What’s In Dustin’s Bag?

Dustin Johnson has had a pretty good 2016 so far after a poor 2015. Johnson changed his irons and drivers before the season’s Master tournament. There are many people who have seen Johnson smacks 400 yard drives very easily. Everyone is anxious to know the driver that he is using presently and the other things in his golf bag.

Many of the golfers have made small changes to their playing kit in 2016. However, Dustin has a completely different bag now than what he had used last season.  After changing the irons and driver, solid results have started to come his way and he achieved the fourth place at the northern trust open. He has so far earned top 10 positions in seven of the events and that includes his first major championship. Continue reading “What’s In Dustin’s Bag?”

Clarke backs McIlroy at Augusta

Darren Clarke knows quite well that what it takes to become victorious in a major championship. The recently-minted European Ryder Cup leader thinks that Rory McIlroy has everything to take home a green jacket.

Recently, while speaking to BBC Radio, Clarke said that his match is ideally suited to Augusta, a high soft draw, and as they have all seen, he’s got every shot in the bag so there is no reason why he’s not going to win around there sooner rather than later. Continue reading “Clarke backs McIlroy at Augusta”

Luke Donald

A former world number one, Luke Donald is one of the most decorated golfers of the modern era with the Englishman becoming one of the very few players from his country to become the world number one and stay on top for over a year.

Having turned professional in 2001, Donald was allowed to make his debut in the US PGA Tour almost immediately courtesy of a sponsor exemption at the Reno – Tahoe Open. Although he missed the cut on his debut event, Donald managed to earn invitations into six more events during which, he made the cut in three. He quickly earned his Tour card after going through the qualifying school where he finished at T-23.

Donald made his debut as a member of the US PGA Tour at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2002 and went on to win his first ever title as a professional with victory at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and with his success in the year, Luke Donald became only the 11th rookie in history to earn over a million dollars in prize money in his first season as a professional.

Donald is one of the most decorated players in golf at the moment, and he reached the zenith of his career in 2011 when he won the money list of the US PGA Tour and also secured the Race to Dubai of the European Tour, becoming the first player in the history of golf to secure the money prize list in both the major tours.

Luke Donald became the top ranked golfer in the world in May 2011, spending a cumulative total of 56 weeks at the top before being displaced permanently by Rory McIlroy and since then, Donald has dropped off somewhat, missing a place in the Ryder Cup squad of 2014.

Hur Impresses at LPGA Classic

Great news for Mi Hur fans- the smart young golfer for South Korea has again impressed with a fantastic triumph at the recently concluded LPGA Classic.

Hur won with the tournament-record of total 21-under.

The 24 year old South Korean was able to maintain her final-day lead while she was enroute to tournament-record of 21-under 267. She birdied 4 of the last 8 holes, beating Stacy Lewis by 4 strokes for the 2nd LPGA Tour triumph. Each shot six-under 66. Continue reading “Hur Impresses at LPGA Classic”

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods current favourites to make it to Ryder cup

The Ryder cup this year is closing in on as it will be played in the month of September. This is one of the biggest tours for the golfers of US and Europe. Recently golfer’s team who will be representing US was released and Tom Watson was designated as the captain of that team. Currently top 6 players were named and 3 spots are still up for grab for the Ryder cup. The captain of the team announced that the last 3 names will be declared on 2nd September. This will be just after the current ongoing PGA tour.

This is a big opportunity for some of the US players taking part in the US team for Ryder’s team. Phil Mickelson is one of the best known players for the place in the team. Currently in the championship he is a player to look out as he is looking good tied at the 7th spot at the 36th hole in the game. He has a great chance in the game and a week’s good performance will surely make him the favourites for winning the title. The good news for Mickelson is that during the PGA week the Ryder cup points are doubled and hence it will give him a better chance of making it to the top 9 players from US. Looking at the current form he is looking that he has saved the best of his form for the last part of the year which will bring him much awaited glory. On performing better in the upcoming week he will not only make his work simple but even he will be helping his captain in taking the liberty of making his decision of selecting the last 3 players for the Ryder cup. Tiger Woods is also one of the favourites for the Ryder’s cup.

A Good Performance In The PGA Can Take Mickelson To Ryder’s Cup

The last major championship of the golf gets underway. For some it is last major titles while for some of the US players the tour can be a direct entry to the Ryder cup team. As the Ryder cup team for US has been announced there is a spot for some players yet to be achieved and this tour will help the captain Watson to decide on the player those who will make it to the team representing US in the famous Ryder cup. Phil Mickelson is among the names those who are looking for the top 9 spots to qualify for the Ryder cup team. The US team captain Watson in a press conference announced that on September 2nd the he will be announcing 3 wild card names for his Ryder’s team. Players taking part in the PGA will have a greater say and thus only the trophy s not up for grabs for Mickelson.

He currently is well placed in the championship and a good next week will see him gain some good spots in the table and it can mean a direct entry to the Ryder cup. The biggest thing to note is that the Ryder cup point gets doubled during the PGA week. This brings in even a better opportunity for Mickelson as for every $1000 earned he will be gaining 2 points for the Ryder cup and it will increase his chances of making it to the team. After 36 holes he is on a tie for the 7th spot in the tour. A good next week will not only give Mickelson a chance to represent his team but it will give Watson a chance to use well his options of selecting the last 3 players for the Ryder cup tournament easily and freely.

A neat Finish for Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler showcased an astounding comeback from the pressure zone at the Farmers Insurance Open last Friday. Last Thursday at the South Course had gone quite tough for him as he had to struggle in the opening-round 77 on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

His performance must have been almost a blink-and-miss because alongside, Tiger Woods finished among the top players of the leader-board. Rickie put in continuous seven birdies and went close to the 65 consolidated by Woods on the North Course at the same event. After putting up such a great performance Rickie Fowler seemed to be having high hopes that he was back in his own rhythm after the pressure-filled Thursday. When asked, this is what he said, “I felt a lot better out there today.”

From his Friday’s performance, anyone could observe the improvement in his playing particularly the puts and in other portions of the games as well. Although Rickie Fowler hit five greens in regulation (14), the number of putts went less by four in Friday if compared with Thursday. His second round required 26 putts to reach a completion.

Alongside Fowler’s group, Nick Watney too gave an impressive performance by shooting a 4-under 68. Hence Friday, the whole of North Course witnessed a wonderful group effort to achieve the 18 under par. Fowler said that he was very happy with his group’s performance and also added that this was necessary. He added. “We had a good time out there.”

Tiger Woods is back in action and Rickie Fowler thinks that this is going to act as a boost for him after the dashing shots and putts at the Torrey Pines showcased by tiger Woods although he is still behind nine shots.

Steve Stricker eyes semi-retirement

After a long year, and more importantly just a month away from the beginning of another season, golfer Steve Stricker has posed a question which appeared out of place for a player who has more than US$ 25 million in PGA Tour earnings in the last 6 years. Recently he asked ‘what if’ he goes to Kapalua to defend his title and does not play again for the rest of the season.

Next month, Steve Stricker will turn forty six and it seems that he intends to move into semi retirement. When Steve leaves Kapalua course, he will not come back again till the Match Play Championship at the end of February. Continue reading “Steve Stricker eyes semi-retirement”

Steve Stricker ready for Kapalua

Steve Stricker, a twelve PGA Tour winner, is quite used to beginning the season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions that happens at Kapalua Plantation Course. Stricker is the defending champion. He along with his family is ready to go to Maui in few days.

With a change in opening date for 2013 tour schedule date – 6 tournaments will happen before Kapalua’s turn on the calendar; January’s tournament in Maui will be the very last time as the opener. Steve told that it would be a bit different.

On Tuesday, Steve told that he really have no idea what to expect. All are entering into a period when they would start the 2014 season in 2013. Kapalua event would come after 6 tournaments during fall that counts towards the season.

Steve and his family will be on Maui with big smiles. He told that they were very excited to come and start the season. He added that it is really great when people come to Hawaii and start the season. His wife and kids have been speaking about this tour and amounting the days when they would reach here. He added that the impression of being the last opener will not be the same.

The American pro stated that the event will be interesting. It seems that this year they would have a great field. He is now kind of waiting and seeing how everything would play out and how everything would affect everyone’s schedule.

Division I Golf Championships

All would agree that Jason Dufner, the American golfer, is quite a relaxed man. This is something that everyone has heard from golf commentators and golf writers. But Jason Dufner generally comes at the golf course with sweet golf swing and his monotone attitude.

Few days ago, Jason knocked his 3rd shot on the par-four 14th and went against Keegan Bradley at Chevron World Challenge World Challenge that was presented by Northwestern Mutual. Keegan Bradley treated Jason Dufner as if he is a USGA official. Jason finished his day with a one-over 73; 4 shots back of Keegan Bradley, who trailed Nick Watney by 2.

Recently, the NCAA and Golf Channel jointly a declared that in 2014, Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be back with Men’s Golf Championship event to take place in Hutchinson’s Prairie Dunes Country Club. Few days ago, this announcement was made by the NCAA Executive Vice President of Championships Mark Lewis and Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. Golf Channel, which is one of the fastest growing networks in the United States, will present NCAA golf championships to its worldwide audiences via its media platforms.

NCAA Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances Mark Lewis told that this event is a result of a collaborative attempt among a whole lot of individuals over a long period, along with the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Committees. He added that they are very excited for their men’s and women’s golf student athletes to receive additional exposure.  Golf fans would also be able to see why these championships are very special.