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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

That Other Tour Championship

Last week it was the PGA Tour. This week it's the Korn Ferry Tour's turn. Welcome to the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

Defending champion Joseph Bramlett

This is, of course, the week when all 50 of those new PGA Tour cards get awarded. You know the drill -- 25 cards were won at the end of the regular season, now the other 25 are won in the KFT Playoffs. The Playoffs have seen KFT players who didn't make 'The 25' as well as PGA Tour players who didn't retain their cards all come together to fight it out.

Defending champion Joseph Bramlett is in the field this week because he didn't retain the card he won in last year's Playoffs. However, his play at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship locked up his card for this year. Now it's all about where he'll fall in the shuffle come Sunday evening.

But I should note that he's the favorite in the Power Rankings at

Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana is a par-72 track measuring 7242 yards, and it's the host of this event. It's been the host since 2019 so players who have (unfortunately) had to play this event a lot will have some familiarity to help them along, maybe give them a hand up against the new guys.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 4pm ET. You'll want to at least follow how the players do -- after all, one of these guys could be next year's Scottie Scheffler!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Dana Open

Twofer Tuesday takes a break from the PGA Tour (while they take a break of their own) to spend some time in Ohio with the LPGA at the Dana Open presented by Marathon.

Defending champion Nasa Hataoka

If you feel a bit confused, don't be. Last year this event was called the Marathon LPGA Classic. Marathon is still involved but is now the presenting sponsor while Dana Incorporated becomes the new title sponsor. Same event, new name.

The event is still being held at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania OH. And Nasa Hataoka is still the defending champion. In addition, the field includes two-time winner Lydia Ko, 2020 champion Danielle Kang, and major winners Minjee Lee, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, and Ariya Jutanugarn.

So this week's picks are a bit different. While the men play every week, the women play in what I guess you could call 'cycles' -- that is, they play a sequence of events, get a week or two off, then play another sequence. This is the second event in a seven-event cycle being played in North America. Figuring out how to factor that into my picks is a new experience.

  • My first pick is Lydia Ko. Lydia is on a run of 8 Top7 finishes in her last 10 events, seemingly unaffected by the weeks off between cycles. Can't bet against her this week.
  • My other pick is Brooke Henderson. She's been hit-and-miss this year, but she hada run of 6 Top16s (2 of those were wins) that ended last week in Canada where she finished T49. I'm chalking that up to the pressure of winning at home.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 1pm ET. We're getting 12 hours of live coverage this week, and I'm looking forward to covering some LPGA events for a change. Maybe I'll have better luck picking the ladies. After all, they say Luck is a lady, right?

Monday, August 29, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 TOUR Championship

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Paula Reto got her first LPGA win at the CP Women's Open; Thriston Lawrence won the Omega European Masters on the DP World Tour; Jill McGill won the US Senior Women's Open; Steve Stricker won the Ally Challenge on the Champions Tour; David Lingmerth won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Anthony Michael won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Highland Gate on the Sunshine Tour; Jake Knapp won the CRMC Championship on the Mackenzie Tour; Jillian Hollis won the Circling Raven Championship on the Epson Tour; and Riki Kawamoto won the Sansan KBC August on the Japan Golf Tour.

Rory McIlroy with FedExCup trophy

No win this week but at least my Twofer Tuesday picks played well. I had Xander Schauffele (4) and Patrick Cantlay (T7). After my poor showing at the BMW last week, I'm quite happy with that!

  • Top10s: 25 for 90 (16 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 44
  • Top20s: 38 for 90

The irony of it all is that, back before the FedEx St. Jude, I had Rory as my pick to win it all. But I wanted to see how he did in that first Playoff event and I wasn't impressed so I didn't pick him this week. (I expected him to finish about where Xander did.) 

And starting six shots back Sunday afternoon, even that looked to be a bit of a stretch.

My, how quickly things change! In seven holes Rory had picked up three shots and Scottie Scheffler had given up three. A dead heat so quickly? As the Sicilian said in The Princess Bride, "Inconceivable!" (Actually, I think he said, "Incontheivable!" but that doesn't look right in print.)

You know the rest of the story. In the remaining eleven holes, Rory shot 1-under and Scottie shot even. Game over.

We'll be talking about this win for a while, I suppose. After all, it isn't often that someone moves ahead of Tiger in anything... but now Rory has three FedExCups to Tiger's two. With three wins this season, it looks like Rory's back and ready to kick some ass next season. I wonder how many Limerick Summaries he'll pick up next year?

A six-shot lead wasn’t enough
To keep Rory from doing his stuff!
Against Woods, he’s one-up
With his third FedExCup…
And his threat to win more is no bluff!

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Malaska's Quick Driver Fix (Video)

Mike Malaska posted this short video on Friday to help weekend players get better results from their driver. Often the problem is just poor leg and hip action. His Right Foot Drop Back Drill may be just what you need to get that drive in the fairway!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Squaring the Clubface with Both Hands (Video)

A few months back I posted a video lesson James Robinson had with Pete Cowen. I noticed a short segment in that video that talked briefly about the subject of today's video. So when I found this more indepth explanation of the technique that Andy Carter posted after a similar lesson with Pete Cowen, I thought I'd post it as well. Rather than hunting through the earlier video, this short video is completely dedicated to explaining the concept. Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Moe Norman Tee Drill (Video)

You may have seen this drill before, especially if you're a Moe Norman fan or you use the Natural Golf method. But I'm posting this because Russell Heritage does a very good job of explaining exactly what this move should look like and the drill that will teach you how it feels. If this move interests you -- and Moe Norman did have a reputation for being extremely accurate -- then this may be the video you've been looking for.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Knocking Out Those Wasteful 3-Putts!

Phil GC sent me this link to a Golf Digest article by Cheryl Anderson on how to 3-putt less often. In the article Cheryl says you really need to focus your putting on only two distances -- 3 feet and 30 feet! It's a fascinating article with drills to help you get better at those distances while practicing less. You'll want to check it out. Thanks for the link, Phil!

Photo to Cheryl Anderson's putting article

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The CP Women's Open Is Back!

It's been a long three years but the Canadian Women's Open is finally back on the LPGA schedule.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko

The last time this event was held, we had no idea what COVID-19 was. That was back in 2019 when Jin Young Ko won this event by five shots over Canada's favorite daughter Brooke Henderson. But now Jin Young is #1 in the Rolex Rankings and Brooke is coming off her second major win, and the fans are revved up to finally have their second favorite game in the whole world back in action.

Perhaps the biggest news about the field is that Danielle Kang will be teeing it up for the first time since taking time off after the US Women's Open to deal with a back tumor.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday morning at 9:30am ET. We're heading into the home stretch for the ladies now with only seven North American events (counting this week's Canadian event, of course) before the Tour begins globe-hopping down the stretch to the CME Group Tour Championship.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: TOUR Championship

Twofer Tuesday takes one last look at its empty wallet -- it's been an expensive year of travel -- as it hopes the winner of the TOUR Championship will spare a few coins in exchange for a really good Limerick Summary on Sunday.

Defending champion Patrick Cantlay

Ah, East Lake. A par-70 course measuring 7346 yards, all of which is very familiar to the regulars at this season-ending event. In many ways it's that familiarity that always makes the TOUR Championship a nail-biting event, usually right down to the very last putt.

Of course, that staggered start doesn't hurt either. I realize that many people don't like it and some of the players have said you wouldn't expect a Super Bowl or Wimbledon final to give one side an advantage. And that's very true...

But there are way more than two sides teeing it up this week. That staggered start is an attempt to mimic a NASCAR event, with the fastest cars starting up front and the slower cars back in the pack having to find some way to get through the rest of the field and make up ground. In that sense, the Tour has created a reasonably good imitation of that kind of start, despite anyone's misgivings about the compromises necessary to make it work.

Does one player get an unfair advantage this way? Maybe... but just like a NASCAR race, it's all about overcoming the disadvantages to gain the prize.

So who do I think has the best chance of doing that this week? I have to go with two proven 'racers' this week, despite neither having the pole position.

  • Zander Schauffele
  • Patrick Cantlay

They were the two leading down the stretch last year and, given their play this post-season, I see no reason to doubt them now.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 1pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming coverage begins at 11:30am ET (schedule is posted here). Look, we all know this isn't the end of 2022's golf -- the new season starts in mid-September and the Presidents Cup just a week later. But this is the end of a spectacular run of golf this year, and who wants to miss that?

Monday, August 22, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 BMW Championship

Winner: Patrick Cantlay

Around the wider world of golf: Will Gordon won the Albertsons Boise Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Maximilian Kieffer won the D+D Real Czech Masters on the DP World Tour; Padraig Harrington won the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour; Albert Venter won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; Parker Coody won the CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Sam Bennett won the US Amateur; Chisato Iwai won the JLPGA's CAT Ladies Golf Tournament; Han Jin Song won the KLPGA'S HighOne Resort Ladies Open; Hiroshi Iwata won the Japan Golf Tour's Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup; and Taehoon Okwon the Asian Tour's International Series Korea. [Thanks, IC!]

Patrick Cantlay with the BMW trophy

Another disappointing week for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Tony Finau (T28) and Joohyung "Tom" Kim (T54). Ironically, I had Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy last week. Amazing how bad you can look when you're just one week off...

  • Top10s: 23 for 88 (15 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 43
  • Top20s: 36 for 88

Paddy Ice is proving to be an end-of-season force of nature. Last year he won the BMW and the TOUR Championship (let's not argue about the staggered start, he got the trophy and the FedExCup). Nobody's ever gone back-to-back defending a Playoff win.

Until Paddy Ice. And he did it pretty decisively.

I think Adam Scott and Scott Stallings deserve LOADS of kudos for what they did Sunday. Both are going to East Lake, with Scott being the only pro to play his way into each of the Playoff events this year and Stallings making it his first-ever trip. I was pulling for them both.

But Cantlay's clearly the guy you DON'T want chasing you come Sunday afternoon in the Playoffs. And just to make that clear, he's added yet another Limerick Summary to his collection. Next week could be very interesting...

If he’s chasing you down, don’t look twice;
Those who do soon get clamped in his vise.
He’s not churlish or rude
But I’m warning you, dude…
You do NOT want to face Paddy Ice.

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Tiger on Shaping Wedge Shots (Video)

We never get enough Tiger these days, do we? Golf Digest just put up this video last week. Tiger goes into detail about how he shapes and flights different kinds of wedge shots. Needless to say, there's A LOT of info in this video... so pay attention!

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Triangle Drills (Video)

Not all of you will need this video but if you're having trouble with standing up during your downswing (hitting the ball thin) or flipping your hands, this may be just what you're looking for. Russell Heritage shows the drills he uses to help players maintain the triangle created at address and explains the feeling you're trying to create. Again, I'm not so sure all of you reading this will need these drills but if you do... well, here they are.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Focus on Followthrough (Video)

Billy Fitzgerald thinks you should focus a bit less on your backswing and downswing but a bit more on your followthrough. He's got a pretty good explanation here as well as a simple drill to ingrain the feel. Check it out!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

A Quick Peek at Callaway's 9 New Iron Sets (Video)

I've put up a lot of equipment reviews lately but I keep finding interesting ones. This one takes a quick look at what kind of player each of Callaway's 9 different iron sets is intended for. Worth looking at if you're considering one of them. (Yes, you only see 8 of them but there is a 9th and it is talked about briefly.)

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Remember the BC Open?

The Champions Tour is headed for the En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott NY for the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open... but you may know the course from another PGA Tour event.

Defending champion Cameron Beckman

Cameron Beckman will defend his first Champions Tour win this week at the par-72, 6994-yard course. I know that sounds like a fairly easy course for the pros -- and it's likely that the scores will be low -- but there's plenty of water, sand and large fast greens to keep the guys working.

Some old BC Open logos

Back in 1971 the event launched as the Broome County Open, and starting the next year was known as the BC Open, named for B.C., the caveman comic strip by the late cartoonist Johnny Hart. (He also drew the Wizard of Id strip.) Hart was born and raised in Endicott, and golf often played a part in the strips. Broome County Community Charities Inc has operated this event since it first started all those years ago.

And like a comic strip, this is now a short event -- 54 holes for the Champions Tour rather than 72 holes it was for the PGA Tour.

GC's coverage begins Friday at 8pm ET, so we're looking at a tape-delayed broadcast. Still, this event holds a special place in my heart because B.C. was one of my favorite comics growing up, and last year was the 50th playing (as you can see from the cartoon above). The event was cancelled in 2020 because... well, you know. Regardless of the name, this is the 51st playing of the Endicott event.

That's something worth celebrating, caveman or no.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: BMW Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads for yet another new Playoff site, the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, for the BMW Championship.

Defending champion Patrick Cantlay

The South Course at Wilmington Country Club isn't a short track -- it's a par-71 measuring a hefty 7534 yards. The club has hosted several USGA events in the past but, since the course was redone in 2020 after a tornado ripped through, past experience on this course may mean less to the players.

The big thing to remember about this event is that there is NO cut. All 70 players will get to fight for their positions for four rounds so good play is critical this week. Remember, only 30 players get to East Lake and the TOUR Championship next week.

Notably missing this week will be Cam Smith, who has withdrawn with a hip injury. However, being 3rd on the Points List, he'll be at East Lake next week.

I'm torn with my picks this week. Despite picking two players last week who were in form and who generally play well in the Playoffs, I got nothing from them. So what should I do this week? Is Will Zalatoris emotionally drained after his win? Will Rory rebound from that missed cut? Is Jon Rahm really back in form? I'm going to watch them this week and see if the first Playoff event was a fluke for them.

Instead, I'm taking two guys who've had a week or two to recover from their wins.

  • Tony Finau
  • Joohyung "Tom" Kim

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 3pm ET. And of course, PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at 9:45am ET and you can find that schedule here. With the shorter field and no cut, everybody's got a chance to put up a good number and shake up the standings. The question is... will they?

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship

Winner: Will Zalatoris

Around the wider world of golf: Maja Stark and Ewen Ferguson won their respective fields at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, co-sponsored by the DP World Tour, LET and LPGA; Miguel Ángel Jiménez won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour; Robby Shelton won the Pinnacle Bank Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Yan Liu won the Four Winds Invitational on the Epson Tour; Saki Baba won the US Women's Amateur; Nitithorn Thippong won the International Series Singapore on the Asian Tour; Yonggu Shin won the KPGA's Woosung Construction Open; So Young Lee won the KLPGA's Dayouwinia MBN Ladies Open; and Chisato Iwai won the JLPGA's NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament. [Thanks, IC!]

Will Zalatoris with FedEx St. Jude trophy

Another disappointing week for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Rory McIlroy (MC) and Patrick Cantlay (T57). Oh, well...

  • Top10s: 23 for 86 (15 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 42
  • Top20s: 36 for 86

It was perhaps the wildest scene ever in a playoff. Will Zalatoris's golf ball barely carried the water on the 151-yard, par-3 11th at TPC Southwind -- the third playoff hole between him and Sepp Straka. The ball bounced off the bank then bounced half a dozen more times on the rock wall separating the green from the water... and then, instead of ending up in the water, it settled between the wall and the grass.

Then after Straka put his ball in the water, Zalatoris took a drop in the drop circle, hit a long wedge shot to 7 feet and knocked in the bogey putt for his first PGA Tour win.

He's certainly been building up to this for a while. Three runner-ups in majors punctuated a strong two-year run up to this point. There's not much more I need to say, except...

Enjoy your first-ever Limerick Summary, Will. I doubt it will be your last!

His run to the top finally run,
His first win on Tour finally won,
Will Z gets his prize
And continues, his eyes
Set on East Lake. I don’t think he’s done!

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Difference Between Fundamentals and Personal Preferences (Video)

This short video from Russell Heritage talks about something that's hard for many players -- that is, learning when something you're taught as a fundamental really doesn't work with your body. How do you determine whether you should change or not? Russell talks about three 'fundamentals' that don't always help a player, and how to find out (through practice) if you need to 'relax your fundamentals' a bit.

Note that Russell isn't talking about ignoring fundamentals, just not being quite so rigid with them. It's a fine line but it's worth exploring if you really want a better swing that's repeatable for you.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Driver Comparisons with Paige (Video)

Golf ball comparisons yesterday, drivers today. Paige is at Club Champion in New York City comparing a number of drivers. It's not just watching Paige hit drivers though; one of the Club Champion techs gives you details on each of the drivers before she tests them, including some of the unique features of each driver; and since Paige is testing them in the same mic'd bay, you can hear how each driver sounds. You may find some helpful info here.

Friday, August 12, 2022

15 Mid-Price Golf Ball Tests (Video)

Neil Tappin from Golf Monthly tested 15 different golf balls that are in the mid-range of prices -- some from big name manufacturers, some not -- and gave his reviews in this video. But if you want full specs on all of the balls, just check out the info at this link.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

This Week, Two for One

Not only two different events in one, but co-sanctioned by three different tours. Welcome to the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

Defending champions Daniel Gavins and Pajaree Anannarukarn

Co-sponsored by the LPGA, the DP World Tour and the LET, the ISPS Handa World Invitational puts the men and women out on the same course at the same time. They're separate events rather than team events, but both genders are playing for equal purses of $1.5mil over two venues -- the Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club in Ireland.

The defending champions from the inaugural event are Daniel Gavins and Pajaree Anannarukarn, who each posted their first wins on the DP World Tour and LPGA Tour respectively.

GC's live coverage begins today (Thursday) at 8am ET. This is another one of those cool events that turns a potential gimmick into a genuinely fun event. And it's a great opportunity for us to see new talents possibly get their first wins on their respective tours, just like Daniel and Pajaree did last year, as well as seeing some more of the beautiful scenery in Ireland.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Strike One

If you know anything about baseball, you know the first strike doesn't really mean anything. It doesn't tell you that the player at bat will strike out. For those of you who aren't familiar with American baseball, there are several things that could happen after a first strike.

FedEx Playoffs logo

Just for your information:

  1. The player could get on base with a walk, which is where the pitcher throws four poor pitches and the player goes to first base for free.
  2. The player could get three strikes and be out, without a chance to get on base during that 'at bat.'
  3. The player could hit a ball that gets caught by someone on the other team and they are declared 'out.'
  4. The player could hit a ball that lands in some unoccupied spot on the field and nobody on the other team catches it before the batter can run to first base.
  5. The player could hit the ball completely out of the ballpark and make a home run.
  6. Or the player could hit foul balls indefinitely, in which case the player just keeps trying to hit the ball until one of the above happens.

Today the LIV Golf team got a strike. That's all.

But that strike is important, simply because it did eliminate some potential outcomes later on in the process. Plus it gave the PGA Tour -- and the other tours -- some direction on what they should do going forward.

Perhaps most importantly, the FedEx Playoffs will go on without the constant distraction of legal challenges.

Make no mistake, the whole process will go on. But at least for the next three weeks, we can concentrate on the Playoffs.

And I don't know about you, but I'm satisfied with that for now.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: FedEx St. Jude Championship

Twofer Tuesday head to Memphis TN for some blues, some BBQ and some FedEx cash at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Defending champion Tony Finau

Just to eliminate some confusion, last year this event was the Northern Trust and was held at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. This year FedEx themselves take over this first Playoff event, holding it at TPC Southwind where they originally held their WGC event. Of course that's not the only change.

Seems this year the purse has risen a bit... to $15mil.

The defending champion is Tony Finau, who won a playoff against Cam Smith. Needless to say, these two players are both heavy favorites this year, what with Tony coming off two wins in a row and Cam having won THE PLAYERS and THE OPEN.

With so many players in such good form coming into this first Playoff event, you could pick almost any two of, say, the Top30 players and have a decent chance of getting two Top10 finishes... or better. At least I hope so, for my sake. The Wyndham was a real letdown for me.

But I'm also afraid to overthink things too much, given how stacked the field is this time with so many players in form. So I'm choosing two players who have won in the last few months but also have a large number of Top10 finishes. We'll see how it goes, now that the regular season is done and the real pressure is on.

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Patrick Cantlay

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET and the PGA TOUR LIVE streams begin at 8:15am ET. (Streaming times can be found at this link.) I'm really wondering how much the huge jump in prize money will affect the field's play. After all, while they're used to playing for big money, it's never been this big!

Monday, August 8, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Wyndham Championship

Winner: Joohyung “Tom” Kim

Around the wider world of golf: Ashleigh Buhai became the first female winner at Muirfield when she won the AIG Women's Open on the LPGA/LET (Rose Shang was the low am); Callum Shinkwin won the Cazoo Open on the DP World Tour; Andrew Kozan won the Utah Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Jerry Kelly won the Shaw Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Xiaowen Yin won the French Lick Charity Classic on the Epson Tour; Ryan Gerard won the Quebec Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Bank Mandiri Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour; Austin Greaser won the 120th Western Amateur; Min Young Lee won the JLPGA's Hokkaido Meiji Cup; Mikumu Horikawa won the Japan Golf Tour's Japan PGA Championship; and Han Sol Ji won the KLPGA's Jeju Samdasu Masters. [Thanks, IC!]

Tom Kim with Wyndham trophy

I'm disappointed in my Twofer Tuesday picks this week. I had Webb Simpson (WD) and Kevin Kisner (WD). They were two WDs in a group of nine. Unacceptable! If you sign up, then PLAY!

  • Top10s: 23 for 84 (15 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 41
  • Top20s: 36 for 84

This was a week for some historic performances. Over at the AIG Women's Open, Ashleigh Buhai won her first-ever LPGA event, won her first-ever major, and became the first female victor at an Open held at historic Muirfield. Really cool stuff.

Tom Kim (you all heard the Thomas the Tank Engine story so I'll skip it here) became the first player born in the 2000s to win a PGA Tour event (he was born in 2002). He became the second youngest winner on Tour since World War II. And I believe he became the first player to win a PGA Tour event after starting that event with a quadruple-bogey. Was it a coincidence that he won by four strokes as well? Perhaps not.

Maybe it was fate.

Last week Tom secured his conditional Tour card at the Rocket Mortgage Classic... but the only way he could make the Playoffs was if he won this week. So he ripped the field apart with a 61 on Sunday, won the event, leapt to #34 in the Points List (virtually guaranteeing entry into two Playoff events) and, oh yes, got his FULL Tour card for the next two years.

Do you think Tom will mind if I nickname him "the Little Engine Who Could"? Somehow I don't think so. So let me add a Limerick Summary to his list of firsts this week. I doubt it will be his last.

Should we call this “The Playoffs’ Last Shot”?
Many tried to get in, but could not…
Yet the Playoffs await
Young Tom Kim. Was it fate?
Many tried, but he could not be caught!

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ball Position Drills (Video)

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I think ball position is possibly the most important aspect of your golf swing. No matter how good your swing is, if you have your ball in the wrong position for that swing then you won't hit the ball very well.

In this short video Russell Heritage shows you how to practice your ball position. (Yes, you read that right -- practice your ball position.) By practicing hitting the ball from various positions you can find the one which works best for you, as well as maybe finding a position that allows you to pull off some shots you didn't think were possible.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

16 Fairway Wood Tests (Video)

Yesterday shoes, today fairway woods. Matthew Moore at Golf Monthly tested 16 new fairway woods and ranked the best in different categories. This video is from late June so it's pretty up-to-date.

Added bonus: Around the 4:05 mark there's an onscreen chart with the major measurements for all 16 clubs. Just 'blow it up' fullscreen and you can get the stats on each club.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Ten Golf Shoes Reviews (Video)

Dan Parker from Golf Monthly has put together reviews of ten different golf shoes -- five spiked styles and five spikeless styles. They cover a wide variety of materials and technologies, so if you're looking for new golf shoes it's possible you might find something you'll want to try out.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Champions Head North

The Champions are back from Scotland and headed for Canada and the Shaw Charity Classic.

Defending champion Doug Barron

Calgary hosts this week's event at the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. The most interesting thing about this course is its elevation -- it's 4000 feet above sea level. That means the ball is gonna travel, folks. And since the course is only 7086 yards and par-70, and the event is only 54 holes, that means scores will probably be low.

At least as long as the guys can allow for the altitude. Doug Barron won at -18 last year.

Jerry Kelly is arguably the hottest player in the field, with two wins in his last 5 starts, but a lot of the other players are in pretty good form right now and, after a week's rest from the Senior OPEN, they should all be ready to go.

GC's coverage starts Friday at 9:30pm ET. (Yes, it looks like we're getting taped coverage this week.) But at least that means it won't be a choice between the Champions and the Ladies, as the AIG Women's Open is on USA.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Final Major of 2022 Is Here!

And the AIG Women's Open is truly going to be a major one, as the women make their first-ever appearance at Muirfield.

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist

It wasn't all that long ago when women were effectively banned from the legendary links of Muirfield. But thanks to the R&A, that's all ancient history and the ladies get to tee it up at one of the grandest venues in Open golf.

Last year at Carnoustie, Anna Nordqvist beat Georgia Hall, Lizette Salas and Madelene Sagstrom in a playoff to claim her third major and her first AIG Women's Open. It'll be interesting to see who can rise to the challenge of this legendary course.

The big thing to remember this week is that the USA Network is the 'major' broadcaster of this event. USA's coverage begins early Thursday morning at 6am ET and continues until 1pm ET. Seven full hours of airtime! The women -- and Muirfield -- will definitely get the coverage they deserve this week.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Wyndham Championship

Twofer Tuesday makes a trip home to NC, where the Wyndham Championship is only about a half-hour away.

Defending champion Kevin Kisner

Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro NC really is only a half-hour or so from my home. and I always look forward to this longstanding event which, back in the day, used to be known as the GGO (Greater Greensboro Open). Sam Snead won here 8 times in his career, the last just short of his 53rd birthday. It's a Donald Ross course -- par 70, 7131 yards -- with a lot of history.

Detroit Country Club last week is also a Donald Ross design, so players like one of last week's runner-ups, Taylor Pendrith, might do well here. Kevin Kisner is the defending champion.

This is the last week of the regular PGA Tour season. Next week the Playoffs start, so this is the last chance for players to play their way into them. So we should see some serious scrambling come Sunday afternoon.

My two picks are players with good records at this course. They may not do well this week -- that seems to be par for the course lately, especially with these old-style courses -- but let's give it a try anyway.

  • Webb Simpson: His last five appearances in Greensboro are 3rd-T2-2nd-T3-T7. Not playing so well this year but if he's going to get back in form, this seems a good place to start.
  • Kevin Kisner: The defending champ has four Top10s in seven appearances, and his scoring average in his last eight rounds in Greensboro is 65.88. He's been hit-and-miss this season but we'll see if good memories are what he needs.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 2pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streams start at 6:45am ET (link to schedule here). I'm excited for this week. Let's go!

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Winner: Tony Finau

Around the wider world of golf: Ayaka Furue became the first Japanese player to win the Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open on the LPGA/LET; Sean Crocker got his first DP World Tour win at the Hero Open; Noah Goodwin won the Sothebys International Realty Canada Ontario Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Xiaowen Yin won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on the Epson Tour; Jaco Prinsloo won the FNB Eswatini Nkonyeni Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; Wenyi Ding won the U.S. Junior Amateur; and Minami Katsu won the JLPGA's Rakuten Super Ladies. [Thanks, IC!]

Tony Finau with Rocket trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks did pretty well this week. I had Will Zalatoris (T20) and Patrick Cantlay (T2). Almost a winner and both inside the Top20. I'll take it!

  • Top10s: 23 for 82 (15 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 40
  • Top20s: 36 for 82

Could he go back-to-back? After winning the 3M Open last week, Tony Finau was the favorite to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week. But last week his win wasn't a runaway, and for some reason only runaways are accepted as "definitive" wins these days.

Cam Young was expected to challenge for his first win this week, but the player grabbing the most attention was Taylor Pendrith, tied with Tony entering the final round. It would be a battle between those two... or would it?

In the end, Tony ran away to a 5-shot win while Young, Pendrith and Cantlay tied for runner-up.

Whatever has happened to Tony Finau over the last couple of weeks makes him a serious contender to win the FedExCup when the Playoffs start one week from now. But if you want to know what has changed in Tony's game, it seems pretty clear to me...

He picked off two Limerick Summaries in consecutive weeks. That'll improve your rank every time!

Though Tony’s not one to talk smack
And always appears so laid-back,
His clubs aren’t as quiet.
They simply ran riot
On those who thought Tony might crack.

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