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Monday, December 5, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Around the wider world of golf: Adrian Meronk won the men's division, Ashleigh Buhai won the women's division and Kipp Popert won the all abilities division at the ISPS Handa Australian Open on the DP World Tour/Australasian Tour; Thriston Lawrence won the Investec South African Open Championship, also on the DP World Tour; Sarit Suwannarut won the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour; and Zack Fischer won the 116 VISA Argentina Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Viktor Hovland with Hero Tiger trophy

I said I was going to pad my Twofer Tuesday picks this week... and I did! I had Justin Thomas (5) and Jon Rahm (T8). Makes my 2022 record look a bit better, anyway.

  • Top10s: 36 for 115 (22 Top5, 14Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 58
  • Top20s: 52 for 115

There's only 20 players in the field, but 15 of them were in the OWGR's Top20 so you hardly call it a 'weak field'. And the weather played havoc with the course, hitting the field with as much as 35mph winds and lots of mud balls.

And somehow, in the midst of all that, Viktor Hovland managed to become only the second player — after Tiger himself — to win the Hero World Challenge in back-to-back years.

To do it, he ended up making an unbelievable 20-foot bogey putt on the 18th to get up and down from the water and put an end to Scottie Scheffler's dreams of regaining the World #1 position. (For this week, anyway.)

Maybe it's not official money. Maybe it's not an official win. But it's an official move up the ranks to OWGR #9 for Viktor, who seems to just get better and better with each passing year. Next stop: Majorville!

And now he's picked up another Limerick Summary. What a way to spice up your Christmas season! Congratulations and Merry Christmas, Viktor!

Like Tiger, Vik’s gone back-to-back
And it looks like his game’s back on track.
Maybe next year we’ll see
Hero win number three
And he’ll give winning majors a crack.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Clubbing in Cold Weather (Video)

Nothing fancy here. Just a simple tip to help you choose the right club in cold weather.


Saturday, December 3, 2022

A Useful Chipping Drill (Video)

This is a really useful drill for teaching you to square the clubface when you chip. One nice thing about this drill — besides giving you instant feedback — is that although Alex doesn't mention it, if you do the setup the way he says (wedge face under the ball of your lead foot, shaft touching your trail shin) you'll automatically set up slightly open with a narrow stance, which is usually a good position for consistent chipping.


Friday, December 2, 2022

Do You Tee Too High on Par-3s? (Video)

Teeing your ball at the wrong height on par-3s can really affect your iron play. Ali Taylor gives you some tips on how to find just how high is right for your game.


Thursday, December 1, 2022

You Might Think This Move Is Wrong... But It's Not (Video)

I bet most of you will think the feeling these drills teach you is wrong, that it's too upright... but you're wrong. The fact is, power players tend to swing more upright than other players. If your swing isn't upright enough, you tend to move off the ball to create width and length of backswing rather than creating a strong shoulder coil. That causes you to mis-hit shots and lose distance. The drills Russell teaches you in this video will probably feel way too upright when you try them, but that's because you haven't been turning — you've just been leaning sideways. It's time to fix that!


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Yes, It's the L-to-L Drill Again! (Video)

Yes, it's back! I try to at least mention the L-to-L drill every once in a while, simply because it's the best single drill you can do to build a bulletproof swing with speed and balance. It works with every club in the bag. And since Mike Malaska decided to do another short video about it, I'm posting it again. Don't underestimate the value of this simple drill!


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Hero World Challenge

Twofer Tuesday goes for the gimme at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Defending champion Viktor Hovland with Tiger Woods

Tiger won't be in the field — he withdrew Monday because he has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But that won't stop me from making a couple of picks this week.

I know what you're thinking. "Mike, you should be making picks from the Australian Open field." And you know, you're probably right. But I'm no dummy, folks. There are only 20 players in the field this week, which means that no matter who I pick, I'm getting at least two Top20s.

That's right, friends. I'm using this week to pad my stats. I've been a relatively good boy this year so I'm calling it my Christmas present to myself!

Here are my two picks:

  • Jon Rahm
  • Justin Thomas

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 1:30pm ET. Don't worry — I'll be checking out the Australian Open this week. But the Hero is simply a fun event... and I intend to have fun padding my stats.