Potential of a Tiger Spotting at Troon

Tiger Woods was centre stage this past week at Congressional, but not as a competitor. He was on official hosting duties at the Quicken Loans National tournament that benefits his foundation. While there he took part in press conferences which quickly turned into an opportunity for the media to ask the question we’ve all been pondering for months: “When will he be returning to competitive golf?”

The 14-time major Champion hasn’t played a tournament since the Wyndham Championship last August and, after two back surgeries, the timescale for his return is still uncertain. He has been spotted hitting shots and playing rounds but explains that it is the physical demands of playing consecutive rounds is what is holding him back.

Woods entered both the Maters and U.S. Open, but much to the fans disappointment, he pulled out of both shortly afterwards citing he wasn’t physically ready yet. Even though The R&A has announced that Tiger Woods has entered to play in The Open Championship at Royal Troon, we’re not holding our breath just yet…

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Does Golf Have a Future in The Olympics

Ever since Rory’s announcement that he will not be playing in the Rio Olympics, there has been a growing concern that other influential players will now follow suit. The World No.4 is definitely the highest profile player that has been added to the list of players that are opting out on this year’s games. The list seems to be growing creating a growing concern for golf continuing in the Olympics.

The players that have pulled out have cited that it was due to the risk of the Zika virus, a virus that is known to cause birth defects and currently has no cure. The men’s tournament is planned to take place on August 11th to the 14th with the women’s tournament taking place the following week. This comes at the busiest time during the PGA season, and as much it is a huge honour to play for their country there is no money involved for the players.

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Major Win or Major Distraction

On Monday morning after Dustin Johnson won his maiden major everybody was talking about his final round and how it was great to finally see him get over that major hurdle….
Incorrect, everybody, spectators and even players have been questioning the decision made by the USGA that has over shadowed DJ’s first major win at Oakmont.

On the 5th hole Dustin called a rules official and explained that his ball had moved but he had not caused the movement. His playing partner Lee Westwood agreed that he hadn’t caused the movement and the rules official with the group cleared him of any wrong doing and Dustin continued to hole out for par.

Unfortunately, through the use of slow motion review, USGA rules officials felt otherwise. They approached Johnson on the 12th tee to inform him that the incident on the 5th green was being reviewed for a potential breach of the rules, which could result in a one shot penalty. The outcome would be decided at the completion of his round.

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The Golfers on The Shot Scope Team With Their U.S. Open Predictions:

David Hunter
Winner – Jason Day
He knows how to win majors and in recent press conferences has said that he realishs the challenge of Oakmont. He has played in 22 majors in his career and finished in the top 10 eleven times. With 1 major already under his belt has only made him hungry for more.

Wildcard – Paul Casey
Casey is coming back into form has shot up the rankings. He showed form at The Masters finishing T-4 and has played well at Oakmont before. He is 22nd in greens in regulation and can hold putts when is counts.

Gavin Dear
Winner – Brooks Koepka
He is long, straight and is currently ranked 37th in stokes gained: Putting. With his distance, accuracy and if the putters hot, it should be a very good week for Kopeka. He is the best golfer I have played with as a pro and I think he will be the next big thing in golf.

Wildcard – Russell Knox
He is currently 4th in the FedEx Cup Rankings, is very straight and great from tee to green. He sits 4th in greens in regulation on the PGA tour and has already proved he can be a winner after his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions

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The Best Golfers in The World vs Oakmont Country Club

I’m sure you have been reading about the tough test that faces the players at the 2016 U.S. Open but really how hard is Oakmont CC?

Oakmont CC is ranked 11th on Golf Digests ‘The World’s 100 greatest courses’ list and is ranked 5th in Golf Digests ‘Top 50 Hardest courses in America’. In the run up to the 2007 U.S. Open the course went under various renovations. It was lengthened, bunkers became deeper and 4,000 trees were removed from the course.

The U.S Open yardage has been lengthened to 7,230 yards. This includes the two par 5’s which reach over 600 yards, especially the monster 12th which has a total distance of 667 yards. There are five par 4’s over 470 yards (1st,7th,9th,15th & 18th), and of course the 8th, the longest par 3 in U.S. Open history at a whopping 288 yards.

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Young Guns Taking Poll Position on The LPGA

Over the weekend Brooke Henderson became the KPMG Women’s PGA champion. At just the young age of 18 she joined Lydia Ko on becoming the youngest to ever win the tournament. She beat World No.1 Ko in a sudden death play-off to capture her first major victory at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, Washington.

Having young inspiring females winning and showing form at the highest stage of the game, will surely encourage growth of the game. The current top ten in the women’s game are all under the age of 30 and the top 8 are all under 25. The women’s game is showcasing a large amount of very young talent, and it is making for more exciting golf.

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Rory Returns to Major Winning Putting Grip

A lot of people were questioning the young Irish player’s decision on returning to a conventional putting grip but after his performance last week at Memorial it seems to have been the correct decision. This past week at Muirfield Village, Rory McIIlroy returned his best 4 round average for strokes gained putting in his career. The 1.826 SGP average helped him finish T-4th at The Memorial Tournament and he finished 3rd for strokes gained putting in the field that week.

The four-time major winner hasn’t exactly had misfortune with putting left-hand-low this season and that is why making this change so close to the second major of the year is questionable. Rory started putting left-hand-low after a missed cut at the Honda Classic and since then has finished T-3, T-27, 4, T-10, T-4, T-12 and importantly also won the Irish Open with the unconventional grip. All fantastic results and so far seems to be having a very strong 2016 season. So why the change?

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Gareth Bale Kicking Golf Up a Gear

Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale is looking to make an impact on the golf course instead of the football pitch. He is currently promoting a change to the format of golf, making the game speedier. He is an avid golfer and Bale announced to Instagram following about SPRINT6GOLF last week.

SPRINT6GOLF is a new format, played over six holes. The golfer is only allocated 30 seconds to execute each golf shot. Golfers can download the app straight to their phone. It explains the rules and has an integrated stop watch.

You’re probably wondering what happens if you take too long, there must be some sort of penalty? Well, if you take too long over a shot you get a yellow card giving you a warning. If you do it for a second time you then receive a red card and a one shot penalty.

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