It’s that time of year again. As we here in the Northeast brace for another bout of record cold temperatures our focus turns from extra sweaters and icy sidewalks to that classic winter tradition that warms all of us:golf from Hawaii. We start the golfing year (this is he real start for me, unlike the PGA Tour) this week with the Sentry Tournament of Champions from the picturesque island of Maui and the iconic Plantation Course at Kapalua. Most of… Continue Reading
The PGA Tour heads to the desert for the CareerBuilder Challenge and what formerly was called The Bob Hope Classic. Hope was the driving force behind his tournament for over fifty years. Hope was instrumental in building the tournament into a ‘must-play’ on tour as he brought his fellow celebrities, from the Rat Pack to sitting U.S. Presidents to play the game he so loved. He raised millions for charities and after his passing the torch was passed to former… Continue Reading
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what we all hoped for today in the final round of the Open Championship. The word they like to use across the pond to describe something this impressive is brilliant. But this was more than brilliant, it was exceptionally brilliant. Stenson not only broke through for his first major win but he did it in record breaking fashion with a final round that will be remembered as one of the best of all time.… Continue Reading
As we watch the pros at the Open Championship deal with the treacherous pot bunkers at Royal Troon, ’11 Champion Golfer of the Year, Darren Clarke shows us how to get out of those deep, straight faced, devilish bunkers.
Phil the Thrill is back at it again. Phil Mickelson played the major round of his life at the Open Championship today. With dozens of golfers still on the course he’s in the clubhouse with a three shot lead. But that’s not the story the story is he settled for a record tying 63 but it was a hair from a major championship record 62. Mickelson’s record breaking birdie putt at eighteen was dead center in the hole from a… Continue Reading
The last three holes at Royal Troon starts with a birdie opportunity at the par 5, 554 yard sixteenth hole. In 2004 it played as the easiest hole on the course. A burn crosses the fairway and will challenge golfers to clear it with any wind at all. The large green is surrounded by those deep, painful bunkers. The par 3 seventeenth normally faces into the wind and at 220 yards players may need a driver to have any chance… Continue Reading
The thirteenth at Royal Troon is another par 4 but surprisingly has no bunkers. Its 473 yards has enough swales and humps and bumps to give players plenty of trouble. After five stout par fours players face a challenging 178 yard par 3 at the fourteenth. A pear shaped green is guarded by bunkers in front and a healthy wind could play havoc with many shots. Back to the tough par 4’s on the fifteenth which at 499 yards in… Continue Reading
And Jordan Spieth makes it a foursome. But it’s not the kind of foursome the International Olympic Committee had expected. Spieth let it be known that he would not be competing for Team USA at the Olympics and his withdrawal has all of the top four golfers in the world passing on the Olympics. Spieth called Peter Dawson of the International Golf Federation with the news and this has to be the biggest of body blows for golf’s inclusion in… Continue Reading
Our tour of Royal Troon continues with a look at the first par 5 on the course. The 4th hole will be playing at 555 yards. The first par 3, the 5th hole is a easily reachable 209 yards. The 6th is a healthy par 5 at 601 yards.
It’s Open Championship week and the venerable Royal Troon Golf Club hosts the Open for the ninth time. The course will play to a par 71 at 7,190 yards. It sits on the Firth of Clyde on the south western coast of Scotland so as usual in links golf the wind will have plenty to say in deciding the Champion Golfer of the Year. Take a look at the opening holes. The 1st is a par 4, 367 yards. The… Continue Reading