Category: The Open Championship

Aaron Baddeley: What’s in the bag?

Aaron Baddeley: What's in the bag?All eyes were on The Open last week, but the PGA TOUR had another event going. It was an exciting finish, too, with Aaron Baddeley of Australia winning his first TOUR event in over 5 years. His last win came in on February 20, 2011 at the Northern Trust Open. Continue reading “Aaron Baddeley: What’s in the bag?”

2016 The Open Preview

Royal Troon Golf ClubThe Open returns to Royal Troon Golf Club this year. In 2004 Todd Hamilton won The Open at Royal Troon beating Ernie Els in a playoff. This year… Well, there are a lot of guys that could win. After back-to-back wins, Dustin Johnson is on fire right now. Jordan Spieth is playing good, and Jason Day can’t be ignored. Continue reading “2016 The Open Preview”

What happened to Jordan Spieth?

Jordan Spieth

As Tiger’s biggest fan, I am going to have a hard time saying this… But I am starting to like Jordan Spieth. I know his swing coach pretty well, and it is great to see Jordan having so much success on TOUR. His swing coach, Cameron McCormick, PGA director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, Texas, has been working with Jordan since he was 12. Jordan is now only 21… But at least he can drink an adult beverage after he wins a golf tournament! He has done that a lot this year, having won 5 times on TOUR including 2 major championships. He almost made it 3 in a row at St Andrews Links, but made a late bogey and finished T4. Not a bad year, though.

What happened to Jordan in the final round? I heard he had a 4 putt on the par-3 eighth hole. I mean… I’ve done that before, but you rarely see that on TOUR. Especially from a guy that is known for his putting. Speaking of his putting, and not to get too far into the weeds, have you seen how Jordan hits short putts? He doesn’t look at the ball, he looks at the hole. How neat is that? Anyway, after his double bogey he bounced back with birdies on 9 and 10. He made a sloppy bogey on 17 and left his birdie putt short on 18 to force a playoff. So do we blame the double?

“We gave it a great effort.” – Jordan Spieth

Could it be his age? I mean, the kid, and he is still a kid, is only 21. When I was 21 all I could think about was where my next beer would come from. Heck, I am almost 32 now and I still think that way! But can we blame his age on not sealing the deal at St Andrews? Maybe… But the kid appears cool, calm and collected in interviews. But heck, he is still a PGA TOUR player and still needs to go out there and make birdies. Or, as my buddy Matt Rust says, “Make less bogeys.”

As good as this kid is, and as many wins as he has this year, some guys will play their entire career and win less times on TOUR. So that being said, I doubt Jordan is that upset with not winning. Sure, it would have been fun to see him win the Grand Slam. Something I am not sure will ever happy… If Tiger can’t do it, I am not sure anyone can.

What do you think happened to Jordan? Do you think he can/will content at Whistling Straits this year?

Rory McIlroy: What’s in the bag?

That was fun. When Tiger missed the cut, I didn’t think I would care much about the PGA Championship. It was sad Tiger missing the cut, too, because the last time this event was at Valhalla Golf Club, I was there. In 2000 Tiger battled Bob May in a playoff, and I was there the entire time. I was actually a volunteer that week, and spent Sunday just walking around following Tiger. I wasn’t in Louisville this year, but Tiger played like crap and didn’t make the cut. I actually played golf this weekend, playing The Phoencian on Saturday and Las Sendas Golf Club on Sunday. We teed off early on Sunday, so I was able to make it home in time to see the final few holes.

Phil Mickelson was there. Rickie Fowler, too. Heck, even Ernie Els made a run at it. But it was Rory McIlroy that was able to seal the deal on Sunday night. It was dark when he finished… It didn’t appear that way on TV, but trust me. It was dark. Anyway, Rory had a two shot lead, and would end up making par from a greenside bunker to win. I was pulling for Rickie… Not because we have the same name (even though he spells it wrong) but because he played so well this year in the majors. Granted, Rory won the last two, but Rickie finished in the top five in all four majors this year. It is only a matter of time before he wins one.

Even though Tiger missed the cut, I am sure the guys over at Nike are all smiles. I mean, Rory has won three events in a row, including two major championships. He has done it playing Nike golf clubs, wearing Nike shirts, hats, belts and shoes… He was probably wearing Nike socks. He is Nike from head to toe. Here is a complete list of what Rory was playing on Sunday:

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70x), 8.5°
3-wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0, 15°
5-wood: Nike VRS Covert, 19°
Irons (4-9): Nike VR Pro Blade; (PW): Nike VR Forged
Wedges: Nike VR Forged (52°, 56°, 59°)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

I told you he was Nike from head to toe. What is next for Rory? Chances are a lot of birdies and more wins. Rory has already won four major championships and he is only 25 years old. The sky is the limit for this kid, and he makes golf exciting. Not as exciting as Tiger… But I need someone to root for.

Aussie Steven Bowditch: All-Around Winner

The Valero Texas Open was a huge win for Aussie Steven Bowditch: his first victory on the PGA TOUR, a trip to the Masters Tournament, and a triumph, however tenuous, over a decade-long battle against debilitating clinical depression.

Sunday in San Antonio was no cake-walk.  Bowditch was paired with Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe and they took turns dropping shots as they battled slippery greens and nasty winds.  Bowditch carded rounds of 69, 67, 68 & 76, finished at -8, and claimed the Valero victory by a single stroke.  It wasn’t pretty, but that’s all it took to get a ticket to Augusta!

Bowditch was ranked 339th when he teed off in San Antonio and had played in just one major championship, the 2003 The Open Championship, where he missed the cut.  Never short on talent, Bowditch has struggled with chronic clinical depression for a decade, tried psychotherapy, self-medication with alcohol, and even suicide, before finding his way to a combination of psychotropic medications and therapeutic support that helps him combat the mental paralysis of his disease.

Now he stands alongside John Senden and Jason Day, the third Aussie to win on the PGA TOUR this year, and he’s on his way to Augusta National.

We’ll see you in a week, Steven Bowdich!