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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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Tiger Woods’ personally used 1997 Masters prototype Scotty Cameron putter fetches big fee at auction

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How much would you be willing to pay for a Scotty Cameron putter personally used by Tiger Woods? Well, for someone out there the answer was just short of $23k.

As Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall first reported this week, the putter in question is the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3, and although it didn’t play a role in 13 of Woods’ 14 major victories, it is a putter associated with his very first Masters triumph back in 1997.

The putter sold via Green Jacket Auctions, and according to their description, the flat-stick was not just used by Woods, but it was the prototype version of the Newport TeI3 which he used on his way to dominating Augusta National for his first major victory.

Per the report, this particular putter has a teryllium insert which features 32 vibration-dampening dots that sought to soften the feel of the putter and offset the five screws that were used in the back cavity during the milling process.

As the description on Green Jacket Auctions states, Callaway’s director of fitting and instruction, Randy Peterson was the recipient of the putter before the 1997 golf season, and the flat-stick has “Tiger” stamped in dancing letters on the toe, while “Proto” and “XXX” are stamped on the back bumpers. The last five digits of the Certificate of Authenticity from Cameron (84437) also spells out “Tiger” on the phone keypad.

While $22,784.40 may seem like an inordinate amount to pay for a putter, there is reason to believe that the new owner of the Scotty Cameron Newport Teryllium TeI3 may have got themselves an excellent deal. Two previous Tiger Woods Newport 2 GSS backups (the same model he used on his way to winning 13 of his 14 majors) have been sold via Green Jacket Auctions in the past three years, for totals of $53,146 and $44,401, and comparing this Scotty Cameron putter to those previous models, the auction company states

“With all due respect to those fine putters, perhaps no privately owned Tiger Woods putter holds a candle to the collecting appeal of this specimen.”

 

 

 

 

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Morning 9: Roaring Rory | Opinion: McIlroy shouldn’t be expected to play Irish Open | US Am sites announced

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

February 22, 2019

Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Roaring in round 1
For a while, Rory McIlroy looked like he could be en route to firing a first-round 59 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He faltered later (relatively speaking), however, to “settle” for an opening round 8-under 63.
  • ESPN report…“McIlroy, already off to a solid start on the back nine, hit a 2-iron on the 305-yard opening hole at Chapultepec Golf Club that landed on the front of the green and was rolling just left of the pin when it settled 6 feet away, leading to an eagle that carried him to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.”
  • “McIlroy’s 2-iron was the signature shot in an exquisite start to this World Golf Championship. He was 6 under through an eight-hole stretch in the middle of the round, and a 20-foot birdie on No. 8 toward the end of his round is what gave him the lead over Johnson, who played in the group behind.”
2. Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico
AP report…“Andres Romero shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open.”
  • “Romero birdied three of his last five holes in a bogey-free round at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club. The 37-year-old Argentine player won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2008 and has two European Tour victories.”
3. …and in Thailand
AP report…”South Korean golfer Jenny Shin snatched the lead at the LPGA Thailand with a birdie on the last hole of the second round at Siam Country Club Pattaya on Friday.”
  • “Shin bogeyed the sixth hole but sunk five birdies in the rest of the round, including the par-5 18th. Her round of 4-under 68 put her at 11 under overall and one shot ahead of the field.”
  • “Three players were tied for second: Lizette Salas of the United States (68), Minjee Lee of Australia (69), and first-round leader Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea (71).”
4. Tiger starts at even par in Mexico
Steve DiMeglio on Tiger Woods’ opening round at Chapultepec, which was largely an effort to right the ship after an opening double bogey.
  • “An award-winning performance it was not, but at least Woods kept himself within shouting distance of the leading actors heading into Friday’s second act.”
  • “Yeah, got off to a bad start,” Woods said in a post-round interview that was as short as it was brusque. “Got it going after a little bit there, made three (birdies) in a row. Couldn’t make any birdies after that for some reason (he did make one more).
  • “It is what it is.”
  • “What it was was an even-par 71, a round that left Woods eight shots behind front-runner Rory McIlroy and still searching for answers to combat the thin air that resides 7,800 feet above sea level at Club de Golf Chapultepec.”
5. Slow start for Spieth
With Michael Greller sadly scratched from him duties at the last minute due to the death of his father, Jordan Spieth’s father was pressed into service
  • “Shawn Spieth stepped in as his son’s caddie, his first time on the bag since the 2011 U.S. Amateur, at a World Golf Championship played at an elevation of 7,800 feet.”
  • “It started well enough, with Spieth hitting a tough pitch to a tap-in range for birdie, followed by a casual fist-bump with his father.”
That was the high water mark, though, as Spieth struggled to an opening-round 75.
6. Can’t blame him
How about this on Ryan Fox from Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard?
  • “Fox had played five consecutive weeks in three different countries, from the United Arab Emirates to Australia, before the real scramble began Monday when he learned he’d earned a spot into this week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.”
  • “Fox flew from New Zealand to Mexico City and arrived at 8:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday having never seen Chapultepec Golf Club.”
  • And this…”I actually felt alright for most of the round, and it sort of really hit me on sort of 13, 14, and I kind of felt drunk almost the last five or six holes, limbs flying everywhere,” Fox said. “I hung on pretty well. Holed a couple of decent putts coming home, just to limit the damage a little bit.”
7. Rory shouldn’t be criticized
Golfweek’s Alistair Tait with a well-reasoned defense of Rory McIlroy’s decision to skip the Irish Open.
A couple of ‘graphs…“The problem for Rory is that the Irish Open is the first of a run of three tournaments that includes the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. It’s beyond unreasonable to expect McIlroy to play three in a row, especially when The Open is the most important of the trifecta. He could be burned out by the time he gets to Royal Portrush if he plays the Irish and the Scottish. Something had to give, and since he wants to play his way into The Open, the Irish Open loses out.”
  • “…McIlroy shouldn’t feel guilty about skipping Ireland’s national championship this year. He’s done his bit along with other major Irish stars like Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell to put the Irish Open back on the map after years as a second-rate event with B list casts. Rory has played in every Irish Open since he turned pro in 2008. He also played in the 2005 Irish Open as an amateur. He’s hosted the last four tournaments through his Rory Foundation. There’s a strong argument to say he’s the reason it is now a $7 million Rolex Series event with Dubai Duty Free acting as sponsor. He even managed to win the 2016 event at the K Club despite the added responsibilities of acting as host.”
8. U.S. Am sites announced
The official press release…”The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced sites for six U.S. Amateur Championships, from 2021 through 2026. Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club will host the U.S. Amateur in 2021 and will be followed by Ridgewood (N.J.) Country Club in 2022 and Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., in 2023. The 2024, 2025 and 2026 championships will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn.; The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif.; and Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., respectively.”
  • “This distinguished group of future U.S. Amateur sites aligns the USGA’s oldest championship with courses of historical significance and proven competitive excellence which will be beneficial to both the player and fan experience,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Amateur golf is primary to the USGA’s mission and the partnerships with these prominent clubs affirm our commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition.”
9. Brendan Steele: club designer
“Check out this sweet new toy! @wilsongolf was awesome enough to let me create a new prototype driving iron and it couldn’t have turned out better!” Steele posted to Instagram.
Our Ryan Barath with some perspective…”It has some similarities to the previous V4 Driving Iron from Wilson by the looks of both the screw and the knurling around the hosel…but the cosmetics and certainly more inline with the new Staff Blades pictured below along with also appearing to have a shorter heel to toe length and a higher overall toe profile”
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Morning 9: Beyond “nice guy Stricker” | McIlroy to skip Irish Open | Opinion: Romo shouldn’t accept sponsor’s exemption

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

February 21, 2019

Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. More than just a nice guy
Steve Stricker is a fiery competitor and tactician who has the allegiance and respect of his players. So says Steve Dimeglio regarding the now-official 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.
  • “On the surface, Stricker could be mistaken as being a softy, a man without a temper and one who is reluctant to put up a fight. That would be a mistake.”
  • “Well, everyone knows he’s such a nice guy, but beneath all of that exterior is this fieriness and this competitiveness,” Tiger Woods said Wednesday at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.
  • “In other words, Stricker is as tough as he is nice, a nice combo that U.S. players can lean on in the 2020 Ryder Cup. On Wednesday Stricker, 51, was officially named the U.S. captain for Ryder Cup matches to be played in his home state of Wisconsin at Whistling Straits.”
2. He has their backs
Interesting tidbit from Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard on one Patrick Reed.
  • “Stricker, who was named the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, said he’s already spoken with Patrick Reed about last year’s matches and that he doesn’t expect the American’s inflammatory comments following last year’s matches to be an issue in 2020.”
  • “As far as he’s concerned, and I am, too, it’s been handled,” Stricker said. “He’s apologized and spoke to the players. He spoke to me and I kind of asked him what to expect from him. He’s like, ‘You know what, I’ve got your guys’ back. I’m there for the team.'”
3. The inside scoop
An interesting story in particular, yes, but the general takeaway–PGA Tour pros sometimes settle on gamers in extremely atypical ways–is just as cool.
  • Our Ryan Barath talked with Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer, Chris Voshall, about the MP-32 irons Danny Lee was spotted with at the Genesis Open.
  • “We recently spotted Danny Lee at the Genesis Open and it started a LOT of discussion about classic designs, as well as whether these are new old stock (NOS) or new forgings, using the original tooling.”
  • “I reached out to Mizuno’s Senior Club Engineer Chris Voshall to get to the bottom of this interesting iron development. (Plus the idea that Mizuno has sets of 10-plus year-old irons kicking around ready for custom builds – I have a huge smile thinking about what that storage room might look like – is a pretty fun thought).”
  • “Heres the inside scoop on Danny’s irons from Chris Voshall…”The MP-32s being played by Danny Lee are a new old stock set that came from Luke Donald’s personal stash inside the tour van. The ones Danny is playing are the very last set of custom grind 32s that were made for Luke.”
4. Tiger moves Mexico
AP report on the Tiger Woods Effect at the WGC-Mexico Championship
  • “Golf is still in its relative infancy in Mexico, though the appeal changes when one of the most recognizable athletes in the world is in town. Security has increased this year, most of that because of Woods.”
  • “Grupo Salinas took over sponsorship of this WGC in the summer of 2016, when Woods was recovering from two back surgeries. There was no guarantee if his game would get back, so news of his decision to play last week was massive for small sector of golf fans in Mexico.”
  • “Tiger definitely moves the needle,” said Benjamin Salinas, the CEO of TV Azteca and lead voice for Grupo Salinas at the Mexico Championship. “When he announced he was coming, ticket sales leaped tenfold. He moves Mexico.”
5. Hot take: Romo is wrong
I’ll just let Carlos Monarrez take it from here regarding Tony Romo’s sponsor’s exemption into the Byron Nelson.
  • “Romo couldn’t get in the honest way, through a Monday qualifier like the hoi polloi who have to scratch and claw their way in.”
  • “Maybe some fans think it’s cute and harmless and will be curious to see how Romo will fare. But I’ve covered pro golfers for years, and I have too much respect for their struggle to watch an amateur with an inflated sense of himself pretend to be a pro for two days on his way to missing the cut badly.”
  • “And make no mistake, Romo will miss the cut. At last year’s Nelson, the cut came at 4-under-par. Amazing players like Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker missed the cut. Romo also got a sponsor’s exemption last March to the PGA Tour’s event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and he finished dead last among 132 players at 15-over.”
6. Pat Perez loves his Js
Helen Ross of PGATour.com talked to the singular Pat Perez about his affection for Jordans.
Here’s a morsel regarding Double P’s meeting with his Airness
  • “The relationship developed into a business pact, as well, and Perez now wears Jordan Brand shoes on the golf course. The two text often, and his Airness even sent Perez and his wife Ashley gifts when their daughter was born last year. Oh, and Perez loves getting shipments of Air Jordans for his collection.”
  • “Perez’s only regret? One day when the two had hit the links, Jordan was wearing a pair of VI golf shoes – which were “the only pair in the world,” Perez says.”
  • “After the round, Perez says, “I can’t, believe you made those into golf shoes.” To which Jordan replies, “Well, take them if they fit.”
7. Tiger Hood doc
Golf Digest’s Alex Myers...”What began as an activity to pass the time while trying to sell his photographs has “become a lifestyle” for Patrick Barr. Better known around the streets of New York City as “Tiger Hood,” Barr now spends much of his days and nights hitting empty milk cartons with a golf club. And he’s about to have even bigger galleries watching him in action.”
  • “A new documentary titled Neighborhood Golf Association by Nicolas Heller explores Barr’s life, career, and mostly his unusual hobby. Heller, the man behind the popular New York Nico Instagram account, does a nice job of showing the charismatic local legend in his element while also getting across Barr’s beautiful message of inclusivity.”
8. McIlroy to skip Irish Open
Gareth Hanna at the Belfast Telegraph on the news that Rory will be passing on his island’s Open.
  • “The world number eight was the tournament host from 2015 to 2018 and strived to place the Irish Open among the European Tour’s top events.”
  • “However, he says missing out on this year’s edition at Lahinch will give him a better chance of lifting the Claret Jug at the Open Championship in Portrush.”
  • “The Irish Open will be played, as is the norm, two weeks before the major in July…McIlroy has previously said that he will look to play the week before the four major tournaments this season and has now confirmed his intention to tee it up at the Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club rather than the week before in County Clare.”
9. Wiezy’s back
Michelle Wie fired an opening-round 68 at the Honda LPGA Thailand in her first
competitive action since hand surgery in October.
Eun-Hee Ji leads at 9 under after one round. Scores.
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