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Kingsmill Championship: The never-ending playoff hole

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By Vince Robitaille

GolfWRX Staff Writer

The understatement of the season could have been that the Kingsmill Championship’s fate was sealed on the 18th hole.

Sadly for Paula Creamer, of the nine highly redundant holes that started on the 72nd hole and stopped once they trooped onto the 16th tee, only the former mattered; i.e. the one that she three-putted on No. 17, thus missing out on the opportunity to close out the tournament in regulation. To compound the issue, as soon as the Pink Panther and her foe, Jiyai Shin, finally switched settings, a second putting blunder by the American handed the South Korean her eight LPGA victory.

To be quite frank, after seeing the demise on Creamer’s face as her par attempt on the 16th green lipped out, I don’t quite know where to start. Jiyai Shin’s record-shattering opening round, Danielle Kang’s breakthrough professional performance or even Creamer’s two rounds atop the leaderboard simply fail in comparison. Everything was there on that 81st hole – one should point out that the sudden-death playoff represented the longest in LPGA history – a stress-level magnified by the overnight halt that enabled both players to go over every potential scenario instead of sleeping, a dreadful silence glooming as both players teed up and a heart-splitting ending.

What I could say, however, is that such an occurrence won’t manifest itself again as quick complaints by both players and medias, regarding the continuous replay of the 18th hole, should force Tour officials to examine their playoff structure wih quite the diligent eye. Of course, managing crowd movement and satisfaction will still weigh heavily in the decision, but with the high frequency of necessary extra holes in recent memory, an effective way to determinate the proper victor shall override this concern.

Predictions for the Ricoh Women’s British Open

What does the Kingsmill turmoil mean heading into next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open? In Shin’s case, the South Korean’s first triumph since her heyday two seasons ago will more than make up for the lost day of preparation; a mix of momentum, experience and confidence ultimately overshadowing the plausible issue. Expecting as much out of Creamer, however, could prove disappointing as the Pink Panther, despite what you could take away from her perfect post-round pitch. She really seemed like she got the wind knocked out of her, and for good reason.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for Catriona Matthew next week, the 2009 Women’s Golfer of the Year who is always dangerous on links courses (she  finished 5th last weekend in Virginia). Also, watch out for my long-standing pick, when the ladies march onto Royal Liverpool.

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Interesting photos from A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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GolfWRX was watching the range, circling the putting green, and generally keeping an eye on the notable equipment on display for the first PGA Tour event of the 2019-2020 season, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

While we encourage you to check out all of our photos from White Sulphur Springs, here are a few hand-picked shots to whet your appetite.

New Mitsubishi MMT 125-gram iron shaft

Kevin Chappell with a Golf Pride SNSR putter grip..on his driver?

Maverick McNealy’s Top Gun-inspired putter cover

Face on shot of one of the many new SeeMore putter models spotted at The Greenbrier

Odyssey’s New Stroke Lab Ten putters

Face-on look at Cam Smith’s Scotty Cameron Teryllium TFB 1.5

Jason Dufner’s prototype LA Golf Shafts iron shaft (more info)

TaylorMade Original One Mini Driver spotted on Tour! (in Grayson Murray’s bag)

2019 BV Proto wedge belonging to Rafa Campos

…and another Vokey, this time it’s Kris Ventura’s 60-degree SM7

Check out all our photos from The Greenbrier below!

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10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open

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GolfWRX bypassed the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in the early part of the week (we made it there Thursday!) for the road less traveled this week: The Korn Ferry Tour. Specifically, we have a full buffet of photos from the range at the Albertsons Boise Open, including a full plate of WITB looks.

Here are 10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open.

This spread of Scotty Cameron Circle T putter covers will have enthusiasts drooling

Is this tee marker edible?

Name a better-dressed pro than Morgan Hoffmann…

Brandon Crick’s Pingman-stamped Glide wedge

The TaylorMade Boise Open headcover features a Boise St. blue turf background

D.J. Trahan’s Grateful Dead dancing bear headcovers are money

J-Gore! Cheers to the 2002 champ!

Sweet orange paintfill on Kevin Doughtery’s PXG 0311T 4-iron

Idaho (potato) fries aplenty on Scotty Cameron’s superb Boise Open headcover

I was unaware Will Zalatoris nickname was Beavis. But a look at this wedge and a look at this photo have me pretty convinced it is

All our galleries from the Boise Open

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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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