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Monday Tour Mash: Spieth cashes in on putting prowess

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Jordan Spieth turns hypotheses into fact at the Tour Championship

Although Jason Day suggested that Jordan Spieth was player of the year, no matter what transpired in Atlanta, the Texan took care of business (and Henrik Stenson) the way he did all year: perfectly timed putts of distance that staked a sliver of wood into the heart of his closest pursuer. In the champion’s mind (and words) the difference-maker came on the 11th hole:

[quote_box_center]He hits it close on the next hole and I have a possible 3-putt. Could have very easily walked out of that hole tied for the lead. So to walk out two strokes up and to be able to kind of par in from there, that was definitely the key moment. I think 9 started to move that direction, 10 gave a little hope back, and 11 shut the door.[/quote_box_center]

By winning the Tour Championship and the FedExCup, Spieth made $11.48 million this week, and capped off the most fruitful year ever on the PGA Tour by winning $22 million in 2015. Um, whoa.

Related: See the clubs Spieth used to win the Tour Championship.

But now it’s on to 2015-16 and a basket of questions to answer: Can Jordan top this? Can Rickie and Rory rebound? Can Dustin figure “it” out? What’s the deal with Tiger? Stay tuned. Take a break for some football, but get ready for real come January.

Loupe laps field at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Andrew Loupe hankered to return to the PGA Tour. After experimenting with a driver-less bag during the first two Web.Com Tour Finals events, Loupe’s big stick reclaimed its place in his bag in Columbus. Averaging 319 measured yards off the tee over the four rounds, Loupe played well enough to overtake third-round leader Roberto Castro (+4 on Sunday) and win the $180,000 first prize and a place on the PGA Tour for the 2015-16 season. Loupe’s take on his attitude for the week was refreshing and unique:

I knew what I had on the line. Just kept telling myself to take it on this week. Embrace it and take it on, that was kind of our motto all week.

What made the victory better was its arrival on his father’s birthday. Loupe senior had successfully battled cancer a few years back and Loupe junior was well aware of who was at stake during that health scare:

He’s such a cool dude. He’s so genuine, loyal, kindhearted. He’s a caretaker. Introduced me to the game. He’s a man. You know what I mean? He’s a great dude, and I’m so glad that he was able to see this.

Esteban Toledo claims Nature Valley First Tee Open

The NVFTO on the Champions Tour was shaping up to be a battle of the 1970s (Tom Watson) versus the 2000s (Vijay Singh), but along came Esteban Toledo — a former boxer — who survived a 71st-hole bogey to edge Watson by one, securing his third Champions Tour victory.

Thongchai Jaidee

Photo credit: Twitter

Photo credit: Twitter

The prince of Thailand would surely rather put the exclamation point after “Euro Tour victory number seven” than “oldest winner of European Open,” but Jaidee’s come-from-behind win over Graeme Storm is his first triumph of 2015 and positions him splendidly for the upcoming Final Series. Storm was at Jaidee’s heels until a 71st-hole bogey separated the two by the final margin.

Alexandre Rocha brings national title home

It seems that every other year, a Canadian golfer comes within an eyelash of winning his national title on the PGA Tour. Team Canada needs to hire Alexandre Rocha as a consultant. This weekend, Rocha gamely took on an entire field, then posted seven consecutive “4s” in a marathon playoff to win the Aberto do Brasil on PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Rocha was flawless on Sunday, with four birdies against zero bogeys, first eliminating Kent Bulle on hole two of the extra session, then outlasting Keith Mitchell five holes later.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. Justin

    Sep 29, 2015 at 6:26 am

    What do you mean by this?

    “But now it’s on to 2015-16 and a basket of questions to answer: Can Jordan top this? Can Rickie and Rory rebound? Can Dustin figure “it” out? ”

    Rickie rebound? from what exactly? Same for Rory? seems to me they play well, but someone played better. Rebound is bad choice of words.

    now this one….Dustin figure what out? what?

    • DC3

      Sep 29, 2015 at 10:11 am

      ‘it’ is how to putt on Sunday in a major.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Sep 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

      They hold themselves to loftier standards. Neither won a major in 2015, although Fowler’s win at Players was certainly big. Neither challenged at the Tour Championship. I think that “rebound” is an excellent choice of words, but I’m biased.

      Dustin hasn’t figured out how to win a major. He has been close and has made soul-crushing mistakes on Sunday to fall from the top spot. That was the “it” reference.

      Any other questions? Thank you for your input.

      RM

  2. Ronald Montesano

    Sep 28, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    What do you think made him the biggest story in golf?

  3. Chuck

    Sep 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Back in 2000, we had some fun with trying to figure out where Steve Williams ranked on the PGA Tour money list, based off his estimated earnings from his boss Mr. Woods.

    I’m just guessing that Michael Greller is keeping his “tour card.” 10% of 22 million would do that for you. In fact, $2.2m would place him just ahead of… Phil Mickelson, at #38 on the money list.

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Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… In all seriousness, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour.

In this initial serving, we’re mining photos from October and November at PGA Tour stops, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Cadence Bank Houston Open, and the RSM Classic.

So grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please.

The traditional K.I.S.S. stamping on a BV proto: first and last initial, demonstrated here by Andrew Landry. Bonus points for the bounce angle (8) stamp.

When your last name is something imposing/interesting, you’re definitely stamping it on your wedge as Cole Hammer has done here in a “University of Texas” colorway.

Simple, perfect stamping for Xuewen Luo. 

Patrick Cantlay is still rolling with a SM7. Ultimate K.I.S.S. to stick with a previous generation wedge with stamped initials. Bent loft (47 degrees) is a classy touch. 

Excellent #perspective on Kevin Roy’s 54-degree Vokey.

Anytime a custom grind wears off the loft number, it’s caviar. Lovely patina on Woodland’s Wilson, too. 

Another favorite motif: Tiny initials pattern (as demonstrated by Palmer Jackson). 

The Webb Simpson traditional. Maybe the longest-serving stamping on Tour. 

Not a stamping on Akshay Bhatia’s Jaws Raw, but we’ll serve it up anyway for reasons immediately discernible to the seasoned palate. 

 

 

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Photos from the 2022 RSM Classic

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GolfWRX was live this week from the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, for the last event of the 2022 calendar year.

We saw a few pros testing some 2023 prototypes — Jason Dufner in Cobra Aerojet woods — and got a look at a few potential new putters from Toulon.

We have: Eight general galleries. 12 WITBs — including some lefty love for Akshay Bhatia — and a ton of putters for your perusal.

Check out links to all our photos below!                                           

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Photos from the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open

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GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.

Check out all of our photos below.

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