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How a caddie broke his ankle at Oakmont

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Australian golf writer Ben Everill was following Jason Day and 22-year-old Drexel alum and Open qualifier Chris Crawford at Oakmont on Tuesday. Everill was happily tweeting out shots of Jason Day making his way around the course (definitely worth checking out), when a freak accident occurred. Crawford’s caddie slipped while raking a bunker and broke his ankle.

Everill indicated on Twitter that the caddie lost his footing and slid into the bunker near where Jason Day was hitting, saying, unbelievably, “I’ve snapped my ankle, but go ahead Jason. I’ll be okay!”

Fortunately, it seems the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team doctor was nearby, and Jason Day, of course, didn’t “go ahead” and provided some assistance.

There are a lot of bad jokes in here, “We expected Oakmont to punish the players, but we thought the caddies would be spared!” But making light of a man’s injury, however sustained, is poor form.

Regardless, the injury sets an ominous tone for the week.

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  1. AllBOdoesisgolf

    Jun 15, 2016 at 9:44 am

    poor form yet you did it anyway

  2. don d.

    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:21 am

    it is the us open . always something to discuss. they are only numbers in a box. the fewest wins. 18 holes go get it.

  3. Joshuaplaysgolf

    Jun 14, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Further evidence of Spieth’s ‘too much sand in the bunkers’ gripe?

  4. Double Mocha Man

    Jun 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Would this be the same cadie that was on Day’s bag in last year’s U.S. Open? When Day collapsed he was by his side… as Day was by the side of this caddie.

    • TCJ

      Jun 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

      “Crawford’s caddie slipped while raking a bunker and broke his ankle.”

      • Double Mocha Man

        Jun 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

        Oops. Reading comprehension issue here.

  5. Double Mocha Man

    Jun 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    When an actor goes on stage you say “Break a leg”. When a caddie goes onto Oakmont you say “Break an ankle”. When a player goes onto Oakmont you say, “Break par.”

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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

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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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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