LOOK: Michigan golf course gets destroyed by tornado

 

 

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

 

 


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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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ICYMI: Justin Rose gets hole in one at Olympics

Just a couple of days ago, Justin Rose hit the first ace in Olympic golf history. Now, he has a chance to get a medal in the games as well, making this even more remarkable.

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the video of Rose’s ace.

Certainly something he, and golf fans will never forget.

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WATCH: Jim Furyk shoots lowest score in PGA Tour history

Jim Furyk accomplished one of those most remarkable feats in golf, maybe even in sports as a whole. He shot a 58 during the Sunday round of the Travelers Championship.

Ironically, it was the second time that a player achieved the low number. Stephan Jaeger did this during in a Web.com Tour event a couple of weeks ago.

What makes Furyk’s 58 so crazy is that, he also shot a 59 during his career. He is one of only six players to shoot a 59 and now, he’s the only player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 58.

He shoots such a low score without being a long hitter off the tee. I can see #FurykGolf happening on Twitter now as many people will start to play like him in order to achieve greatness.

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Nike to discontinue manufacturing of clubs, still will sell apparel

Nike has announced that they will no longer manufacture golf clubs due to poor sales. They will focus solely on selling apparel and footwear from now on.

“We’re committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel,” Nike president Trevor Edwards said according to Golf Digest . With brands like Taylormade and Callaway on top of the golf world, Nike’s sales in 2013 and 2014 were around $800 million.

Nike has only manufactured clubs since 2002 and has usually been outdueled by aforementioned brands such as Taylormade and Callaway. Even during the “Tiger effect”, the driver, arguably the most popular club in the bag, was where Taylormade has been king.

Many Nike PGA Tour pros will continue to use the clubs for now, and will continue to wear the apparel as Nike looks to build a strong reboot of their apparel. Nike Brand has always seemed to put heavy emphasis on clothing anyway, as no other sports really use Nike equipment.

For example, the NBA uses a Spalding basketball and always has and the MLB players tend to use Louisville Slugger bats and Rawlings gloves. In the NFL, the helmets are from Riddell, and the ball is from Wilson.

The jerseys are from Nike, but that’s apparel. Basically, let’s all just settle down here as Nike mostly is an apparel company anyway.

If anything, this move could help them open more doors of innovation in the golf apparel industry. It does make you wonder what clubs the players will use now, and that is a big question.

Some players will certainly change to Taylormade while others may change to the new, popular PxG clubs. Will Rory McIlroy continue to wear Nike clothing?

He was going to represent popular shoe company New Balance if he went to the Olympics (which he’s not) so that may be an interesting thought as well. However, there’s no doubt that Nike will continue to pay McIlroy more money.

Tony Finau, one of golf’s new stars and long hitters says he was “shocked” about the move according to Golf Digest, but he also understands that it’s a business.

“I totally understand it from their perspective,” Finau said according to Golf Digest. “They’re killing it in apparel. They’re killing it in footwear. It’s just business.”

Indeed they are, which is why Nike Golf will still be in good shape. They just weren’t meant for golf equipment like some of the other brands like Titlest, Callaway and Taylormade, who pretty much thrive on the success of their equipment.

In short, keep calm, and golf on.

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Jimmy Walker has officially proven that he’s one of golf’s best

 

Jimmy Walker turned professional in golf in 2001. For years, he was a name nobody knew on the PGA Tour, and has been constantly confused with the legendary actor of the same name.

And then, in 2014, it was quite a turn of events for Walker, who had a terrific season. He racked up three wins right away and he wasn’t done yet.

He also had three top 10 finishes at the majors in 2014 at the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship. His 26th place finish at The Open was also nothing to sleep on.

In 2015, Walker added two more wins to his resume. He also had two runner-up finishes as well, meaning he was close to an impressive seven wins in two seasons.

Despite the success, people were still unsure who he was. Certainly he slowly started to build a fanbase after playing so well but, some believed his wins occurred too early in the season.

But now, with a good performance at the Ryder Cup in 2014, and a PGA Championship win to his credit, he has officially joined the PGA Tour’s elite. Even if it was ever so quietly, like a ninja in the night.

But, the man who wears all black isn’t throwing stars and slinging nun chucks. He uses a sword, and that sword is his deadly putter.

Despite ranking 55th in in the world in putting, Walker was 12th in 2014 and second in 2015. No doubt his putting slump may have had some people on edge during the tournament but, on the last couple of holes, Walker hit the putts he needed to.

However, he hit the shot of his life on the 10th at Baltusrol, where he holed out of a bunker for his birdie. No putter needed.

On 18, he decided to go for it in two and pulled out his 3-wood. He missed the green and ended up in the greenside rough.

Cool as ice, Walker hit a gorgeous flop shot that made the green with tiny bit of spin on it. All he needed was a par for the win.

He had a very long putt for his birdie chance, and this was the moment when his putter caught fire again just like in 2014 and 2015. He hit his lag putt close enough to where it left him with an easy par chance.

The long putt nearly dropped, but nonetheless, Walker knew that he was a sweet par away from his first major and to hold off defending champion Jason Day. The putt dropped, and Walker joined Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only golfers in the last 20 years, to go wire-to-wire for a PGA Championship win.

He also became the fourth first time major winner this season. He joined Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (U.S. Open) and Henrik Stenson (The Open), all of those players being in the top 15 in the World Golf Rankings.

And after 15 years of being a pro, Jimmy Walker was a major champion. A great way to cap off one of the hottest stretches of golf in a two-year span.

The man went from 13 years without a title, to instantly getting six wins, including a major. You can bet we’ll see Walker representing team USA in the Ryder Cup this Fall.

If he can help the U.S. squad win its first Ryder Cup in eight years, he will prove yet again why he’s one of the best golfers on the planet.

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Rory McIlroy will not participate in the Olympics

 

 

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is just another star athlete who has decided not to participate in the Olympics. Like others, the reason for him not going to Rio is because of the Zika virus which has been a major issue.

Vijay Singh, Marc Lieshman and Adam Scott among others also dropped out. McIlroy is definitely the biggest blow so far.

“My health and my family’s health comes before everything else.” said McIlroy. “Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take,”

It has been over 100 years since golf has been in the Olympics. Now, with its return to the Games, it looks like it will be missing some key players for the event.

That said, golf isn’t the only sport where players are dropping like flies. NBA superstar LeBron James is the latest to say that he will likely miss the Olympics.

Despite the missing players in this year’s Olympics, it’s great to know that golf is back. It’s just horrible timing with the Zika virus and those dropping out are ultimately making the right decision.

Here’s hoping the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020 will be much better.

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Oakmont just broke a guy’s ankle at the U.S. Open

Oakmont is one golf’s most famous courses and is known for being a tough test of golf. The only course people may still say is tougher is Kiawah Island, a course designed by Pete Dye.

But Oakmont stepped its toughness level up by literally breaking a caddy’s ankle. The caddy of Chris Crawford went into a bunker, tripped and busted the ankle.

When golf courses attack. We can safely say that Oakmont looked like NBA legend Allen Iverson who was famous for breaking his opponents ankles (Not literally) with his incredible ball handling skills.

A.I. doesn’t have anything on Oakmont though.

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Source: Swing By Swing


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Muhammad Ali’s first golf shot was amazing

 

A couple of days ago, the sports and cultural world lost one of it’s biggest icons as boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. Ali was one of sports’ first true megastars and was known for his clever and quick fighting style.

His world famous move, the “Rope-a-Dope” is a major reason why he dominated so many fights. The move, is to basically dodge punches and move around in order to tire his opponent out, making a perfect timing to go in for the kill and worked immensely.

Apparently, Ali had a good golf swing too. On his very first attempt to ever swing a golf club, Ali hit an 8-iron 140 yards and was perfectly straight.

Again, this was his very first golf swing. Then, not only that, his second shot was also a good one.

After his second shot, he made a quote that only Muhammad Ali could:

 “Muhammad Ali is the world’s greatest golfer! Nobody can beat Muhammad Ali! Not Arnold Palmer, not Jack Nicklaus, not nobody. I’m gonna make ’em look bad, predict the score, how bad I’m gonna beat ’em, everything — just like I do in boxing!”

Mr. Ali, you really were the greatest. R.I.P

You can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! My first golf was no where near as great as Muhammad’s! That’s why there’s no photos or clips of it!

Source: Golf Digest

 


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7 golfers make top 100 list, you’ll be shocked who didn’t make it

ESPN released an interesting list called the “World Fame 100”. The list focuses on how popular each player is based on a combination of Google searches, Twitter followers, Facebook Likes, etc.

There were seven golfers that made the list. Three of them made the top 20.

The top golfers list goes as follows:

7. Tiger Woods

13. Phil Mickelson

20. Rory McIlroy

50. Jordan Spieth

51. Justin Rose

81. Lydia Ko

83. Billy Horschel

That’s a pretty strong group of golfers on that list. However, one might wonder, where are guys like Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler who are both huge on social media and have earned quite a lot of money so far in their careers?

Jason Day is another one missing. He has more followers than Horschel and has won more tournaments so it really makes this an interesting list in terms of some of the eye openers.

In general though, it’s terrific to seven golfers on this list. That’s a lot, not to mention that three of them are in the top 20.

Good to see Ko on the list representing the women’s game too. She doesn’t have a huge social media following yet, but she’s still one of the most consistent and dangerous golfers on the planet right now.

Five of the golfers beat every Major League Baseball player on the list. Ko and Horschel who were 81 and 83 respectively, also beat out all MLB players except for Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

That’s pretty impressive by itself. That list of MLB players included Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera among other juggernaut names and all the golfers beat them out.

To nobody’s surprise, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked no.1 on the list with his ridiculous following on social media (Over 40 million followers on Twitter and over 100 million Likes on Facebook). Two others that aren’t a surprise are NBA star LeBron James and another soccer star in Lionel Messi who both are no.2 and no.3 respectively.

As for the rest of the top 10, here it is:

1. Cristiano Ranaldo

2. LeBron James

3. Lionel Messi

4. Neymar

5. Roger Federer

6. Kevin Durant

7. Tiger Woods

8. Virat Kohli

9. James Rodriguez

10. Rafael Nadal

So, there you have it. Another thing of note is that five of the golfers (Woods, Mickelson, McIlroy, Spieth and Rose) are ranked higher than some of the biggest stars in the NFL, including Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt.

Three of them (Woods, Mickelson and McIlroy) are higher than guys such as O’dell Beckham Jr and Cam Newton of the NFL as well as Russel Westbrook, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose of the NBA.

You can check the full list by visiting the World Fame 100 page.

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