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Phil Mickelson withdraws from the 2017 U.S. Open

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Phil Mickelson has officially withdrawn from the 2017 U.S. Open and will be replaced by Roberto Diaz (Mexico), the first alternate from the Summit, N.J., Sectional Qualifying Site.

Mickelson originally told reporters that he would not play the U.S. Open at The Memorial two weeks ago in order to attend his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony in San Diego, California. He did not withdraw at that time, however, in case a weather delay allowed for him to make his afternoon tee time. He even sent his caddie to Erin Hills this week to scout the Wisconsin course, as rain was in the forecast for Round 1 earlier in the week.

With no threat of rain in today’s forecast at Erin Hills, however, Mickelson decision to withdraw more than seven hours before his tee time gives the 30-year-old Diaz ample time to prepare for his first U.S. Open. Thumbs up, Lefty.

Mickelson, 46, had competed in 23-consecutive U.S. Opens. He’s a six-time runner-up in the event (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013), and a five-time major champion who has won each of golf’s major championships (the Masters, Open Championship and PGA Championship) with the exception of the U.S. Open.

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  1. ND Hickman

    Jun 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Won many majors, have you? All credit to armchair tough men.

    • JThunder

      Jun 19, 2017 at 3:09 am

      If that’s a joke, I don’t get it. I can’t recall Phil backing down from many challenges in his career. What I do recall is that, unlike his buddy Eldrick, he puts his family first. (Eldrick is whoring > golf > family)… Or are you suggesting Phil used his daughter as an excuse? Again, not something I think Phil would do.

  2. ooffa

    Jun 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    He should have done his job and played!

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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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