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  • Hazeltine and This Week's PGA Championship

    12 Aug 2009

    By Peter Kessler

    When Hazeltine was built in the 1960's it measured over 7,400 yards from the back tees. Unheard of at a time when 7,000 was LONG.
    The course is now 7,674 yards--unheard of in 2009.
    The course was originally routed so that a carry of 250-260 yards made it safely over the bunkers. Now that carry is 300-320 yards.
    Hazeltine is number 68 on GolfWeek's Best Modern Course list.
    Every hole is different now than it was for the 1970 U.S. Open.
    The 14th is a drivable par four.
    The 16 is the toughest driving hole.

    Made 54 of 55 putts inside of ten feet. Unheard of in the history of the game.
    Won 28% of the majors he's played in. Unheard of in the history of the game.
    Won 13 of his last 23.
    Won four of his last six.
    Won all 14 of his major championships when leading after 54 holes.
    Found his putting stroke as evidenced by his 23 putts last Saturday.
    Won four PGA's.
    Could win eight or nine times before the year is out.

  • Take My Advice

    11 Aug 2009

    By Josh Zander

    Have you noticed that golf is as game with almost as many teachers as players? Everyone seems to know what to tell you when you hit a bad shot. They all have a tip that is going to turn your game around. This is even more prevalent if you are a woman. A friend of mine once said that he was going to design a woman’s golf shirt with the words “Don’t tell me what to do” printed on the back. The tips I hear friends giving friends are keep your head down, keep your left arm straight, swing slower and a slew of others. When golfers are playing poorly, they become so desperate that they will listen to anyone. Stop!!!!! The only person you should listen to is your own professional. Would you take legal advice from someone who is not an attorney? Would you take medical advice from someone who wasn’t a doctor?

    Here is my professional advice and remember, I am a golf professional. Only take the advice if it will improve your ball flight or your impact. Just doing something because the best player in your club does it or because you heard it on TV does not mean it is right for you. Even if it is something Tiger does, it may not be right for you. When someone gives you advice, ask them the following question: “How will this tip help my impact position and my ball flight?” If they can’t give you a reasonable answer, don’t try it. You should ask your own teacher the same question. It is their job to know cause and effect.

    The only reason “tips” from friends work sometimes is that it frees your mind from the other 10 other things you were thinking about during your swing. Believe me, playing golf from tip to tip is a recipe for disaster. Your mind will become so confused that you will be paralyzed over the ball. Keep it simple. Listen only to your teacher and stick to the plan. My mentor Jim Hardy once said that one of three things is happening if you are not getting better after receiving advice. First, you understand the advice but simply did not execute. Second, you did not understand the advice. And third, the person gave you the wrong advice. I’ll leave it to you, what are the chances that your friend gave you the right advice?  Friends have great intentions but their advice usually leads to having to book another lesson with your instructor.

  • Should Tiger and Paddy Have Been Put on the Clock?

    10 Aug 2009

    By Stephanie Wei

    Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

    Say it ain’t so! Tiger Woods won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and called out rules official John Paramor.

    Tiger and Padraig Harrington were coming down the stretch in the final round. Through fifteen holes, Paddy was leading by one stroke. On the sixteenth tee, Paramor put the pair on the clock because they were out of position. Yep, seriously.

    In Tiger’s post-round interview, he repeatedly made it clear that he was unhappy with Paramor’s decision and blamed him for interrupting what had been a thrilling match.

    “Like I was telling [Harrington] out there, I’m sorry that John got in the way of a great battle because it was such a great battle for 16 holes, and we’re going at it head-to-head, and unfortunately that happened.”

    And he said the ruling was the reason why Paddy carded a triple-bogey 8 on the hole and ultimately lost.

    “I don’t think that Paddy would have hit the pitch shot that way if he was able to take his time, look at it, analyze it, but he was on the clock, had to get up there quickly and hit it — Yeah, and hit it in the water.”

    In case you missed it, long story short — Paddy drove it in the right trees, punched out to the rough on the edge of a fairway bunker and then overshot the green on his approach. Tiger is referring to the next shot, where Paddy pitched it into the water hazard.

    I’m not a fan of slow play. In fact, it might be one of my biggest pet peeves. But it’s a different story when the final group is coming down the stretch in the final round. Especially because the sixteenth hole turned out to be the dealbreaker, so to speak. The pair was warned on the 6th hole as well, which is understandable. The third to last hole, though? Gimme a freakin’ break! Sure, rules are rules. But officials have discretion to make these calls as they see fit. In this scenario, let them play.

    When was the last time you heard Tiger sound off this vehemently about anything? Kudos to him for expressing his disapproval. Rules officials were even brought into the media center to defend Paramor’s decision. Whatever. It was the wrong call. Paddy didn’t attribute it to his meltdown (I’m not saying he choked). He took responsibility, but mentioned he felt rushed. That should not happen to a player in the final group, who is leading, no less — even if he is professional. As a bit of an aside, Tiger was also a gracious winner, repeatedly commending Paddy for his stellar play.

    Perhaps Tiger speaking out about it will affect how they handle such situations in the future. After all, he is Tiger Woods.

  • NASAgolfer Gets His Trophy

    09 Aug 2009

    Here is a photo of NASAgolfer, winner of the Virtual U.S. Open 2009, and his engraved trophy from the USGA!

  • August Tournaments

    06 Aug 2009

    August tournaments have begun! Check the Tournament Calendar for the full schedule of monthly and weekly events. Highlights include new weekly stroke play and closest-to-the-hole challenges, and a tierless International Open.

    Also in August are four more chances to win trips to Pinehurst Resort. Be sure to participate in the PVP Open and the two PVP Sweepstakes. Don't miss these opportunities to enjoy a vacation at one of the best golf resorts in the world and chances to play with or against Fred Couples or Nick Faldo. Congratulations to kraneburg, winner of the July 1-14 (#3) sweeps drawing, and sabbath270 and JALAII, winners of the July PVP Open.

    There are two more premium tournaments coming up soon that will run through September, so keep an eye out for them!

  • Scheduled Downtime 8/5/09

    05 Aug 2009

    We are performing database maintenance tonight starting at 11PM, and expect the site to be down for 6-8 hours. This is system maintenance and not a product update, so there are no new features being deployed.

  • Winner Profile - JReitzel: What’s in their bag?

    04 Aug 2009

    Hi everyone, this is the first of a new blog series profiling the clubs in our winners' bags! JReitzel is the hack tier winner of the Week 30 18-hole Stroke Play Tournament. What’s in his bag?

    • PING G10 Pro 9.5° Driver
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Fairway Wood
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Hybrid 21° (Steel)
    • PING G10 Iron Set (Steel)
    • PING Tour W Pro 54° Wedge
    • PING Tour W Pro 60° Wedge
    • PING iWi Anser Series Putter
    • WGT GI-D golf balls
  • Tiger Wins the Buick Open and We're All Shocked

    02 Aug 2009

    By Stephanie Wei

    Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Tiger won the 51st and last Buick Open by three shots over Roland Thatcher, John Senden and Greg Chalmers. He fired three-under-par 69 for a 72 hole total of 20-under-par on the way to his 69th career win. Yada, yada, yada…a bunch of relative unknowns rounded up the top ten, including a guy named Brian Vranesh. Has anyone heard of him? I don’t think I’ve ever said his name before.

    I could have written this headline last night and I was tempted to — as a joke.

    It almost looked like Tiger was bored. I mean, I was falling asleep while I watched. He had three birdies and fifteen pars. He continued to struggle from the tee, hitting about 53% of the fairways for the week. But per usual he scrambled his way to the winner’s circle. (Lest we forget, he has a lot of practice playing from the trees.) Oh, the putter was working for him, though. We also had the unique opportunity of seeing the CBS commentators analyze his swing via “Swing Vision” at least two dozen times.

    I wish Tiger could have made a few more birdies just to make it a tad exciting. Or perhaps some of the others could have made a better run. I know the rest of the field didn’t technically “give up,” but everyone knows Tiger rarely blows leads going into the final day.

    The exciting part of the day came from the loud cheers of the enthusiastic fans. The scenes on the final two holes were pretty incredible. On the 17th, the crowd chanted, “Let’s Go Tiger!” They waved signs, such as “Buick Open: One More Year.” It just shows how much the tournament means to the local community. It really is a shame GM can no longer afford to keep their sponsorship. As Tiger walked up to the 18th green, the stampede flooded the fairway. After he putted out, he tossed his ball into the gallery that had gathered behind him.

    It was really classy he decided to play in the Buick — it gave the fans a lasting memory as they bade farewell to the longstanding and cherished tour stop.

    So Tiger has win a fourth win in ‘09 under his belt. He is still “struggling,” though — I hope he wins the PGA Championship so critics will stop saying he’s not as dominant as he used to be. It’s funny; I never used to be this supportive of Tiger until people started doubting him this season. Maybe I just like to play devil’s advocate.

  • Community Tips

    28 Jul 2009

    It's time for some more game tips from our helpful community players!

  • One Week Left to Play July Tournaments

    24 Jul 2009

    Summer is going by fast... there is only one week left to play the July tournaments! If we could choose one tournament to play, it would be the July People v Pros Sweepstakes. With fewer than 100 people entered, your chances are great for winning the dream vacation to Pinehurst where you get to play golf with Fred Couples or Nick Faldo!


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