WATCH: Jordan Spieth hits shot of the year at Travelers Championship

It was a terrific bunker shot by Jordan Spieth. But, the reason why it was the shot of the year, was the fact that it was done in a playoff, to win.

When it seemed like it was going to be a duel between Spieth and Daniel Berger, the playoff almost abruptly after the clutch hole-out by Spieth. Berger had a putt to tie, but just missed it, making Spieth the youngest player since Tiger Woods to get his first 10 wins on the PGA Tour.

This, and of course he has the two majors at the Masters and U.S. Open. mind you, when many fans, myself included, say Jordan’s shot was the best of the year, we’re excluding the majors, and are only talking about on the PGA Tour.

Because as we know, many will be quick to point out better shots at the majors. Certainly a couple of shots come to mind, is Justin Thomas’ incredible approach shot with a 3-wood at Erin Hills during the U.S. Open.

Another would be Sergio Garcia’s amazing putt on 15 at the Masters. Brooks Koepka’s string of long range putts at the U.S. Open also could make the list.

However, on the Tour schedule, this was clearly the best. Not only that, under the circumstances, it could rival that of the shots at the majors.

In a playoff,you’re in the bunker, in jepordy of possibly losing the title after having the lead all week, and you drill it. At one the PGA Tour’s most popular tournaments as well, mind you.

Well played Jordan. Also a tip of the cap to Dan Berger, he played great, and has had a very nice season.

Now go to beach and work on your bunker shots. Sand castle builders, you have been warned.

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WATCH: This Phil Mickelson and Bones Mackay tribute is awesome

The golfer and caddie relationship is one of the best in sports. The caddie serves as the golfer’s only true teammate, as he visualizes green slopes with ninja vision.

Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay’s time together as as a dynamic duo has come to an end. Together, these two would go on to capture five major championships, and will go down as one of the all-time great partnerships in golf.

The always entertaining and enjoyable Skratch TV, put together a beautiful tribute of the pair. In almost all of the clips, you can hear the chatter between the two guys that always had fun together.

We obviously know how great Mickelson is as a player, but Bones was such a great caddie for him, that everyone knew how significant his skills around the course helped Mickelson in his wins. A Hall of Fame golfer with an HOF worthy caddie is always a fun duo to watch.

We just witnessed the break up of a legendary tag team. Bones alone is truly one of the guys who I feel helped keep the profession of caddying on the map, which is why he’s a straight legend in his own right.

I bet, if there’s one person aspiring PGA Tour caddies look up, it’s Jim “Bones” Mackay, a yardage seeking, green reading samurai. It was fun dudes.

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U.S. Open: An amazing experience at Erin Hills for any golf fan

 

The U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin is finished, and Brooks Koepka came out victorious as many great, club wielding warriors duked it out. The experience at this year’s U.S. Open was one to remember, whether you’re a fan, member of the media, volunteer, etc.

 

Fortunately for me, Erin Hills was a two hour drive from my home, not knowing that this major venue was so close. As I left to go make the trip to Wisconsin, I had a chance to take in the natural beauty of Washington County. With so many lush green, dairy farms, and breathtaking wilderness, it felt like a world away from Chicago.

 

You knew you were getting close to major championship goodness, when you started to see many officers, as well as residents using their property as parking lots. You knew you were close to Erin Hills, the host of the 2017 U.S. Open.

 

As I went through the gravel road to reach the parking lot, fences with USGA logos, covered each side. Getting closer to the lot, I look to the left, and witness Erin Hills for the very first time. It was stunning.

 

The practice green, stands and such were present, with the Wisconsin wilderness out in the distance. Designers Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten always mention how natural the course is. You can see how natural the contours are as you as your eyes gleam on it.

 

It could very possibly be, the most natural course since the design of Sand Hills. That’s saying a lot, comparing the young girl Erin, to one of the most famous golf courses on the planet.

 

As I walked through the gate, you see the USGA logo placed almost everywhere, knowing that you’re not covering your local high school golf tournament anymore. You realize that this really is “major”.

 

There were many things around the course to keep fans busy, from massive merchandise tents, to plenty of concession stands, to the “USGA Experience” spot, there was enough ways for fans to enjoy the tournament. Fox Sports even had their own fan observation spot, where fans can relax, and get a great view of the action.

 

When I walked towards to Media Center, you walk past a farm house where they apparently house carts for players, and others who need to get around. As expected, the inside of the media tent was massive, as other members of the media are cranking away on their laptops, and preparing their cameras to head out on the course.

 

As I found my spot, and settled down, I wanted to take things in a bit before I started working. the weekend as we know, was a nail biter, with numerous players hanging out towards the top of the leaderboard, just chillin’. Although the scores were pretty low for a U.S. Open, it was still a great tournament, because everyone was fighting for the title.

 

I don’t know if I thought Koepka would go H.A.M on Sunday to win his first major. He certainly earned it, and has very quietly been on the “best not to win a major” list, even though he’s still only 27-years-old.

 

The interview room was fairly decked out, with a podium that looked more like a fancy TV studio desk for a news network. It was surprisingly cold in there (brrr!), but nonetheless, it was very nice.

 

I asked Brooks if the major win gave him a sigh of relief, and if it took pressure off of him. He simply said “no”, but you can hear his full response at 6:35 in the Golf Channel video below.

 

 

 

I could’ve stayed in the media tent all day, but I wanted to go out and explore the course a bit more. As you can imagine (especially if you attended), it was jam-packed on Sunday, and as I walked, a section was roped off as Matt Kuchar came walking towards the next hole. Of course the chants of “Kuucch!” came, as the Olympic bronze medalist was trying to make late push up the leaderbaord.

 

I didn’t have a chance to experience the entire course, but getting a chance to see arguably the most talked about hole at number nine, was pretty cool. As I may have mentioned before, what makes Erin Hills so awesome, is how often it changes. The front and back nine almost work like two different tracks.

 

The ninth is a reminder of the design changes. A green surrounded by bunkers is something you don’t see as much on the front nine. This type of unique design makes Erin Hills a fun course to watch golf on, and to play on.

 

Even better, the course is open to the public. No snooty country club fees, and you can play golf on a U.S. Open course, that will most certainly host a PGA Championship int he future.

 

The course also has one of the most amazing, and dramatic 18th holes in all of golf. As you stand on the tee box, you see the beautiful clubhouse, the Wisconsin wilderness, on the legendary Holy Hill, all staring at you. It’s one of the prettiest sights you’ll see, on a stunning golf course.

 

Like Chambers Bay which hosted the U.S. Open in 2015, Erin Hills is still a babe. But, it will grow, and become something special, as it will host more majors down the road.

 

It was a fun experience, watching the U.S. Open in Wisconsin, and with another new course, and yet another young champion, fans won’t certainly forget anytime soon. A round of applause for Erin Hills, as we move forward to The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, as the sun sets on Washington County in Wisconsin, and at Erin Hills.

 

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US Open: These cool drone shots will make you truly appreciate Erin Hills

 

 

 

The awesome thing about golf is the selection of beautiful golf courses. Erin Hills, which hosted the U.S. Open this week, is just as pretty as any.

The official Erin Hills YouTube channel features multiple drone clips of each hole. Each one is breathtaking so take a look at three of them, as you can feel the wind being taking away from you.

 

Let’s start with the famous, and stunning ninth hole. It was once just an “extra” hole, but was put into the course routing, and what a brilliant idea that was.

Next we flap our wings and fly over one of the most uniqe holes on the course, the 12th. Although this hole only has one bunker on it, it is still one of the toughest, with a fairway that can throw you off your game. This may be the only hole in all of golf where the fairway can play as a hazard at times.

Finally, let’s take a look at the sun soaked, picturesque 18th hole. This hole features the beautiful clubhouse in the background, while the legendary Holy Hill looks down on those who walk the track. A great way to finish a round on this public gem.

So if you ever wanted to see the 2017 U.S. Open course from a different perspective, then there you go. Paul Hundley is the man responsible for these amazing flyovers.

Take them in, and after doing that, go visit Erin Hills and tee it up. I can’t stress enough that this course is open to the public, so you can step on a piece of U.S. Open history.

It’s a course that will host many majors in the future. Would love to see it host some PGA Championships as its well deserved. Bravo, Erin Hills.

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Rory McIlroy embarrasses Elkington on Twitter

 

Ahh, the wonderful world of Twitter. It’s full of quick news, quick wits, tools, and straight savages. Rory McIlroy is one of those ferocious beasts of the 140 character social media site.

Former PGA Tour player Steve Elkington is never shy to share his feelings on social media. Well, he took a little jab at McIlroy who missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Turns out that was a big mistake, because you don’t mess with Rory McIlroy on Twitter.

And McIlroy can say a lot. When you’re a four-time major champion before the age of thirty, that speaks volumes. Not to mention the insane money he’s made, which he pointed out.

And this isn’t the only time McIlroy went in on Twitter. He’s had a couple of spats with Golf Channel personality, Brandel Chamblee among others.

Just because he’s a nice guy, doesn’t mean he won’t bite you with the poison fangs. Well played Rory. Well played.

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US Open: Blimp crashes near Erin Hills, pilot injured

 

Probably the biggest story to come out of round one of the 117th U.S. Open is the scary blimp crash that occurred near Erin Hills. Many watched in horror, as they recorded the scene.

Apparently, all who was in the blimp were able to parachute out. Here’s scary aftermath from the crash.

Interestingly enough, the blimp was not part of the golf tournament as most might have expected. The pilot was injured, but let’s hope this pilot is OK.

Here’s an official statement from the USGA in regards to the crash:

According to local authorities, a commercial blimp not affiliated with the USGA or the U.S. Open Championship broadcast crashed in an open field approximately a half mile from the Erin Hills golf course at approximately 11:15 a.m. CDT. First responders were quick to arrive at the scene and the pilot is currently being treated for unknown injuries. No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is currently investigating. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time.

This is something that was odd, and scary. Let’s hope this is the last time we see something like this, because it could’ve been fatal.

Other than that, the U.S. Open has started off hot. Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey are leading the charge early on, as the rest of the week should be a blast.

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WATCH: Kevin Na shows off Erin Hills’ Deadly Rough

Erin Hills is a great design course but the fescue is almost unplayable. BTW never found the ball. So don’t hit it in there lol. straight hitters have a chance! #usopen #erinhills #mikedavis #lostball #usga

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 There isn’t much that can be said about Erin Hills’ rough other than it’s similar to that of a small jungle which makes things interesting.

Erin Hills will be the host of the U.S. Open this week, as it will be the first time that the course has ever hosted a major or any professional tournament for that matter. As the U.S. Open is famous for, it will provide a tough challenge for the world’s best players, and Kevin Na showed how menacing the course can be.

In the video, Na is trying to hit his ball out of the mini jungle of rough. As he does, he can hardly see where his ball even lies, as he demonstrates how difficult it is to get out of.

The rough is beyond deep, making players want to take a drop, rather than hit it. Even Seve Ballesteros couldn’t get out of this rough, but darn it, it makes the tournament even more tasty in my opinion.

It’s a way to push golfers to the limit. Sure, Erin Hills’ charm and public course hospitality may distract a player, but rough like that turns the course from a pretty butterfly, to a vicious snake.

With all that being said, Erin Hills is a stunning golf course, and will host many majors to come. Like Chambers Bay, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2015, Erin Hills is a young course, and will have an opportunity to flap its wings and escape the nest of the unkown.

With it being a public course, anybody can tee it up on this gem. My advice would be, if you hit it into that rough, don’t be a hero…..or you can put on your golf cape and turn your club into a magic wand.

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NCAA Golf Championship: A unique experience that’s great for golf

 

Last week was a fun week for golf, as some of the best schools in the nation duked it out for a chance at capturing the NCAA Golf Championships.

 

I had the chance to go check out the men’s final between the Oklahoma Sooners and defending champion Oregon Ducks. Early on, it was a great back and forth dance of fate between the two legendary colleges.

 

What made both of these teams so extraordinary, is the situations they were both in. Oklahoma had one of the youngest teams in the country trying to win their first golf title since 1989. On the other side, the Oregon Ducks were in what was supposed been a “rebuilding year” after their magical run last year that ended with a title at their home course.

 

Then, here they are, yet again, trying to win another title, this time, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL. So both teams had interesting backgrounds behind them.

 

As the back and forth duel continued on, it was Oklahoma who would grab the first point. They never looked back after that, and would go on to grab their first NCAA golf title since 1989.

 

The cool thing about college sports is the spirit that’s involved with it. After capturing the title, Oklahoma fans everywhere can be found saying “Boomer Sooner!” all over social media. It’s the one thing you don’t see often in golf, besides at the Ryder Cup where American and European fans spray the golf course with their team colors.

 

Because of the team spirit that’s involved, college golf is great for fans, and for the sport in general. Almost anyone and everyone loves their alma maters, and would root for their team any chance they can get.

 

Then there’s the fans who grew liking a college team and represent their team. I’m one of those fans, growing up being a DePaul and Northwestern fan.

 

The school I went to didn’t have sports, but our radio station covers the UIC Flames, so I also have adopted them as well, thanks to my alma maters coverage of the squad. Not too long ago, they added a women’s golf team, so I was certainly excited about that.

 

But the joys that college golf provides is unmatched in the sport. Nobody gets more emotionally attached to their team like their high schools and colleges, especially college.

 

One of the things that also stood out was the cool polos the players were wearing. They each were multicolored with their school color and either white or gray. Then, one of the dopest things I noticed was the jersey numbers that were on the sleeves on the polos, giving the players the since that they are truly apart of something, that they have their uniform that makes them stand out.

 

Vanderbilt and USC, who were within the final group of teams, also had the multicolored polos with the numbers on the sleeves. Some schools have yet to adopt this, such as Illinois, which made it to the final four, ultimately losing to the eventual champion, Oklahoma.

 

Rich Harvest Farms proved to be good host course for the title. The home of the Northern Illinois Huskies had a beautiful blend of tree lined and open land holes.

 

One hole in particular was stunning, featuring some seclusion with all of the trees surrounding it. There was even a tree in the fiariway, so even if you thought you were safe, you may not be if you get caught right behind it.

 

Overall, the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship was a great experience and will continue to grow as a main event in the world of golf. The team atmosphere combined with young, hungry talent and a ton of school spirit from fans and great drama, makes this a must watch event for golf fans every year.

 

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WATCH: Tiger Woods’ arrest caught on police dashcam

Prescriptions are quite the drug. Police released video footage of Tiger Woods’ arrest from Monday morning, and as you’ll see, he looked just a tad bit lost.

Woods last played golf at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Since then, he has been ruled out for the season, as he tries to recover from yet another injury.

Not long after he said he feels better than ever before, the sad arrest occurs. Let’s hope that anyone who sees this knows the dangers of not being careful of how much prescription drugs you take.

Many kids will get high off of them because they feel “safe” taking them. So, little children of the vast lands of the world, learn from Tiger and don’t drive under the influence. As you stay off the influence, make sure you play some golf (duh).

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PHOTO: Tiger Woods Arrested for DUI in Florida

 

Tiger Woods injuries and time away from the golf course has taken a toll on him. Woods was arrested Monday morning for driving under the influence near his restaurant in Jupiter, FLA.

 

It’s amazing how titans in many professionals in the world fall from grace and Tiger Woods has been a tough story to follow. The 14-time major champion was arrested Monday morning at around 3am in Jupiter, FLA which is where Woods’ currently resides.

 

He was near his restaurant “The Woods Jupiter” when the DUI occurred. He was released from police custody at around 11am.

 

It’s just another blow in the twisting downward spiral of Woods’ late career struggles. At first it seemed like he was on his way to breaking Jack Nicklaus’ major record and shattering the PGA Tour wins record held by Sam Snead.

 

Now, the legendary golfer is having a hard time staying afloat after dealing with multiple injuries. His struggles have also effected his life off the course, with this DUI being another example.

 

It seemed that after the 2009 sex scandal that shocked the world, Woods was done for. However, he made a great comeback, winning five times in 2012, including The PLAYERS Championship.

 

Soon after, as if the scandal was waived as a reason for his struggles after his terrific 2012 campaign, injuries came back to haunt him. Now, he’s sidelined once again for the rest of the season and no doubt it’s taking a toll on him.

 

Although he’s one of the richest people on earth, living a life that a lot of us can only dream of, being away from the thing that you love, the thing that made your life so complete, can leave a scar. That seems like the case with Woods right now.

 

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