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GolfWRX members predict what we’ll see on the PGA Tour in 2018



Get out in front of 2018’s biggest PGA Tour storylines and secure bragging rights or guarantee ridicule when what you’ve seen in your crystal Pro V1 does/doesn’t come to pass!

Golfer929 fired up a forum thread devoted to 2018 PGA Tour predictions (otherwise known as the 2018 portion of the 2017/2018 wraparound season).

Here are a few of his prognostications.

“Tiger will make the cut in 2 of 4 majors
Tiger will have 2 Top 10 Finishes this season
Lock for a Win: Rickie Fowler
Lock for not winning any event: Henrik Stenson
Spieth nabs 1 major and 3 wins
Breakout Player: Bryson DeChambeau
Player of the Year: Rickie Fowler”

PJC says

“Look for Sneds to shine some more light after taking many months off, I think he will be ready come Torrey Pines time. Jason Day will poop out, but the media will continue to inflate him for whatever reason. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama to have very big years.  Justin Thomas maybe so, so. Believe it or not, I think that Keegan Bradley will have a good somewhat consistent season. I don’t think we will hear Pat Perez’s name for a while once we get started into the actual 2018 season.”

DavePelz4 offers this hot take

“If Tiger plays and contends in an event GolfWRX will explode.

If Tiger plays and doesn’t contend in an event GolfWRX will explode.”

And Conrad1953 may be the most clairvoyant of all…

“Phil gets the moniker of “best player not to win for 5 years”.

Patrick Reed gives up trying to crack into the top 5…..says he mis-spoke
and meant to say top 10.

Sergio will say he’s happy to not win any more majors.

Chesson Hadley gains 5 lbs and loses his swing and goes on a crash diet.

Beef wins the Masters and says Arbys will be catering the 2019 Champions Dinner.”

Entering the winter hibernation portion of the PGA Tour calendar, there’s no better time to make your bold calls for the 2018 year

Check out the thread, and let us know what you expect on the big tour in 2018.

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  1. John Laury

    Nov 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t underestimate Justin Thomas as you did by barely covering him most of 2017.
    I predict JT winning 7 events again this year including 2 majors. This guy is crazy good.

  2. adam

    Nov 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    thats why these readers are amateurs. first of all my boy henrick will win thats absurd to think he can’t win second tiger will contend a whole bunch, bryson dechambeau is nobody and never will be and ricky is too small to be a dominate player period. oh and speith is capable of wining 3 out of 4 majors because this boy is a different breed than any competitor out there, he has a special mental capability period.

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Instagram Investigations: Impact Golf and Kyoei KK wedges #GolfWRX



Impact Golf posted a shot of a beautiful soon-to-be-released Kyoei KK wedge. Not having a clue what Impact Golf was, I did a little research. It turns out, Impact Golf is a golf facility in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The lead is kind of buried on this post, because Impact Golf Driving Range is the only aquatic driving range in Malaysia. Really. Check it out.

Members can get 100 range balls for about $3 US. The two-piece balls feature a low density center, so they float. Guess the range must sent out a boat with a cage on it to “pick” the balls?

Retail, club fitting, aquatic driving range, it looks like Impact Golf does it all. We salute you! Anyway, back to the post, here it is.

Kyoei Golf was founded by Tamaki Sakamoto, who got his start hauling trees by horse before hanging a shingle in the clubmaking business. He started Kyoei Golf Equipment Manufacturing with his brother-in-law.

The company describes its manufacturing evolution.

“Initially we used Stainless Steel. We polished stainless steel to finish our heads. Since Stainless Steel does not rust, we did not plate our heads. However, when we first saw a head made in America, we were shocked at how beautiful a finish they had. American made heads were made of Soft Carbon Steel and had plated finish. Since then, Kyoei also started to forge their heads in house and later invested in plating equipment. All of this was because of Tamaki’s goal of “Manufacturing the best head in Japan” He strongly believed that in order to produce good heads they needed to do their own forging and not just grinding. To produce good heads, they needed to do their own plating. Kyoei is still the only company in Japan with full forging to plating process capabilities.”

And how about this hustle?

“Tamaki took a few of his heads wrapped up in a “Furoshiki” wrapper (Traditional Japanese wrapping cloth) and showed them at the PGA show. “What do you think?” Even if he could not speak the language, they can see the quality in his products. This is how he gradually made Kyoei forged irons known in the U.S.”

Details on the upcoming Kyoei KK wedges are scarce, but one thing’s for sure: They’re darn good looking.

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Rory McIlroy on fan behavior: “It’s golf…there’s decorum, there’s etiquette.”



Last week, Rory McIlroy suggested the PGA Tour should curtail alcohol sales at tournaments. Now, he’s expanding on his thoughts in the wake of Commissioner Jay Monahan’s statements on the matter.

To refresh, regarding spectator imbibing, the 28-year-old said

“They [the PGA Tour] need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.”

Commissioner Jay Monahan, however, isn’t keen to dam the river of booze. In Monahan’s mind, golf is in a period of adjustment to new fans and is facing issues common in the world of sports.

McIlroy, speaking at the WGC-Dell Match Play appeared to walk back his remarks before disagreeing with the commish’s characterization of professional golf.

“I made my comments last week on St. Patrick’s Day when everyone was just a few too many deep. I don’t know, I’m all for people coming out here, having a good time. I don’t know. It depends.

“I think what happened to Justin Thomas at the Honda, that went over the line. I think that was too much. Because that’s not — it’s golf at the end of the day. It’s not football. There’s decorum, there’s etiquette, there’s a lot of that that goes on in golf. Not that it doesn’t go on in football, when you are on the field you can’t hear all that stuff. We’re a little thin rope that divides the fans from us, you can still hear what they are saying.”

Let’s drill down. McIlroy reaffirms his belief that what happened to Justin Thomas at the Honda Classic crossed a line. To refresh, Thomas was followed by a heckler who repeatedly jeered him and yelled for his ball to land in a bunker. Thomas had the man ejected.

Second, McIlroy points out that golfers and golf fans are held to a higher/different standard than players and fans in other sports. As we continue to wade through this debate, much rests on the idea that “it’s golf, not football.”

Proponents of increased sanctions and security measures will agree. Opponents, likely, will see this attitude as part of the problem plaguing the game.

Finally, McIlroy points at that, unlike football, basketball, baseball, etc, golf fans stand mere feet away from players in a largely silent environment, separated only by a rope and often without any formal security presence in the vicinity. Even those who are unconcerned by recent heckling incidents have to concede McIlroy’s point on the fundamental difference in atmosphere.

To this, we might add that the execution of a golf shot is more similar to drawing the bow back and shooting in archery than it is to drawing the ball back and throwing it on a football field.

What do you think about McIlroy’s remarks, GolfWRX members?


(h/t Geoff Shackelford for the McIlroy quote)

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Billy Horschel expresses concern about the current player-fan relationship on Tour



Billy Horschel is never shy about giving his opinion.

Appearing on the Playing Through Podcast earlier this week, Horschel commented on the trend of heckling on the PGA Tour. Horschel said if a fan insulted him personally, he might not be able to take the high road.

“I told the Tour, listen, if someone says something personal to me about my family that crosses the line, we’re gonna have an incident on our hands. Then you guys may take it seriously. I said, we’re one incident away from a player going into the crowd a little bit and handling a situation that has crossed the line.”

Going into the crowd a little bit? Just a little bit, not full Ron Artest, but a little bit.

All joking aside, what do you think about Billy Horschel’s remarks? The PGA Tour, which prides itself on the sportsmanship and character of its players, would have a real mess on its hands should a player go outside the ropes for a confrontation.

And who’s going to deal with that situation if it arises? This guy?

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