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Monday Morning Caddy - Bubba Victorious

Monday, February 19, 2018 8:59:16 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Bubba Victorious!

Going into last week’s Genesis Open, Bubba Watson was riding a two-year win drought and was contemplating retirement.  The 10-time tour winner and two-time Masters champion has been dealing with an undisclosed illness for the past few years and after holing out an 8-foot putt on the last hole to win the tournament, the tears started flowing.


Watson had initially set a career goal of retirement after achieving double-digit wins, but a renewed passion and better health has allowed him to commit to at least two more years.


"I don't know about you guys, but I am thrilled," Watson said of achieving his career goal. "Nobody thought that Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Fla., would ever get to 10 wins, let's be honest. Without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the ball, can't putt, you know? Somehow we're here making fun of it. So, yes, I've got to set a new goal."


Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bubba atop the leaderboard for the next few years.


What’s In The Bag?

You may not be able to win a major golf tournament like Bubba Watson, but the good news is you can play with the same equipment he does.  Here’s what Bubba used to win the Genesis Open:


                Driver: PING G400 LST

                Hybrid: Ping G

                Irons: Ping iBlade (2 iron), Ping S55 (4-PW)

                Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (52, 56 Degrees), Ping Glide 2.0 TS (60 Degrees)

                Putter: Ping PLD

                Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

                Apparel: Oakley Golf Apparel


Shot of the Week

Bubba Watson entered the 14th hole with a one-shot lead and was fending off 5 competitors who were just one shot back.  The funny story about this shot is that he had to take a pee and when he found out the nearest bathroom was on the next hole, he reportedly said, “I’m just going to hole out this shot so I can get to the bathroom.”  And that’s what he did.



Are PGA Fans Getting Too Rowdy?  Justin Thomas Thinks So

Waste Management Open

The Waste Management Open is known as golf’s biggest party and that is an atmosphere that has been celebrated and hyped for years now.  However a few of the PGA Tour’s biggest names feel like the party may be getting a little too wild.


"It was pretty wild this first couple days. It was all right for a little bit today, but there at the end it got a little out of hand," Thomas said at his post-round press conference. "I guess it's a part of it now, unfortunately. I wish it wasn't. I wish people didn't think it was so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we're trying to hit shots and play."


Rory McIlroy has also mentioned needing a couple of advil to recover from playing with an exceptionally loud group of fans.  I can see what the guys are saying.  I don’t think anyone wants to take the fun out of the experience, but if fan interaction is getting to the point where it’s interfering with play, that is an issue.  Golf is one of the rare professional sports where you can really get pretty close to the athletes.  Hopefully the Waste Management can find a way to strike a balance between being a great party and allowing the athletes to focus.



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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Rubin

Men's Outfit Inspiration - September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:43:40 PM America/North_Dakota/Center

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If this look were any cooler, it'd be frozen! This awesome ensemble, courtesy of Oakley Golf, has all the right layers, whether you're playing a quick fall round or heading out for the night. This look is anchored by the awesome woven button up Shred Shirt, which is complimented by the 2018 Prime Pullover and Oakley Take 2.5 Pants.  We've thrown in a few extras from Travis Mathew (belt and hat) and FootJoy (shoes) to pull the whole thing together.


Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.


-  Oakley Woven Shred Button Up Shirt

-  Oakley Prime 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Oakley Take 2.5 Pants

-  Travis Mathew Cuater Staple Reversible Belt

-  FootJoy Pro SL Shoe

-  Travis Mathew Hawthorne Fitted Cap

-  Shop all Mens Oakley Golf Apparel



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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Men's Outfit Inspiration - 090817

Friday, September 8, 2017 10:56:22 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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You may not be able to play like multiple major winner, Jordan Spieth, just by getting yourseft a new jacket, but you'll definitely feel like a total rock star.  This fall look from Under Armour has everything you need to dominate the golf course or a casual Sunday with the fam.  From the awesome Tips Daytona Pullover, which is just the right weight for cooler fall temps to the Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Shoes, you'll look and feel like a guy who knows exactly what he's doing.


Shop this look from the links below or find a location near you and pick up any of these great pieces today.


-  Under Armour Tips Daytona 1/4 Zip Pullover

-  Under Armour Match Play Grey Pant

-  Under Armour Elevated Heather Polo

-  Under Armour Tempo Hybrid Spikeless Shoe

-  Under Armour Men's Zone Adjustable Hat

-  Cuater by Travis Mathew Vision Belt

-  Shop all Mens Under Armour Golf Apparel



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Posted in Just for Fun Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - August 28, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:57:46 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Dustin Wins in Showdown at the Northern Trust

Dustin Johnson Northern Trust 2017

Two of golf’s greats took it to a playoff on Sunday at the Northern Trust, but in the end it was Dustin Johnson, who hit a monster of a drive on the first playoff hole, who bested Jordan Spieth for the win.  Going into the final round, DJ was back by five strokes and it looked very much like it was going to be Jordan’s day again.  However, DJ put on a stunning show and forced a sudden death playoff on hole 18 when he dropped an 18-foot putt to take the round to overtime.


This victory marked Dustin Johnson’s first win since he wrenched his back falling down the stairs earlier this year.  That spill forced him to withdraw from the Masters.  It’s nice to see DJ back in winning form and adding some drama to a tournament that Spieth would have had locked up.


Bonus: Watch DJ’s Insane Drive on the Playoff Hole to Set up his Birdie


Hole 18 at the Northern Trust presented two of golf’s best with some interesting option.  The hole is a 467-yard Par 4 dogleg left with water on the lefthand side.  Most golfers opt to take a line straight up the fairway – laying up so that they can set up for an approach shot of around 170 yards.  It’s the safe thing to do since you have to have massive distance to take an aggressive line over the water.  It’s what Jordan Spieth did during the sudden death playoff.


Dustin Johnson however opted for the more aggressive approach and took a line straight over the water.  The result is that he had a 92-yard approach while Jordan had 174 yards still to contend with.  DJ stuck his shot to 4 feet while Jordan had a much longer, more challenging putt.  Sometimes it pays to go for it!


Check out their insanely different lines here:

DJ Drive



What’s in DJ's’ Bag?

Dustin Johnson used a full bag of TaylorMade clubs to propel him to victory at the 2017 Northern Trust.  Here’s what he used:

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

Driver: TaylorMade M1 2017 (Fujikura Speeder 661x Tour Spec 2.0), 10.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017, 16.5 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMaDe M2, 18 degrees

Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB 14

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 60 degrees)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Juno


PGA Opens Up Photo and Video During Tournaments

In an effort to make the PGA Tour more fan-friendly, the PGA tour is now allowing spectators to take and post pictures and videos during tournament play.  Previously, photos were only allowed during practice rounds and the softening of the policy is one that should make tournaments a little more fun for those who attend.


Live-streaming and shot by shot coverage still isn’t allowed and phones must be on silent mode at all times.  However, the move is a good one and shows that the PGA is finally realizing that the more fans share the more that will care.  Or maybe they just realized that everyone was already taking pictures anyway.



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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:24:31 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Justin Thomas Wins First Major

Justin Thomas 2017 PGA Championship

Sunday at the 99th PGA Championship was one that 24-year old Justin Thomas will certainly remember for a long time.  Thomas had already racked up five tour wins in his short career, but the Wannamaker Trophy is certainly his most illustrious prize.  Thomas comes from a long line of golfers – his father and grandfather were both pros and Justin certainly made them proud with his win.


Thomas’ win at the PGA, along with his four other tour wins this year, also makes him a frontrunner for Player of the Year.  This is an honor that looked like it would probably be going to Thomas’ close buddy, Jordan Spieth until Thomas pulled ahead of Kisner and company on Sunday.  Whomever wins the Player of the year honor, it appears that these guys will support and cheer each other on, as witnessed at all of the major events this year.


Rory May Be Out for the Year

Rory McIlroy 2017 PGA Championship


Watching former World #1 swing at the PGA Championship this past week was painful in a few ways.  You could tell that he was not feeling his best and his score (a one over) reflected that.  David Duval, himself a former World #1, who was sidelined by a back injury, had this to say:


"He needs to go home. He needs to stop playing right now. He's hurt and I am watching his golf swing deteriorate," he said. "If only I could go back and tell myself 18-20 years go when I started having those problems, 'Stop, get healthy.' He could do himself a big service. He's always had a little bit of a hitch with the driver in terms of flattening out a little but it is getting a lot more pronounced right now and I think that is due to that rib injury."


After his final round, McIlroy did attribute his poor performance to a back injury and the still lingering effects of a rib fracture from earlier this year.  Rory is now heading back to Northern Ireland to rest and to determine if pro play is in the cards for the rest of 2017.


Watch John Rahm Hit an Epic Shot Backwards

Even though Jon Rahm was never really in contention at the 2017 PGA Championship, he did have a breakthrough moment on Sunday.  Rahm’s second shot on the Par 4 18th Hole landed just inside a hazard line near a creek.  Not wanting to stand in the water to hit his third shot, Rahm did the only logical thing and turned his back to the hole and swung one handed.  What was most incredible was the result – he landed that insane shot on the green!  He then went on to two-putt for bogey, but his backwards shot was incredibly entertaining.  Watch it here:



What’s in Justin Thomas’ Bag?

Want to know what Justin Thomas used to win the PGA Championship?  We’ve got all the dirty details here:

Driver: Titleist 917 D2 (8.5°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF60 TX shaft

Fairway Woods: Titleist 917 F2 (15°), with Mitsubishi Tensei CK 80 shaft, Titleist 917 Fd (18°), with Fujikura Motore Speeder VC9 Tour Spec shaft

Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4), Titleist Prototype 718 MB (5-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46°, 60°), Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (52°, 56°), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Shoes: FootJoy Icon



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Monday Morning Caddy - August 7, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017 9:37:56 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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It was a big week in golf and we have got all the news right here for you.  From Hideki Matsuyama's record-tying win at the Bridgestone to the Solheim Cup picks to Steph Curry's professional golf debut - Austad's Monday Morning Caddy has you covered.


Matsuyama Shoots 61 to Win Bridgestone

Hideki Matsuyama 2017 Bridgestone Invitational

If you weren’t watching the final round of the Bridgestone Open yesterday, then you missed out on a pretty incredible round from Hideki Matsuyama.  After what he admitted was a pretty crappy warm up, Matsuyama lit the course on fire with a record-tying 9 under 61 to blow out the competition.  It was the lowest final round score at Firestone Country Club in four decades. 


This is the 25 year old’s second World Golf Championship win and he’s pulled off those victories by a 12 shot margin.  We’ll see if Matsuyama will be able to translate that good mojo into a Major victory at the PGA Championship this week.


What’s in Hideki Matsuyama's Bag:

- Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha - 9 Degree

- 3 Wood: TaylorMade 2017 M2 - 15 Degree

- Hybrid: Callaway Apex - 18 Degree

- Irons: Srixon Z-965 (4-PW)

- Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 (52, 56, 60)

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen Tour Prototype

Ball: New Srixon Z-Star XV


Is There Anything Steph Curry Can’t Do?

Steph Curry Pro Golf Debut 

In case you missed it, two-time Golden State MVP Steph Curry decided to try his hand a some pro golf this past week.  He joined the field for the Web.com Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae and expectations for his performance were subdued at best.  To put it bluntly, no one expected Curry to make the cut in a field of players that are one small notch below the PGA Tour. 

He didn’t make the cut, but what did surprise people is how well Curry played.  Curry shot a salty back to back 74, beating quite a few of the pros.  Steph probably won’t be trading basketballs for golf balls anytime soon, but it’s definitely fun to see him try and cross over.


You Won’t Believe Rory’s Driving Stats from the Bridgestone

While Hideki Matsuyama was busy shooting course records and taking the Bridgestone Championship in style, Rory McIlroy was absolutely crushing his drives all week.  Here are a few stats for you:

- 52 out of 56 tee shots travelled farther than 300 yards
- Average driving distance: 328.7 yards (Jason Day came in 2nd at 319.2 yards)

Obviously driving the ball well is one small part of the game and while Zach Johnson finished 53rd in driving distance, he closed out the tournament 4 shots ahead off McIlroy in 2nd place.  Still – being able to solidly hit the ball 330 yards off the tee isn’t too shabby!


Solheim Cup Picks Finalized

Solheim Cup Picks 2017

The Solheim Cup is right around the corner (August 18-20 in Des Moines) and captains Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam finalized their rosters this weekend with some youthful picks.  Both captains seemed to opt for youth vs experience with their picks and we’ll see how that plays out in a few short weeks.  Here are the full rosters:

TEAM USA – Captain Julie Inkster

Lexi Thompson
Stacy Lewis
Gerina Piller
Cristie Kerr
Jessica Korda
Danielle Lang
Michelle Wie
Brittany Lang
Brittany Lincicome
Lizette Salas
Austin Ernst
Angel Yin

TEAM EUROPE – Captain Annika Sorenstam

Carlota Ciganda
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Karine Icher
Forentyna Parker
Suzann Pettersen
Mel Reid
Anna Nordqvist
Caroline Masson
Emily Kristine Pedersen
Madelene Sagstrom

The Solheim Cup is always a great event with a lot of energy and with so many young golfers, it should be fun to watch!


PGA Championship Favorites

The final Major of the year kicks off on Thursday at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina and it’s shaping up to be a great one!  There are a lot of guys who have been playing some great golf this year and as is the case with any major, this is truly anyone’s game.  As usual, big names like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day have to be considered favorites, but there are so many other guys who could easily step up and take this thing.  Here are the odds for the top players from GolfOdds.com:

Jordan Spieth 7/1
Rory McIlroy 7/1
Dustin Johnson 9/1
Rickie Fowler 15/1
Jason Day 20/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Jon Rahm 20/1
Brooks Koepka 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Sergio Garcia 25/1
Adam Scott 30/1
Justin Thomas 30/1
Phil Mickelson 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Tommy Fleetwood 40/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Alex Noren 50/1
Branden Grace 50/1
Thomas Pieters 50/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Patrick Reed 60/1
Bubba Watson 60/1
Daniel Berger 60/1
Charley Hoffman 60/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Ian Poulter 80/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 80/1
Charl Schwartzel 80/1
Zach Johnson 80/1
Jason Dufner 80/1
Kevin Kisner 80/1
Brandt Snedeker 80/1
Kevin Chappell 80/1
Jimmy Walker 100/1
Lee Westwood 100/1
J.B. Holmes 100/1
Brian Harman 100/1
Shane Lowry 100/1
Francesco Molinari 100/1



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Posted in Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:50:27 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Get the rundown on Rickie's first win in over a year, find out the astronomical amount someone just paid for an old pair of Arnie's shoes and watch Phil tell a hilarious story about the Ryder Cup in today's Monday Morning Caddy.


Rickie Dominates Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler 2017 Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler may not have played the prettiest round at Sunday’s Honda Classic, but at the end of the day, it didn’t really matter.  Going into Day 4, Rickie had a 4-shot lead and was looking good.  Then things got a bit interesting when he hit one putt into a sprinkler hole and took a tee shot into the water. 


Those two flubs took Rickie’s lead down to one, but fortunately he answered brilliantly with two huge birdie putts to regain control and take the crystal trophy.  In the end, Rickie closed with a four-shot win over Gary woodland, who was the only player to give him any kind of a challenge. 


The win marks Rickie’s first PGA Tour victory since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2015.  It’s nice to see him back in winning form.


What’s in Rickie’s Bag:

- Driver: KING F7+ Black | 8.5° D; 12g weight in front | Aldila NV 2K Blue 70X| 43.5”
- 3 Wood: Fly-Z+ 3W | 13° Orange |Aldila Tour Blue 75TX
- 5 Wood: KING F6 Baffler Rail 5wd | 18.5° | Aldila Tour Blue 75TX
- Irons: KING Forged MB Irons (4-P) | KBS Tour C-Taper S+ 125
- Wedges: KING V-Grind | 52°, 56°, 60° | Ture Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Key Performance Stats:

- Driving Distance – 303.9 (ranked 12th)
- Driving Accuracy – 67.86% (T17)
- Ranked #1 in birdies - 21
- Strokes Gained off the Tee – Ranked 10th
- With three new KING wedges in the bag, Rickie leads the PGA Tour in overall scrambling and sand-save percentage for the year.
- Moved into the top ten of OWGR (#9)
- #10 in FedEx Cup (moved up 48 spots)
- YTD- Rickie is leading the PGA Tour in Scoring Average at 68.496


Arnie’s Hot Shoes 

In golf memorabilia news, a pair of Arnold Palmer’s shoes that he wore to win the 1958 Masters went up for auction this weekend.  Needless to say, these black and white wingtips garnered a lot of attention.  The shoes were gifted to Palmer by his personal pilot and each shoe was signed by Arnie in permanent marker.

Arnold Palmer Shoes 

The estimated value of the shoes going into auction was $15,000.  Ultimately they sold for $66,000.


"You could have gotten these shoes for $5,000 any time in the last 20 years," Ryan Carey, co-owner of Green Jacket Auctions, told ESPN. "But Palmer's death created a category of people scrambling to get pieces associated with him."


This is the sixth-highest amount paid for an athlete’s shoes with two pairs from Muhammad Ali, two pairs from Michael Jordan and a pair of Johnny Unitas cleats going for more.  Ironically, when Arnold Palmer won the 1958 Masters, his winnings amounted to $11,250.


Watch This Hilarious Ryder Cup Story 

Need a good laugh?  Check out Phil Mickelson telling a ridiculously awesome Ryder Cup story to Feherty:


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Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:03:01 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Three Reasons Why the Callaway Epic Driver Should Be in Your Bag

Today we’re going to talk about something pretty great.  How you can get more distance and land your drives in the fairway more often by doing just one thing.  That thing happens to be buying a new driver, but we’re in the golf business, so at Austad’s, this is definitely a recommendation we can get behind. 


Chances are by now, you’ve heard something about Callaway’s Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You’ve either caught a Callaway commercial or seen an ad in a magazine or maybe you’ve seen one of Callaway’s tour pro’s hitting the Epic.  I’ll put it simply – this driver is awesome and has quickly become the hottest driver in our stores this year.  Don’t take my word for it though, let Dave Austad give you the rundown on why Epic is the perfect name for this club:


1. Jailbreak Technology

Callaway Jailbreak Technology

I’m going to get a little technical here for a minute so bear with me.  With most drivers, when you hit the ball, the impact actually causes the crown and sole to spread apart vertically.  It’s hard to see and you probably don’t really notice it, but this diverging of the sole and crown actually causes the driver to lose energy and when you lose energy, you’re missing out on power and more distance.


To combat this energy loss, Callaway engineers designed two 3g titanium bars right behind the face of the Great Big Bertha Epic driver.  These bars connect the crown and sole and actually stiffens the structure.  This means that the face has to flex more, which gives you more ball speed.  What does more ball speed mean?  Say it with me kids – more distance!  The Epic Driver is the only club on the market with Jailbreak Technology so if you want to see if it works (and it does), you’ll have to give Callaway a try.


2. Carbon Crown

Callaway Carbon Triaxial Crown

There are a couple of technological advancements in golf that have revolutionized equipment.  The realization that a thinner, lighter crown is the key to moving weight around and optimizing distance was one of those discoveries that set drivers on a new path.  The crown on the Callaway Epic Driver is primarily Triaxial Carbon, which is a ridiculous 30% lighter than previous versions and 64% lighter than the titanium crown on the Callaway XR 16.  In other words, this driver is built for distance.


52% of the body is actually Triaxial Carbon (which is a lot) and that Carbon is bonded to the Titanium on the inside of the driver. This design allowed for an extra 37g of weight to be moved around and played with, which leads me to my next point.


3. Callaway Opti-Fit

If you like to tinker with your clubs and really “dial in your game” as the kids are saying, you will love the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver.  You can easily adjust the loft on the shaft by using Callaway’s OptiFit Hosel. 


Callaway Epic Weights

Callaway also brought in some technology that we first saw with the reintroduction of the Big Bertha Driver.  There is a 17g weight in the sole that can be moved in any one of 17 positions to help create a draw, fade or straight shot.  It can actually vary the spin by up to 450rpm and create up to 17 yards of “correction”.  What that means is if you know how to use this technology (and it’s very intuitive), you should be able to land the ball in the fairway more often.


To know if the Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic Driver is right for you, you really need to swing it.  Stop by any Austad’s Golf location to try the Epic Driver today or better yet, sign up for a custom fitting session online and have one of our Master Fitters work with you to compare the Epic to other options and let the data tell you what driver is right for you. 


A note here – we do charge for our premium fitting services, but the cost of any fitting session is applied to a club purchase within 30 days.  If you’re really interested in getting new clubs this year, getting custom fit will ensure that you get clubs that will help you play better and have more fun on the course.



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Posted in Custom Fitting Golf Insider By Sara Austad

Monday Morning Caddy - February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 10:49:53 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Jordan Spieth had a big week both on the course and made some headlines off the course as well and the European Tour is getting funky with some new formats.  Read all about it below.


Spieth Victorious

Jordan Spieth 2017 Pebble Beach Pro Am

Jordan Spieth cruised to what looked like a pretty straightforward and easy victory at the Pebble Beach Pro Am on Sunday.  He started Sunday with a six-stroke lead and no one got closer than three strokes.  The win was Spieth’s 9th on the Pro Tour and he is now the 2nd youngest player to reach nine wins (behind Tiger Woods by a mere month).  Spieth’s win also gives him a lot of good mojo as the Masters approaches.


In Other Jordan Spieth News...

Jordan Spieth Signs Autographs

Jordan squared off with a couple of professional autograph seekers at the beginning of the Pebble Beach Pro Am.  Spieth, who is one of the more affable pros on tour, can regularly be seen signing hats, shirts and pictures for admiring kids has had a history of calling out adults who push kids aside to try and get valuable signatures.  He had just left the 18th green on Wednesday and was signing autographs for a few kids when he heard some complaints from a handful of adults.


"So I turned around and one of them dropped an F-bomb in front of three kids, so I felt the need to turn around and tell them that that wasn't right," Spieth said at his press conference Wednesday. "And a couple of them were saying, ‘You're not Tiger Woods, don't act like you're Tiger.' I mean, it's just like, Whatever, guys. You're still trying to benefit off me and I'm not even Tiger Woods. So, you know, what's that say about you?"


Personally, I can’t blame Spieth for getting annoyed at these guys.  These professional autograph seekers are looking to make an easy profit off of well-meaning pros and it probably doesn’t sit well with a lot of players.  I’ve also had the priviledge of being able to watch Jordan Spieth play a few practice rounds and he is friendly, open, and interacts readily with all his young fans when he has the time.  At the Bridgestone Open last year, I saw a young kid decked in Under Armour ask for an autograph during Jordan’s practice round.  Jordan signed the kid’s hat and then let the kid walk with him for two holes and even let the kid putt a few.  No press around and no reason behind it other than Jordan wanting to create a great experience for a young fan.


Spieth has the right of it here.  These “professional” autograph seekers need to find real jobs.


European Tour To Launch 6-Hole Tournament

Keith Pelley European Tour President

The PGA Tour should pay attention and take some notes from it’s European cousin.  The European Tour is making it known that they want to create a more fun, innovative touring experience and having already introduced night events, they have unveiled a plan to launch a 6-hole tournament.  The event, which will be held on May 6th at the Centurion Club outside of London, will feature two-man teams from 16 countries.  Top prize will be a cool $1.06 million.


The playing format will be “Greensomes”, where both players will tee off on each hole and alternate shots after choosing the best drive.  The teams will be grouped into four foursomes on Day 1 and two from each group will proceed to the knockout stages.  Day 2 will feature the quarterfinals, semis and the final.


"We have said for some time that golf needs to modernize and introducing innovative new formats is a major part of achieving that aim, which is why I am delighted to announce the launch of GolfSixes today," Pelley said.  "We want to broaden the appeal of our sport to the millennial demographic and I



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Monday Morning Caddy - February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017 9:15:38 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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It was a wild week on the PGA Tour with not one but two tourney's featuring big names.  Golf's biggest party delivered on both the fun and drama with record-breaking crowds and a playoff finish, while some old favorites served up wins overseas in Dubai.  Read all about it below.


Matsuyama Goes Back to Back in Phoenix

Hideki Matsuyama Wins Phoenix

For the second year in a row, Hideki Matsuyama was the last man standing at the Waste Management Open.  Golf’s biggest party is always fun, but the added drama of a playoff between the reigning winner and Webb Simpson made Sunday even more enjoyable.  Ironically, Matsuyama would finish off Webb on the short Par 4 17th, the same hole that he defeated Rickie Fowler on a year earlier. 


Simpson actually had the low round on Sunday with a salty 64, but Matsuyama seems to thrive on the energy in Phoenix.  He took 4th in 2014, tied for 2nd in 2015 and has now won the last two years.  The tournament, which is always a big draw, topped it’s own attendance record with 655,434 attending for the week.  A record 204,906 attended Sunday and got to watch all the drama play out.


Sergio Goes Wire to Wire in Dubai Win

Sergio Garcia Dubai Win

While the action was heating up down in Arizona, a lot of big names were actually playing in Dubai at the Dubai Desert Classic.  Sergio Garcia, who hadn’t posted a European Tour win since 2014, played solid all week and led the entire tournament.  He’s actually the sixth golfer to go “wire-to-wire” at the Dubai Classic and this win should move Sergio back into the top 10 rankings.


What’s Up With Tiger?

Tiger Woods Dubai

While Sergio was busy locking up is victory in Dubai, Tiger’s much anticipated return was cut short when he withdrew from the tourney after shooting a birdieless 77 on Day 1.  While he initially stated that his back was not an issue, at the time of his withdrawal, back spasms were cited as the reason.  At this point, it’s hard to tell if the back or mental focus is a bigger problem, but we do know that Tigers much-vaunted return to pro golf has not lived up to the hype so far.  Here’s hoping that Tiger can pull it together – the game is definitely more interesting when he’s on the course.



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