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Charles Howell III on why he finds the GolfWRX forums “very beneficial”

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While we’ve seen a few Tour pros in the GolfWRX forums, rumor has persisted for years that Charles Howell III, one of the biggest gearheads in the professional ranks, frequents our fair forums.

Naturally, Johnny Wunder led off his Gear Dive podcast with CH III by asking the golfer if he visits the site.

Here’s what he had to say.

“I first heard about GolfWRX…quite a while ago…I would kind of go on there not only for…looking around, but for research and information.”

“Playing golf on the PGA Tour, we’re fortunate that we have access to a lot of different manufacturers…but if I want to know what’s the best shaft for, let’s say, higher launch and low spin, it’s hard to find an unbiased view…but yet on GolfWRX, you have a lot of users and people that have tested them and done reviews, etc. And I’ve found that very beneficial.”

“We all have the common bond that we love golf, and we just want to play better golf, I just happen to be fortunate enough that this is what I do for a living, so I’m highly motivated to find any edge I can get…through GolfWRX, I was able to read and study a lot [particularly in] the shafts area…I found that very beneficial.”

Asked whether he posts at all, Howell said,

“No. I would end up laying in bed at night either arguing or putting my two cents where they don’t belong…there’s people out there that are a lot smarter on these topics than I am, so I’m better off just trying to learn something.”

How cool is that, GolfWRX members? And the humility! I imagine CH III’s kung-fu is pretty darn good. But yeah, Charles Howell III: he’s just like us (minus the whole being a PGA Tour pro thing).

You’ll want to give Johnny’s full talk with Howell a listen. He candidly discusses the equipment he’s played throughout his year and offers an honest assessment of his career and the move to PXG that you have to hear.

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    May 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Another “Journey Man” who is a millionaire by being mediocre. He should be kissing Tiger Woods rear end for that.

  2. Max

    May 29, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    This was great! I’ve been picking him all year in DFS and he’s been doing well.

  3. Dirk

    May 29, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Great podcast! Please get better sound quality

  4. Man

    May 29, 2018 at 1:55 am

    If he would stop paying attention to us nitwits on WRX but instead practice and play harder, he might win more.

  5. Pendaftaran Mahasiswa Baru

    May 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    do the things that are useful in this life to support success,.

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Change of rule means amateurs can now win big for a hole-in-one

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On Monday, the USGA and R&A announced that the previous rule of amateurs acceptance of big prizes for a hole-in-one would be abolished from January 1, 2020.

In 2012, the organizations updated their rules to permit amateur golfers who won luxury prizes or large sums of cash for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf to accept them without losing their amateur status. As of 2020, the policy will be updated to allow players to accept prizes of any value for a hole-in-one made outside of rounds of golf as well.

As of this moment, the current rule does not permit a player to accept a prize over $750 outside of a round of golf (hole-in-one on a simulator, or at a driving range etc.) without a forfeit of his/her amateur status, but Monday’s change has seen Rule 3-2b of the Rules of Amateur Status updated to the following

“An amateur golfer may accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf on a golf course. An amateur golfer may also accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during contests held outside a round of golf, including multiple-entry contests and contests conducted other than on a golf course (e.g., on a driving range, golf simulator or putting green) provided in all cases that the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.”

Speaking on the update of the rule, the USGA and R&A said in a joint statement

“It is hoped the change will help to promote the game and cater to new audiences as well and eliminate unnecessary restrictions for event organizers.” 

The move is part of a structure with the ultimate aim of implementing a fully modernized set of Amateur Status Rules for the start of January 2022.

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Patrick Reed defends his actions at the Hero and claims Presidents Cup is “turning personal” after cheating accusations

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Patrick Reed has hit back at accusations of cheating after receiving a torrent of criticism following his violation at last week’s Hero Challenge.

Following the International side’s Cameron Smith use of the word cheating to describe the well-circulated video of Reed twice brushing sand away from behind his ball in the Bahamas, the Texan had this to say to media in Australia after day one’s practice, per Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard

“It’s not the right word to use. At the end of the day, if you do something unintentionally that breaks the rules, it’s not considered cheating and at the end of the day that’s what it is.

“If you’re intentionally trying to do something, that would be considered cheating, but I wasn’t intentionally trying to improve a lie or anything like that, because if it was, it would have been a really good lie and I would have hit it really close.”

Reed also stated how he hoped that the crowd would remain respectful during the event and that following Smith’s comments, the competition was beginning to turn personal.

“It goes from wanting to beat those guys to it now turning personal, so it’s going to be a fun week.”

The Presidents Cup begins Wednesday at 5:30 PM ET from Royal Melbourne.

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The 2019 Presidents Cup: All the details viewers need to know

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It’s the week of the 2019 Presidents Cup, and here we’ll give you all the crucial details you need to know to enjoy the event from Royal Melbourne Golf Club. From general information on the tournament itself to the viewing schedule we have you covered so you don’t get caught out by the enormous time difference!

*All times listed below are EST unless stated.

Host Course: Royal Melbourne Golf Club

Course Details: 7,055 yards – Par 71.

Format: Foursome – 9 matches, Fourballs – 9 matches , Singles – 12 matches.

Points Needed To Win: 15 1/2

International team: Byeong Hun An, Abraham Ancer, Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im, Marc Leishman, Haotong Li, Hideki Matsuyama, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, C.T. Pan, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith.

U.S. team: Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Tiger Woods.

TV Schedule

*All Golf Channel unless stated

Monday, December 9:

7-9 AM: Morning Drive

7 PM-1 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Tuesday, December 10:

7-9 AM: Morning Drive

7PM-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Wednesday, December 11 (Day 1)

7-10 AM: Morning Drive

3:30-5:30 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

5:30 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 1 (Also Online here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Thursday, December 12 (Day 2)

7-10 AM: Morning Drive

4:30-7 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

7 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 2 (Also Online Here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Friday, December 13 (Day 3)

7-8 AM: Morning Drive

2-3 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

3 PM-2 AM: Presidents Cup, Day 3 (Also Online Here)

2-4 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Saturday, December 14 (Day 4)

10 AM-Noon: Morning Drive

2:30-6 PM: Presidents Cup, Day 3 replay on NBC Sports

4-6 PM: Live From the Presidents Cup

6 PM-Midnight: Presidents Cup, Day 4 (Also Online Here)

Midnight-2 AM: Live From the Presidents Cup

Sunday, December 15:

10 AM-Noon: Morning Drive, Golf Channel

1-6 PM: Presidents Cup, Day 4 replay on NBC Sports

Players Schedule

Monday, Dec. 9

General Practice Round

Tuesday, Dec. 10

8 AM (Local Time): International Team practice rounds begins.

9 AM (Local Time): U.S. Team practice rounds begins.

Captain’s Press Conference in Media Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

9:30 AM (Local Time): U.S. Team practice.

10:30 AM (Local Time): International Team practice.

4 PM (Local Time): Captain’s Pairings for Round 1 announced.

Day 1 Play

5:30 PM Wednesday : First round, four-ball.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 2 announced.

Day 2 Play

7 PM Thursday: Second round, foursomes.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 3 matches.

Day 3 Play

3 PM Friday: Third round, four-ball.

6 PM: Captains’ pairings for evening matches

8 PM: Fourth round, foursomes.

Following play: Captains’ pairings for Day 4 singles matches announced.

Day 4 Play

6 PM Saturday: Final round, singles matches.

Following play: Closing ceremony celebration

 

 

 

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