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WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND
The PGA Tour holiday lull is upon us and so shifts the focus to the Web.com Q-School finals. This Thursday morning, 151 Web.com Tour hopefuls will take on the challenging Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course (home to the PGA Tour Honda Classic).
The stakes are high and the goal is a top-45 finish, netting full-status on the Web.com Tour playing for $1,000,000 purses. Those who finish outside the top 45 will go back to the mini-tour circuit where tournament purses rarely exceed $100,000.
The 2015 finals boasts a new format as the PGA has decided to ditch the infamously grueling 6-round format in favor of a traditional 4-round 72-hole championship (link).
Some notable players to watch in this years field include former US Amateur champions Steven Fox (2012), Richie Ramsay (2008) and Former PGA Tour player and Elgin native Carlos Sainz.
PGA TOUR PLAYERS TEAMING UP IN NAPLES
24 of the PGA Tour's finest are also teeing it up this weekend in the Franklin Templeton Shootout at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. This tournament is a unique event that features 3 rounds of 2-man team play. Each round tests the teams with a different format; Scramble (Thursday), Modified Alternate Shot (Friday) and Better Ball (Saturday).
Last year's championship team of international sensations Jason Day and Cameron Tringale is back to defend their title with stiff competition from the pairs of Zach Johnson & Patrick Rodgers, Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker and JB Holmes & Patrick Reed to name a few (link).
A side note from Naples has pro-am participant and former Heisman Award winner, Tim Tebow, on the practice range teaching World #2 Jason Day his pre-shot routine that includes a bow to God. Will Tebowing make it big on Tour?
We hope not...
With his 40th birthday approaching on December 20th, Tiger sat down with Time for a rare one-on-one interview. In this tell-all exposé, he opened up about rehabbing his current injury, how fatherhood has changed his priorities, his relationship with Lindsey Vonn, the new generation of stars on tour and if he will ever get back to his old dominant self (link).
BUBBA TO QUIT?
PGA Tour's least favorite player (link), Bubba Watson, won last week's Hero Challenge and proclaims he will retire if he reaches World No. 1 (link). While this may garner some fans, I still live by the rule of never trusting a man who buttons their top button.
Another Woods is making waves on the LPGA circuit as Tiger's niece, Cheyenne, re-earned her card at last week's Q-School (link). Woods finished in a tie for 13th, 12 shots off of Chinese 20 year old Simin Feng's pace.
The man with the best job in the world, Matt Ginella posted his top 50 public golf courses in the US this week. Rounding out the top ten were Forest Dunes Golf Club, Bandon Dunes, Bandon Trails, Spyglass Hill, Pasatiempo, Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Bethpage Black, Pinehurst No. 2, Pacific Dunes and Pebble Beach (link).
TWO THINGS I'M TOO LAZY TO DO (BUT SHOULD)
Putting Drill: Use a yardstick and repeatedly hit 5 ft straight putts down the yardstick. (This drill took me from a very bad putter to an average one by all accounts, and I know it will work for you too (link).
Incorporate this exercise a couple of days a week to increase explosiveness and distance. (link).