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GolfWRX Forum Thread of the Day: “Spieth facing sanctions?”

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Today’s GolfWRX Forum Thread of the day comes from our members discussing Jordan Speith missing the Tour Championship and accordingly not meeting the PGA Tour’s “strength of field” 25 event minimum.

Here are a few comments from the forum, but make sure to check the whole thing out in the link below:

  • stu_man: “If he doesn’t make it to East Lake, I’m sure he’ll pull out the Mono card and get the “sanctions” dropped.  The guy was pretty sick for a while..  Probably a few events he should’ve pulled out of to begin with.”
  • bladehunter: “Lol.  He isn’t called the golden boy for nothing. 0% chance he’s fined.you don’t cook one of your newest golden goslings.”
  • md1m: “His penalty will be he’s not allowed to talk to his ball next year.”

Check out the full forum thread here for more discussion.

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Patrick is a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in PGA Golf Management. Currently employed at Lie + Loft, and previously at Sea Island, and Colleton River Club, he has gained experience in many aspects of the industry early in his career. With a strong passion for the growth of the game he strives to find new outlets in which the game will appeal to a larger audience.

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  1. Speedy

    Sep 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Leave Jordan Speith alone.

  2. Jim Furyk

    Sep 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    hopefully his penalty is getting kicked off the Ryder Cup team.

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Morning 9: Mother Nature | Tiger speaks on Masters win | Day on mentally checking out of past Prez Cups

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com)

April 26, 2019

Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Mother Nature steals the show…
Jeff Duncan at The Times-Picayune on a soggy round one in New Orleans…
  • “Trey Mullinax and Scott Stallings have the early lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but Mother Nature dominated the opening round of play on Thursday.”
  • “A seven-hour rain delay prevented half the field from teeing off in the first round of four-ball competition, but it didn’t appear to adversely affect the leaders. Mullinax sank a 25-foot putt on Hole No. 9 to give his team the outright lead at 11-under-par 61 on the water-logged tract at TPC of Louisiana.”
2. Meanwhile, in Morocco…
EuropeanTour.com report…
  • “Jordan Smith is eager to turn his consistent play into a second European Tour victory after firing a brilliant 66 to take the first round lead at the Trophée Hassan II.”
  • “The Englishman arrived at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam refreshed after a break which followed his first top ten of the season at the Maybank Championship in March.”
  • “Before that he had made six cuts out of six and seven birdies on the par 73 layout in Rabat moved him to seven under and gave the 26-year-old a one shot lead over 2014 champion Alejandro Cañizares and American Sean Crocker.”
3. Woods “hasn’t come to grips” with Masters win yet
Nick Menta at Golf Channel on a TW talk with GolfTV…
“In an interview with GolfTV, Woods says he’s spent the days since his win enjoying dinners with friends, taking his kids to and from school, and otherwise not doing “very much.”
  • “I know that sounds boring,” he said, “but I really haven’t. I’ve just been home and letting everything thaw out and just trying to understand what I [have] accomplished. But I haven’t – I don’t think – come to grips with it yet.
  • “It’s very similar to what it was in 1997, and that took me years to understand what I had accomplished, and I don’t think this one will settle in for quite some time.”
  • “This one feels special in its own way,” he said. “This year, to go 14 years between jackets is a long time. … And on top of that to actually have won my first major championship coming from behind. It’s so ironic, given my last few years of what I’ve kind of had to battle through, that now is finally the time I finally come from behind when I’ve had more game throughout the years, and I’ve had more runs, and I’ve been in situations where I’ve been in better spots. … For some reason I got it done.”
4. Day mentally checked out of Presidents Cups?
Golf Channel’s Nick Menta...”Day admitted this week at the Zurich Classic that he has been guilty of checking out at times in the biennial matches between the U.S. and Internationals. He pointed to the 2015 Cup in South Korea, where he went 0-4-1. Overall, the world’s 14th-ranked player and former world No. 1 is 5-11-4 in the team event.”
  • “To be able to get the guys together into a team environment can be very difficult at times,” Day said, “especially when some guys are not quite there mentally because it is the end of the season, and I’m the first one to put my hand up in regards to that because unfortunately, it has to start at the top, and I’ve made mistakes with regards to not mentally being there.
5. J-Pete coming out of retirement (again)?
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine with the quote from John Peterson…
  • “Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” said Peterson, who was a three-time All-American at LSU and won the 2011 NCAA individual title. “I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills. Then the Masters came along, and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters. It’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’ And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly.
  • And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Piece. 

6. Another U.S. Open exemption for Els
PGA Tour report…”Presidents Cup International Team captain Ernie Els received a nice piece of news during the lengthy rain delay Thursday at the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.”
“The USGA gave the two-time U.S. Open champ a special exemption for the second consecutive year.  Els is the first player to receive consecutive exemptions since Hale Irwin in 2002 and 2003.”
7. McNealy shoots 75…with a 13
Golf Digest’s Alex Myers…”McNealy began on the back nine at Briggs Ranch and jumped out to a two-under start through three holes before disaster struck. Let’s just say 13 wasn’t his lucky number on Thursday. McNealy walked away from his fourth hole at six over par after racking up 13 shots on the par-5 13th. He bogeyed the following hole as well to fall to seven over through five holes. Here’s a look at the wild patch of holes:”
  • “But there’s a reason why McNealy has his name on his golf bag, and why he is regarded as a serious PGA Tour prospect. Much like Kevin Na after his infamous 16 at the 2011 Valero Texas Open (What is up with the San Antonio area producing these big numbers), McNealy rallied in heroic fashion after that with no more blemishes on his scorecard and four more birdies. Here’s the end result:”
8. The case for Woods the winningest
Eamon Lynch makes a strong case…
“This isn’t a record that should be debatable,” Lynch says. “We’ll just have to wait until Tiger puts it to rest for good. And when No. 82 comes, it will be just like the 81 that preceded it. The work of one man hitting every shot that counts.”
9. Rating the walk-ups
Great stuff from our Matt Gallardo rating the walk-up songs of the Zurich Classic teams
  • “Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly: As Good as I Once Was – Toby Keith”
  • “This is, perfect. All I see is an Italian chef kissing their hands to this selection, sheer perfection. Self deprecation, confidence and an overall great song. I have to imagine Jerry Kelly came up with this and Stricker tried to argue he’s still in his prime.”
  • “Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia: Radio Gaga – Queen”
  • “Queen, so hot right now. Winner of nearly every Oscar, these Ryder Cup teammates kept it current with Queen while selecting a deeper cut. Somewhere, Francesco Molinari is looking at Instagram posts of this pairing and wondering what went wrong.”

 

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Rating the Zurich Classic walk-up songs

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On Saturday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, for the second year, teammates are choosing walk-up songs for their first tee ball.

There is some good, some bad, and some painfully predictable. The teams are dynamic enough, but seeing their song selection really brings a new level of personal insight. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the hits.

The Good

Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly: As Good as I Once Was – Toby Keith

This is, perfect. All I see is an Italian chef kissing their hands to this selection, sheer perfection. Self deprecation, confidence and an overall great song. I have to imagine Jerry Kelly came up with this and Stricker tried to argue he’s still in his prime.

Tommy Fleetwood/Sergio Garcia: Radio Gaga – Queen

Queen, so hot right now. Winner of nearly every Oscar, these Ryder Cup teammates kept it current with Queen while selecting a deeper cut. Somewhere, Francesco Molinari is looking at Instagram posts of this pairing and wondering what went wrong.

The Local:

Stephen Jaeger/J.T. Poston: Callin’ Baton Bouge – Garth Brooks

Roberto Castro/Cameron Tringale – Born on the Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival

As long as nobody googled, “songs about New Orleans” prior to selection, these are fair game and a sure fan favorite on number one.  What are the real chances any of these guys have ever heard these songs prior to Saturday? 10%? I have to assume smooth, hotel elevator jazz not available?

Bubba Watson/JB Holes – When the Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

Now we’re talking. This is my favorite of the locals group. Perfectly awkward yet funny Bubba. Can’t you just picture Bubba dancing like the WB frog with a top hat on while teeing up? “You’re welcome.”

The On-Brand

Henrik Stenson/Graeme McDowell: Wake Me Up – Avicii

Swedish, check. Banger, check. Sentimental value, check (Avicii passed tragically just over a year ago). Potential to turn the bleachers into a full rave, check. My money is on the rhythmic three-wood of Henrik Stenson all weekend and my personal favorite song of the lot.

Brooks Koepka/Chase Koepka: Bad Boys for Life – P. Diddy

This is somehow hilarious and terrifying at the exact same time. Something about brotherhood makes this song hit even more. If Brooks and Chase are not wearing black sunglasses strutting to the tee in Nike schmediums, just call the whole thing off. (Would have liked to see Brooks choose “Centerfield” by John Fogerty, because you know, he really likes baseball better).

Adam Scott/Jason Day: Suicide Blonde – INXS

The Aussies stick together, and stick with their bands. That is truly all I know about this song so I’ll move on.

Padraig Harrington/Shane Lowry: I’m Shipping Up to Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s

Not sure if this leads to good golf or a good round of irish car bomb’s, or just one followed by the other. Either way, a near certainty that this is the first time this song was selected by a sober person, for a sober group.

The Bizzare

Carlos Ortiz/Sebastian Munoz: Ground Theme – Super Mario Bros.

While this should be funny, I can’t help but assume they couldn’t think of any good songs, or have vastly different tastes in music. Great in theory but imagine following Bad Boys for Life with Mario sound effects., and then being outdriven by 30 yards.

The Hazards to Spectators

John Rahm/Ryan Palmer: Enter Sandman – Metallica

Exactly what John Rahm needs on the first tee. Metallica.

The Biased

Kenny Perry/Josh Teater – Renegade – Styx

As a die-hard Steelers fan, I’m unfit to judge this. (The Steelers play Renegade as a pump-up in the fourth quarter and it works against players not named Tom Brady). With that being said, if Kenny Perry is able to time up contact with the hard-hitting drums in this song, he might blast it a country mile.

The Off the Grid

Pat Perez/Jason Dufner: Bazanji – 2019

I had very high expectations for these two. Personality for days. I could see Perez with an entire room for his music collection, and Jordan’s. To be transparent, I had to google the song. It is however, as expected, a jam. Only these two could be cooler than the entire song selection process.

The Just Why

Baby Shark – Pinkfong
Joel Dahmen/Brandon Harkins
Michael Kim/C.T. Pan

I’m not going to even research it, but there’s simply no way any of these four have children. If they did, the last thing they want reminded of on the first tee is their one-year-old crying at 5:00 a.m. for Baby Shark (do doo do do do do). However, LET’S GO HUNT, is a great mindset for golf. So there’s that.

The Eye on the Prize

Andrew Putnam/Max Homa – Trophies – Drake

Speaking of a good mentality… This crew chose an underrated Drake song with a perfect vibe and first note. Homa might be the funniest and best golf follow on Twitter, and even he went for swagger over humor. When your song is literally called trophies, your odds have to improve slightly.

The Basic

Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
Troy Merrit/Robert Streb
Harold Varner III/Tom Lovelady
Colt Knost/Boo Weekly
Adam Schenk/Tyler Duncan

Hate to see it. Each one of these teams even thought for a moment, this will be great, it’s viral and ironic. Just hate to see it.

For the record, if I was any good at golf and had a partner who obliged, I’d select Mac Miller’s The Spins, because Mac is the best and the first verse is as good as Hip Hop gets.

You can take a look at the full list for yourself here 

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GolfWRX is live from the 2019 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club, which will be contested April 26-28. Past winners of the amateur event include Justin Thomas and Emiliano Grillo.

Denny Glass, chairman of the Terra Cotta Invitational, was kind enough to give us a little more information about the tournament.

For GolfWRX members who aren’t familiar, tell me a little bit about the tournament and its history

Glass: The Terra Cotta Invitational began in 1996 and was originally a combination stroke play/match play event. 20 players were invited and they played 36 holes of stroke play then the top four finishers went on to match play with the others playing an 18 hole consolation match.

I changed it to a 54-hole stroke play event with 50 players in 2006 when I took over as Tournament Chair. This was done to be eligible for Titleist/Golfweek Amateur Ranking Points. The field increased over the years and now has 75-81 players. The tournament is now ranked as a “B” level event in the WAGR (World Amateur Golf Rankings) run by the USGA and R&A. This ranking is one level below the top-ranked events in the world. The WAGR rankings are based on the strength of the field so we are proud to be ranked so highly.

As it’s an invitational tournament, can you tell me a bit about who gets invited in general and who’s in the field this year, specifically? Tournament format?

Glass: It is an invitational so we invite as many of the top-ranked amateur players as are available. The field consists of many juniors (up to age 18), mid-amateurs (19-25) and some seniors (50+), along with collegiate players. While it is an invitational, we still receive more than 150 applications to play.

Can you talk about the host course and the relationship with Naples National?

The tournament is played at Naples National Golf Club. The tournament was started by the membership back in 1996. The club opened in 1993. The club hosted the World Championship of Golf, which was an LPGA event in its second year.

I know the charitable impact is important. Can you tell us about that?

The net proceeds are donated to Naples based children’s focused charities. The tournament has donated over $517,000 since it began.

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