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WATCH: Billy Hurley III releases hilarious campaign video against Jordan Spieth

By SEAN ZAK

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It was a quiet race for Chairman of the PGA Tour Advisory Council. That was until Billy Hurley III made a late splash this week.

Hurley III was going up against Jordan Spieth, Golden Child and no. 3 golfer in the world. It was tough competition, and with just one day left for Tour players to vote, he turned to a classic campaign strategy: mudslinging.

Hurley III released a video pinpointing all of Spieth’s flaws, from him being an elite, “one percenter” golfer, to the ways in which he treats his caddie Michael Greller. Beyond that, Hurley III called attention to his own military history.

The video swept across PGA Tour circles Monday, with many players tweeting it out saying Hurley III had captured their vote. Why? Well, because the video is hilarious and you’d need to watch it for yourself. The impact of the video was so great that Jordan Spieth himself even admitted he would vote for Hurley III.

Source: Golf.com

Gary Woodland wins in sudden death at Waste Management

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It had been five long years since he won, but that wasn’t what was on Gary Woodland’s mind when he made the final putt and pointed to the sky.

He was thinking of the family member who was gone but not forgotten.

“Yeah, that was just kind of a tribute to last year,” Woodland said after shooting a final-round 64 and beating Chez Reavie with a par on the first playoff hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. “Obviously, we lost a little girl, and being there, seeing my wife give birth to her, that’s real.”

Woodland’s eyes flooded with tears. “Just wanted her to know I still love her,” he said.

On March 29 of last year, Woodland released a statement that he and his wife, Gabby, had lost one of their unborn twins. He had just withdrawn from the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, and in the statement he added that “doctors will be monitoring the health of my wife and the other baby for the remainder of the pregnancy.”

Just over 10 months later, Gabby and their son, Jaxson, surprised him on the 18th green as the family celebrated Gary’s first victory since the 2013 Barracuda Championship. Woodland calls Jaxson his “miracle” son, and he and Gabby held him close and continue to do so after the trials of 2017.

“Really took off about four months,” said Woodland, who moves from 38th to fifth in the FedExCup standings. “But I found a way to get to the TOUR Championship, kind of battled through the end of the year, and I couldn’t wait for 2018 to start.”

Said Brennan Little, Woodland’s caddie: “His demeanor has been better. Last year was a bit of a mess. I mean, not really knowing his schedule, missing a few events, going home. Now the wife and the baby have been out; his attitude has been really good, which I think you can see in some of the rounds in Hawaii and San Diego, he got off to some bad starts and brought them back.”

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Woodland was trending in the right direction after a T7 at the Sony Open in Hawaii and a T12 at the Farmers Insurance Open. Matt Kuchar, who hung around to congratulate Woodland after the victory, said he played nine holes with Woodland on Tuesday before the start of the WMPO and was wowed. “He was driving it just so well,” Kuchar said.

In addition to his wife and son, Woodland was cheered on by his parents, his sister and her husband, and others from back home in Topeka, Kansas. (He now lives in South Florida.) He got a text from his coach, Butch Harmon, on Thursday, urging him to put four good rounds together and not worry about the score. He did that, and recent putting lessons from friend Brad Faxon paid dividends, as well, as Woodland made 200 feet of putts on the weekend.

“I was in the zone,” he said. “I mean, I really had it going. My caddie asked me when I got done, did I know I made nine birdies. I didn’t even know I did that.”

Now it’s on to California for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the resumption of a career that for five years was sidetracked by frustration, injuries and loss.

“It’s really hard to put in words right now,” Woodland said. “Last year we battled through it, couldn’t get to the off-season quick enough, couldn’t start 2018 soon enough. For [Jaxson] to be here, it’s obviously a miracle, but I’m just so excited to share this with him and my family, and hopefully it’s the start of something special.”

Source: PGATour.com

Tiger Woods’ ‘baby steps’: He neither dazzles nor disappoints in his return to the PGA Tour

LA JOLLA, Calif. — The massive throngs that mysteriously had a late January Thursday off from work suggest that the Tiger Woods comeback is now more than a tradition. It’s a holiday, too.

Presumably they were there to see him, anyway, but to see him do what? Other than the ubiquitous swoosh and the occasional epithet, Woods was giving them little that they might have recognized. There were no trademark fist pumps, no club twirls.

Yet for one shining moment late in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods gave them a glimpse of his old self, not at 42 his older self.

At the par-3 16th on the South Course at Torrey Pines, 190 yards across a chasm, Woods nearly made an ace. He hit it to eight inches of the hole, a tap-in birdie that was the highlight of an indifferent round of even-par 72.

“It’s just a full 6-iron, throw it up in the air,” he said. “The greens are really springy, so I was trying to land it soft. And we can’t see anything land from back there so we’re just listening for some noise and people started cheering.”

That’s why they were here.

Moral victories generally are vastly overrated, but concede him this one. He had played only 36 holes on the PGA Tour in the last 2½ years, yet he performed admirably. Admirably won’t be enough to get him to the weekend—he is tied for 84th—but he does have the more generous North Course on Friday.

“It was fun, it was fun to compete again,” he said. “It was fun to be out there. We had a great pairing today. Pat [Reed} played great, Charley [Hoffman] was solid all day, and I was probably a little bit rusty.”

He opened with a bogey, not an unusual start for Woods, who won the U.S. Open here without making a par at the first hole in the first four rounds in 2008. He hit only eight of 14 fairways and just 12 of 18 greens in regulation.

“On the back nine, he looked solid and steady,” Reed said. “When he wasn’t too happy with a shot it still was manageable. That’s the biggest thing, not playing awhile. I took off six weeks off from competitive golf and played last week and felt like I didn’t know what the heck I was doing out there. There’s a lot of mental errors that happen. For a guy who played one tournament in a year to come out and play the way he did today, I was impressed.

“He seemed excited. He was in the zone, focusing on being a competitor, but I can imagine inside he was probably jumping for joy being out here with the guys playing golf again, especially pain free. That’s huge. He looked good.”

Woods’ harshest critic, meanwhile, was himself, and he veered sharply from his go-to cliche, that “it’s a process.”

“I didn’t hit my irons very well today,” Woods said. “I didn’t give myself a lot of looks out there and consequently I didn’t make a lot of birdies. I didn’t play the par 5s as well, either. I need to clean up my iron game and give myself a lot more looks at it.”

“Baby steps,” Reed called them, fittingly, as it were, on behalf of a man attempting to turn back the clock.

 

Source: GolfDigest.com

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay a caddie again, but Justin Thomas gave him no chance ‘to veto any shots’

HONOLULU — The biggest adjustment Jim “Bones” Mackay had to make caddying his first round for Justin Thomas on Thursday? Setting up on the right side of the ball and cleaning the correct side of the clubs.

It was understandable after 25 years on lefthander Phil Mickelson’s bag.

Filling in for an injured Jimmy Johnson, who is expected to miss about a month while recovering from a bout of plantar fasciitis, Mackay not surprisingly clicked just fine otherwise with Thomas in the opening round of the Sony Open.

Though Thomas made just three birdies en route to a 67 — a year ago he opened with a 59 in the event — he was bogey-free at Waialae Country Club in his first lap with Mackay.

“I certainly was paying a lot of attention [to the course and Thomas] the last couple of days,” said Mackay, who last caddied at Waialae in 1992, a year before Thomas was born, and whose last round with Mickelson came last June in Memphis before the two mutually split. Since then, Mackay has been serving as on-course reporter for NBC and Golf Channel. “He’s fun to watch for sure. Beautiful day, great guys to play with. It was great to be out there.”

And a good pairing.

When Thomas was in between clubs on the breezy par-3 17th, Mackay helped convince him to change from 9-iron to 8-iron. He got the shot to the flag and two-putted from 25 feet for par.

“I didn’t have any opportunities to do anything stupid today,” Thomas said. “So I didn’t give [Mackay] a chance to veto any shots.”

Last week, Thomas’ dad and swing coach Mike filled in for the final two rounds at Kapalua after Johnson was unable to go. Mackay is expected to caddie this week only, while Thomas’ putting coach Matt Killen will get the bag for his next start in Phoenix in three weeks. Thomas is hopeful Johnson will be able to return after that.

Source: Golfdigest.com

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Top 5 Aces on the PGA Tour 2017

There were 31 holes-in-one on the PGA Tour during the 2016-17 season, and many of them were memorable. Jon Rahm got things going at the Safeway Open at the end of 2016, and eight aces in all were made before the end of the 2016 calendar year.

 

But all five of the best ones, according to the video above, came during 2017. From Robert Flores at the Wyndham Championship to Justin Thomas at the WGC-Mexico Championship, all of them were fantastic. However, one stands alone: Sergio Garcia’s at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship.

It was the second year in a row an ace was made at the famous hole after a 14-year drought.

“I hit a good shot, but it can go there, it can go three yards past,” Garcia said. “I don’t know, it can do anything. It was nice to see it bounce and kind of spin back into the hole. Obviously it was a hole-in-one, so if [the crowd doesn’t] react to that, then something’s wrong. The reaction was great.”

The entire moment was one to remember.

Source: cbssports.com

Tiger begins latest comeback with 3-under 69 at Hero

Tiger Woods made his latest return to golf Thursday, shooting a solid 3-under 69 in the first round of the Hero World Challenge. It was his first competitive round in 301 days — and by most accounts, it was a successful first step in his comeback.

“For me, I thought I did great,” Woods said after his round that included five birdies and left him tied for eighth, three shots off the lead held by Tommy Fleetwood. “To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

Tiger Woods hole by hole

1 (par 4): Drive to fairway. Chip to 14 feet. Misses birdie putt on left side. Result: par.

2 (par 3): Hits green with tee shot. Birdie putt from 20 feet misses to the left. Result: par.

3 (par 5): Drive to fairway. 2-iron from 260 yards finds the green. Eagle putt from 50 feet comes up short. Tap-in for first birdie of the round. Result: birdie; moves to 1 under.

4 (par 4): Drive finds light rough near fairway bunker on right side. Pitching wedge from 157 yards misses green to the right. Chip short, finishes in fringe. Saves par with a putt from off the green, followed by a vintage fist pump. Result: par.

5 (par 3): Tee shot on 169-yard hole flares to the right but stays on green near fringe far from pin. Aggressive putt rolls 4 feet past, but he makes comebacker. Result: par.

6 (par 5): Driver into the wind misses the fairway right and finds the native area. Second shot lands in fairway, 93 yards short of pin. Wedge shot lands past pin, spins back near left fringe. Birdie putt clips right edge of cup. Result: par.

7 (par-4): Driver to 340-yard hole finds bottom of bunker near green. Poor bunker shot from a good lie finishes well past pin near fringe. Birdie putt misses right. Result: par.

8 (par 3): Tee shot with 4 iron finds green near fringe. Makes first long birdie putt (approx. 23 feet). Result: birdie, moves to 2 under.

9 (par 5): Tee shot splits fairway. 3-wood from 282 yards hits green but feeds off into the rough. Chunked chip comes up short of green. Opts for putter on birdie putt and rolls it 12 feet past. Par-saver misses to left. Result: bogey, falls to 1 under.

10 (par 4): 3-wood off tee finds fairway. Knockdown 7-iron to green. Makes 15-footer for bounce-back birdie. Result: birdie, moves to 2 under.

11 (par 5): Splits fairway with drive. Second shot misses green to right; one of his few misses with a full swing. Chip finishes near far side of green. Not happy with long par putt, but makes 7-foot comebacker to save par. Result: par.

12 (par 3): Not happy with tee shot that sails wide right into rough. Pounds club into ground. Solid chip leads to 5-foot par putt. Result: par. 

13 (par 4): Tee shot finds rough down left side. Approach from 113 yards lands near middle of green. Rolls in birdie putt from 22 feet. Result: birdie, moves to 3 under.

14 (par 4): Opted for safe play to fairway on short par-4. Good decision, as he sticks approach from 88 yards to tap-in range. Result: birdie, moves to 4 under.

15 (par 5): First poor swing with driver all day, as tee shot sails right into the native bushes. Hits provisional that finishes in fairway but manages to find his initial shot. Takes a penalty and hits third shot that finishes behind dune near green. Approach lands near edge of green. Two putts for bogey. Result: bogey, falls to 3 under.

16 (par 4): Drive to native area down right side. Terrific approach that finds back of green and spins back to 15 feet. Birdie putt misses right. Result: par.

17 (par 3): Tee shot comes up just short of green. Delicate chip leaves tap-in par. Result: par.

18 (par 4): Finds fairway. Approach hits greens but bounces off to left. Made 8-footer to save par. Result: par and a score of 3-under 69.

Source: pgatour.com

Bryson DeChambeau autographing shirts at Dragonfly

Bryson DeChambeau autographing shirts at Dragonfly to help raise money for the kidney foundation.

Thank you, Bryson!

John Deer Classic

The 2017 PGA Tour John Deere Classic Trophy on Display at Dragonfly

Bryson DeChambeau’s actual 2017 PGA Tour John Deere Classic Champion’s trophy currently on display at the Dragonfly Golf Shop.

Thank you, Bryson!  We appreciate having you play and practice at our facility!

Club Championship

Congratulations to our new Club Champions

Gross winner- Corey Rohm – 68-71=139

Club Championship

 

Net winner- Arturo Delacruz – 70-67=137

Ney Club Championship Winner