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Bryson and Rory among those to weigh in after Mickelson slammed USGA for potential driver-shaft rollback



Before his second round of play at last week’s BMW Championship, six-time major champion Phil Mickelson took to social media to communicate his displeasure with the USGA’s potential attempts at a rollback in driver length.

Mickelson’s frustration at this suggested change certainly makes sense, as the 51 year-old currently uses a 47 and a half inch length driver, and did so during his PGA Championship victory this year as well. With that being said, the majority of Tour pros do use driver shafts of 46 inches or shorter.

Golf Channel reached out to the USGA for a statement, to which they responded, “We’re holding off on [an] official statement for now, but will refer anyone who asks to see if they have any questions about research or our process.”

Despite no official comment from the USGA on the matter, other Tour pros did not hesitate to weigh in on the controversial topic.

We asked our instagram followers whether they agreed or disagreed with Mickelson’s sentiment, and the post received numerous responses from fellow PGA Tour pros. Bryson DeChambeau commented, “I agree,” and Graeme McDowell also sarcastically weighed in, “Max length of a putter like 36 inches while they are in the mood???”

John Daly also took to social media to express his opinion, tweeting, “I totally agree with you brother but why don’t they just change the cheapest thing made in golf……the #golfball #bringthegolfballback NO common sense!”

Also in competition at last week’s BMW Championship, Rory McIlroy discussed the very same issue during his Friday post-round press conference, stating,

“I don’t think driver length is the right way to tackle what the governing bodies want to do. I mean, I would be in agreement with Phil. A lot of amateurs just pick a driver off the rack and it’s going to be 45 and a half inches, no one’s even thinking of going to that so, yeah I’d be very surprised to hear the average golfer play anything longer than 45 and a half. I don’t think it’s going to make a huge difference.”

While the vocal majority of Mickelson’s fellow Tour pros are supportive of the 45-time PGA Tour winner stance, it remains to be seen how much the USGA puts into the credence of its game’s biggest stars.

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  1. Mike

    Sep 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Another useless proclamation from a useless organization (on the professional level). Stick to running amateur tournaments. Best $15 I never spent was when I stopped renewing my annual usga membership.

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  3. Mark R

    Sep 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    I just cut my Driver down to 44 inches, 1/2 longer than the standard length years ago.

    Interestingly I hit it just as Far while only losing one mph in Club Head Speed.

    I am hitting WAY more fairways NOW and with my formerly lost DRAW ball flight.

  4. Gordy3279

    Sep 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    USGA and R&A have to validate their existence with this non-sense. If you want courses to play harder make them harder. But then again, Pro’s love the courses when you can let it rip 100% and fire at pins. Rory even said it.

    But if we want to play this game.

    Make the heads smaller. 290CC should be the largest the head should be. Or, just make them use steel shafts The real technological difference is the quality of the shafts if you really want to split hairs.

  5. jc

    Sep 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    remember the groove on wedges joke? make all old wedges illegal…too much spin…should be punished for being in rouh….so i got some old wedges on sale , good till 2024….then guess what, they found that the pros were hitting it closer to the hole because the ball would roll a little more forward, closer to the hole…… love how the usga blazer guys who can’t break 90 try to dictate. and the average guy will never hit a 290 drive no matter what club they use. guys like me who are older, have medical problems have a hard time getting it to 200…so just leave it alone.

  6. ericsokp

    Sep 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    So my solution to the distance “problem” has always been much simpler … limit the number of clubs to only 12. My theory is that the pro’s won’t want to eliminate any of their wedges/scoring clubs and instead may take out their drivers and longest irons since they can still hit their 3 woods so far.

  7. Chris Hoggart

    Aug 31, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    So every club should be 47.5″ long – because anything shorter promotes a shorter, more violent (injury prone) swing??? What a crock of sh*t!

    • Billy

      Sep 1, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      That is how you took that comment?

      You serve fries with that?

  8. Dave

    Aug 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    This shouldn’t be a USGA matter. It’s a PGA Tour matter.

  9. Koepkouldnt

    Aug 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Thinking the USGA should have worked with the PGA tour on this one. Perhaps set a max length for pro’s while leaving the longer boom sticks for us hackers.

  10. Bill

    Aug 30, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    USGA…leave the damn game alone! There is nothing wrong with it. “Dialing” anything back only makes the shorter players shorter and the longer players still longer. Let them hit the ball far…if they can. You still have to get the ball into the hole(Cantlay).
    The NHL should’ve made the net smaller for Gretzky. The NBA should’ve made the rim higher for Jordan (and allowed six defenders when they had to play the Bulls). The NFL should make the football square for Brady and narrow the goal posts for the best place kickers. The Olympics should’ve made Bolt start 10 meters back of everyone. Baseball should make prolific home run hitters use 28″ wiffle bats.
    The USGA is trying to “fix” something that isn’t broken. If it upsets someone being outdriven then get into the gym and do the hard work to get longer. You’re not going to get on the long drive circuit(there are freaks of nature out there) but you can get longer.
    Again, USGA, leave the game alone. You’ll chase people away. You’re going to ruin it.

    • Jon

      Aug 30, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      Well said

    • Boe jiden

      Aug 30, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      Bill for president

    • jc

      Sep 1, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      so if they want to make it harder to hit long drives, why then does the leader of the fedex cup start with a 10 stroke lead?

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How much each player won from the FedEx Cup at the 2021 Tour Championship



Patrick Cantlay saw off Jon Rahm to make it back-to-back wins and grab the $15 million FedEx bonus at East Lake on Sunday. The Spaniard gave it all he could but eventually had to settle for second-place and a whopping consolation of $5 million.

Here’s a look at how much each player made from the FedEx Cup scheme, including those who didn’t make it all the way to East Lake.

1: Patrick Cantlay, -21, $15,000,000

2: Jon Rahm, -20, $5,000,000

3: Kevin Na, -16, $4,000,000

4: Justin Thomas, -15, $3,000,000

T-5: Xander Schauffele, -14, $2,200,000

T-5: Viktor Hovland, -14, $2,200,000

7: Bryson DeChambeau, -13, $1,300,000

8: Dustin Johnson, -11, $1,100,000

T-9: Billy Horschel, -10, $890,000

T-9: Abraham Ancer, -10, $830,000

T-11: Daniel Berger, -8, $705,000

T-11: Jason Kokrak, -8, $705,000

T-11: Tony Finau, -8, $705,000

T-14: Sergio Garcia, -7, $583,750

T-14: Rory McIlroy, -7, $583,750

T-14: Louis Oosthuizen, -7, $583,750

T-14: Cameron Smith, -7, $583,750

T-18: Sam Burns, -6, $527,500

T-18: Harris English, -6, $527,500

T-20: Sungjae Im, -4, $497,500

T-20: Jordan Spieth, -4, $497,500

T-22: Erik van Rooyen, -3, $466,666

T-22: Corey Conners, -3, $466,666

T-22: Scottie Scheffler, -3, $466,666

25: Patrick Reed, -2, $445,000

T-26: Stewart Cink, E, $425,000

T-26: Hideki Matsuyama, E, $425,000

T-26: Collin Morikawa, E, $425,000

29: Joaquin Niemann, +4, $405,000

30: Brooks Koepka, WD, $395,000

31: K.H. Lee, $200,000

32: Charley Hoffman, $195,000

33: Alex Noren, $190,000

34: Si Woo Kim, $186,000

35: Max Homa, $183,000

36: Hudson Swafford, $181,000

37: Cam Davis, $179,000

38: Kevin Kisner, $177,000

39: Keegan Bradley, $175,000

40: Webb Simpson, $173,000

41: Brian Harman, $171,000

42: Marc Leishman, $169,000

43: Cameron Tringale, $168,000

44: Harold Varner III, $167,000

45: Shane Lowry, $166,000

46: Lucas Glover, $165,000

47: Matt Jones, $164,000

48: Carlos Ortiz, $163,000

49: Aaron Wise, $162,000

50: Lee Westwood, $161,000

51: Charl Schwartzel, $160,000

52: Paul Casey, $159,000

53: Sebastián Muñoz, $158,000

54: Tom Hoge, $157,000

55: Branden Grace, $156,000

56: Russell Henley, $155,000

57: Cameron Champ, $154,000

58: Maverick McNealy, $153,000

59: Emiliano Grillo, $152,000

60: Robert Streb, $151,000

61: Jhonattan Vegas, $150,000

62: Chris Kirk, $150,000

63: Patton Kizzire, $150,000

64: Kevin Streelman, $150,000

65: Keith Mitchell, $150,000

66: Harry Higgs, $140,000

67: Mackenzie Hughes, $140,000

68: Talor Gooch, $140,000

69: Ryan Palmer, $140,000

70: Phil Mickelson, $140,000

71: Matthew Wolff, $110,000

72: Seamus Power, $110,000

73: Matt Fitzpatrick, $110,000

74: Tyrrell Hatton, $110,000

75: Martin Laird, $110,000

76: Joel Dahmen, $110,000

77: Ian Poulter, $110,000

78: Troy Merritt, $110,000

79: J:T: Poston, $110,000

80: Pat Perez, $110,000

81: Bubba Watson, $110,000

82: Andrew Putnam, $110,000

83: Doug Ghim, $110,000

84: Brandon Hagy, $110,000

85: Adam Long, $110,000

86: Peter Malnati, $105,000

87: Wyndham Clark, $105,000

88: Adam Schenk, $105,000

89: Lanto Griffin, $105,000

90: Adam Scott, $105,000

91: Kramer Hickok, $105,000

92: Brian Stuard, $105,000

93: Henrik Norlander, $105,000

94: Doc Redman, $105,000

95: Brian Gay, $105,000

96: Roger Sloan, $105,000

97: Brandt Snedeker, $105,000

98: Hank Lebioda, $105,000

99: Tyler McCumber, $105,000

100: Denny McCarthy, $105,000

101: Brendon Todd, $101,000

102: Luke List, $101,000

103: Adam Hadwin, $101,000

104: Chez Reavie, $101,000

105: Brendan Steele, $101,000

106: Sepp Straka, $101,000

107: Garrick Higgo, $101,000

108: James Hahn, $101,000

109: Zach Johnson, $101,000

110: Russell Knox, $101,000

111: Matt Wallace, $101,000

112: Sam Ryder, $101,000

113: Gary Woodland, $101,000

114: Jason Day, $101,000

115: Matthew NeSmith, $101,000

116: Scott Piercy, $101,000

117: Kyle Stanley, $101,000

118: Anirban Lahiri, $101,000

119: Dylan Frittelli, $101,000

120: Richy Werenski, $101,000

121: C:T: Pan, $101,000

122: Matt Kuchar, $101,000

123: Brice Garnett, $101,000

124: Scott Stallings, $101,000

125: Chesson Hadley, $101,000

126: Justin Rose, $70,000

127: Ryan Armour, $70,000

128: Patrick Rodgers, $70,000

129: Bo Hoag, $70,000

130: Camilo Villegas, $70,000

131: Nate Lashley, $70,000

132: Michael Thompson, $70,000

133: Rory Sabbatini, $70,000

134: Rickie Fowler, $70,000

135: Cameron Percy, $70,000

136: Austin Cook, $70,000

137: Tommy Fleetwood, $70,000

138: Chase Seiffert, $70,000

139: Charles Howell III, $70,000

140: Vincent Whaley, $70,000

141: Nick Taylor, $70,000

142: Francesco Molinari, $70,000

143: Mark Hubbard, $70,000

144: Ryan Moore, $70,000

145: Michael Gligic, $70,000

146: Joseph Bramlett, $70,000

147: Bo Van Pelt, $70,000

148: Beau Hossler, $70,000

149: Vaughn Taylor, $70,000

150: Satoshi Kodaira, $70,000

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Lee Westwood shares a brilliant and obvious tip to help hone in your irons



Ahead of the upcoming Ryder Cup matches, Lee Westwood took to social media to share a helpful tip on honing in your irons.

In the Twitter video, Westwood explains that he writes his stock yardages on the actual club of each of his irons. The Englishman shows the “164” written in black marker on the back of his 8-iron to the camera and then proceeds to flush one 163 yards.

Not bad.

This may seem like an incredibly obvious tip, but having the visual reminder has done wonders for the 46-year-old, who finished runner-up at the Players Championship this spring.

Westwood was eliminated from the FedEx Cup Playoffs at last week’s BMW Championship, but he is currently qualified for the European Ryder Cup team.

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Bryson documents quest for 215mph ball speed ahead of Long Drive Championship



Bryson DeChambeau will tee it up later this month at The Professional Long Driver’s Association World Championship, and ahead of the event, the 27-year-old has been ramping up his preparation.

In a new video on Bryson’s YouTube Channel, the Californian gave fans inside access to how he’s gearing up for the event, with the testosterone reaching fever-pitch, even resulting in some broken golf balls!

In the vid, DeChambeau goes in search of 215mph ball speed, and it truly shows the dedication and mindset of the 2020 U.S. Open champ, as well as the hours and hard work he puts in to chase his goals.

Bryson reaches an impressive 212.5mph ball speed in training after a whopping 187 tries and then heads to a Long Drive Tournament simulation where he made it all the way to the final round thanks to smashed drives of up to 375 yards.

Interestingly, during the video, Bryson reveals that a big problem of his is “finding the ground” before he starts to release, as it has led to him slipping on tee shots, as we saw during the final round of this year’s U.S. Open.

For more behind the scenes videos of Bryson, you can subscribe to his YouTube channel here.

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