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Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods has registered for the June 16-19 U.S. Open at Oakmont, per Alex Miceli of GolfweekMiceli wrote:

“To participate in the 116th edition June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club, [Woods] needed to register by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Woods registered at 4:33 p.m. April 4,” the U.S. Golf Association said.

Speculation as to Woods’ return date has been carried on in earnest following his appearance at a junior clinic last week in which he was seen comfortably hitting drivers in excess of 300 yards, as well as hitting a variety of shot shapes with the rest of the clubs in his bag with ease.

One would have to imagine that if Woods is going to compete in the season’s second major, he’d like to have at least one start under his belt before that time. With that in mind, it seems likely that Woods will at least play the June 2-5 Memorial Tournament, however, Team Tiger remains mum on any timeline for the star’s return.

Woods hasn’t appeared in a PGA Tour event since last year’s Wyndham Championship, where he finished tied for 10th. The last time Woods pegged it in a U.S. Open at Oakmont, 2007, Woods finished tied for second behind Angel Cabrera.

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  1. CT

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    He’s not going to play, although I wish he would

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      He needs to shut it down until 2017 or maybe 2018 to make sure his back heals. What is he rank now? 1200th in the world? I liked the guy but his new swing is not good. He needs to go back to Hank. Oakmont is not a good place for a journeyman to make his re-debut.

      Johnny Miller still owns Oakmont.

  2. West D

    Apr 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I would like to see Tiger become successful in tournament golf again. He has three surgeries of recency, and it be a good end of career legacy to retire on. Ben Hogan won almost all of his majors after the car wreck, people still buy his book, Callaway has not done justice to the Hogan or Apex brand. Callaway, find the old forging stamps for the Apex II, rejigger the lofts to match todays specs and find a segment of golfers who have had to go to Mizuno, Miura, Honma.

    • NLB

      Apr 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Callaway: #1 Irons in Golf.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Ben Hogan could barely walk and he did not complain. He manned up. What he did after that nightmarish accident, no golfer has ever done that.

      Hogan was amazing and a gentleman too. If any of his clubs were bad, he destroyed them instead of shipping them.

  3. ooffa

    Apr 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Ok odds.
    3 to 1 he lets go of a club in his forswing.
    1 to 2 he grimaces after every shot that is not perfect.
    7 to 4 he quits
    8 to 5 makes the cut
    1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.

    • eva

      Apr 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      “1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.”

      I’ll take it, easiest dollar I’ll ever make.

  4. Insider

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Probably will play jack’s tournament as a warm up, maybe the players?

  5. Chuck D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wake me when Eldrick’s in contention for a major, let alone a tournament.

    • Jordan

      Apr 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      How many majors have you won?

      must be a few to warrant a wake up call

  6. BOBBY D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    WHO CARES….

    • eva

      Apr 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      you do, your reply speaks for itself, you may not like him, but you care

  7. MRC

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Welcome back Tiger!
    Smizzle…You’re a kook.

  8. Steven Bremer

    Apr 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I am by no means a fan but I hope he can at least make it back and play competitively. I have also heard he may play at the Wells Fargo the first full weekend of May.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      His swing still has issues. maybe Butch or Hank can help. Ledbetter could help, he has done wonders for Wie.
      Tiger’s body is not healthy enough to play the modern game anymore. The young guys like Spieth, DeChambeau and others are too good.

  9. :-u

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    What an idiot

  10. alexdub

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Good on ya Tiger. I’m not rooting for him to break Jack’s record or to dominate the game of golf again—I’m rooting for him to defy the odds and have one last bite at the apple. I’m rooting for him to fall in love with the game of golf again.

  11. Ben Alberstadt

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    ICYWW: Although Woods registered more than 20 days ago, that information only just became available to the media, hence Miceli’s report.

    • Pheel

      Apr 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Actually, on the USGA website you can lookup “entrant”. Someone did a couple of weeks ago and posted a pic on Twitter.

  12. slider

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

    lets go tiger

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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