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The Real Top 10: PGA Tour Power Rankings

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By Nick DeConti

GolfWRX Contributor

AT&T National at Congressional consisted of stories of the normal and abnormal flavors. While the course was torn up with century-old trees crashing down, and for the first time I can remember, spectators weren’t allowed on the course, we witnessed an outcome that can give us “normal” feelings from the past. Tiger Woods has now won three tournaments this year, and two this month. With this win, he has surpassed Jack Nicklaus for second all-time in career wins with 74. He only trails Sam Snead now, who has 82 career wins, a milestone Tiger certainly has in his sights. That’s not the only one though.

Of course Tiger will want to hold the record for most majors won in a career, which he may or may not do, but the one that is closer to being achieved, and could be done this week at the Greenbrier, is hitting the mark of $100 million in career earnings on tour. This is a tremendous milestone that I’m sure nobody even thinks of achieving when they step out on the PGA Tour for their first tournament. Except for Tiger, maybe.

The Greenbrier Classic will showcase a solid field that has five of my top-10 in the power rankings playing this week. Speaking of power rankings, here they are!

1.     Tiger Woods (last week: 7)

(See above).  The only player with three wins this season, with two in the last month, deserves no other spot on this list than the summit. The world will be excited to see how he finishes in his first start at The Old White, good or bad. There’s a possible Comeback POTY award in his future.

2.     Jason Dufner (LW: 1)

Dufner is still the most consistent player on tour, but he hasn’t played in a tournament since the Crowne Plaza (2nd) in late May. Maybe he’s gearing up for Lytham, but he needs some competitive golf under his belt before then. Hopefully the lack of competition doesn’t break up the tremendous season he’s had so far. Dufner is inactive again this week.

3.     Webb Simpson (LW: 2)

The U.S. Open champion will be in the field at the Greenbrier this week, a tournament that he co-led going into the weekend last year, and playing better golf now than he did last year. He could certainly be a contender to win this week in Sulphur Springs.

4.     Hunter Mahan (LW: 6)

Hunter picked up his fourth top-10 finish this season at Congressional, and has been playing solid golf over the past month with an average finish of 19th. You can always find Hunter near or at the top of the leaderboard every weekend.

5.     Matt Kuchar (LW: 3)

Mr. Consistent didn’t play at Congressional last week, but with a tie for 8th at the Travelers, he still finds himself on this list. He won’t be at The Greenbrier this week, and will continue to drop in the rankings if he doesn’t play, though he definitely deserves to be here.

6.     Marc Leishman (LW: 8 )

The 2009 Rookie of the Year winner moved up this week in the rankings without playing, due to the inactivity of the rest of the leaderboard, and riding his recent win. He is in the field this week at The Greenbrier, and will most likely need a good finish to stay here.

7.     Jim Furyk (LW: 4)

Jim had a T34 finish at AT&T National last week, but has been playing very solid golf lately. He should do well this week, and a good finish for him could keep his recently gained momentum moving in the right direction.

8.     Bo Van Pelt (LW: NR)

BVP found his way into the Top 10 this week by having a good week at Congressional, getting into a boxing match with Tiger Woods where he slipped up late and settled for a second-place finish. He has six top-10s this year and has been in the to-25 in five of his last six tournaments.

9.     Rickie Fowler (LW: 5)

There’s no doubt that Rickie has the talent to be on this list, and he really found his form in May. His last two tournaments have been less than stellar, and he will not be in the field this week. Although he will most likely find himself off of this list next week, he can easily make his way back on.

10.  Seung-Yul Noh (LW: NR)

This 21-year-old has been playing outstanding golf lately and by picking up two top-10s in three weeks with a career-best T4 at Congressional. The momentum that he’s been carrying over these last few weeks can certainly give him an opportunity for a repeat of his finish at the AT&T National.

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  1. Dufner

    Jul 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

    So I assume my tie for 4th at the US Open dosen’t count in the power rankings a I have not played since May? Pretty sure the Open was in June.

    Jason–

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Barnbougle Lost Farm: 20 Holes of Pure Joy

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Another early day in Tasmania, and we were exploring the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-design, Barnbougle Lost Farm. The course was completed in 2010, four years after the neighbor Barnbougle Dunes, resulting in much excitement in the world of golf upon opening.

Johan and I teed off at 10 a.m. to enjoy the course at our own pace in its full glory under clear blue skies. Barnbougle Lost Farm starts out quite easy, but it quickly turns into a true test of links golf. You will certainly need to bring some tactical and smart planning in order to get close to many of the pin positions.

The third hole is a prime example. With its sloping two-tiered green, it provides a fun challenge and makes you earn birdie — even if your tee and approach shots put you in a good position. This is one of the things I love about this course; it adds a welcome dimension to the game and something you probably don’t experience on most golf courses.

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The 4th is an iconic signature hole called “Sals Point,” named after course owner Richard Sattler’s wife (she was hoping to build a summer home on the property before it was turned into a golf course). A strikingly beautiful par-3, this hole is short in distance but guarded with luring bunkers. When the prevailing northwesterly wind comes howling in from the ocean, the hole will leave you exposed and pulling out one of your long irons for the tee shot. We left No. 4 with two bogeys with a strong desire for revenge.

Later in the round, we notice our scorecard had a hole numbered “13A” just after the 13th. We then noticed there was also an “18A.” That’s because Barnbougle Lost Farm offers golfers 20 holes. The designers believed that 13A was “too good to leave out” of the main routing, and 18A acts as a final betting hole to help decide a winner if you’re left all square. And yes, we played both 13A and 18A.

I need to say I liked Lost Farm for many reasons; it feels fresh and has some quirky holes including the 5th and the breathtaking 4th. The fact that it balks tradition with 20 holes is something I love. It also feels like an (almost) flawless course, and you will find new things to enjoy every time you play it.

The big question after trying both courses at Barnbougle is which course I liked best. I would go for Barnbougle Dunes in front of Barnbougle Lost Farm, mostly because I felt it was more fun and offered a bigger variation on how to play the holes. Both courses are great, however, offering really fun golf. And as I wrote in the first part of this Barnbougle-story, this is a top destination to visit and something you definitely need to experience with your golf friends if you can. It’s a golfing heaven.

Next course up: Kingston Heath in Melbourne.

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PGA Tour Pro and Parkland Alum Nick Thompson is Part of the Solution

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The tragic shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida moved the entire nation in a deep and profound way. The tragic events touched many lives, including PGA Tour Professional Nick Thompson, who attended Stoneman Douglas for four years and was born and raised just minutes from there.

On our 19th Hole podcast, Thompson described in detail just how connected he is to the area and to Douglas High School.

“That’s my alma mater. I graduated in ’01. My wife Christen and I graduated in ’01. I was born and raised in Parkland…actually Coral Springs, which is a neighboring city. Stoneman Douglas actually is just barely in Parkland but it’s pretty much right on the border. I would probably guess there are more kids from Coral Springs that go to Stoneman Douglas than in Parkland. So I spent 29 years in Coral Springs before moving to Palm Beach Gardens where I live now, but I was born and raised there. I spent four years of high school there and it’s near and dear to my heart.”

Thompson’s siblings, LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson and Web.com pro Curtis, did not attend Douglas High School.

His reaction to the news was immediate and visceral.

“I was in shock,” said Thompson. “I just really couldn’t believe it because Coral Springs and Parkland are both wonderful communities that are middle to upper class and literally, like boring suburbia. There’s not much going on in either city and it’s kind of hard to believe that it could happen there. It makes you think almost if it could happen there, it could happen anywhere. I think that’s one of the reasons why it has really gotten to a lot of people.”

Thompson knew personally some of the names that have become familiar to the nation as a result of the shooting, including Coach Aaron Feis, who died trying to save the lives of students.

“I went to high school with Aaron Feis,” said Thompson. “He was two years older than me, and I knew of him…we had a fair amount of mutual friends.”

And while the events have provoked much conversation on many sides, Thompson was moved to action.

“We started by my wife and I, the night that it happened, after we put our kids to bed, we decided that we needed to do something,” Thompson said. “The first thing we decided was we were going to do ribbons for the players, caddies, and wives. We did a double ribbon of maroon and silver, the school colors, pin them together and wrote MSD on the maroon section. We had the media official put them out on the first tee, so all the players were wearing them. It’s been great.”

“I got together with the media guys and Ken Kennerly, the tournament director of The Honda Classic and they have been amazing. The amount of players that had the ribbons on, I was just watching the coverage to see, is incredible. I actually spoke to Tiger today and thanked him for wearing the ribbon. We really appreciate it, told him I went to high school there. I mean the only thing he could say was that he was sorry, it’s an unfortunate scenario and he was happy to wear the ribbon, do whatever he could.”

Thompson is quick to note the help that he has received in his efforts.

“It’s not just me. My wife has been just as instrumental in getting this done as me. I just, fortunately, have the connection with the PGA Tour to move it in the right direction even faster. I have the luxury of having a larger platform that can get my words out and everything we’re trying to do faster than most people. It’s a subject near and dear to my heart so it was just literally perfect with The Honda Classic coming in town.”

Thompson has also been involved in fundraising that goes to help the survivors and victims’ families. GoFundMe accounts supported by Thompson and the PGA Tour have raised in excess of 2.1 million dollars in just a week.

“One of the most important uses for this money is counseling for victims, for these kids who witnessed this horrific event, or have one degree of separation,” Thompson said. “Counseling for kids who lost a friend or a classmate, who need counseling and to help them with their PTSD essentially. I think that’s one of the most important things is helping all these kids deal with what has happened.”

Thompson acknowledged the fact that the entire Parkland family is activated to help in the healing. As for his efforts, it’s the product of his recognition of just how fortunate his life has been and a heart for service.

“Golf has given so much to me that it was the perfect time to give back even more than I already have. It’s the best we can do. We’re just trying to make a difference. ”

Listen to the entire interview on a special edition of The 19th Hole with Michael Williams on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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TG2: What irons did Knudson finally get fit into?

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GolfWRX equipment expert Brian Knudson gets his first ever iron fitting. He dishes about his favorite irons, some irons that didn’t work for him, and he discusses the wide array of shafts that he tried. And then, he reveals what irons and shafts he got fit into. His irons of choice may surprise you.

Check out the podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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