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18 quick takeaways from Tiger/Peyton’s pro-am round at The Memorial

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It’s been awhile since I’ve watched Tiger Woods play a round of golf live. I watched him a bunch while growing up — U.S. Opens, PGA Championships, the Open Championship, local tournaments, and even the Tavistock Cup one year. When I was younger, I’d run around and sneak as close to the ropes as I could on every shot. As I got a bit older, dealing with the enormous and pushy crowds became more exhausting, so following just Tiger for 18 holes became less enticing. But, watching Tiger play live is always fun, and since he played his pro-am on Wednesday at The Memorial with Peyton Manning, I figured I’d follow their group for the first nine holes.

Here are my takeaways from Wednesday at Muirfield Village Golf Club watching Tiger and Peyton play golf together.

1) Peyton Jerseys

As expected, there were tons of Peyton fans, Denver Broncos fans, and Indianapolis Colts fans following the Tiger-Peyton group, many of them donning their No. 18 jerseys. Some were local Ohioans who happened to be Peyton fans, while others made the trip just for the occasion.

2) Peyton haters

There were some of those, too. I heard some rumblings about Tom Brady being better, and a few more passionate (re: vulgar) words regarding Peyton. The guy is just trying to play some golf with Tiger. Relax on the hate, you know?

But like… Tom Brady is better.

3) No-maha

I’m proud to report that I did not hear one fan scream “Omaha” after one of his shots ala “mashed potatoes.” Great job, golf fans. I expected much less and for that I’m ashamed.

4) Tiger’s bunker play was sharp

Tiger nearly holed a bunker shot on No. 1, and another on the par 3 4th. With two new TaylorMade Milled Grind wedges in the bag, he still looks comfortable in the sand.

5) His chipping also looks sharp

On hole No. 8, Tiger holed a flop shot off a downslope from deep rough. And although it’s a pro-am, the roar was reminiscent of an Augusta Sunday roar. People were fired up.

6) Tiger’s short game looking good means one thing…

He didn’t hit many greens. Some left, some right. I counted 4 missed greens on the front. But…

7) Tiger’s hitting lots of fairways

By my count Tiger hit every fairway except for one, and he was splitting them. That’s gotta be comforting for Tiger fans. Just gotta hit a few more greens.

8) Buckets

Split fairway on No. 2. Juicy short iron to 10 feet. Bang bang! Tiger made two birds on the front (the other being his hole-out), against one bogey — he had a nice par save on the 9th hole from about 5 feet after a shaky first lag putt from about 40 feet.

9) Close-up of Tiger’s new TaylorMade wedges

For more information on Tiger’s new Milled Grind wedges, click here. Based on the photo above, his new 60-degree has 10.5 degrees of bounce.

And here’s a not-so-close-up look at the face…

10) Peyton misses left a lot

Peyton spent most of the front nine hitting from the left rough off the tee, although he hit a few great approach shots with his irons. His face gets really shut on the backswing, so this isn’t terribly surprising.

11) No, it’s an 18

12) Autographs

Peyton signed A LOT of autographs. Between every shot, fans screamed out “Peyton, Peyton, will you sign?” and he spent a bunch of time signing. He signed footballs, jerseys, flags, golf balls, everything.

13) Hey kid, nice catch

Here’s a look at one of Peyton’s game-used Titleist ProV1 No. 18 golf balls, signed by Peyton himself. According to this kid’s mother, he had a broken index finger but still caught the ball that Peyton threw. Nice catch!

14) Peyton WITB

All PXG 0311 irons and wedges, and a PXG 0311X driving iron. He looked to have a PXG driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD-TP shaft as well, but don’t quote me on that (hey, there were a lot of people out there it was hard to get close, gimmie a break!).

15) Instructor Tiger

Tiger and Peyton walked the fairways together for much of the front nine, talking and laughing, telling stories. They talked a lot. Every now and then, Tiger would start making air swings, showing Peyton the ropes. Hopefully he was telling him how to open the face more on the backswing, and judging from the photo above, that’s exactly what he was doing.

16) Interviews on interviews

It’s just a pro-am, so mid-round interviews are acceptable.

But I can’t imagine these mid-round interviews don’t get annoying. There’s a team match going on after all!

17) Team Tiger

Through 9 holes, Team Tiger was just 4-under par, 3 shots behind Team Johnson.

18) No pressure

Don’t worry guys, you’re just playing with Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in front of thousands of people. No worries.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. MW

    May 31, 2018 at 7:42 am

    And so the Tiger gushing begin.

  2. The dude

    May 30, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Anyone see the photo with Tiger and Larry Fitzgerald?…..Tiger looks like a little boy….and LF is a receiver……..LOL!,,

  3. High-n-Right

    May 30, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Have you read “The Big Miss”? He dominates off the tee Mon-Wed.

  4. dlygrisse

    May 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Peyton must of been scared, being that Tiger is built like a linebacker. 🙂

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to play a round with two of the greens keepers at a local golf course and it was a fascinating experience. It gave me a chance to get a behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to make a golf course great.

Many of us play at public courses, and sometimes its luck of the draw if the course we are at is in good condition. In my case, if I find a course that is well maintained and taken care of, I make it a regular stop. In this case, I was at Ridgeview Ranch in Plano Texas and it is a great public course and I play here at least once a month.

The two guys I played with were Tony Arellano and Jose Marguez. Both were great guys to share a round with. Tony shared what it’s like to make sure that all the greens are maintained properly and watered correctly. He showed me where there were some issues with one of the greens that I would never have noticed. We talked about how the invasion of Poa annua grass forces his guys to pull it out by hand with a tool that is smaller than a divot repair tool. It became clear to me that as a golf community, we need to lift up the people that do this labor-intensive work and thank them for all they do. Ridgeview Ranch is without a doubt one of the better public courses in my area, and it is because of the hard work these men do that keeps it this way.

As we watched the Masters tournament a few weeks ago we were awestruck by the awesome beauty of Augusta National and in my case I believe that is what heaven looks like. I think we take that kind of beauty for granted and forget the massive amount of time and hard work that go into making a golf course look good. These people have to deal with all of the different factors that Mother Nature throws at them and be prepared for anything. In addition to that, they also have to make sure the watering system is maintained as well as all of their equipment.

I have played at other courses in the DFW area that have a terrible staff and a superintendent that either don’t care about the course or don’t know how to stop it from falling apart. The course won’t spend the money to go get the right people that will take pride in their work. Some of these places will charge you more than $80 per round, and when you get to the first green that has dry spots that are without any grass you feel like you have been ripped off.

We all love this game not because it’s easy but because it’s a challenge and being good at it takes a ton of effort. We also love it because it gives us a chance to hang out with friends and family and enjoy time outside in the sun– hopefully without cell phone interruptions and other distractions of our modern day. We spend a ton of money on green fees, equipment and sometimes travel. We want to get what we pay for and we want to have a great course to spend the day at.

I wanted to write this article to thank all of those men and women that start work in the early hours of the day and work through the hottest stretches of the summer to keep our golf courses in great shape. They are people that never get the credit they deserve and we should always thank them whenever possible. Tony and Jose are just two examples of the people who work so hard for all of us. Ridgeview Ranch is lucky to have these two men who not only work hard but were fantastic representatives of their course. So next time you are out there and you see these people working hard, maybe stop and say thank you let them know what they do really makes a difference.

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5 most common golf injuries (and how to deal with them)

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You might not think about golf as a physically intensive game, but that doesn’t change the fact it is still a sport. And as with every sport, there’s a possibility you’ll sustain an injury while playing golf. Here’s a list of the five most common injuries you might sustain when playing the game, along with tips on how to deal with them in the best way possible so you heal quickly.

Sunburn

While not directly an injury, it’s paramount to talk about sunburns when talking about golf. A typical golf game is played outside in the open field, and it lasts for around four hours. This makes it extremely likely you’ll get sunburnt, especially if your skin is susceptible to it.

That’s why you should be quite careful when you play golf

Apply sunscreen every hour – since you’re moving around quite a lot on a golf course, sunscreen won’t last as long as it normally does.

Wear a golf hat – aside from making you look like a professional, the hat will provide additional protection for your face.

If you’re extra sensitive to the sun, you should check the weather and plan games when the weather is overcast.

Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround the shoulder joint. This group are the main muscles responsible for swing movements in your arms. It’s no surprise then that in golf, where the main activity consists of swinging your arms, there’s a real chance this muscle group might sustain an injury.

To avoid injuries to this group, it’s imperative you practice the correct form of swinging the club. Before playing, you should also consider some stretching.

If you get an injury, however, you can recover faster by following RICE:

Rest: resting is extremely important for recovery. After an injury, the muscles are extremely vulnerable to further injury, and that’s why you should immediately stop playing and try to get some rest.

Ice: applying ice to the injured area during the first day or two can help. It reduces inflammation and relaxes the muscles.

Compress: bandage the rotator cuff group muscle and compress the muscles. This speeds up the muscle healing process.

Elevate: elevate the muscles above your heart to help achieve better circulation of blood and minimize fluids from gathering.

Wrist Injuries

Wrist tendons can sustain injuries when playing golf. Especially if you enjoy playing with a heavy club, it can put some strain on the wrist and cause wrist tendonitis, which is characterized by inflammation and irritation.

You should start by putting your wrist in a splint or a cast – it is necessary to immobilize your wrist to facilitate healing.

Anti-inflammatory medicine can relieve some of the pain and swelling you’ll have to deal with during the healing process. While it might not help your wrist heal much quicker, it’ll increase your comfort.

A professional hand therapist knows about the complexities of the wrist and the hand and can help you heal quicker by inspecting and treating your hands.

Back Pain

A golf game is long, sometimes taking up to 6 hours. This long a period of standing upright, walking, swinging clubs, etc. can put stress on your back, especially in people who aren’t used to a lot of physical activities:

If you feel like you’re not up for it, you should take a break mid-game and then continue after a decent rest. A golf game doesn’t have any particular time constraints, so it should be simple to agree to a short break.

If you don’t, consider renting a golf cart, it makes movement much easier. If that’s not possible, you can always buy a pushcart, which you can easily store all the equipment in. Take a look at golf push cart reviews to know which of them best suits your needs.

Better posture – a good posture distributes physical strain throughout your body and not only on your back, which means a good posture will prevent back pain and help you deal with it better during a game.

Golfer’s Elbow

Medically known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow occurs due to strain on the tendons connecting the elbow and forearm. It can also occur if you overuse and over-exhaust the muscles in your forearm that allow you to grip and rotate your arm:

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug is the way to go to alleviate the most severe symptoms of the injury at the beginning.

Lift the club properly, and if you think there’s a mismatch between your wrist and the weight of the club, you should get a lighter one.

Learn when you’ve reached your limit. Don’t overexert yourself – when you know your elbow is starting to cause you problems, take a short break!

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Rob picked Brooks to win the PGA and hit the nail on the head, while Knudson’s DJ pick was pretty close. Rob hit a school bus with a golf ball and we talk about some new clubs that are going to be tested in the next couple days.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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