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January 19, 2017 - 8:59am
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson makes his first start of the season on the PGA Tour today. Here's a look back to when he demonstrated how to hit a backwards flop shot.

Phil Mickelson is scheduled to make his 2017 debut today when he tees off in the CareerBuilder Challenge out in Palm Desert, Calif.

It will be Mickelson's first appearance since the Safeway Open in October and also since undergoing two procedures to treat a sports hernia.

The five-time major champion has long been known for his wizardry with the wedges. In anticipation of his return today, our friends at Skratch went through the archives and found this awesome video of Mickelson explaining how to hit and then executing a ridiculous backwards flop shot over a bunker and to within a few feet of the hole.



Does it get any better than that?

January 16, 2017 - 5:22pm
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Matt Craig
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rickie fowler, persimmon driver
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Rickie Fowler had a persimmon driver and a TrackMan on hand for a range session this week, giving golf fans insight into how far professional now might have hit it with older technology.

Comparing golfers of different generations is a fruitless task. The way courses are prepared, the technology of clubs used, and the athletic training for Tour players today is vastly different than it was several decades ago.

That hasn't stopped the constant discussion of how players now would fair against the greats of the past. While I can't answer that question, I would like to present an interesting bit of evidence.

Rickie Fowler busted out an old-fashioned persimmon driver during a range session this week with Claude Harmon III. Harmon was nice enough not only to take a video of one of Fowler's drives, but also post a screenshot of his TrackMan statistics using the persimmon wood.

Even with a generous 20 yard roll out, Fowler's drive with the persimmon came in at 292.1 yards. For context, Fowler ranked a very respectable 23rd on the PGA Tour last season with a 301.6 yard average. 

Add in the rougher cut fairways of old, which didn't allow for hardly any roll out, and you can see why driving statistics aren't what they used to be.



January 15, 2017 - 7:19pm
Posted by:
Matt Craig
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diamonds resort invitational, john daly, john daly singing
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At a concert held as part of the Diamonds Resort Invitational charity event, John Daly joined Jake Owens on stage for an amazing duet performance.

You don't need me to tell you this, but John Daly is truly one of a kind.

When he's not busy banging out 300-yard drives, Daly has shown that music is a passion of his off the course through the years. And he's certainly not afraid to perform, whether it's releasing albums of his own or impromptu singing on the golf course.

But he may well have reached the peak of his music career on Saturday night, joining country music star Jake Owen on stage during a concert as part of the Diamonds Resort Invitational, a joint event between the PGA Tour Champions and LPGA for charity.

His song of choice? A very appropriate, spirited rendendition of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan.

Never change, John.