Quiet! or Let’s Get Crazy!: Should golf tournaments crack down on or encourage rowdy crowds?

March 20th, 2017

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Golf tournaments have a long tradition of whispered commentary, a soft “golf clap” coming from the crowds after a great shot and a sense of decorum so avid fans won’t disrupt the concentration of players.”

It’s clear that the game of golf is changing. With the recent USGA rulebook changes and the fact that several men-only golf clubs (such as Muirfield Golf Club and Kasumigaseki Country Club) have voted to allow women members makes this fact very obvious. But along with these more official changes, there also seems to be a change in the atmosphere at tournaments.

Over the past few years, fans have begun acting more like football or soccer fans. In an article  from Golf Digest, written early last year, a comment was made that suggested that this rowdy behavior was a good thing for the golf industry.

“The explosion of the Phoenix Open into the most fan-friendly, fun-filled atmospheres in the sport is a success story that should make many other PGA Tour stops envious.”

Another article, from GolfDigest, references an article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where Tom Powers made a similar argument- that this is simply the way the game of golf is evolving and that it’s making golf tournaments more fun:

““The supposedly unrefined atmosphere did absolutely nothing to affect the quality of play. In fact, it was some of the best golf we’ve ever seen.””

But golfers have been experiencing more negative feedback from the audience than they are used to. At one point during at the 2016 Ryder Cup Tournament, someone in the gallery shouted a very crude comment to Rory McIllroy.

An article from ESPN speculated Rory McIllroy’s feelings on the behavior:

“McIlroy’s reaction was undoubtedly joy spiced with venom. He noted the “hostile environment out there,” and one got the sense that if McIlroy could have offered up a one-finger salute, he would have done so.”

In yet another article from GolfDigest, regarding the same event:

“Time and again this week the matches have been scarred by incidents that have more in common with football or soccer matches, so vitriolic and abusive have been the exchanges between spectators and players.”

I don’t know whether or not the fans’ behavior affected the outcome of the Ryder Cup, or if it affects the outcome of the traditional “Party Holes” like at TPC Scottsdale. But I do know that golf is a sport that requires a lot of concentration. So what does that mean for the audience? Should they give up their fun for the sake of the game, or should the professionals learn to deal with the distractions and rudeness? Comment and  let us know what you think!

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March 17th, 2017

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6 Fun Facts About Your Favorite Golfers

March 7th, 2017

1. Jack Nicklaus

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Jack Nicklaus (AKA The Golden Bear- a nickname that formed from his high school mascot: the golden bears) started playing golf at just 10 years old! He shot a score of 51 on his first 9 holes!

2.  John Daly

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In celebration of his win at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in 1991, John Daly decided to pick up some dinner at a McDonalds drive-thru!

 

 3. Tiger Woods

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In an episode of the “Mike Douglas Show,” which aired almost 40 years ago, Tiger Woods beat Bob Hope in a putting contest. He was just 2 years old at the time!

4. Ben Hogan

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In the 1955 U.S. OpenJack Fleck, a club pro from Iowa, beat Ben Hogan by just 3 strokes. Funny thing is, he did so using Hogan’s putter- which was given to him by Hogan himself!

5. Gary Player

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Rather than springing for a hotel, Gary Player decided to sleep on the beach by the Old Course at St. Andrews Links just before the The Open Championship in 1955!

6. Payne Stewart & Phil Mickelson

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Ever wondered what Payne Stewart was saying to Phil Mickelson in this classic photo? Turns out it was simply, yet profoundly, “You’re going to be a great father.”

Enter to WIN a FREE SkyCaddie Linx GT GPS Tour Watch Edition!

March 1st, 2017

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5 US Courses with Great Historic Golf Moments

February 24th, 2017

1. Augusta National Golf Club

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Let’s just get the obvious one out of the way. While perhaps a well overrated course, Augusta National is noteworthy for several reasons. One that particularly stands out is the 1996 Masters. Here, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win this tournament as well as the first African American to win a Major! He won by 12 strokes!

2. Merion Golf Club

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In 1950, Ben Hogan surprised the world by winning the U.S. Open- just a little more than a year after being in a nearly fatal car crash! Not only that, but on the 18th hole, after his drive off the tee, he actually used a 1-iron (followed by 2 putts) to save par and force a playoff. He finished and won the game the next day! THE most famous golf photograph in history happens to be of Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron shot here at Merion.

 3. Palma Ceia Golf Course

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Palma Ceia is important for it’s role in paving the way for women’s golf!  The Tampa Women’s Open took place here in 1950 with just 115 participants. This was the first sanctioned LPGA Tour tournament, and Polly Riley, an amateur at the time, won!

 4. The Country Club in Brookline

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You’ve probably seen Shia Lebeuf’s “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” a movie about Francis Ouimet and his journey to prove that he could do more than caddie at the club- he could also win. This course is great, not just for it’s beauty, but because this is where Francis battled it out with Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to win the 1913 U.S. Open- at amateur status no less!

 5. Cherry Hills Country Club

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Finally, no list of great golf anything would be complete without mention of “The King.” In 1960 Arnold Palmer won his one and only U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club. This is perhaps the moment Palmer became known as “The King,” and would later go on to become the legend he is today! The first hole is where his famous drive took place.

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February 15th, 2017

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February 1st, 2017

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7 Celebrities You’d Never Guess Love Golf!

January 31st, 2017

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Of course we all know of the classic celebrities from back-in-the-day that loved to play golf like Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Frank SinatraBing Crosby, Harpo Marx, etc. And there some more recent celebrities who have made their love of golf pretty clear like; Bill Murray, Mark Wahlberg,  Jake Owen, & Michael Jordan. But you may be surprised, or maybe not, to find out how many other celebrities LOVE the game as much as we do.

1. Sylvester Stallone

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Looks like Rocky Balboa himself enjoys hitting the links from time to time. In fact, he made Golf Digest’s 100 Top Hollywood Golfers list in 2007, with a handicap of 11.4, tied for 40th.


2. Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Catherine, and her husband Michael Douglas also enjoy the game! She plays at a course in Bermuda, where she lives, twice a week!

 

3. Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman swings his golf clubs with just one hand! He also grew up caddying at a golf club in Greenwood, Mississippi.

 

4. Jessica Alba

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Jessica partnered with John Daly at the World Celebrity Pro-Am in China a few years ago. She’s got a hanidcap of 22.

 

5. Anthony Anderson

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Anderson says that he’s a Golf junkie. He’s been playing for about 20 years and considers himself friends with several Pro golfers like Tiger Woods and John Daly. After having their golf swings analyzed, he realized that he and John Daly had almost the exact same swing!


6. Alfonso Ribeiro

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Fan-favorite, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, participated in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hostpital for Children Open Championship Pro-Am in 2009. He’s been known to do “The Carlton” for his fans on the golf course a time or two.

 

7. Michael J. Fox

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Michael has played at several Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Tournaments over the years. The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which supports the research of Parkinson’s disease, is one of the organizations that receives some of the money from this event.

 

Other noteworthy golf lovers include Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots),  Amelia Earhart, Humphrey Bogart, Billy Graham, Joe DiMaggio,  Fred Astaire, Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, Nicole KidmanKenny G, Tony Romo, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Will Ferrell, George Lopez, Clint Eastwood, Will Smith, Falcon’s team member Matt Ryan, & Harland (Colonel) Sanders-  the KFC guy!!

New Year, New Gear: See Which Pro Golfers Switched Equipment This Year

January 17th, 2017

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Several big names have made some surprising switches to their golf equipment this year. Want to know who’s got what in their bag? This is your complete list of all of the changes for the 2017 season.


1. John Daly

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Big John’s switchin’ from the TaylorMade M1 Driver to the Vertical Groove Driver. This driver is new and unique, in that it’s grooves run vertically versus horizontally. Daly’s gonna see if he can’t hit the cover off a few more balls this year!

Click to learn more about the Vertical Groove Driver.

 

2. Tiger Woods

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We all know Tiger’s been with Nike for a long time, but this year he has decided to switch it up and start using the Bridgestone B330-S golf ball.

 

3. Bubba Watson

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Bubba made the surprising  choice of swapping the beloved Titleist Pro V1x for the Volvik golf ball! That was quite a surprise for  many.

4. Jason Day

 

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It certainly threw me when I heard that  Jason Day would be signing with Nike, considering the announcement they made earlier this year… (that they won’t be selling golf equipment any longer). But he will be sporting Nike apparel, and continuing to play TaylorMade equipment.

5. Rory McIllroy

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Rory‘s gone rogue! This year he won’t be signing a contract with ANY company. Instead, he’s decided to play the field. For the European Tour’s BMW South Africa open, he claimed to have Callaway’s woods & irons, Odyssey’s putter,  Titleist’s Vokey wedges & their Pro V1x golf ball in his golf bag. But he says that his golf bag may change from event to event. Quite a variety, right?

6. Lydia Ko

 

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Lydia Ko is now using PXG clubs and wearing Ecco Golf shoes! Along with a change in equipment, Ko made a change in coaches and caddie! As of early January, she had fired her coaches, but wasn’t prepared to announce a new one. Gary Mathews will be her new caddie.

 

Like Rory McIllroy, Tony FinauGary Woodland and Kyle Stanley will both be playing the Titleist balls with no contract this season. More specifically, Tony is playing the Pro V1x Left Dot, while Gary and Kyle are playing the Pro V1x. Others who have signed with Titleist are: Russell Henley (ball and clubs), Paul Casey (ball), Francesco Molinari (ball), Billy Hurley III (ball), Kevin Tway (ball), Pat Perez (ball), Branden Grace (ball), Charl Schwartzel (ball), Nick Watney (ball), Derek Fathauer (all), Sean O’Hair (all), Jason Kokrak (all), & Rory Sabbatini (ball). Callaway’s signed with Daniel Berger, who was previously sponsored by TaylorMade, and Patrick Rodgers, who was with Nike. J. Spaun is now with Cleveland/Srixon Golf, and Harris English  has signed with Ping. Finally, TaylorMade golf  has signed with Paul Casey, Jon Curran, Smylie Kaufman, Seung-Yul Noh, Kyle Stanley, and Nick Watney for metalwoods.

Enter to WIN A Year’s Supply Of TaylorMade PROTO33 Golf Balls

January 16th, 2017

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Callin’ all Rock Heads! I’m giving away One Year’s Supply Of TaylorMade PROTO33 Golf Balls (that’s twelve dozen balls), combining speed with distance and control to help improve your game and lower your score on the course! I’m giving you the chance to win this prize and become the envy of all your golfin’ buddies! So don’t delay – go enter my awesome Giveaway Contest for a FREE Year’s Supply Of TaylorMade PROTO33 Golf Balls!

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

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  • 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 the 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 to.
  • Only people residin’ in countries that we ship to can apply. International winners will get the value of the prize in caveman cash.
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