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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (6/8/22): 2022 Scotty Cameron Hula headcover

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a 2022 Scotty Cameron Hula headcover.

From the seller (@TKD24): “2022 Scotty Cameron Hula Headcover (NIB) – $240. Note that it is not the topless rare version, but still a gem.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: 2022 Scotty Cameron Hula headcover 

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Tour Rundown: Rose returns to winner’s circle and plenty more

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It was a four-event week, as January and February shook hands. The PGA, DP World, Korn Ferry, and Asian tours celebrated tournaments from California to Panama to the Middle East.

PGA Tour: Rose wins 11th title on tour at Carmel

The world forgets how good Justin Rose was a decade ago. He won a US Open and an Olympic gold medal, and narrowly lost out on a green Augusta jacket. His last win came in 2019, just before the pandemic touched down on planet Earth. Rose has been saddle with equipment rumors, suggesting that his talent was compromised beyond his control. Whatever.

This week, Rose was the King of Carmel. He toured the Monterey peninsula like a chieftain. The Englishman was the only golfer to post four rounds in the 60s, including an ace on Friday at Spyglass Hill’s 15th hole. Rose saved his best for the weekend-plus. On Saturday-Sunday, Rose signed for a third-round 65 at Monterey Peninsula, and followed that up with a Sunday-Monday 66 at Pebble Beach.

A resurgent Brendon Todd gave Rose some chase, but his final-days 65 was just one better than Rose’s tally. Todd finished in a second-place tie with Brandon Wu, who posted a 66 of his own in the final round. Will this victory give Rose the propulsion needed to once again contend in major championships on the final nine holes? We think that he has one or two more runs in him.

DP World Tour: Gavins claims second tour title at Ras Al Khaimah

Elation for one is heartbreak for another. Zander Lombard looked to be confident, if not completely in control, of this week’s DP World Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. He opened with bogey on Sunday, but more than countered with eagle, two holes later. Something wasn’t quite right with the swing, thought, and three more bogeys sneaked in, sandwiching a birdie at seven. It added up to a plus-one on the outward half, a far cry from the stuff of 69-68-63 over the first three days.

Sensing an opening were  Sweden’s Alexander Björk and England’s Daniel Gavins. Each one leapt to the top of the leader board, with Gavins holding a one-shot advantage as the two traversed the watery 18th. Gavins struggled to a double-bogey seven, which dropped him from 19-under to 17-deep. Drive in the water, never over the land. Re-tee, makfind water again, make a bomb of a putt (26-feet) for double, to avoid triple bogey. Surely all hope was lost, he must have thought. Then came Björk, who erred too far on the side of caution. Rough to rough to green, with a chance at birdie to reach 18-under and, perhaps, steal a title. Putt from 33 feet too bold, and second putt, too askew. Three putts led to six, and second place was his.

Behind them came Lombard, with one last shot at a playoff. Two mighty strikes left him 23 feet beyond the hole, with a putt for eagle and a playoff. The putt leaked away low, to the right side, and he settled for birdie, and a tie with Björk for runner-up. Lombard’s pursuit of a first DP World Tour title marches on, while Galvin breathes deeply and accepts trophy number two.

Korn Ferry Tour: Playoff decides Panama Classic in favor of next-gen pro

It was a rough, final day at the Club de Golf de Pánama for third-round leaders Christopher Petefish and Brett Drewitt. Seeking to replicate their best rounds of the week, the pair instead struggled to equal their worst ones. Petefish fired his second 74 of the week when it mattered most, while Drewitt closed with 73. The pair dropped seven places and barely preserved top-ten finishes.

With the leading duo out of the running, space opened for a trio of surging talents to stake a claim to the title. Two of the challengers have grandfather Masters champions, while the third was a standout at Southern Methodist University. Mac Meissner began the day at one-under par, posted 68, and moved to three-under on the week. Sam Saunders, grandson of four-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer, started Sunday at even par, but posted three-under to join Meissner atop the list. Finally, Pierceson Coody, grandson of 1971 Masters titlehlder Charles Coody, signed for the low round of the day (66) to move from one-over to, you guessed it, three-deep.

The trio went off to a playoff hole, and the overtime session was brief. Coody struck with a birdie at the par-four closing hole to dispatch his foes. Coody’s approach to the hole released some twenty feet, finishing within a foot of the hole. The victory was his second on the Korn Ferry Tour, and situated him well for promotion to the PGA Tour in the near future.

Asian Tour: Ancer holds off Young for PIFSI title

The Asian Tour will spend its first three, calendar weeks of 2023 in the Middle East, before venturing east to New Zealand. This week, the tour was at the Royal Greens Club, and it turned quickly into a two-man battle. Abraham Ancer began the week with 63, while Cameron Young was close behind, at 65, When Young posted another 65 on day two, he inched closer to Ancer, who gave up little ground with 66. They reversed once again on Saturday, with 64 for Ancer and another 65 for Young. By this stage, no one was within five shots of second, so only a 59 on Sunday would overtake both leaders.

Ancer made three birdies and a bogey on day-four’s outward nine, while Young crept close with four birds and a bogey. For all the world, there was no telling who would outpace the other, with a single shot separating them, with nine holes to play. Ancer did the unthinkable: nine consecutive pars, to close with 68 and 19-under par. Could it be good enough? It seemed that way, when Young went bogey-par-double, from the 13th to the 15th holes. Four in arrears, Young never gave up. He made birdie at 16 and 18 to pull back to two shots, but Ancer never wavered, and earned a first title in 2023.

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Photos from the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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GolfWRX is live this week from the Monterey Peninsula in Pebble Beach, California, for the 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the most scenic and celebrity-filled event on the PGA Tour.

Pebble Beach Golf Links sits atop cliffs that overlook Carmel Bay, producing both breathtaking views and an imposing threat. The multi-course event is also played on Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course.

A unique inclusion in this week’s photos: celebrity WITBs from a few of the amateurs in the field (including Darius Rucker, SchoolboyQ, and Macklemore). We also have a number of WITBs from the professional contingent and a look at Buffalo Bills’ QB Josh Allen’s sticks. Also: A look at some iconic Arnold Palmer clubs (pictured in the featured image).

Check out links to all our photos below, and when you’re done, join the discussion in the forums.

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Morning 9: ANWA field | Bryson’s surgery | DP World Tour pro roasts Reed

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By Ben Alberstadt with Gianni Magliocco and Matthew Vincenzi.

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February 2, 2023

Good Thursday morning, golf fans, as day one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am gets underway.

1. ANWA field announced

From the official release…”Invitations to compete in the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur were sent in January and 70 players to date have been confirmed for the Championship, which will be held March 29-April 1 in Augusta, Ga.”

  • “Each of the top 45 eligible amateurs in the final World Amateur Golf Ranking of 2022 have accepted invitations to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, including the last two champions, Tsubasa Kajitani and Anna Davis, along with top-ranked amateur Rose Zhang.”
  • “Beginning the week prior to the 87th Masters Tournament, the international field will compete across 54 holes of stroke play, with a cut to 30 players and ties taking place after 36 holes. The first two rounds will take place on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round on Friday, March 31. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 1 and will feature the competitors who made the cut.”
  • “New in 2023, the first and second rounds of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur will be broadcast live on Golf Channel (1:30-3:30 p.m. ET) from Champions Retreat Golf Club. NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours (Noon-3 p.m. ET) of live final-round coverage of the event at Augusta National.”
  • Full field details at the link.
Full piece.

2. Bryson’s vertigo surgery

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner…”Bryson DeChambeau underwent surgery last month to alleviate an issue that has caused vertigo over the past few years.”

  • “DeChambeau, making his first start of the year at the Asian Tour’s Saudi International, said in a story on LIV Golf’s website that he had surgery Dec. 15 to remove a retention cyst in one of his maxillary sinuses. That cyst had restricted one of his nasal passages, leading to dizzy spells and bouts of vertigo that have plagued him since the 2020 Masters.”
  • “To get that fixed, it’s been the greatest decision of my life,” DeChambeau told the website. “My energy level is so much better. My clarity of thought is way better. I don’t know if you can tell, but my speech is a lot more fluent and I’m not stopping as much or pitching as much like I used to last year and before. I feel like I’m back to 2018 me.”
Full piece.

3. DP World Tour pro roasts Reed

(language warning!)

4. LPGA Blue Bay canceled

Golf Digest’s Keely Levins…”PGA officials announced on Tuesday that the Blue Bay LPGA has been cancelled again due to “ongoing COVID-19 related matters” in China. The tournament was originally scheduled to be played March 9-12 on Hainan Island and feature a $2.1 million purse. The last time it was played was in the fall of 2018, where Gaby Lopez won. The last time the LPGA hosted any tournament in China was October 2019.”

  • “The LPGA started its 2023 season two weeks ago in Florida with the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, won by Brooke Henderson. The next event, however, isn’t until the end of February when the tour was scheduled to begin a three-event swing in Asia. The Blue Bay LPGA was slotted as the final event of the swing, after stops in Thailand and Singapore. The first two stops are still moving forward as planned.”
Full piece.

5. Sign me up!

Dave Shedloski for Golf Digest…“It was only logical after the PGA Tour announced the WM Phoenix Open was raising its purse to $20 million, that Feb. 6, 2023 would become one of the most anticipated days in professional golf for a certain subset of players.”

  • “Monday qualifiers, the 18-hole tournaments that provide an entry into tour events, tend to be competitive shootouts that draw, on average, 60-80 players of various standing who can’t otherwise get in a field. But this coming Monday at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., the qualifier for the WMPO at TPC Scottsdale could draw close to twice that number.”
  • “As of Tuesday, 80 players were registered to compete for the three spots available in the year’s first “designated” full-field event. That is a “significant number” compared to this juncture in previous years, according to Bill Ibrahim, chief operating officer of the Southwest PGA, which conducts the qualifier on behalf of the PGA Tour. Last year, 89 players entered the WM qualifier—in line with previous years—but only 69 teed it up and 61 posted a score.”
Full piece.

6. Justin Suh’s journey

Excellent profile from Kevin Prise at PGATour.com…”When Suh clinched his TOUR card with a runner-up finish at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank in early August, the Korn Ferry Tour social content team asked who he’d like to call first. He immediately tried his older sister Hannah.”

  • “It was an obvious choice. Suh emulated Hannah as a kid; she was also an accomplished junior golfer, and his first golf goal was flying to compete in a tournament like Hannah did. She’d take lessons, then teach Justin what she had learned. He describes her as a “vibrant soul and a magnet to people.” They remain close, taking regular trips like a recent hike at Yosemite.”
  • “An older sibling doesn’t usually want a younger sibling to be with them, but she invited me to everything,” Suh said. “I got to experience life with her, saw how she treated people, how people treated her back. It was enlightening to me, to see how far kindness goes.”
  • “In that moment of delivering the #TOURBound message, though, Suh couldn’t reach Hannah. He tried calling once, twice, a third time. No luck.”
  • “During that phone call, she was camping somewhere,” Suh said. “And I gave her a hard time, because I was like, ‘Hey, you made me look bad, because you didn’t answer the phone call when I got my PGA TOUR card.’ She was just laughing.”
Full Piece.

7. Key to Pebble? Hitting tiny targets

Ben Everill for PGATour.com…”At an average of just 3,500 square feet at the host course Pebble Beach, a premium on Greens In Regulation percentages and proximity to holes stats is evident. It’s one thing to hit the small targets, and another thing to be close enough to convert more chances than others on the poa putting surfaces.”

  • “Over the last 11 seasons, the winner at Pebble Beach has ranked inside the top 10 for GIR. It’s seemingly non-negotiable.”
  • “A year ago, Tom Hoge held off Jordan Spieth and others to claim his first win. He was fifth in the field in the final round in proximity of approach shots at 25 feet, 10 inches. The year prior champion Daniel Berger was also dynamite at Pebble in the final round as he led the field in Strokes Gained: Approach (+3.53) and proximity (20 feet, 8 inches). Berger averaged 10 feet; 7 inches-inches closer than the field in proximity on Sunday.”
  • “So, it makes sense to quickly home in on these metrics. If we look at the current season stats for players in the field this week who rank highly in GIR we see U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick (seventh on TOUR) as the high watermark. Hoge (16th) is next with Kevin Yu (24th) and Nick Hardy (25th) the only other two inside the top 25 on TOUR this season.”
Full Piece.

8. More Mickelsonia

More from S.I.’s Bob Harig’s Q&A with Phil…”What do you make of the TV deal with the CW Network?”

  • “PM: I think it’s favorable. It’s very difficult to have a relationship with a network that had a commitment to other sports and priorities. CW has a chance to cover all 14 of our events, putting us first. They have a younger demographic, which we want. They wanted to get into sports and now they have a shot at live golf. It’s a two-year deal. The first deal is not going to be a blockbuster. It’s short enough time to where we can prove ourselves and then get a much stronger and more lucrative deal. If it were a longer deal, it might be better for them and investing in our product. But having it two years sets us up for a bigger deal.”
  • “SI: Any sense on what might happen with LIV Golf getting OWGR points?”
  • “PM: There will probably be another ranking system that is a more credible system as it includes all golfers in the world. This one has lost any credibility. I wouldn’t be surprised if tournaments stopped using it as a criteria for qualifying. I think it is ultimately hurting the tournaments more than the players. If you’re a major championship and you’re using it as a qualifying factor and you’re taking a system that is not getting all the best players in the field, it hurts the tournament more. That’s why you might see tournaments go away from it as qualifying criteria. Or have a new ranking system.”
Full Piece.

9. AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am photos

  • Check out our galleries from this week’s tour stop!
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