Weekend Wrap

TPC Four Seasons 18th Green

LPGA Tour
International Crown
Caves Valley Golf Club
Mills, Maryland

The new International Cup for the ladies is a Ryder Cup flavored event pitting international teams against each other. Points are scored in match play matches at two points for a win and one for a tie. The event is the first of its kind, a biennial competition featuring four-player teams from eight countries: USA, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia.

The winner of the inaugural event was team Spain with a total of 15 points. Sweden came in a distant second place with 11 points. The USA team came in 3rd from last with only six points.

Champions Tour
Senior Open
Royal Porthcawl, Wales

German Bernhard Langer’s golf game is like a finely crafted German vehicle. His game is high performance, consistent, stylish, and can be downright explosive.

Langer brought that German golf engineering to the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl and lapped the field like the competitors were driving 1975 Ford Pintos.

Langer’s final margin of victory was 13 shots, the 2nd place finisher being Colin Montgomerie. That 13 shots is a new Champions Tour record, breaking the old margin of victory record of 12 strokes which was held by Hale Irwin from the Senior PGA Championship in 1997.

PGA Tour
Canadian Open
Royal Montreal Golf Club
Montreal, Canada

Jim Furyk looked to take his 3rd Canadian Open title as he came into the final round holding a three shot lead. As scoring was low, Furyk knew he couldn’t stand pat and that he would have to shoot 3-4 under par to secure the victory.

He didn’t.

South African Tim Clark came on strong in the final round, making birdie on five of the last eight holes. Clark’s back nine 30 and final round total of 65 overtook Furyk and secured a one shot victory.

Killer Course – Dinaland

There’s a small town in the northeast corner of Utah called Vernal. Vernal is the home of Dinosaur National Monument. Dinosaur National Monument features one of the worlds biggest and best collections of dinosaur fossils and bones. In the Carnegie Quarry over 1,500 fossils and bones from dinosaurs large and small are on display, party excavated.

Not far from Dinosaur National Park is a killer and fun course called Dinaland. Not many, if any other courses in the USA or the world have a dinosaur theme or name. The course itself is not killer in the sense of difficulty level, but should a Tyrannosaurs Rex try to eat your group on the 5th hole it would certainly qualify.dino-g

Dinaland is not a high end resort course or even a high end municipal course. It is a down-home course, easy on the game with wide fairways and short yardages. It is easy on the pocketbook too. No $200 rounds here, with $15 buckets of range balls. In fact, for the cost of a bucket of balls at one of those high end resort courses one could play 18 holes at Dinaland.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis public course opened in 1950 as a nine hole offering. In 1993 the second nine was built. Total yardage for this par-72 course is 6,773 with the shortest tees coming in at just over 5,000 yards. Course rating is 71.5 with a slope of 129. Challenging for golfers of all levels when playing from the appropriate tee.

The course architect is Jim Macphilmomy.

Contact

Dinaland Golf Course
675 S 2000 E
Vernal, Utah
84078
Phone: 435-781-1428

Tuesday Tip – Battering Ram

Kris MoeHere’s a great drill to help you gain some power and leverage in your swing.  Frogger pro Kris Moe demonstrates the “battering ram” drill.  If you were trying to break down a door with a stick or a golf club, you wouldn’t “flip” your wrists to do it.  You would not use just your arms either.  You’d use a combination of your body and arms to achieve the full amount of power.   The same applies to the golf swing.

Once again, you don’t get power or speed in the golf swing from flipping your wrists.  Power is not achieved by only arm action either.  The combination of the upper body turn with the release of the arms will result in optimal power and speed, which equals more distance.

Weekend Wrap – Open Championship

royalbirkdaleOpen Championship
Royal Liverpool
Hoylake, England

What a fantastic weekend of golf at Hoylake, also known as Royal Liverpool. Hoylake was the scene of the famous 2006 Open win for Tiger Woods.

Woods was one of the many stories coming into the event. Would he be as ready to compete as he said, following a return from back surgery? When asked by the media about his chances before the tournament he said he was there to win. But realistically, making the cut was a more reasonable goal. Woods did make the cut on the number, by making birdie on the final hole Friday.

By the end of Friday though, Woods was 12 shots behind the leader and would never be a threat the rest of the weekend.

Rory McIlory started the tournament with a fantastic 6-under round of 66 to lead the tournament after the first round. One of the most difficult things to do in golf is follow up a low round with another, but that is just what he did. A 2nd round 66 put McIlory at 12-under and firmly in command of the tournament.

McIlory’s lead varied, but for the most part was 4-6 shots for the bulk of the tournament, blowing up to seven at one point. Sergio Garcia put some pressure on McIlory during the final round, but McIlroy’s lead was too be for anyone to overcome.

McIlory’s ball striking and putting were quite impressive, leading to a wire-to-wire win.

With the win McIlory has moved to #2 in the world golf rankings. More importantly, he captured the Claret Jug and the 3rd leg of the four major championships. He’s one Masters win away from achieving the rare “grand slam,” owning all four major championships.

Friday Fun – Links Golf

royalbirkdaleWith the British Open going on this week it would be fun to talk links golf for our Friday Fun subject.  The term “links” refers to the location of the golf course.  Links courses are typically buffers between the ocean and the mainland in Scotland.  The course “links” the land and the sea.

Because of the wind and weather and location of links courses, the ground is typically very hard.  Links courses play quite differently than courses in the USA as a result of the hardness of the course.  In the USA golfers “fly” their shots onto the putting surface where the ball will leave a pitch mark, and stop a relatively close distance from where it landed.  But in links golf the ground, even the green, is so hard that this type of shot results in the ball bouncing hard and traveling far over the green.

The proper approach shots in links golf are shots which hit quite a distance short of the putting surface and bounce/roll to their final position.  Because of this, combined with wind, links golf is often played “low.”  Low flying shots and running shots are the primary shots played.  Not many high wedges are played on true links courses and lob wedges are practically obsolete.

Tee shots are also subject to the hard ground.  It is crucial to play the tee shot in such a way that the contours and bounces are factored in.

Fun

So then next time you play some golf, try some links shots.  Rather than hitting high wedges from 50-100 yards, try hitting a punch 8-iron or something which bounces short of the green and bounds up.  Of course this must be done on a course which does offer that shot as an option.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the final rounds of the Open Championship.  Be sure to watch how the pros play some of their “links” style shots and try to emulate them the next time you are on the course.

Ways to Watch the British Open

royalbirkdaleIf you are a night owl and love golf, this week is for you.  It is Open Championship week at Royal Birkdale.  Some know the Open Championship as the British Open.  If you’re not an night owl, your DVR technology is your friend.

Phil Mickelson is the defending champion, having won an unexpected Open Championship last year, along with the Scottish Open in 2013.

There are several ways to watch the broadcasts from across the pond.  ESPN is the carrier here in the USA, with coverage starting at 4:00 a.m Eastern Time Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday.  See below.

JULY 17 First Round 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 18 Second Round 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 19 Third Round 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN
JULY 20 Final Round 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. — ESPN

Live hole by hole coverage is also available on “Watch ESPN,” which is a subscription service for browsers or mobile devices.  Depending on your current television subscription package, you may be able to watch for free.  The Watch ESPN app is covering every shot of Tiger Woods through the entire 2014 Open Championship.

The Open website, at TheOpen.com, has all sorts of information, leaderboards, and even a live radio broadcast of the tournament as well.

Golf Tricks

Wow you have to love the creativity of these guys, who set their back yard up for a string of very cool golf trick shots and captured it all with their GoPro cameras.

This video below has some absolutely stunning golf trick shots captured on video by players like Rory McIlory and Jason Day.

Here are some fun golf trick shots featuring Ian Poulter.

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Weekend Wrap

royalbirkdalePGA Tour
John Deere Classic
TPC Deere Run
Silvis, Illinois

This season on the PGA Tour has been very interesting in terms of how even the fields have been. There have been numerous first-time winners, a breakneck pace. Once again, the Tour produced a first-timer, this week at the John Deere.

This week’s first-time winner is the 27-year-old Brian Harman. Harman’s first victory came by holding off the very hot playing Zach Johnson. Harman’s final round 5-under 66 was enough to edge the veteran Johnson.

With the win many doors are opened up for the 27-year-old, not the least of which is the door to the bank with a winner’s check of $846,000. In addition to the cash Harman claimed the last exemption into this week’s British Open as well as invites to the Masters and the Tournament of Champions.

A good week.

European Tour
Scottish Open
Aberdeen, Scotland

Who is the hottest player on the planet right now? One might argue that distinction belongs to Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion. Rose claimed a victory last week at the Quicken Loans National at congressional. This week Rose displayed his links golf skills for a Scottish crowd, claiming the Scottish Open.

Last year’s Scottish Open winner was Phill Mickelson, who then carried that momentum into the British Open, claiming his first Claret Jug. Can Rose carry that same momentum? If so, he would have won his third event in as many weeks.

Women’s British Open
Royal Birkdale
Southport, England

Those watching the final round of the Women’s British Open were treated to an incredible golf shot on the last hole. Mo Martin was 240 out with a 3-wood in her hand at Royal Birkdale.  The shot was so pure and so on-line that hit ended up hitting the flagstick and nearly dropping for a double eagle.

“An absolutely perfect 3-wood.  When it was in the air, I said, `Sit.’ And then I said, `Stop.’ And then when it was going toward the hole, I said, `OK, I don’t have anything more to say to that ball.’ I actually heard it hit the pin. It’s definitely one to remember.” ~Mo Martin

The ball settled to six feet, where Martin would drain the eagle put, securing a one-shot victory for her first major win.

Phil Mickelson’s Short Game on Display at Scottish Open

How fun is this?  We all know how great Phil Mickelson’s short game is and now we get to see a little comparison between him and many PGA Tour and European Tour players at the Scottish Open.  Check the video below, the Mickelson challenge.  In the video tour pros like Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlory hit flop shots over a cardboard cutout of Mickelson.

Keep in mind that the ground they are hitting off of is very hard.  Most amateur golfers from the USA could blade these shots because of the bounce of the golf club.

There are some other great Phil short game happenings this week already.  During a practice round Mickelson hit a flop shot over his own head, backwards.  He also made par off of a road.

If you get the chance, watch some of the Scottish Open this weekend.  It is quite entertaining.