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The Mutt Gets It Done At St. George’s



-Pettersson Wins The RBC Canadian Open-

Carl Pettersson himself said that until the closing back nine at the RBC Canadian Open today he was “nothing more than a sideshow.” Until then Hawaiian Dean Wilson had proved unrelenting in his pursuit of the title, posting par after par on his front nine to protect the four stroke gap he had garnered through round three. 

But in time Pettersson (71-68-60-67-266) would catch Wilson (65-65-65-72-267) and win his 4th PGA Tour title.

In his advance through the first 11 holes on Sunday Wilson had just one blemish on his card, a bogey on the tricky par 3, 8th hole, but he quickly rectified that with a birdie on the par five hole that followed.

Pettersson, meanwhile, was playing nothing like he had on Saturday when he set golf fans on their ears with a tour of one of Canada’s best courses in just 60 strokes.  The North Carolinian, by way of Sweden and England, (thus his own self-designation of a being a “mutt) made a few baubles through his front nine but counteracted them quickly enough to hold his score to where he had began the day, at 11 under par, and still four back of Wilson, currently non-exempt on the PGA Tour and playing on a sponsor’s exemption.

Then the back nine began.

“Yeah, I just love that back nine. It just set’s up great for me,” said Pettersson who mashed through the final nine in 29 strokes on Saturday and was looking forward to seeing them again in the final battle for the title. Once again he fell into its comforting arms.

“I started playing really well, and then I kind of felt like I took of the tournament coming in,” related the NC State alum with one of the most confusing accents you might ever find on the PGA Tour.

But he did win, courtesy of not only his career-low score on day three but a valiant charge that had began on holes eight and nine with birdies and carried through into the key holes on the back nine. Faced with a four stroke gap Pettersson decided to give himself a little challenge with Wilson dominating their pairing until then. “I started to talk to my caddy on the back nine; I was like, let’s see if we can get close to him.”

The new Canadian national champion said he played aggressive coming in and it paid off. “That was fun. And it helped me.”

The compensation was sub-par scores on 11, 13, 14, and 15, completing a run of six under par scoring on eight holes. That pushed him into the lead as Wilson botched the 12th and 14th holes on his way to a final lap of 72.

There was just a little drama left on the eighteenth hole as Pettersson carried a two stroke lead into the last of a string of tough holes. Pettersson left his birdie stroke well short and left the door slightly ajar for Wilson who could not capitalize, leaving Pettersson to two putt for the win and to receive the adoration of an appreciative Toronto crowd.

“It’s unbelievable. I still can’t believe I won the tournament,” said a happy but slightly shocked Pettersson to the media afterward. “..last year my game left me. And you know, you start questioning yourself if you’re good enough to play, and am I ever going to win again. And yeah, I was feeling it coming up the last hole. I knew anything could happen, but it was special – most important win for me coming back after last year playing so poorly.”

For his win Pettersson earns his way into the 2010 PGA Championship as well as a spot on the 2011 Masters and a cheque for $918,000. He also gets to be the defending champion of the RBC Canadian Open next year when it will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

-Equipment Notes: 

-Carl Pettersson used a new Nike VR Rev 60 degree wedge this week

-Pettersson, who has been a Nike Athlete for eight years, says the key to his win was his driving this week, A month and a half ago he switched to a Nike Golf VR Red Driver.

This report provided to by Canada's Flagstick Golf Magazine (

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15



Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge



GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

Last year, David Duval and his step-son Nick Karavites took home the trophy, and they are back in the field this year to defend.

Check out our photos below from this year’s event!

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos

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



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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