Two legends of the game are teeing it up this week in Savannah, Georgia. Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will be playing in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. I told you they were legends! Think about this stat for a second… Jack made 584 starts on the PGA TOUR and some 84 starts on the Champions Tour. In all of those starts, he has never played in Savannah, Georgia.
“I have no history of playing in Savannah, and I have no expectations,” Nicklaus said during Masters week, prior to joining Player and Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial opening tee shot.
Last year, Gary Player was paired with Bob Charles, another legend of the game. Unfortunately Charles was unable to make it, and Player asked Simon Hobday to play. Jack took offense, and said, “I wish you’d asked me. I would love to play with you.” This year, his wish will come true. Player and Nickalus teed off at 11:10 AM EST today.
The event is a team event, and Mike Hill and Lee Trevino will be joining Gary and Jack today. There are also a lot of other big names in the field including Jim Dent, Butch Baird, Jack Fleck, Bob Toiski, Doug Ford, and many more.
“I’m very happy to play with Jack,” Player said. “Obviously we’ve gone up together and have a lot of respect for each other, but I’m not doing it for fun. I want to win.”
Will Tiger break Jack’s record? Adam Scott seems to think so. “I absolutely believe he will,” Scott said. “I have learned in my career, and I have played through his prime the whole time, which has been hard because he was so dominant, but I never doubt what he is capable of on a golf course. He’s just proven us all wrong so many times if you doubt him, and he’ll find a way to do it, for sure. I believe that.”
Scott won the 2013 Masters Tournament while Tiger was scrambling to climb the leaderboard late Sunday afternoon. Tiger suffered a two-stroke penalty on Friday after taking an illegal drop and signing an incorrect scorecard. Some people think Tiger should have been disqualified, and when he wasn’t, most people said he would withdrawal. He didn’t, and would end up finishing in the top 10.
The illegal drop has been creating quite a buzz, and everyone seems to have an opinion on the issue. Even Tiger’s former caddie Steve Williams had something to say about it.
“From what I can gather, he took an illegal drop, signed a scorecard and left the course,” Williams said. “Under most circumstances, that would result in disqualification. If the Rules of Golf are upheld, I believe he should have been disqualified.”
Seems like the politically correct way to address the situation. Steve now caddies for Adam Scott, and has said some pretty nasty things about Tiger over the years. Scott does a good job staying out of the way, and this is another instance where the two might not see eye-to-eye.
I personally believe that the rules committee made the right decision. I also agree with Adam Scott that Tiger will break Jack’s record. There are a lot of things to talk about and to consider here. This season just got more interesting!
The ultimate golf experience is coming this October. The former Indian Bend Course at Camelback Golf Club is currently undergoing a massive redesign. The renovation will cost $9 million and is being handled by Hurdzan Fry Environmental Golf Design. Hurdzan Fry is known for their environmentally sustainable designs and operations, and hopes to keep the ball rolling with this new 150-acre 18-hole golf course.
With the redesign, look for alternate tee locations, restructured holes, new cart paths, and a completely new topography. The new setting will offer golfers a memorable experience both on and off the course with awe-inspiring mountain backdrops, lush rolling fairways, and scenic water holes.
While they work on the new course, you can still test your skills on the lengthy Padre Course, designed by Arthur Hills. The Padre Course is open and you can get discounted tee times as the summer sun starts to heat the Valley. There is also an impressive practice facility there offering golf instruction from PGA teaching professionals, practice putting greens, chipping greens, and a range allowing you to hit every club in the bag.
For more information on the new golf course, please visit camelbackinn.com. See you on the golf course!
The 2013 Masters are mere days away, and the past year has just flown by. The remarkable start to the 2013 PGA Tour season with weather delays, Tiger returning to form and Rory battling to gain form, compels us all to see this first major of the 2013 play out.
Although it’s been 5 years since Tiger won a major, back in 2008 at Torrey Pines, he’s looking better than ever so far this year. He is a 5/1 favorite with Ladbrokes to win, putting him at far better odds than most previous years. Thanks to Steve Strickers his putting is making it clear that he’s made some fantastic improvements which may be exactly what this year’s Major comes down to, in the end.
It is easy to see that Rory MCIlroy is not the same Rory we’ve seen in past year’s even though we’ve only had the pleasure of witnessing him tee up a handful of times. Last year he got off to a dominant start, earning his ranking as the world’s No. 1 player. He continued to dominate throughout 2012 winning the PGA Championship at Kiawah by a merely 8 strokes. We’re all waiting to see if he dominates at Augusta.
It was amazing to see Bubba Watson win in such a dramatic fashion last year, and I’m sure he’s planning quite a meal for this year’s Masters Dinner. For a defending champion, Bubba has been quiet so far this season, but will certainly be strongly defending his title.
Let’s hope that Augusta puts an end to the bad weather streak that has stricken the tour so far this year. Georgia’s beautiful weather this time of year should put it to a stop. We’ll just have to wait and see!
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