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The real intervention Tiger Woods needs right now

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If you haven’t seen Golf Digest’s retrospective on Tiger Woods’ regrettable history with denim, you need to do that. But be prepared for a dose of Dad Jeans that would put President Obama to shame.

The Golf Digest piece, and the horrors you’ll see below, have prompted me to take drastic measures.

Long before he was engaging in the bad behavior that led to his divorce and stint in therapy for one type of addiction, he displayed dangerous signs of another serious problem: an addiction to terrible off-course clothing.

The situation has been very bad for years. However, it seems to be getting worse. And this isn’t some sort of youthful experimentation that can be easily written off, like, say this:

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Or this:

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Rather, it’s a deep-seated cluelessness that has Woods retreating further into the decade in which he came of age (the early 90s) as his hairline recedes.

No matter how dark things appear through the looking glass for Mr. Woods’ game on the golf course in the near future, they are darker still off the course when he is faced with the onerous task of dressing himself.

Consider, Woods has donned what look to be relaxed fit Lee jeans circa 1998 on two recent occasions: his appearance at a Raiders game and in this publicity photo for one of his courses. It’s the clashing golf polo and white belt that plunge this outfit into the inner circles of fashion hell.

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And he wore his early 90s nightclub bouncer’s costume on Jimmy Fallon’s show recently.

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However, the truly awful spectacle of Tiger’s clothes-that-should-never-leave-the-dark-recesses-of-one’s-closet terror is an annual feat that—although noble in purpose—has given rise to some of Woods most regrettable sartorial selections.

Amping up the atrocity, let me introduce the unadulterated horror that is Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam fashion.

Tiger Jam, which originated in 1998 “has garnered a reputation as being one of the premier fundraising events in Las Vegas,” according to Tiger Woods’ website. “To date, the exciting concert event, hosted by Tiger Woods, has raised approximately $15 million for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.”

The work of the foundation is commendable, and the fundraising is important work. This is what really matters at Tiger Jam. Still, a second-stage attraction at the event every year is the host’s attire.

Here a few examples of the menswear equivalents of shooting 74, 79 to miss the cut.

Here’s Tiger in 2001 with Stewart Scott combining a boot-camp buzz with a black tee shirt and leather jacket. This was arguably Tiger’s best look in the inglorious history of his Tiger Jam attire.

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And this, from a few years later is just…well the suit is stolen from an American business magnate visiting Panama in the early 20th century. Clearly he forgot to put a proper dress shirt on over his undershirt. And the glasses…no words.

2004

Then there’s the outfit below. TIGER: THOSE CLOTHES DON’T GO TOGETHER, AND A WHITE BELT DOES NOT MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER.

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And then, 1969 called. (It may have called for all three, actually).

2011

And some 3-D art Tiger decided to make into a shirt…It’s actually like two terrible shirts sewn together paired with dad’s jeans and the sneakers he wears to cut the lawn.

2012

And then…

The faintest ray of hope! While Tiger’s obsession with the tee-shirt-under-sport-jacket look continued at Tiger Jam last year, he’s actually managed to (against all odds) find himself a decent jacket that actually fits. The pants aren’t really the right style to go with the jacket, but we’ll take it. And if Lindsey Vonn had something to do Woods comportment, the golfing world gives its thanks.

2014

As I said, though, Woods has gone to a dark (tight-fitting tee-shirt-and-dress-pant combo) place lately, and the atrocious jean offensive has continued.

Behold, the final bit of evidence: Tiger Woods at the Oakland Raiders game with hall-of-famer Tim Brown last week. Brown is also a HOF dresser, showing Woods what the all-black and a blazer is all about. And really, the pocket square is just yards after the catch for the legendary wideout.

Tiger Woods is not.

The former world No. 1 elected to pair what appear to be Nike-style Airwalks from 1996 with K-Mart jeans from the same era and a polo he bought from the “gifts for dad” section of the O.co Coliseum team shop.

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Tiger, this is an intervention. All your fans are here, and there’s something we need to say…

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    Jun 9, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Do you have any video of that? I’d want to find out more
    details.

  3. jerry w

    Oct 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    give me a break. How and what Tiger wears while he is off the course (and maybe even there as long as it is acceptable as having enough fabric as to cover him well enough as to not be offensive to women and small children) should be his choice . Last time I checked he was still a citizen of the USA and as such entitled to freedom and the pursuit of happiness. come on people I play golf in shorts and my legs are not things of beauty but that is my choice.

  4. John L.

    Oct 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS. It’s a bout time someone raised attention to this issue. First off, to all the people bashing the author, you are what is wrong with the game of golf right now. You’re boring mentality is exactly what golf doesn’t need. We need more people with an open mind, who are fun and hip. You’re dull sense of humor and seriousness is what slows pace of play. I definitely would not want to be in a foursome with any of you, I might quit playing the game because I was bored. So stop being haters because chances are you probably dress just as bad.

    So again, thank you for writing a FUN article that is so true. It’s nice when people keep it real. Tiger needs a stylist, badly. Who knows, it might help rebuild his reputation.

    Isn’t it ironic that he is homies with MJ who is also a HORRIBLE dresser. It’s so bad there is a tumblr dedicated to it.

    http://wtfismikewearing.tumblr.com/

  5. JoAnn

    Oct 20, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I’m glad to see so many comments dissing the clown who wrote this. What’s your handicap, Sweetie?

  6. Dale Doback

    Oct 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    While Tiger may be a golfer this article has nothing to do with golf and is in poor taste. This is by far the worst article I have read to date on this website. GOLFWRX PLEASE FIRE THIS AUTHOR AND GIVE HIM A RECOMMENDATION TO GO WORK AT TMZ.

    • Pat M

      Oct 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      His fashion sense is not that great but I have seen worse. I think as a force in golf that his era is over. He cannot match Rory and I doubt Tiger can ever win at The Masters again, especially if Bubba is palying well. Tiger had a great run but he is older now. The putting and the rest of the game is really shaky.

  7. Tom Duckworth

    Oct 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I thought this site was about golf. Why do we read some a**hole behind his keyboard taking shots at how someone dresses. Is this a fashion site now? OH MY GOD! DID YOU SEE THOSE JEANS HE WORE WITH THAT SHIRT? I THINK I MIGHT JUST DIE!!!!!!!

  8. steve

    Oct 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

    The guy that wrote this needs to be watched. Stalker alert, stage 3 clinger. Who pays that much attention to what any guy wears? This guy spends alot of time looking at Tigers pants, weird? What is he really looking at? Tiger get an order of protection fast.

  9. Cp3

    Oct 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Brandel Chamblee is that you?

    Bad attempt at comedy. Comes off as “kicking a guy while he’s down”. Honestly who cares how the guy dresses.

  10. Hank Haney

    Oct 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I saw those same pants on an old lady at golden coral that tiger’s wearing in the last picture.
    He really needs to quit letting Phil pick out his clothes

  11. Justin

    Oct 17, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  12. hrey

    Oct 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    This is how really rich people dress. They don’t give a horse’s ass what they look like…they care more about their portfolio. Case in point-Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, etc.

    Tiger dresses under the mottto “It’s not how I dress that counts but who undresses me that does.” Raise your hand and post pics if your significant other looks like Lindsey Vonn or any other of the myriad of women that he’s slept with. I’ll grab a beer and wait.

  13. Ben

    Oct 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    This has to be one of the worst articles I’ve ever wasted my time reading… Seriously?

  14. Wally K

    Oct 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    to each their own, I dont think he is dress badly at all off the course. The clothing fits the occasion in my book.

  15. labatomy

    Oct 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    garbage articles like this are ruining what little integrity golfwrx is holding onto

    • Pat M

      Oct 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Kind of funny mentioning “integrity” in an article about a guy who was a serial adulterer.

  16. Evan

    Oct 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Despite being a sport where fashion can/ should be showcased, golfers tend to be woefully unfashionable (not all, just most). Considering you can dress like Adam Scott or Luke Donald with just a bit of effort and/ or intervention, not sure why Tiger is such a marketing force. I guess America likes tacky/ cheap and no personality. Tiger’s game has risen to his endorsement hype, the rest of his life is not even close. Isn’t that what sports marketing and endorsements are all about? Kids or adults admiring an individual and wanting to be like them or buy their clothing and equipment?

    Whoever has been in control of Tiger’s brand needs a huge pat on the back, they might be better at marketing and PR than Tiger is at golf.

  17. Robeli

    Oct 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

    This article is racist as Ben is expecting Tiger to dress and look like a black man.
    Doesn’t Tiger have a right to dress and look like he wants! Seriously. Even is this article is suppose to be ‘tongue in the cheek’, it sends the wrong message.

    • Colin Gillbanks

      Oct 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Racist article?

      Really?

      I mean, seriously?

    • John

      Oct 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

      You have no idea what racism is if you consider this article racist. Go back into your hole please. By the way, Tiger is only half black

    • John L.

      Oct 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      This is the dumbest comment imaginable. How does a black man dress? Please enlighten us… I’m actually offended now.

  18. Desmond

    Oct 17, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Tiger grew up a golf prodigy … the real world is new to him. Street smarts, common sense and style takes a teacher.

  19. Upchucking

    Oct 17, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Oh man, this article brought tears and roaring laughter! So on point in every criticizing way. Dude has some serious sartorial isha’s, as Jesse Jackson would pronounce it. The 90’s bouncer gear!! Nice!
    And what in the Lawd’s name is he thinking with the stone washed David Lee Roth denims?!! I mean……is he caught in an eternal American Bandstand episode? 70’s music and dance series for our younger Canadian brothers and sisters up north. I thought the article was a great escape from the alleged state of the art equipment snooze material of coming driver downforce creating whale tails, fins, racing stripes, bogus shafts, counter balance this and that, 2 3/4 gains in distance with someone else’s design theme from years ago articles!! Bravo for pointing out the foibles of the rich and thick headed ungrateful clown that is on his way out the back door! Can you imagine what he’d pull from his closet for a stint on Dancing With The Stars………errrrrr fallin’ Stars, that is?

  20. D Louis

    Oct 17, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Hey Ben…you should post a full picture of yourself so we can insult and make fun of you

  21. KK

    Oct 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Tiger’s actually a 38 yo white dude from the burbs who just happens to look like a black man. This article confirms it.

  22. AZ Golfman

    Oct 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    That was a hilarious article. I have always wondered why he so fashion challenged. I guess once a nerd, always a nerd.

  23. BOSS

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    not everyone can look as good as Kaymer.

  24. Tmk

    Oct 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, chill out critics. This article is downright hilarious.. Quit looking for hidden meanings or agendas. Smile. Laugh.

  25. 8thehardway

    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    If Nike isn’t sending him coordinated outfits it’s time for rumor and speculation.

  26. Dutch

    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Funny stuff Ben. The last thing the internet needs is another story about Tiger’s swing, his coaches or his personal life. Kudos for injecting a little humor and taking a different approach on a tired subject.

    Ignore the complainers this probably just hit a little too close to home.

  27. Fred

    Oct 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    He should hit up his buddy MJ for some fashion tips?

    http://wtfismikewearing.tumblr.com/

    • Waqar

      Oct 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Some people just don’t have it, he is a bit dorky like the Pres.

    • John L.

      Oct 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      The greatest blog ever. MJ is trying to bring JNCOs back.

  28. James

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Tour issue jeans…where can I buy them?!?!?!

  29. scotty pimpin

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I thought it was a great story. I thought it was hilarious nice one golfwrx!!

  30. Garbage man

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I am far from a Tiger fan, I actually typically root against him when I watch golf. But this article is obnoxious. Why is it wrong that Tiger dresses like a regular guy? Would it be better if he wore ridiculous “urban threads” like Kanye West or one of those clown rappers? Sure he could maybe work on some better color matching or some better size choices but it’s not that bad. He dresses for himself, like he should, like men used to. I understand the full onslaught of emasculation that has occurred in the last 15 years is really pushing men to try to be as feminine as possible, and compete with women for title of most fashionable. But don’t hate just because some men still choose to have balls and dress how they want. Next article!

    • Jimbo

      Oct 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

      If you think he dresses ok then I’ve got news for you son. He doesn’t need to dress “urban”. Can’t he employ someone to give him some pointers. Some of that attire is horrific. But he’s American so….

  31. Josh

    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Those of you saying this is an irrelevant article are probably the same ones who think that with a few more golf lessons, you’ll be ready to hit q-school. There is so much more that goes into becoming a professional and a brand that can compete week in and week out.

    Tiger is a brand — he is not just a golfer or a normal person–he is the predominant force in the golf industry’s sales pitch until someone unseats him…not just in equipment but also in apparel.

    Because he gets PAID TO REPRESENT FASHION, it’s fair to realize this as a major misstep in the presentation of his brand to the public. And, the fact that he apparently refuses to hire a competent stylist for pennies compared to what he potentially could net in image recognition, is a sign that he’s not as “on top of his game” as some in the public want to credit him being.

    Take this coupled with his infidelities….his play with injuries that cause more time away from the game, the fumbling of his coaching/caddy relationships…he truly is lucky that he delivers in the clutch because all signs point to someone who thinks they are without fault and unwilling to see any blind spots. Or as some would call a d-bag.

    Just my 2 pennies.

  32. dapadre

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    So this is what becomes of Tiger news when we run out of real golf news to write about.

    • Greg Hunter

      Oct 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I agree, stupid article I wasted my time on. since it was from golfwrx I thought it would decent…honestly, this was crap!

    • pvsd4090

      Oct 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

      I agree. Who is writing this stuff? What does it have to do with golf? This author; Ben, has came up with some dumb stuff but this article takes the cake. This is the kind of material reserved for tabloids at the checkout stand.

  33. Ben

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I read everyday, but I must say that this article is a total hijack of a Barstool Sports acticle that “Pres” wrote last week.

    Come on!

  34. MikeB

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    mind your own business! Who died and made you the fashion police! Get a life, will you?

  35. drew r

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    GolfWRX I hate to tell you, but your target audience is generally out of touch with fashion. These are golfers we’re talking about. If someone dresses too well at course and isn’t below a 4 cap, other players snicker, “who does that guy think he is?”

    • Knobbywood

      Oct 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Wow really? So you and your friends PURPOSELY dress like clowns and make fun of somebody who actually dresses well because they can’t shoot 76? Thank my lucky stars I don’t have to tee it up with your crowd

  36. Largechris

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Perfectly good article quit complaining…

    Reality check Tigers fashion sense is beyond awful. We judge on appearances, yes, it is the easiest and quickest thing to make a judgement on. Why not, we all do it every day, consciously or not.

    Surprised that the ‘dressed by grandma’ apology press conference didn’t get a mention as well.

    I and millions of other fans will never get to know the real tiger, so we form our opinion from other cues. And the data unfortunately supports the conclusion douche.

  37. snowman0

    Oct 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I agree some of the outfits don’t look great, but this article is really irrelevant and a waste of server space/bandwidth.

  38. Philip

    Oct 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Tiger dresses for himself – as confident individuals often do. Why would he dress for anyone else? Only insecure sheep give a care for the general public, especially in regards to their attire.

    So Ben, when are we going to see you on the catwalk?

    • Evan

      Oct 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      And only insecure sheep care what score they shoot on the golf course or what golf course they play at or what golf clubs are in their bag… oh wait, why are you on GolfWRX? The same thing can be said in any walk of life… it’s ok to have an opinion as long as it’s kept in perspective. Fashion/ Design/ Art/ Music mean very little to some people and a whole lot to others. No, fashion is not necessary, but neither is golf.

      • Philip

        Oct 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        Obviously I did not explain myself properly. I did not say fashion is not important. That is what is wonderful about life, we all have different interests and various things that are important to each of all. If we were all the same – boring! Besides, if we were all honest, there is little we do that is necessary.

        However, there is a difference between an opinion and picking on someone because you can. Is this article truly in perspective? What is it’s point other than to poke fun at someone.

        One is not an insecure sheep because they want to improve and search out venues to do so, i.e. “GolfWRX”. One is an insecure sheep if one cares more about what others think of them and their actions, thoughts, dress, etc., than there own views of themselves. Few of us can claim to be totally secure in all parts of our lives, but as long as we do not allow the opinion of others to hold more importance, then no harm.

        • Evan

          Oct 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

          I agree with most of what you say… but going back to your original post, it would be hard call Tiger a confident individual. On the golf course maybe but his personal life has been far from balanced and secure. From someone who is such a public figure and makes ALOT of money off of his image (not just his golf game) I would say that a light hearted opinion piece about his fashion sense at public events is in perspective. Tiger has also been voted best dressed on tour multiple times by fellow players, not sure if this says something about the other players or about the person at Nike who puts out his clothes.

          • Philip

            Oct 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

            True enough. Didn’t know he was voted best dressed on tour – like anything, whether it should be taken as a compliment would depend on the tour standard for outfits. In my opinion, the credit would go more to the individual at Nike outfitting him.

  39. stripe

    Oct 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    So “Dad Jeans” are ones that bunch at the bottom? I really did not know this LMAO. Seriously, this is good to know!

  40. :-p

    Oct 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Dudes……. what you guys don’t understand is that he doesn’t have the body of a fashion model! He can’t wear skinny jeans, because his body shape is not meant for the catwalk! Sheesh, what, you all been watching too much Project Runway

  41. Kelly

    Oct 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    In the second last photo it took me almost a full minute to realize that Tiger was even in the photo.

  42. Dane

    Oct 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    lol this is great! Of all the body guards and entourage hes invested in, Joan Rivers would of been the wisest!

  43. Evan

    Oct 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    ^ These dudes ^ probably dress just like Tiger, and thus, have no understanding as to why his attire is appalling. Anyway, I enjoyed the story. I also understand that not every story from Golf WRX needs to be a serious issue, or equipment related, or whatever. This story was written to be entertaining, not to inform the reader of a serious matter.

    • bradford

      Oct 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      he meant “v those dudes v”

      • dot dot

        Oct 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

        Do you have proof he meant that. Back up your claim please.

  44. Rwj

    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Wow. Tiger Woods and his clothing choices vs a guy who writes about another man’s clothing choice…Tiger wins

    • bradford

      Oct 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      …vs some guy who comments on the article? (I realize guy 4 in this string is me, but #3 is going down with me)

      • Evan

        Oct 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

        lol, bravo! I’ll be #5… going down with the ship just for the fun of it!

      • Jeremy

        Oct 16, 2014 at 5:55 pm

        Hilarious. Loved this “article,” despite having to put “article” in quotes.

      • dot dot

        Oct 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

        Bradford, please stop trolling.

  45. Carl truitt

    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    another shameless story that incorporates Tiger, if for no other reason than because his name alone draws eyeballs.

    i hope golfwrx got a deal on this story

    • Josh

      Oct 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Yet you clicked on it – know how to get them to stop writing these pointless Tiger articles you hate? Stop giving them hits.

      • Carl truitt

        Oct 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

        Josh,
        You’re right but sometimes you have to speak your mind…you know what I mean?

    • Joe Momma

      Oct 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      They should have gotten Levis or some other denim company, but they didn’t.

      So rest assured you can sleep at night knowing Tiger and GolfWRX made no more money than they did the day before.

      Good thing you monitor peoples money… where would we be without all you haters?

      You should critique the Health Care system next, it really needs your attention.

      • Carl truitt

        Oct 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

        Joe momma….Not sure you understood the post, but glad you could go on the offensive. Re-read my post and see if the light comes on.

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19th Hole

Vincenzi’s 2024 Travelers Championship betting preview: Patrick Cantlay to continue impressive play

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The third major championship of 2024 did not disappoint as Bryson Dechambeau capped off a sensational week with the second U.S. Open victory of his career. The season rolls along to Cromwell, Connecticut, where TPC River Highlands hosts the 2024 Travelers Championship. This is yet another designated event with a $20 million dollar purse.

TPC River Highlands is a 6,841-yard par-70 that has been a PGA Tour stop for 40 years. Home of the only 58 in Tour history, it is possible to go extremely low at this Pete Dye design. However, TPC River Highlands does feature a difficult closing stretch with holes 16-18 all historically averaging scores over par.

The Travelers Championship will play host to 72 golfers this week. Being a signature event, almost all of the best players on Tour will be teeing it up. 

PGA Tour U winner, Michael Thorbjornsen, will be making his season debut this week at the Travelers. 

Past Winners at The Travelers Championship

  • 2023: Keegan Bradley (-23)
  • 2022: Xander Schauffele (-19)
  • 2021: Harris English (-13)
  • 2020: Dustin Johnson (-19)
  • 2019: Chez Reavie (-17)
  • 2018: Bubba Watson (-17)
  • 2017: Jordan Spieth (-12)
  • 2016: Russell Knox (-14)

Key Stats For TPC River Highlands

Let’s take a look at five key metrics for TPC River Highlands to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds.

1. Strokes Gained: Approach

Strokes Gained: Approach sits at the top spot in the stat model this week. The course is relatively short, and golfers with multiple types of skill sets compete here. Iron play is often the great equalizer allowing the shorter hitters to compete, and that should be the case again this week.

SG: Approach Over Past 24 Rounds:

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+1.61)
  2. Corey Conners (+1.11)
  3. Sepp Straka (+0.92)
  4. Xander Schauffele (+0.91)
  5. Tony Finau (+0.88)

2. Par 4 Birdie or Better %

With only two par-5s on the course, the importance of par-4 scoring cannot be understated. Whoever plays the par-4s most effectively this week will put himself in the driver’s seat.

Par 4 Birdie or Better % Over Past 24 Rounds:

  1. Eric Cole (25.4%)
  2. Scottie Scheffler (+24.6%)
  3. Patrick Cantlay (+23.5%)
  4. Rory McIlroy (+22.8%)
  5. Wyndham Clark (+22.7%)

3. Strokes Gained: Ball Striking

Ball striking combines off the tee and approach and will be the stat I use to incorporate off-the-tee play this week. The over-emphasis on approach play will incorporate golfers who give themselves plenty of birdie looks in the event.

SG: Ball Striking past 24 rounds:

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+2.56)
  2. Ludvig Aberg (+1.67)
  3. Xander Schauffele (+1.57)
  4. Rory McIlroy (+1.44)
  5. Corey Conners (+1.31)

4. Course History

Course history has proven to be a major factor at TPC River Highlands. With seven golfers who have multiple wins at the course, familiarity could be the key at the Travelers Championship.

Strokes Gained: Total at TPC River Highlands per round over Past 36 Rounds:

  1. Xander Schauffele (+2.03)
  2. Patrick Cantlay (+2.02)
  3. Brian Harman (+1.98)
  4. Rory McIlroy (+1.97)
  5. Scottie Scheffler (+1.54)

5. Strokes Gained: Total Pete Dye Designs

TPC River Highlands is another prototypical Pete Dye track where many of the same golfers play well consistently.

SG: Pete Dye per round Over Past 36 Rounds:

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+2.49)
  2. Xander Schauffele (+2.22)
  3. Ludvig Aberg (+1.86)
  4. Brian Harman (+1.66)
  5. Patrick Cantlay (+1.61)

6. Strokes Gained: Putting on Bent/POA Mix

TPC River Highlands is another prototypical Pete Dye track where many of the same golfers play well consistently.

Strokes Gained: Putting on Bent/POA Mix Over Past 24 Rounds:

  1. Denny McCarthy (+1.41)
  2. Xander Schauffele (+1.04)
  3. Keegan Bradley (+1.01)
  4. Robert MacIntyre (+0.98)
  5. Wyndham Clark (+0.84)

The Travelers Championship Model Rankings

Below, I’ve compiled overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed — SG: Approach (26%), Par 4 Birdie or Better % (13%), SG: Ball Striking (20%), Course History (13%), SG: Putting Bent/POA (14%) and SG: Pete Dye (14%).

  1. Xander Schauffele
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Scottie Scheffler 
  4. Viktor Hovland
  5. Corey Conners
  6. Sahith Theegala
  7. Brian Harman
  8. Keegan Bradley
  9. Collin Morikawa
  10. Tony Finau

2024 Travelers Championship Picks

Patrick Cantlay +2500 (FanDuel)

When a player contends in a major in the previous week, I typically like to fade said player the following week. However, this week feels a bit different to me. Cantlay has been struggling all season, and I can’t help but feel like the former FedEx Cup champion found something during the U.S. Open. I also don’t think he was incredibly disappointed with the result. He played well on Sunday and was impressive over the weekend, finally getting a true feel of what major championship contention felt like. It was all positives for Cantlay at Pinehurst.

Cantlay will now head to a spot where he’s had an incredible amount of success but has not yet notched a victory. In his last six starts at the course, he’s not finished worse than 15th. His best start came last year, where he finished T4. He ranks 1st in the field in Strokes Gained: Total at TPC River Highlands. Cantlay is also a Pete Dye specialist and ranks 4th in the field in Strokes Gained: Total on Dye tracks. The 32-year-old ranks 3rd in Par 4 birdie or better percentage.

Cantlay was spectacular across the board at Pinehurst. For the week, he ranked 3rd in Strokes Gained: Approach, 7th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and 10th in Strokes Gained: Putting. I fully expect him to build off of that performance and contend once again at one of his favorite Tour stops.

Sam Burns +3500 (DraftKings)

Sam Burns had a great Sunday at Pinehurst, which is always a bonus heading into the following week. He shot -3 in his final round, which got him into the top ten (T9) in what was a successful major for a player who’s not performed his best in them historically.

Burns is a prolific birdie maker who can win a boat race to -20 as well as anyone on Tour. He’s also had some success at both Pete Dye courses, where he ranks 13th in Strokes Gained: Total over his past 36 rounds, and at TPC River Highlands, where he ranks 12th in Strokes Gained: Total over his past 36 rounds.

Burns has been playing some solid golf of late. He has four top-15 finishes in his past starts including a T13 at the Wells Fargo Championship, 10th at the RBC Canadian Open and 15th at the Memorial Tournament. He has gained strokes on approach and off the tee in five of his past six starts.

The LSU product can win golf tournaments in a variety of ways. His ability to make putts if it turns into a wedge and putting contest makes him a strong candidate to contend this week.

Sahith Theegala +4500 (BetRivers)

Sahith Theegala has been playing some solid golf over the last few months. As we saw last year with Keegan Bradley, a missed cut at the U.S. Open shouldn’t necessarily scare someone off from a player who fits TPC River Highlands, which I believe Theegala does.

TPC River Highlands is the site of Theegala’s near victory a few years back. He finished in a tie for 2nd in 2022 after making double-bogey on the 18th hole with a one-shot lead, losing to Xander Schauffele. Theegala will now head back to the course as a more mature player who is in the midst of the best season of his career.

This season, the former Haskins award winner in having strong finishes in some of the season’s most important events. He finished 5th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, 6th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, 9th at the PLAYERS Championship, 2nd at the RBC Heritage and 12th at both the Memorial Tournament and PGA Championship.

In his past 24 rounds, Sahith ranks 12th in Strokes Gained: Approach, 11th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking, 18th in Par 4 birdie or better percentage and 8th in Strokes Gained: Putting on Bent/POA mixed putting surfaces.

If this turns into another shootout, Theegala has the type of ball striking and putting combination that can win a race to -20.

Sungjae Im +6600 (BetRivers)

After seemingly regaining his form over the past month, Sungjae took a step back at last week’s U.S. Open. The South Korean missed the cut, shooting +10 over his first two rounds. Despite the disappointing result, I don’t believe one poor start at a long and difficult golf course is enough reason to give up on him. 

Although the score was regretful at Pinehurst No. 2, Im hit the ball pretty well from tee to green. In his two rounds, he gained strokes both off the tee and on approach. His downfall was with the putter, which can be extremely hit or miss, especially over the course of this season.

Prior to the U.S. Open, Sungjae had finished in the top ten in three of his previous four starts. He finished T4 at the Wells Fargo “Signature Event” at Quail Hollow, T9 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T8 at The Memorial Tournament. He’s also gained strokes off the tee in nine straight events.

Im has made three starts at TPC River Highlands, finishing 21st, 58th and 29th respectively. Im hits fairways at a high clip, which will be a massive advantage this week and his lack of driving distance won’t be an issue. He also ranks 12th in the field in his past 24 rounds in Strokes Gained: Total on Pete Dye designs.

It’s been a long time since Im has won an event (2021 Shriners), but I believe he’s back on the upswing and is still a higher end talent on the PGA Tour with another win coming soon.

Tom Kim +6600 (BetRivers)

After a sluggish start to the 2024 season, Tom Kim has come on strong over the past month or so. The South Korean started his stretch of impressive play at Valhalla for the PGA Championship, finishing 24th. After that, Kim put together finishes of T4 at the RBC Canadian Open and a T26 at last week’s U.S. Open. In between, he finished T43 at The Memorial, but hit the ball great from tee to green.

Tom has done an impressive job of playing well at long and difficult setups, but this week, he will head to a course in TPC River Highlands that should his game immaculately. Both of Kim’s wins have come at short setups that mitigate his biggest weakness, which is driving distance. The course is short this week and fits the mold of the tracks Tom has had great success at over the past few seasons on Tour.

In his past 24 rounds, Kim ranks 7th in Par 4 birdie or better percentage, which will come into play this week. He also ranks 19th in the field in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking.

Kim is already a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and has shown that if he gets a sniff of contention, he can close out a tournament with the best of them.

 

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Vincenzi’s 2024 Memorial Tournament betting preview: Collin Morikawa to reign supreme at Jack’s place

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The PGA Tour heads to Jack’s place to play the 2024 edition of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday. The Memorial is regarded as one of the most prestigious non-majors of the PGA Tour season, and for the second consecutive year the tournament will be a “Signature Event”.

Muirfield Village Golf Club is a 7,571-yard par-72 located in Dublin, Ohio that features Bentgrass greens. A Jack Nicklaus design, the course was built in 1974 and redesigned by Nicklaus in 2020. The course can play extremely difficult due to its long rough and lightning-fast greens.

The Memorial Tournament will play host to 80 golfers this week, which is down from 120 last year. The top 50 and ties will make the cut. Being a designated event, the field is predictably stacked and will feature most of the biggest stars on Tour. All eligible players have committed to the event in addition to sponsor’s exemptions Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel. 

Past Winners at the Memorial Tournament

  • 2023: Viktor Hovland (-7)
  • 2022: Billy Horschel (-13)
  • 2021: Patrick Cantlay (-13)
  • 2020: Jon Rahm (-9)
  • 2019: Patrick Cantlay (-19)
  • 2018: Bryson DeChambeau (-15)
  • 2017: Jason Dufner (-13)
  • 2016: William McGirt (-15)

Key Stats for Muirfield Village

Let’s take a look at five key metrics for Muirfield Village to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds.

1. Strokes Gained: Approach

Jack Nicklaus designs all have one thing in common: They reward the best iron players on Tour. When designing Muirfield Village, Jack created a second-shot golf course that strongly benefited golfers who could really dial in their approach shots. With that in mind, does it surprise anyone that Tiger Woods won this event five times?

Strokes Gained: Approach Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+1.37)
  2. Corey Conners (+1.14)
  3. Xander Schauffele (+1.14)
  4. Sepp Straka (+0.88)
  5. Rory McIlroy (+0.88)

2. Strokes Gained: Ball Striking

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking does include approach, but if there is any week to overemphasize Strokes Gained: Approach, this is the week. The statistic also incorporates Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, which will be important considering the rough at Muirfield Village can be exceedingly penal.

Strokes Gained: Ball Striking Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+2.48)
  2. Xander Schauffele (+1.88)
  3. Rory McIlroy (+1.60)
  4. Ludvig Aberg (+1.56)
  5. Corey Conners (+1.42)

3. Good Drive %

Driving the ball well will be an important factor. Bombing it off the tee is not a requirement at Muirfield Village, but distance always helps. The rough can get very long, and golfers who can’t put the ball in the fairway will fall out of contention quickly. Balanced and consistent drivers of the golf ball should be the targets this week.

Good Drive % Over Past 24 Rounds

  1. Collin Morikawa (+88.1%)
  2. Tom Hoge (86.1%)
  3. Sepp Straka (+85.9%)
  4. Scottie Scheffler (+85.8%)
  5. Alex Noren (+85.8%)

4. Strokes Gained: Putting (Bentgrass – Fast)

The Bentgrass greens at Muirfield are lightning quick. Whoever can master these difficult putting surfaces has a major advantage at Jack’s place.

Strokes Gained: Putting (Bentgrass+Fast) Over Past 24 Rounds:

  1. Justin Rose (+1.43)
  2. Thomas Detry (+0.88)
  3. Sahith Theegala (+0.77)
  4. Harris English (+0.74)
  5. Denny McCarthy (+0.73)

5. Strokes Gained: Nicklaus Designs

We often see similar leaderboards when events are hosted by Jack Nicklaus designed courses. The model this week will look to incorporate those golfers.

Strokes Gained: Nicklaus Designs (per round, min. 4 rounds) Over Past 36 Rounds:

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+2.49)
  2. Patrick Cantlay (+2.32)
  3. Collin Morikawa (+1.99)
  4. Shane Lowry (+1.74)
  5. Austin Eckroat (+1.67)

6. Course History

We often see similar leaderboards when events are hosted by Jack Nicklaus designed courses. The model this week will look to incorporate those golfers.

Course History (Strokes Gained: Total (per round, min. 4 rounds) Over Past 36 Rounds:

  1. Scottie Scheffler (+2.75)
  2. Patrick Cantlay (+2.54)
  3. Justin Rose (+2.17)
  4. Collin Morikawa (+1.77)
  5. Jordan Spieth (+1.66)

The Memorial Tournament Model Rankings

Below, I’ve compiled overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed — SG: Approach (27%), SG: BS (18%), Good Drive % (16%), SG: Putting Bentgrass – Fast (13%), Course History (13%) and SG: Total Nicklaus Designs (13%).

  1. Scottie Scheffler
  2. Xander Schauffele
  3. Shane Lowry
  4. Alex Noren
  5. Sahith Theegala
  6. Collin Morikawa
  7. Rory McIlroy
  8. Tony Finau
  9. Keegan Bradley
  10. Sepp Straka
  11. Corey Conners
  12. Viktor Hovland
  13. Russell Henley
  14. Si Woo Kim
  15. Justin Thomas

2024 Memorial Tournament Picks

Collin Morikawa +1800 (Fanatics)

Collin Morikawa has consistently shown up in the biggest events over the past few months. He finished in a tie for 3rd at The Masters, 9th at the RBC Heritage, a tie for 16th at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 4th at the PGA Championship. He also finished 4th in his most recent start at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Iron play is always a strong indication of where Morikawa’s game is trending, and his Strokes Gained: Approach numbers have seen a recent uptick. The two-time major champion has gained an average of 4.0 strokes on approach over his last two starts, which despite not being as good as his peak approach numbers, are a major improvement over the past year or so.

Morikawa has played some great golf at Muirfield Village throughout his career. He won the Workday Charity Open in 2020 and lost in a playoff at The Memorial Tournament in 2021. His two most recent starts at the course have ended in a withdraw and a missed cut, but his current form is much better than it was over the past few seasons coming into the event.

In addition to the strong iron play, the ability to keep the ball in the fairway will be a major advantage for a Memorial Tournament that I anticipate will play relatively difficult. Morikawa has gained strokes off the tee in eight consecutive starts, including 3.8 strokes at the PGA Championship and 4.0 strokes at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The American has been fantastic at Nicklaus Courses since he burst onto the scene on the PGA Tour, and that was once again on full display at Valhalla last month. In his last 36 rounds, Collin ranks 3rd in Strokes Gained: Total on Nicklaus designs. He also ranked 1st in the field in Good Drive %, which will be a key this week.

It’s been a while since the 27-year-old has won a big event on Tour, but that could very well change this week at Jack’s place.

Justin Thomas +2500 (BetMGM)

Justin Thomas is winless in last 43 professional starts, dating back to the 2022 PGA Championship. For a player with 17 professional wins and in the prime of his career, that’s a long time.

Other than being “due”, Thomas has shown signs that is just about all the way back from his two-year slump. He has four top-ten finishes this season, with three of those being at a “signature” event or a major. Most recently, he’s finished in a tie for 5th at the RBC Heritage, a tie for 21st at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 8th at the PGA Championship.

JT has loved Nicklaus designs throughout his career. He finished 2nd at the 2020 Workday at Muirfield Village, losing in a playoff to Collin Morikawa. In his last 30 rounds at the course, he ranks 6th in Strokes Gained: Total.

In addition to the obvious course fit, Thomas’ ball striking numbers have come to life of late. He gained 4.1 strokes on approach at the PGA Championship to go along with 4.6 strokes off the tee. Valhalla another Jack Nicklaus design so it’s encouraging to see that’s where he had arguably his best ball striking week of the season. The key for Thomas will be keeping the ball on the fairways this week and he’s improved his SG: OTT performance in four consecutive starts.

Thomas is finally in form and ready to get back in the winner’s circle at Muirfield Village.

Byeong Hun An +5000 (DraftKings)

Byeong Hun An is playing the best golf of his career. This season, the 32-year-old has finished T16 at the Genesis Invitational, T16 at The Masters, T8 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 3rd at the Wells Fargo Championship.

The South Korean’s ball striking has been fantastic this year. He’s gained strokes both off the tee and on approach in six consecutive events. An will now head back to a course where he’s had plenty of success. Back in 2018, he lost in a playoff to a surging superstar named Bryson DeChambeau. Ben has five top-25 finishes in eight starts at the course. The few times he missed the cut were in 2020 and 2021 when he was really struggling with his game.

An has had some close calls of late and I believe we need to stick with him for one more week.

Corey Conners +6000 (DraftKings)

Corey Conners is absolutely striping the ball right now. In his past 24 rounds, the Canadian ranks 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach, 5th in Strokes Gained: Ball Striking and 22nd in Good Drive %.

At last week’s Canadian Open, Conners ranked 4th for the week in approach and finished in 6th place. In his previous two starts, Conners ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach at the Wells Fargo Championship and 4th at the PGA Championship. There are very few players on the planet that are currently hotter with their irons than Corey Conners.

Conners has a solid history at Muirfield Village with mixed results. His best finish came in 2022, when he finished T13 and also finished T22 back in 2020. While putting is typically Conners’ greatest weakness, he’s gained strokes on the greens in three of his six starts at the course and ranks 30th in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting on fast Bentgrass, so there’s hope that the 32-year-old can putt to field average this week.

Conners’ ability to hit fairways and dial in his mid-irons can propel him to the top of the leaderboard this week at a course that favors ball strikers.

Will Zalatoris +8000 (DraftKings)

I’m not entirely sure if Will Zalatoris is fully healthy based on his recent struggles, but there are enough positive signs for a player of his talent at this number.

Zalatoris made a Friday charge in his most recent start at the PGA Championship, which enabled him to sneak through the cut line. For the week, he gained 3.56 strokes on approach and has gained on approach in nine of his past ten starts.

Although he’s struggled at times, Zalatoris still has some strong finishes in big events this year. He finished in a tie for 9th at the Masters, a tie for 4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a tie foe 2nd at the Genesis Invitational.

If Zalatoris is feeling fit, Muirfield Village is a perfect course to showcase his strengths. He’s one of the best iron players in the world and already has a 5th place finish in his most recent start at the course (2022).

This is a buy low opportunity on a world class player that has win equity.

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Saso says so! Yuka Saso survives for second U.S. Open title

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One of my favorite golf writers was the late Ron Balicki, and not just for the shared first name. Balicki was called, and enjoyed, the nickname “Wrong Ron,” because whoever he chose to win, was guaranteed to do not that. I might have inherited the moniker, sadly, and if you read yesterday’s update, this week goes miles to secure that designation. Four amateurs made the cut, and three of them tied for low amateur at 12-over par. I picked the one that did not make that number. Hilarious, no? As for the tournament proper, the new “Wrong Ron” guessed the correct country, but the wrong golfer. I went with Hinako Shibuno, and it was the other pride of Japan, Yuka Saso, who stole the show. Alas!

For a healthy portion of the day, odds were in the favor of a player earning a second Open title. Important note:  her name was not Yuka Saso. As golfers around her crumbled, Minjee Lee held steady at +1 on the day, and -4 on the week. Arpichya Yubol from Thailand had made the big move of the day. She reached -3 on the day an -1 for the week, before two late bogies dropped her to solo fifth position, a remarkable achievement. The round of the day came from Ally Ewing, who posted four birdies against zero bogeys for 66 and a tie for third spot.

As for Minjee, the round’s thread began to unravel at the 9th. A missed fairway led to bogey, and she followed with a three-putt for another at the tenth hole. Double bogeys at 12 and 14 took her out of the running for the title, and opened the chase to a new segment of the field. Hinako Shibuno would ultimately finish in solo second, one of two golfers to finish under par on the week. Shibuno was never a threat for the title, but when others lost their momentum, she found herself positioned for a runner-up finish.

It was Yuka Saso who turned in the day’s memorable performance. Saso turned in even par on the day, preserving her position at one-under par. Andrea Lee (+5) and Wichanee Meechai (+7) fell away from their place atop the third-round chart, as did Minjee Lee. Suddenly, Saso had posted four birdies in five holes on the inward half. She finished at two under on the day, four under on the week, and earned a three-shot win over Shibuno.

In her post-0round comments, Saso revealed that she had doubts that she would win again, especially a major title. She discussed the addition of a new putter to her bag, and her extraordinary confidence in her driver. Finally, Saso revealed how important the first cut of rough was to the resolution of the tournament. That wee bit of playable grass made all the difference in her mind.

With the refreshing transparency that all writers desire, Yuka Saso won for a second time on Sunday. We’ll forgive her if she values the US Open silver a bit more.

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