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What to expect from Seminole Golf Club – from the 4 pros who will play it this Sunday

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One of the most private golf clubs in the world will be showcased this weekend at the ‘TaylorMade Driving Relief’ charity skins match as Seminole Golf Club opens its doors for the first time to a global audience.

Seminole Golf Club is one of the ‘big four’ exclusive golf clubs in the U.S., along with Augusta National, Pine Valley and Cypress Point Club, and for many golf junkies, the real treat on Sunday will be getting to see the famed course which will also host the Walker Cup in 2021.

Ahead of Sunday’s charity skins match, the four men who will battle it out have been sharing their thoughts on the ocean course, and what viewers can expect to see this weekend.

Rory McIlroy

“I think it’s designed by Donald Ross, and I think it’s Donald Ross’s greatest course he ever designed. He had a wonderful piece o land beside the Atlantic Ocean, and he probably — some of the best green complexes in the world in terms of, you know, the thought that need to go into playing your second shots into the greens and then just how thoughtful you need to be on the greens and around the greens.

“I putted off the fifth green from about 30 feet. If the wind gets up and the greens are as fast as they were last Friday — birdies might be hard to come by, but there are going to be some chances.”

I’ve actually played there on Friday with Justin Thomas and Jimmy Dunne, who is the club president and Tom Brady who is a new member, actually. I putted off the fifth green from about 30 feet. If the wind gets up and the greens are as fast as they were last Friday — birdies might be hard to come by, but there are going to be some chances. But it’s going to play fast and fix and looks like it will be a little breezy on Sunday, so it will be a good test for everyone.”

Rickie Fowler

“I love Seminole. It’s just a fun golf course to play. It’s very much a second-shot or approach-shot golf course. I’d say it’s fairly forgiving off the tee, but how the greens are kind of designed, they’re pretty good sized, but as far as where you can land the ball and keep the ball on the green, kind of similar to a Pinehurst No. 2 in a way.

“It’s very much a second-shot or approach-shot golf course. I’d say it’s fairly forgiving off the tee, but how the greens are kind of designed, as far as where you can land the ball and keep the ball on the green, kind of similar to a Pinehurst No. 2 in a way.”

A lot of balls will roll and feed off, whether it’s back down through the fairway into bunkers, and that’s where it can get tough, especially if the wind is up, but it doesn’t look like it’s supposed to be too windy on Sunday. Yeah, I think you’re going to see us having some fun off the tee, and then from there is where things will get separated on approach shots and putting.”

Dustin Johnson

“Seminole is a special place, and fortunately for us we live right down the street from it. I’ve gotten to play it quite a few times, and it’s a course you always enjoy playing. It’s got tons of history.

“The greens are always so fast, it’s a little windy … I always struggle there.”

When you first get there and you look at it, you think, OK, I should tear this place up, but then when you get done playing, you add your score up and it’s never very good, especially because the greens are always so fast, it’s a little windy … I always struggle there. ”

Matthew Wolff

“Both times I played it the weather was really nice, so I haven’t really played it in high winds yet. I’ve always been told, that the wind is one of its biggest defenses. I’m not sure what the weather is supposed to be like on Sunday, but I think that if the wind blows it’s going to be a difficult course.

“The greens are extremely difficult. They’re very sloped, a lot of subtle breaks, and I’ve even heard that people putt the ball often off the green and into bunkers.”

But also the greens are extremely difficult. They’re very sloped, a lot of subtle breaks, and I’ve even heard that people putt the ball often off the green and into bunkers. I don’t think you’re going to see that from us, but it’s definitely something that I think putting is a huge advantage there. We’ll see what the weather brings because I think that’s going to be the biggest factor in whether there’s a lot of birdies or we’re playing more for defense and just to make a bunch of pars.”

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Augusta it's not

    May 17, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Course looks like s hit.

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to caddie at next week’s PGA Championship

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will return to looping duties at next week’s PGA Championship after a mix up meant that Max Homa’s caddie would be unavailable.

Speaking on the Get a Grip podcast, Homa explained that his regular caddie Joe Greiner wanted to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay – believing that the event was the week of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

However, after realizing the event was in the middle of this year’s PGA Championship, it left Homa stuck, but Greiner quickly found him a decent replacement in the legendary Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay.

“I’m super, super fortunate. I’ve gotten to know Bones out at Whisper Rock in Arizona and he is truly one of the nicest, greatest people I’ve ever been around.” said Homa on teaming up with Mackay.

Mackay has recently worked for NBC and Golf Channel telecasts since his split with Phil Mickelson. However, he has also worked as a fill-in caddie for Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Walker over the past couple of years.

Next week will be the first time Bones has teamed up with Homa, and it’s a prospect that the 30-year-old is relishing.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe’s caddying and I mean this is not a slight at all, so please believe me when I say that … but it’ll be really cool to be around someone like Bones,” said Homa. “Joe has learned his way into this. Not that Bones didn’t, but he’s been doing this forever.”

 

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Smylie Kaufman explains brutal 1-foot miss at Monday Qualifying

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We’ve all heard stories about how cutthroat Monday qualifying is each week, but Kaufman’s tale is a real heartbreaker.

Kaufman missed out on a playoff by one stroke, and the crucial one stroke needed to make up the ground was a missed 1-foot putt.

The Alabama native took to Twitter on Tuesday explaining the missed 1-foot putt, which he put down to: “not realizing my ball accumulated so much water and sand” after a rain delay.

Golf fans were perplexed by the incident, with many not sure if Kaufman had failed to mark his ball, but it’s more likely that the putt was his second after the restart. Just brutal luck.

The 29-year-olds fall from grace has seen him drop to 1530 in the World Golf Ranking, having made just one cut worldwide since 2019.

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Rory McIlroy’s heart rate hit stunning high on 72nd hole at Wells Fargo

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PGA Tour professionals are imperious at looking cool under pressure, but in reality, they aren’t immune to high moments of stress.

Thanks to Whoop’s partnership with the PGA Tour, now us mere mortals can all see exactly how the best are feeling.

The most stressful moment for Rory McIlroy at Quail Hollow last week came on the 72nd hole when he hooked his 3-wood off the tee dangerously close to the water.

Per Whoop Live, the Irishman’s BPM (Beats per Minute) spiked to 140 following the tee shot. It settled back to 115 as he addressed his approach to the green but once again rose dramatically following his putt to win, with his BPM hitting a remarkable 151.

 

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Whoop, the human performance company and 24/7 fitness tracker and health monitor, became the official fitness wearable of the PGA TOUR in January.

Part of this partnership includes Whoop Live, which throughout the season will highlight player biometric data and heart rate during defining moments with real-time metrics integrated into live broadcast and digital content.

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