TOPGOLFGEARS Morning 9: Tom Watson on the distance debate | Why don’t Canadians win the Canadian Open?

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GolfWRX Morning 9: Tom Watson on the distance debate | Why don’t Canadians win the Canadian Open?
1. Watson: make the ball bigger
Tom Watson, British Open maestro that he is, had some interesting things to say ahead of the Senior Open this week.
  • Via John Huggan at Golf Digest…”The biggest change in the [professional] game has been the golf ball. You can say players swing faster because they work out and they are stronger. Yeah, that’s an element. But when they changed the golf ball in 2001 it was 29 yards different. Let’s say you hit drives on 14 holes, that’s over 400 extra yards. Add the extra distance you get with the irons and that’s maybe another 100 yards. So the course is 500 yards shorter.”
  • “And the solution? It is actually one that has been used before. Thirty-five years or so after the world of golf outside the United States switched from the 1.62 inch diameter ball to one 0.06 inches bigger-and so lost maybe 20 yards from drives as a result-Watson and Feherty approve of a repeat.”
  • “You could have one ball for the pros and let the amateurs play with anything they want,” Watson said. “Or you could play one ball in major amateur championships, as well as the professional tours. Yeah, we could do that. But I like Feherty’s response to it. I was talking to David at the Masters. He said: ‘Just make the ball bigger. That will make up the difference in distance.’”
2. Robert on the rocks

AP Report.. made a birdie after a rock saved his ball from water and had a one-stroke lead at 9-under 63 on Thursday when play in the RBC Canadian Open was suspended because of dangerous weather.”

  • “Hit it right in the middle of the water, and it hit a rock and bounced over the thing,” Garrigus said about the break on the par-5 13th…The American wasn’t as fortunate on Nos. 10 and 17 at rain-softened Glen Abbey.”
  • “Could have been 59 there if a couple putts didn’t lip out,” Garrigus said.
  • He made five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, and birdied four of the last six holes — three of them par 5s.”
3. Why hasn’t a Canadian won the Canadian Open since ’54? Who knows.

Cameron Morfit says the answer to the question is unclear.

  • “As for Canada, though, it’s complicated. Patrick Oswald Fletcher was the last Canadian to win the Canadian Open in 1954, making him the first from the Great White North to win the tournament since 1914 and, ahem, not exactly opening the floodgates. Yes, Oswald acted alone. (Sorry.) Mike Weir nearly won in ’04, but Canada wept as Singh drained an eight-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, then beat Weir in a playoff.”
  • “It’s going to end at some point,” Weir said of the streak when it reached its 60-year anniversary in 2014. “… It would be nice to get the streak over so we don’t have to talk about it.”
  • “On the plus side, there are 21 Canadians in the field this week. They are led by favorite son Weir and Adam Hadwin, who won the Valspar Championship last year and comes to Glen Abbey at a respectable 61st in the FedExCup. All four Monday qualifiers this week were Canadian.”
4. Reed vs. the camera crew
“I’m not going [hitting the ball] until y’all get the heck out of here,” Patrick Reed told a camera crew during the first round of the European Tour’s Porsche European Open in Germany.
  • Standing over his ball at Green Eagle’s 10th hole, the Golf Channel’s Instagram post shows Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain motioning to someone and gesturing.
  • “You’re rattling change in your pocket. That’s why I’m pointing at you for,” Kerrain says forcefully.
  • Reed eventually says, “He lost privileges by going like that [rattling it in his pocket] with change],” before sending the crew further away.
5. Tiger in for the Bridgestone

Not like he was ever
going to say no if he qualified…

  • Via Golf Digest…”a computing error was discovered, which the 14-time major winner to No. 50 in the world rankings, thus earning an invite to Firestone.”
  • “On Thursday, Woods and his team officially committed to the tournament’s final stop in Northeast Ohio, which begins next week.”
  • “The Firestone confines have been friendly to Woods throughout his career. The 42-year-old has eight wins at the tournament, along with a runner-up finish and a total of 12 top-10 finishes in 15 starts. Alas, next week marks Tiger’s last chance to add to the trophy case from the Akron event, as the championship is moving to Memphis in 2019.”
6. How to totally lose your golf game
Funny stuff from Tony at Hooked on Golf
  • “No matter how bad you play golf, it can always get worse. You can quote me on that.  Here is the special top 10 list to help you ruin what little golf game you have left”
  1. Play in a corporate or charity scramble. Please NEVER invite me to these.
  2. Take a lesson.
  3. Practice on mats. You can’t miss a shot. Seriously!
  4. Listen to the advice you got from the hack on the driving range wearing no shirt
  5. Buy the same golf clubs as the latest PGA Tour winner. ?
  6. Buy golf training aids on ebay. .
  7. Play in a group of bad golfers.
  8. Over-activate your glutes.
  9. Spend all your time practicing golf trick shots and posting them on your social networks, instead of practicing how to play golf.
  10. Play by the rules, if you actually know them.
7. JD: 69
Via Golf Channel…”It was looking a lot like 1995 on Thursday at the Old Course – at least for a few hours.”
  • “John Daly, who won the ’95 Open Championship at St. Andrews, got off to a brilliant start in Round 1 of The Senior Open. After a bogey at the second, he made birdie at the par-4 third and then made eagle-3 at the par-5 fifth. He continued that run with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7, and then added another at the par-3 11th.”
  • “Daly was at 5 under par and challenging for the lead. But the inward nine proved more difficult as players turned into a stiff wind. Daly bogeyed the 12th and 15th holes and parred in for a 3-under 69. He finished the day four shots off the lead, held by Kirk Triplett.”
8. Joh yeah
The eternally entertaining Tiffany Joh took a four-shot lead after a stunning opening-round 62 at the Ladies Scottish Open.
  • She made nine birdies. “I pretty much kept it in play and putted amazing,” Joh told the Ladies European Tour website. “I didn’t feel like I hit it particularly well, but I left it in the right places and had a hot putter.”
9. Club Pro Guy on tour?

Stephen Hennesey at Golf Digest with the news…”One-handed rakes, punch-out club twirls and Mexican drug cartel run-ins appear like they’re coming to the Tour’s Kansas City event in a few weeks. The tour announced on Wednesday that they have extended a special exemption into next week’s KC Golf Classic’s Monday qualifier to the Club Pro Guy, one of the best follows in golf social media.”

  • “Any golfer on social media likely follows the run anonymously but has accumulated 60,000 followers for his dead-on humor about all things golf. The former Mexican mini-tour star has appeared on the Golf Channel a handful of times, in the pages of Golf Digest and on podcasts like No Laying Up and the .”

“But every time, he’s managed to keep his identity unknown-with the Golf Channel blurring out his face. If Club Pro Guy does, in fact, take up the Tour on this offer, he’ll be showing his face in public. And we’re sure folks will share it on social media, knowing the fascination there is among CPG’s fan base.”

GolfWRX Morning 9: Tom Watson on the distance debate | Why don’t Canadians win the Canadian Open?

GolfWRX Morning 9: Tom Watson on the distance debate | Why don’t Canadians win the Canadian Open?

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