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I hope Anthony Kim will make a return to the PGA Tour!

I hope Anthony Kim will make a return to the PGA Tour!

I hope Anthony Kim will make a return to the PGA Tour!

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A return by Anthony Kim to the PGA Tour would really be great!  I always loved his panache!  

And his exciting game would add some spice to an already spiced up Tour!  He is not back yet, not by a long stretch, but he says his body is a 6 out of 10 right now.  In a recent interview with Doug Ferguson of the Golf Channel, he said, “I miss the competition!”  Let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long to see him in action.  Thanks to Business Insider and   for this breaking report!

 

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In 2007, Anthony Kim was 22 and was considered the next big thing on the PGA Tour — a young golfer with a better swing than Tiger Woods had at the same age.

In 2012, Kim shot a 74 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, withdrew from the tournament, and walked away from the sport.

Kim hasn’t played on the Tour since — a career derailed by injuries. But while Kim hasn’t played a full round of golf in nearly 18 months, the now 30-year-old hasn’t given up on his golf dream and is hoping to get healthy enough to give the sport one more shot.

In his first interview in three years, Kim spoke to Doug Ferguson of the Golf Channel about why he walked away, what he is up to now, and his hopes to get back on the course.

Three years after walking away from the PGA Tour, Kim’s life is one of a broken body. According to Ferguson, physical therapy takes up most of Kim’s time. His Achilles tendon ruptured when he was preparing for the 2013 season, and that was followed by a herniated disc.

“I’ve got so much ground to make up from injuries — rotator cuff, labrum, spinal fusion, hand injury,” Kim told Ferguson. “I’ve had six or seven surgeries in the last three-and-a-half years.”

Kim, who made $12.2 million in parts of seven seasons on the Tour that included three wins, now receives a monthly payment from an insurance policy he took out in case of injury.

That policy will reportedly pay him $10 million tax-free if he never plays professional golf again.

Kim denied the policy was influencing whether or not to return to competitive golf. In fact, it sounds like Kim is gearing up for a return to the PGA Tour.

Read on here for the rest of the interview with Doug Ferguson of the Golf Channel!

Source: Business Insider   

Pictures: Hunter Martin/Getty Images    

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Who is #1 - The one who is playing well or has played well?

Who is #1 – The one who is playing well or has played well?

Who is #1 – The one who is playing well or has played well?
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If you are confused about how the World Ranking System works, join the club.  

How can a player move into the #1 spot in the world by sitting on his butt for that week? Makes no sense to me, but that is how it works.  Rory McIlroy did not play in The Barclays, while World #1 Jordan Spieth did.  Jordan missed the cut and immediately lost his world ranking.  Rory has moved into the #1 spot 3 times while not competing those weeks.  Read below as DOUG FERGUSON of The Associated Press tries to explain how this all makes sense to someone. So please tell me who is #1? (Really.)
Who is #1 - The one who is playing well or has played well?

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Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Good news for the PGA Tour. The battle for No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking is so confounding that no one is complaining about all the points and projections of the FedEx Cup.Give it time. The FedEx Cup still has two tournaments left before it awards $10 million to a player who might not have had the best year. Or might not win at all.The world ranking?

That will be cleared up soon enough. For the moment, this is as bizarre as it has ever been.

Jordan Spieth made history Tuesday, just not the variety he would have wanted. There have been 61 changes at the top in the 30 years of the world ranking, and Spieth is the only one who got to No. 1 by missing the cut.

It gets better.

Rory McIlroy, who closed with a 66 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and tied for 29th, will return to No. 1 next Monday even though this is the one week of the season that the PGA Tour has no tournament. That gives McIlroy his own slice of world ranking history — a record third time he goes to No. 1 by sitting out the previous week.

Thankfully, McIlroy managed to provide a little clarity.

“It is what it is,” he said.

Minus a tweak or two over the years, it is what it has always been. The world ranking is easy to mock at the moment because of the changes that are related more to when points are incrementally deducted over a two-year period. It’s still based on results, just not the most recent.

Asked if he understood the math involved, McIlroy said, “I left school when I was 15, but I understand it to a certain degree.”

Forget math and consider history.

During an eight-month stretch starting in September 1990, four players went to No. 1 by not playing the previous week — Nick Faldo (twice), Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam. Perhaps the greatest episode of musical chairs was the summer of 1997 when Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Greg Norman were each No. 1 over three weeks. That was easier to stomach because Els (Buick Classic) and Norman (St. Jude Classic) won tournaments to get there.

It doesn’t always work out that way.

Woods and David Duval traded time at the top of the ranking in the summer of 1999 when they met in the infamous “Showdown at Sherwood,” an 18-hole match that was billed as Monday Night Golf. Woods, who had returned to No. 1 a month earlier, pulled away when Duval hit the straightest drive of his career, right into the rock formation in the middle of the 16th fairway. Woods won, 2 and 1.

Both players took that week off from the tour and Duval went back to No. 1.

Duval’s recollection of his return to No. 1 without playing is worth noting because for the longest time he had no recollection at all.

“The only way I can answer that is that it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I remember I went to No. 1 in August that year,” Duval said Monday. “Just getting there and being there awhile … you know, I didn’t much pay attention to it after that.”

Spieth knows the feeling. He got to No. 1 for the first time with a runner-up finish to Jason Day at the PGA Championship with a score that would have won all but two PGAs in more than a half-century of stroke play. He recalls crossing the third-base line to throw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game when he heard over the loudspeaker being introduced publicly for the first time as No. 1 in the world. It was a big deal.

McIlroy got there for the first time by holding off a late charge by Woods to win the Honda Classic in 2012.

“The first time is always sweeter,” he said.

Read on to try and make sense of this world ranking system. Go here!

Source: DOUG FERGUSON of The Associated Press

Pictures: Stew Milne   The Associated Press

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The New Millenium Triumvirate of McIlroy Spieth and Day!

The New Millenium Triumvirate of McIlroy Spieth and Day!

The New Millenium Triumvirate of McIlroy Spieth and Day!

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The original Big 3 or the “Great Triumvirate” were James Braid, John Henry Taylor, and Harry Vardon.  

They won 16 times in the 21 tournaments held between 1894 and 1914; Vardon won six times, with Braid and Taylor winning five apiece. In the five tournaments in this span, the triumvirate did not win; one or more of them finished runner-up.

Then came along the Modern Triumvirate of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus.  They won 34 Major Championships and dominated the game from the early ’60s to the Mid ’80s.

Today we have the New Millenium Triumvirate of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day!  Already they have won 7 Majors, and they are just beginning. I’m sure they will be swapping the #1 position in world golf for some time to come. Wow, I cannot wait for 2016 and beyond!

The New Millenium Triumvirate of McIlroy Spieth and Day!

Jason Day, of Australia, holds up a trophy after winning The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Edison, N.J. ( Photo/Pinterest)

Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day.

In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of losing the No. 1 ranking back to Rory McIlroy when Day put together a weekend at The Barclays that was even better when put into recent context. He shot 63-62 on the weekend — the 62 was the lowest closing round by a PGA Tour winner all year — and finished at 19-under 261 for a six-shot win over Henrik Stenson. This was Day’s first tournament since he became the first player in a major to reach 20-under par in beating Spieth by three shots at the PGA Championship.

Throw in the Canadian Open, and Day has won three of his last four tournaments.

So it seemed to be a natural question who would get his vote as PGA Tour player of the year, which until last week was not really a question at all.

And it still isn’t to Day — not yet, anyway.

“Right now, Jordan Spieth gets my vote,” Day said. “Winning two major championships at such a young age is big. Winning four tournaments overall is great.”

Then again, there are still three FedEx Cup playoff events remaining, including the Tour Championship that determines the $10 million bonus. It’s already been a banner summer for the 27-year-old Australian, and he’s not done yet.

“I think winning the FedEx Cup and maybe one or two more tournaments, that could put my name in the mix for player of the year,” Day said. “I’m not sure. I’m going to leave that to the peers, to the people. That will definitely throw my name in the mix.”

The New Millenium Triumvirate of McIlroy Spieth and Day!

Spieth already has locked up the points-based award from the PGA of America because of a bonus awarded to multiple major champions.

  And that’s not something to take lightly. The 22-year-old Texan is only the 19th player in 120 years to do that. As only the fourth player to get halfway to the Grand Slam, he handled the pressure by finishing one shot out of a playoff at St. Andrews. And with a runner-up at the PGA Championship, Spieth joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to finish in the top four at all four majors.

He also was runner-up three other times (Houston Open, Texas Open, Colonial), still is nearly $3 million ahead of Day on the money list and is leading the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour.

That’s why Day was quick not to dismiss Spieth.

If the Australian were to win the Tour Championship, that makes it interesting, but still probably not enough. The Tour Championship and one other FedEx Cup playoff event? That would be six wins — only Woods and Vijay Singh have done that over the last 20 years — and then it moves the vote closer to a coin flip.

“I’m by far playing the best golf of my life,” Day said. “Just the synergy between my golf swing right now and what I’ve done with my body is working. I’m hitting it a long, long way. I feel like the accuracy has pulled in. … I feel like Jordan Spieth with how I’m putting. It’s a good feeling.”

Another race is shaping up that could prove to be more compelling.

To read the rest of this compelling story on the next Big 3, go here!

Source: Wikipedia,   DOUG FERGUSON, The Associated Press

Pictures: Pinterest  Golf Canada

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4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

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I love these amazing stories from US Open tournaments that have taken place over the last 100 years.

I think the most astounding event happened 25 years ago, in 1990.

Hale Irwin was given a special exemption to play. He hadn’t won in five years on the PGA Tour, but he had won the US Open in 1979.

What did Irwin do with his special invite?

Take a guess!

See Doug Ferguson‘s story for Associated Press.

 

4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

Gary Player Becomes the third man to win the career Grand Slam!

 

50 years ago (1965): Gary Player joined Gene Sarazen (1935) and Ben Hogan (1953) as the only players to capture the career Grand Slam.

The 29-year-old South African nearly let it get away from him at Bellerive Country Club, a young course outside St. Louis. Player had a three-shot lead with three holes to play until a double bogey on the 16th hole, while Kel Nagle ahead of him made birdie on the 17th. They tied at 282 and faced a Monday playoff (this was the first U.S. Open played over four days). Player built a big lead early and shot 71 for a three-shot victory over the Australian. Jack Nicklaus would join Player with the Grand Slam a year later by winning the British Open.

4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

Talk about taking advantage of a situation! Hale Irwin won the US Open on a special invite!

4 Of The Best US Open Golf Championship Stories in 100 Years!

25 years ago (1990): Hale Irwin was given a special exemption to the U.S. Open at Medinah.

It had been five years since his last PGA Tour win and 11 years since he won his second U.S. Open title at Inverness. The 45-year-old Irwin became the oldest U.S. Open champion in history, and it was dramatic. Irwin made a 45-foot putt on the final hole and ran around the green high-fiving the gallery. That gave him a 67 and put him into a playoff against Mike Donald. They each shot 74 in the playoff, and Irwin won with a par on the first sudden-death hole. Curtis Strange was two shots behind going into the last round in his bid for a third straight U.S. Open. He closed with a 75 and tied for 21st.niversay stories

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Source: Doug Ferguson

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Nicklaus felt he was an underachiever most of his career!

Nicklaus felt he was an underachiever most of his career!

Nicklaus felt he was an underachiever most of his career!

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In a press conference at The Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus recently felt he underachieved all his career.  

That type of thinking was why he continually drove himself and why he feels he always got better.  With the likes of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player nipping at his heels, that was the only way he could stay ahead. Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press brings us this story via Trove.com.

Nicklaus felt he was an underachiever most of his career!

Two of the “Big 3” Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. They pushed each other throughout their stellar careers!

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus won 18 professional majors and 73 times on the PGA Tour, which is why he often is referred to as golf’s greatest champion. And he’s not sure he had as much talent as everyone thought!

“I think I underachieved all my life,” Nicklaus said Wednesday at the Memorial. “I think that’s why I got better.”

In one of the more insightful comments — one that a new generation of players should heed — Nicklaus said it was that attitude that likely led to a career that has not been matched when it comes to the majors.

“I think that if you feel you’re overachieving, or getting more out of what you should get, then you stop working,” Nicklaus said. “I always feel like I’m never getting what I should be getting out of what I’m doing. So you’ve got to work harder to make sure you do that. I always wanted to climb a mountain. I always wanted to get better. … So I just tried not to believe anything about what I would read or what I would hear or what I even thought.

“I still don’t think I achieved what I could have achieved in my career.”

To Read the rest of this story by Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press, click here.

Source: Trove.com    Doug Ferguson  The Associated Press

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A GOLF CHANNEL - Would this really work?

A GOLF CHANNEL – Would this really work?

A GOLF CHANNEL – Would this really work?

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The first people who heard that Arnold Palmer was going to start a golf-only channel, even Arnold’s biggest fans thought he had backed a loser. 

How could a channel like this survive?  Were there enough people who would watch it?  Well, anyone who knows Arnold well knew that this would work.  This was not going to be a flash-in-the-pan idea.  With the influence of Arnold to propel this idea, it was a winner right from the get-go!   Doug Ferguson of the Golf Channel tells the story.

A GOLF CHANNEL - Would this really work?

“Opening Night!”

Twenty years ago on Saturday, Arnold Palmer flipped a ceremonial switch to launch a risky venture that cynics saw as an easy punch line.

The Golf Channel?

Tennis magazine mocked the idea as ”24 hours of chubby guys in bad clothes speaking in jargon that only they understand.” Rick Reilly, in his column for Sports Illustrated, suggested programming that included ”Body by Jack,” a workout session with Jack Nicklaus in which he ”takes you through a 30-minute routine you can do without getting out of the cart.”

Even the players had their doubts.

”I’m always stunned that there’s enough golf stuff for 24 hours a day,” Paul Goydos said. ”I would have thought, ‘Do we really need a Golf Channel? Is there enough viewership? Enough material?’ I thought it would be a tough row to hoe, in my opinion. They’ve proven me wrong.”

Players today can’t imagine life without Golf Channel, as it is now called.

Source: Doug Ferguson     Golf Channel

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