Bubba Proof

 

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Although it is not relevant to putting, check out this article by GolfWeek writer Jeff Rude’s column “Hate to be Rude”. This weeks topic, should Augusta National “Bubba-Proof” the golf course? After Tiger Woods tore up the 2006 Masters Championship with his distance, Augusta National planted trees in places where Tiger Woods played his shots through. But these trees were no match for Watson, as he was able to hit several par fives in 2 shots, which drastically changes the course. 

Rude notes that on one par five, Watson had a sand wedge in on his second shot. Unbelievable? Do you think it is fair for Augusta National to change the course because of a sole player?

Yes, Watson has a ton of distance. But is it more of a risk/reward situation? If you have played golf, many people know that the further up you go on some holes, the tighter and more difficult the landing area is. In addition, everyone knows that the secret to Augusta National are the greens. Watson clearly made some clutch putts coming down the stretch, regardless of his distance off the tee. 

 

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After day one of the Zurich classic, scores are low. Ben Martin threw a round of 10 under 62 today, the new course record, and holds a 2 shot lead over Andrew Svoboda. Martin’s round was bogey free, having 10 birdies. According to PGAtour.com, Martin had an average of 4.027 strokes gained in putting over the field. Martin, a rookie, has never won a pga tour event. Will his putting hold up throughout the next 3 days?

 

 

 

 

 

Next Stop: Pinehurst #2

Now that the Master’s is over, its time to set our sights on the upcoming major championships. Next stop for PGA pros is Pinehurst, NC at the world famed #2 course. I was actually in Pinehurst today, and drove my number 2. I noticed that the merchandise tent as well as some of the stands have started to go up.

I also played number 2 about 4 years ago in the North and South Junior championship. They were in the process of redoing number 2 when I last played it, so the rough and waste bunkers were not the same when I last saw it. Something that I struggled with was the Donald Ross style greens, and holding the greens on my approach shots, which, when the greens are rolling quickly and are firm, is very difficult. I read an article the other day as well that said that the US Open will be playing roughly 300 yards longer than it did when the US Open was last at Pinehurst.

In addition, I feel like whichever professional has the best wedge game will win. Donald Ross greens are very difficult when ones wedges are not in tact. Someone to look at going into the Open is the young Jordan Spieth, who has holed out from bunkers several times in the past few tournaments. I’ll have a closer look at Spieth in the future.

Check out this article by the Golf Channel for analysts takes on likely winners. Randall Mell’s is similar to my prediction!

Below are some pictures from when I played in the North South junior. It was an incredible experience walking up the 18th fairway of number 2, with the statue of Payne Stewart staring at me!

 

 

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http://www.pinehurst.com/golf/tournaments/2014-us-open-championship/

 

He pulled it off

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If you were watching the end of the RBC heritage this weekend, you probably thought that Kuchar dug himself a deep hole when he 3 putted from 4 feet on 17. After 3 top 5 finishes in a row with no win, Kuchar looked to be a likely winner for this weeks event. In addition, Kuchar hadn’t had a final round under par. For this round, he was 7 under for the day, including a birdie on the last hole after holing for birdie from a green side bunker.

 

Although he made up for it, it was interesting to see Kuchar miss a 3 foot putt for par on 17th, since we all expect pros to make those! It happens to the best of us. Congrats to Kuchar though on a long awaited, much deserved win.

Check out this video of the end of Kuchar’s exciting round.

Heritage Championship kicks off today

Sorry for the few days of no posts, I am still recovering from a week at our conference tournament on Hilton Head Island. Speaking of Hilton Head Island, the Heritage championship kicked off today at Harbour Town. Matt Kuchar, the player that I predicted to win the Masters, is currently the leader in the clubhouse at 5 under par.

It seems that the Golf Channel is not surprised either. About an hour ago, they posted a picture of Kuchar on Facebook with the caption being “At this point, we’d be more surprised if Matt Kuchar’s name WASN’T atop a leaderboard.” Kuchar has made way too many runs at several titles this year, and after a disappointing final round at the Masters, it seems that Kuchar is making the charge again.

Will he be able to pull off the win?