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Koepka slams DeChambeau’s slow play; DeChambeau defends his lengthy pre-shot routine

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The slow play issue in golf is reaching an inevitable crescendo, and this week Brooks Koepka aired how he feels about players who possess lengthy pre-shot routines, calling their actions “embarrassing.”

The three-time major champ was speaking to Michael Weston on Golf Monthly’s podcast, and when the subject of Bryson DeChambeau’s pre-shot process came about, Koepka didn’t hold back.

“I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard. It’s always between two clubs; there’s a miss short, there’s a miss long. It really drives me nuts especially when it’s a long hitter because you know you’ve got two other guys or at least one guy that’s hitting before you so you can do all your calculations; you should have your numbers.

“Obviously if you’re the first guy you might take ten extra seconds, but it doesn’t take that long to hit the ball, especially if it’s not blowing 30. If it’s blowing 30 I understand taking a minute and taking some extra time with some gusts, you know changing just slightly, I get that but if it’s a calm day there’s no excuse. Guys are already so slow it’s kind of embarrassing. I just don’t get why you enforce some things and don’t enforce others.”

DeChambeau, who romped home at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic for his fifth win worldwide in the space of eight months, responded separately after the event, giving his perspective on his suggested slow play to the media. For DeChambeau, the ends justify the means, as, after all, golf is his livelihood.

“It’s actually quite impressive that we’re able to get all that stuff done in 45 seconds. People don’t realise that it’s very difficult to do everything we do in 45 seconds. I think that anybody that has an issue with it, I understand, but we’re playing for our livelihoods out here, and this is what we want to do. If we want to provide the best entertainment for you, it’s part of our process. It’s part of my process, at least.”

The Californian’s view that people should be impressed by the length of his pre-shot routine is sure to raise some eyebrows. This video posted on Twitter by the European Tour, showcased DeChambeau’s 75-second pre-shot process at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, and it’s fair to say, golf fans were not impressed.

Undoubtedly authorities need to be more transparent on their stance concerning slow-play in the game. It’s an issue which frustrates the majority of golf fans, but despite the countless examples of slow play in the professional game, there has only been a handful of penalties handed out for the transgression throughout history.

The European Tour has introduced The Shot Clock Masters, which debuted in 2018 and proved to be very popular amongst both players and fans. The experimental event could prove to be the catalyst in combatting slow play in the sport which as of now is one of the few remaining which doesn’t possess a shot clock week in and week out.

As for DeChambeau, according to the man himself, any issues over the length of time it takes him to prepare before a shot will vanish with more course experience, while the five-time winner on the PGA Tour also confirmed that the looseness of the slow play rule, for better or worse, allows players to take advantage.

“Some people don’t do what we do and they are successful. But they have got loads of experience that I haven’t really necessarily had, so I have to find another way to be just as consistent as them without the experience. So I have to kind of do that stuff initially, and down the road, it will keep getting quicker and quicker and quicker, because I’m certainly not a slow walker, I know that.”

“It’s just a part of the process and unfortunately the Rules of Golf allow for a certain amount of time, and we’re using it to our fullest potential.”

 

 

 

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  1. Steve

    Jan 31, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    The way I see it, is to add a second caddie so they have another person to give his opinion. Three heads are better than two and move things along alot quicker. Maybe. Also, the other caddie could rake the sand, fix the divot in the fairway, and crowd control. Many other things.

  2. Michael Kutilek

    Jan 31, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    The late great Julius Boros once said that if you didn’t know what you were going to do by the time you got to your ball you needed to find another line of work. Amen.

  3. Dan

    Jan 31, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I thought BD had a great answer. People want to see the best players play their best and that what he needs to do that.

    Until the tour, college, junior events adress slow play it will only get worse.

  4. Travis

    Jan 31, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Have them play ready golf … playing out of turn is not a penalty
    Why should slow play be an advantage for the slow player so hit when ready then go get a beer or a hot dog
    I agree it shouldnt take that long to play but theyre playing professionally & not for my $5/5/5/5 bet
    The problem (as always) is how it trickles down to bother us during our games

  5. Andrew Olson

    Jan 30, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    He’s looking at air density from the US.

    It’s actually very smart to calculate.

    For example if the typical United States golfer plays in Colorado, they would take air density into account.

    When you are playing all across the globe, it’s smart to normalize data.

    • Wes B

      Jan 31, 2019 at 1:24 am

      True BUT air density isn’t changing from shot to shot. He should have all that figured out in his warm up and practice rounds. Every pro in the games yardage change week to week and they adjust accordingly.

  6. KoepkasIQ

    Jan 30, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Clearly Bryson doesn’t use enough supplements for Brooksies liking.

  7. Tom

    Jan 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    New Rules do NOTHING to address slow play….existing rules are selectively enforced at best Also, the new rules should have addressed how when your ball comes to rest in someone else’s unreplaced or unfilled divot you should be allowed to drop. Unreplaced or unfilled divots are a result of another player/caddie’s negligence and should not cause you to suffer.

  8. Thomas Noel

    Jan 30, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    And I thought watching golf on TV was all about me! Of course on TV they can edit the time frame, so slow play doesn’t effect me. It must really suck to have to wait to hit your ball while playing on exclusive courses that I will never see. Poor, poor babies! Never mind making millions. If you really want to speed play, fire all the caddies and give the Pros’ electric golf carts so they can race to the ball, then they can take as much time over the shot as the want. Or maybe polo golf! I want to see the best shot possible. Stop whining about slow play!

  9. BTO

    Jan 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Easy fix for all the nonsense as mentioned already. The ruling authority needs to step up to the plate. By why stop at Bryson! IMO the world’s #1 drives me nuts, especially on the putting green. With my own patience issues I’d be a basket case playing with ANY of these guys to tell the truth.

  10. joro

    Jan 30, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Although DeDhampeau is a really good guy, a real gentleman in fact, he is oblivious to what his slow pace does in the long run. He is painfully slow at times thumbing his nose at the rules which are mostly overlooked by the Officials on scene. His slow play affects slow play on all fronts causing a lot of people to quit the game not having the time to stand around waiting for the players in front doing their act because they see the Tour do it and think they should also. And of course the announcers do not help when they say you can’t rush a shot.

    The fact is it is a plague affecting the game. We had a High School Championship at our course 3 yrs ago which took the first group over 6 hrs to shoot in the 90s. That meant that many people with tee times after the Tournament did not get to play because the Matches went on too late. I know some rules are stupid but slow play is not stupid, it is ridiculous. Bottom line is how would you like to play behind a slow player.

    I timed Bryson on one 8 ft. Putt that took 2 min. and 10 sec. to hit,,,,,,, and he missed it, ridiculous, and no penalty for slow play ever to top player who have no consideration for those in back of them. And the Ladies are no better, it is a plague.

  11. Todd Dugan

    Jan 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    You can take as long as you want UNLESS your group is put on the clock for being out of position. Having said that, I’d say that the PGA Tour’s Pace of Play policy is a joke.

  12. BD

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    PGA Tour, in contrast to other tours, lack the guts to take action on slow play and so slow players, naturally, take advantage.
    Unless the Tour develops some intestinal fortitude the problem will continue to worsen and fans, such as I, will continue to watch less golf.

  13. Tom54

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Still don’t understand why range finders are not allowed. Would that not speed up play at least a fraction? While players that are away are hitting their shots,remaining players will at least have the exact yardage done before their time to hit. When it’s their turn all they should have to wonder about is the wind at that time. Caddy and player should already have most of the information done before its time to hit. Should not be staring at books and stuff when the camera goes to them. Doesn’t sound that complicated to me, does it?

    • joro

      Jan 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      That is why the rules are a joke, a bad joke. Ah the hypocrisy of it all. Why let them do something that is better and faster.

    • Christopher

      Jan 30, 2019 at 11:22 pm

      Range finders are useful for targeting pins, but good players need more numbers, they want distance to the front and back of the green (as well as tiers) and carry distances over hazards (which could be included with GPS), but guys and girls trust their yardage books.

      I doubt when you factor everything thing in, that range finders are that much faster or much more accurate.

  14. Bob

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    “It’s hilarious to watch him roll up all the variables such as air density and other BS. And get it totally wrong”

    I’d love to know what your definition of “right” is…what’s your average leave from the rough @ 138yds? How is winning a tournament totally wrong? Does “totally wrong” get you an NCAA individual, a US Am, and seven pro wins at age 25? How’s that stack up to your resume?

    “I don’t enjoy watching nerds calculate air density and whatever else they think is necessary”

    Nor do you have to. But be prepared to spend a looooong time losing to the nerds who do

    In my view, the bottom line here is that Bryson’s going to do his thing. Go ahead and enforce a 30s, 45s, 1min shot window (take your pick), he’ll figure out a way to condense the information. His way works for him and he has 15-20 more years of prime golf to further improve. If you don’t like it, prepare to spend the next two decades angry at a great golfer who might bother with your opinion once he’s done polishing the trophy collection.

    • DB

      Jan 30, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      “I don’t enjoy watching nerds calculate air density and whatever else they think is necessary”

      “Nor do you have to. But be prepared to spend a looooong time losing to the nerds who do”

      That’s nice that you believe in SCIENCE! and think the future of golf is nerds beating everyone else. You must have missed the part of my post where I made it clear that BC would be playing exactly the same if he didn’t have all these neurotic behaviors in his pre-shot routine. It’s all in his head to make him feel comfortable.

      You’re right I don’t have to watch the TV, but you know what I do have to watch? All the amateurs on my home course who take their cue from professional golf and have 90-second pre-shot routines to hit each and every shot – and they still shoot 120.

  15. snapjack

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    There is no justifying slow play, time to bring in a shot clock. Put it on the players bags so everyone can see. Give them distance penalties instead of stroke. 10 yards straight back no matter where you are. I hate slow players obviously.

  16. Dave r

    Jan 30, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I enjoyed watching golf but when it got to be 4 hours for the last 11 holes you lost me. They now have play thru the adds on tv but the 2 minute add is up and the dude still hasn’t hit his shot. I don’t blame the scientist for taking as long as he does ,blame the tour they are letting it happen. Man up get some balls and ding these guys where it hurts in the bank book. We have them where I play we nick name them CALANDER your here to watch me play and don’t you dare move or the scientist in me will start all over again and we are only playing for $2.00 ,$2.00 ,$2.00 needless to say they no longer play in our group ,they are now holding up the coarse behind us.

  17. ~j~

    Jan 30, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I find it amusing how BC’s ‘slow play’ is so hard to watch, despite 99.9% of viewers watching it from their TV’s.

    Brooks is a dainty one anyways. 9/10 times he’s complaining about something. I hope his next playing partners slow roll him all day for it. One less person to worry about on Sunday.

  18. KS

    Jan 30, 2019 at 11:30 am

    I kind of object to your use of the verb “slam” in the headline of this article. I heard the entire Koepka question and response and I would never characterize it as a “slam” or “slamming” DeChambeau. Koepka was asked a simple question about slow play in general and DeChambeau’s time on a certain couple of shots. He answered the question clearly and and without any overall character shot. I think he actually went ou of his way to avoid attacking or “slamming” anyone individually, despite the question being prompted by DeChambeau’s “process.”

    • Gianni se p*es Magliocco

      Jan 31, 2019 at 4:59 am

      Exactly, bout time we slam Gianni Magliocco for click bait headlines, and absolutely pathetic gossip articles.

      WHO THE F*CK CARES!!!!!!

  19. joe

    Jan 30, 2019 at 10:01 am

    It’s hilarious to watch him roll up all the variables such as air density and other BS. And get it totally wrong. One of the most annoying players on tour. I don’t care if he won by 20 strokes, he is painful to watch. And the “physics nerd nerd” schtick isn’t cute anymore.

    • Benny

      Jan 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Joe is spot on. Bryson could have done all of that math well before it was his time to hit. Instead he waited to go through all that jargon once the TV was on him to justify the “scientist” name.
      I think the kid has some skills and love the fact he is doing something different but man he makes it hard to root for him.

  20. JP

    Jan 30, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Either make EVERYONE follow the time rules, or NEVER enforce it again. Let Phil show you how much it sucks when he takes 10 minutes for each shot just to show the importance of enforcing the time rule. He’ll have a 12 hour round spread out over two days. Haha

  21. dat

    Jan 30, 2019 at 9:15 am

    If he was a “normal” player and hit the shots he did, won the way he did, I’d be on board. It’s the total lack of reliability that alienates fans. DeChambeau should see a shrink.

    • Greg V

      Jan 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. For as smart as DeChampeau is supposed to be, he’s fragile psychically.

      Besides, it’s not fair to the rest of the field. Shot Clock Masters is the best idea in a long time. Put them all on the clock, every shot, with penalty shots involved.

  22. Bert Gwaltney

    Jan 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    The statement used in the article is “provide entertainment”, so that’s what it is, it makes slow play OK since your’re being entertained, what a joke. I assume the European Tour didn’t use the Shot Clock Master during this entertaining event. Penalties for slow play need to be enacted and enforced, and don’t start with the little guy as an example. Start at the top, right here. I tried to take one-minute to play a shot, it’s difficult.

  23. DB

    Jan 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

    I don’t enjoy watching nerds calculate air density and whatever else they think is necessary. This is not sport. What’s more – I don’t think any of that is even helping, it’s just something he feels is necessary before he’s comfortable hitting the shot.

    It’s effectively no different than Kevin Na’s pseudo-swings from a few years ago, this just has the veneer of “science” on it.

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Detroit Golf City

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Woodward Avenue is a major thoroughfare in downtown Detroit. From it, you can see two very unique golf courses, close in proximity but miles apart in every other way.

The first course, the Detroit Golf Club,  is a lush 36-hole Donald Ross design. Privately owned and operated, DGC is set to host the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic this week. This will be the PGA Tour’s first regular event in Michigan since the Buick Open ended in 2009 and the first regular tour event ever for the city of Detroit.

The second course, Palmer Park, is city owned and currently closed. The grass is overgrown, but you can see the bones of a once proud 18-hole municipal track, winding through the 296 acres of the larger public park space of the same name. Originally opened in 1927, the Palmer Park golf course has always been a piece of inner-city Detroit’s fabric. But now it sits empty.

Niall Hay, the Chairman of the First Tee of Greater Detroit, is working hard for these two courses to help each other, and at the same time, help thousands of underprivileged kids in Detroit learn the great game of golf and all the positive things it can bring to their lives.

The First Tee of Greater Detroit was one of the program’s very first chapters. It began in 1997 as a partnership with the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, PGA Tour and the USGA with a simple goal to get more kids playing golf. It started as a way to bring affordable golf to communities that needed it. Detroit was an obvious choice, but eventually, like so many other things in Detroit, the economic recession caught up to it.

“During the economic meltdown, the chapter just went away for a variety of reasons. Mostly funding,” said Hay.

But in 2012, Hay, a former member of the Ohio State golf team, decided to look into exactly what went wrong with the First Tee program in Detroit. First, he met with past chairmen and former board members. They all gave the same story. The program just died a slow death as the funding dried up. Members of the board moved on to different things. But they all said it was a great organization and one of them suggested that Hay start it back up. “I was looking to potentially join a board, not found one,” Hay said with a chuckle. But it was him or no one. So he did it.

A small group in the city of Ann Arbor was already working with the First Tee on getting a chapter started for Washtenaw County, but funding was proving, yet again, to be an issue. So Hay and others had to wait for that to be resolved before they could obtain a letter of intent for a chapter in Detroit from The First Tee. But he was certain that his community needed the program in place.

“If we were going to do this,” Hay said,  “we need to do it in the city of Detroit, in the inner city and impacting underprivileged kids in the city and not in suburbs or other areas. We wanted to stay in downtown Detroit where there is the most need.”

The first steps were to form a foundation, gain 401(c)(3) non-profit tax status from the IRS and then form a diverse and talented board. This took some time. Then, they needed to find the money to fund it. This took more time. But Detroit is a strong community and several local businesses were willing to partner to get things back up and running. And in June of 2015, the First Tee of Greater Detroit began with its first green grass program.

Today, the program is as strong as ever, with over 500 students in the spring, summer and fall programs, which all act like a sort of camp for youth development and some golf. Additionally, the First Tee of Greater Detroit partners with local public schools to train its PE teachers to teach First Tee curriculum, the nine core values and related golf activities. Over 13,000 additional kids are reached in the National School Program.

For the first three years of The First Tee Detroit’s rebirth, the green grass program took place at Palmer Park.

“Back then, Palmer Park was a really rundown course. We focused our programming on the front nine, and some of the drier areas on the back,” Hay said. The course had issues with flooding and wasn’t in the best condition, but it was home. A place to play and practice regularly. But after a few years, the city put out a request for proposal, seeking additional management help for its public golf courses. “The First Tee was hoping to pull Palmer Park from the RFP and have the First Tee chapter raise money to make it a high quality 9 hole golf course,” Hay said. “It got pulled from the RFP, they signed with Signet, who put their money into the other three city courses and the Palmer Park course never reopened.”

“So now, the children of First Tee Greater Detroit are spread around a bit. They practice and play some at Rackham, one of the other public courses in Detroit. Some at Maple Lane. There are classes and clinics all around the city. “We do not have a home course or facility now but we have more traction with people. The more the First Tee gets bigger and bigger, the more we would love a home base.”

And with the PGA Tour’s new four-year deal with sponsor Quicken Loans and the Detroit Golf Club, golf interest in Detroit is getting a shot in the arm. More and more kids are signing up with the First Tee Program. And this is just the beginning. PGA Tour events across the tournament schedule are associated with their local First Tee Chapter. Most sites have youth experience areas where the First Tee Experience is promoted and encourages. The core values of the program are on display at tour events and children and their parents alike are exposed to a way to get involved with youth golf. The First Tee of Greater Detroit will have a tent at the Rocket Mortgage Classic adjacent to the Kids Zone.

And just as important, the PGA Tour events donate a percentage of their revenue with the First Tee Chapters. Detroit will be no different in that regard. And some chapters make hundreds of thousands of dollars from these tournaments. “We are one of the primary beneficiaries of the tournament,” Hay said. “The tournament itself will share some of the revenue with local charities. The First Tee of Detroit is one of the charities that will thankfully receive funding from the Rocket Mortgage Giving Fund.”

“It’s a game changer for us,” Hay said about the PGA Tour’s newest stop in Detroit. “It could take us to the next level. Our Board has never been more engaged. We have already seen a huge spike in interest. We have seen 40 to 50 percent more inquiries and kids signing up. Kids want to play and more volunteers are signing up to teach.” In fact, Summer and Fall registration is going on right now and the excitement continues to build.

The First Tee of Greater Detroit has experienced a rebirth. The City of Detroit has experienced a rebirth. And now, as thousands of golf fans drive down Woodward Avenue to watch the best players on the planet compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club, they might also look towards Palmer Park and see the spirit of golf sitting idly by, waiting for someone to give it a chance.

Funding, of course, is yet again the issue. But with the right investor(s), Palmer Park could experience a rebirth of its own. And that would not only help reinvigorate the heart of the city, but also the hundreds and soon to be thousands of kids who are discovering the game of golf with the First Tee Greater Detroit. The Rocket Mortgage event is a great start. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for Detroit golf.

“We’ve got hundreds of acres in the middle of the city where you could put in a really cool nine-hole course and short game area. It would be a great story for Detroit. And it would be great for our community and for these kids.”

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Women’s PGA to not-so-green Green at Hazeltine (yes, they rhyme!)

Am I the only one who noticed that each of Hannah Green’s final 3 drives just missed a divot hole, despite finding the nuclear center of each fairway? Golf, she is not fair. Fortunately for the young Aussie, the ball spun her way this day. Green led this PGA Championship from beginning to end. She endured the questions of everyone from fans to media, to possibly herself. As playing partners Ariya Jutanugarn and Lizette Salas failed to mount a viable challenge, Green’s attention turned to others on the move. Sung Hyun Park made a late run at holding onto the title she won last year, at Kemper Lakes. Park played a marvelous tune of 68, marred by a solitary off-key note, a bogey at the 12th. The defender ultimately finished one agonizing stroke behind the winner. Mel Reid also played marvelously. With 66 on the day, thanks to 8 birdies and 2 bogeys, she moved all the way to a tie for 3rd spot. It was Green who stood the tallest, who made the putts, especially that nervy 5-feet job on the final green. She was not perfect on day four, with birdies matching bogeys at the count of three. When things looked like they might go south, after consecutive bogeys at 11 and 12, Green corrected her path. Her first LPGA tour win, her first major title, a fine way to say Hello to the world.

Travelers Championship is Reavie’s 2nd tour triumph in a decade

Chez Reavie put on a Saturday show, blowing past the leader and everyone else, with a back-nine 28. He then had a front-row seat as hometown hero Keegan Bradley tried to put the same move on him. Although Reavie wasn’t making mistakes, Bradley was making every putt in site. With six birdies on the day, the gap had narrowed to one shot as the two stood on the 17th tee. An unpredictable dance partner, with rough and sand left, and massive water right, it’s not for the faint of heart. Bradley blinked, with a drive into the sand. If there’s one thing Reavie does, it’s hit fairways with maniacal accuracy and consistency. He did not disappoint, and followed up the tee ball with a dagger to the frontish hole location. His birdie, combined with Bradley’s double bogey, turned the tide in nearly an instant, making the walk up 18 a tranquil affair. Reavie tapped in for -17 and a 4-shot win over Bradley and 36-hole leader Zack Sucher. 11 years after winning the Canadian Open, Reavie hoisted victor’s silver for a 2nd, satisfying time.

BMW International Open~Forza Italia! Pavan secures 2nd Euro Title

If there was a tournament ever, whose purpose was to encourage caution over calamity, this was it. Long-hitting golfers like Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Wallace, and Mathias Schwab chose daring lines, fired, and fell back toward calamity. In stark contrast, Italy’s Andrea Pavan eschewed the risky play, time and again. Electing to lay short of hazards, Pavan holed a putt of abbreviated length on the 2nd playoff hole. This birdie allowed him to edge past Fitzpatrick, with whom he tied in regulation play at -15, and collect his 2nd European Tour title.

The day began brightly for England. Jordan Smith held the 3rd-round lead, but he would lose momentum early. Then came Fitzpatrick, who found 15-under with a 72nd-hole birdie. Next to try for glory was Wallace, who hit the worst drive ever under the siren’s pressure, going farther left than Marx, ending in watery demise. Pavan had finished 40 minutes prior to the final grouping, and he went about his business, warming up, then executing to near-perfection in the playoff. Indeed, the long hitters take fans to places they will never know, but the crafty archers show all of us the proper manner and method.

Wichita Open continues into 5th day

We weren’t kidding in the opening paragraph. First came the rains, then came the 5-way tie for top spot. Erik Compton, the overnight leader, birdied the 18th to join Kevin Dougherty, Henrik Norlander, Bryan Bigley and Sebastian Cappelen at 15-under par. The quintet arrived there on different trains, but there they were, joined together for an evening playoff. Cappelen went lowest, with 65 on Sunday. Compton signed for a 3rd-consecutive 67, while the other 3 golfers tacked 66s on the leaderboard. With time for a single playoff hole, organizers were certainly hoping for a walk-off ace, to settle the matter. They didn’t get that result, but birdies from Norlander and Bigley sent 60% of the fivesome home. As the ink dries on this web report, Norlander and Bigley prepare to play the 4th hole for all the cookies. Fortunately for all, the waters have receded.

American Family title goes to Madison’s finest

Madison folks would have been happy with a winner from Edgerton, but they absolutely adore a winner from Madison. In the most glorious example of how home-state and home-town golf people make an event happen, the Wisconsin Love Fest American Family went overtime on Sunday. 2 of the 3 participants were Badger state representatives. Steve Stricker had a wee putt to win in regulation, but missed. He bowed out with bogey on the first extra hole. Retief Goosen (not from Wisconsin) had a wee putt to win on the event’s final hole, too, but missed. He went two holes longer than Stricker, but ultimately succumbed to the intimidation of the goateed warrior, Jerry Kelly. With a barbaric yawp the likes of which we won’t hear soon, if ever, Kelly drained a birdie putt on the driveable 15th hole, and collected his 4th Champions Tour title. Kelly’s yawp was guttural, unexpected, jolting. It was such an event that television played it over and over, from different angles. The win propelled Kelly to 2nd spot on the season-long points list, but more importantly, it earned him a hug from mom when the dust had settled.

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Tearful Michelle Wie suggests career may be coming to an end after opening round of 84 at Women’s PGA Championship

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Various ailments to Michelle Wie’s right hand and wrist has forced the 29-year-old out of action for most of 2019, and after posting a round of 12-over-par in the opening round of this week’s Women’s KPMG PGA Championship, Wie suggested that her days on Tour may be coming to an end.

Wie, who has arthritis in both wrists and underwent surgery on her right wrist back in November, made six bogeys, two double-bogeys and a quadruple-bogey on her way to an opening 84. After her round, an emotional Wie broke down in tears after stating

“I’m not entirely sure how much more I have left in me. So even on the bad days, I’m just like trying to take time to enjoy it. But it’s tough, I just love being out here.”

The 29-year-old began her tournament on the back nine, and according to GolfWeek’s Beth Ann Nichols, began applying an ice pack to her wrist as early as the 11th hole.

Wie is set to tee off for her second round on Friday 2.44 PM CT.

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