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Monday Morning Caddy - February 13, 2017

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

Monday Morning Caddy 021317


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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Masters Recap 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 8:58:43 AM America/North_Dakota/Center

Masters Recap 2015

Arnie and Jack, Phil and Tiger, Rory and Jordan?

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy


There are those who have been beating the “golf is in decline” drum for the past 18 months.  I wonder if those people have watched the last 3 majors.  Rory, age 25 and Jordan, age 21 appear destined to battle each other for major titles for the next two decades.  Each possess the game, swagger and toughness to be two of the game’s greatest.  I had the privilege of attending this Masters – Rory’s star power is similar to Tiger in 2000.  Patrons ran (or briskly walked) to catch a glimpse of young McIlroy.  I expect the same will now happen for Spieth.  Tiger or no Tiger, the game appears to be in good hands for the next 20 years.



What we learned from Tiger at the Masters:

Tiger Woods Masters 20151. Tiger’s short game is back.  Make no doubt about it, Tiger’s chipping was the strength of his week.  No one saw this unbelievable turnaround coming.  I have to imagine this is the most satisfying major for Tiger that he didn’t win.

2. Tiger still looks fragile.  He almost made it through an entire tournament without an injury. That is until Sunday when he hit a root and injured his wrist.  Credit Tiger for finishing strong, but this once again brings up concerns about his durability.

3. Different Tiger off the course, same Tiger on.  It’s refreshing to see Tiger joking with players, helping young Jordan Spieth on the range and being cordial with media.  This hasn’t always been the case.  However, Tiger’s on course attitude remains the same.  CBS had to apologize after microphones picked up Tiger’s expletives after he duck hooked a ball Saturday on hole 13.


Prediction: Tiger will win in 2015, maybe not a major, but he will win a tournament.  This week has to be encouraging for Tiger and the golfing world.



Phil lost Sunday….and Tuesday

Phil Masters 2015



Practice rounds are often times more entertaining than the tournament itself.  Players are friendly, talking with the crowd, signing autographs, skipping balls across the water on 16.  Fans get access to their favorite players in a way that simply doesn’t happen in other sports.  Usually players hit a few balls, putt around on the greens and sign a few autographs.  However, I noticed something very different when following Phil, Fowler, Snedeker and Dustin Johnson on Tuesday.  Each player had the intensity as if it were Sunday at the Masters.  Each player was putting out 3 feet putts.  Each player looked disgusted with poor shots.  Phil and Ricky appeared to be teamed up against DJ and Brandt.  We later learned from one of our vendors that there was some coin on the game.  Phil/Ricky bogeyed 18 to lose.  I think Phil’s 2nd place earnings should offset his Tuesday losses. 




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