Topgolfgears Morning 9: McIlroy invoking his 16-year-old swing | Reed’s bad tickets | $20K golf bag
1. How I spent my break, by Rory McIlroy
McIlroy, who skipped the first playoff event, said this ahead of the Dell Technologies Championship. “I just needed to have a couple of weeks off and sort of assess where I was at and what I needed to do to improve and go forward.”
2. The case of Patrick Reed and the Red Sox seats
Here’s the tweet from Patrick Reed: “Thank you for the tickets to the game tonight. I love how you put my wife, sister in law and myself in the line drive section. We paid $650 and ended up in the same section as the rest of the!“
3. The $20K golf bag
Golfweek’s Randall Mell…”Alana Sharp paid tribute to the Broncos playing in Saskatchewan last week, carrying a golf bag with the team logo and colors on it. She scribbled “16” on her golf balls.”
4. Tiger heads to Juno
Tiger Woods finished 79th in strokes gained: putting at last week’s Northern Trust as his struggles with the flatstick returned. Woods benched his beloved Scotty Cameron Newport 2 in favor of a TaylorMade TP Collection Ardmore 3 at the Quicken Loans National, but it looks like he’s considering another switch.
5. Hello, again
“I guess, hello, world.”…It was a sheepishly delivered line that changed golf. Within days, Nike Golf turned the remark, be it spontaneous or otherwise, into a marketing franchise and within 24 hours Tiger Woods set out on a historic journey at the Greater Milwaukee Open.
So begins Rex Hoggard’s excellent look back at Tiger Woods first professional start.
6. Golf tournaments that actually started Thursday
While the Dell Technologies Championship doesn’t get started until today, here’s a quick look at the pro tournaments that began on Thursday.
LPGA: Marina Alex shot a 10-under 62 to lead at the Cambia Portland Classic.
Web: “Kramer Hickok shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the DAP Championship, the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards” (AP)
Euro: “Christiaan Bezuidenhout edged into a one-shot lead as round two of the Made in Denmark got under way at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.” (EuropeanTour.com)
Things haven’t exactly been going swimmingly for Tony Romo and his ambitions as a professional golfer. As Joel Beall writes “If you didn’t pay much heed to the 38-year-old’s attempt at the pre-stage Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, you weren’t alone.”
8. U.S. Senior Am: Wilson wins
Golf Digest’s Ryan Herrington writes…”Jeff Wilson was playing in his 34th USGA championship at this week’s U.S. Senior Amateur. During his decorated career, the 55-year-old car dealer from Fairfield, Calif., has been one of just two golfers ever to claim low-amateur honors in both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Six times in USGA events was the medalist in stroke-play qualifying, the first to do it at the U.S. Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur.”
Fortunately, Wilson got the job done, and he’s a USGA tournament winner at last.
9. DJ’s persimmon poke
Maybe you saw the video of Dustin Johnson hitting Jack Nicklaus’ old persimmon driver at the Bears Club driving range the other day.