In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Thomas Troncoso talks about what you should be seeing and hearing when hitting chips around the green.
Having graduated from the University of Rhode Island 11 years ago (wow, was it that long already?), I have a special place in my heart for all things Rhody Rams.
That's why it brought me great delight when I saw this tweet from Rhody head men's golf coach Gregg Burke this afternoon:
— Gregg Burke (@RhodyGolf) December 10, 2013
Naturally, I was intrigued, so I clicked the link, which features Rhody golfers Seamus Fennelly, Billy Walthouse, Andrew Fiorenzano, Mat Goldman, Derick Paxton, Eric Marchetti, Jared Adams, Andrew Wester, Nick Fairweather and Joe Leavitt.
It's not quite as outlandish as the original 'Golf Boys' video featuring PGA Tour stars Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, but it's worth a couple of minutes of your time to watch this funny remix. And, don't get me wrong, there are some crazy outfits in the video, including one player dressed in what looks like a sweatshirt with tiger stripes and a fur cap, reminiscent of the one worn by Scut Farkus in, "A Christmas Story."
With that, I double-dog dare you not to laugh at the video:
I especially enjoyed the golf choreography (is that even a thing?), with the synchronized golf shots, over-the-top reactions and of course, the juggling tricks.
Well done, Rams. Well done.
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Boo Weekley has withdrawn from this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout after both his uncle and grandfather passed away within the last 10 days. No other details were immediately available, according to the Associated Press.
''Our thoughts and prayers are with Boo during this difficult time,'' said Tournament Director Taylor Ives. ''We know he was very close with both of these gentlemen. Without question he needs to be with his family at this time.''
Weekley will be replaced by Freddie Jacobson, who will partner with Retief Goosen in the 54-hole tournament at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla. The event, which features 12 two-man teams playing a different format on each of the three days, begins Friday.
Weekley won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in May and qualified for the Tour Championship for the first time in six years.
In today's golf tip, PGA Professional Le Ann Finger explains what you should be aware of when teeing your ball up and how to ensure the correct height for the ball.
In case you missed it on Sunday, there was some serious action down the stretch at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
For starters, it looked for a while as though we were in store for another Tiger Woods runaway victory. The world's No. 1 player commanded a four-shout lead with just eight holes to play.
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However, thanks to an amazing late rally, Zach Johnson flew up the leaderboard with four birdies over his final seven holes to draw even with Woods at 13 under and one hole to play in regulation.
For a second, it looked as though the rally would fall short and Johnson had run out of steam -- his second shot, described by many as a shank -- found the water hazard that guards the green on Sherwood's closing par 4.
Johnson was forced to use the drop area, 59 yards from the hole.
What happened next was a jaw-dropping pitch shot that landed right by the hole before zipping back and into the bottom of the cup for the most unlikely of pars.
Watch the video here:
"It's probably No. 1 recovery shot," Johnson said. "You know, I don't know where it will rank. I can think of a number of shots that I had to execute and I came through."
After Woods parred the hole, the two headed to a playoff. It lasted just one hole. Johnson made par, while Woods missed a putt from five feet for par.
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It's downright cold today, even in down here in Texas. The temperature is hovering around the freezing mark in Waco, where the Texas-Baylor game is being played this afternoon, and it is far colder up in the northern parts of the Lone Star State. And when I look out the window onto my neighborhood golf course here in Austin, I'm not seeing any golfers at all.
Out in West Texas, a combination of snow and icy roads have brought traffic to a standstill on I-20. Among the folks stuck in that huge traffic jam is PGA Tour player John Peterson.
The former LSU standout is putting his down time to good use – whipping out his clubs to get in a few swings by the side of the road, and sharing them in a couple of videos. Not exactly sure where those shots are winding up – there's a lot of wide open space out there, but a little too much of a hook could bring some of those balls back onto the highway.
I'm not sure Peterson's shots off the highway are easier or harder than hitting drivers off the deck, but they're impressive nonetheless. And wherever Peterson is heading today, I hope he gets there before he runs out of gas or golf balls.
Note: Peterson hits irons in the top video and woods in the bottom one: