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GolfWRX is live from the newly redesigned TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, just an hour down the road from last week’s event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Blue Monster, a par-72 design measuring 7,481 yards, gets its name from the brutal closing hole that measures 470 yards with water down the left and a guarded bail out to the right.

Donald Trump and Gil Hanse, with the help of a $200 million renovation, made the course longer and more difficult, while breathing life back into the dated layout. The most notable changes appear on the closing stretch, where water now comes into play on the par-3 15th hole and the drivable par-4 16th hole.

Trump’s version of the Blue Monster will makes its PGA Tour debut by hosting each of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings. Barring any late withdrawals, this will be the first time since the PGA Championship in 2012 that the top-50 players will compete in the same field.

The most likely player to withdraw is defending champion Tiger Woods, who exited the Honda Classic mid-round on Sunday citing back spasms. He won last year by two strokes over Steve Stricker and will reportedly seek treatment in order to defend his title.

Check out our photos from this week’s event at the TPC Blue Monster in Miami, Fla.


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  1. Lee

    Mar 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the course $200m investment should equal a great job. But why extend 7481 yards which as usual puts it out of the realms of us mere mortals. Merion proved last year that a course doesn’t need to be stupid long to provide a severe test for the best, so why not tighten it up, re-bunker, contour the greens etc and still keep in under 7000?

  2. Tyler

    Mar 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I really don’t like those Ping hats and I especially don’t like the “uniform” look like the Taylormade guys do. This ain’t a team event! On a positive note Doral looks impeccable this year. Nice job Mr. Trump.

  3. Jerry

    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Are any of the pros still using metal spikes?

    • Dave

      Mar 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Several, if not most, still use spikes. You can usually notice when they walk the cat paths.

      • Lee

        Mar 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        A lot of pro’s say they get better torsion through the swing with traditional metal spikes.

    • Greg

      Mar 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      about 40% use metal or a combination soft spike with metal tip in center of spike

  4. Mike

    Mar 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Is Justin Rose using a new putter?!?!?!

    • Greg

      Mar 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      He took a Tour Edge putter with a Champ grip out to test (the one he was trying in the photo) and is having a couple of others made.

  5. Tom

    Mar 4, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I love the smell of fresh cut grass in the morning.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open



Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills



GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).


Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings



We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

Let’s get to the photos.

#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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