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Medalist Golf Club: Testing ground for Tiger’s Ball and host of the Match Part II

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It has been well documented that The Match: Champions for Charity is a home game for Tiger Woods, who is a member of the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. In fact when the course was updated a number of years ago to add yardage to the Pete Dye/Greg Norman design the longest tee decks were aptly named the “Tiger Tees,” and stretch the course out to over 7,500 yards—at sea level.

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Now if you are curious to get a look at what the course looked like when it originally opened you can check out this classic episode of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf Norman vs Price at Medalist which was filmed not long after the course originally opened.

What could be the most interesting thing about Medalist from an equipment perspective is the ball both Tiger Woods and his partner will be using this weekend during The Match Part II, the Bridgestone Tour B XS was tested and run through its paces during research and development on the very same course.

You can check out part 3 of  “A Fitting Story” presented by Bridgestone below.

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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Bryson DeChambeau flies home from Wells Fargo early…before realizing he made the cut

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Bryson DeChambeau’s round of 73 on Friday at the Wells Fargo put him comfortably outside the cut line and facing his first missed cut since February.

Conditions soon toughened up at Quail Hollow, however, and Bryson’s two over par score through 36 holes managed to squeak him through to the weekend.

The only issue? Bryson had assumed he had missed the cut and had already made his way back to Dallas.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram this evening to poke fun at himself, posting a photo of him at his home gym in Dallas with the caption: “Headed back to Dallas to get a quick workout in…see ya tomorrow Charlotte.”

 

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On our Instagram, I may or may not have taken this tongue in cheek comment literally before editing the caption on our post (semantics, it’s Friday night etc.).

But Bryson confirmed in multiple posts on our Instagram that he had, in fact, convinced himself that there was no chance of him making the weekend.

If DeChambeau goes on to win from here, it’d likely be one of the wildest PGA Tour wins in recent times, and there’s no better man to pull this off!

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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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