Phil Mickelson criticizes former captains, then apologizes

 

 

Phil Mickelson had already made some pot stirring comments during the last Ryder Cup at Glenneagles which turned out to be a mess for the U.S. team anyway. Now, Mickelson criticized former captain, Hal Sutton, talking about how he set the pairing of Mickelson and Tiger Woods to “fail” and also criticized 2014 captain Tom Watson…again.

 

Here’s the comment about Watson:

“I think that when you look back on what the difference is, when players are put in a position to succeed, oftentimes, more often than not, they tend to succeed and when they are put in positions to fail, most of the time they tend to fail,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest

“This is a year where we feel as though Captain Love has been putting us in a position to succeed. He’s taken input from all parties. He’s making decisions that have allowed us to prepare our best and play our best, and I believe that we will play our best.”

Now here’s the comments on Hal Sutton about the pairing between Mickelson and Woods:

“We were told two days before that we were playing together,” . Mickelson said “And that gave us no time to work together and prepare.”

Mickelson mostly criticized what the alternate shot pairing because they had to share a ball that he wasn’t comfortable with. It caused him to take a lot of practice time out in order to learn the new ball. Ultimately, the team of Woods and Mickelson failed.

“And in the history of my career, I have never ball-tested two days prior to a major. I’ve never done it. It doesn’t allow me to play my best.” Mickelson said. “That’s an example of starting with the captain, that put us in a position to fail, and we failed monumentally, absolutely,”.

But he apologized for his remarks on Wednesday night:

 

“I was totally in the wrong,” Mickelson said according to Golf Digest. “I never should have brought that up. I used an extreme example the way decisions can affect play, and I never should have done that because it affected Hal.”

 

Sutton responded to the controversial comment:

 

“I mean, my God, somebody’s got to be the fall guy,” Sutton said.

Despite Mickelson’s apology to Sutton, there wasn’t one given to Watson, who he also criticized for the second time. However, as mentioned, that whole situation in 2014 was a disaster anyway.

The Sutton comments were fairly surprising. However, hopefully for the U.S., this is the last bit of controversy we’ll see.

We don’t want a repeat of 2014. I suppose, if team USA comes out victorious, then it probably won’t even matter.

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ICYMI: P.J. Willett’s controversial Ryder Cup article

P.J. Willett was heavily active on Twitter during his brother, Danny’s run at the Masters title. He practically gained instant fame afterwards.

Now, Willett is at it again, by writing a piece for the National Club Golfer. This piece, pretty much pokes fun at team USA and its fans.

I will definitely say, that almost everything he says in this piece is true. Here’s a portion, and probably the juiciest part of the piece:

“They need to stun the angry, unwashed, Make America Great Again swarm, desperately gripping their concealed-carry compensators and belting out a mini-erection inducing ‘mashed potato,’ hoping to impress their cousin.”

Willett continues:

“They need to smash the obnoxious dads, with their shiny teeth, Lego man hair, medicated ex-wives, and resentful children. Squeezed into their cargo shorts and boating shoes, they’ll bellow ‘get in the hole’ whilst high-fiving all the other members of the Dentists’ Big Game Hunt Society.”

You can read the full article by clicking on his tweet, which has been liked over 600 times:

 

His brother Danny will be playing in his first Ryder Cup and it will be fun to watch. The Ryder Cup is always a joy, and P.J.’s piece is another reason why the rivalry is so much fun.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods gets the boot from Ryder Cup photo

Tiger Woods decided to be a sneaky cat and try to make his way into the Ryder Cup team photo. He was hilariously kicked from the photo as everyone laughed.

Certainly, Woods probably wishes he can tee it up in the historic team event of nations, but ultimately, being an assistant captain is not too shabby either. At the end of the day, Woods is part of the team, just not hitting putts with his teammates.

Sorry Tiger, maybe next time.

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Arnold Palmer: Some thoughts on his passing

What you are about to read is a portion of my story on Arnold Palmer’s passing via a piece I wrote on Pro Golf Now. 

Arnold Palmer famously known as “The King” has passed away at the age of 87 according to Golf Digest. He was known as one of golf’s first true superstars and was instrumental in the growth of golf on TV.

He was also known for his unique swing and as one of the earliest golfers who effectively incorporated power into their swing. Palmer’s creativity was also pure, as, if it was windy, he’d hit the ball at a lower trajectory in order to beat the air.

Thanks to his wit and stellar all-around play, Palmer would go on to win seven major championships. One of those victories included an unforgettable 1960 U.S. Open victory over a very young Jack Nicklaus.

Thanks to his wit and stellar all-around play, Palmer would go on to win seven major championships. One of those victories included an unforgettable 1960 U.S. Open victory over a very young Jack Nicklaus.

He also had an immense swagger about him, that most kids today wouldn’t think people would have back then. From the polos he wore, to his hairstyle and to his distinctive play, it was hard not to spot Palmer on the course and he was easy to root for.

But, his impact on the game goes beyond the golf course, as he made major contributions to the business world as well. He was the creator of Golf Channel which has reached televisions all around the world and helped give a platform to some of golf’s best media personalities.

His golf course design was also superb. He designed over 200 courses during his career as an architect and has owned the famed Bay Hill Club and Lodge which hosts the Arnold Palmer Invitational each year.

Furthermore, he owned Latrobe Country Club in his hometown of Latrobe, PA. His father was a club professional and greenskeeper there, and helped fuel Palmer’s passion for the sport of golf….Read more at Pro Golf Now

 

Report: Tiger Woods to return to golf next month

Tiger Woods plans to return to professional golf very soon. How will he do in yet another return to the game? 

Tiger Woods has announced on his website that he plans to return to the Safeway Open on Oct. 13-16. This marks the fourth time Woods has returned from being absent from golf, due to injury.

He also “hopes” to play in the Turkish Open which is from Nov. 3-6. Finally, he’ll try to play in his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge which is from Dec. 1-4.

The Tiger Woods Invitational which is a one day tournament, is another event he is considering. That tournament is from Oct. 10-11.

If Woods returns at these tournaments, how will he fare? He’ll likely struggle early on, especially with the depth of the PGA Tour nowadays.

Woods last competed at the Wyndham Championship in 2015 and finished T-10. However, in 2015, he also missed the cut in three out of the four major championships.

That’s kind of where it matters the most. However, if Woods does return soon, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how he does, even if it is for a third or fourth time.

How will he putt? That’s going to be the biggest question going into his return.

He’s one of the greatest putters of all-time and that has always been his strongest suit. It’s also the reason why he has won so many major championships.

Another thing is his clutch ability. Can he close a tournament that he is leading?

A combination of this, and his putting is what’s ultimately going to decide where Woods is at with his game. It will also help if he can hit some fairways.

However, with how good his putting can be, he’s capable of avoiding bad scores. Right now however, he’s just going to be another golfer on tour, as the competition is extremely fierce now, and he still needs to work his swing out.

Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting for the golf world to see the return of Woods, yet again.

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Source: Golf Digest 

Golfer has strangest, yet most effective golf swing we may see

 

 

There’s a golfer out there who has probably the most insane golf swing we’ve seen so far. Jack Van Meerbeeck’s swing is odd, as he turns his arms into a little loop before firing away at the ball.

Although Van Meerbeeck is a 17 handicapper, his swing is quite effective. See the video below and you’ll know what I mean.

This is the swing of 58-year-old Jack Van Meerbeeck. More on it at GolfDigest.com.

A video posted by Sam Weinman (@samweinman) on

Let this be a tip that whatever swing makes you comfortable, you stick with it. If you’re able to make solid contact consistently, then you’re swing is just fine.

Even the best swings in the world will sometimes have a harder time with their approach shot than Van Meerbeeck did in the clip. Don’t be shocked if other golfers attempt this wondrous golf swing.

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Photo and video source: Golf Digest 

WATCH: Justin Rose rocks gold medal during putt at Barclays

Justin Rose became the first gold medalist in Olympic golf in 112 years. Stil proud by this historic achievement, he decided to wear his medal after his final round at the Barclays on Sunday.

His caddy handed the medal to him, and he rocked it when he was left with a tap-in putt. The crowd went bananas, and playing partner Phil Mickelson told him to leave it on.

Truly an unbelievable accomplishment by a potential hall of famer in Rose. A major title and an Olympic golf medal?

You simply can’t go wrong with that.

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WATCH: Jason Day sinks otherworldly putt at Barclays

At the Barclays, world number one, Jason Day nailed a jaw-dropping putt on the 15th hole on Sunday. Patrick Reed would go on to beat Sean O’haire (wow, vintage Sean!) and Emiliano Grillo to win the Barclays.

But, Day’s putt was still insane nonetheless. He wasn’t even facing the hole.

Plus, as the ball began to make its turn towards the cup, the ball seemed to slow down a bit. It looked like it was about to stop.

But then, the ball gained speed again, and rolled right into the cup. Simply an incredible putt, and that’s why Day is the number one player in men’s golf.

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LOOK: Michigan golf course gets destroyed by tornado

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It’s one of the unfortunate things of nature. Tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, etc.

 

These are some of the many things that can occur outdoors. Sadly, that’s what happened to one Michigan golf course.

When the storm finally cleared, the course was left, ruined with tress toppled over and debris all over the fairways.

Ironwood Golf Course is a place that has been ran for years, with the trees standing for what seems like a lifetime. As they fell, it was a reality of how awful the damage was.

The good news is that nobody was hurt and the buildings are in tact. However, the course will be close indefinitely.

It stinks when a great golf course gets destroyed. But, hopefully Ironwood will see golfers teeing off again soon.

Source: Swing By Swing

 

 

Man gets stabbed on golf course for slow play

In golf, one of the major topics of interest has been slow play. Well, one golfer took this way too seriously as he stabbed a man for this exact reason.

 

A 61-year old man, Lee Johnson, was playing a round with his wife when they both were behind a slow playing group. As they were trying to play through, the group in front of them made sure that didn’t happen.

 

The couple tried playing through again, but was once again denied by the group ahead. That’s when things got out of hand, and Johnson pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the men in the other group.

 

Johnson was arrested, and was diagnosed with an unfortunate case of “stupid”. My advice? Play a par-3 course, you will never have to worry about slow play because it’s only a few shots each hole.

 

But, then again, you’re not dumb enough to stab somebody on a golf course. Are you?

 

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Source: Golf Digest 

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