ICYMI: USGA scores don’t count for solo rounds anymore, Canada Golf denies rule


Yup, that’s right. The USGA announced that your handicap won’t count for solo rounds of golf anymore.


With revisions to the Rules of Golf, the USGA and R&A announced their “Changes to the Handicap System for 2016”.


“The USGA Handicap System is constantly evolving to ensure that the System works for the game today and tomorrow,”  said Steven Edmondson, the USGA’s managing director of Handicapping and Course Rating. “As we examine the game domestically and globally, these revisions support the integrity and reliability that millions of players around the world expect of this System. We continue to explore substantive changes as we work toward a World Handicap System in the years ahead.”


According to the USGA’s FAQ of playing alone, the change “helps golfers form a better basis to support or dispute scores that have been posted to a player’s scoring record.”.


The rules change also mentions that the golfer doesn’t need to be accompanied with a playing partner. The score will still count even if the person is just tagging along because you’re not alone on the course.

The rule also says that the partner needs to be with the golfer for at least 13 holes for 18-hole rounds and seven holes for nine-hole rounds.


Golf Canada has struck back and has denied the acceptance of the new rule via Twitter.

You can read the complete rule changes at USGA.org

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Source: Golf .com (For the Golf Canada Tweets)





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PHOTO: Woman believes that this man is Tiger Woods

I might be a little late on this but this Instagram photo shows a woman with who she thinks is Tiger Woods.


And if you look at the comments of the picture, you can see her saying that she saw ID and that it was in fact Woods.

She might of met Jaguar Woods but that’s certainly not Tiger Woods.


I think it’s time for someone to show this woman some golf highlights and show her who the real Tiger Woods is. She’ll recognize his voice too, just wait until he hits an errant tee shot.


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Source: GolfDigest.com 


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WATCH: Dude gets hit in face playing mini-golf

Now how on earth can you possibly get hit in the face playing a nice, simple round of mini-golf?

Well, our friend in the clip above found out the hard way as he hit his putt a little too hard and the ball ricocheted and hit him in the face.

Not sure what he was trying to do but I guess the ball didn’t appreciate him trying to take such a hard swing.

He may need to get some pointers from the participants of the Mini-Golf Masters!

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Source: Swing By Swing

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WATCH: This send off video for Ivor Robson is awesome

Ivor Robson, probably the most iconic course announcer in golf history, has retired from his duties after 41 years and he got a very nice farewell video from the European Tour. If you are not familiar with what he does, the video above will tell you but he’s basically a PA announcer for golf as he calls out who’s teeing it up on the first hole. If you’ve watched the Open Championship at all, you’d recognize his voice. The video shows some of the European Tour’s top golfers, trying to imitate the legendary announcer’s call of their names. It’s great stuff. The tweet with the video above received close to half a thousand Retweets and half a thousand “Likes”. And here’s the actual clip of Robson’s last call on the first tee courtesy of Ashley Hammond of Gulf News.

It’s hard to find anyone who’s made the golf course announcer job more popular than Robson and with 41 years of experience, it really shows how much the job is appreciated.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! No, I don’t have a first tee announcing voice like Mr. Robson because I sound like a talking panda, if that makes sense!


Sources: GolfDigest.com


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WATCH: Kevin Kisner’s mom gets hit by Greame McDowell’s tee shot

Greame McDowell hit a tee shot that hit the mother of Kevin Kisner during the final round of the RSM Classic which Kisner ending up winning. Christy Kisner was hit by McDowell’s tee shot on hole no.7 at Sea Island Golf Club but it is OK. McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach, had a little fun with Mrs. Kisner.

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WATCH: Kids wrestle over Martin Kaymer’s golf ball

On this week’s episode of golf course fights, we take a look at two kids diving for Martin Kaymer’s golf ball after his tee shot at the DP World Tour Championship.

Although it goes by reletively fast, it’s just hilarious to see the kids dive for the ball so rapidly.

However, golf is not like baseball where fans can keep the ball. As the old saying goes, “play the ball where it lies”.

That’s what makes golf so challengning. But one of the kids got the ball anyway and what was strange was that the officials nor the parents of the kids did anything about it.

Knowing the class act that Martin Kaymer is though, he’d probably let the kids keep the ball. And if you can get your hands on a ball hit by a two-time major champion, you can’t go wrong with that.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio because I’m a retweet machine! Well, depends on what day it is.


Source: GolfDigest.com

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WATCH: Fan breaks nose after errant tee shot at Australian Masters

During the Australian Masters, Steven Bowditch hit an errant tee shot that hit a spectactor in the nose, causing him to collapse to the ground in pain.

Apparently, his nose was broken by the tee shot and medics had to rush out to him.

According to Golf Digest, the man had to have his nose broken again so it could be set again.

Ouch! Makes me queezy just thinking about how painful that must be.

What’s probably crazier is that he was the only spectator in the location and Bowditch still hit him perfectly.

I bet he’s happy that the fan is OK. This same fan even came back out for the Friday round.

How does the Golfsmith commercials go? “Anything for golf”?

This fan would make a terrific spokesperson!

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Source: GolfDigest.com 

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WATCH: Minnesota airport features golf lounge

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport has a dedicated location for golfers. Yup, so you may not be as interested in your flight anymore (Unless you’re flying for a round of golf at Pebble Beach or Cabot Cliffs) if you’re a golfer.


This spot at the airport includes a large, beautiful putting green, a simulator, restaurant, and a pro shop.


What more do you want?


The simulator includes 54 different courses to test your skills and you can get golf lessons as well.


Waiting for a flight never sounded like so much fun but the Minneapolis-St. Paul Int’l Airport knows what’s up.


Well, I know what I’ll do whenever I fly into Minneapolis.


Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! No, I am not at an airport right now. 


Source: Swing By Swing 

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Tiger Woods to serve as Ryder Cup assistant captain


Tiger Woods will be an assistant captain to Davis Love III along with Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine according to Golf Digest.


Woods is recovering from two back surgeries and was speculated that he may miss a lot of golf in 2016.


But Love says that Tiger has bigger visions heading into the new season.


“He wants to play and be a vice captain. He wants to be the leader of his group, this pod system,” Love said according to Golf Digest. “Tiger wants to be a leader of the group, but he wants to be on the golf course. He doesn’t want to be a general sitting in a room. He wants to be in the battle.”


Woods served a role with the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s Task Force and offered some advice to Fred Couples and Love during the President’s Cup at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea.


Woods’ record in the Ryder Cup is 13-17-3 and he hopes to get back out there and play.


But for now, he’ll happily accept his role as an assistant captain of the team.


“This is something I want to do,” Woods said. “I will continue to do whatever I can to help win the Cup back.”


The 2016 Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.


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Source: GolfDigest.com 




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Caddies of Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar to do broadcasting

Phil Mickelson and his longtime caddie, jim “Bones” Mackay

Popular caddies Jim “Bones” Mackay and John Wood are going to replace their bibs for microphones during the RSM Classic this week at Sea Island Resort. They’ll be broadcasting during the Golf Channel telecast.

This has been something that has been in the works for some time and Mackay was real excited about it.

“We have gotten to know course reporters very well over the years, and we’re fascinated with everything that goes into producing and covering a professional golf tournament,” Mackay said according to the Back 9 Network. “We are looking forward to being a part of the Golf Channel team next week.”

Should be fun. Caddies are about as knowledgeable as they come.

Former caddie Michael Collins was a radio play-by-play guy and now is a great writer for ESPN.

Caddies know the courses like the back of their hand so they can give some brilliant design insights. Plus, Mackay and Wood are top of the line pros so I think you can expecta treat from these two guys.

A caddie is easily the most influential job in golf. Many great players started off as caddies before they went on to Hall of Fame careers.

To have two of the best rocking a microphone for the RSM is just awesome. Respect the bib!

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Source: Back 9 Network

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