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Children’s Miracle Network Classic: An Elimination Game

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One of the things that makes professional and college sports so exciting is the exponential spike in intensity that games carry at the end of the season and in the playoffs. Be it a meaningful 162nd game of the baseball season, Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl or the BCS Championship, a heightened level of drama shrouds the spectacle.

It is a special sort of dark comedy to have the week of the year that will be the most stressful and, indeed, the most heartbreaking for some take place at Disney World. But such is golf, as we often hear. With 125, as always, being the magic number at or under which on the Money List Tour membership will be guaranteed for next year, some now on the wrong side will find themselves triumphant and others will tumble in the wrong direction, an unpleasant trip to Q-School ahead.

Here are three “insiders” and three “outsiders” to watch this week.

No. 116: David Mathis

Mathis has had a very inconsistent year in 2012, making the cut in only 12 of 28 events played to this point. The North Carolina native does have two top-10 finishes, but only barely—ties for 10th place at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the McGladrey Classic two weeks ago. He has held at least a share of the lead through the first round twice this year, but both times has finished outside the top 50 in the event, making less than $12,000 in either start.

No. 121: Boo Weekley

Few players have ever exhibited as incredible a disparity between ball-striking and putting as has Weekley throughout his career, with 2012 being especially stark in that regard. First in Total Driving and fourth in Greens in Regulation on Tour this year, Weekley is a futile 189th in Strokes Gained – Putting, or second-to-last. Usually bad putting will sully the rest of one’s game, but Weekley’s resistance of this trend is a testament to his positive attitude. A call to putting guru Dave Stockton might help, though.

No. 125: Billy Mayfair

Mayfair, now 46 years old, has not won on Tour since 1998. A rough 2010 year in which he finished 142nd on the Money List caused him to have to return to Q School, but he was the medalist and had a solid 2011 year to retain his card. Despite his recent success there, the 1987 U.S. Amateur champ would rather not have to return to Q School’s final playing in its current form.

No. 134: Tim Petrovic

Petrovic had a chance to lock up his 2013 Tour card a few weeks ago at the Frys.com Open, but fell a shot short of a chance to play off against Jonas Blixt to ensure Tour membership for two years. Petro has had limited PGA Tour status this year, only playing in 16 events so far. Unfortunately he has not made the most of those limited opportunities, with only seven made cuts and only one top-20 finish besides his recent runner-up effort in California. His 2013 Tour card is within reach with a solid showing this week.

No. 136: Tim Herron

Herron has made only 15 cuts in 26 events this year, with only a single top-10 finish, at Las Vegas in October. He will play Thursday in the same group as fellow Minnesotan and baseball star Joe Mauer, so hopefully Lumpy will feel good enough vibes to play well enough to avoid Q School himself. His putter has let him down at times this year, as he ranks 140th in Strokes Gaine – Putting. 

No. 137: Jerry Kelly

A teammate of Tim Petrovic’s at the University of Hartford, Jerry Kelly has put together a solid if unspectacular PGA Tour career, with three wins and over $23 million in career earnings. Nonetheless, he needs to play well this week if he’s going to avoid going to Q School for the first time since joining the PGA Tour in 1996.

Click here for more discussion in the “Tour Talk” forum. 

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Tim grew up outside of Hartford, Conn., playing most of his formative golf at Hop Meadow Country Club in the town of Simsbury. He played golf for four years at Washington & Lee University (Division-III) and now lives in Pawleys Island, S.C., and works in nearby Myrtle Beach in advertising. He's not too bad on Bermuda greens, for a Yankee. A lifelong golf addict, he cares about all facets of the game of golf, from equipment to course architecture to PGA Tour news to his own streaky short game.

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Spotted: Phil Mickelson testing Callaway’s mini driver

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There is some serious equipment testing going on at Pinehurst’s legendary No. 2 course before the 2024 U.S. Open starts! We spotted renowned club tinkerer Phil Mickelson on the range with a new setup. He was testing out the new Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver with a new Mitsubishi Diamana BB (Blue Board) shaft.

Phil has long been a mini driver/2-wood/strong 3-wood guy, as he was the inspiration for the Callaway “Phranken Wood” about 10 years ago. For many pros, adding a strong 3-wood or mini driver allows them to turn it over easier and add a more consistent draw to their bag off the tee without losing too much distance.

Mitsubishi’s Diamana BB is the newest mid-launch shaft in the Diamana line. The “BB” on the shaft of course references the iconic Blue Board shafts from 20 years ago and this model will have a similar smooth feel.

 

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Photos from the 2024 U.S. Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the third major of the season: the U.S. Open at historic Pinehurst No. 2.

Qualifier WITBs are the stars the the show so far — along with in-hand looks at what Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau are playing.

Check back throughout the week as we continue to add more galleries.  

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WITB Albums

Pullout Albums

See what GolfWRXers are saying about the photos from the U.S. Open in the forums. 

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Why Wyndham Clark is playing a brand-new driver and an old putter this week

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Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article originally filed for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report by our Andrew Tursky. Read the full piece here. 

At the top end of the bag, Clark is set to change into Titleist’s new GT2 driver during the first week it’s being made available to PGA TOUR players. On Monday, Titleist officially unveiled its new lineup of GT drivers and fairway woods, and Clark plans to become one of the early adopters of the new technology as competition begins on Thursday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Interestingly, Clark was relatively late to make a permanent switch into the company’s previous TSR3 driver. Although the TSR drivers first launched in 2022, Clark was back-and-forth with the 2020 TSi3 driver and the 2022 TSR3 driver until the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2024.

On Wednesday, GolfWRX.com caught up with Clark to get his take on the new GT2 driver, and why he’s switching so quickly.

“It’s faster (than my previous TSR3),” Clark said. “I felt like I got 2-3 mph more ball speed, which is amazing. And it has really consistent spin, which is obviously huge for what we do out here.”

…On the bottom end of the bag, Clark will likely play his first event since 2023 without an Odyssey Jailbird putter in the bag.

In case you forgot, Clark and Rickie Fowler were the trendsetters who brought the 2014 Odyssey Versa Jailbird back to the forefront of the golf market in 2023. Clark then switched into the upgraded Odyssey Ai Jailbird during the week of his win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

This week, however, Clark is going back in time, switching into a PXG prototype mallet that he used in 2022.

Read the full piece at PGATour.com

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