Golf is full of some wonderful, wonderful people. Some of the friendliest people in the world are golf enthusiasts.
However, golf can also be one of the cockiest sports as well. You know there’s always that guy who thinks he can make every par-5 in two.
Well, this golf course in Illinois decided to poke fun at those so called “Golf course tough guys”. On one of the holes of the course, there’s a sprinkler marker that’s 300 yards away from the flag.
That marker says “Only Bubba” referring to two-time Masters champion and one of the most powerful golfers on Tour, Bubba Watson. So basically, what the course is telling you is that “You’re an idiot if you’re going for it! Play smart!”.
Here’s the image of the marker courtesy of a Reddit user:
Now I’m sure this little marker will start to get as much attention and as many pictures as the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews or the floating “Suggestion Box” at Crooked Stick (OK, not quite but you know what I mean!). Man, I love Illinois and the courses we offer!
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There was more than just golf balls flying at TPC Sawgrass! During The Players Championship, a player (Couldn’t really tell who) was about to take his shot when there appears to be a strange objoct flying overhead.
It looked like a UFO but it’s anyone’s guess. I am someone who does believe in things things like ghosts, aliens, etc but who knows.
Someone in the comments of the video suggested that it was a hat flying away from it’s rightful owner as if it was like “Hey man! I’m tired of your head!”.
Either way, I guess you can say TPC Sawwgrass is a hotbed for alien activity!
Here’s the video:
Knowing the great Pete Dye, he’d probably build a parking lot for UFOs at Sawgrass!
Who knows, maybe that UFO has a mural of the iconic 17th hole inside.
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This is as dramatic a finish you’ll ever see in a golf tournament. In a sudden death playoff in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Qualifier, Tolver Dozier of Troy University hit one of the most incredible shots considering the circumstances.
In the playoff at The Course at Yale, Tolver hit a beautiful eagle from 138 yards out that sealed the deal and got him into the individual National title. He defeated Addison Coll of Ohio State. Best believe he was stunned.
Check out the amazing shot below!
That was a heck of a shot, whoever came up with the idea to film it was brilliant!
The Individual National Championship as well as the Men’s Team National Championship will be at the Jack Nickluas/Tony Jacklin designed Concession Golf Club on May 29 to June 3rd.
The Women’s National Championships will also be Concession and I’m pulling like crazy for the Northwestern Lady Wildcats in this one (Never went there, just a big fan)!
College Golf has really made a push and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting forms of the sport anywhere!
Remember the Kick X golf balls? I’m sure you’ve seen them on TV many, many times thanks to the Golf Channel.
Kick X created some terrific golf balls with a unique alignment tool to help you sink more putts. They also have soft touch around the greens among other things.
But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. The same guys who made those awesome golf balls have also just created some golf clubs to go along with their signature balls.
Specifically, I want to talk about one of the most important clubs in the bag and that would be the driver. Kick X’s driver however is different from traditional drivers.
It’s incredibly, a combination of a driver, fairway wood and hybrid. They call it the Blast DriveWay and it’s a Fairway-Driver Hybrid (Say that three times fast) and I’ll tell you right off the bat (Or in this case, right off the club face) that it’s a really good club.
First thing you’ll notice right away when you look at the club is the super awesome, amazingly cool head cover. It’s a boxing glove, which pretty much tells you that the driver really packs a “punch” and features the cool Kick X logo on it.
The next thing you’ll notice is that the club head is gorgeous. It features an orange, white and black that could definitely turn some heads on the golf course.
Probably the biggest thing you’ll notice with the head is that it’s much smaller than most drivers. This is really cool as it’s small enough to where you can hit shots off of the fairway so if you ever wanted to use your driver as a fairway wood, then here’s your chance.
Despite the smaller clubhead, this beauty still goes a long way. Another cool thing about the smaller clubhead is that it makes it easier to make better contact.
Sometimes, if play with a driver with a larger clubhead, you can sometimes chunk it due to the thick size. Since this head is smaller, you have a better chance of avoiding the ground with the bottom of the head.
The bottom of the head on the Blast DriveWay is more of a cavity kind of bottom. This can really help you make smoother swings.
One of the cool features of the Blast DriveWay is the clubface. With the Kick X golf balls, the signature feature of them were the alignment lines that featured two lines side by side with a small line in between. This can lead to more “deadeye” putts if you read the green correctly.
With the Blast DriveWay clubface, it features the signature “X” in the middle of it with black and orange lines side by side. What’s nice about this is that it makes extremely easy to tell where your sweet spot is, obviously being the “X” (X marks the spot right? YAR!).
The shaft is a beautiful orange and while color and is made by Grafalloy. As we know, Grafalloy is widely regarded as one of the best shaft companies in golf known for there stability which leads to more powerful swings.
The grip is awesome. It’s your popular velvet style but has a softer feel than most and compliments the rest of the club nicely.
Overall, the Blast DriveWay ia great driver and was a bold move for a company that started with only golf balls. They decided to use their minds which helped create their wonderful golf balls to create a beast of a driver.
It has the power of a driver, accuracy of a fairway wood or hybrid.
See, I told you this next article would be a more positive one! The other day, Tiger Woods sent a heartfelt letter to a boy who was getting bullied at school. The teen, who seems to have a stuttering problem is the reason the bullying occurred.
The boy, who’s name is Dillon was even attempting suicide which unfortunately a ton of kids have to deal with today. He’s about to jump out of the window of his room until thankfully his parents came in and saved him.
Sophie Gustafson who has made 8 Solheim Cup teams and is 6th all-time in Ladies European Tour history with 16 wins, also had a major stuttering problem and was somewhat of a mentor to Dillon through the tough times. She was very gracious for the letter from Tiger to dillon.
Thanks so much @TigerWoods for sending my friend Dillon a letter. He got so happy! It's being framed and hanged. #class
That’s just plain awesome. I’m sure there was a time where we were bullied once and can relate to what Dillon has to deal with. But, you have to keep your head up, be strong and tell all the bullies to get the heck outta of the way because you have goals and dreams you’re trying to reach.
This isn’t as major as what happened in 2009 but according to Hollywood Life and MSN Sports, Tiger Woods has cheated once again. This time on girlfriend of three years and U.S. Olympic ski star Lindsey Vonn.
A few weeks ago, the couple had split due to their “busy schedules” but now there are reports saying that Tiger had cheated once again. Apparently, he had a one night stand with a woman and was seen with this woman which triggered Tiger to confess what happened.
Turns out that this whole thing happened after Tiger withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines a couple of months a few months ago. The couple went to therapy which is where Tiger made the confession.
So basically, the break up wasn’t exactly due to their schedules but due to Tiger cheating. Yeeaah, that’s one way to lose a girl.
With all that’s happened, Tiger did do something really, really awesome that I think you’ll like. I’ll be writing about it next!
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This year’s Players Championship was one of the best, if not, THE best that has ever been played. Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kissner went into a playoff.
Garcia hit an incredible 44 foot putt to get into the playoff and Kissner was playing some amazing golf all day. Fowler pretty much made a mockery of “Florida’s Amen Corner” of 16, 17 and 18 to win it.
He had three birdies on TPC Sawgrass’ iconic 17th hole. Most golfers usually be lucky to come out of 17 with a freakin’ par.
This is why it’s such a famous hole. All of the heartbreak and torture it presented to some of the world’s greatest players over the years.
Time and time again, the 17th hole has swallowed golf balls in the water or have left golfers with long, tricky putts. Rickie just got through 17 like a straight up boss.
Here’s the jaw-dropping shot Slick Rick hit that sealed the deal for his second career PGA Tour title:
What’s so amazing about Rickie’s win is that not only did he demolish one of golf’s toughest courses, but he and Ian Poulter were voted as golf’s most “overrated players” according to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated.
The voting was by anonymous peers on Tour. So, just a couple of days after that poll, Rickie goes on to win golf’s “5th major” and the signature tournament of the PGA Tour on its signature course.
The win also came a couple of days after golf course designing legend, Pete Dye was seen watching the tournament on his famed course. With that shadow over him, Rickie practically made a fool of Pete’s diabolical 16, 17 and 18, again finishing out by going back to 17 to win it.
There’s no better way to win a golf tournament than at the 17th hole of TPC Sawgrass, under the sunset and with thousands of fans surrounding you at every turn.
With this win, he’s proven why he’s still relevant on Tour and that he is indeed one of the bright young stars int he game.
The homie’s playing a game but he ain’t playin’ though!
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As we know, one of golf’s greatest tournaments, The Players Championship is here and TPC Sawgrass is looking as beautiful as ever. There were some things that were not so beautiful at Sawgrass but I think we can all get a kick out of and say “That was me once!”.
Here are three things that happened at Sawgrass that probably won’t surprise you if you’ve ever been in these positions.
1. Tiger Woods, who overall played well during the first two days hit a gorgeous flop shot on hole nine on Friday which pretty much sealed his chances of making the cut. Well, earlier however was not so pleasant to former world number one as he hit a 172 yard drive on the first hole.
Here’s a little play-by-play chart of the shot courtesy of CBS Sports:
Also, here’s a tweet from the Golf Channel Tiger Tracker which includes comments from “Twitter comedians” and shocked Tiger fans:
Tiger in the straw…didn't reach the fairway and only about 30 yards in front of the ladies' tee. So, there's that.
2. Robert Allenby, who at one point won two tournaments in back to back years (200 and 2001) is trying to get back to top form. He also made headlines a couple of months ago about an alleged kidnapping.
Now, the Aussie is back and ready to rip up Sawgrass!….that’s if he avoids raccoons of course.
During the Friday round, Allenby was settling in, getting ready to tee it off until a furry critter decided to show its face.
Raccoons can be dangerous creatures and Allenby took notice right away. One of the things that make raccoons difficult to deal with is that they have similar characteristics like humans do.
For example, if they’re smart enough, they can open doors. They can also jump up and attack so the fear is real.
He freaked so bad though that he forgot he had a massive driver (whoopin’ stick) in his hand just in case.
3. Jonas Blixt who came close to winning The Masters last year, finishing in second behind winner Bubba Watson, decided that there’s a better way to clean his driver than simply wiping it with a towel. During the second round of The Players, the Swede somewhat casually tossed his driver into the famous pond on Sawgrass’ recognizable 18th hole.
Sadly, the Vine for the toss was apparently deleted so this picture courtesy ofNext Impulse Sports will have to do:
He’s rich, it’s the 18th hole, so he just said “screw it!’ and tossed it. I’m sure he has a replacement set.
Jeez, and I thought golf balls were the only things getting lost on the 17th hole. Now we’re going to see clubs getting lost on 18.
This is probably what hole 17 is saying to hole 18: “18! Join the lost golf goods club!”.
Should be an exciting weekend at The Players!
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Last week, we lost two important and iconic figures in golf. Pete Brown, who was the PGA Tour’s first African-American winner as well as one of the best players to come out of the United Golfers Association (Or some may call, the “Negro Leagues of Golf”) and Calvin Peete who was one of the most dominant players in the 1980’s.
Pete would have a terrific career, winning 14 times globally including his two PGA Tour victories. Both wins weren’t exactly walks in the park either.
He defeated Dan Sikes in 1964 at the Waco Turner Open for his first victory. Sikes would go on to win six times on Tour.
Pete’s second win was even tougher as he defeated Tony Jacklin in a playoff at the Andy Williams-San Diego Invitational (Now known as the Farmers Open) in 1970. Jacklin had won the Open Championship the previous year and would go on to win the U.S. Open the same year Pete defeated him in the San Diego Invitational.
Before his PGA Tour success, Pete had a solid career in the UGA winning the USG (Negro) National Open an incredible four times. He also won the Long Star Open four times.
Pete would go on to be a head teaching pro at the Madden Golf Course in Dayton, Ohio. He was the pro at the hilly course for 20 years.
Pete’s remarkable career brings us to Calvin Peete. Calvin was best known as one of the most accurate players in golf.
He was also famously known for his outstanding victory at the Players Championship in 1985. This is a wonderful time to celebrate Calvin as the Players Championship is upon us as you’re reading this.
Calvin was a self-taught player, much like some of the players you see today such as Jim Furyk and Bubba Watson. He developed his swing and learned how to use course management to his advantage on his way to victory.
Calvin would go on to have an amazing career on the PGA Tour after joining in 1975. It didn’t take him very long to adjust to the new level of golf on Tour.
He would win an impressive 14 times worldwide, 12 on the PGA Tour and twice on the Japan Golf Tour. 11 of his 12 Tour wins were all in 1980’s making him one of the most dominant players of a single decade.
Only Tom Watson and Tom Kite had more wins in the 80’s than Calvin. Watson and Kite are both in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
You ready for this? After Calvin’s first victory in 1979 in the Greater Milwaukee Open in which he won by a convincing five strokes defeating Victor Regalado, Jim Simons and Lee Trevino, he would go on to win a really impressive four times in 1982.
Calvin would once again win the Greater Milwaukee Open in that magical 1982 season, again defeating Regalado. He would then win the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic by two strokes for second win of the season and his third of his career.
Calvin destroyed the field in his next two wins in 1982, starting with a win at the B.C. Open, defeating 1976 U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate by a whopping seven strokes. The next dominate performance came at the Pensacola Open where also won by seven strokes, defeating Dan Halldorson and Hal Sutton, completing his remarkable 1982 season.
His most dominant statistical season came in 1984. Although he only won one tournament that year (Texas Open), he would go on to win the prestigious Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson award for having the lowest average score for the year.
Huge names in the sport of golf have won these awards. Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Sam Snead and Billy Casper are among those names.
1985 was arguably the season Calvin will be forever known for. He would win twice on Tour that year, getting a win at the Phoenix Open for his first winning by two shots.
The second win of that year came at the Tournament Players Championship, famously known today as simply The Players Championship. The win has made him a legend in golf’s “5th Major” and TPC Sawgrass alike.
Probably the highlight of his win was the incredible shot he hit on the world-famous 17th hole. He hit a beauty that landed softly on the green, leaving him with an easy putt. He would go on to win by three strokes, defeating Chicago native D.A. Weibring who ironically beat Calvin in the 1979 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open (Now the John Deere Classic).
He also would lead the Tour in driving accuracy a jaw-dropping 10 years straight. This helped him make two Ryder Cup teams in 1983 at PGA National and 1985 at The Belfry.
In his rookie debut in the Ryder Cup, Calvin would help lift the U.S. to victory with his solid 2.5 point performance including a win in the always high pressured Singles matches. His second appearance at the Ryder Cup in 1985 wasn’t as good as his rookie debut but was still solid getting 2 points for team USA.
The U.S. squad unfortunately would lose to the European team by 5 points.
Arguably, the most accurate player in golf history who has a resume that speaks for itself, Calvin Peete very well could be one of the most under rated players of all-time.
He’s not in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Sure, some may say that he was a major title shy of the Hall.
But couldn’t The Players Championship be a major title? In my eyes personally, it is, and he should be in the hall of fame.
He defeated a field of legends at the Players and no other tournament not named the U.S. Open has a tougher field than the Players. Keep in mind the course he played on.
TPC Sawgrass is by far one of the most iconic golf courses on the planet. Like the Masters, The Players is played at the same course every year which is a unique for a major tournament.
Although it’s the same venue every year, players still seem to have a hard time at it, especially at “Florida’s Amen Corner” of holes 16, 17 and 18. Calvin used his incredible accuracy to beat one of the toughest fields in golf on one of the toughest courses in the world.
Now, if that isn’t major worthy to place him in the Hall of Fame, then I don’t know what is. If The Players Championship was a major, Calvin would have 12 PGA Tour wins including a major which to me is definitely enough for the Hall of Fame, not to mention his Ryder Cup appearances.
This makes us wonder, what if The Players was a major? Would he be in the Hall by now? Could he still get in anyway?
Most hall of famers do have at least one major so if The Players Championship were an official major, I’d say he’s in. Because practically destroying the 1980’s PGA Tour and having a major title under your belt is pretty darn convincing.
One thing’s for sure. We know that with the legacy he left at The Players and with the tournament going on as we speak, Calvin will be forever known as one of the greatest players to ever step foot on Pete Dye’s TPC Sawgrass.
Here’s a video of Calvin’s win at The Players and immediately you’ll see his impressive shot on Sawgrass’ iconic 17th hole: