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GolfWRX members debate: Do you need to be a good putter to win the Masters?



In a forum thread that’s gathering momentum, Salmon1a links out to Joel Beall’s look at winners’ putting performances at Augusta National. “An interesting article focusing on Spieth’s 2018 putting woes and how it may not matter at The Masters, he writes.’

Beall provides this interesting Rory McIlroy quote

“At Augusta you don’t need to putt great, you need to not waste any shots, no three putts, hole everything inside five feet…You don’t need to hole every 15-footer that you look at, you need to be efficient, just not to be wasteful.”

“McIlroy may have a point,” Beall adds. “After all, Bubba Watson is routinely one of the worst putters on tour, and he’s won the tournament twice. So we took a closer look: do Masters winners double as good putters, or is there something else at play?”

His finding: seven of the last 10 winners of the Masters have been anything but good putters.

GolfWRX members were keen to discuss this conclusion.

Knock it close writes

“The one hard thing is The Masters don’t have the SG stats for the week, so we don’t see how these bad putters putted when they won. But yes it absolutely is vital to hit the ball well at ANGC, especially approaches. That’s pretty consistent on tour though, sg on approaches is the most important from looking at a yearly money standpoint but the elite tee to green player that putts well that week usually wins.’

Bladehunter disagrees with McIlroy

“That’s why he hasn’t won a green jacket and a great putting Spieth is about 4 strokes from owning 3. Lol. He still doesn’t get it.”

Night train says

“Toughest tournament in the world to make five footers………and you’ll have a lot of them. Putting is very important.”

Check out the thread for the rest of replies.

What do you think, GolfWRX members, is the importance of putting well to play well at Augusta National overstated?

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Can somebody tell Jordan Spieth to grow up and quit whining, please!

  2. Scooter

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Once you see the course in person, it really hits you that placement of your approach shots into the greens is critically important. Many greens have a small area that you must hit in order to have a realistic chance for birdie … miss that area and you’ll have to work for par … hit that area and you can get a few birdies with solid-or-better putting.

  3. Ghhh

    Mar 31, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Don’t have to worry about Spieth winning it this year. Dude can’t make a 3 footer to save his life! I love it!

  4. AndyK

    Mar 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I think the greens have so much break negates putting a bit. I feel better putters have advantages on courses with tame greens as the start the ball correctly more often.

    Augusta I feel the most important thing is being in the correct spot and giving your self easier putters. While putting obviously helps, I think the great ball strikers/poor putters (Sergio, Rose, Stenson, Matsuyama, Scott…) have a better chance to win at Augusta then shaky ball strikers excellent putters (Fowler, Reed, Snedeker, Kuchar)

    Spieth and Woods should historically be great here, shaky off the tee, excellent iron play, excellent putting.

  5. ChipNRun

    Mar 30, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Hard to say. But, you can’t be a BAD putter and win… those large greens and fast speeds require basic competence.

    • AndyK

      Mar 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Sure you can. Sergio ranked 168th in putting last year and Rose 123rd.
      You can be a bad putter and win the Masters.

      I guessing Sergio was more average then terrible last year during the week, but still he’s a bad putter.

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The Houston Open could be permanently closed



The Houston Open looks to be in trouble. While, the PGA Tour won’t release the 2018-2019 schedule until some time around The Players Championship, word regarding schedule changes is already filtering out…and of course speculation abounds.

Unfortunately for the Houston Open, the long-standing Tour stop’s future looks to be in jeopardy on the heels of some recent news. First reported by Houston’s ABC 13 and later by Joel Beall of Golf Digest: The Golf Club of Houston, which has hosted the tournament since 2003, no longer wants to host the competition.

“We received notice this week from the Golf Club of Houston regarding the club’s decision to no longer host a PGA Tour event,” a Houston Golf Association statement said. “The Golf Club of Houston has been a great venue for the Houston Open dating back to 2003 and we look forward to maintaining a great relationship with the club.”

The tournament’s future has looked bleak since 25-year sponsor, Shell, ended its duties in 2017. Additionally, the Golf Club of Houston has been substantially renovated in recent years to provide players conditions similar to what they’ll face the following week at Augusta National.

However, knowing the tournament will move out of the pre-Masters calendar position, clearly didn’t sit well with GCH, and the club is finished playing host.

Thus, any future Houston Open needs a new course and new sponsor, which is, at the very least, a tremendous ask roughly a year out from the potential competition.

RELATED: Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event


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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams



In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 



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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic



It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.


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