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Jim Furyk on Patrick Reed’s comments, rumored Johnson-Koepka fight



Speaking today with Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, 2018 U.S. Team Ryder Cup Captain, Jim Furyk broke his silence on some of the rumors surrounding the fractious atmosphere among some of the U.S. players at Le Golf National.

Last week, Patrick Reed suggested that Jordan Spieth was the reason behind the breakup of their successful partnership on the course, while Reed’s wife and mother-in-law have both since criticized the pairings selected by Furyk last week in Paris. Today, however, Furyk claimed that Reed had been in the know regarding his pairing with Woods for “weeks in advance.” Reed, for his part, had said he was “blindsided” by the split.

“When I started looking at who (Tiger) would pair well with, I kept coming back to Patrick Reed. There was always the idea that we could go Tiger and JT (Justin Thomas), and Patrick and Jordan, but ultimately they knew going into the week, weeks in advance, they knew they would start the Ryder Cup with Patrick and Tiger being partners.”

Furyk also responded to claims over the fallout between good friends Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka following the heavy defeat suffered by the United States in Paris. Unlike others, Furyk didn’t refute that there had indeed been an altercation, but the 48-year-old insists that any incident that did occur was brief and insignificant.

“Whatever altercation started, or what happened, it was very brief. It was very short. Neither one of them really took anything out of it. They’re like brothers. Brothers may argue, brothers get into it. But they’re as close as they’ve ever been, and it really had no effect on either one of them.”

Reflecting on his team’s defeat in Paris, Furyk said that it has been “tough” for the last week and that the loss will “always bother me.” Despite the heavy defeat and the messy aftermath, the American re-iterated his belief in the 12 players that went to Paris with him, stating:

“I’d take those 12 players into the fire any day, on any course. And I still would. Last week didn’t work out the way we wanted, but I love those guys, and I love what we had together in the team room. And I’d do it all over again.”

What do you make of Jim Furyk’s comments?

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  1. Gimmie Hendrix

    Oct 9, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Since when is “loving those guys” relevant to coaching victory. Americanism. You guys won’t touch that cup for 50 years, just watch.

  2. Christopher Hansen

    Oct 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    If the US team only knows what it’s like to compete as individuals, it’s not surprising that they couldn’t create any synergy. Learning how to set your partner up as a ‘enabler’ role is a different mindset – and that means knowing what your partners need to succeed. If they all play their own game, that’s hardly a compromise or a recipe for success. Also, none of these guys are really good links style players, and most don’t have an abundance of playing overseas where conditions can be drastically different. Showing up 1 week in advance on an international travel commitment, and following a major and some intense FedEx cup tournaments is hardly what I’d call preparing for a major team event.

    Furyk is a straight shooter, and wants to win. He is one of the good guys.

    Granted Furyk doesn’t appear to have a huge pile of experience in overseas play or team-based play @ the elite Pro level, but that’s not what’s holding things back.

    What does EU do that USA doesn’t do? Maybe start there.

    I like Tiger as the Captain for his overseas playing experience, and Furyk as a team member.

    Drop Phil, he was a poor choice, and his ability to be successful in this format is questionable.

    Reed can partner up with whoever they want, but until these players figure out how to play to their partner’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s not going to result in a win.

    Lastly, US Tour players seem to have gotten used to plush courses with easier setups – presumably to boost low scores and generate tv ‘shock and awe’. No one who is serious about golf as a sport wants to see -22 on the leaderboard (and takes that seriously as the ultimate test of the field). We want to see the course eat up the players and really challenge them – closer to Par is expected, with some minor aggregates for 4 days of play. PGA could set these courses up a lot harder, if they chose to. maybe time to stop coddling the kids and cut the apron strings?

  3. John

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    At least it’s good to know that Reed doesn’t only use his mouth for eating doughnuts.

  4. DaveyD

    Oct 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    You never lose your way if you stick to the high road.

  5. Pru

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    He should be POTUS at some point. He speaks well, and is a great liar.

  6. Jim

    Oct 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Not that it’s very important, but it would be interesting to hear the real truth about this Reed-Spieth thing. Reed keeps throwing Spieth under the bus, and “calling him out” for some unknown reason. At the same time, we read that Reed had been begging to play with Tiger. Though, after Reed’s ruling comment about Spieth a few months ago, I can see why Spieth might not have wanted to partner with him.

  7. Rusty Carr

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    To say you would not change a thing after the results you achieved cements the opinion that you do not deserve another chance to captain the team. The captain must shoulder the blame when the team results don’t come come close to the team potential. This petty bickering is no way to win and sets a bad example for future teams.

  8. Tom

    Oct 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Is that kiwi polish you using now?. Nice shine on the head!

  9. Geoffrey Holland

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Picking a guy with a 10-20-4 record to captain a Ryder Cup team was suicidal. Simply a bad decision no matter how good of a guy he is.

    • Jamie

      Oct 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      What’s worse is that the Americans have been getting blasted at the RC for so long that one must ask if any of the 45+ YO veterans have a decent record.

    • Jack Nash

      Oct 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      So was adding Woods and Mickelson. Combined 43 losses.

  10. David Ross

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I heard Koepka jumped over the fence and beat up Johnson’s caddy… wait… wrong sport

  11. dixiedoc

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:38 am

    We need to pick the players to win the Cup not players to enhance the viewership (Phil and Tiger). The players should also realize the old cliche that there is no I in team

  12. Paul Vicaru

    Oct 8, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Jimmy has always been a straight shooter. You may not always agree with his message but the man has no hidden agenda. Just sorry it didn’t work out for him this year. He truly is one of the good guys

    • Dan Konold

      Oct 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm


    • geohogan

      Dec 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Jim has character. Something Reed knows nothing about.

      Usa needs team players. Reed regardless of his standings should never be on another Ryder Cup, along with Phil and Tiger. Time for new blood.

      Brooks, “juice” Koepka should fly with Ernie “now lets fight” Els.
      Pay for view, anyone?

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Morning 9: LIV golfers’ Masters expectations | Reed wants LIV Masters win | ANWA champ 4-stroke penalty



By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco.

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Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as day one of the Valero Texas Open gets underway where players have their last chance to clinch a spot at next week’s Masters.

1. Don’t expect awkwardness

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach…”Speaking to reporters ahead of this week’s LIV Golf League tournament at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida, Reed said Wednesday that the first major championship of the season won’t be about the competing circuits.”

  • “…Augusta National Golf Club elected to keep the same qualifying criteria it used in the past to determine the field for the 87th Masters. There are 18 players in the 89-man field from the LIV Golf League, including four other past champions: Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Charl Schwartzel.”
  • “Obviously, the media and the storylines are going to be obviously LIV versus PGA Tour and all that kind of stuff, but really, at the majors, top players in the world are going and playing against each other no matter where they come from,” Reed said. “For us, at least for myself, it’s going to be business as usual going out and playing.”
Full piece.

2. Reed: I’d love if a LIV golfer won the Masters

James Corrigan for The Telegraph…”Reed is one of six former Augusta champions on the Saudi-funded circuit, but says that if he replicated his 2018 success it would be a bigger deal.”

  • “If you’re able to go out and win, it brings a boost not only to yourself, but to the league and the team that you’re on,” he said, here at the Orange County National Golf Course where the third LIV Golf event of the season begins on Friday.
  • “Now it’s just not sharing it with yourself and your inner circle but you’re sharing it with these guys out there. It would just be huge for morale.”
Full piece.

3. Zhang leads ANWA

Beth Ann Nichols for Golfweek…”Rose Zhang said her father, Haibin, feverishly swept away the pine needles that were in the line of her 50-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole Wednesday at Champions Retreat.”

  • “He was doing it like a maniac,” said Zhang, “and I was low-key kind of telling him to calm down in terms of trying to help me get the little stuff out of the way.”
  • Top-ranked Zhang drained the putt and later thanked dad for the assist. It was one of six birdies on the day for Zhang, who posted a record 6-under 66 at Champions Retreat, besting the previous record of 68 carded by 2019 champion Jennifer Kupcho and Zoe Campos in the opening round in the inaugural event. Zhang birdied all four par 5s and leads Ole Miss senior Andrea Lignell by one stroke.
  • “With the round being so soft and being muddy,” said Zhang, “I can’t really expect anything more out of my game today.”
Full piece.

4. Defending champ hit with 4-stroke penalty

Brentley Romine for Golf Channel…”Anna Davis’ title defense got off to a rough start Wednesday morning at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.”

  • “On the opening hole of the 17-year-old’s opening round at Champions Retreat, the par-4 first on the Island nine, Davis committed two rules violations in which she lifted, cleaned and placed her ball in the rough, or second cut. The news was first reported by, which spoke to several witnesses.”
  • “Preferred lies are in effect for the first two rounds, but only in “areas cut to fairway height or less,” according to a memo sent by the competitions committee. Players were informed on Tuesday night that Model Local Rule E-3, which allows for preferred lies, would be adopted.”
  • “The verbiage of the MLR includes, “The use of this local rule outside the fairway in the general area is not recommended.”
  • “After her round, Davis was officially handed a pair of two-shot penalties under Rule 9.4 for, per an official statement from the tournament headquarters, twice lifting her ball and failing to replace it in its original spot.”
Full piece.

5. Bubba and Brooks on LIV tensions at Augusta

Cameron Jourdan for Golfweek…”In recent weeks, there has been plenty of discussion about how LIV golfers would interact with those from the PGA Tour and whether it would be tense. However, Watson and Koepka said don’t expect anything to happen.”

  • “I’m going to be honest, man. It’s only awkward in the media,” Watson said. “I’ve talked to people that are going to be there. I’m going to sign up with Jason Day and Cam Young in the par 3. Some guys have already asked me to play some practice rounds. Media is the only one that is pushing it. I have nothing against anybody. If you change jobs, I’m not mad at you. If you start reporting for somebody else, hey, man, it’s a better decision for you and your family.”
  • “Added Koepka: “I think that’s one of the big things. Down in Jupiter, we see each other — I was just with Rory (McIlroy) and J.T. (Justin Thomas) yesterday, and I think Keegan (Bradley) was there. We see each other quite a bit. I mean, there’s a lot of conversations. I was talking with Rory for probably about 30 minutes just about the ball and all the other stuff that’s going on. No one is angry at anybody from what I’ve seen.”
Full piece.

6. Patrick Reed wonders if Augusta’s new 13th hole has lost ‘a little bit of excitement’

Evin Priest for Golf Digest…”Even Dustin Johnson was laying up. That’s the takeaway from 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed after seeing Augusta National and its new, lengthening par-5 13th during a two-day reconnaissance trip to the famed course with his fellow green jacket winner and Harold Varner III last week.”

  • “At last year’s Masters, the iconic 13th measured 510 yards from the tips. But this year, it will max out at 545 yards according to the 2023 Masters media guide Augusta National. The hole is now 60 yards longer than when Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997.”
  • “D.J. laid up both days,” Reed said Wednesday at Orange County National, ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Orlando tournament. “I laid up [once]. Tournament time I would have laid up, but since we’re out there seeing it, I of course went [full] send.”
Full piece.

7. Rickie Fowler WITB

Driver: Cobra Aerojet LS (9 degrees)

Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70 X

3-wood: Cobra Aerojet LS (14.5 degrees @13.5 degrees)

Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX

5-wood: Cobra LTDx LS (17.5 degrees)

Shaft: UST Mamiya LINQ 8F5

Irons: Cobra King Tour (4-PW)

Shafts: KBS Tour C-Taper 125 S+

Wedges: Cobra King Forged (54, 56 and 58 degrees)

Shafts: KBS Tour 610

Putter: Odyssey Versa Jailbird

Grip: SuperStroke Tour 3.0 17-inch

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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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.

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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.

Toe sitting slightly up

Check out more photos of the Odyssey Tri-Hot 5K Three Putter.

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