Topgolfgears Morning 9: McIlroy invoking his 16-year-old swing | Reed’s bad tickets | $20K golf bag

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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.”
  • “So I worked for 10 days with Michael Bannon down in Florida. We worked on a few things, sort of looking back at old video all the way back to when I was 16 and what I’ve done well in my swing throughout the years. And just sort of trying to get back to that.”
  • “When I was that age the move that I’m trying to get back to was more exaggerated at that point, steepened the shaft very much on the way back, shallowed it coming down,” said McIlroy, who has eight top 10s this year but just one victory. “Now it’s shallow coming back, and steepened coming down, that’s why I get two-way misses left and right.”
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!“
  • Seems like the PGA Tour bought a bunch of seats for players at the Sox game, P Reed asked for a few, and he was given seats in a different area than the rest of the players. Yikes.
  • Also, for what it’s worth, Justin Thomas air mailed his first pitch wide right of the plate…
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.”
  • “The bag attracted so much attention, it was put up for charity auction this week. Sharp learned Thursday that the bag raised $19,000 for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, with the proceeds going to help purchase a much needed isolette machine for Humboldt Hospital. It’s an incubator used to treat premature newborns.”
  • “It made me cry and gave me goosebumps,” Sharp said upon hearing what the bag won for Humboldt. “Just unbelievable. I was at a loss for words. And so happy that we could raise that much money in awareness. And be able to give it back to the Humboldt children. That’s just something that’s made my year, really.”
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.
  • Golfweek’s spotted him practicing with a TaylorMade TP Collection Black Copper Juno putter, today, ahead of the 2018 Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
  • The Juno model looks close to the retail edition, save for the alignment dot (the retail model has a line) on the topline and “TIGER” stamped on one of the bumpers.
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.
  • “The last few years seemed like it took centuries. I was struggling a bit. But just looking back on it, I remember so many shots from my early start in Milwaukee. I remember all that,” Woods said on Thursday at the Dell Technologies Championship when asked to reflect on that start 22 years ago. “That it’s been 22 years since then, it has gone by more fast than I would have imagined.”
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 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.” (
7. Romomentum?
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 Tour Qualifying Tournament, you weren’t alone.”
  • “But Romo, who bounced back from his shaky Puntacana start by winning the Racine Tri-Course Amateur Championship by nine shots in July and capturing the celebrity-centric American Century Championship, is off to an auspicious start.”
  • “Romo has posted consecutive even-par 72s at Lantana Golf Club in Texas this week, with one round to go. Though Romo, playing as an amateur, is currently 11 shots back of the leader, his T-31 standing is projected to make the cut.”
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.”
  • “And yet standing on the 13th tee at Oregon’s Eugene Country Club on Thursday, 1 down in the 18-hole final against defending champion Sean Knapp after squandering an early 2-up lead, would you have blamed Wilson if doubt was setting in?”
  • “Every time I’m listed, the only thing missing is a win,” Wilson noted after winning his semifinal match the previous day. “You know, I’ve enjoyed playing [USGA championships] and I’ve had some success, but bottom line is I don’t have one.”
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.
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  • It was unclear how far the bomber carried his drive with the club up yore, but now we have the answer: 290 yards. Impressive.


GolfWRX Morning 9: McIlroy invoking his 16-year-old swing | Reed’s bad tickets | $20K golf bag

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