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WGC-Accenture Day 2: Watney takes out Tiger, Snedeker edges Stanley (again)

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

In what has become a familiar refrain, Tiger Woods’ putter failed him again in his match against Nick Watney. Woods, who used to be so well known for clutch putting, couldn’t even sniff the hole on a 5-foot birdie putt to tie Watney on No. 18.

“I didn’t miss a single shot coming in, which is good,” Woods said. “And that was fun, to hit the ball that well. Unfortunately, I just didn’t make a putt when I needed it.”

To say he didn’t make a putt is like saying Woods has had minor struggles the last two years. This was Woods match for the taking, but he failed to make any of the three 10-foot putts he had on the final six holes, handing the victory to Watney.

“I’m very happy to move on,” Watney said. “I feel a bit fortunate, as well. We don’t see him miss putts like that very often. And there were a few of them.”

In what will likely be the feature match on Friday, Watney moves on to face Lee Westwood. Westwood, by beating Robert Karlsson, already has his best finish ever at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Steve Stricker celebrated his 45th birthday in style with a 1-up victory over Louis Oosthuizen. Stricker would be the oldest winner of the Accenture Match Play Championship, but Hunter Mahan may have something to say about that.

Mahan dominated Y.E. Yang 5 and 3, winning holes No. 4 through 8 and never looking back.

“I was swinging nice,” Mahan said. “Hit a lot of good shots. It was all clicking.”

Another player with everything clicking, Dustin Johnson, trounced Francesco Molinari for the most lopsided victory of this year’s championship. Johnson had a five-hole lead after nine and finished off Molinari on No. 13. Johnson will be looking for revenge against Mark Wilson, who knocked Johnson out of last year. In a match of contrasts, Johnson will look to over power the course with his prodigious length, while Wilson will stick to his steady play and impressive putting.

In a third round match that could produce a dark horse candidate for winner, Jon Senden faces Sang-Moon Bae. Senden looks to build on his 6 and 5 victory over countryman Jason Day. Bae, a relative unknown from South Korea, may have the two most impressive victories thus far, defeating former champion, Ian Poulter in Round 1 and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel in Round 2.

“The Mechanic,” Miguel Angel Jimenez, defeated the up and down Keegan Bradley. Bradley who was on fire in Round 1, never lead against Jimenez. Jimenez started the day winning three -traight holes to go 3-up and finished off Bradley on No. 17 with a birdie. Jimenez will next face Rory McIlroy, who defeated Anders Hansen 3 and 2.

In a match sure to bring back bad memories, Brandt Snedeker beat Kyle Stanley 2 and 1. Stanley lost in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open to Snedeker after having a three shot lead heading into the last hole. Again, Stanley lost it late with Snedeker birding Nos. 15 and 16 to take a 2-up lead. Snedeker will move on to face Peter Hansen who easily handled Ernie Els 5 and 4, one day after Els defeated top ranked Luke Donald.

Round 3 coverage begins at 12 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel.

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An instructor’s perspective on the Chamblee/Dufner Twitter controversy

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If you have not had a chance to read the latest exchange on Twitter between Brandel Chamblee and Jason Dufner — and his teacher Chuck Cook — you have missed a wonderful controversy brewing. As you may know, Brandel is never one to hide his feelings on his views of the golf swing (he’s against The Golfing Machine teachings). And when people disagree with him (Jason Dufner), he’s not hesitant to tackle his opposition head on.

I’d like to take the time to weigh-in on what I feel should be focused on from an instruction standpoint, instead of what has been said on Twitter in this controversy.

Brandel’s side

First of all, I consider Brandel to be a friend of mine and he has been nothing but gracious to me during my professional career; though we have differing viewpoints on certain things. I have often called or emailed him, asking his opinion on one thing or another, and he has never failed to answer me. In fact, I love hearing what he has to say, even if it’s the opposite of what I feel personally and professionally — he hardly speaks without research to back it up. When you have the kind of stage he has, you must be armed with facts.

As we all know, Brandel is not a fan of the new breed of instruction. He prefers the old school methods, and clearly from his initial Tweet that sparked the entire controversy, he prefers an upright backswing. He is not a fan of most technologies used on the lesson tee, and he is very vocal regarding the Golfing Machine book and the Trackman launch monitor. While I hold both these things dear to me personally, I do understand how he could not be as convinced as I am of their successes within the game.

People must understand his opinion is a matter of perspective, and though he has this perspective as a player, and as a player-turned-teacher, he does not have the thousands and thousands of hours on the lesson tee. This does not make him right or wrong, it just gives him a different viewpoint.

Dufner’s side

As a teacher myself, I admire Dufner’s rise to fame and to the top ranks as a player, and I applaud him for doing so in spite of the odds and the drama that has gone on within his personal life over the last few years. I am proud to see him step up on a public forum and defend Chuck Cook (his long time teacher) on this Twitter thread. It is refreshing to see! Though I don’t know Jason, I’d like to shake his hand for doing so. My biggest gripe with Tour Professionals, in general, is their failure to stand by their instructors when things are not going well.

The last time I saw a player defending his teacher this adamantly was in a text string I had with Kevin Kisner (who is a great guy and friend) and John Tillery (his teacher and also a friend), who was not picked as one of the Top-100 Teachers on the latest list by Golf Magazine. As I told Kevin and John, it is a matter of time before he is recognized by Golf Magazine. The lists are subjective and many things go into the selection process; they make good choices and other times they make mistakes. John is a heck of a teacher and will always be Top 100 in my book! So kudos to Jason and Kevin for standing up for their guys…they both deserve it 100 percent.

Chuck Cook’s side

How Chuck was dragged into the middle of this whole controversy is beyond me, because he is one of the nicest and most soft-spoken guys. I also consider him the top-1 percent of teachers within our business. Chuck was in Vail for many years while I was also teaching there, and we have been on many outings together. He has been nothing but professional to all of us and anyone he comes into contact with personally. When someone questions him or his ability to teach at the highest levels, I can only say look at the two U.S. Open Champs he has taught, as well as what he’s done with countless other people within the game of golf. He is a smart and stand-up guy and deserves nothing but respect from all of us.

Chuck, I wish I could be HALF the teacher and person you are and have always been! That is a fact.

The Golfing Machine

Now, we could write an entire article series on the book I call my bible within the golfing world. However, 99 percent of the people in the world call it a “method,” or too complex, although every top teacher uses its methodologies within their instruction. It is ONLY an encyclopedia of motion — that’s it. It tells you what will and will not work together during the swing. What the book lacks has been the proper messenger to get the word across and that blame is only on timing. That’s not a knock on the past teachers who have used it or the players on Tour who have employed it.

Homer’s great book was born in 1969, and sadly the world would not be ready to hear these type of ideas in this type of format until now. And, like anything, it has been grossly misunderstood. The book and teachings have been chastised and will continue to be until a few more generations realize the greatness of what is contained within its pages. Only time will help our cause.

The Conclusion

Its all good… it’s not a big deal people! Please understand we ALL come from different places within the game and have our own opinions based on our perspective. Remember that these are all subject to change and can at any time. Every one of the people in that string of Tweets have their own agenda to promote and have the basis to call themselves great in what they do for a living. As long as we all have a drink and a laugh together at the end of the day, I see no harm in a gentleman’s disagreement between friends as long as nothing was done out of malice.

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

Related: Wednesday’s Photos

Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

Thursday’s Galleries

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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