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ICYMI: A firefighter is playing in the Masters

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Perhaps you’ve heard about Matt Parziale, the Brockton, Massachusetts, firefighter teeing it up in a little tournament in Augusta, Georgia, this week?

Parziale earned his Masters berth as the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. The 30-year-old works at Brockton’s Ladder Company 1, his job since ending his bid to play professional golf in 2012.

Parziale’s father, Vic, is a retired Brockton Fire Department captain. He’ll caddie for his son at Augusta National this week, where his main duty will be to keep Matt calm.

Talking about his day job, Parziale told the Associated Press

“We’re pulling walls, ceilings, cutting holes in roofs…Because you’re trying to find the fire. It gets in the walls and the attic. You have stuff flying everywhere, people swinging tools everywhere. A lot of things can happen. You can’t see a thing, so might as well close your eyes. Yeah, it’s pitch black. It’s not like the movies.”

He certainly doesn’t sound like a man who will be intimidated by anything inside the ropes!

Parziale had little success in the Mid-Am prior to the 2017 tournament, where he beat Josh Nichols 8 and 6 in the final. He doesn’t plan to give up battling blazes.

“I enjoy where I am,” Parziale said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to do two things that I love doing — playing competitive golf and then having a career that I really do enjoy.”

Parziale is on leave from his job in Brockton through the U.S. Open, where he’s also earned a spot.

There’s recent precedent for Mid-Am winners making the cut at Augusta National: Stewart Hagestad finished tied for 36th last year.

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  1. Rusty

    Apr 4, 2018 at 6:24 am

    I watched him yesterday and he hit one of the best tee shots of the day on 8

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Thursday’s photos from the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

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GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

We have seven galleries from the range, as well as an in-hand look at the always WITB-envy inducing Lee McCoy’s putter.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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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 five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

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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