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Morning 9: Poulter, Hubbard day 1 leaders | Hull wins Rose Series | TW x Pebble Beach short course marches on

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By Ben Alberstadt
June 19, 2020
Good Friday morning, golf fans.
1. Poulter, Hubbard ahead at Hilton Head
From showcasing the horror of the COVID-19 nasal swab to the top of the leaderboard! AP report…”Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard set the pace for good scoring through a brief spell of rain at Hilton Head.”
  • “Jordan Spieth was pleasantly surprised to join the chase Thursday in the RBC Heritage.”
  • “Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and finished with a 5-iron to 4 feet for another birdie that capped a 7-under 64, a round without a bogey but not without flaws. Hubbard kept his 64 together with two par putts at the end.”
  • “They had a one-shot lead Viktor Hovland, Sebastian Munoz and Michael Thompson among the early starters.”
2. Spieth’s wild 66
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“Maybe Spieth has become immune to it, but even after starting his week 3 over through three holes, there was no panic.”
  • …”Whatever gear was missing last Sunday arrived in force on the back nine just four days later. Spieth birdied the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes to set a career record for consecutive birdies on Tour.”
  • “And this wasn’t the standard “Jordan” round that was built on a nonstop parade of lengthy putts. During that six-hole span he rolled in a total of 38 feet of putts. Put another way, it was one of Spieth’s best ball-striking rounds in some time and he was first in the field in approach shots. More importantly, it’s another step in what has become a long journey back to competitive relevance.”
  • “Spieth closed another eventful day with a 5-under 66 and an early share of sixth place…”
3. Hull wins first Rose Ladies Series event
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…“Hull holed a 15-foot birdie to defeat Liz Young on the first playoff hole at Brockenhurst Manor in England. It was the first of the new eight-event series founded by 10-time PGA Tour winner Justin Rose and his wife, Kate.”
  • “I haven’t held a scorecard in my hand since January,” Hull, a four-time European Solheim Cup player, told The Telegraph. “It feels so good to be back.”
4. Kraken constrained
Steve DiMeglio for Golfweek…”After bashing Colonial Country Club into submission last week in the Charles Schwab Challenge with tons of tape-measure tee balls, Bryson DeChambeau got knocked for a loop in Thursday’s first round of the RBC Heritage.”
  • “Courtesy of Harbour Town Golf Links…The tight, tree-lined seaside course with daunting overhang limbs and menacing doglegs had the muscle-bound DeChambeau feeling like he was in a straightjacket. So much so that he couldn’t fully make use of his favorite weapon – his driver, which he has taken to comparing to a mythical sea monster.”
  • “Around the golf course, I couldn’t unleash the Kraken today,” said DeChambeau, who has startled his colleagues by gaining 40 pounds and 15-20 mph ball speed by devouring five protein shakes a day and pounding the weights on a regular basis. “There’s no way I could unleash it. It was just too tight out there. The wind was swirling all day, and I couldn’t feel comfortable to give it a good whack, but I was still able to manage keeping it mostly in the fairway.”
5. TW x Pebble Beach short course 
Our Gianni Magliocco…”On Thursday, Pebble Beach Company and Tiger Woods unveiled plans for a reimagined short course facility at Pebble Beach Golf Links which will include a nine-hole par-3 short course, and a putting course.”
“In a press release on Woods’ website, Pebble Beach Company and Tiger Woods, through his TGR Design firm, revealed that in addition, the new facility would also feature a 5,000-square-foot food and beverage venue.”
“Per the release, the plans outlined are:”
  • A short course comprised of nine par-3 holes ranging in length from 47 to 106 yards and measuring 670 yards in total;
  • A 20,000-square-foot putting course that can be set up in a variety of different hole and routing combinations; and
  • A 5,000-square-foot food and beverage venue featuring a full kitchen and bar, indoor seating, and the resort’s largest outdoor patio positioned for expansive views of the short course, putting course, Carmel Bay, and Point Lobos
6. “Classic U.S. Open Courses Awarded USGA Amateurs”
That’s the press release headline… Geoff Shackelford’s perspective: “The good-things-come-to-those-who-restore movement continues as longtime USGA favorites Oak Hill and Southern Hills were awarded future championships.”
  • “Oak Hill’s two courses where Andrew Green has undertaken an East Course restoration set for a big national stage return in the 2023 PGA, with the U.S. Amateur now coming in 2027.”
  • “In 2024 Southern Hills, fresh off a Hanse Design restoration, will host the U.S. Women’s Amateur. It hosts the Senior PGA next year and the 2030 PGA.”
7. No mic for BK: boom is enough
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…”On Thursday at the RBC Heritage, world No. 4 Brooks Koepka was asked about the topic and landed squarely on Thomas’ side of the conversation.”
  • “I don’t understand why they want us to wear a mic when there’s a boom mic that stands 10 feet away from every shot that I hit,” said Koepka, following a first-round 67. “If the announcers would just shut up and listen, you could hear every word that we’re talking about. I don’t understand what the thing is.”
8. Hadlinks Golf Club!
Golfweek’s Todd Kelly…”Minor league baseball teams for years showed great ingenuity in an effort to draw fans to the ballpark.”
  • “The Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, is using golf to lure people through the gates at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.”
  • “…The Sea Dogs’ stadium will have nine holes, with golfers teeing off from nine different platforms at the skybox level.”
  • “The longest hole will measure 160 yards and golfers can only use 7, 8 and 9-irons and wedges. So no, you will not be allowed to attempt a “home run” with your driver. But you will be allowed two shots per hole.”
9. A taste of his own medicine 
Mercer Baggs at Golf Channel…“There was a time when Davis Love III was the longest hitter on the PGA Tour…In 1986, Love, then 22 years old, was in his second year as a pro. He led the Tour in driving distance, at 285.7 yards.”
  • “On Thursday, now 56 years old, Love played alongside Bryson DeChambeau and got an up-close look at what all the recent Bryson rage has been about.”
  • “Well, now I know how I made some guys feel, I guess,” Love said after a 1-over 72. “He got me really good at 16. That’s when I realized, holy moly, because I hit a good drive at 16 and he just flew it over into the corner.”
  • “For the record, DeChambeau hit it 335 yards at the par-4 16th. Love hit it 282 yards.”
  • “I’m still at my number I was back in ’86,” Love said. “You know, I hit it 285. That’s no good anymore. I progressed, and then I regressed.”

 

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TGD: Faldo, New TM Irons Drop, Bryson and Rickie scoop with Cobra Tour Manager Ben Schomin and the decline of my golf game

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On this episode of TGD brought to you by Titleist, Johnny goes in on the new TaylorMade MB, Faldo’s comment on Bryson’s wedges, the demise of his golf game and some nuggets on Rickie and Bryson with Cobra Golf Tour operations manager Ben Schomin.

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Morning 9: Why a fanless Ryder Cup never made sense | Rapid LPGA restart | How Tiger practices putting at home

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1. Officially no Ryder Cup in 2020…Prez Cup moved to ’22
What was widely reported is now official. Our Gianni Magliocco…”On Wednesday, it was officially announced that the 2020 Ryder Cup had been postponed and rescheduled for September 21-26, 2021.”
  • “Subsequently, the next Presidents Cup which was initially scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2021 will now be played in September 2022.”
  • “Per the announcement on the Ryder Cup website, the decision to postpone “was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
  • “Speaking on the postponement, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh stated…
  • “Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the TOUR for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”
2. A fanless Cup never made sense…
ESPN’s Bob Harig…”Some 50,000 spectators a day packed Hazeltine four years ago. They came ready and roaring, fueled by flowing alcohol and the freedom that comes with a Ryder Cup, where cheering and booing is expected and taunting of the opponent comes with the territory.”
  • “It was much the same two years ago at Le Golf National outside of Paris — although the event was lacking the boorishness observed two years before that — when the Europeans romped to victory in front of a serenading home crowd.”
  • “That, in essence, is the Ryder Cup….And to not have that in any form would be nearly as depressing from a sporting standpoint as what all have endured during these unprecedented times.”
3. Forecaddie on LPGA restart
Golfweek’s Forecaddie…”After nearly five months off, LPGA players can finally begin to explore what their comeback on tour might look like, and there’s not much time to ease into things either. The decision to travel overseas for two weeks in Scotland looms large ­- not to mention the possibility of fans in Toledo. To the Forecaddie, in many ways it feels like a straight plunge into the deep end.”
  • “One day after two events in Scotland were confirmed for next month, the LPGA hosted two tour-wide conference calls on Wednesday and sent out a couple of surveys.”
  • “The Forecaddie certainly didn’t expect the LPGA to offer its players anything remotely close to the $100,000 that PGA Tour players received after testing positive for COVID-19. It looks like LPGA players will receive a $5,000 stipend if they test positive during a tournament and $2,500 if it happens while at home. Same for caddies.”
4. Playing while testing positive
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard…“In what the PGA Tour is calling a clarification regarding its health and safety plan, players or caddies who continue to test positive for COVID-19 can now return to competition under certain guidelines.”
  • “Last week, the Tour announced a move to a “test-based model” for asymptomatic cases, which means that anyone who tests positive would be allowed to return competition if they returned two negative tests that were administered at least 24 hours apart.”
  • “Wednesday’s clarification addressed a player or caddie who continues to test positive after 10 days since the first symptoms appeared and hasn’t had a fever for 72 hours. That player would be allowed to return to competition with certain restrictions.”
5. LPGA return environment
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell…“There are all kinds of challenges for the women going overseas, even with Scotland set to ratify the United Kingdom’s foreign athlete quarantine exemption, which will allow Americans and players from other foreign countries to avoid the 14-day quarantine required upon arriving.”
  • “That exemption doesn’t include parents or agents.”
  • “That’s a challenge for young players accustomed to traveling with their parents, a fairly common practice in the LPGA ranks.”
  • “The Women’s British Open is creating a “bio secure zone” at Royal Troon, allowing only players, caddies and other essential personnel inside the zone, which restricts movement to the course and designated hotel.”
6. Workday features COVID-19 grouping
Todd Kelly for Golfweek…“Nick Watney, Denny McCarthy and Dylan Frittelli, who all tested positive for COVID during the PGA Tour’s restart and who the Tour says continue to test positive, are in the field at this week’s Workday Charity Open and, after a late change to the tee times, will play in the same group for the first two rounds.”
  • …”The Tour said it is following the CDC’s symptom-based model for those three golfers, as they have continued to return positive tests but they all meet the CDC guidelines for Return to Work.”
7. Asia Pacific Ams canceled 
Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…“The Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, set for Oct. 7-10 in Thailand, and Asian-Pacific Amateur, scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Australia, will not be played this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • “While the women’s championship, which was already rescheduled from last February, will return next year for its third edition, to be played Feb. 4-7 at Siam Country Club, the men’s championship does not have a future date at this time. It was supposed to be contested at Royal Melbourne this fall.”
8. Rocket Mortgage ratings
Geoff Shackelford…”Another very solid weekend for PGA Tour ratings with not much sports competition due to the pandemic and a late start for NASCAR’s rance, a July 4 weekend that should have substantially cut into numbers, did not.”
  • “Bryson DeChameau’s win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was up 56% from 2019 and if you ignore the silly demographics, earned plenty of eyeballs.”
9. Tiger’s at-home practice putting routine
In case you ever wondered how one of the greatest flatstick wielders practices his putting…
Explaining to GolfTV’s Henni Koyack, Woods revealed how he consistently focuses on his putting from 6 feet and in before going straight into a heavy workload of lag putting.
  • “I end up doing a few sets of chalk lines from probably about 6 feet and in. I work on my start line (and) I try and get that dialed in. And then I really don’t spend a whole lot of time in the 8-15 foot range.
  • “Once I get a lot of my dialed-in time on my putting, then I’ll lag putt a lot and start trying to get my feel in my fingers and how I like to release the putter and feel it in my stroke. I like to do designated tee drill, line drill and then lag putt to death.”
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