Rory Wins Big At The Wells Fargo Championship, Setting A Tournament Record

May 18th, 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:

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1. Rory McIlroy sets a tournament record victory at The Wells Fargo Championship. Finishing Sunday at 21-under par, McIlroy not only defeated the second place finisher, Patrick Rodgers, by seven strokes, but he now holds the tournament record — besting Anthony Kim’s 16-under finish in 2008. Just days before his big win, tournament officials were unsure if McIlroy was even going to play this weekend having participated in five straight weekends of golf in three different countries. This is Rory’s second time winning the tournament– his first coming in 2010 — and his second PGA Tour victory this year.

 

2. John Daly will have his life chronicled on ESPN’s 30 for 30. Earlier this week Daly tweeted that his life and golf career will become a storyline for the popular documentary series. This will be the first time a 30 for 30 will have a professional golfer as the subject and there will certainly be a lot of stories to tell. No word on the air date just yet.

 

3. James Morrison wins at Spanish Open while Minjee Lee earns her first LPGA Tour win. Morrison shared the lead overnight Saturday with countryman David Howell. The Englishman was able to pull ahead with an early birdie and made eight straight pars to seal the victory. This is Morrison’s second European Tour victory. Meanwhile Lee won by two shots, even after a first round triple bogey, to claim the Tour Kingsmill Championship.

 

4. Roland Thatcher almost shot a 59 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Heading into the final hole, Thatcher needed a birdie to score under a 60, but his putt did everything besides drop into the hole. “Honestly, I didn’t think you could leave it short,” he told the Golf Channel after tapping it in for par. Thatcher still won the tournament by one stroke.

Links I Love:

 

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez was offered 288 bottles of beer to make a hole in one… and he did.

 

  • Tom Brady is escaping the controversy that comes along with “Deflategate” by golfing in the Bahamas with Michael Jordan. Tweet via @SeanJWagner, CBS Sports.

 

How To Pick Your Perfect Golf Shoe!

May 14th, 2015

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Choosing flip flops can be hard enough, let alone choosing golf shoes. What you think that golf shoes aren’t important? Consider this – the average golfer walks 4-5 miles per hour and is on his feet for 3-5 hours. That’s a lot to ask of your feet. Plus you’ll be swinging a golf club upwards of 70 mph and stable footing is crucial for an effective swing. So, here’s the Caveman approved guide to choosing golf shoes!

Fit

It doesn’t matter how they look, if they don’t fit correctly!

1. Always wear the same socks you golf in when trying on new golf shoes

2. Don’t wear socks that are too tight or tend to scrunch up.

3. Before selecting a size, measure both feet. If you get different measurements, then choose the size that fits the larger foot. Don’t forget you can always use an insole to balance up your smaller foot.

4. Check the fit of the shoes by standing on one foot. You should be able to wiggle your toes, and when you stand on tiptoe the shoes should bend where your foot bends.

5. The fit around the middle of the shoe should feel tighter than with ordinary shoes. This is where you get the most support when swinging the club. Don’t over worry about the tightness because all shoes will stretch a little after you have worn them a few times.

6. There should be no more or less than about a half inch of space from your big toe to the end of the golf shoe.

7. It is important to make sure that the shoe and the widest part of your foot are a comfortable fit, without being too loose. Loose fitting shoes cause your feet to slide when you swing the club, and you lose stability, essential for good golf.

8. If the shoe fits all the above criteria, but is a little loose, then use an insole to make the fit a little tighter.

9. It is no bad thing to get your feet measured professionally for width and length, once a year. This should be done at the end of the day, because your feet will be a little swollen at this time.

 

Waterproofing

Waterproof shoes are more expensive, but essential if you play in wet and muddy conditions. Leather uppers are the best for providing support and waterproofing. Synthetic leather golf shoes should be avoided if possible because they are not waterproof, and as they won’t allow your feet to breathe, they quickly become smelly!

 

Spikes Or No Spikes?

Spikes will give you more grip and are a must on hilly courses and for hard swingers. Some say spikeless shoes are more comfortable especially for a short game, but choose based on your swing and environment.

 

Style

Nowadays, there are three general styles of golf shoes: traditional, athletic, and trendy. Traditional golf shoes are usually made of leather and will have less flexibility overall but will last for a long time with proper care. Athletic golf shoes are made with soles that resemble sneakers and this allows for extended flexibility and range of movement. Trendy golf shoes can have either type of fit and are often inspired by Tour players like Ricky Fowler.

 

Check out Rock Bottom Golf for the best selection of golf shoes at prices that won’t break your budget!

And don’t forget to take care of those shoes or they won’t last. Steve Ryrie, the Commercial Director in ECCO’s Accessories Division, explains how with FAQ: How to take care of your golf shoes.

Need more help? Watch this video below from Golflink.

Rickie Fowler Proves He’s Not Overrated After All; Wins The Players Championship!

May 11th, 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. Rickie Fowler proves he’s not overrated, wins The Players Championship. Just days after he and Ian Poulter were voted “most overrated” by their peers, Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff, just the fifth in Players Championship history. Fowler finished the final three holes of regulation in just eight shots. This was Fowler’s first PGA Tour win since 2012 when he defeated Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a three-man playoff as well.

2. Tiger finishes 69th at The Players. Tiger was breaking records this weekend, but records of the wrong kind. He shot his first ever triple-bogey in Players Championship history on the par-4 14th on Sunday. After that, he shot two double-bogeys and would hit just four fairways all day. Tiger finished with a 72 — his worst ever finish at The Players. This all came just days after Woods admitted he wasn’t sleeping well following his breakup with longtime girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn. Critics also pointed out that Tiger’s alignment might be off which may be due to his recent back issues.

3. Jordan Spieth misses the cut at TPC Sawgrass. Just weeks after a stellar win at Augusta, Spieth was cut early after his worst start this season. He began Thursday with two bogeys in a row and never was able to get on track. After being paired with Rory McIlroy in early rounds, tour officials were disappointed to watch McIlroy continue through the weekend as Spieth stayed behind– so much for golf’s “next big rivalry?” But, critics are giving Spieth a pass saying that after the whirlwind Masters week, it’s normal and natural to have a bit of a downturn due to the excitement and exhaustion.

4. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Tournaments are ready to go. Teams and individuals have been chosen to participate in this year’s tournaments in South Florida. The men will play this week while the women will compete next weekend. Visit the NCAA’s website for a list of the teams and individuals playing on the men’s side and the women’s side.

Links I Love:

  • What does Bubba Watson’s son think of his putting?

  • Matt Kuchar hit an amazing backwards shot at The Players. You gotta see this.

    What to Watch For:

  • The Wells Fargo Championship starts Thursday from Charlotte, NC.
  • The Players Championship: What You NEED To Know!

    May 7th, 2015

     

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    The Players Championship isn’t officially a major, but you wouldn’t know it by all of the coverage and hoopla. With a $10 million purse and 600 FedEx Cup points on the line, there’s a reason it’s known as the fifth major. After his dominating presence at the Masters, Jordan Spieth is considered the man to beat. A good showing(and a better FedEx Cup position)is going to be vital for most of the pros if they want to make it to the Tour Championship.

    What: The Players ChampionshipThe Players Logo
    When: Thursday May 5 – Sunday May 10
    Where: The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Verde Beach, Florida

    Purse: $10,000,000
    Winning Share: $1,800,000
    FedExCup Winner’s Points: 600 – the largest of any non major!

    Par: 72
    Yardage: 7,215
    Course Designer: Peter Dye
    Last Year’s Champion: Martin Kaymer

    Website: http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-players-championship.html
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pgatour
    Watch It Online: http://www.pgatour.com
    Featured Holes: http://pgatour.cbssports.com/live/?channel=featuredholes
    Featured Group: http://pgatour.cbssports.com/live/?channel=featuredgroup
    Live Leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/leaderboard.html

    TV Schedule (Initial Airings)
    Thursday: Golf Channel 1-7p.m.
    Friday: Golf Channel 1-7p.m.
    Saturday: NBC 2-7 p.m. ET
    Sunday: NBC 2-7 p.m. ET

    Radio Schedule (PGA Tour Network on Sirius 208XM 93)
    Thursday-Sunday 12-7 p.m.

    Great Links
    PGATour.com’s Live Shotracker
    TPC Sawgrass Interactive Yardage Guide
    Take A 360° Tour Of The Course
    Course Breakdown: Hole by Hole
    A Close Look At TPC Sawgrass’ Final 3 Holes

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    Scratch’s Thoughts:

    This season hasn’t produced any huge surprises so far. So may say Spieth’s Masters win came out of nowhere, but he’s been on the radar since he joined the Tour. Here’s some of Scratch thoughts on who to watch this weekend:

    • Tiger Woods – It’s his first showing at TPC Sawgrass since his win in 2013.  He has been playing better this year than last, however Scratch wouldn’t bet money on Woods.
    • Martin Kaymer – He held onto win last year and is generally a consistent player. Scratch doesn’t see him winning again though.
    • Rory McIlroy – He won last week and all the attention will be on him vs Spieth. When McIlroy is on, he’s on. It’s just a matter of keeping his head together when he messes up.
    • The 17th Hole – The most dramatic looking hole at TPC Sawgrass has certainly produced upsets in the past. Here’s a fun fact: Last year, 44 balls ended up in the drink at this picturesque hole.
    • Jordan Spieth – Since his win at Augusta, Spieth is golf’s new golden boy. Justifiably too. He’s a strong consistent player who can keep a calm head when things go wrong. We’ll have to see if he can repeat his Masters performance at this punishing course..

     

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    Rory Wins Match Play Championship!

    May 4th, 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. Rory McIlroy wins Match Play Championship. The world No. 1 ranked golfer dominated the new round-robin format at the tournament winning all seven matches in five days. McIlroy had not won in the United States since last year’s PGA Championship and his first victory since the Omega Dubai Classic on the European Tour in February. McIlroy turns 26 on Monday.

    2. Your weekly pop culture update: Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn announce their breakup. Maybe you care, and maybe you don’t, but if I didn’t mention the breakup of this athletic super-couple, you’d hear it elsewhere. Woods and Vonn — an Olympic skier– have been dating for nearly three years. The two announced their split on Facebook citing busy schedules.

    After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the…

    Posted by Lindsey Vonn on Sunday, May 3, 2015

    3. Inbee Park wins again at North Texas Shootout. The No. 2 ranked woman in the world has won the tournament twice now in three years. Lydia Ko, the No. 1 ranked female, will hold her top spot despite finished 41st. Ko also announced that her winnings from this weekend will be donated to the Nepal earthquake relief.

    4. The golf community mourns two pioneers of the sport. Calvin Peete and Pete Brown, African-American golfers, both won several events on the PGA Tour in a time when the game, and country, was still segregated. Brown started his golfing career as a caddy, and despite being struck with polio, earned a PGA Tour card to have a successful career. Peete became the first African-American to win the Players Championship.

    5. Tiger will have a busy summer. He tweeted last week that he will be playing five tournaments in the coming months.

    Links I Love:

  • Gotta love a good Bubba Watson blooper reel.

  • Who needs Pacquio/Mayweather when you’ve got a real live golf fight! Kidding. But check out Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez get into it at the Match Play Championship this weekend.

    What to Watch For:

  • The Players Championship begins Thursday from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
  • Golf 101: What The Heck Is Match Play?

    April 30th, 2015

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    If you’re a golf newbie who has tuned into this week’s WGC-Cadillac Match Play tournament at TPC Harding, you may have been a little confused. But don’t worry! Scratch is here to break it all down for you!

    Let’s start with the obvious. Match play rules are a little bit different than your typical stroke play. In stroke play, golfers rack up strokes over the course of 18 holes. In the end, the golfer with the fewest strokes is the winner. Match play, however, is a horse of a different color.

    Match play scoring is very actually very simple. But it can create scores that might be confusing for those who just got the golf bug. During match play, each hole is a separate competition with golfers squaring off against one another to win individual holes. The player with the fewest strokes on an individual hole wins that particular hole. The player who wins the most holes wins the match. Think of it kind of like golf’s equivalent to basketball’s March Madness.

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    Here’s how the scoring works. Win a hole, you get a point. Lose a hole, your opponent gets a point. If you tie on a hole, no one gets any points, unless it’s the Ryder Cup or a similar event, then both sides get a half point. However, the score is not shown as two simple numbers; rather, the score is rendered relationally. For example, say you’ve won 2 holes and your opponent has won 1. The score isn’t shown as 2 to 1; instead it’s shown as 1-up for you, or 1-down for your opponent. If you’ve won 7 holes and your opponent has won 5, then you’re 2-up, he’s 2-down, and so forth.

    Keep your eye out for the term “all square.” All square means that a match is tied; both players have won the same amount of holes. In a tournament event where the score is all square after the last hole, usually 18 or 36, the players will play on until a player wins a hole (sudden death). In the Ryder Cup and other similar team events, the match is not finished this way, and the teams each receive a half point. In such events there are points accumulated over several days, playing different formats, and the total determines the winning team.

    Match play also doesn’t have to go a full 18 holes. If one opponent has an insurmountable lead, the match is over. Say you’re 5-up with 4 holes left to play; even if your opponent wins all 4 of the next holes, he’ll never beat you, so the match is over. That being said, in the PGA it usually does go all 18 holes, because, well, those guys are REALLY good.

    There are a couple of ways you’ll see the final score displayed. Brent Kelley from about.com breaks it down:

    • 1-up: As a final score, 1-up means that the match went the full 18 holes with the winner finishing with one more hole won than the runner-up. If the match goes 18 holes and you’ve won 6 holes while I’ve won 5 holes (the other holes being halved, or tied), then you’ve beaten me 1-up.

    • 2 and 1: When you see a match play score that is rendered in this way – 2 and 1, 3 and 2, 4 and 3, and so on – it means that the winner clinched the victory before reaching the 18th hole and the match ended early.
    The first number in such a score tells you the number of holes by which the winner is victorious, and the second number tells you the hole on which the match ended. So “2 and 1″ means that the winner was 2 holes ahead with 1 hole to play (the match ended after No. 17), “3 and 2″ means 3 holes ahead to with 2 holes to play (the match ended after No. 16), and so on.

    • 2-up: OK, so “1-up” means the match went the full 18 holes, and a score such as “2 and 1″ means it ended early. So why do we sometimes see scores of “2-up” as a final score? If the leader was two holes up, why didn’t the match end on No. 17?
    A score of “2-up” means that the player in the lead took the match “dormie” on the 17th hole. “Dormie” means that the leader leads by the same number of holes that remain; for example, 2-up with 2 holes to play. If you are two holes up with two holes to play, you cannot lose the match in regulation (some match play tournaments have playoffs to settle ties, others – such as the Ryder Cup – don’t).
    A score of “2-up” means that the match went dormie with one hole to play – the leader was 1-up with one hole to play – and then the leader won the 18th hole.

    • 5 and 3: Here’s the same situation. If Player A was ahead by 5 holes, then why didn’t the match end with 4 holes to play instead of 3? Because the leader took the match dormie with 4 holes to play (4 up with 4 holes to go), then won the next hole for a final score of 5 and 3. Similar scores are 4 and 2 and 3 and 1.

     

    There are two main formats you’ll see in match play: Single, Fourball, and Foursome Match Play. If you’ve watched the Ryder Cup, you’re probably familiar with them. Singles pits 2 individual playes against each other. In Fourball, each side consists of a team of 2 players. Each player hits their own balls on each hole. The lowest score on each team serves as that team’s score. So if on Team A, Player 1 scores a 3 and Player 2 scores a 5, then the score for Team A is 3. If Team A scores a 3 and Team B scores a 4, then Team A wins the hole.

    Foursomes matches also pit 2-person teams against each other, with each team playing one ball, the two teammates alternating hitting the shots (so this format is often referred to as alternate shot). Example: Player A and Player B are partners. On the first hole, A tees off; B plays the second shot; A plays the third shot; and so on until the ball is holed. After both teams have completed the hole, the side with the lower total strokes wins the hole. There are handicap allowances for Fourball and Foursome match play and these can be found in USGA Handicap Manual, Section 9-4.

    Other terms to know:

    Conceded Putt: Also known as a gimme. These are short putts that a player picks up rather than holin out. They’re generally illegal, though many weekend warriors use them anyway. However, in match play, they’re completely legal. A opponent can concede a putt to you, no matter how far away the ball is from the cup, it’s up to him. A conceded putt can only, be given, not requested. So you may see some players linger a bit on the green, it’s because they’re hoping their opponent will concede the putt.

    Cancel The Shot: Your opponent can cancel your shot and make you replay if you’ve violated certain rules rather than having you take a penalty. For example, playing out of turn, hitting from outside the teeing ground, hitting a ball at rest on the green, etc.

    Penalty for Breach of Rule: If you fail to follow the proper procedure for continuing play after a violation of the rules, you could loss the hole entirely. Usually in stroke play, this would be a 2-stroke penalty.

    “Good-good”: When one player offers concede his opponent’s putt if the opponent reciprocates by conceding the first player’s putt.

     

    Hopefully this clears up any confusion for you Rock Heads! Enjoy watching the match play this weekend!

    Justin Rose Wins And Tiger Will Play Again!

    April 27th, 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. Justin Rose wins The Zurich Classic with birdies on the final two holes. His win Sunday was his 7th PGA Tour win. Rose has now won at least once in six straight seasons. Battling with rain delays and a soggy course, Rose finished with an impressive six birdies and did not have a bogey after the sixth hole of round one. Rose headed into Sunday tied for first with Jason Day and was able to hold off Cameron Triangle by a stroke on the final hole. Rose started 2015 looking a little rusty with three missed cuts and his best finish at 37th.

    Very PROUD @zurichna Champion!! #ZurichClassic 🏆🏆🏆#teamRose

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    2. Tiger Woods announces that he will play at The Players Championship in two weeks. Woods confirmed via his Twitter account that he will be back in action in May. Tiger has won The Players Championship two times, once in 2001 and once just a few years ago in 2013. The tournament begins May 5 from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

    3. Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic ends in a playoff. New Zealander Lydia Ko celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday and put the icing on the birthday cake with a win on Sunday. This was Ko’s second straight year winning the Swinging Skirts Classic, this year beating Morgan Pressel on the second playoff hole. Ko entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the world and now leads the tour’s money list after pocketing nearly $400,000 this weekend.

    4. The WGC-Cadillac Match Play will test new format this year. Instead of the single elimination format of yesteryear, this year each player is guaranteed at least three rounds of golf and will compete in World Cup style play. Tournament officials boast a large turnout of big name golfers including Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy (Phil Mickelson pulled out at the last minute and Tiger won’t be there either) and the new format will allow fans an ample amount of time to watch their favorites. The tournament begins Wednesday from TPC Harding Park golf course in San Francisco.

    Links I Love:

     

    • Junior golfer Brad Dalke did not just beat Rory McIlroy, he utterly destroyed him… in arm wrestling and then posted the video on his twitter account.

    • LOL at this hilarious photo of Tiger Woods and basketball player Yao Ming at the Nike Campus.

    • Winter lasts far too long for golfers in Iceland, who, in this video use different colored balls to differentiate from the white snow they play on.

      What to Watch For:

    • The World Golf Championship- Cadillac Match Play begins Wednesday from San Francisco, CA.

     

    Look Out For Lyme Disease

    April 24th, 2015
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    I hope that all you Rock Heads are enjoyin’ your new golf season. I know I am. I’m taking a break today from talkin’ about the ins and outs of golf to remind you all of one very important part of spring and summer golf. Consider this a PSA from Scratch. After you’re done with your round and have left the 19th hole for home, give yourself a once over and check for ticks. These nasty little buggers can transmit the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. These ticks are unfortunately out and about in large numbers and parts of the U.S., such as New England, are experiencing a rise in confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

     

     

    “Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States, and the incidence is growing rapidly. In 2009, the C.D.C. reported thirty-eight thousand cases, three times more than in 1991. Most researchers agree that the true number of infections is five to ten times higher. Although some of that increase is due to heightened awareness, transmission is rising in areas, like New England, where the disease is well established, and is spreading to regions as far south as Florida, through changes in climate and the movements of infected animals.”

    -Michael Specter, The Lyme Wars

     

     

    What is Lyme disease? It’s an inflammatory disease characterized at first by a rash, headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders. It can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, but delayed treatment can lead to difficult to treat, serious symptoms. It’s commonly found on the east coast, the west coast, and the upper mid-west. However, cases of Lyme disease have been reported in all U.S. states except Montana.

     

    Symptoms

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    Lyme disease has what’s called an incubation period. The symptoms won’t show up immediately after you are bitten. When the disease is still in a localized stage and has not spread throughout the body, patients can experience flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. 80% of cases will also have a bullseye-shaped rash called erythema chronicum migrans(EM). This will develop at the site of the bite within 3 to 30 days. Please note that not all patients develop the rash. Lyme disease can progress to later stages without the rash.

    The disease will spread through the body within days or weeks of the localized infection. EM can develop on parts of the body with no relation to the original infection site. The Center for Disease Control states that an array of symptoms can occur at this stage such as

    • Facial or Bell’s palsy (loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face)
    • Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
    • Pain and swelling in the large joints (such as knees)
    • Shooting pains that may interfere with sleep
    • Heart palpitations and dizziness due to changes in heartbeat

    Left untreated, after a few months the disease can progress to a point that is hard to treat and cause severe and chronic symptoms that affect many parts of the body, including the brain, nerves, eyes, joints and heart. The CDC reports,

    “Approximately 60% of patients with untreated infection may begin to have intermittent bouts of arthritis, with severe joint pain and swelling… Arthritis caused by Lyme disease manifests differently than other causes of arthritis and must be distinguished from arthralgias (pain, but not swelling, in joints). Up to 5% of untreated patients may develop chronic neurological complaints months to years after infection4. These include shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, and problems with short-term memory.”

     

    The Good News

    Luckily, there are preventive steps you can take when you hit your local course.

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    • Don’t go searching for your ball in the woods. It’s not worth it.
    • Use repellents that contain 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on the exposed skin for protection that lasts up to several hours.
    • Wear long pants. I know it’s hot, but covering your legs can prevent ticks from quickly latching on to exposed skin
    • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
    • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Make sure your check spots such as the armpits, behind the knees, in the bellybutton, and on the scalp.
    • Check your gear. Ticks can hitch a ride on clothes and bags then attach to a person later. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

    If you do find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic. Just grab a pair of tweezers and follow these removal instructions provided by the CDC.

    How to remove a tick

    • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
    • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
    • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

    Don’t try home remedies such as covering the tick with nail polish or Vaseline. You don’t want to wait for the tick to detach. The longer it stays attached to you, the more bacteria can be transferred to you.

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    The Bottom Line

    If you find yourself bitten by a tick, don’t freak out. Not all tick bites result in Lyme disease. Monitor the bite and watch for those early flu-like symptoms. And don’t think you can’t get Lyme disease if you don’t get the bullseye rash. If you are feeling lousy, head to the doctor. The sooner you start treatment, the better your prognosis. If you want more info on Lyme disease, check out the CDC or Mayo Clinic.

    Jim Furyk Wins Earns First PGA Tour Victory in Five Years!

    April 20th, 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. Jim Furyk ends a nearly five year drought with a win at RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The former FedEx Cup Champion has a total of 17 PGA Tour Victories after Sunday’s and said despite the struggle, he always knew he would win again. Adding to the excitement he said that this is one of his favorite events and that it meshes well with his type of game. Furyk finished at 18-under, holding of Kevin Kisner in a two-hole playoff.

    2. Jordan Spieth is now ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. It should come as no surprise that The Masters winner and golf phenom has gone viral on social media: he’s young, attractive, and pretty damn good at golf. And now the 21-year-old is ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. Spieth finished RBC Heritage at 10-under, tying for eleventh place– but if you consider the whirlwind this past week must have been for the kid, eleventh is still a pretty awesome feat.

    3. Even without Tiger winning, 14 million people watched the final round of golf at The Masters. The number isn’t record-shattering, even with Jordan Spieth’s record shattering performance, but it isn’t bad either. That number peaked at 17 million in the final half hour of the event, from 6:30-7pm. The average number increased 26% from last year, but stays on par with 2013’s event. Some of this can be due to the Tiger Woods’ Effect: the idea that when Tiger plays, any and everyone will watch. Tiger did return for his first PGA Tour event in several months, and he did play well, and it was The Masters. This Sports Illustrated article delves deep into the stats.

    4. The LSU men win their first SEC golf title since 1987. Heading into the tournament ranked seventh, the LSU Tigers Men’s Golf team overcame a five-stroke deficit to claim the title. Defending champs, Alabama, struggled in the final round, finishing at 10-over par. The Tigers will now play in the NCAA Regionals beginning May 14.

    Links I Love:

    • This hilarious tweet from Bubba Watson calling on ESPN’s SportsCenter to nominate his trick shot as a Top Ten Play of the week.

    • Who needs a walk-off home run when you can have a walk-off eagle in golf. Sei Young-Kim hit an eagle shot to win the tournament outright– and for about ten seconds, had no idea what had just happened.
    • And here is your LOL for the week. This unmanned golf cart gets stuck in reverse and goes crazy on a college campus in Chicago.

      What to Watch For:

    • PGA Tour: The Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins Thursday in Avondale, LA.
    • European Tour: The Volvo China Open begins Thursday in Shanghai, China.

    Golf Etiquette 101 – Because We All Need A Refresher Course!

    April 16th, 2015

    Divots!

    It’s the start of golf  here in the ol’ US of A and after seein’ one to many pictures of unrepaired divots like the one above at a grass driving range, Scratch here has come to the realization that not every golfer knows how to act during a round. Now some of you Rock Heads out there may have just started playin’ golf and have yet to learn the unwritten rules of golf. For the rest of you, consider this a quick refresher course(ha, get it!) on your basic golf etiquette. Hopefully keep all of us Rock Heads out of hot water!

    Etiquette is a word often associated with golf and not often with cavemen. I’ve never quite mastered that napkin thing; in my day we just used pelts. ANYWAY, what is golf etiquette? Etiquette guidelines are in place for the game to keep safety, pace and quality of the sport and its facilities. All golfers need to know the basic guidelines before you step foot on the fairway unless you what to hear some choice four letter words from other golfers.

     

    OopsSafety First:

    • When swinging your club: Check your grip, and make sure there are no fellow golfers in your trajectory, or behind you. This will help avoid a bump or two (this goes for practice swings too).
    • Make sure the group ahead of you is out of range before hitting the ball, and don’t forget to yell Fore if someone is in the path of the ball.
    • If you decide to rent a cart, make sure you follow the suggested guidelines and take caution before you start your reverse spins.
    • And above all, NEVER Swing or throw you’re club out of anger. Not only do you look like a child, but you could harm yourself or others

     

     

    Pace Of Play:5 minute rule

    • Avoid slow play. Pay attention and always be ready to hit the ball when it’s your turn. Don’t make groups wait for you, you never know when a golfer is gaining on you who has had a bad day.
    • The player Away (who’s ball lies furthers from the hole) should shoot first, but if you are in a friendly match, you can play as ready.
    • You are allowed 5 minutes to look for a lost ball, but if you REALLY want to take this time, allow the group behind you to play through before you take your penalty, because I doubt you will find it. Or to be a nicer player and save time, if a ball is lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, play a provisional ball.
    • If you are riding a car, be sure to bring a few clubs with you as you approach your shot, this will prevent you from having to walk back to the cart if you grabbed the wrong one.
    • Always leave the putting green as soon as you have finished.
    • Limit yourself to one or two practice swings. Any more won’t really help.
    • Keep up with the group in front of you and always let faster groups play through.

     

    Don't do thisMaintaining the course :

    • Repair your divot marks and ball marks on the fairway and green. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough: REPAIR YOUR MARKS! It’s the responsibility of every golfer to leave the course in the same – or better – shape than they found it. Don’t know how, check out the image below!
    • Observe the cart rules of the course. Don’t go driving all over, unless you absolutely are sure you can jump the sand trap (wheels can damage the sensitive areas of the green and fairway).
    • Before leaving a bunker, players should fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others.
    • Replace the flagstick in an upright position.
    • Try to avoid making a divot on practice swings

     

     

    How To Fix A Divot

    Consideration For Other Players

    • Turn off or silence any electronics. Players should always ensure that they don’t disturb others’ play with unnecessary noise.
    • Silence is golden. Don’t move, talk, or stand close to a player making a shot. They could lose concentration and a club may find its way into yer mouth. Have fun explainin’ that one to the ER nurse.
    • Don’t curse out loud after a bad shot. Try your best to contain yer emotions after a shot, even though your golfin’ buddies might not mind, you may startle someone who is within ear shot.
    • Do not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
    • Watch where your shadow hits. Don’t stand or cast a shadow on another player’s line of putt.
    • Remain on or close to the green until all players have holed out.

     

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