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The Heritage: Low Country Love-In

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By Scott MacLeod, via Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

It might not take place during the week after The Masters anymore that does not take away the relevance and feel that Hilton Head Island and the The Heritage offers as a host to the PGA Tour.

In sharp contrast the to the TPC San Antonio where the PGA Tour wandered somewhat aimlessly last week, the Harbour Town Golf Links is a cherished design that provides an exhaustive examination of golf skills in a package under 7,000 yards. The excellence of the course, the tenure of the tournament, and the graceful pace of life on Hilton Head Island make this a much anticipated tournament for many players.

In 2010 Jim Furyk secured the 15th victory of his PGA Tour career at Hilton Head in a remarkable play-off finish. Furyk took the lead after the second round and held it all the way to the end of regulation as he posted a 13-under par total of 271. Englishman Brian Davis matched that tally after a 66, 68 weekend to force extra play.

With Furyk on the 18th hole, the first playoff hole, in regulation Davis found the hazard to the left of the green with his approach. In playing his third shot Davis touched a loose impediment during his backswing, a violation of rule 13-4 that resulted in a two-stroke penalty. With Davis struggling all Furyk needed was a two-putt par for his second PGA Tour win of 2010 – the third time in his 17-year PGA Tour career that he had achieved a multiple-win season. It paved the way for his 2010 FedEx Cup title that he finished off at The Tour Championship.

The winner in 2010 was of little surprise as Furyk has a fine record at The Heritage. In his twelve tournament starts he has made the cut nine times and has top-15 finishes in six of the last eight years. That includes his win and second place finishes in 2005 and 2006.

Furyk will likely be a threat again this week but I have faith in another player who has demonstrated the ball-striking ability necessary to tame Harbour Town, a 1969 Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus design. Already a winner on the PGA Tour in 2011, Luke Donald has momentum as he heads for the South Carolina Low Country. He also has the concise swing to hit some of tightest fairways and smallest greens that the tour will see on its’ schedule. In his last two starts here Donald finished second in 2009 and tied for third with Bo Van Pelt in 2010. My chips are all-in on Donald to bring home a tartan jacket in the 43rd playing of the Heritage.

The last time a defending champion missed the cut at The Heritage was in 1993 when Davis Love III did so. However, that is not indicative of his success on Hilton Head as the winner of five Heritage Tournaments. That comprises a full quarter of the 20 PGA Tour victories by the 2012 Ryder Cup Captain. He prevailed in 1978, 1991, 1992, 1998, and 2003.

Filling out the 132-player field this week are more than a few notable players. They include FedEx Cup Leader Mark Wilson, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Young talent will also be on display with brash young stars such as Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, Sean O’Hair and Camillo Villegas in the field. They will be joined by 2011 tournament winners Aaron Baddeley, Michael Bradley, Jonathan Byrd, Rory Sabbatini, Johnson Wagner, and the aforementioned Mark Wilson and Luke Donald.

Other notables from the top-20 in the Official World Golf Rankings include Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, and Francesco Molinari. 

Notes:

-The Heritage, regarded as one of the TOUR’s most popular stops. One of Pete Dye’s signature designs is annually ranked among the country’s top courses and has produced a winner’s roster including inaugural winner Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Davis Love III, Greg Norman and Nick Price. 

-David Frost set the PGA TOUR’s all-time 72-hole putting record with 92 total putts at Harbour Town in 2005. The old mark was also set at Harbour Town when Kenny Knox had just 93 putts in 1989 (matched by Mark Calcavecchia at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic). 

-Nine players (11 times) have won The Heritage with four rounds in the 60s, including Nick Faldo (1984), Payne Stewart 1989), Hale Irwin (1994), Loren Roberts (1996), Nick Price (1997), Davis Love III (1992, 1998, 2003), Boo Weekley (2007), Brian Gay (2009) and Jim Furyk (2010).

The Heritage

Dates: April 18-24, 2011

Where: Harbour Town Golf Links; Hilton Head Island, SC

Par/Yards: 36-35—71/6,973

Format: 72-hole stroke play; Field: 132

FedExCup: 500 points to winner

Defending Champion: Jim Furyk 

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Canada's Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have four galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag and a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter.

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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