Beautiful California...for now
With ideal scoring conditions on Thursday at this week's Safeway Open, Scott Piercy lit up the Johnny Miller re-designed Silverado Resort like only the famed booth man used to do, firing a course record 10-under 62 to lead after the first round by 2 shots. Chasing Piercy at 8-under are the red-hot Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire. While scores were low on Thursday, things could be changing as a nasty weather system is supposed to roll in today and Saturday bringing cold temperatures, rain and wind.
Big things ahead
Most of the golf world is expecting to see Jon Rahm ascend to one of golf’s great players in the ‘16 -’17 season and thru one round he didn’t disappoint. Rahm opened with a 6-under par 66. His round was highlighted by his hole-in-one on the par-3 11th, which was the first hole-in-one of Rahm’s life.
The latest from golf’s odd ball
If Bryson DeChambeau’s single-length irons or his scientific and formula based approach to golf weren’t enough to turn you off of him, the next addition to his “schtick” just may do it. Tim Rosaforte announced during Thursday’s telecast that Cobra Golf was in the process of developing a new side saddle putter for DeChambeau to debut in 2017. While this move will be marketed as a way for DeChambeau to make more putts, I don’t buy it. Cobra and DeChambeau are unveiling a new putter on the heels of the single-length irons, and both can be put on shelves and sold to golfers who think it will help their golfing woes. Thousands of golfers will flock to buy the equipment, and only a few will actually improve from its use. In the end, Cobra wins and DeChambeau wins when he negotiates his next endorsement deal, while thousands of golfers lose hundreds of dollars and remain the same golfer they were before.
In Great Britain
After one round of the British Masters there is a 4-way tie at the top at 5-under with Tommy Fleetwood, Richard Sterne, Mark Warren and Mikko Ilonen sharing the lead. While the leaders names may not get you excited, 15 players are within 2-shots of them including the big names of Beef, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton and Graeme McDowell.
For Golf Course Architecture Fans
In our latest architect profile, we took a look at the great Alister MacKenzie. MacKenzie was arguably the greatest golden age architect and his game traveled, designing some of the best golf courses on 4 different continents. Settle in and read up on MacKenzie’s life and design principles that yielded some of the world’s greatest courses such as Cypress Point, Augusta National, Royal Melbourne, Lahinch and Crystal Downs.
It’s not over, No Laying Up contributor Jamie Goodenough dives into why you should still be watching golf over the next few months.
A new addition to the #TourSauce Collection
The newest addition to NLU’s #TourSauce collection is an ode to former U.S. Open Champ Webb Simpson who is notorious on the PGA Tour for his propensity to shank shots. The other item we are gonna take a look at is the NLU Bucket Hat, a perfect addition to your golf repertoire.
Editor’s Note: the fried egg shot his best round of the year wearing a bucket hat…