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Brandel Chamblee is really going to try to qualify for the Senior Open. Does he have a chance?



Could we be treated to the ultimate in Brandel Chamblee? A Being John Malkovich-type situation in which Chamblee analyzes Chamblee’s performance in a tournament?

We’re a step closer to that situation, as Chamblee doubled down on his pledge to try his hand at qualifying for the Senior Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Chamblee told Golf Channel’s Will Gray that he’ll compete in the 18-hole qualifier, July 23.

“My game’s pretty good. When I’ve played, I’ve played some really good golf,” Chamblee said. “I’m looking forward to it for a lot of different reasons. I want to try to get back into competitive golf, and I would love to have another week at St. Andrews.”

He’s going to take a lap around the Old Course next week with his wife, “Morning Drive” host Bailey Mosier.

Mosier, it turns out, might be Chamblee’s looper.

“It’s kind of up to her, really. But if she really wants to caddie, she can certainly do it,” Chamblee said. “But just imagine the winds blowing 30 mph, imagine it raining, imagine it being cold. You’ve got rain suits and umbrellas and towels, you know, and it’s really not that much fun.”

The Golf Channel analyst missed the cut at the Open at St. Andrews in 1995. What do you think the odds are he does so again, should he qualify? Let us know!

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  1. cypress

    Jul 23, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    He not only qualified, he won his qualifier (actually it was a 3 way tie for first) with a 69! Honestly, I didn’t think the guy had
    a chance.

  2. Mike Garcia

    Jul 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    He will never qualify. He drops his head way too much on the downswing.

  3. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    He just wants to go to Scotland so he can blow another goat.

  4. Chisag

    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I hope Chamblee, the dotted son of Thurston Howell III qualifies so he can miss the cut by a wide margin.

  5. Dave r

    Jul 4, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    And now we know the rest of the story.

  6. James T

    Jul 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    More power to him. Golf Channel should get Tiger Woods to analyze his performance.

  7. ChipNRun

    Jul 4, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I guess we’ll know for sure in 19 days…

  8. JThunder

    Jul 4, 2018 at 1:20 am

    I can think of a dozen or more tour players who should be called up to “analyze” Brandel’s play, should he make it past Q.

  9. Jamie

    Jul 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    He better qualify or a credibility issue will come to the forefront that not even Golf Channel can hide.

    • James T

      Jul 5, 2018 at 9:16 am

      The fact is he’s better than roughly 99.8% of all golfers. And can probably outscore any of his fellow hosts on the Golf Channel. I’d still give him credit as being an expert. Even though he’s cringe-worthy at times.

  10. Phil D. Snuts

    Jul 3, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I’ll be rooting for him for the simple fact I wanna see bailey mosier hold a wood.

  11. carl

    Jul 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Wasnt he 2nd to last in 1995?

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter



With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?



According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…



Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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