Golf is returning to the Olympics this year. The best golfers in the world are vying for their chance to tee it up, but the world no. 7 won’t be there this go round. Earlier today, Adam Scott announced he won’t be there. Here commented, saying, “My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional.” Continue reading “Adam Scott will not play golf at the Rio Olympics”
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It was only a matter of time, but Adam Scott has decided to make the switch this week for the Presidents Cup. Adam has had some time to work on his game having been eliminated from the FedExCup after The Barclays, so there is no excuse for him not to come out guns a’ blazin’.
“It was a good time to make the change and I spent some time working on it, a similar amount of time actually when I went to the long putter,” said Scott. “It’s kind of refreshing to make a forced change because my putting stats are certainly unimpressive this year.”
Scott ranked 158th this past season in strokes gained putting. But he thinks he he can get better. “I’m very confident I can make myself one of the best putters on TOUR.” Only time will tell, but I am glad to see the broomstick go.
Some people think Masters week is better than Shark Week. I don’t know… Shark Week is pretty great. But so is Masters week. For most, The Masters is the official start to the golf season. Since the PGA TOUR now officially starts in September, it has been a long time since we have seen a major championship. As a matter of fact, the last major ended on August 10, 2014. So yeah… It’s time for another major! Some argue The Masters is the best major of the year. I like it, don’t get me wrong, but I also love watching the other majors as well. Especially when Tiger is in the lead on Sunday! I know I know… That hasn’t happened in a long time. But he’s due.
Anyway, this blog post is not about Tiger Woods. This blog post is about The Masters. Here are 10 things you need to know this week. These are stories that are worth paying attention to, and things that will make this tournament even more memorable. Have fun this week, root for Tiger, and know it will be a fun weekend of professional golf.
10. Jordan Spieth is playing the best golf of his career and is ready to win his first major championship. In his last 3 starts Jordan has won, finished second and finished in a T2 at The Shell Houston Open. But his goal is not just to win golf tournaments, he also wants to be the no. 1 player in the world. “Right now what I’m really focused on is Rory McIlroy and the no.1 in the world. That’s who everyone is trying to chase.”
9. Can Phil Mickelson win another green jacket? Phil has won the green jacket three times now, but missed the cut last year. However, he is playing good, has a lot of confidence, and has lost a ton of weight. Phil will be looking slim and trim walking around Augusta National Golf Club. Phil is 44 now, so if he wants to win more major championships, now is the time. Plus, he’s comfortable here. Can Phil win another green jacket this year?
8. Rickie Fowler played better than anyone last year in major championships. He didn’t win any, but finished in the top 5 in all 4. What is holding him back? Well, he’s young, and quite frankly, he hasn’t won a lot on TOUR. But he is working with Butch Harmon, his swing looks good, and he has a lot of confidence, especially in majors. Will we see Fowler dawning his first green jacket this year?
7. Dustin Johnson is back and is playing great! Dustin hit a rough patch in life last year, was suspended from TOUR and took some time off. But he is back, is playing well, still hits the ball a mile, and is focused on his golf game. Oh, and he had a kid recently. So needless to say, time for Dustin to start taking things serious and start winning golf tournaments again.
6. Tiger Woods did it. He won the 2001 and the 2002 Masters. Nick Faldo did it back in 1989 and 1990. Oh, Jack Nicklaus did it in 1965 and 1966. Can Bubba Watson do it in 2014 and 2015? Bubba won his first Masters back in 2012, and won again last year. Is Bubba ready to go back to back and join a laundry list of legends?
5. Adam Scott is going back to the long putter. But not for long. The long putter will not be allowed next season. Why is he going back, then? “I’m coming to a major,” Scott said. “I’m not here to throw balls up in the air and see where they fall. I want to make sure and give myself the best chance to perform at the highest level I need to win.” Curious what will happen next year when guys like Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley won’t be able to switch back.
4. Only five golfers have won all four majors. Is Rory ready to join the likes of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods? He has already won 4 major championships, having won the PGA Championship twice, but has never won The Masters. I am sure he is going to win several green jackets before he retires, but will he complete the career Grand Slam this year?
3. Arnold Palmer will not be laying in the par-3 contest this year. Ben Crenshaw will be replacing him. But Ben doesn’t like to think that way. “There’s no replacing Arnold Palmer,” Crenshaw said. Crenshaw will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the par-contest on Wednesday. Oh, this will also be Ben’s final appearance in The Masters. Look for an emotional end to what will be an unforgettable week for him and his family.
2. There are 20 rookies in the field this week. Imagine what that has to feel like surrounded by so much history and so much pressure to perform well at Augusta. Oh, and imagine the trip down Magnolia Lane. Morgan Hoffman did it earlier this week, and did it in a taxi. “I took a Yellow Cab taxi and told him to drive real slow,” Hoffman said If I were Hoffman, I might hop out and walk down Magnolia Lane… If nothing more for the memories!
1. Tiger Woods is back, he seems healthy, he’s happy, and, well… He’s playing great! Last week, Tiger was at Augusta for a few hours, played 18 holes and went home. There was a lot of speculation if Tiger would play, and some even said he was going to retire. Granted, this all happened around April Fool’s Day. But still, no one really knew. But Tiger is in, and on Monday and Tuesday, seemed to be cool, calm and collected. He was signing autographs, and will play in the par-3 contest. Tiger hasn’t played in that since 2004. Let’s just say, I didn’t see that coming! Regardless, Tiger is good for the game, good for ratings, and if he is in contention come Sunday afternoon, well… That will have me glued to the TV screen.
There you have 10 things you need to know this week. I am sure more news will come out of Augusta, Georgia this week, but those are the things everyone is talking about right now. Go out there and root for Tiger, and know it will be an exciting weekend of professional golf.
If you like watching golf on TV, then today was your day! Man, what a finish to The Barclays, the first FedEx Cup playoff event. From missed greens and 3 putts to bad backs and lip outs, Sunday was a great day of golf. At the end of the day, it was Adam Scott, Masters champion, holding the trophy. Tiger still has the lead in the FedEx Cup, but with a sore back, can he hang on? Anyway, here is what was in Adam’s bag this week at Liberty National Golf Course.
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (9.5°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8 shaft
Fairway Wood: Titleist 910F.d (15°) with a Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 shaft
Irons: Titleist 712U (2) and 710 MB (3-9) with KBS Tour shafts
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (48,° 54°) and Vokey Design TVD (60°) with KBS Tour shafts
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist Futura X long
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Round 4 Recap: The Barclays 2013
He didn’t find a winners’ circle during the 2013 PGA TOUR season, but the 34 year-old Scott Piercy has had a pretty good year. Piercy, born in Las Vegas, and a graduate of San Diego State University, did have the low round at Sunday’s PGA Championship finale. Unfortunately, his 65 was not good enough to get to the top of the leaderboard, but he did finish tied for fifth place with 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.
In 21 starts this season, Piercy was able to manage 13 cuts in his 12th season as a professional and had winnings totaling over $1.6 Million dollars. He will end the regular golf season with a 47th place standing in the FedEx Cup which will guarantee a start in the first 2 events at The Wyndahm Championship and The Barclays. Then he’s on his own. He is ranked 38th in the OWGR.
Piercy has battled self-doubt demons, and money problems for the lions share of his career, but was able to break out in 2011 with his first TOUR victory at the Reno-Tahoe Open. The win put some money in his pocket, but didn’t come with an automatic Masters invitation, or much status on the tour.
With status on the TOUR being everything, his 2012 win at the RBC Canadian Open would get him a berth in the Masters, and the remainder of the major championships. His highlight of the season came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he fired a 10 under par 61 on Sunday. It wasn’t good enough for a win, but he did finish third after being tied for 74th place after the first round.
A look at his statistics will show what ails Piercy, and keeps him in the journeyman category of professional golfers. He suffers from the the old Sam Snead adage, “Drive for show, putt for dough.” Scott is long off the tee, and is ranked 18th on TOUR. He suffers in all other aspects of the game. He hits just over 50% of his fairways, and hits greens at a 61% clip. His Strokes gained putting is in the negative range, and his short game is almost non-existent.
Maybe the 2014 season will be better to him. He has status on the tour, and will get an invitation to all of the majors. With his ability to close out tournaments with good finishes, all he needs to do is get some lessons from Tiger Woods on how to play on Thursday and Friday. Then maybe we will see the Nevada native in some winner’s circles soon.