Arnies On Ice

DJ is at it again

Being a little further north didn’t seem to bother PGA Tour superstar Dustin Johnson as he blistered Canada’s Glen Abbey Golf Club to the tune of a -6 (66) to share the round 1 lead with fellow bomber Luke List. Johnson drove it great all day hitting 10 of 14 fairways, with the drives routinely exceeding 330 yards. Sitting 1 shot back of Johnson and List are Jon Rahm, Canadian amateur Jared du Toit, Chesson Hadley and former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft. Check out the leaderboard here.

One of the other big stories coming out of the first round were Graham DeLaet’s short game struggles. As you may recall, the Canadian star took a leave of absence before the U.S. Open to deal with what he called the chipping yips… well they are back.

Time to start thinking Ryder Cup

It’s scary to think that the Ryder Cup is in just over 8 weeks. 2016’s upcoming bout is a big one for Team USA, who hasn’t won the cup since the 2008 matches at Valhalla. With the U.S.’s automatic selections happening in a month, I decided to take a look at who I would like to see represent the American team at this year’s competition.

America’s next great golf resort

I went to explore the new Sand Valley Golf Resort in Rome, Wisconsin. Sand Valley is the latest Mike Keiser project (the guy who started Bandon Dunes) and will feature two courses, one designed by the duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and the other by David McLay Kidd. Sand Valley currently has 13 holes open on the Coore and Crenshaw course. Find my review here.

The 18th at Sand Valley.

The 18th at Sand Valley.

Reminder of why I don’t play golf for a living

This week, I teed it up in the Illinois State Am, a 72-hole event that features 140 of Illinois’ best amateur golfers. I played solid golf for 36 holes but couldn’t get a putt to drop, shooting a pair of 74s, failing to make the cut by 4 shots and which ended up at even par. At the time of the cut, I was an astounding 18 shots behind the leader!! University of Illinois standout Nick Hardy went on to win the event at a mind-boggling 28-under-par over 4 rounds. Yes, you heard me correctly… 28 under par, in an amateur event. We weren’t playing a pitch and putt. St. Charles C.C. measures a shade under 7,000 yards and had some gnarly rough, but Hardy is a guy with PGA Tour potential, having qualified for the past 2 U.S. Opens and making the cut in one of them. Outside of Hardy, some of our members fared well. Chadd Slutzky finished t11th at -8 despite an opening 75, Todd Mitchell finished t11th at -8 and Mike Fastert at -3 for a t16th finish. 

Quick hooks

England pulls the upset of the day, sweeping the U.S. at the UL International.

A rarely-heard-of wind delay halts Tour play in Utah.

A tour of Beef’s house.