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WATCH: Jason Dufner’s agonizing missed 3-footer cost him $300 grand

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Just 17 feet from the hole on the 18th green at The Players, Sunday, Jason Dufner looked like he could be on his way to a solo second-place finish (and $1.188 million) at TPC Sawgrass.

Dufner couldn’t convert on his 17-footer, leaving himself three feet to the hole. As this is a story about a man missing putts, you know what happened next, Dufner yanked his par attempt well left, before tapping in for bogey.

Regarding the second putt: The yips? Maybe. Bad putting? Certainly. Costly? Extremely.

Dufner’s T5 finish earned him a cool $418,000. Not bad, right? Well had he made the par putt, he’d have finished T2 and pocketed $726,000. And if he’d made the birdie, he’d have finished solo second, earning $1.188 million for his week’s work.

Here’s the putt, per Steve Scott on Twitter…

…and Clay Smitherman

Now, there are surely stories of this nature every week on Tour, but Dufner’s is a glaring example.

A good craftsman never blames his tools, but since this is GolfWRX, Dufner’s offending flatstick was seemed to be the Scotty Cameron Circle T T5S (SuperStroke PistolGTR Tour grip) we shot earlier this year.

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  1. Jack Nicholas

    May 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

    His putting method uses too much upper-body rotation. Too much method and not enough feel and flow.

  2. kevin

    May 15, 2018 at 9:19 am

    does anyone want to mention or comment on the fact jason dufner was +7.8 in strokes gained putting for the week. yes, he was in the top 3 of the best field of the year in putting for the week. yes it was an expensive miss, but he putted brilliantly for the week.

    • John

      May 16, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Well said, Kevin. No one putted worse than Jordan Spieth on Sunday and there’s not one comment or article about that.

  3. acew/7iron

    May 15, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Putting…It can make or break a round and what is so frustrating to me personally is that some people have it naturally like those kids you see playing piano & guitars at 7 years old. They never really practice putting outside of 10 minutes before they start…they get the speed correct and their misses seem to burn the edge on ever attempt.

    Jason does not have “the gift” and must work to overcome the demons of misses past. I feel his pain…The only progress I have made is I hold the putter in the same manner every time I putt now (unlike last season when I changed grips constantly) and I practice 2-3 times a week for a couple each visit to green. Im probably barely above average with the flat stick when compared to membership at my club.

  4. TeeBone

    May 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    It was about 4 1/2 feet. But I guess it sounds “better” when you say it’s less.

  5. steve

    May 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    He hit the ball about 1 inch off center and all that precious putter “MOI’ didn’t compensate his toe hit or errant putter head path. This goes to prove that all the heel-toe-back-weighted putter designs are totally useless and in fact scientifically deleterious. He lost it on the back stroke and the putter couldn’t rescue him because the putter weight MOI inertia could not be overcome. All you need is a Bullseye or Cashin putter!!!

  6. JThunder

    May 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    No one cares how a millionaire 1%er “lost” the amount of money the average person makes in 6 years… One man’s pocket change is another’s life-or-death income. Everyone responsible for that state of affairs should be ashamed.

    • F3H

      May 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      This is such an ignorant comment. As a member of this site you undoubtedly support the golf industry as a whole and, I’m sure, watch the PGA tour on television. In doing so, you are contributing to the current state of professional golf that allows these player to play for such large amounts of money.

    • the dude

      May 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      …dumb

    • kevin

      May 15, 2018 at 9:17 am

      yikes. what an useless comment. he’s a one percenter because he’s in the top .1% in the world at what he does.

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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs

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Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…

Per PhysicalLiving.com

“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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How could a child hitting a golf ball off his father’s face go wrong?

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We’re bringing you this video in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere: Young Sam Blewett attempts to hit a golf ball off his father’s face, and…

Now, most people are assuming that this three-year-old lad had no idea what he was doing. His father orchestrated the video, told the son, who had never held a golf club nor had any concept of the game to hit the ball, and wood-chopping at the ball followed.

Hot take: I don’t think that’s true. The Instagram account is the three-year-old kid’s (managed by his mother), and he certainly knows how to hit a golf ball properly. See?

So, I’m positing that the kid saw an opportunity to whack his dad in the dome with a golf club and couldn’t pass it up. Yes, young Sam knew exactly what he was doing.

And more power to him. Cunning AND capable with a golf club.

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Only 24 percent of golfers are women. 18Birdies, LPGA Tour partner to do something about it.

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Women make up 50 percent of the population but only 24 percent of golfers. Why is this? A joint effort between the LPGA and 18Birdies attempts to understand what limits women’s participation in the game and how to do something about it.

Announced today, the 18Birdies-LPGA partnership seeks to leverage the two organizations’ resources to boost the number of female players.

18Birdies and research firm, Fusion Hill, conducted a joint ethnographic research study, “It’s His Game, Not Her Game,” that underpins the partnership. The study looks at barriers to women’s golf participation and motivations among women who do play.

Among the study’s findings…

  • Many women golf under the guidance of someone more experienced and thus don’t have a passionate sense of “ownership” of their games.
  • Many women often lack the social network that’s key to enjoying golf for many men.
  • Many women feel guilty prioritizing golf over traditional family needs.
  • Women often enter the game knowing less about golf and sports in general, making them less confident.
  • Most women learn golf from a significant other who is relatively advanced, thus from the start, golf is “his thing.”
  • Many women say golf is an expensive sport in terms of greens fees and investing in equipment/clothes for infrequent play is a barrier to entry.

Based on these data points, 18Birdies and Fusion Hill put together the following recommendations to engage and retain the female golfer.

Even ardent skeptics who would suggest the company is merely trying to find a way to get more women to download its app have to acknowledge the value of the heavy lifting 18Birdies has done for the golf industry.

Heck, even if you disagree with the specific recommendations (which I think are on point), at worst, industry organizations, club manufacturers, courses, and pretty much everyone under the “golf biz” umbrella now has a heap of actionable data at their disposal for dealing with something few would say isn’t a big problem.

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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