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Geoff Ogilvy Wire to Wire at Mercedes

Geoff Ogilvy began the day 6 shots ahead and promptly went into reverse. With a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third his lead was halved by Anthony Kim. “Not angry, just frustrated,” Ogilvy said. “Is there a difference between angry and frustrated?” Is how he described his feelings at the time. Yes, there is a difference; frustrated is what you feel after that beginning, birdie two holes, then bogey holes seven and eight before getting it back together with an eagle on the 9th.

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Geoff Ogilvy began the day 6 shots ahead and promptly went into reverse.  With a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third his lead was halved by Anthony Kim.  “Not angry, just frustrated,” Ogilvy said. “Is there a difference between angry and frustrated?”  Is how he described his feelings at the time.  Yes, there is a difference; frustrated is what you feel after that beginning, birdie two holes, then bogey holes seven and eight before getting it back together with an eagle on the 9th.  Follow that eagle with birdies on five of the next six holes to restore a 6 shot lead and frustration is a fleeting sensation.  Play the back 9 like you played the front and anger is what takes over. 

“It’s not a very nice feeling to feel you’re frittering away your lead with weak shots and bad shots,” he said. “There was something I was not doing on the first eight holes as I had been all week for some reason. I wouldn’t say it was panic. It’s just not a nice feeling. No panic or ‘What am I doing?’ just ‘Can I go somewhere else for a while?’ Because it’s just uncomfortable.”  Sounds like a Southwest Airline commercial eh?  The iron shots Mr. Ogilvy hit on the back 9 were precise and accurate.  The results led to a restoration of his 6 shot lead and his fifth Tour victory, a very very large check, a new Mercedes, and the really large trophy. 

 

 I have to wonder if he was trying to out belt buckle Mr. Kim?  Which led me to wonder why it is skinny guys all wear huge buckles while those of us who lost our girlish figures long ago wind up with less garish belt fasteners?  Probably because the big buckle would knock the wind out of us when we bent over to see if our shoes were still tied. 

Mr. Kim and Davis Love III finished second, representing the young bucks and the old guys successfully to begin the year.  “Something made him mad, I guess, somewhere coming up on the ninth fairway,” Love said. “And then I guess he made eagle and went nuts.”  describing Mr. Ogilvy’s back nine.  The second place finish moved him up the world ranking to number 55, closer to the top 50 and an exemption into the Masters.  What I see as especially encouraging is his continued consistent good play carried over from the "Fall Series" last year into the beginning of this year. 

Mr. Kim opened Sunday with a 32 on the front, and got as close a single shot.  “I knew he was just teasing me for a little while there, and he was going to make some birdies,” Kim said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t.”  Which sums up the back 9 quite well. 

So the 2009 season is under way on the PGA Tour.  It’s always difficult for me to watch golf in January, not only because of the NFL playoffs, but because I can’t get out and play.  With a fresh 13 inches of snow on the ground and 2-4 more on the way, followed by sub zero temperatures, I get frustrated by my inability to get out and play.  But then, I do live in Wisconsin and this happens every year.  Still, a few hours on the range followed by 18 holes would be a nice distraction. 

This tournament, despite being limited to the winners of the previous years tour events,  did not have the top 4 players in the world ranking.  With the sponsor’s contract up in 2010 I wonder how readily the Mercedes Benz folks will part with $20 million or more for another four years.  Hawaii is a long trip for the European players, so some say.  When the tournament was in southern Californian weather was an issue.  Rumors are flying that Mercedes wants to host at a different location, yet where else is weather not going to be a major factor?  Commissioner Tim Finchem thinks that just because Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don’t play doesn’t justify changing venues.  He’s right, but convincing the title sponsor, in this economy, will cost the negotiator more than one nights sleep.  I noticed a lack of spectators on Sunday.  I’m not familiar enough with that course to know if it’s not conducive to watching play from hole to hole, although I did see the players getting into SUV’s to go from tee to green, which would indicate that one could not easily follow a specific group all 18 holes.  That may be an issue as well.  If economic recovery is not forthcoming, the day of million dollar winners checks may be a thing of the past. 

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New troops: PXG announces additions to tour staff for 2021

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Earlier this week, it was the Brooklyn Nets making big news in the NBA with player acquisitions. Now in the golf world, it’s PXG, who is also adding to its roster with a number of new players on both the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour.

The newest members of the PXG roster, which they like to call “troops” are

  • Jim Herman
  • Sung Kang
  • Danny Lee
  • Luke List
  • Henrik Norlander
  • Adam Schenk
  • Kyle Stanley
  • Hudson Swafford

Speaking to the switch, Sung Kang said

“PXG makes some of the best performing equipment in golf. I know, with the support of Bob Parsons, his team, and PXG clubs, that I am going to be able to take my game to the next level!”

The professionals from the Korn Ferry Tour joining current PXG staffers Scott Langley and Grant Hirschman include

  • Kevin Dougherty
  • Nicolas Echavarria
  • KK Limbhaust
  • Justin Lower
  • Seth Reeves
  • Charlie Saxon

“Between grit and their love of the game, every one of these new players brings something special to the course. We are proud to welcome them all to the PXG Troops and honored that they have chosen to put PXG in play.” -PXG founder and CEO Bob Parsons.

These players join a long list of PXG staff players, which also includes LPGA Tour players Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, Austin Ernst, Christia Kim, Brittany Lang, Haley Moore, Celine Boutie, Ryann O’Toole, Gerina Piller, Jennifer Song, Linnea Ström, and Mina Harigae.

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The DailyWRX: 1/15/2021

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GolfWRX Classifieds (01/15/21) – Miura blades, classic Cleveland bomber, TaylorMade P770 irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member tigercolt77 – Cleveland TL310 driver head

The TL310 is a classic glued hosel, low spin, solid acoustic bomber of a driver, and this head is practically being given away.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cleveland driver head

Member budcangolf – Miura MB 101 blades

Honestly! Look at these things – how badly do you want these in your golf bag?
Considering their condition this set is a steal.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Miura Blades

Member br61 – 2020 TaylorMade P770 irons

The hottest irons in golf are still selling like hotcakes and if you are looking for a little bit of savings versus buying brand new – this set is your ticket.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: P770 irons

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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