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Dufner takes the halfway lead, Harrington stumbles

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By Seth Kerr

GolfWRX Staff Writer

Sometimes in life you get the carrot and sometimes you get the stick. Padraig Harrington got the stick today, following up his first-round 61 with a second-round 73 at the Transitions Championship. Harrington needed 33 putts in the second round, 11 more than in the first.

Jason Dufner shot his second-straight bogey-free 66 to take a two shot lead over Harrington and William McGirt.

Luke Donald had another steady round, shooting a 3-under par 68 to finish in a group with five players at 7-under in second place. Donald could regain the No. 1  spot from Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Rankings with a win this week.

Many Europeans are in the field this week trying to earn as many points as they can to insure a spot on the Ryder Cup team. Captain Jose Maria Olazabal decided to only make two captain’s picks instead of the three used by Colin Montgomerie in the 2010 matches, so being inside the top 10 is imperative for Europeans that hope to make the team.

Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Peter Hansen, Donald and Paul Casey are all trying to pick up coveted points so they do not have to rely on a captain’s pick. However, Casey shot a second round 76 and failed to make the cut. Casey was making just his second start of the year after a skiing accident in the offseason.

Another player trying to pick up as many points and as much money as possible is Jamie Lovemark. Lovemark is playing on a medical exemption after having back surgery in 2011. he has just 16 tournaments to earn enough money to keep his Tour card. Lovemark sits in 13th place; five strokes back after a second round 67.

Jeff Overton is also in the field this week trying to find his game after switching from Mizuno to Cleveland Golf. Since the last Ryder Cup and the infamous, “Boom Baby” shot, Overton has struggled on Tour. Overton has only two top-25 finishes this year, with his best finish coming at the Puerto Rico Open, where he tied for 14th. It would seem Overton’s only shot of making the Ryder Cup team this year is to get hot at the right time and show Davis Love he can bring some of the same fire he did in 2010.

Defending champion, Gary Woodland, made the cut and sits at 3-under par in a tie for 34th place.

The third round can be seen on NBC from 3-6 p.m. EST.

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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stickney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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