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Muirfield Village, Do Good Players Make Good Architects?

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Jack once said he would pass time between shots by imagining how to redesign the hole he was playing. Muirfield Village, host of the Memorial, is to Nicklaus as Pinehurst was to Ross. Borrowing its name from the classic Scottish Links, and built to emulate the feel of Augusta, Muirfield has been the ambition of a Golden Bear who no doubt drew upon those design daydreams between the shots from every course he played.

Golfers’ intimate connection with the courses they have played turn even amateurs into armchair architects. This raises the question, do better players make better architects?

The vast and varied international experience of traveling on Tour lends its hand in favour of such players being good architects. Sure there are celebrity architects who provide only their signatures to the marketing brochures and ceremonial tee shots, rather than valuable insights. However, from past to present notable names have excelled at the craft of creating the courses as much as they have on playing them. From James Braid and Bobby Jones, to modern day Davis Love III and Ben Crenshaw, players have translated their love for the game into creative and artistic masterpieces.

Jack was 32 when Muirfield was been constructed, and now Tiger, the only man debated to be a better golfer is also 32. What else could be better to do when recovering from knee surgery? While Tiger has yet to find his own Muirfield or Pinehurst, his first project Al Ruwaya in Dubai is slated to open in late 2009.

And Annika, like always, is breaking the mold. When it comes to the LPGA few players have made the transition to design. Though she may have announced her retirement, we know she’ll never leave the game. Pursuing several projects she is already spanning worldwide, from Mission Hills, in Shenzhen China to Patriot Point Links in South Carolina she is also collaborating with Canadian designer Thomas McBroom in the BC Interior.

This weekend in Ohio, the Tour will challenge one of the greatest courses ever created by one of its own. As Jack says "I set out to build not only an outstanding golf course for every level of player, but a magnificent course for watching a tournament…I thought the Masters was a great thing for golf and that I’d like to do the same thing in Columbus".

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Aaron Wise’s Winning Outfit: 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational

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The 21-year-old Aaron Wise pulled off a three-shot victory at the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson Invitational — his first win on Tour. If you want to see the clubs he used, click here.

In addition to our Winning WITB series, where we show the clubs, shafts and specs from the winning player every week, we will also highlight the apparel they wore in our all-new Winning Outfit series. This is the first edition, and we hope you enjoy!

GolfWRX’s Resident Fashion Expert Jordan Madley says:

“First off congrats to Aaron Wise on his first win on Tour, but even more on his outfit choice for the final round. From a lady’s perspective, if you train hard, show off the hard work! Aaron, a Nike athlete neck to toe, showed off his lean physique in a Nike Zonal Cool polo, their slim-fitting flex pant, a stretch woven belt and finished it off with Lunar Command 2 kicks. The dark tones meant he was ready for war on Sunday and it worked!”

GolfWRX’s non-fashion-expert (but occasional fashion designer) Editor Andrew Tursky says:

“Wise went pretty conservative for his Sunday outfit. He was probably a little nervous trying to get his first victory and didn’t want to be too loud. Don’t get too fancy when it’s winning time; a good lesson for the folks at home. That’s not to say this outfit wasn’t sharp, though. White hat and white shoes is a great look, especially paired with the grey shirt and black pants/belt. Hits of white on the shirt with the Nike Swooshes bring it all together. Solid look here.”

Aaron’s Winning Outfit

Hat: Callaway Tour Authentic

Polo:  Nike Zonal Cooling Polo Framing (unreleased)

Belt: Nike Stretch Woven

Pants: Nike Flex Pant Slim

Shoes: Nike Lunar Command 2 Boa

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10 interesting photos from Monday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

In addition to a gallery of photos from Misery Hill, we have WITB looks at Chad Campbell, Sung Kang, and Si-Woo Kim’s golf bags.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Welcome to the silver side, Maverick McNealy.

Only appropriate for their to be Hogans at Colonial. J.J. Henry does the honors.

Colonial stalwart Keith Clearwater with an Acculock Ace putter in the bag.

Si-Woo Kim’s driver has an “under construction” aesthetic. Love it.

Abraham Ancer may have the only grafitti-inspired bag font on Tour.

Tidy stuff.

Sung Kang: Going dual drivers this week or testing Tensei Orange vs. Tensei White?

A.B.C. How about this new Odyssey putter cover?

Chad Campbell is still rocking the TaylorMade Burner TP 5-wood!

…and Adams Idea Black irons with a strip of lead tape. Swoon.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Monday’s Photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

Check out our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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