Bubba's new ball

For the first time since January, we have a week without professional golf. That being said, there is plenty happening in the golf world, including updates on two of golf’s biggest names.

Phil takes a mulligan… on hernia surgery

Monday night, news broke that Phil Mickelson underwent a second surgery to fix a sports hernia that he played through in 2016 after his first attempt in November was unsuccessful. The bad news means that Phil’s return to golf will likely be delayed until February or later in 2017. Hopefully, this surgery will go better than the last and give Lefty enough time to get ready for the Masters in April (yes, we aren’t that far away). 

Tiger's back at Riviera 

Some good news followed the bad when Tiger Woods announced he would be playing in 2017’s Genesis Open (formerly Northern Trust) at Riviera this February. 2017 will mark the first time Tiger has played at Riviera (where he made his PGA Tour debut in 1992 as a skinny 16-year-old) since 2006. It’s likely we’ll see Woods tee it up before then in Dubai and possibly at Pebble Beach, but nothing has been confirmed yet. 


Wilson’s new Triton Driver, which was developed and highly publicized on the Golf Channel reality show Driver vs Driver, has been ruled unconforming by the USGA except for one 9-degree loft version. It sounds like Wilson will have to make a small tweak to the sole plate in order for the drivers to pass and normally wouldn’t be a big problem. Unfortunately for Wilson though, their drivers hit the shelves upon completion of the show and not upon completion of USGA approval. As they say, sometimes you gotta learn the hard way.

More equipment news

As reported by our friends at No Laying Up, Bubba Watson is jumping ship from Team Titleist to game an upstart golf ball, Volvik. Bubba is reportedly planning to use the brand’s neon colored golf balls, which is great news for caddie Ted Scott, who should have an easier time finding them now. As always #prayfortedscott

Talkin’ architecture

With the pro circuit slow, we have a couple pieces of content for the architecture fans. Here’s our latest podcast with up-and-coming Golf Course Architect, Keith Rhebb. Keith has worked as an Associate for Coore & Crenshaw for over a decade and just finished building his first solo project with Riley Johns at Winter Park Golf Course in Orlando. We talk with Keith about how he got into architecture, his experience building some of the world’s best golf courses with Coore and Crenshaw, and his work at Winter Park. Listen on our website here or on iTunes here.

A - List Architect: William Flynn

In our latest dive into the greats of Golden Age architecture, we look at the oft-overlooked William Flynn. Flynn had a long list of spectacular designs, but his crown jewel was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. One of the best testaments to Flynn’s skills is that many of his designs remain intact and relevant with today’s technology. Learn more about the great William Flynn here.

Quick hooks

One of our members’ satirical but remarkably accurate rendition of a Golf Digest cover.

Jason Way recounts his recent trip to Sand Valley. 

Golf Channel is rerunning all the final rounds from this year’s PGA Tour schedule here.

Paige is engaged. 

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In case you missed it

Soly landed another big fish on the NLU podcast as Bones came on to talk about life as a PGA Tour caddie and tell some good Phil stories. Listen here. 

Rory-approved shirts

New to the NLU store are a couple of great Rory McIlroy designs. Get either as a t-shirt or hoodie and enjoy 15% off your purchase using the promo code: NLUXMAS16


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