Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

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This list put together by Golf Digest, shows just how uneven the playing field is for men and women golfers!  When a golfer like Jason Dufner (who is no slouch on the golf course) is ahead of World #1 Lydia Ko in earnings, that is just wrong!  Folks, start watching the LPGA Tour on TV and you will find these women can really play!  Just as exciting and competitive as the men.

For the first 12 years of the Golf Digest 50 all-encompassing money list, Tiger Woods was No. 1, usually by a wide margin. But reduced play because of injuries and the loss of more than half a dozen A-list endorsement partners after the 2009 scandal caught up to him in 2016, when he fell to No. 3 behind Jordan Spieth and Mickelson. This year, Woods is No. 4 behind Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and Mickelson.

10.) GARY PLAYER

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Certainly surprised me!

PREVIOUS RANK: 10

 

9.) ADAM SCOTT

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Money does not seem important to him!

 

8.) JASON DAY

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game?

Has never quite fulfilled his potential!

 

7.) DUSTIN JOHNSON

Thought he would have been much higher.

 

6.) JACK NICKLAUS

Did not build an empire like Arnie!

 
 
 
Source: Golf Digest
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A case for NOT keeping your head down - Be like Henrik!

A case for NOT keeping your head down – Be like Henrik!

A case for NOT keeping your head down – Be like Henrik!

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One of the biggest myths about the golf swing is “Keep our head down!”  I always like to say, keep your head level. That way there is no up and down movement to throw off your timing.  But some golfers like Henrik Stenson, David Duval, and Anika Sorenstam actually rotate their head through impact to help them generate more rotation through the ball.  Check out this article and then head to the range and give it a try.  You might be pleasantly surprised!

A case for NOT keeping your head down - Be like Henrik!

Not how the head rotates through impact!

We all know that Henrik Stenson is an elite ball-striker.

He proved it again at the BMW International Open in Germany, capturing his 10th European Tour title with a three-shot victory over Darren Fichardt and Thorbjorn Oleson.

Stenson’s prowess with his irons — he hits his 7-iron 195 yards with almost no curve — comes from both natural athleticism and body movements that don’t get in the way of his speed.

“A lot of weekend players hold on to a really bad piece of advice, which is to keep the head still during the swing,” says Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Shaun Webb, who is based at the David Toms 265 Academy in Shreveport, La. “If you lock your head down, it stays that way after the ball is gone and keeps you from rotating your body through the shot. That costs you lots of speed.”

To read how to incorporate this move into your own swing, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Dean Shareski

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Learn the secrets to Henrik Stenson's pressure-proof swing!

Learn the secrets to Henrik Stenson’s pressure-proof swing!

Learn the secrets to Henrik Stenson’s pressure-proof swing!
 
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Henrik Stenson has a pressure-proof swing!  

This was proven without a shadow of a doubt on Sunday afternoon in the final round of the 2016 British Open Championship.  Henrik does a few things in his swing that I have been teaching for a long time now that buck conventional teaching methods.  Keeping the lower body stable, and moving through the ball with a strong upper torso rotation is Henrik’s secret.   of Golf Digest brings you insights from the latest phenom’s golf swing!
Learn the secrets to Henrik Stenson's pressure-proof swing!

The Denver Post.  2016 in Troon, Scotland. 

You don’t keep your reputation as one of professional golf’s best ball-strikers if you don’t do things to support the claim.

The round of the year!

Henrik Stenson piled up five more birdies to go with the seven he made on Friday, hitting lasers that cut through the 30-mile-per-hour wind at Troon. Stenson has hit 40 out of 51 greens, second most in the tournament, and has made only five bogeys in three rounds–second fewest.

He does it with a swing action that goes against some of the prevailing teaching wisdom, says Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Brian Manzella, who is based at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans. “The trend is certainly to teach free hip turn in both directions, and I certainly subscribe to that,” says Manzella. “That usually comes from straightening the right leg in the backswing and straightening the left leg in the downswing. But Henrik Stenson doesn’t do that at all.”

To read how Henrik Stenson hits such great iron shots under pressure, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: GolfpunkHQ  The Denver Post

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What is the correct strategy for playing the 18th at Royal Troon?

What is the correct strategy for playing the 18th at Royal Troon?

What is the correct strategy for playing the 18th at Royal Troon?

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Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Meandmygolf discuss the course management strategy for playing the 18th hole at Royal Troon.  Could this hole play a significant role in the outcome on Sunday Afternoon?  I’m pretty sure it will.  The tee shot must be down the right-hand side the second shot needs to carry to the front portion of the green in order to make a solid par.  I have played this course twice and have yet to make par, so good luck to all the participants this week on a great finishing hole!

In this week’s special impact show Piers and Andy are at Royal Troon, where they play the 18th and show what lies ahead for the Pro’s at this year’s Open.

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What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?
 
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The USGA and the R&A stated that there were no immediate plans to change the rules on equipment.  Using the words “slow creep” in regards to increased distance on Tour, the governing bodies see no need to panic at the moment.  I completely disagree with that! At the current rate of a 1% gain in distance each year, it would mean that in 17 more years (not that long, considering this study is over 13 years) the Tour Pros will be hitting the ball over 400 yards! We’re talking average here.  The longer hitters will be driving short par 4’s with ease.  And turning 500-yard par 4’s into a drive and a lob wedge.  The time to act is now.  Not like the anchored putter debacle when they waited too long to change the rule.  I agree with Jack, change the ball for the pros, but let the amateurs play with regular balls so they can enjoy an extra few yards and thus increase participation in the game!
 

USGA/R&A publish research on driving distance gains on PGA Tour

 It seems that everyone, from media critics to former players, has a solution for the problem of distance gains in golf today, whether it’s to dial back the golf ball, change regulations on equipment or to continue to lengthen golf courses. Even Jack Nicklaus offered his advice: “Change the friggin’ golf ball.

On Thursday, the USGA and R&A published research from a joint study on driver distance that may put those concerns to rest for the near future.

The study looked at data on driver distance across seven major professional golf tours — the PGA, European, Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions, LPGA and Ladies European. As presented in the research, distance gains are at a “slow creep,” as opposed to what some critics have suggested.

Click here to read the full study. 

The chart below was used in the research study, showing yearly driving distance averages across the seven major tours — data for the PGA Tour dates back to 1980.

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Also included is a look at yearly scoring averages, which the report also refers to as a “slow creep” downward.

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The Rise and Fall of the Wentworth Club's PGA Events!

The Rise and Fall of the Wentworth Club’s PGA Events!

The Rise and Fall of the Wentworth Club’s PGA Events!

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WOW, talk about a comedown!  From those heady days back in the ’60s and 70’s when the Piccadilly Match Play at the Wentworth Club attracted the top 8 golfers of the day.  Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Lema, were just a few.  World-class golfers who took time out of their busy schedules to compete on this impeccable golf course!  Later came the prestigious European Tour PGA Championship.  The tournament that represented the very best of European Tour golf, with all the top 50 players entering.  

It was a “must play” event!  It was a course I dreamed of playing as a young lad starting to play this game called golf!  This year, Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters Champion, is the only world top 20 player in the field!  A sad state of affairs to be sure, and I hope Keith Pelly can bring The Wentworth Club back to the Flagship Status it rightfully deserves!

Wentworth is no longer the “Flagship” event on the European Tour!

“I’m telling you our flagship event, right here, is the DP World Championship, which is $8m plus a bonus prize,” said European Tour CEO Keith Pelley in November ahead of the circuit’s lucrative finale in Dubai. “I’m not sure how you couldn’t say this wouldn’t be our flagship event.

“It [the BMW PGA Championship] has a fund of €5m. It’s a terrific event with wonderful fan engagement with 125,000 fans that experience the game of golf, and the way that we actually present it should be applauded. The tournament committee under Jamie Birkmyre has done just a fantastic job. But I don’t see it as our flagship event.”

For years that title was universally bestowed upon the PGA at Wentworth.  Where the championship has taken permanent residence since 1984. Such a statement would have been unthinkable during the previous leaderships of George O’Grady and his long-serving predecessor Ken Schofield.  But times have unfortunately changed for the historic event within the continually evolving dynamics of the modern professional game.

The Rise and Fall of the Wentworth Club's PGA Events!

Pelley, the bespectacled Canadian who took charge of the flat-lining tour last year.

He has made his ambition clear of increasing prize money significantly to attract the leading players from the PGA Tour at key points of the season. The winter and autumn sojourns to the Middle East have proven to be strongholds in the face of the overwhelming competition from Tim Finchem’s eye wateringly rich organisation in the United States, with many of the classic events beginning to slip away.

It has become incumbent on the likes of Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia to support the Irish and Spanish Opens respectively.  Two important tournaments that would otherwise face an uncertain and ominous future had it not been for that star power lending a rescuing hand. Coincidentally, both of those players are two of the most notable absentees from Wentworth.

That has become the most telling hallmark of the PGA’s quiet decline. For whatever reason, whether it be in the face of an increasingly busy schedule or personal preference, Wentworth is no longer a must-play for the game’s best. While the likes of Faldo, Seve, Langer and Woosie dominated in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Masters champion Danny Willett, sure to receive a rapturous reception from the English galleries, is the only player in this year’s field who is ranks inside the world’s top 20.

To read the rest of this compelling story, go here!

Source: Kieran Clark    GolfShake.com

Pictures: Alexander Baxevanis  Daily Mail

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European Tour players attempting to play the Worlds Fastest Hole!

European Tour players attempting to play the Worlds Fastest Hole!

European Tour players attempting to play the Worlds Fastest Hole!

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Breaking a World Record, any record is quite an accomplishment.  

It means that you have done the test better, faster, or higher than anyone in the history of the world!  So when Sergio Garcia, Raphael Jacquelin, and Thorbjorn Olesen decided to try and break the record for the fastest hole ever played, the European Tour video taped the entire episode.

I was on the team trying to break the world’s fastest 18-hole round at Port Elizabeth Golf Club in 1983.  The goal was to get the ball around the course from the first tee shot to the final putt in as short a time as possible.  Players were situated on each of the 18 tees, a player on the fairway to hit the second shot as soon as it stopped rolling, a person to chip on and a person to putt.  As soon as the ball fell into the hole, the person on the next tee would immediately launch the next drive!  What fun we had.  

We gave it 3 tries but unfortunately did not break the record.  Looks like these guys had just as much fun on one hole.  I would like to see the entire European Tour get involved in trying an 18 hole record.  Now that would be fun.  Thanks to the European Tour for sharing this fun video!

Open de España tournament host Sergio Garcia, Raphaël Jacquelin and Thorbjørn Olesen captained four-man teams from Spain, France and Denmark this week in a bid to break the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest hole of golf by a team of four.

Source: European Tour

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Miguel Angel Jimenez wins the title of Golf’s Most Interesting Man!

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If there is one man I would like to have as a friend on both the PGA and European Tour, it is Miguel Angel Jimenez.  To play golf with him would be an adventure and sharing a meal, along with a glass of wine with him, would be a relaxing and entertaining experience.  In a world where a lot of the players just don’t connect with their audience, Miguel is the fan’s man.  How can you not enjoy watching this player warm-up before a round?

Miguel Angel Jimenez turns 52 today, but the “the Most Interesting Man in the World” continues to emit a unique zest for life. How does the Spaniard remain a nimble soul in the face of rising age? Here are Jimenez’s tricks for staying forever young:

He owns a sense of adventure

Most view a wall as an obstacle; Miguel sees an opportunity:

He can dance

And baby, those hips don’t lie.

He doesn’t put up with any gruff

Confrontation amongst golfers is a rarity, and Miguel’s questioning of a Keegan Bradley drop was a tad bizarre. However, you have to respect his conviction in the rules, and for those who think it was gamesmanship, well, it worked. Bradley ended up losing the match.

Miguel Angel Jimenez wins the title of Golf's Most Interesting Man!

He keeps things in perspective

From an interview with SI’s Alan Shipnuck, regarding a bad round at Augusta: “I am here with the sun shining, I’m surrounded by friends and family, tonight I will eat good food, drink good wine, smoke a good cigar and make love to my beautiful wife. It’s a good life, no?”

He doesn’t care what you think

From that same interview, on haters: “I come from a different generation. And I’m not a hypocrite. I don’t hide the way I am. If I want to have a drink, I have a drink. Why shouldn’t I? Is it illegal to drink alcohol? Is tobacco illegal? So why should I care if people see me smoking? I do what I do out in the open. If people have a problem with that they can stick their tongue up their ass and let the rest of us do what we want to do.”

He likes to go fast

Miguel Angel Jimenez wins the title of Golf's Most Interesting Man!

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain with his Ferrari, circa 2000. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

While the publics knows Jimenez as “the Most Interesting Man in the World,” his fellow players refer to him by a different moniker, “the Mechanic,” for his love of cars, most notably Ferraris. He also briefly worked in a repair shop.

To read the rest of this interesting man, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

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Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!

Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!

Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!

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Danny Willett is already a Star on the European Tour, and I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before he makes his presence known on the PGA Tour and in major Championships.  His pedigree is impressive. #1 amateur in the world in 2008, Walker Cup member, and 3 time winner of the European Tour.  He came close in the British Open this year, so look out for this young man in 2016!  This is a great swing sequence that amateurs can really learn from.  Thanks to    of Golf Digest for the captions, and thanks to  for the great pictures!

Danny Willett doesn’t always go out of his way to make you feel comfortable, and that might be why he’s such a tough competitor.

As his teacher, Mike Walker, says, “He was the No. 1 amateur in the world in 2008, so he expects a lot of himself. He’s not unfriendly. He’s single-minded.”

A 2007 Walker Cup standout from England, Willett had to learn patience as a pro. It wasn’t until 2012 that he captured the BMW International, the first of his three European Tour titles. Since then, he has put himself in position on Sunday many times. He won the Omega European Masters in July, and a week earlier, he found himself one stroke out of the 36-hole lead at the British Open at St. Andrews, and wound up finishing T-6, his best showing in a major.

Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!

As Willett refines his swing, mainly working to eliminate the miss to the left, look for great things. “He’s become a much better putter this year,” according to Walker, who says he gives Willett drills that would help the average golfer, including hitting balls with only the right or left arm. “They magnify the problem so we know what to work on,” Walker says.

Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!Powerful Swing Sequence of Euro Tour Star Danny Willett!

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Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

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I have only played 4 of the 18 toughest holes on the European Tour for 2015, and I must admit, that is enough!  These holes, put together by Will Pearson, Editor of the European Tour’s website, have proved to be more than a challenge for the best players in the world!

As another year comes to a close, europeantour.com has crunched all the numbers to bring you this – a definitive guide to the 18 most testing, most challenging, most terrifying holes to feature in The 2015 Race to Dubai.

From the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City to Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, The European Tour travelled to almost every corner of the globe in the 2015 campaign, taking in a multitude of different countries and styles of golf courses in the process.

Excluding the Major Championships and the American World Golf Championships events, we have dug deep into the statistics and scorecards to identify a complete golf course’s worth of what are technically the hardest holes on The European Tour.

Hard hats on? Then let’s begin.

By Will Pearson, europeantour.com

In descending order…

18) 9th at Delhi Golf Club

Tournament: Hero Indian Open

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4/445 yards

Average: 4.40

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 25/147

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 8 – Mark Tullo, Abhinav Lohan

Narrow and bush-lined, the historic Delhi Golf Club has long hosted the Indian Open with the ninth hole one of two entries in the 18 hardest in The 2015 Race to Dubai. As a testament to just how difficult this tight par four is, eventual winner Anirban Lahiri was two over par on this hole alone during the course of the week back in February.

17) 2nd at Golf du Palais Royal

Tournament: Trophee Hassan II

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 3; 208 yards

Average: 3.40

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 28/155

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Richard Green

The first of two entries in this list for the unique Moroccan venue. One of four par threes at Golf du Palais Royal, situated in the grounds of the Royal Palace in Agadir, with each of that quartet measuring a testing 200 yards or above. Precision from the tee is key at the first of the four short holes with steep run-offs surrounding the raised putting surface. 2015 winner Richie Ramsay escaped with par here in each of the four rounds en route to victory.

16) 9th at PGA Sweden National

Tournament: Nordea Masters

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 476 yards

Average: 4.42

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 33/178

The highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Seven players

With the deep blue yonder of a sizeable lake bordering the entire right-hand side, and bunkers aplenty to gobble up even the slightly errant ball, the ninth is a brutally tough hole to close out the front nine at PGA Sweden National’s Lake Course. Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult led after 36 holes this year and, as if to exemplify his massive potential, the 18-year-old was a remarkable three under par on this par four for the week back in June.

15) 5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal

Tournament: Turkish Airlines Open

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

5th at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Par/length: 3; 224 yards

Average: 3.42

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 16/106

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 6 – Five players

With water right, two bunkers left plus bushes and trees beyond, the long par three fifth in Turkey proved a formidable foe in the first event of the 2015 Final Series. Indeed, winner Victor Dubuisson made double bogey here on the final day to slip out of the lead after the Frenchman found one of those aforementioned bushes to force a return to the tee. Visually intimidating, daunting pin positions. What’s not to love?!

14) 18th at Golf du Palais Royal

Tournament: Trophee Hassan II

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 484 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 31/168

The highest score recorded in the 2015 event: 7 – five players

With two bunkers down the right to be wary of from the tee, plus an elevated green which slopes viciously from back to front towards a dangerous bunker, there’s plenty to occupy the mind on the finishing hole in Morocco. With blue and black numbers peppering the cards of The European Tour’s finest this year, as in many before it, Messrs Pelle Edberg and Matteo Manassero bucked the trend by going two-under on this hole over the week in Agadir.

13) 8th at Royal County Down Golf Club

Tournament: Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 429 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 30/186

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Six players

One of the finest holes on one of the world’s great links courses and the first of two entries for Royal County Down. Sitting atop the dunes, the eighth is one of the highest points on the layout with its tight fairway, trouble down the left and right and a long, narrow green that is incredibly tough to find. Played into the wind most of the week back in May and briefly threatened to de-rail Soren Kjeldsen’s bid for victory as the Dane made a double bogey here during the final round before eventually winning in a play-off.

12) 18th at Genzon Golf Club

Tournament: Shenzhen International

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 456 yards

Average: 4.43

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 29/141

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 9 – Benjamin Lein

The first of an astonishing three entries in the 18 most difficult holes in The 2015 Race to Dubai for Genzon Golf Club – proving without a doubt that the China layout is one of the most challenging seen on The European Tour. With the sizeable Dragon Lake dominating down the right hand side of the closing fairway, bunkers left, and a gargantuan putting surface to deal with, winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat holed a 12-foot birdie putt here in the first extra hole to beat home favourite Li Hao Tong to the title.

11) 11th at East London Golf Club

Tournament: Africa Open

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 477 yards

Average: 4.44

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 26/189

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 8 – Tom Lewis

Played as a par five for the regular members, the 11th at East London is a lengthy, testing par four for the European Tour’s finest during the Africa Open. Despite the wide fairway, and prevailing helping wind, there are plenty of towering pine and gum trees ready to accept a wayward ball. Extraordinarily, England’s Seve Benson made eagle here on the third day.

10)  9th at Hong Kong Golf Club

Tournament: UBS Hong Kong Open

Which are the 18 toughest holes on the Euro Tour?

Par/length: 4; 493 yards

Average: 4.44

Birdies or better vs bogeys or worse: 19/186

Highest score recorded in 2015 event: 7 – Three players

Dogleg left, narrow as anything with trees encroaching either side of the fairway and almost 500 yards in length to boot. To put it another way, the world-class trio of winner Justin Rose, plus his Ryder Cup team-mates Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter, were a combined seven over par on this hole in October. Testing.

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Source: europeantour.comWill Pearson

Pictures: europeantour.com

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