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Monday Morning Caddy - September 14, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015 9:15:54 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Lydia Ko Evian Championship


Ko Dominates Evian Championship – In case you were busy watching football yesterday, you might have missed an awesome performance at the LPGA Evian Championship from Lydia Ko.  Ko was two off the lead going into Sunday’s championship round and shot a sizzling 8 under to take her first major.  With this victory, Lydia Ko has become the youngest major winner in LPGA history and at the salty age of 18 and 13 worldwide championships under her belt, Ko has easily cemented herself as one of golf’s rising stars.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this promising young star.



Walker Cup Flags


U.S. Falls at the Walker CupOne of golf’s biggest amateur events wrapped up this weekend with the Irish and Brits giving the American’s a good old-fashioned trouncing.  With the final score at 16.5 to 9.5 and the Europeans needing only 3.5 points from the 10 singles matches on Sunday afternoon, there was very little drama.  One bright spot was the young golfer from Ireland, Paul Dunne, who you’ll probably remember as the 54-hole co-leader at the 2015 U.S. Open.  Dunne officially turned pro after the Walker Cup wrapped up, so we’ll be seeing a lot more of him on the PGA Tour.




FedEx Cup Fever!Have you been following the FedEx Cup?  Have you seen this leaderboard?  I don’t think we’ve been so excited about this multi-week tourney since it launched back in 2007.  Here’s the leaderboard going into the BMW Classic:


1. Jason Day
2. Jordan Spieth
3. Rickie Fowler
4. Henrik Stenson
5. Bubba Watson


I don’t think you could design a better leaderboard if you tried.  With perennial good guy Zach Johnson, resident bad boy Dustin Johnson and young gun Patrick Reed rounding out the top 10, it should be a very interesting tournament.  




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Amazing Ida

Monday, March 30, 2015 10:16:18 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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Texas Shootout

Jimmy Walker

If you were watching March Maddess all weekend you missed a wild and windy tournament in San Antonio.  So windy in fact Tour eternal optimist, Matt Kuchar muttered, "I'm just glad to be done," after his opening round.   When all the dust settled it came down to two Texas natives, Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth going blow for blow on Sunday.  In the end, Jimmy's consistency was too much for Spieth.  I wouldn't be surprised to see these two battling it out in a couple weeks for a green jacket.  Tweet of the week goes to Jimmy's wife on the drive home from the event.



In unrelated news, Tiger has officially fallen out of the top 100 rankings.




Golf Game for Life

We take ourselves too seriously.   For most of us golf is a game to be enjoyed with friends and family.  Our dreams of playing on Tour are not likely to happen any time soon.  Getting frustrated and angry over a poor shot happens, but in the scheme of things it doesn't matter.  My 3 year old granddaughter doesn't care if I made my birdie putt on the last hole to break 90.  Frankly, five minutes after the round, I don't either.  Take a look at this video from Ida, she seems to have things figured out.  




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The Golden Age of Golf?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 9:15:20 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

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The Golden Age of Golf?

Do you dig the long ball?  Most do.  For the better part of the past 25 years, companies like Callaway, Taylormade and Ping have focused on the long ball.  Make no doubt about it, the technology worked.  Average drives on the PGA tour went from 255 yards in 1980 to 285 yards in 2003.  As a result, courses got longer and often times tighter.  What good is 300 yard drive that plunks into the lake?  At this point, do we really want more distance, or do we want accuracy? 


The answer of course is YES to both.  Average drives today are still going up, now over 290 yards.  However, there has been a paradigm shift – the same club makers that for decades focused on distance, are now trying to keep you in the fairway.  Adjustable lofts, angles and weighting now allow players better control while still offering more distance than the we’ve ever seen.  Are we in golfs golden age?  From an equipment perspective, there is no doubt.


Hurry Up, Henrik!

Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson lost the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one stroke on Sunday after leading down the stretch.  Things appeared to be going to plan until Henrik and playing partner Morgan Hoffman were put on the clock for slow play on hole 15.  Henrik proceeded to 3-putt 15 and 16, causing him to eventually lose the tournament by one stroke.  Following the tournament Henrik had this to say “I'm a little bit disappointed with the outcome, but I'm as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch.”  I like Henrik, but have little sympathy for him in this scenario.  Speed golfers shoot par or better in 2 hours!  Slow play is bad for the game, regardless of skill or level.  Here’s to hoping all rounds are played in under 4 hours in 2015!



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