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The next Tiger Woods? It’s Yani Tseng.

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By GameDayDog

GolfWRX Contributor

Since the LPGA is taking one of unfortunately too many weeks off, I thought it would be a great time to give a moment of appreciation to the greatness that is Yani Tseng.  I am willing to bet that if Tseng listens to rap music, her favorite rapper would be Jay-Z, who once said, “I got now, I don’t care who got next!”

Too often, we the fans, journalist, the public in general spends too much time searching for the next great thing. It’s fine to keep one eye on the future as long as we appreciate what we have now. Like Tiger Woods years earlier, those who watch the ladies of the LPGA, are witnessing history in the making.

Right now, regardless of gender, Tseng is the greatest golfer on the planet. The youngest golfer ever  to win five major championships by the age of 22. Yes, 22! While the world seems to wait for Rory McIlroy to win multiple majors and ascend to No. 1 in the Official Golf World Rankings, Tseng is sitting at the top of the mountain with seven wins last season and 14 top-10 finishes last year. She also started this year with a bang by winning the Honda Thailand tournament, the second event of the LPGA season.

Yani Tseng has stepped up and established her dominance over the field while learning the English language better. Americans may take the language for granted, but the extent of my foreign language skills is ordering from a menu at Taco Bell. I’m sure Tiger Woods would prefer another swing change than learn a foreign language. It’s that difficult.

LPGA followers wonder who is going to be the next Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. I’ll give a round of applause to the players filled with potential, such as Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, but these players may have arrived too soon. I believe in 10 or 15 years, we will no longer wonder who the next Yani Tseng will be. Instead, the world will be admitting, there will never be another Yani Tseng.

Click here for more discussion in the “Tour Talk” forum.

Click here to read more from GameDayDog on his blog, Straight Talkin’ – No Chaser.

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  1. duke

    Mar 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Yani might be the next Annika, Kathy Whitworth, Nancy Lopez etc. But she is not the next Tiger Woods.

  2. Shot&Distance

    Mar 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Phil, you realize that on the LPGA shorts & skirts are the norm, right? Take whatever issue you want with Lacoste, but google Sandra Gal or obviously Gulbis. That’s the more extreme standard for attire and shorts/skirt length.

  3. phil

    Mar 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Seriously, shorts and a Lacoste alligator polo?? Are you a professional golfer or just waiting for your buddies to show up and fill your golf bag with Bud Lights to play a quick 9 ?? I mean, I wear and do that…but you shouldn’t

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Tiger changes driver-weight settings, shoots even-par 70 at Honda Classic

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After missing the cut by four strokes at the 2018 Genesis Open last week, Tiger Woods is back at it again this week at the Honda Classic; it’s the first time he’s played in back-to-back PGA Tour events since 2015.

Opting for something other than driver off the tee much of the day, Woods made one double bogey, one bogey, and three birdies en route to an even-par 70.

It’s no secret that Woods has been struggling off the tee of late, especially with the driver. He’s hitting just 35 percent of fairways on the year, and he has already made one driver shaft change (going from a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX to a Matrix Ozik TP6HDe ahead of the Genesis Open). According to photos on Thursday, it appears Woods has also changed the weight settings in his TaylorMade M3 for a bit more forgiveness and fade-bias (as pictured above). At the Genesis Open and the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had the M3 driver weights in the forward position, which moves CG (center of gravity) forward and tends to lower spin.

On Thursday, however, Woods hit a slew of long irons and fairway woods off the tee instead of drivers at the 7,100-yard par-70 PGA National… an approach that seemed to work. Well, he hit just 50 percent of the fairways on the day, but that means he’s trending upward.

One of the shots Woods hit with the driver was so far right it was literally laughable… but he managed to make par anyway.

Actually, his double-bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole (his 12th of the day) came after hitting the fairway; he was fumbling on and around the green after hitting his third into a greenside bunker. That blunder aside, three birdies and an even-par round at the always-difficult PGA National leaves Woods currently in T19, obviously well inside the cutline.

Do you think Woods will make the cut? Do you think he can contend to win the tournament?

See the clubs Tiger Woods has in his bag this week at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion course (par 70: 7,110 yards) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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The field this week is stacked at the top, and it includes defending-champion Rickie Fowler, 2017 FedEx Champion Justin Thomas, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, and reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who’s making his first PGA Tour start of 2018. Also in the field is Tiger Woods, who committed to play in the event just last week. Woods is coming off a disappointing missed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open.

Last year, Fowler won by four shots over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland, despite playing his final round in 1-over par.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Honda Classic below!

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

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USGA, R&A to roll out new World Handicap System in 2020

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A new handicap system is here, or rather, it will be once the USGA and R&A begin to fully implement the World Handicap System in 2020.

The new system focuses on achieving three main objectives: 1) encouraging as many golfers as possible to maintain a handicap, 2) enabling golfers of different abilities, genders, and nationalities to compete fairly, and 3) determining the score a golfer is reasonably capable of shooting at any particular course anywhere in the world.

Currently there are six handicapping systems worldwide, owing to the existence of six handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Under the new program, the USGA and R&A will oversee the World Handicap System and the governing bodies will be in charge of local administration.

The USGA presents the WHS as a better system that simplifies the existing structures. Not surprisingly, the organization believes the WHS will compel more golfers to maintain a handicap.

“For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap,’” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game.”

Davis sees the new system marching arm-in-arm with the revisions to (and simplification of) the Rules of Golf.

“We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.”

Key features of the WHS include:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with “some discretion available for handicapping authorities or national associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.”
  • A consistent handicap that “is portable” from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA course and slope rating system, already used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and “factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.”
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

The USGA and R&A conducted quantitative research in 15 countries around the world. 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed.

The research also helped model the tenets of the WHS, but, as mentioned, don’t tear up your GHIN cards just yet: We’ve only just begun the two-year transition period prior to the implementation.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, golfers can email the USGA at whsfeedback@usga.org, or see usga.org/whs for more info.

Additionally, the USGA created this FAQ.

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