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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Holiday Team Event

This isn't a Twofer Tuesday event so let's just take a quick look at the QBE Shootout.

Defending champions Matt Kuchar and Harris English

The QBE is an unofficial event -- and unlike the Hero, no points up for grabs this week -- with 12 two-player teams. The 54-hole event uses a different format each round -- scramble, modified alternate shot and better-ball rounds. And the defending champs are Matt Kuchar and Harris English, who posted -37 last year.

Yes, this is a LOW scoring team event.

The QBE is played at Tiburon, which also hosts the LPGA's Tour Championship. That's convenient as the most interesting team this year is the pairing of Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson. Both have had success on this course and this first-time pairing should be fun to watch.

For those of you playing fantasy golf, here's a link to pgatour.com's Power Rankings. It will give you the skinny on all 12 pairings, some of which look pretty random and could result in unexpected contenders on Sunday.

GC's coverage starts Friday at noon ET. This is certainly not a high-pressure event but it's hard not to enjoy an event where the pros play the kind of games that amateurs play and still manage to shoot -37. It's a nice relaxing way to pass some time as we recover from Christmas shopping.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Around the wider world of golf: Daniel van Tonder won the Sunshine Tour's South African Open which, if you didn't know, is the second oldest tournament in the world; Jorge Fernández-Valdés won the 115 VISA Argentine Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Hideto Tanihara won the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup on the Japan Golf Tour.

Viktor Hovland with Tiger and the Hero trophy

My decision to make some picks this week paid off after all. My Twofer Tuesday picks were Collin Morikawa (T5) and Justin Thomas (T5). Collin looked to give me a win before stumbling, but at least he got me a Top5, and JT rallied for a nice finish as well.

  • Top10s: 4 for 20 (2 Top5, 2 Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 10

Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas turned out to be much harder this week than the players expected. And Sunday's wild scoring swings just added to the excitement. Players were missing fairways by a lot and greens by a little -- and either way, they paid a stiff price.

The final pairing of Brooks Koepka and Collin Morikawa was a classic example. Collin had a five-shot lead over Brooks when the day began, but the two ended the round +6. Several players made runs, only to have their brief leads snatched away as soon as they came.

Except for Viktor Hovland, that is. Coming off his win at Mayakoba just a month ago, he overcame the chipping problems most players faced by simply hitting awesome full shots and putting like it was going out of style.

But even he wasn't immune. His final five holes were eagle-eagle-birdie-bogey-bogey to win by a single shot.

Nevertheless, a win's a win and under tough conditions at that.

As a result, Viktor gets his third worldwide win of the season. Therefore, he gets his second Limerick Summary for the same time period. Perhaps his fellow players should start looking over their shoulders for him!

He roared through the field from six back
When Collin’s game started to crack.
And once Vik got going
His lead started growing;
The field fell before his attack.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

How Rick Shiels Fixes a Hook (Video)

Most players struggle with a slice but lots of players fight a hook. In this short video Rick explains how he would fix it. Even if you don't want to try this, Rick does a good job of explaining what causes a hook in the first place. Once you understand why you do it, it's much easier to fix it!


Saturday, December 4, 2021

Golf Gift Ideas (Video)

Nothing spectacular today but I hope it's useful. With Christmas coming, here are some ideas for golf gifts at a variety of price levels. Even if the suggestions themselves don't appeal to you, perhaps they'll stimulate your imagination a bit.


Friday, December 3, 2021

Another Approach to Chipping from Tight Lies (Video)

This video is different from many of the 'chipping from tight lies' videos I've posted before. Usually the demonstrations use different clubs to get different results, but Paige really is teaching you three different techniques because she's using the same club for each shot -- in her case, that's a 54° wedge. If you pay attention, you'll learn how small variations in technique can affect the way the ball reacts when it lands on the green.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

10 Tips for Better Winter Performance (Video)

If you don't want winter to keep you away from the golf course, Kit Alexander has two handfuls of tips to help keep your game sharp when the weather gets cold. Some you may have heard before, but some may make your winter golf a bit more enjoyable. Give this video a watch if you sneer at the cold!


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

It's Nice to Have Him Back

No news here. Tiger showed up to host the Hero World Challenge, this time in a non-playing role. Totally expected.

Tiger at the Hero

I'm not going to belabor the presser. You've been hearing about it all day Tuesday and will likely continue to hear about it from now on.

The two big things he said?

  1. He probably won't be a regular Tour player going forward but sees no reason he couldn't get it together for a few events a year once he gets back in playing shape. That includes finding some distance again, as he joked about possibly being competitive if the Masters par-3 event was the standard length of a Tour venue.
  2. He also threw his support behind the PGA Tour as opposed to the rumors of a Greg Norman-headed world tour. No big surprise there either but, with both Rory and Tiger taking this stand, any new tour will likely now find itself in an uphill battle to draw off any major players.

Many of the commentators were complaining that Tiger was giving no real information and none of the media at the presser were willing to push for more. Again, nothing new there.

As for my take on all this, the post title says it all. It's nice to have Tiger back in the spotlight, even if all he can do is let us see that he's getting better and is in good spirits. I'll take that as a major win.