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Tiger Woods withdraws from The Northern Trust with an oblique strain

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Hours before his round two tee time, Tiger Woods withdrew from the Northern Trust, citing a “mild oblique strain” as the reason behind the withdrawal.

In a prepared statement released by the PGA Tour, Woods said

“Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from the Northern Trust. I went for treatment early morning but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete.”

The 15-time major champion struggled throughout his opening round at Liberty National posting a four-over par round of 75 to leave him near the bottom of the leaderboard.

Despite his WD, Woods remains hopeful of teeing it up at next week’s BMW Championship.

“I’d like to thank the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship.”

Following his withdrawal Woods now sits outside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup standings, putting an appearance at East Lake for the Tour Championship in jeopardy.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. JThunder

    Aug 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    If you want to know the other half of the story on his back issues, read the Vanity Fair article on his non-golf “regimen”. Plenty of stuff in there that will mess up your back.

  2. Dave r

    Aug 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That’s what a 75 will do.

  3. Vince

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Matt Kuchar is a jackass….hee haw…

  4. Ryan

    Aug 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The military style workouts have taken their toll on his body. Like Johnny Miller once said about him at the Players, “We are trying to figure out who puts the ball in the hole the least, not who bench presses the most”

  5. Christopher

    Aug 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Tiger’s looked exhausted this year, I have wondered if his win at Augusta was a little gift from the golfing gods. If he wants to continue playing competitively I hope he can get back to reasonable health, but he doesn’t look well.

  6. shank

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Tiger will never be the GOAT as Jack is the GOAT and Tiger has ZERO chance of beating his records.

  7. Tom Morrison

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Good, Tiger Withdrew! Now maybe we’ll get to hear about, and see highlights of, the leaders instead of the media’s Woods infatuation.

  8. Tartan Golf Travel

    Aug 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    PEDs will take their toll. He’s too big for his small frame. Look at those chicken legs. Shame but I think his tile contending will be few and far between. He always has a chance at Augusta.

    • A. Commoner

      Aug 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Tartan is right on. Best medical professionals (except for one past) attending and still one unexplained problem after another?

  9. 15th Club

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I remember a good time when some golf fans — mostly younger fans who were primarily general sports fans and casual golfers — thought that Tiger’s aggressive workout regimens would allow him a golf career of unprecedented length.

    At the same time, I recall others — mostly older fans whose primary interest was golf only — saying that Tiger worked out like an NFL or NBA player, whose careers rarely last more than five or ten years.

    To me it is clear that Tiger has shortened, and not lengthened,his career in professional golf with his off-course regimen and choices.

    My only question now with Tiger is whether his career, which has paralleled the career of Jack Nicklaus in so many ways, will see his Masters win in 2019 be the equivalent of Jack’s Masters win in 1986.

    • Large chris

      Aug 10, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Well his first and last (so far) professional victories were 23 years apart. Pretty long career in any sport, including golf.

      • 15th Club

        Aug 10, 2019 at 9:02 am

        True! With 14 majors in one 11-year stretch, and 1 major in another 11-year stretch. A remarkable comeback, for that last win.

        Really a triumph over the damage caused by his previous regimen, and not a product of the regimen’s success. In my view.

  10. Duke

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It’s like the Masters victory took whatever Tiger had left in the tank.
    GOAT

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Morning 9: Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?

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1. Is Pebble beach really a “public” course?
Will Bardwell for his Lying Four blog on the “public” element of the famed plausibly public track…“More importantly, though, is the indisputable fact that Pebble Beach is “public” on technicality alone. In 1982, when Pebble Beach hosted its second U.S. Open, the greens fee was $70 (about $188 in 2020 dollars, when adjusted for inflation). Today, Pebble’s greens fee has soared to a gargantuan $575 – and that doesn’t include the $45 cart fee, or the $95 caddie fee, or the caddie’s gratuity. And unless the player stays overnight at the resort (a two-night stay and play package starts at nearly $2,800), tee times cannot be made more than 24 hours in advance. Pebble Beach is a bucket-list destination – but that’s because few golfers are able to afford the experience more than once, if that.”
  • “…it is public in name only, and nevertheless is rewarded year after year as the model toward which every public course should strive. If there’s no disincentive for Pebble to make itself more accessible, then why should Sawgrass or any other high-end destination?”
  • “And ultimately, it’s Pebble’s failure to embody the best – indeed, the most important – qualities of public golf that cries out for its demotion. Any course that deserves to be called the best of American public golf should offer public golfers the best the game has to offer: an inviting environment, creative architecture, and realistic greens fees. On that, Pebble fails…”
2. NGF: Golf participation is booming as coronavirus lingers
Golfweek’s Jason Lusk…“The National Golf Foundation and Golf Datatech released a report last week that said rounds played in August in the U.S. were up 20.6 percent over 2019. That was roughly 10 million more rounds played in August 2020 than in August 2019. The report said that was the largest year-over-year monthly increase since Golf Datatech began tracking rounds two decades ago.”
  • “All that comes on the heels of year-over-year increases of 19.7 percent in July, 13.9 percent in June and 6.2 percent in May. That was after more than half the courses in the U.S. were shut down in parts of March and April because of the pandemic or seasonality – rounds played in April 2020 were down 42.2 percent versus April 2019.”
3. Renee Powell to lead US side at Junior Solheim 
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols…“Renee Powell set to lead Team USA at Junior Solheim Cup; Annika Sorenstam will captain EuropePowell forged her own trail as well, captaining both the Ohio and Ohio State University golf teams. She fought through racial prejudice, even death threats, as the second Black player to compete on the LPGA.  After retiring from the tour, Powell continued to grow the game as an ambassador, traveling to Africa more than two dozen times.”
4. Johnny’s love/hate
I LOVE that golf equipment is getting better and better as each year passes by. As I get older and the muscles get tighter, it’s nice to know that with a quick tweak or a new setup I can leap back 15-20 years and still play like I used to. Technology as a whole has been so good to this game. It started with the Pro V1, and we stand here today with kids coming up at 200 mph ball speed, what a world.
I HATE how obsessed we are with distance over lower scores. The blame is on all of us, but I’m dying for an OEM marketing campaign centered around Golf IQ, and not all ball speeds and launch. The whole point to any of this is getting the ball in the whole faster and more consistently. How we hit it should be secondary to how we play. Simple as that.
5. Southern courses distancing from Confederate associations
Tom Cunneff for Golf Digest…“The tragic killing of George Floyd caused a lot of people in our country to rethink things, and certainly our situation was no different,” says Mike Gonzalez [Secession Golf Club], the club’s president who, unlike the majority of members, lives in South Carolina. “So, I invited our members to weigh in, and it was clear we needed to do something [to separate themselves], particularly anything that could be deemed to be connected in any way to the Confederate cause, which is certainly nothing we could support. I didn’t want to take any chance that we could be perceived to be something we’re not, because Secession is a very welcoming and inclusive club.”
“Changing the name was also considered, but after speaking with many of the 900 members, including all African-Americans members (the club wouldn’t divulge how many there are), Gonzalez concluded that that step wasn’t necessary because the name is meant to acknowledge the broader history of the area, not the act itself. He cites the fact that the Reconstruction Era that enfranchised African Americans, at least for a while, began in Beaufort in 1861 after the Union Army overtook the Lowcountry following its decisive amphibious assault at the Battle of Port Royal. The white plantation owners fled while more than 10,000 enslaved people, about one-third of the enslaved population at the time, stayed and became free.”
“Also being questioned this year are the handful of clubs named after Confederate generals…”
6. Rory works out? Who knew?
Golf.com’s Luke Kerr-Dineen…“Rory’s issue early in his career is that he was very flexible but didn’t have much strength. And while we often regard lots of flexibility as a good thing, it’s a double-edged sword. You don’t have enough strength to manage that flexibility, your golf swing can veer out of control and create stress in different parts of your body.”
  • “I wanted to get stronger and build up a little bit of robustness in my body,” he said. “Honestly, make myself a little less flexible, a little stiffer, that was one of the reasons. I had so much movement in my hips and in the lower part of my spine that there was not enough stability to protect the joints and the discs and the vertebrae.”
7. Inside the Ryder Cup postponement
CNN’s Sandy Thin… “At that stage we started making all sorts of alternative options, what we’d do with picking the team, how we get in the right amount of play, and just making all different scenarios for selection, qualification, picks, timings, all that.” But as the pandemic spread and the early optimism over fans returning to the grandstands faded, hope quickly diminished and in July, the decision was announced that Whistling Straits — the Wisconsin course hosting the event — would have to wait another year, as the Ryder Cup was postponed until September 2021.”
8. Best Driver 2020 2.0
If you haven’t checked out our update to Best Driver of 2020 and/or need additional clarity for your driving buying decision-or merely want to see what some of the best fitters in golf have to say about the best big stick based on your swing speed, check out the fall edition of the Best Driver.
9. “I could watch golf until the cows come home’: Ballymena farmer becomes an online hit with the hottest seat at the Irish Open
If you haven’t seen the photos from last week’s Irish Open, moo-ve down the page to have a look.
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Indoor vs. outdoor fitting: Which one is better?

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Indoor vs. outdoor club fittings are one of the most highly contested arguments among golfers. All things being equal, both should yield the same results although the experiences are vastly different.

Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that both fitting types offer the ability to confirm results and ensure a proper fit, thanks to the advancement of club and ball tracking systems like Foresight’s GC Quad and TrackMan.

We have compiled a comparison of some of the biggest differences to help you figure out which option is best for you.

A controlled environment

True Spec golf via Twitter

From a customer perspective, being able to hit shots in a controlled environment offers the best opportunity to eliminate variables and quickly get down to finding out which clubs will offer the best results. This is especially helpful in climates where being outdoors in extreme heat or cold will have a huge effect on a golfers performance. Another plus for golfers is every amenity is within reach, from bathrooms to snacks, allowing you to focus on the experience and making good swings.

On the business side of things, having an indoor facility means fitters don’t have to rely on nice weather to be able to do fittings and allows them to operate a consistent schedule to meet the needs of golfers year-round.

In my opinion, the best of both worlds is a facility that offers the ability to hit from inside a controlled environment to an outdoor range, but that requires a lot of property and isn’t a viable option, especially in urban areas.

Hitting off mats vs. grass

This is the component that creates the most discussion when comparing indoor to outdoor fittings.

Depending on the golfer and the type of mat used there can be some variance in data, especially when it comes to shots hit fat (hitting the ground before the ball). In that situation, a mat is much more forgiving than real grass, but a good fitter can still go through the process, analyze data, and help the golfer find the best club combo.

Moral of the story would be the mat CAN play a role, firm mats will cause the ball to launch lower and spin higher due to lower strike location. Softer Mats will do the opposite launch higher with less spin. Therefore with some due diligence a very similar surface can be found.
– Ian Fraser, Founder TXG

Mat quality plays a big role in this argument, but as demonstrated below by the team at TXG a great quality mat offers identical results to real grass
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Ball flight vs. screen

Rory McIlroy at Payne’s Valley opening exhibition

When it comes to seeing ball flight vs. a representation on a screen it comes down to the individual golfer. Be rest assured that when using properly calibrated technology the differences in clubs being represented inside will be exactly the same outside since any launch monitor is simply interpreting the data it collects.

From a golfer’s perspective, it can take some getting used to if you have never gone through an indoor fitting before, and seeing ball flight can be a confidence booster. On the other side of the coin, having conducted fitting both inside and outside I will attest that when working in a situation where a golfer can see ball flight, whether hitting off a mat or not, fittings generally go a little quicker since its easier to confirm results.

What about wedges?

Beyond mats vs. grass, the next big debate topic is wedges.

There are a number of ways to conduct wedge fittings and for highly skilled players to truly figure out what will work best, I believe it is vital to conduct them outside. The difficult part is replicating the course conditions of where the golfer generally plays but through the interview and fitting process, a highly skilled fitter can make adjustments for the player.

For what I would call the vast majority of golfers, hitting shots inside using a launch monitor as well as going through the process with a skilled fitter can still result is a great wedge fitting. The most important part of this process like with any fitting is being completely honest with yourself and your fitter about your strengths and weaknesses.

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Tour Rundown: Swafford slips and recovers | Wolfe | + Catch up on the winners you missed last week

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During the excitement of last week’s US Open, we were unable to give proper coverage to the LPGA and PGA Tour Champions. We plan to rectify that this week, with a look back at the last, full week of golf in September 2020, along with a look waaay back at what else went on during US Open week. It’s strange to imagine fall as majors season, but with the Masters coming up in November, golf suddenly carries some weight with American football. The world’s top players will play some sort of schedule, in the run-up to an 11th-Month Augusta, and we should have quite the look at our favorite players as the leaves turn majestic. Time to Tour Rundown. Wake me up, when September ends.

Swafford captures Corales Puntacana title after slipping

The University of Georgia’s Hudson Swafford came out on tour in 2011. He won on the Korn Ferry tour the following season, then claimed an inaugural PGA Tour title in 2017. Three years on, he has a second, big-tour win to add to his wiki, thanks to a solid, bike-balancing in the Dominican Republic.

Swafford sat second to Adam Long on Saturday evening, but inherited the top spot as Long struggle on the outward nine, eventually settling in fifth place. Swafford was out in 31, thanks to a mighty eagle on the par-five fifth hole. Then, awareness rose from the mists, and he made double bogey at 13, followed by bogey at 15. At that juncture of the fairways, Nate Lashley, Tyler McCormick, and Mackenzie Hughes had worked into contention.

Bogey at 17 did Lashley in, while Hughes suffered a similar fate at the final hole. McCumber surged late, capping a bogey-free 32 back nine with a birdie at the last. This effort garnered him solo second spot. As for Swafford, he struck a magnificent iron on the windy, par-three 17th hole to fifteen feet, then dropped the slow-roller for deuce and a lead that would hold to the end. The tour returns stateside this week, at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi.

Wolfe claims second KF Tour victory of 2020

Back in January, before the world knew that it would turn inside-out, Jared Wolfe took a large step in his ten-year touring career. Buoyed by PGA Tour Latinoamerica victories in three consecutive seasons, the former Racer from Murray State earned a Korn Ferry tour victory in the Bahamas. Eight months later, Wolfe can add a bookend trophy to his home shelf, following a one-shot win over Canada’s Taylor Pendrith.

The pair entered the final round 1-2, and held position throughout most of day four. Pendrith made birdie at the 15th, but Wolfe topped him with an eagle at 14. Pendrith then notched a bogey at 16, but Wolfe outdid him again with bogies at 15 and 16. In other words, they were feeling the nerves. Pars at the final two holes for both meant a one-stroke cushion for Wolfe, and increased buoyancy in the world of professional golf.

It should be mentioned that Taylor Pendrith, in any other year, would be the story of the season. After finishing outside the top 25 in his first five KF Tour events, followed by a pair of missed cuts, the Ontario native has collected four 2nds and a 3rd over his last nine starts. With a win anywhere, Pendrith would top The 25 money list. Currently, he sits in 2nd spot, behind Will Zalatoris. The Korn Ferry tour heads to Savannah, Georgia, for this week’s penultimate 2020 tournament.

Catlin corrals second 2020 win in Northern Ireland

2020 is defining itself, in mild golf terms, as a year of the late bloomer. In addition to Jared Wolfe, we now have John Catlin. Over the years, the former University of New Mexico golfer has plied his trade on the Asian and European tours. As September arrived, so did Catlin, with a career-changing win in southern Spain. After the Irish Open this week at Galgorm Spa, the Sacramento native now has a pair of Euro tour titles, and a fair amount of standing and cache in the world of golf.

England’s Aaron Rai held a four-stroke lead on the first tee, Sunday morning. He worked his way around the course in 70, the second time he had done so all week. Thrice on the day, he traded birdie for bogey. Rai began his round with a lost shot, but retrieved it immediately at the second. His second birdie of the day, at the 10th, was immediately offset by stray play at the 11th. Finally, and most injurious, he made birdie at 17 to keep hope alive. Needing a 2nd consecutive one to tie Catlin, Rai made bogey at the par-five closer to finish at 8-under par, in solo second position.

What drove Rai to desperation? A seven-birdie onslaught by the American. Catlin burst forth with four birdies over his first 10 holes. A bogey at the 13th slowed his roll, but he surged again toward the end. Catlin gained strokes on Old Man Par at three of his final four holes, only failing to go red at the par-four 17th hole. His 64 was 2nd low of the week and day, eclipsed only by Fabrizio Zanotti’s Sunday 63. The European Tour returns this week to the Renaissance Club in Scotland, for that nation’s Open championship.

Hall earns first LPGA title on US soil (last week)

Georgia Hall, she of the masterful 2018 Open championship title, earned a 2nd career win and first in the states last week. Hall and her compatriots journeyed to the kingdom of Oregon, and waged war at the Columbia Edgewater Club. Hall lurked in the shadows after an opening 70, but burst forth into the light with a second-round 66. Joining her in contention was a healthy mix of names and not-yet-names. Among the former were Moriya Jutanugarn and Inbee Park. Checking boxes in the later were Robyn Ree, Yealimi N0h, and Ashleigh Buhai. It was this last name that would prove most intriguing.

While Hall crafted another fine round, a 68 marked by six birdies and two bogeys, Buhai was on the prowl. The South African posted eight birdies on day three, including four of her final five holes. Only an unfortunate bogey at the 13th kept her from a clean card (and an outright win!) As the dust settled and the ink dried, Hall and Buhai headed toward a reckoning in extra holes, thanks to their tie at twelve deep.

Pars at the 18th brought them to the 1st, where both missed the green with approach shots. Neither recovery was stone dead, but Hall was able to coax her five-feet putt into the abyss for par. Buhai was not so fortunate, as her wee par putt stayed on the surface. The LPGA Tour travels to the opposite coast this week, for a go-round in Galloway, New Jersey, at the ShopRite Classic.

Furyk holds off Kelly in PURE playoff (last week)

Any weekend in Monterey is special, and the PURE Insurance championship made certain to hold itself to that standard. Finishing 3rd was Ernie Els; 4th was Mike Weir; and 5th was Retief Goosen. Major champions in their hey day, any member of that trio would have been a worth winner at Pebble Beach. Instead, it was left to Jim Furyk and Jerry Kelly to decide matters in overtime. Let’s reverse gears, though, and find out how we arrived at extra holes.

Furyk opened with 64, good for a one-shot advantage over Els, Cameron Beckman and Stephen Leaney. Kelly was seven shots back, at 71. On day two, Weir shone with 65, while Furyk regressed with 73, and jumped up with 68. Els was your overnight leader, but the Big Easy was too easy on the field, and did not capitalize on his standing. It’s safe to say that Els lacks the killer instinct of a Bernhard Langer; too many times in his career, he has let tournaments large and small, escape from his clutches.

Day three saw Kelly complete his monster comeback. His 65 was tied for low with Rod Pampling, and while Rod rocketed from 63rd to 31st, Kelly’s rise was even more valuable. He jumped from 9th to 1st, with a bogey at the scenic 8th the only speed bump between him and outright victory. As for Furyk, that 73 left a rotten taste in his mouth, so he returned a slightly-bizarre 67 of his own. The bald eagle was out in 31 strokes, thanks to three birds and a bald eagle in the first six holes. Furyk then Faldo-ed his way home, with 12 consecutive pars. Somehow, his bland play was good enough to reach the playoff.

The old guys lasted just one hole. Both Furyk and Kelly had wedge approach shots left to the fabled 18th green at Pebble Beach. Kelly got his ball left of the hole, and it spun away, to a dozen feet. From there, he two-putted for par. Furyk was able to keep his approach right of the flag, and the spin brought it back to about 30 inches. He knocked down the birdie putt, and moved to two events, two wins, on the tour for seniors. He might want to retire undefeated, but we doubt it. The PGA Tour Champions returns to action next week, in Cary, North Carolina.

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