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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

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Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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  1. Joro

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Lets have a moment of silence for Mr Woods, he needs it. The Golf Channel is devastated, Kelly is thinking suicide, and the Schnoz Rich Lerner can’t even function.

    The former best in the World has become inadequate, but he had his day. He is leaving a legacy though of deflowering Waitrese and Concierges around the world, too bad.

  2. Notah Bengay

    Feb 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I would rather watch paint dry than this old wannabe. I heard he is quite the ladies man though!

  3. Andrew

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Perhaps it’s time for Tiger to call Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, and Fred Couples to ask them how to be competitive on the regular tour past 50.

  4. BeardedClam

    Feb 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t get it. What is so appealing about watching a guy miss fairways, pull irons and miss easy putts? He was a nice player in his time but his time is now over. Tiger is not relevant anymore. There is a new generation of players that are exciting to watch.

  5. Chuckster

    Feb 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Johnny and Fred!!! Thank you, thank you!! Some of these guys can’t let it GO!! DUDE IS DONE! Next thing you know they’ll be clambering for the The Golden Bear’s return to da Senior…..errrrrrr….Champions Tour and crying their eyes out because he can’t make a cut!!! Eldrick….thank you for invading my privacy with your off the course nonsense! I need my privacy to deal with all these WRX Eldrick die nevers!!

  6. Steve Sands

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Sadly Taylor Made pays to put their latest gimic drivers into these guys hands and they suffer with accuracy. Ted Potter was straight and accurate and smoked DJ, Rory and Day last week despite being 50 yards behind them.

    This week you have Patrick Cantlay an average hitter and Ryan Moore with higher spinning drivers leading on a very long course.

    If he went to a Cally, Titleist or Ping higher spinning drivers he would be much more accurate.

  7. Tartan Golf Travel

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    The good news is he appears healthy for now. The bad news is he is not even close to being competitive against these young studs on tour. It is not more reps unfortunately. His swing is flawed. It’s causing a 2 way miss. It might be the swing he has to do to protect his back. To his credit probably only he and Phil could shoot those scores with that swing!

  8. Scarface

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I’d much rather watch Langer than sicko Eldrick

  9. Paolo

    Feb 17, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Tiger is too talented not to win again . Taylormade should make him a zero iron as a driver replacement . Tiger is amongst the best long iron players of all time .

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Was the best long iron player….

    • Johnny q. Weer

      Feb 17, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Paolo,
      Zero iron = Zero fairways. The guy is done.

  10. Shearlom

    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Still holding out for Tiger, one thing I learned from being there today, why would anyone pay $500 or more for a driver, I watched a lot of the best players in the world missing fairway after fairway using the newest drivers money can buy. If the best players in the world cannot find a fairway with the best drivers (and you can be sure an expert is setting them up not a guy form Dicks) why do we think a driver is going to fit us or be better then the one already in the bag????

  11. FredAlbers

    Feb 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Get a grip folks he is done. I like watching the young guys who can actually hit a fairway and make a putt.

  12. Gerry Mandering

    Feb 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hey Gerald, have fun sniffing Tiger’s jock strap!

  13. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    That course looked brutal! I likely would be walking away with a 120 easily. And I am a 90s shooter. Putting and hitting out of the rough humble us all unless we are too proud to admit it!

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Speak for yourself…..and 90 shooters should not be posting on GWX…..:)

  14. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Agreed Dat! Sadly the comment poster above yours has no clue…they need to stop sniffing glue. Don’t tell us we are too old and banged up…prove it with your golf game…go hard or go home!

  15. Chuckster

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Yeah right, more reps’ll do it!! Please…..go tell that to Steve Lowry, Ben Curtis, Vijay Sling, John Huston, and Brad Faxon! When your golf clock is done, u’r DONE!! His high level days are OVA! And then the Tour tries to sugar coat the TV exposure by forcing him into a JT and Rory tee time! Not happening. Lets’s focus on the other kids coming up, dude has his due. NEXT!!!

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Feb 16, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Back atcha! Maybe you should take your own advice! I guess you don’t want me watching the PGA this weekend…good for you…I have better things to do that won’t put me to sleep watching Rory or others…yawn!

  16. dat

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Just needs to add some more stops to the schedule. You have to play at a high level often to have a shot at doing well.

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U.S. Open Tour Truck Report: #7woodSZN, mini drivers, fresh grooves, and tinkering

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A nearly 7,700-yard, par-71 track featuring penal rough off the fairway and green, Torrey Pines’ South Course presents a difficult, demanding examination for players at this week’s U.S. Open. From every television, computer, and mobile device screen this truth is being conveyed to the point that, as is often the case in the leadup to U.S. Opens, a certain fatigue sets in.

However, it’s worth pointing to the obvious in order to highlight the fact that some players are making changes to their setups to accommodate the long approaches into par-4s and the need to maximize descent angle into — what are expected to be — thoroughly baked out greens.

Additionally, we’re hearing a ton of players are putting 7-woods in play primarily for the purpose of advancing the ball from the rough — not exactly “a get out of jail free” card, but hopefully a key to slip out of one’s cell.

Let’s get into the specifics.

Titleist

Jordan Spieth is testing a 21-degree TSi2 fairway wood, which is a game-time decision to add to the lineup in place of his 818 H2 hybrid.

Both Lanto Griffin and Matt Jones are adding TSi2 (21-degree) fairway woods in place of their utility irons.

Adam Scott is going with four woods this week. He’s adding a 13.5-degree TSi2 fairway wood. The Australian is also putting a Vokey 60A wedge in play (switching from a 60-06K). With four degrees of bounce, the wedge works well on tight lies.

Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck: “The rough is really, really difficult this week. And the greens are starting to firm up. So we have a lot of players evaluating TSi fairway wood options. The TSi 21-degree 7-wood has been very popular. Players are really liking what it does out of the rough and then into the greens – really high launch angle and landing very softly has been really effective.”

Max Homa put a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5, which is a similar profile to the 11.5 model he played earlier in the year. Homa likes the feel, forgiveness, and ease of alignment in the smaller profile.

Vokey

Not surprisingly, the majority of players asking for fresh grooves this week.

Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill on wedges this week: “This golf course is a beast. As you would imagine, rough is long and thick, but it’s a really cool different style of golf course where you’ve got a couple different types of grasses and just the way they put it together, it makes it extremely challenging. Because of this rough, because of the fairways, because of the greens, you would think that you’d want a little bit more bounce because of just how juicy and thick and healthy this rough is. But the reality is the more bounce you get, the slower it moves through that tall grass.”

“And so we see a lot of guys gravitate to something with less bounce: T grinds, A Grinds, L Grinds, Low-bounce K’s. Adam Scott switched to a 60A this week. He dabbled a little bit with it at Augusta National this year, but this is that week where it really fits the conditions. He wants that speed. He wants that comfort. He wants to be aggressive, so it’s great fit for him. Guys like Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth are bringing in fresh 60’s this week. So these guys are prepared. They’re ready to go. But again, very difficult golf course. You’ve got to have fresh grooves and you’ve got to have a little bit less bounced to maneuver through this tall grass.”

(Photo via Titleist)

Callaway

Phil Mickelson was spotted with a TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver (Fujikura Ventus Black shaft) in practice rounds. He’s also reportedly testing a 5-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9 X shaft.

Akshay Bhatia is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft in an Epic Max LS driver.

Patrick Rodgers is testing a Callaway Epic Speed 7-wood (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 TX).

Henrik Stenson has new Jaws MD5 Slate wedges in the bag (52-10S, 58-08C).

(Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder)

TaylorMade

Dustin Johnson looks to be returning to a TaylorMade TP Bandon putter (now outfitted with an LA Golf shaft) after rolling it with his Spider IB Limited at the Palmetto Championship. He’s sticking with the prototype LA Golf shaft in his driver, which makes sense, considering he now owns part of the company.

Ping

Reportedly “half of the tour staff” are putting 7-woods in play, according to our source at Ping. Bubba Watson and Mackenzie Hughes included.

Watson’s 7-wood specs: Ping G425 Max (23.5 degrees). 40.5-inch Fujikura Black 9 X shaft in custom pink (tipped 2 inches, D2+).

Cole Hammer is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD HD 7 TX shaft in his driver.

Others, free agents

Hideki Matsuyama is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X shaft in a SIM2 Max 3-wood.

Rikuya Hoshino is testing Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X in a Srixon ZX5 driver.

Shane Lowry has a new Cleveland RTX Full-Face 58-degree wedge in play.

Zack Sucher is putting a 16-degree Srixon ZX hybrid in play.

The king of stout shafts, Jhonny Vegas is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 100 X shaft in his 5-wood.

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

Read the full piece here.

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