Topgolfgears Morning 9: Too much Tiger? | Ryder Cup shirt sold for how much? | Pace of place dispute prompted finger biting
1. Latest in bitegate
Details are filtering out in the bizarre story of the golfer who bit off part of another golfer’s finger at a Massachusetts golf club last week. It turns out the source of the conflict was none other than a slow play dispute. A more heartless writer than I would suggest that if the PGA Tour were to consider similar penalties, we’d no longer have a slow play problem at the professional level.
2. How to qualify for the U.S. Am
Here’s your blueprint, courtesy of our Peter Sanders.
“To start with, your USGA Index needs to be 2.4 or lower to even attempt to qualify. If your course is rated 71.5/130*, the best 10 of your most recent 20 scores should average 74.3. This score will adjust slightly up if your course is rated more difficult, and slightly down if it’s rated less difficult. For the purposes of this article, I’m assuming the average course and slope rating above.”
3. Too much Tiger?
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell grabs the low-hanging fruit, suggesting Tiger Woods may be playing a stretch of too much golf for his own good.
“In fact, dating back to the WGC Bridgestone, it’s possible he could be amid a run of playing seven times in the last nine weeks….My sacroiliac joint is throbbing at the thought.”
“Beginning with The Northern Trust this week, Woods is committed to the first three legs of the FedExCup Playoffs, and it’s difficult to imagine he wouldn’t play the final leg at the Tour Championship if he qualifies….It’s impossible to imagine he won’t be among Jim Furyk’s four captain’s picks to play the Ryder Cup.”
“So if Woods continues this streak of strong play, what’s going to give?…We hope it isn’t his back.”
4. What to expect when you’re expecting a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
The Forecaddie looks ahead to next year’s national championship at Pebble, the U.S. Am having just wrapped at the famed California course.
5. Driver vs. Driver finalists selected
Press release time…”Golf Channel announced today the 14 finalists who will present their innovative driver concepts on Driver vs. Driver 2 presented by Wilson, with the hopes of ultimately becoming Wilson Golf’s next world-class driver. Driver vs. Driver 2 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET, with the seven-episode series airing weekly and concluding Tuesday, Nov. 13.”
6. Stenson, McIlroy out
Henrik Stenson is skipping the Northern Trust to rest his ailing elbow.
7. Secondary cut getting cut?
Bane of PGA Tour and PGA DFS players everywhere, the secondary cut make be getting axed itself.
8. “Gambling comes into focus”
Such is the title of another Hoggard piece concerning the fact that the PGA Tour is making its first stop in a state that has legalized sports betting. However, not a ton is exactly, in “focus.”
9. How much would you pay?
…for one of the glorious/horrendous/disgustingly beautiful 1999 U.S. team Ryder Cup shirts?
The winning bid on an unworn shirt at Green Jacket Auctions? $3,906.