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Golf is a peculiar game of a peculiar people.
JOHN LOW


    

Tuesday
Apr072015

The 17th Without Ike's Tree, A Year Later

I know you all have committed to memory my Golf World story from 2014 on how Augusta National's 17th hole played without Ike's Tree. Amazingly the landing area was much easier to hit even though most players insisted the tree had no impact.

The 17th on Monday, 2015 Masters (Click to enlarge)And yet with the fairway hit percentage climbed 11%, the scoring average went up in 2014 and the fewest number of GIR's were registered since 2006 (42%). That was down 7% from the previous year.

So 11% more balls finished in the fairway and from there we saw a 7% drop in GIR's. I theorized in the Golf World story that the loss of the tree led to more 3-woods and therefore more players playing blind to one of the most difficult greens on the planet. Seeing as much of the green as you can is vital there, as Phil Mickelson explained in today's press conference.

PHIL MICKELSON:  It really doesn't any play different because it wasn't really in play for most players that hit the ball high enough.  It was in play for some guys that couldn't quite carry it over that tree, maybe a quarter of the field.  I don't think it's going to affect scoring too much.  The challenge is really the approach shot into the green in that you can't see the green because it's so flat and hidden by the bunker.  It's very difficult for depth perception and difficult for distance control with you're dealing with that elevation change and it's difficult to hit the ball online because you're hitting off an uphill lie.  Most people pull that shot and you're trying to hit a cut to a lot of the right‑handed pins for a right‑handed player.

It's a challenging hole because of the other subtleties and nuances of the hole, not so much the tree you were past after your first shot.

Paul Rogers talked to Geoff Ogilvy about his return to Augusta and his design influences, and Ogilvy had this to say about his first time back at 17?

Upon his return to Augusta this year, Ogilvy said, he did a “double-take” when he stood on the 17th tee and saw that the Eisenhower Tree, a broad loblolly pine, was missing, having been destroyed in a storm prior to last year’s Masters. “To my eye, it looks better,” he said of the hole, before adding that a precious “bit of history” had been lost.

Ogilvy described the green at No. 17 as his favorite on the course, for the subtlety of the rolls despite the fact that the putting surface was fashioned from a piece of relatively nondescript land.

And Tiger also is seeing 17 for the first time post-Ike's Tree.

I just find it fascinating that they keep changing this place, it seems like, every year and it looks exactly the same, like it's never been touched.  It's just fascinating.

I didn't play last year so I didn't see when the Eisenhower Tree was gone.  I didn't realize 17 was straight ahead.  I always thought it was a little bit of a dogleg‑left.  It's eye opening to see it's just dead‑straight.  That was very, very shocking to me to see it like that.

Q.  Do you like it now?

TIGER WOODS:  I loved it the way it was.  That tree, I've hit it too many times, trust me.  I've had my issues on that hole, that tree.  But I thought it was a fantastic hole.  It's iconic, that tree, and I don't think you can ever, ever replace it.

Tuesday
Apr072015

FYI: Introducing New Golf News Site, GolfBlot

The beta has been retired and GolfBlot.com is now live.

The mobile driven golf news site includes contributions from veteran Steve Elling and is owned by Alex Miceli. Considering how rarely we see new entries to the golf news world these days, the play to be extra mobile friendly seems wise. Best of luck!

Check it out here.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Analyzing The 2015 Masters Groupings And Starting Times

I'm open to any findings of deep, hidden meaning in the 2015 Masters Groupings. Sadly, the dream pairing of Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh will have to wait another year.

Groups and times of note Thursday...

8:18 am Weir, Crane, Conners(a). They'll be a hole behind but at least the two Canadians will get to spend time together.

9:24 am Watson, Rose, Gunn Yang(a) - the defending champion lands Justin Rose and the US Amateur Champion.

9:35 am Scott, Johnson, Murdaca - the Asia Pacific Amateur champ gets to watch two pre-tournament favorites.

10:08 am Crenshaw, Haas, Dufner - Gentle Ben gets two cool, understated cats for his final Masters.

10:41 am Mickelson, McIlroy,  Moore - Nice contrast in styles and personalities.

11:47 am Langer, Wiesberger, Ogilvy - Committee trust Ogilvy to master his pronunciations of Bernhard and Bernd

12:20 pm Cabrera, Ooisthuizen, Dominguez(a) - The Latin American Amateur winner gets to Masters vets likely to make cut and contend.

1:15 pm Spieth, Stenson, Horschel - No shortage of fire.

1:48 pm Woods, Donaldson, Walker - As if watching Tiger's return wasn't interesting enough, he gets one of the favorites to chase.

Here is the Masters official sheet (click to enlarge)

Tuesday
Apr072015

Bubba On His Peer Pressures: "I need to improve as a man."

An ESPN.com survey noted that Bubba is not the most popular player on the tour and may need some non-PGA Tour assistance if he were to be walking down a dark alley.

Bubba was asked about this during his Tuesday Masters press conference. Very well handled by the two-time champion despite the best efforts of the ByTheMinuteGolf's senior Augusta Correspondent to get him to crack:

Q.  I was reading this morning about how you had written a check for the school and all that which is great publicity.  Did you see the survey on ESPN yesterday?

BUBBA WATSON:  No, I didn't.  I take that back, I heard about it because I did an interview ‑‑ I'm playing in China next week, so I did an interview for the China tournament and they asked me about it.

Q.  What do you think about when you read about that stuff?  On a scale of 1 to 10, how much does it irritate you, that kind of publicity?

BUBBA WATSON:  Here is the way I take it.  I take it as I need to improve as a man.  I take it with pride.  I need to get better.  And I think over my career, since my rookie season to now, I've gotten better.  But obviously there's more room for me to improve as a man.  And so hopefully next year or the year after, it improves.  It's a challenge.  It's great.  I'm glad that it came out and it's going to help me improve.

So if it's a bad thing and people don't like me, then I've got to improve and prove them wrong.

Q.  Do you get any sense of this in the locker room at all?

BUBBA WATSON:  No.  I had the same question asked to me, so I answered that question.  I put my name on there to, because I'm not going to call out anybody, there's nobody I dislike on Tour.  I dislike them if they beat me, but I don't dislike them as a person.  So I put my own name down there.  So one of those names were me; I wrote it down myself.

Q.  If you were being beaten up ‑‑
BUBBA WATSON:  Obviously, I've never been in a fight in my life, so if I was in a fight, it was my fault.  I caused somebody to get angry.  So yeah, I wouldn't help myself either.

Q.  Does this stuff irritate you at all?
BUBBA WATSON:  No, it helps me improve.  So I don't know which way I would go with that, but it helps me improve as a person.

I've had some mess‑ups on Tour, and I think I've improved in those areas and I'm trying to get better.  That's all I can do.  I'm glad people that call me out when they do; that's the only way I can get better.  If I don't know about it, then I can't improve.

Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com defends Bubba post-parking lot revelation. Sort of.

Can he be a bit of a hick, a goof? Do you sometimes wonder if his visor is impeding blood flow to his brain? Yes ... and yes.

But I've seen him talk about the joys of being a father and watched as his tears of pride unashamedly flowed. I've seen him at North Berwick Golf Course in Scotland, where he had a smile as wide as the fairways as he played a goof-around 18 holes with his buddies. I've heard him gush with excitement as he explained why the third round of the 2008 U.S. Open was the most fun he has ever had watching a tournament on TV (he had bet his wife that Tiger Woods would eagle the par-5 13th hole at Torrey Pines, birdie the par-4 17th and eagle the par-5 18th to move into first place -- and Woods did exactly that).

And yes, I've seen and heard Watson do dumb things, but he almost always publicly acknowledges his dumbness. It's as much a Bubba tradition as his pink driver.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Alliss: Club Equality Driving Women Out Of The Game

Now before you jump on the master announcer, his reasoning for a decline in women at UK golf clubs is worth hearing out even if seems a bit of a leap to have called it "mayhem."

From an unbylined BBC report (thanks reader LC for sending).

"I'm told the Ladies Golf Union has lost 150,000 members since equality for women came in," said Alliss.

"Hundreds of women have left golf clubs because they've gone from paying half fare to full fare. It's caused mayhem."

The number, according to the Ladies' Golf Union, is closer to 30,000 since 2010 when it became illegal for clubs to discount based on gender. Ladies' Golf Union finance director Sam Burton refuted Alliss.

"I wouldn't dream of joining a club where women had less rights than men, and neither would my friends," she said.

"I can't agree with what Peter is saying - it's a terribly outdated view."

However, Women's PGA founder and former Women's Open champion Vivien Saunders backed Alliss, though the reasoning was not exactly positive.

"The age group under 50 are fine. A lot more independent women have their own money," the 68-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's the women over 60. A lot of them, their husband controls the finances, they've never worked, and they are the ones who are dropping out of the game."

Tuesday
Apr072015

Masters.com Gallery: Augusta National In 1935

If you've seen the reproduction of the First Annual Augusta National Invitational program, you have seen the images before.

However, never at the size or clarity revealing Augusta National in the manner Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones envisioned.

Here is the link.

Monday
Apr062015

Flora, Fauna Report: White Dogwood Is The New Azalea

Right on cue the White Dogwood is in all its spring glory. But I bring good news to those expecting some Masters color and not getting their fix the last few years due to oddball winters: the azaleas are on their way, already creating a grand setting at Amen Corner with more color to come. Weather permitting.

An explosion would be fitting, as the club's longtime horticulturalist, Tommy Crenshaw, is retiring. He's been working for the club since 1979. Let the flowers bloom for Tommy!


Six deep on Monday for McIlroy:

Monday
Apr062015

Chairman Payne: I Don't Get Much Pushback

There are fables of member consternation over the speed with which Billy Payne has attempted to move Augusta National into the 21st Century while staying true to the origins of the club, but in an ESPN.com profile by Bob Harig, the Chairman refutes that he gets much pushback. Or funny looks.

Harig writes:

None of his efforts have necessarily been required. There are likely those inside the Augusta National gates who were satisfied with that status quo -- showcasing their beautiful golf course to the world one week a year and then going about their business while practicing the club's intense desire to reveal little.

So perhaps it is fair to wonder: Have the decisions Payne has made over the past eight years produced any pushback among the powers-that-be? 


"That's not really the way Augusta works," Payne said with a sly smile, as if to suggest one should know better. "You don't get many quizzical looks."

And moving forward, Payne feels he's upholding the tradition of the club with his approach.

"That's always been the attitude of Augusta National; that's not me," Payne said. "I inherited that. You go back and read a lot of what Mr. Roberts said. I've mentioned this in a lot of the member meetings. There is a complete, absolute driving mandate to do better every year. That may be the one overwhelming objective of everything we do.

"Now people can measure whether we attain that. That's a different question than what we are trying to do."

Monday
Apr062015

Monday Return: Tiger's Got His Groove Back!

He's dancing to the music in front of a live television audience, he's jovial, he's hugging everyone in site, he's even stopping to listen to Mike Weir bore him with stories about his bum elbow.

Tiger came out firing Monday at Augusta and even broke out a set of headphones (coincidentally made by his new sponsor as of January.) Mitvah baby!

Either way, what an unexpected upbeat, confident and even bold statement in the four-time Masters champion's Monday return from his leave of absense. And, through the practice and first hole, no sign of the wedge yips. My take at GolfDigest.com.

More takes to come as they are filed and posted.

Monday
Apr062015

The King: I'll Be There Thursday Morning

Arnold Palmer, who has a bum shoulder that has kept him from swinging the club and entering the Par 3 contest, is a go.

He tells GolfDigest.com's Dave Shedloski that he'll be at Augusta National Thursday morning for his honorary starter duties.

"I will be there," Palmer said by phone Monday from his office at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. "I am getting myself ready."

Ben Crenshaw is stepping in for Mr. Palmer Wednesday in the Par-3 contest where he will play with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. David Westin's report.

Monday
Apr062015

A Tradition Unlike Any Other: Masters Merchandise Report

What would Monday in Augusta be without the latest and greatest Masters merchandise. I might add any items that magically appear between now and Thursday, as has been known to happen.

For now, seven favorites, even if they're out of my price league.

Monday
Apr062015

Bubba Wins! Now He Must Avoid Parking Lot Fights

ESPN.com has posted a fun survey of 103 PGA Tour pros, including 21 major winners from 20 different countries, not including Florida.

The result that's getting all of the attention, deservedly so, involves the defending Masters champ Bubba Watson. Let's just say he trounces Patrick Reed and cagey vets Robert Allenby and Rory Sabbatini in the most-likely-to-get-beat-up-without-anyone-coming-to-his-rescue division.

ESPN.com surveyed 103 tour pros, 21 of which were major champions, and gathered their thoughts on myriad topics. The players came from 20 different countries and their answers are below.

Other polls of note: top bucket list course (Cypress Point edges Pine Valley, no doubt because one is almost fully restored and one isn't...you know how discerning these pros are.)

And big congrats to Kevin Na for winning player-they'd-most-like-to-see-penalized division.

You've earned it big guy!

Monday
Apr062015

Painful Roundtable: The State Of The Golf Industry 2015

Darren Heitner of Forbes presents a "roundtable" consisting of PGA Tour Commish Tim Finchem, USGA ED Mike Davis, PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, World Golf Foundation head Steve Mona and LPGA Commish Mike Whan.

Thanks to reader David for this race to see who can out-number and out-initiative name-drop the rest. Sadly, this was done via the written word, with way too much PR staff meddling. Otherwise I would have envisioned a group of men in blue blazers elbowing their way to the grow-the-game finish line.

Heitner sets things up this way:

Golf continues to be a huge economic driver and is a nearly $70 billion industry which employs nearly 2 million Americans with $55.6 billion in annual wage income.  So economically, our sport is continuing to make a tremendous impact.

With 10% of that wage income coming from this very...roundtable.

Gentlemen, start your optimism!

FINCHEM: We are also seeing participation on the rise. The rounds played per day average was up despite the fact that extreme weather conditions in 2014 led to the fewest course days open since tracking began nine years ago. And we are seeing more youth golfers age 6-17 coming to the game, with now more than 3 million participants. Millennials aged 18-34 are active in the game with an estimated 6.3 million golfers. Many of these are drawn by the exceptional exciting young talent on the PGA TOUR and LPGA.

Are Millennials really the age discriminating cretins that all of these people make them out to be? Do they really only respond to someone their own age? Funny, Generation Z respects their elders!

WHAN: We have entered an exciting time in the industry – the age of full “inclusion” – where attracting / accepting more people (age, gender, race, handicap, etc.) is no longer just a talking point, but an actionable reality across the board in the industry.

Actionable reality! I don't know what it means, but it sounds fantastic!

DAVIS: Continuing the important conversation that we fostered last summer, we are also excited to leverage our U.S. Open Championship’s worldwide coverage to share an important and contemporary view of golf.  Chambers Bay is a municipally owned course that employs efficient water and resource management practices. More importantly, it is a beautiful, multi-use public space combining a public golf course with walking trails and park space.

Finally, we’re excited to watch the continued evolution of the golf industry in using science, technology and data, more than ever before, to support the long-term health and enjoyment of the game.  We look forward to putting those tools into the field this year, because we have already seen the changes it can positively make, particularly on pace of play and resource management.

And don't forget ShotLink.

MONA: The industry is adapting to provide shorter golf experiences – such as six or nine holes – and non-traditional forms of the game, like FootGolf, while still upholding the integrity and rules of golf. USGA handicaps now allow for nine-hole scores. This will help to increase participation among those seeking a more time-sensitive experience.

I certainly think integrity and rules when I watch FootGolf!

And let's leave the last word to Kommissioner Kool:

FINCHEM: Earlier this year, the PGA TOUR launched an online channel, Skratch TV, aimed at millennials. This video channel will show the PGA TOUR and its players from an entirely new perspective. Not only are fans embracing this, but our players are as well.

What do you think, 95% wouldn't know where to find it if you forced them too?

Sunday
Apr052015

Video: Shell Houston Open Final Round Thriller

We watched it without audio in the Masters media center but that was one wacky finish in Houston, as J.B. Holmes survived a playoff in beating Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth.

Golfweek's Adam Schupak with notes from the final round, including the huge comeback by Holmes and where Shell Houston Open winners have finished in the Masters (for the punters of the world).

The video:

Sunday
Apr052015

It's A Wrap: The 2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

I have filed a story for Golf World here on Sunday's second Drive, Chip And Putt Championship.

As I wrote in my piece, there was a lot more fun in the air in year two. Kids, fans, members and officials were just a bit more at ease, likely a natural vibe after an inaugural event when no one has a clue how it will play it (it played out beautifully). Either way, a couple of key changes in the width of the long drive landing area and the sequencing of the putting competition allowed the kids to excel a bit more. Or so it seemed.

And about the kids. It's hard to share all of the little sights, sounds and reactions that you see as the day unfolds. (Speaking of reactions, Golf Channel's telecast opening featured some stellar juxtapositions between last year's reactions and all time great Masters moments.) But needless to say, the "DCP" reminded again that kids who play golf are awfully impressive, and downright cool.

For a quick summary, Steve DiMeglio leads with a funny moment from Jay Leng's trophy ceremony and the presentation from Nick Faldo. After all the dust settled, Jim McCabe posted this item on the scene at Augusta National post-DCP.

Rex Hoggard touches on a variety of highlights from the day, and also has GolfChannel.com's video of a new element in 2015, a presentation to all the winners in the vein of the Sunday night Green Jacket ceremony. And at GolfDigest.com I posted numbers on some of the incredible drives hit by the kids. Some of the drive distances are astonishing, especially playing slightly uphill and with little roll.

The Masters Twitter account (it Tweets!) put out a swell wrap video, with great behind-the-scenes footage of the Saturday night dinner, the drive up Magnolia Lane and some of the fun shot reactions. The Jimmy Roberts-narrated piece also says the DCP doubled in 2015.

 A few photos from a glorious Easter Sunday at Augusta National.

Sunday
Apr052015

Video: New Nike Ad "Ripple" Featuring Tiger & Rory

Here's Nike's description of the film, which is 2 minutes in full and will be turning up on your televisions soon.

Extraordinary athletes serve as idols to the next generation. Their greatness inspires, and before long the inspired have in turn become role models themselves. Tiger Woods idolized Jack Nicklaus. Rory McIlroy looked up to Tiger Woods. And now, Woods and McIlroy compete side by side as they fuel the dreams of sport’s future greats. It’s a ripple effect.

Of course, one hopes that the ripple doesn't extend to working out to the point of having a body falling apart and short game yips.

Setting that aside, and the fact Rory seems to have been a huge Nike wearer all through his youth while hanging out at the pub owned by his dad, Jay Leno, I'm curious if you think this compelling ad airs had Tiger decided not to play the Masters this week?

Saturday
Apr042015

First World Masters Files: Passing On The Members Locker Room

Golf.com's Michael Bamberger writes about the gravitation of veterans away from the main locker room at Augusta National and toward a locker room of sorts near the driving range created for the caddies. Take that, PGA Tour!

He writes:

Since 2010, and more so every year, the locker room has become a ghost town. It's the province of rookies almost the way the upstairs room is the province of former champs. That's because five years ago Augusta National opened its spiffy new 400-yard-long, 18-acre driving range and at the far end of it built the caddie shack to end all caddie shacks. Each caddie gets a locker. There's club storage, all manner of hot and cold food, showers and multiple TVs. Rory McIlroy was in the place for hours last year, watching soccer and golf.

Saturday
Apr042015

Mini-Tour Monday Qualifier Hanging Tough In Houston

Will Gray with the fantastic story of Austin Cook, Monday qualifier who posted a 70 Saturday while paired with Phil Mickelson (75). Through 54 holes Cook is one shot off Jordan Spieth’s Shell Houston Open lead and, well, we all know where he plays next week if he wins.

Even better, he’s got his brother on his bag.

Cook has his younger brother, Kyle, on the bag this week, although their partnership almost didn’t materialize. Kyle is a junior at the University of Arkansas, where Austin graduated in 2013, and his class schedule meant he had to hop a flight Wednesday night from Fayetteville to Houston.

That left his older brother to fend for himself in Monday’s qualifier, where he fired a 64 without the benefit of a caddie and while toting his own bag on a push cart.

“It’s a lot of fun. You’ve got your umbrella holder there if you need it,” he said of the cart. “You can put all sorts of stuff in there.”

Cook makes a cameo in the PGA Tour highlights.

Saturday
Apr042015

Reminder & Notes: Augusta National's Drive, Chip And Putt II 

The fun kicks off a 9 am ET, with Golf Channel starting coverage at 8 am. The kids start driving, chipping and putting at 7:30 am ET.

The event hosted by Augusta National in partnership with the USGA and PGA Of America enters year two with no shortage of amazing kids sporting skill and intriguing life stories. (Here's just a random selection that you can stumble on with a Drive, Chip And Putt search: Scott Rabalais on 14-year-old Abbey Daniel.) Several other future stars were profiled by Golf Channel in the months leading up to the "DCP" and you can see them here.

I'll be most interested how (and if) the competition evolves from year one when things could not have gone much better in terms of execution. And then there were the often-astounding performances of kids dropped onto the game's greatest stage. How compelling it all seems in year two remains to be seen.

Just a reminder about the rules of the competition, which can be read on the DCP official site.

Boys and girls compete separately in four age groups, with points awarded in each skill. Driving offers a 40-yard-wide landing area, with 10 points for the longest drive and on down from there. Everyone gets just two drives, only one is counted if both land in bounds.

Chipping is a cumulative closest-to-the-hole competition, with two chips for each competitor. Same story with the points starting at 10 for closest and on down from there, only both chips count.

Putting is also a cumulative closest-to-the-hole affair, with the shortest total distance from the hole of a 15-footer and a 30-footer is tabulated.

The players with the most points from the three legs of the DCP are your winners.

First place will be decided by a chip-off. Trophies are awarded and photos taken of the winners and if all goes well, maybe a Green Jacket-wearer joins in. Other assorted jackets will join in the photos so that the winning kids can someday look back and go, who was that guy in the blue blazer that crashed our photo?

Everyone gets a bag tag, clothes and three Monday practice round passes. Along with a banquet dinner Saturday and memories to last a lifetime.

Here are my photos from last year's inaugural event.

Friday
Apr032015

Masters Adds "Track" Feature To Tablet App

And that actually could mean a few things...

A) We may be one step closer to seeing more ShotLink-gathered information on the players and course (which, because it's the same venue every year, would be meaningful and interesting).

B) You can track a player who is not part of the many fine Masters.com feeds more easily. And potentially relive their round details.

C) The best "app" and digital presentation may be getting even better.

For us Apple fanboys, here's the iTunes link to the app.

Thanks to reader Jeremy for catching the fine print on this:

 

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