Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You need to hole short putts to post a good score, so here are a couple of keys. First, hit the middle of the ball with the middle of the putterface. To help you do that, align the stamp on the side of the ball with your putter's alignment aid (left, inset). Next, when you stroke the putt, keep your head down for a count of at least one after the ball is gone (left). You might want to think to yourself One-thousand-one, especially on a must-make putt. As Sam Snead used to say, listen for that sweet rattle of the ball in the bottom of the cup.
—Tom Watson / Golf Digest Playing Editor"
You should really do this on all putts, especially hitting the middle of the ball with the middle of the putterface. Some people don't use the alignment stamp on the ball, but I recommend it especially if you have a hard time sinking putts. You are also going to want to have the ball on a straight line down from your eyes as it will help you with the line. A tip from me: when you mark your ball, use the alignment stamp at first to line up the putt when you replace your ball. If it is a big breaker, forget about the hole and just find the point that you need to putt to in order to get the ball in the hole. Then when you are putting, just have confidence in your line and forget about alignment. Use the line on your putter for your line and putt with confidence Just worry about the stroke now. It helps when you break it into 2 parts
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I would like to see Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar, or Camilo Villegas win this tournament. Villegas hasn't really played any decent golf since 2010 or possibly earlier. Even though he is a relatively big name, you tend to forget about him now that he isn't mentioned and is at the bottom of the leader board.
As for top shots go, I am really going to have to take my hat off to Marc Leishman on the 15th hole where he birdies by hole-ing a pitch/chip shot.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
My uncle did get a chance to get his hands on some tickets because his friend is volunteering down there, but we won't be able to go since we wouldn't have a chance to get down there because of his schedule...pretty bummed. We are going to go to the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston in August since we are actually planning for it. It is a FedEx Cup playoff event so it'll be exciting!
For the Traveler's, all I got to watch were some top shots including Bubba Watson's Eagle on the 10th hole, where he holed an approach shot. Vijay Singh also had a Par putt on the 15th hole from well off the green. Matt Kuchar also really had to work for a Par on the 18th hole too.
Our leader is David Mathis who is -6 for the round, though there are plenty at -5 including Jacobson, last year's champion. Hopefully my favorites will stick around for the weekend
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
"TIP: BE ATHLETIC AT ADDRESS
The way you set up to the ball has a major impact on your swing. Here are my tips on posture: Stand up as you normally do, then relax your legs. Bend slightly from the waist. Now hold the club and drop your shoulders (left). Where your arms fall, that's where the club goes. I try to keep my back straight but not tense, with my arms hanging. I want my chin up so my shoulder turn is not restricted. The feeling for me is athletic and relaxed.
—Jack Nicklaus / Golf Digest Playing Editor"
Very true. You want to have your knees bent slightly, butt out, and your back straight. The most important thing is to not be tense as it says. An athletic stance will be the first thing you will be taught with your feet about shoulder width apart. In order for your arms to be in good position, make sure the butt of the club if pointing towards your belt buckle. During your backswing, make sure you don't extend your body (stand up) because your hitting will be inconsistent and you will lose power.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Simpson played a good round of -2 which obviously was enough to win the U.S. Open at +1 for a total score. McDowell was 3 over for the round and didn't seem to hit a whole lot of greens. It as also somewhat disappointing to see Beau Hossler let the low amateur title slip away to Jordan Spieth, who I believe also competed in The Masters.
Overall, I am greatly disapointed that Jim Furyk didn't end up on top. This round was a nailbiter and had me sitting on the edge of my seat for the entire time. The one good putt Furyk made was to save par on the 12th. I thought that might've been the turning point, but it all came down to the 16th hole. I am disappointed that one of my favorite golfers let the tournament slip out of his grasp so late in the round. I think a veteran like him could have used a win the most, but I sympathize for his loss.
Tiger Woods Struggled today. He only had 1 birdie and really struggled to make putts. Most of his troubles came on the opening holes, which is key to winning this tournament. If you mess up on those holes, then you need to make up for it later in the round. Woods did not and added 2 more bogeys to his score on the back 9. Even with the bad round, Woods still didn't play himself out of contention since anything could happen.
There are tons of golfers at +2 (Colsaerts, Adams, Westwood, and Ernies Els who eagled to bring him here), and +3 (Hossler, Dufner, and Simpson to name a few). Most of these people actually shot under par for their round, with the lowest being a 67 from Lee Westwood.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I really liked Jim Furyk's play today. He made a putt well off the green, and nearly holed one on the 15th as well. Overall, he had a confident looking round. Tiger played well also. He shot an even par while Furyk was -1. Tiger had a few awkward shots all around the bunkers. On the 18th he had a terrifying lie in the bunker where the ball was close to the lip, and the lip was a good 4 feet above the ball. Tiger managed to get it up and save par. Furyk and Woods will be playing together Saturday.
I was happy to see some veteran golfers such as Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, and especially Retief Goosen will be around for the weekend. Goosen finished strong with 3 birdies. It is nice to know that those who have paid their dues to this game for many years will still have a chance to finish off the US Open. A lot of the world's top such as McIlroy and Donald won't be around for the weekend which is disapointing to most.
The real story today was Beau Hossler, a 17 year old amateur from Texas who I at first mistook for Davis Love III (the visor and striped polo and impressive play). He looked great from the 9th-1st (some started on the 9th hole) and even took the lead at one point at -2. Somewhere during the back 9, his fairway shot bounced off the flagstick, and chipped one in on the 7th...talk about precision. This kid can play. Hossler shot even par the 1st round, but shot a +3 which is still solid. As I said, he played excellent for the first half, but he ran out of gas midway through. Even though the front 9 was swamped with bogeys and worse, he still played confidently and seemed fairly calm throughout. Hossler had some great shots including great drives, a chip in, and a bold shot from far off the fairway through the trees. I look forward to him in the weekend and I would like to see him break some records. The real question is: will Hossler be able to hold up for the weekend?
Thursday, June 14, 2012
To be fully honest, I didn't get to watch the full round since I was watching it on NBC and it was cut short because of the news. To say the least I was angry considering I got to see 1 or 2 shots from Kuchar and none from Poulter. Their threesome which also included Steve Stricker just got done playing. Both Poulter and Kuchar posted an even par which turned out to be great considering there are only 14 golfers at par or under.
Olympic is a tough golf course and combined with fast greens, fast fairways, and tricky hole positions, it was tough playing for everyone.
The group of Tiger, Bubba and Phil was a letdown for all since Watson posted +8 and Mickelson shot +6. Naturally, neither seemed happy with their play in interviews but neither made excuses. This is the 2nd bad tournament (so far) in a row for Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson so they need to find a way to step their game up. This isn't really a course for Watson considering he just whack the ball out there somewhere in the fairway when this course requires pinpoint precision.
Tiger played solidly and played confident from what I saw of him. He posted a solid score of -1. His putting seemed to be in line.
I did get to notice on the scorecard that Poulter eagled the 7th which made me happy since it brought him to par for the round. That was the same hole that Love missed his 6' eagle putt. The only thing that is really hurting Love's game is his short putting.
Our leader Michael Thompson was -4 for the day, 3 strokes better than the crowd at -1. He played early in the day, so I didn't get to see him play either.
With Olympic playing tough and with players having a tough time scoring, there is about 2 dozen people I would say who really have a chance to make a comeback going into cut day of the US Open.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Of course, I am still planning on rooting for my personal favorite Ian Poulter who has been playing on the European Tour since The Players. Since he splits his time, I don't get to see him as much as I would.
Other notables playing in the US Open are the more "obvious" choices which include Tiger, Mickelson, Donald, McIlroy, Bubba, and those big names. I still have my main pick as Matt Kuchar even when considering the so called "best of the best" who have all been pretty up and down all season.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
"TIP: SCOOP IT FROM THE SAND
In a steep-faced bunker, your goal is to get the ball up in the air as quickly as you can. Start by addressing it with a slightly open stance. Next, open the face of your sand wedge, then take your grip—in that order. Now's the tricky part, because you must do the opposite of what you've been taught: You must let the clubhead pass your hands before impact and slide under the ball. I feel as if I'm flicking my right wrist at the shot (left). Do it right, and the ball will land softly and stop fast.
—Matt Kuchar, four-time PGA Tour winner"
I personally rarely open my stance ever in golf, but unless it is an extraordinarily steep bunker, I will. It is a good idea to always open the face up during almost all bunker shots. The important thing, as noted is to do it in that order: open stance, open face, then grip because if you do the process in some other order, your alignment will suffer. On normal shots, you should finish high and keep your hands relatively straight. In this situation, you don't want to take a completely full swing, and you want to curl your wrists upward.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The one person who did struggle with shorter putts, especially in the 3rd round was Davis Love III. He gave up a lot of birdie chances which definitely came back to bite him, though this was the first great tournament of -7 for the veteran golfer.
As a follow-up round of +3 from yesterday, Ken Duke surged back with a 5 under round today bringing him to a total of -6, but it was a little to late. It was a strong tournament for Duke, but he had to have been kicking himself for that one round that he gave the tournament away. He is still searching for his first win in his great rookie season.
Rory McIlroy also gave the tournament away in the last two rounds. He was 2 over in round 3, and played great for the first 9 today. On the back 9, he was 2 over which included a double bogey on the 18th hole...not a great way to end. McIlroy did lead the field in driving distance, but his driving accuracy killed him considering that it was under 50%, and he only hit about a third of his fairways today.
As you can tell, there was a lot of talent that threw away their chances at the winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Johnson surprised me considering this was his first start after he spent months recovering from back surgery. In fact, his driving distance was above 300 yards. The U.S. Open is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to the talent in this year's field. My pick would have to Ian Poulter considering that he is always my main golfer of choice.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I wish that the veteran Davis Love III had played a little better. He finished strongly with a -2, and started the round solidly, but he had a few bogeys scattered on the latter half of the front 9, and 1 on the 14th. Davis made a nice jump-back birdie on the 6th, but then was followed by a bogey on the 7th, and another on the 9th where he found himself in the trees. Love was lucky to get out of it with only a bogey.
John Daly played a solid round at -2, though he ended up with a double bogey on the 11th where he hit his tee shot in the water. It was followed by a great 12th hole which resulted in a birdie. Daly is tied for 2nd in GIR, which definitely helped him, and his long putting was exceptional as usual.
My personal favorite in this tournament would be Ken Duke. He had a good looking scorecard, with his only bogey coming on the 17th. Nothing extraordinary, just good consistent golf that Duke has played all season. On the 11th hole though, Ken was joking around with Ryuji Imada about a water snake that was lurking in the pond. Duke finished -2
Though I didn't get to see him play, McIlroy also had a good round of -2, with 2 bogeys coming on the 3rd and 8th. Since I didn't see him play, I don't have much to say except it is about time he shot a round under par. In his post round interview, he acknowledges his recent struggles and obviously feels happy with his -2 start.
There are a few guys at -3 (Atwal, Overton, and Henry) who I didn't mention, but I didn't get to see them play either. Considering that they are only 1 stroke off the lead, they and the mass of golfers at -2 are in a great position to take the lead in round 2 at TPC Southwind
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Graeme McDowell: Graeme has played well here during his first start at TPC Southwind a few years ago. He usually plays good, consistent golf as well.
Justin Leonard: He has won this tournament twice before and enjoys playing the course. Even though his year hasn't been that great, Leonard will have at least one good tournament.
Zach Johnson: Johnson recently came off of his 2nd victory at The Crowne Plaza Invitational. This year, he has played very consistently and has always been hovering near the top of the leader board. It wouldn't surprise me if he joined the group with 2 wins.
I would like to see Camillo Villegas at the top of the leaderboard sometime soon considering he hasn't done much this year. The same with John Daly who is also playing at TPC Southwind. He would be a long shot, but he can be interesting to watch especially with the putter and driver.
TV coverage of The FedEx St. Jude Classic will be from 3-6 PM Eastern time, Thursday and Friday aon the Golf Channel, and Saturday and Sunday on CBS.
TIP: GET YOUR FEEL BACK
"Sometimes you have to do something radical to regain your feel for the swing. Try this: Swing a broom like you would your driver. You'll instinctively support the weight of the broom at the top, let the broom lag on the downswing, and balance it in the finish. This helps overcome the urge that many players have to lift the ball in the air—that's when they lose a lot of power. So swing the broom (left) and then recreate that feel when you hit your tee shots.
—Randy Smith / Golf Digest Teaching Professional"
What I do when I struggle with my swing is hit some balls at the range, but swinging only at about 50%. While doing this, I don't change anything but the speed. When I am hitting balls consistently, then I will up it to about 75%, and eventually 100%. I have done this with a broom before and the increased wind resistance will help those who turn their hands over too early, and have a closed face on impact. For more power, a weighted driver will help as well because your normal driver will feel very light in your hands.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I even have a GPS and stat tracker app on my phone, but I only use the stat tracker because I find the GPS feature a bit of a hassle. I have considered buying a real one, but didn't think I would really use it. I know that there are a lot of people out there who really feel the need to get everything perfectly precise, but I might be better at eyeballing the distance some people.
I do know a lot of people that fully use and rely on a golf GPS, and who won't go to the course without it. I am not that type of person. I couldn't see myself pulling out my golf GPS, taking a while to find the exact distance, but then missing just a tad long, or just a tad to the left. My shots are usually accurate, but I know I am not accurate enough to get it within inches of the pin each time. The distances marked on posts on the fairway are enough for me. Vote in the poll on the right hand side of the page to tell me what you think.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The leader going into round 4 of The Memorial, Spencer Levin, finished in a tie for 4th scoring +3 for the day where he completely fell apart on the back 9 with a double bogey on the 13th, with 3 other bogeys and only 1 par. He now has to qualify tomorrow in order to play in the U.S. Open.
Andres Romero had a great round of -5 including an eagle on the 15th hole, and he finished in a tie for 2nd place at -7 with Rory Sabbatini. Sabbatini had a round of even par with just as many bogeys as birdies (3), and he really didn't do anything special to get him in a position to win, considering that Woods passed him with his chip in on the 16th. Sabbatini had good shots on the 11th and 12th which lead to birdies, and had a great shot on the 10th where he saved par.
Rickie Fowler....there isn't too much to say about him. All you have to do is look at his scorecard. He was +12 for the day, and ended with a total score of +7. He started the day -5. Fowler had a total of 3 double bogeys today on the 3rd, 14th, and 18th, and his entire scorecard was swamped with bogeys. Not the best of day, but it'll happen to the best.
This year's Memorial was a great tournament, though a lot of the big names played badly or got cut. Tiger came out on top, and he is now 1 of 3 people to have 2 wins this season (Dufner and Mahan are the other two). Like I said in my post before about Woods, he will definitely have a good tournament here and there, but there is too much talent out in the field for him to win them all.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Dusin Johnson played an erratic round today with 7 bogeys, 4 birdies, and an eagle on the 13th hole. He bogeyed the last 3 holes and finished with +1 for the round, a total of -1.
Jim Furyk had an up and down front 9. He eagled the 5th hole (the same one that Levin eagled), but he had double bogeys on the 3rd and 6th. On the back 9, he played well until the 16th where he bogeyed, and then double bogeyed the 18th, and he finished the round +3, for a total of -1. Furyk basically gave away his chances during this round, and reversed his great round yesterday.
Rickie Fowler had a great round 3 under round today. He only had one bogey on the scorecard which came on the 6th. Fowler had a great birdie on the 17th hole, and he nearly had a chip on the 18th, but he settled for a par instead. His total score is -5, and he will be playing with Tiger Woods on Sunday.
Tiger had a solid front 9 with 2 birdies on the 1st and 7th. The back 9 was up and down. Woods had 4 bogeys on the back with only 1 birdie, and he didn't look comfortable at all, especially towards the end. He finished the round +1 with a total of -4 in 4th place.
Rory Sabbatini was another one who had an erratic front 9 with 3 birdies and 3 bogeys. He only had 1 birdie on the back 9 on the 11th, and he finished the round -1, in 2nd with a total -7.
Scott Stallings who was -5 at the start of the round was +3 for the round with 2 double bogeys and 2 bogeys, with 2 birdies. He didn't seem to play very confidently, so I would count him out for tomorrow.
Tomorrow should be a good round with Levin playing great today along with Sabbatini. Tiger and Fowler should also be an interesting group to watch, but hopefully there won't be the same cell phone issue that happened to Mickelson in round #1. I would say Fowler, Levin, and Sabbatini have the best chances. Levin and Fowler both played well today, and Sabbatini is close by in 2nd. I don't see Tiger in it, but you never know...especially since he is going for his 73th win to tie Jack Nicklaus himself. Tune in tomorrow at 2:30PM Eastern Time on CBS to find out.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Some other great golfers that jumped up a bunch of spots are Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods. Tiger did have one double bogey during the round on the 12th, but other than that played great with 5 birdies. He hit a lot of greens today (14/18) and looked pretty well putting. Tiger's total score is 5 under.
Jim Furyk had a very neat looking scorecard free of bogeys. He had 4 birdies, with 3 coming from during the first 9 holes. He putted well today with only 25 of them. Furyk hit a decent amount of fairways as well, and has a total score of -4.
Davis Love III................+3
Main Contenders for the Weekend (my picks):
Woods (needs to stay consistent)
Furyk (with another surge like the one today, he is a shoe in)
Baddeley (not his year so far, but he needs to break out of his consistent par play)
Coverage for tomorrow starts at 3PM Eastern Time on CBS. There was a lot of talent that was cut, but there still is a lot of talent in play.
Levin and Stallings at the Lead with -5, but there are still more People to Finish (Another Post to Come)
Stallings Interview Round 2
Levin Interview Round 2
Both golfers really sounded like they were glad the round was over, and the wind seemed to take a toll on everyone. Neither Scott Stallings or Spencer Levin had exceptional rounds, and they weren't anything to write home about, but they are still the leaders with more players close on their tails.