Cink Leads Travelers by Two
In what seems like a common occurrence lately, Stewart Cink finds himself atop the leaderboard after 54 holes. With six top 10’s this year and several meltdowns while leading it’s hard to figure how tomorrow will play out. Mr. Cink did birdie the last two hole after dunking his tee shot into the water on the 16th hole, allowing him to finish with a 65 and a 15 under par total 195. â€œI felt like I gained some momentum back and put myself in a good mind-set for tomorrow,â€ Cink said. He’ll need it.
In what seems like a common occurrence lately, Stewart Cink finds himself atop the leaderboard after 54 holes. With six top 10’s this year and several meltdowns while leading it’s hard to figure how tomorrow will play out.
Mr. Cink did birdie the last two hole after dunking his tee shot into the water on the 16th hole, allowing him to finish with a 65 and a 15 under par total 195. “I felt like I gained some momentum back and put myself in a good mind-set for tomorrow,” Cink said. He’ll need it. Heath Slocum is in second at 13 under par, while last years champ Hunter Mahan, Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh, Tommy Armour III, and Kevin Streelman are another shot back.
“I think this will be fun for the fans out there (Sunday), for the guys playing, for the TV audience,” Slocum said. “I think it will be a shootout, and it seems like we haven’t had a ton of those this year. It ought to be fun.” Of course you’ll have to be up early, since weather of the ugly variety is expected to show up Sunday afternoon, so the tee times have been moved up to 7:30am off both tees. The winner should be decided by 2PM eastern time. Tape delay is fun for no one, except tape manufacturers. And TV producers with a predictable time slot to fill.
Mr. Slocum hit all nine greens on the back side, and had 8 birdies in all. Having shot a final round 65 at the US Open last week he seems to be continuing that good play this week. “Definitely the putter has carried over to this week,” he said. “I’m going to probably have to lean on it tomorrow hard if I’m going to think about winning this golf tournament.” I think that means he brought the same putter with him to this tournament, but I wonder if he’ll get the same kind of results leaning on it as holding it in his hands? Guys who think about winning worry me, all the expensive head shrinker gurus say one should not focus on results, one should focus on the shot at hand. There’s a great deal of turmoil created by expensive head shrinker gurus. Perhaps they should spend more time with lawyers. Just a thought.
Another name from the Open, Mr. Streelman began the week with a 73 and followed that with a 63 Friday and a 62 today. “I was very proud of the way I bounced back and then to back it up with a 62 is pretty cool,” Streelman said. Proud and cool, hmmm, a combination of feelings without the ring of pride and prejudice, but what the heck, the guy’s a golfer so he can be forgiven. I’d say those two rounds are very cool indeed.
Tommy Armour III is another man out of nowhere who finds himself in contention. Quietly, Mr Armour has had a respectable year for a 49 year old liver of the high life. He’s made 10 of 15 cuts and has 3 top ten’s this season. I like to root for the old guys. (I think his whole body is 49, not just his liver)
Mr. Mahan is the player to watch tomorrow. He practically owns this golf course, finishing second 2 years ago and winning last year. I just can’t see Mr. Cink getting it done, even though he’s due to win ( at least all the pundits on the GC say that) I think his throat gets a tad tight come Sunday. With a big group giving chase applying pressure, history will repeat itself and Mr. Cink will finish behind one or more players. Mr. Mahan goes home a repeat winner. Unless Mr Armour finds a little magic at the bottom of a glass tonight.
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Photos from the 2023 Valero Texas Open
Ah, the Valero Texas Open — a tournament as rich in history as it is in Texan charm. The event has been around since 1922, making it one of the oldest on the PGA Tour calendar.
Over the years, it’s been held at a variety of courses across the Lone Star State, but it’s found its home at TPC San Antonio in recent years. Some of the biggest names in golf have taken home the title here, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, and Ben Crenshaw. But the real star of the show? That would have to be the legendary Texan wind, which can turn a benign par-4 into a 500-yard monster faster than you can say “y’all.”
Per usual, GolfWRX was on site to check out what the pros are playing with the Masters just a week away.
Check out links to all our galleries, below.
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Monday #2
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Tuesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #1
- 2023 Valero Texas Open – Wednesday #2
- Chandler Phillips – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brandon Wu – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Rickie Fowler – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Paul Haley II – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Kevin Chappell – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Austin Truslow – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Lansburgh – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Peter Kuest – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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- Ryan Fox – WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Ricky Barnes WITB – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Hayden Buckley’s custom Cameron putters – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- S H Kim’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Beau Hossler’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- New Garsen grip – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Brent Grant’s custom Cameron putter – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three – 2023 Valero Texas Open
- Luke Donald’s new Odyssey Twelve putter (w/ SuperStroke grip) – 2023 Valero Texas Open
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Spotted: Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three “anti-right” prototype putter
Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K putters have really taken off on tour, and we have seen a handful of models in tour player’s bags. The latest version we spotted out on tour is a very unique design.
Odyssey makes this putter head with a standard flow neck that offers plenty of toe hang for golfers who prefer or need that weighting. This prototype has a long slant neck installed more near the center of the putter head that lets the toe sit slightly up in the air when held horizontally. This is pretty different since most putters sit with the toe hanging down towards the ground or are face balanced (face sits parallel to the ground). A full shaft offset looks to be achieved with the slant neck and the look at address is definitely different.
We spoke to Callaway PGA Tour manager Joe Toulon about the putter and he had the following to say
“On course [we had a player who] had a little push bias that didn’t necessarily show up in practice but it is something that he felt on course. So we wanted to build something that was a little easier to release and maybe not necessarily open the toe as much in the back stroke and not have to work as hard to release it in the through stroke. That was kind of designed to give a little offset and when you rested it on your finger it would rest toe up a little bit. We thought for that player it would help him square the putter face at impact rather than leave it open a little bit.
“It was more of a concept we had and will continue to work on it. When we had it on the truck and we were hitting some putts with it we noticed that you had to work really hard to push this putter. We wanted to make an anti-right putter. Just a fun little concept that we have an idea and work with our tour department to test things out.
“It isn’t something that ended up in a player’s bag but we learned some things in that process and will keep in mind for future builds and projects.”
The finish also looks to be a little different than the standard Tri-Hot 5K putter’s black and silver motif. The face and neck are finished in silver and the rear done in more of a blueish-gray tone. The White Hot insert looks to be standard and the sole still contains two interchangeable weights.
The shaft looks to be painted in the same metallic red as their standard Stroke Lab shaft, but we don’t see a steel tip section. Not sure if this putter has a full graphite shaft or painted steel.
Check out more photos of the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three Putter.
More “Spotted” pieces
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