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Dustin Johnson: ‘Driving distance isn’t really important anywhere’

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The distance debate rumbles on in golf, and one of the biggest hitters in the game has this week claimed that distance isn’t essential to his game.

Dustin Johnson is the current World Number One and sits 7th in driving distance for the 2020/21 season. Speaking before this week’s RBC Heritage, Johnson responded to a question suggesting that Harbor Town isn’t a course where long driving is vital by saying “distance isn’t really important anywhere”.

“Yeah, I mean, for sure. But for me, driving distance really isn’t important anywhere. It’s hitting the fairways. I want to play from the fairway.”

Rory McIlroy recently went down the rabbit hole of chasing speed which in turn threw his swing out of sync, and according to Johnson, the ability to hit it farther is there, but it’s all about hitting fairways for the 36-year-old.

“I can hit it further than I do if I want to, but I don’t have control, so I’m trying to hit fairways.”

Johnson tees off for today’s opening round at the RBC Heritage at 8.17 AM ET.

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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. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Drive for show….

  2. T

    Apr 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    If that’s true, then play a few tournaments with no driver and just a 3W off the tee and then tell me whether you don’t really care about distance anymore.

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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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