TopGolfGears Morning 9: USGA nixes Bryson’s compass | Mid-season awards | What Tiger needs to tune
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1. Sorry, Bryson, no compass for you
Read it and weep, fans of drafting instruments. “The USGA has ruled that the use of a protractor (also known as a drawing compass) during a stipulated round is a violation of Rule 14-3a of the Rules of Golf,” read a statement from the governing body. “It is considered ‘unusual equipment that might assist him in making a stroke or in his play.’”
2. A 61 in his Webb
…sometimes, you just want to fire off an awful pun, right? No? OK. Well, Webb Simpson fired a 9-under-par 61 for a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
3. Latest Tiger ratings boost
With respect to PGA Tour viewership, the Tiger Woods Effect remains in effect. Not that this should be surprising at this point, but it’s always interesting to see the numbers.
4. Meanwhile, at Ballyliffin…
Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. What a name. A quick check on the action at Ballyliffin, c/o EuropeanTour.com.
5. Mickleson gives Larry Fitzgerald a chipping masterclass
11-time NFL Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald was partnered with Phil Mickelson during Wednesday’s pro-am.
6. Jack’s Shinnecock solution
In his most recent 19th Hole podcast, Michael Williams asked Jack Nicklaus for his thoughts on U.S. Open setups in general and what transpired at Shinnecock in particular.
7. Shane Ryan’s awards
“Slaying the Tiger” author Shane Ryan is back for another round of partially tongue-in-cheek awards.
8. How about Joaquin Niemann?
Let’s take a moment and appreciate how good has this guy been.
9. What Tiger needs to tune for Carnoustie
Perspective from Bob Harig, because two weeks out is high time to discuss TW’s prospects at the season’s third major. But really, with Woods done competing until Carnoustie, it’s time for the speculation to begin.