Rickie Fowler Collapses In Phoenix Playoff

February 8th, 2016

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:

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1. Hideki Matsuyama outlasted Rickie Fowler in playoff to win in Phoenix. The day started with Danny Lee in control, but it soon looked like Fowler was going to win it all. With a two-stroke lead, Fowler hit the water hazard on the 17th hole and Matsuyama took full advantage of it. Matsuyama easily won with a two-putt par on the fourth playoff hole. This was his third straight top-five finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament and his second career victory.

2. Brandt Snedeker wins Farmers Insurance Open after weather delay last weekend. Brutal weather last Sunday forced the fourth tournament of the calendar year to finish up on Monday. Snedeker was trailing by one stroke heading into the final round. He didn’t have to hit a single shot Monday as he waited and watched Jimmy Walker finish up eight holes without fans on the sidelines -tournament officials had declared the course too unsafe for spectators. Ultimately, Snedeker’s 6-under held strong for the victory.

3. Danny Willett wins it all in Dubai. Willett needed a birdie on the final hole to avoid a playoff. He holed a 15-foot birdie to secure the Omega Dubai Desert Classic trophy. With the win, Willett will move within the top 15 in world rankings. This was his fourth victory on the European Tour.

4. Attendance at Phoenix Open surpasses 200,000 for first time ever. It’s long been rumored that golf attendance has been falling at tournaments across the country. Fans in Phoenix proved critics wrong after a record-setting day on Saturday. The previous record stood at 189,722 – this from the third round in 2014. On Saturday, 201,003 people attended the event at TPC Scottsdale. Friday’s turnout set a record for that day as well with 160,415.

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What to Watch For:

  • The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am begins Thursday, February 11 from Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.
  • On the European Tour, the Tshwane Open begins Thursday, February 11 from Pretoria Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa.

 

Everything You NEED To Know About The WM Phoenix Open!

February 4th, 2016

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The Greatest Show On Grass Is Back! This weekend, the rowdy party that is the Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale. This is golf’s best attended event – last year there were 564,368 total spectators – with 159,906 on Saturday alone! Keep an eye out for the 16th hole aka “golf’s most hollered ground”. The par-3, 163-yarder hold is totally enclosed with skybox suites and enough seats for 20,000. It’s a circus and frat party all in one. So what else should you expect this weekend? Check it out below!

 

What: Waste Management Phoenix Open
When: Thursday Feb 4 – Sunday February 7
Where: TPC Scottsdale, AZ

 

Purse: $6,500,000
Winning Share: $1,170,000
FedExCup Points: 500

 

LIVE Leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

Website: https://wmphoenixopen.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WMPhoenixOpen
What It Online: https://www.pgatourlive.com/tournament/R2016003/37461489

 

TV Schedule

Thursday, February 4, 2016         Round 1 3:00PM – 7:00PM         GOLF Channel
Friday, February 5, 2016               Round 2 3:00PM – 7:00PM        GOLF Channel
Saturday, February 6, 2016          Round 3 1:00PM – 3:00PM         GOLF Channel
Saturday, February 6, 2016          Round 3 3:00PM – 6:00PM         NBC – Replay
Sunday, February 7, 2016             Round 4 1:00PM – 3:00PM        GOLF Channel
Sunday, February 7, 2016             Round 4 3:00PM – 6:00PM         NBC – Replay

 

Who To Watch:

Rickie Fowler – The kid (can we even call him that anymore?) has shown time and again that he’s solid. His recent win in Abu Dhabi can only increase his confidence.

Bubba Watson – With back-to-back runner up finishes at the WM Phoenix Open, you can be sure he will be looking to win it this time.

Hideki Matsuyama – He has had a top-5 finish in each of his trips to TPC Scottsdale with back-to-back top five finishes, including runner-up last year. Consider him the sleeper win.

 

Watch this NOW:

Take trip back down memory lane, watch Tiger aced the #16 stadium hole, and listen to the crowd go wild!

 

Brutal Weather At Torrey Pines Delays Final Round Of Farmers Insurance Open

February 1st, 2016

 

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:

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1. Farmers Insurance Open will finish on Monday due to inclement weather. Officials tried to miss the worst of the wind and rain by moving tee times up by 70 minutes, but the conditions were too rough for golfers to continue the final round. Brandt Snedeker will head into Monday just one stroke behind leader Jimmy Walker after a 3-under-par 69 round Sunday in the brutal weather. The tournament has also shut down public access to the Torrey Pines Monday due to safety concerns.

 

2. Branden Grace successfully defends his title at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. The South African golfer headed into the final round trailing by two shots but shot a 69 to pull ahead and win his seventh Tour title. Grace is currently ranked number 11 in the world and hopes that his win this weekend propels him into the top ten.

3. Ha Na Jang aces first hole-in-one on a par four in LPGA Tour history. Jang’s shot was on the 218 yard eighth hole at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Jang finished tied for 11th at the tournament. Fellow South Korean Hyo Joo Kim ended up winning the tournament after finishing 18-under par. American Stacy Lewis finished two strokes back and tied for second place. You can watch Jang’s history-making hole-in-one here:

 

4. Jordan Spieth’s rally at Singapore Open delayed for weather. Lightning and rain were the culprit in Singapore on Sunday that put Spieth’s chances of tying the lead on hold. Spieth was on the 18th green looking to make a birdie that would’ve tied him with eventual winner Younghan Song when the whistle blew. Play resumed Monday morning local time with Spieth finishing as the runner-up.

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  • If you’re heading to San Francisco this week for the Super Bowl, check out these 50 golf deals you can take advantage of in the Bay Area.

 

  • Want to see just how bad the wind was at Torrey Pines on Sunday? Check out this video of Billy Horschel hitting a 5-iron 134 yards.

 

 

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Rickie Fowler Increases His Stock With Win In Abu Dhabi

January 25th, 2016

 

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:

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1. Rickie Fowler gets win at Abu Dhabi Championship. Fowler, dressed in his trademark orange, hit a birdie on the 17th hole to hold onto the lead and take the trophy on Sunday. Fowler finished the tournament at 16-under 272. Thomas Pieters finished one stroke back, with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson tied for third. With the win, Fowler is projected to be ranked at number four when the new world rankings are announced Monday morning.

🏆 Thank you @adgolfchamps for a great week!! #InAbuDhabi #AnyonesGame

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2. Jason Dufner wins in playoff at CareerBuilder Challenge. Dufner and David Lingmerth were tied at 25-under after four rounds. It took just two playoff holes for Dufner to win it all on Sunday. On Saturday, Dufner finished his day by birdieing seven of the final nine holes and headed into the final round with a two-stroke lead. Dufner had gone winless since the 2013 PGA Championship.

3.Jordan Spieth to cut back on traveling to tournaments abroad for the time being. Despite finishing in the top five at The Abu Dhabi Championship this weekend, Spieth admitted he was exhausted and not playing his best due to the tough travel schedule. Since the end of 2015, Spieth has traveled to China, Australia, the Bahamas and Hawaii before heading to the UAB.

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  • After Rickie Fowler won The Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday, he celebrated by buying champagne for members of the media. He then took the below selfie:

 

  • Jason Dufner nearly made a shot from the rocks at The CareerBuilder Challenge on Sunday. The risky shot kept him at par and in the lead heading into the final hole of the tournament. Check it out:

 

 

 

 

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Fabian Gomez Earns First PGA Tour Win

January 18th, 2016

 

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:

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1. Fabian Gomez earns first PGA Tour victory at age 36. The Argentinian shot a five birdie-one bogey round finishing the FedEx St. Jude Classic at 4-under 66. The tournament featured three top 25 ranked golfers in the world. Phil Mickelson finished the tournament tied for third, continuing his winless drought, however he did say he was feeling much better about heading into the US Open after this week.

2. Inbee Park is on a roll, winning third Women’s PGA Championship in a row. She earned the victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday after making no bogeys for three days — that’s 56 consecutive holes without a bogey. She shot a final round 68, finishing at 19-under par. The win puts Park back in the No. 1 spot in world rankings.

3. Andrey Pavlov comes close to breaking the worst kind of record on the European Tour. This past Friday, Pavlov shot an almost-comical 17 on the par-5 first hole at the Lyoness Open. His ball landed in the water six times. This is the second-worst number of strokes ever recorded on the European Tour — the absolute worse coming in 1978 when Philippe Porquier shot a 20 on a single hole. Pavlov ended his round scoring a 90 — 18 over par. Chris Wood ended up winning the tournament with a score of 15-under.

4. Jack Nicklaus shuts down complaints about location of this year’s US Open. With so many changes to this year’s tournament, it comes as no surprise that there have been some groans about the upcoming tournament. Chambers Bay, a golf course less than 10 years old, is the first course in the Pacific Northwest to host the US Open. The course lacks the typical tree-line fairways of other US Opens, since Chambers Bay only has one single tree on the entire course. It is also the first year that FOX Sports will be calling the tournament. What does Nicklaus have to say about the complaining? “It really makes little difference…You are going to play the tournament if you want to win the golf tournament.”

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  • Zurich, and insurance company, just released this ad that shows a bunch a well-known golfers hooked up to a lie detector test and asked questions like, “Do you love the game of golf?”. Not sure what it has to do with insurance, but it’s pretty funny!
  • Check out these beautiful images from Sports Illustrated of Chambers Bay, home to the 2015 US Open.
  • Bubba Watson doesn’t seem to be one of those complaining about the US Open. He tweeted out this video earlier this week with the caption: “Putting & reading the greens well so far!! Good read @jtedscott #USOpenChambersBay”

    What to Watch For:

  • The US Open begins Thursday, June 15 from University Place, Washington.

 

These Putting Drills Will Keep Your Game Sharp All Through Winter!

January 14th, 2016

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As we all know, it doesn’t matter how long you can drive, if you can’t get it in the hole. All of us are not born with natural putting talent though. So how do we get better? Same way you get to Carnegie Hall – Practice, Practice, Practice. Just because there’s snow blanketing the ground ’round the country, it doesn’t mean your golf skills have to go cold too! Winter is the perfect time to practice and hone your basic golf skills. So here are 3 of my favorite putting drills that will help your short game.

 

1. Ultra Simple

For this drill, use either a 4ft (1.3m) yard stick or chalk line to learn to putt straight. Place the golf ball in the little hole on the far end of the stick. Putt balls so that they stay on the stick the whole time. Practice at different speeds. You can also use a chalk line/chalk box and snap a straight line for practice. The best part of this drill is you can do this practice at home or on the green.

2. Stay Square

Pick a target and make a straight-line lead to the target by placing a coin between the ball and your target. Directly on the same line, place a tee in the ground 12 to 15 inches behind the ball.
Take the putter back square until you strike the tee, then follow through so the head of the putter travels directly over the coin with a square face. Lots of practice will help resolve any tendencies to bring the putter off line during the back swing.
You can also practice single hand putting strokes this way. Try putting the first ball with only the right hand, the second ball with only the left hand, and the third with both hands, always with the focus solely on a square face.

3. Circular Putting Drills

These types of drills are mostly associated with Phil Mickelson. Basically, the golfer putts from short distances, typically no more than a few feet; the golfer tries to make a lot of putts in a row without missing; and if the golfer does miss, he or she starts over. Starting over when you miss will put pressure on you – this’ll help your nerves on the course. It’ll help fundamentals, technique, mechanics and most importantly focus.

 

Phil Mickelson’s Circle Putting DrillMickelson Putting Drill
1. Find a flat spot on the practice green around one cup.

2. Arrange 10 golf balls in a circle around the hole, each one three feet from the cup. (Hint: Most conventional putters are just shy of 36 inches in shaft length, so your putter is probably a good guide for measuring that three feet.)

3. Now start sinking those putts, working your way around the circle.

After you’ve made all 10, put down 10 more. Continue the process until you’ve made 100 3-foot putts in a row. If Mickelson misses, he starts over.

To reiterate what we said earlier, you don’t have to start out trying to make 100 putts in a row. Just make 10 in a row first. Once you have that down, make 20 in a row, and keep building.

 

 

Check out this video for some putting drills if you are a more “visual” type.

 

 

Here’s a great putting tip from Lefty himself!

 

 

So Rockheads, how do you practice? Let me know in the comments. If you need practice gear for your house, check out my putting greens and nets!

 

Spieth Starts 2016 Off With A Record-Setting Win

January 11th, 2016

 

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:

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1. Jordan Spieth starts off 2016 with a record-setting win. At the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, Spieth rolled to an 8 stroke victory and finished 30-under 262. With his win, he tied Ernie Els as the only golfer in history to finish a 72-hole event with a 30-under or better. This was Spieth’s 7th Tour win, tying Tiger Woods as the only player to record as many wins by the age of 22. On the European Tour, Brandon Stone earned his first victory at The BMW SA Open with a final score of 14-under.

2. A coveted Augusta National Green Jacket was found in a Houston non-profit store. Last month, The Guild Shop in Houston, Texas received a box full of donations. At the bottom of the box was none other than a Green Jacket from the 1960s. The shop was able to authenticate the jacket and sold it online to a bidder in Pennsylvania. The shop could not release the information from either the donor or the person who ended up with the jacket.

3. Luke Donald admits he nearly quit the game of golf. In an interview with The Telegraph, the former number one golfer in the world admits that after a three year win-less streak, he contemplated leaving the game. Last May, he fell out of the top 50 in the world and after a bit of thought, he sought out a sports psychologist. He says he realized just how lucky he was to continue to play golf for a living. Donald will seek to enter his 12th consecutive Masters Tournament in April. He will either need a win on the PGA Tour or a return to the top 50 in world rankings to do so.

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4. The World Cup of Golf will be played at Kingston Heath in November. The 58th World Cup of Golf will be played down under in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Kingston Heath has hosted a variety of prestigious events in both men’s and women’s golf tournaments. The tournament format will return to team play – two-man teams from 28 countries.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About MOI But Were Too Afraid To Ask!

January 7th, 2016

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If you’re searchin for a new club, you’ll probably see the word “MOI” pop up a bit. Now, it doesn’t mean “mammoth outside impound”? But have no fear Rock Heads! Ol’ Scratch went to the source of all knowledge to find the answer: the internet. I’ve learned a bit about MOI that should help you in purchasing yer next set of clubs.

 

 

  • MOI = Moment of Inertia
    Moment of Inertia is an object’s resistance to twisting or rotation along an axis. Think about a skater makin’ a spin on the ice. She starts slow with her arms extended, but as her arms come into her sides, she speeds up. This is cuz with her arms out her resistance to rotation is high and so is her moment of inertia. On the other hand, when she pulls her arms in, her moment of inertia is low, so her resistance to rotation is low.
  • Why does this matter in golf?
    Moment of Inertia

    This shows how moment of inertia affects your rotation

    As all golfers know, when ya hit the ball, ya want to hit it in the sweet spot. But not all of us are pros, so we sometimes hit off center. When ya don’t hit the sweet spot, the head of the club will start to twist. This gives ya a shorter shot, a slice, or a cut. However with a higher MOI, the head will twist less and your ball will go straighter with more force. This is called a more “forgiving” club.

     

  • MOI in woods
    Even gone to the shop and wondered why the fairways’ head keep getting bigger and bigger? As they get bigger, their MOI increases. Frank Thomas explains, “In hollow metal woods, the weight is all in the shell and as far away from the center of gravity of the head as possible…The forgiveness in these big heads enlarges the effective sweet spot in all directions on the face – up and down as well as side to side.” So the bigger the heads, the more forgiveness on yer mishits.
  • MOI in putters
    In 2012, Matt Every shocked his fellow pros by appearin’ at the Sony Open in Hawaii with what I’d call a dino-sized putter. The putter is called the Black Hawk by Orion Golf and it has 21,000 MOI (most putters don’t go over 10,000). Don’t think an extremely high MOI means it’s a great club either; too much MOI could hurt your puttin’. Tom Stites, director of product creation for Nike, explains it this way, “It’s not like hitting a driver,” said Stites. “You’re not going to miss a putt a half-inch or three-quarters of an inch off center. A quarter-inch is a pretty big miss on a putt. You’re also not striking the ball with a lot of force. So you probably don’t need something extreme. But a putter with a high MOI that’s not over-the-top should help you make more putts.”
  • Scratch’s conclusion
    MOI does matter, ‘specially if you’re not a pro. Well, it matters for a driver anyway. But don’t rely only on MOI numbers; always make sure that everythin’ about the club fits your body and your game.

Need more information on MOI? Check out this explanation from RotarySwing.com!

Want to learn how to measure MOI? eHow explains in the video below!

Anchoring Ban Takes Effect In The New Year

January 5th, 2016

 

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

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Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Anchoring ban takes effect as of January 1. It’s been a controversial topic for quite some time, but as of January 1, golfers can no longer anchor putters on the golf course. Don’t know what anchoring is? It is the act of using your hands as an anchor on the golf club. The ban is not limited to putting.All anchored golfing is no longer allowed. The USGA is not banning any equipment, however. You can still use long putters, as long as your hands are away from your body. For your entertainment, great moments in anchored putting.

2. Several big names will miss the 2016 opener. Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk and Shane Lowry will not be playing on Thursday in Hawaii at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions. All four players are eligible to compete but have opted out of the tournament. Patrick Reed, the defending champion, will be playing. A programming note: the tournament was played from Friday through Monday for four years in order to line up with the college football title game, but this year will be played Thursday through Sunday.

3. Happy 40th, Tiger! Tiger Woods celebrated his 40th birthday on December 30. He went to dinner at his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter and attended a Darius Rucker show.

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December 31st, 2015

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