

No. 16 – “Endless Bite” – 569 yards, Par 5

The shortest of the Straits’ par 5s will tempt most players to hit driver off the tee in order to give them a chance to hit this green in two. The center of the fairway is certainly a wise place to find since there are sand bunkers protecting the right and a drop-off toward Lake Michigan on the left. The long approach uphill has a forced carry over sand dunes and bunkers that will cause many players to bail out right. Those conservative players will be left with a short wedge into this elevated green with the sky and Lake Michigan as a backdrop.

 

17

No. 17 – “Pinched Nerve” – 223 yards, Par 3

One of Pete Dye’s most intimidating par 3s … anywhere. The green is guarded left by monstrous sand dunes and bunkers that fall 20 feet below green level. If the bunker doesn’t capture the tee shot, Lake Michigan certainly will. A large elevated sand dune 40 yards short of the green will invite players toward the left side of the green, which is risky because of the drop-off toward the Great Lake. Actually, right over the bunker will usually be the safest play and most shots would find the green’s surface. Tee shots straying right will find sand dunes and bunkers on a steep hillside protecting the right side of the green.

 

18

No. 18 – “Dyeabolical” – 520 yards, Par 4

A challenging finishing hole where par will be an excellent target. A well-struck tee shot down the right side will surely find the fairway, but will leave a mid-to-long iron approach to the green. A more aggressive line off the tee to the left leaves a shorter approach but demands at least a 300-yard carry over sand dunes and bunkers. The downhill landing area must be considered to avoid a shot that travels too far and must stop short of sand dunes and a drop-off to Seven Mile Creek. Even though the approach is downhill, swirling winds surrounding the green complex force players to play an extra club to clear Seven Mile Creek, which guards the front side of this huge green. The green’s natural amphitheater feel will provide an exciting climax with thousands of spectators watching every shot.

 

Need to get your bearings? Take a look at the course map below!

f6134003ae236fd58e2ae041_l

Rory Says Ankle Is A Non-Issue For Next Week’s PGA Championship

August 10th, 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

rory100

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Irishman Shane Lowry gets first PGA Tour victory at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Best known for his win at the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur, Lowry defeated a slew of big names to finish at the top of the leaderboard Sunday at 11-under. Lowry’s day was bogey-free in the come from behind win. With the win, Lowry is projected to now be ranked in the top 20 in the World Golf Rankings. Bubba Watson finished in second at 9-under, with Justin Rose and Jim Furyk tying for third at 7-under. Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler finished at 4-under.

2. Rory McIlory declares his ankle a non-issue. As next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits approaches, world number one McIlroy was out on the links practicing his swing for the final major of the year. McIlroy ruptured a ligament in his ankle on July 4th as he was playing with a soccer ball with friends. He hasn’t played since finishing fourth in the US Open, but tells the media that he is feeling good and is ready to play. McIlroy’s Instagram account is full of encouraging photos of him balancing on his ankle. At the same time, Rory also posted this pretty nasty picture of his swollen ankle:

4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively… I’ve come a long way since.

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

3. Remember the bunker that cost Dustin Johnson the PGA Championship at Whistling Springs in 2010? No worries, it is covered up by the viewing area this year. Here’s the scene in 2010: Dustin Johnson has a one-shot lead in the final round. He grounded his iron in the sand then hit the shot to the 18th green. Not knowing otherwise, he was penalized two shots thus costing him a spot in the playoff. PGA of America reportedly confirmed in an email that the spot in the bunker was covered. Johnson has yet to win a major.

4. J.J. Henry wins second Barracuda Championship in four years. Henry outlasted Kyle Reifers in a two-hole playoff after making a 15-foot putt for eagle. The win boosts Henry from 150 to 76th in the world rankings and gives him a ticket into the PGA Championship next weekend.

Links I Love:

 

  • Under Armour has filed for three trademarks for a Jordan Spieth logo, including the one below that Golf.com tweeted out. The deal would reportedly go through 2025.

  • An article from USA Today says that fan experience has improved at live golf events due to social media. Read more here.

    What to Watch For:

  • The PGA Championship begins Thursday from Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

 

Scratch’s Top Tips To Stop Slicing!

August 6th, 2015

694c3b6f90f79f40ecbef654ccf4cc42Do you suffer from nasty slices? Are you ready go get rid of them and start hitting down the middle just about every time? Getting those drives squared away will greatly improve your score. Unfortunately there isn’t a pill you can take to ease yourself of these aches and pains, but fortunately enough, Tour Golf Blog came up with some great tips to help you aim straighter:

Difference Between Hook & Slice

1. Get your club head square: No matter what else you’re doing, one thing is a fact, if you’re slicing, the club head is not square at impact, and it’s causing you to slice the ball. Practice taking 1/2 and 3/4 swings with your driver, concentrating on watching the club head hit the ball with a square face.

2. Get the club on the right path: There are many swing faults that can cause a nasty slice, but the most common reason is an outside to inside swing path. This just means that you’re not bringing the club down to the ball on a path where the club head can naturally square itself. You need to get the club coming from the inside, and it will almost always be a more solid, square contact at impact. To promote this inside swing path, concentrate on keeping your right elbow at your side when you start your down swing. Letting that elbow get away from your side will let the club wander out to that outside path you’re trying to avoid. Try setting a plastic water bottle on the outside of the ball, parallel with your feet. Place it a few inches away from the ball, so a club can contact the ball. This little guide will instantly tell you if you’re coming over the top and hitting the ball on an outside to inside path, because the bottle will go flying. Do this drill until you naturally stop hitting the bottle.

3. You don’t have to kill it: Yeah, we all want to bomb 317 yard drives, but just putting your ball in the fairway should be the main goal, especially if you have a slicing problem. Slow your tempo down and make yourself do a 1-2 count. Count (1) on the way back, and (2) as you start your downswing. All you’re trying to do here is get yourself a rhythm that will stop you from rushing your back and down swing. Trust me…you’ll hit the ball even further with less effort, and you’ll be in the fairway.

4. Get a grip: It doesn’t matter if you use interlocking, overlapping, or 10 finger baseball grip, if you’re grip pressure is too weak or too strong, you’ll have a hard time getting the club face square at impact. I like to use a grip scale of 1-10 and always try to make sure my grip is about a 5-6 on that scale..10 being a strangle hold death grip. Good grip pressure will allow your wrists to properly turn over as you come through the ball, allowing the club face to naturally square, and hit the ball straight. If you’re grip is too weak, the club face will be open and you’ll slice, too strong and you’ll have a tendency to pull hook. Try holding the club more in your fingers than palms and treat it gently.

312528d9254d7c009f77c4c30a98c0d3

5. Close your stance: This is more of a band-aid than anything else, but it will help promote getting the club on an inside path. When you’re standing in your normal square stance, move your front foot a few inches closer to the ball. This will keep your lower body from getting ahead of your upper body, which will almost always cause an open club face. This will feel weird, but hit some shots this way to feel the club on the inside path.

 

Hopefully these tips will help you start each hole with a better off-the-tee launch! And Help you keep the ball in bounds and on the right fairway, safely away from car windshields and other hazards.

 

But what happens if your ball might be out of bounds? Luckily this caveman found some answers to that too at Golf Digest
Here is what to do, and the rules in a few “potentially” out of bounds scenarios:

Situation 1: You hit a shot toward an adjacent range. The ball might be out-of-bounds, but there are so many other balls in that general area you can’t be certain, and it’s too dangerous to go and search.

Unfortunately, you have to treat it as a lost ball and play another ball as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was last played. You also must add a one-stroke penalty to your score. Rule 27-1

Situation 2: You hit a bad shot that hooks off the course and hits a house. The owner comes storming out the door, sees your ball in his yard, picks it up and throws it back onto the course.

If a ball in play and at rest is moved by an outside agency, it must be replaced. Rule 18-1 But since your shot went out-of-bounds, take a stroke penalty, and hit from the spot where you had previously played. Rule 27-1

Situation 3: In a stroke-play round, your ball lands in someone’s back yard next to the green. The other lawns near your ball are designated out-of-bounds by white stakes. But the yard where your ball lies isn’t marked.

Finish the hole with two balls, declaring beforehand the one you’d like to count. Play one as if the ball was out-of-bounds; play the other as if it was in-bounds. Ask at the end of the round for a ruling to record your score. Rule 3-3

Situation 4: Your ball is lying in-bounds next to a fence that marks the course’s boundary. You can’t take relief without penalty, and the only way to play the next shot is to stand on the other side and hit the fence.

Whack away. You can stand out-of-bounds to play a shot in-bounds, and it’s OK to move the ball by making a stroke that strikes the out-of-bounds fence directly behind the ball. Decision 14-1/5

Situation 5: You’re playing golf in a new housing development in which the empty lots are marked as out-of-bounds. You slice a shot, and it rolls through an empty lot and comes to rest in another fairway.

Unless there is a local rule in place designating fairways other than the one you’re playing as being out-of-bounds, your ball is in play. There’s no penalty in this case, either. Definitions: Out-of-bounds

Situation 6: Your ball is close to an out-of-bounds marker, but it’s still in play. However, a tree growing outside the boundary of the course has a few hanging branches that will interfere with your swing.

As much as you might like to, you can’t bend or break the branches to make your swing easier. The fact that the tree is out-of-bounds does not change the rule about improving the area of your intended swing. Decision 13-2/19

Check out these videos for more help!





Hope this helps all of my Rock Heads shoot some lower scores! Good Luck!

~Scratch

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup: Quicken Loans National brings out flashes of Old Tiger

August 3rd, 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


Troy Merritt

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Troy Merritt earns first PGA Tour win at Quicken Loans National. After missing five straight cuts leading up to this weekend, Merritt claimed his first PGA victory with a three shot lead over Rickie Fowler, who finished in second place. Merritt is the 10th first-time winner on the Tour this year. He scored an event record with an 10-under-par 61, which happened to be his second 61 score of the year (his first coming on the second round Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in April). Bill Haas looked to be a frontrunner alongside Merritt for most of Sunday after scoring six birdies in the first 10 holes. However, Haas bogeyed and double-bogeyed four times in the final seven, finishing tied for fourth.

2. Tiger Woods shows flashes of “Old Tiger”. After several disappointing appearances, Tiger showed up for the Quicken Loans National and shot three rounds in the 60s. On Saturday, Woods missed the fairway six times, but he bounced back Sunday, posting a 68 on the day, and finished in the top 8 of the tournament. Even on Saturday – his worst round of the weekend – he had flashes of greatness, including the shot in the video below.

3. Inbee Park wins 4th major title at Women’s British Open. The top-ranked women’s golfer in the world earned an impressive victory in Scotland finishing with a 12-under 276. The LPGA Tour is calling Park’s achievement a Career Grand Slam, having won four different majors. Since the beginning of 2013, Park has won six majors — no other woman has won more than one in that time span.

Links I Love:

  • British Open champ, Zach Johnson, is getting plenty of use out of the Claret Jug.

  • If you’ve been following this story, the father of professional golfer Billy Hurley has been found safe and sound after his family reported him missing nearly two weeks ago. Read the story on Golf.com.
  • A Coast Guard helicopter was able to make an emergency landing on a golf course on Staten Island. Check out the story from NBC New York.

    What to Watch For:

  • The Barracuda Championship begins Thursday from Montreux G&CC in Reno, Nevada.
  • The World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational begins Thursday from Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.