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Tiger hires DJ’s caddy

by Derek on September 26, 2011

in PGA Tour,Tiger Woods,Video

Tiger Woods

After failing to crack the 60′s for four days at the Tour Championship this past weekend, Dustin Johnson was told by his caddy, Joe LaCava that he was quitting in order to loop for none other than El Tigre himself.

Some might question the wisdom of leaving the bag of an up and coming young player for the #49 ranked Woods, but rumors are that LaCava was not a huge fan of Dustin Johnson’s relaxed attitude and practice regimen.  Could this be what Tiger needs in order to get kickstarted back up the rankings?

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Your chance to caddie for Elk on tour

by Derek on September 13, 2011

in Contests,PGA Tour

Steve Elkington

Steve Elkington is going to give one lucky person the chance to caddy for him during the pro-am at the open next month.  All you have to do is head over to his website, and enter your name and e-mail.  The winner will be notified via e-mail on Oct 1st.

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JB Holmes to have brain surgery

by Derek on August 24, 2011

in PGA Tour

According to the Golf Channel, JB Holmes is scheduled for brain surgery next week.  He developed a condition known as Chiari Malformation after the Players Championship, and has struggled on the course over the past couple of months.

I looked the condition up on Wikipedia, but I still don’t know exactly what it is.  However the symptoms include dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, muscle weakness, sleep apnea, and impaired muscle coordination among other symptoms.  In severe cases it can cause paralysis.

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These guys are good

by Derek on August 21, 2011

in PGA Tour,Video

This is a great compilation of some of the best short game shots on the PGA Tour from the 2008 season.  Stewart Cink’s putter off the stones, over the rough, and into the hole is amazing.

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Congrats to Keegan Bradley.  He single-handedly brought about the Golfpocalypse by winning a major championship with a belly putter.  What’s that sound?  I think it’s Alan Shipnuck and Steve Elling having heart attacks.

Seriously though, I have no problems with long putters.  And I think that given Kegan’s dramatic victory yesterday and Adam Scott’s use of a long putter this season leading up to his win last week at the WGC, we may be seeing more and more long/belly putters on greens across America.

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marty jertson PGA Championship

One of the names to watch as the PGA Championship kicks off this week is Marty Jertson.  Marty who?  I’ll give you a pass on this one because you’ve probably never heard of him before unless you’re a hardcore club geek.

Jertson is actually a senior design engineer for Ping and the new G20 irons are his brainchild.  Earlier this year he finished T5 at the PGA Professional National Championship, earning a spot in the year’s final major.  Naturally Jertson will have the G20 irons, fairway woods, and driver in his bag this week.

It must be pretty rough spending all day designing and testing golf clubs and then getting an opportunity to put everything to the test in a major championship.  I know I’ll be rooting for Marty this week and I suspect that plenty of others will too.

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Pat Perez isn’t exactly known as a calm and stoic individual on the golf course.  Sometimes he just lets his emotions get the better of him.  That’s exactly what happened on Sunday at the Reno-Tahoe Open where he blew his shot at winning and stormed off the course.  He stormed right by a young fan without a second glance.  I’d post a link to the video but the powers that be at the PGA Tour didn’t like it circulating online and yanked it from youtube.  Edit – You can .

Afterwards, he realized that this wasn’t acceptable behavior for a professional golfer and , calling it a “dick move”.  He then asked fans to so he could make up for his behavior.  Hopefully somebody out there knows who this kid is and Perez will get a chance to make things right.

Everybody makes mistakes, but owning up to them and trying to fix things says a lot about a person’s character.

Oh yeah I almost forgot… eventually the media types did get around to talking to Adam Scott on Sunday.  I mean all he did was walk around the course and hit all the shots.  It’s not like he had to carry a bag or wear a caddie bib or anything.  You can check out his interview after the jump.

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Adam Scott played some incredible golf this week with Steve Williams on his bag.  While still live on the air after the tournament was finished, CBS sent David Feherty over to grab Stevie for an interview.

Still fuming due to “wasting two years” of his life, he made sure to mention several times that he’s been caddying for over 32 years, has over 140 wins and this was the best week of his life.  In other words, “Screw you Tiger.  You fired me and my new loop kicked your ass this week.”

I don’t have any particular problem with the comment because I’m sure that right now, given that fact that he was at a professional low point a few weeks ago, he really does feel like this is the best week he’s ever had on the bag.  He may not feel that way a few years from now, but hindsight is always 20/20.

Stevie went on to give an impromptu interview session with reporters at the tournament and provided this gem among others: “like I said, there’s a lot of expectations on Adam, not just myself. I mean, it’s hard to explain, but he’s under pressure a little bit, too”.  Yep, Stevie definitely doesn’t have an ego [sarcasm alert].

I’m sure Stevie’s not too upset that he took home about $140k this week as his cut of Scott’s purse  while Tiger won about $70k.

You can check out the video of Stevie’s interview with Feherty here and the transcript from his Q&A session with reporters after the tournament after the break:

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Tiger Woods Nike Free prototype shoe

Tiger Woods will be sporting a new prototype golf shoe from Nike this week at the Bridgestone.  The new shoe doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s essentially a Nike Free inspired golf shoe design.

Nike Free is a natural motion’ technology that is designed to mimic and conform to the natural motion of the foot, coupled with the protection and traction of a lightweight performance shoe”.  Tiger apparently likes working out in Nike Free shoes and asked the team in Beaverton to build him a set of golf shoes based on the same technology.

No word on when/if these shoes will make it to retail locations.

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