THE NEW BIG 3
With the start of the season upon us, the most suspenseful storyline is who (if anyone) will emerge from the new big three (Spieth, McIlroy & Day). We haven’t seen a world number one hang on to the top spot in golf through an entire calendar year since Tiger. Let’s take a look as each made headlines this past week.
ROUGH NIGHT FOR THE DAYS
Date night took a turn for the worst when Lebron James barreled into Jason Day’s wife, Ellie, while the couple sat courtside during Thursday’s Cavs-Thunder matchup. While Ellie ended up escaping with minor injuries, Jason got some flack for not taking the charge here.
GRELLER GETS GRILLED
Jordan Spieth’s looper, Michael Greller, sat down for an interview with Golf Magazine where he discussed the unbelievable 2015 year, Spieth’s competitive nature and how they were able to learn on the fly during major championships.
In 2015, Greller made $2.14 million, which would have placed him 39th on the PGA Tour money list… A likely pay increase for the former grade school teacher.
I’d take that loop.
MCILROY EYES #1
If Rory is able to win his first Masters this coming April, he will become just the 6th player to complete the Career Grand Slam. With this in mind, McIlroy is making a change to his typical schedule to play two additional tournaments leading up to the bout for the green jacket.
McIlroy fired some shots at Spieth, adding that his new schedule should propel him to number one in the world by the Masters.
DISSECTING THE DREADED MUD BALL
This week, GolfWRX did a study on every golfer’s favorite bad break: the mud ball.
What did they find out?
Mud on the right side, expect your ball to go left. Mud on the left side, the ball is going right.
It seems too simple...
But what about distance?
Mud takes distance off all shots, usually a club or two if it is on the sides or front of the ball. When the mud affects the impact of the clubhead (front or bottom of the ball), expect it to take multiple clubs off because of the resulting loss in ball speed.
Anyone with $18,000 burning a hole in their pocket can buy Jordan Spieth’s reject Scotty Cameron.
Julie Inkster to repeat Solheim Cup captaincy in 2017.
Somebody call Ace Ventura...
In yet another Mongolian Reversal, Brandel Chamblee says Tiger is “the best ever.”
A COURSE TO ADD TO YOUR BUCKET LIST
Forest Dunes, located in remote Roscommon, MI and ranked 10th on Matt Ginella’s best public golf course rankings. The dense Michigan forest scenery, famed sand dunes, and course conditions similar to Augusta make this Weiskopf course a must-play.
Did we mention they are adding a reversible course designed by Tom Doak called “The Loop”? This will be the first of its kind as golfers will be able to play the course clockwise one day and counter-clockwise the next.