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Things you did not know about Henrik "The Ice Man" Stenson

Things you may not know about Henrik “The Ice Man” Stenson.

Things you may not know about Henrik “The Ice Man” Stenson.

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!

His nickname is not “The Ice Man” for nothing!  On Sunday afternoon, he lived up to that reputation as he methodically took Royal Troon apart and finally brought the course to its knees! After a sly smile at Phil Mickelson early in the round as Phil almost holed out from off the green, he was all business and knew he had a hard task ahead.  He became a golfing machine and put on a ball-striking display never before seen in a Major Championship!  Thanks to  of Golf Digest for bringing us information on Henrik we otherwise would not have known!

1. His Sunday round at Troon tied major championship records

 
Things you did not know about Henrik "The Ice Man" Stenson
 

3. His wife, Emma, was a college golfer

 
Things you did not know about Henrik "The Ice Man" Stenson
 

4. He didn’t start playing golf until age 12

 
 

5. He will represent Sweden in the 2016 Olympics

 
 
 
Pictures:  Golf Digest
 
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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 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.

Source: Meandmygolf

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A History Lesson - Learn about all 9 Open Championship Venues!

A History Lesson – Learn about all 9 Open Championship Venues!

A History Lesson – Learn about all 9 Open Championship Venues!

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Everyone loves the beauty of Augusta National and the toughness of a US Open course, but none can compare with the history of the Open Championship! These venues are hundreds of years old and are on every golfer’s bucket list!   of Golf Digest has put together the complete list of Open Championship courses used in the rotation. Learn a little history!

A crash course on the nine venues that comprise the current Open rota.

Royal Troon Golf Club

A History Lesson - Learn about all 9 Open Championship Venues!

To see the rest of these iconic British Open venues, go here!

Source:    Golf Digest

Pictures: Golf Digest

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The St Andrews Old Course Hell Bunker Rebuild Time-Lapse!

The St Andrews Old Course Hell Bunker Rebuild Time-Lapse!

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 get near the lip of Hell Bunker on the 14th hole at St. Andrews, take my advice and chip out sideways.  

You won’t be sorry.  Jack Nicklaus tried to advance the ball forward again, again and again, to no avail.  The result?  A 10 on his scorecard.  The smartest thing you can do is make sure that you have a club in your hand that will either come up short or clears the lip easily.

St. Andrews Old Course – where the ghosts of golf come to haunt us. They do things like blow the wind in crazy directions, and bounce our golf balls into rough we can’t get out of. And every once in a while, the ghosts will put a curse on us and send us to Hell. Hell Bunker that is…

It’s the famed bunker of Saint Andrews Old Course’s 14th hole. Jack Nicklaus once made a 10 in it. A 10!

And this year it got a bit of a make over. Check out all the details in the video above. Careful… muahaha.

This time-lapse was recorded as the Old Course Greenkeeping team, led by Course Manager Gordon McKie, rebuild the infamous Hell Bunker on the 14th hole of the Old Course. The work took place during the winter months of 2014/15 in preparation for the 144th Open Championship.

Source:  Swing by Swing    St Andrews Links

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Who are the Top 10 Players to have never won The Open?

Who are the Top 10 Players to have never won The Open?

Who are the Top 10 Players to have never won The Open?

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It has been said that the cream rises to the top in Major Championships.  

But there are times, no matter how good you are or think you are, the golfing gods will decide the final outcome.  The PGA Tour brings us a list of 10 great players that, surprisingly, did not win one Open Championship in their illustrious career!  But sadly, it was not to be.

Through the years The Open Championship has been won by many great champions. Check out the 10 best players who never hoisted a Claret Jug.

Source: PGA Tour

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2015 British Open Odds - Some may Surprise you!

2015 British Open Odds – Some may Surprise you!

2015 British Open Odds – Some may Surprise you!

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Betting on golf is a perfectly legal endeavor in Great Britain, and the odds for the 2015 British Open Championship might surprise you.  

For instance, according to the bookmakers, Tiger Woods is more of a favorite to win than Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, and Matt Kuchar!  That was certainly a huge surprise to me!  Thanks to bleacherreport.com for this very enlightening article!

2015 British Open Odds - Some may Surprise you!

Ladbrokes betting stores are as common in Britain as convenience stores in the USA!

 

The 2015 British Open is set to begin early Thursday morning, and the expectations for favorites and sleepers alike are boundless as predictions are made for the year’s third major.

The Open Championship at the Old Course of St. Andrews is an event unlike any other in the world, as the sport returns to its esteemed home at one of the most tradition-rich courses on the planet. Playing there tends to bring out the best in some of the top golfers, as seven of the last eight winners there already had a major on their resume.

Let’s take a closer look at the most notable favorites and sleepers and what can be expected from them.

Favorite: Jordan Spieth

2015 British Open Odds - Some may Surprise you!

It’s safe to say expectations haven’t been this high for an American at St. Andrews since the heyday of Tiger Woods. With the chance to win the elusive Grand Slam in 2015, the 21-year-old phenom Jordan Spieth is a massive favorite.

Even if Rory McIlroy hadn’t injured his ankle and withdrawn from the tournament, Spieth still would have been the center of attention at St. Andrews. And as if winning the first two majors of the year (including the Masters in historic fashion) wasn’t enough, he also was one of just a few Open contenders to play in the John Deere Classic last weekend.

Spieth won the event in a playoff.

There’s one obvious shortcoming for Spieth in that he hasn’t played the iconic course in an Open, but he’s heeding the advice of some experienced vets, as ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski reported:

The Old Course typically rewards good ball-strikers who also excel on the greens, and that’s exactly the type of golfer Spieth is proving to be this year. He ranks third on strokes gained from tee to green while hitting 63 percent of his fairways and ranking as the eighth-best putter on tour.

Spieth is absolutely locked in with his putter, and two weeks of working on his game in between the U.S. Open and John Deere Classic didn’t keep him from continuing his winning streak. Nothing less than a week near the top of the leaderboard and a Sunday in the final pairing should be expected from the young American.

Favorite: Rickie Fowler

Spieth isn’t the only young American star who has entered St. Andrews coming off an impressive win and near the top of the list of favorites.

Joining him is Rickie Fowler, who unlike Spieth, is searching for the first major of his career after numerous near-misses. But like his fellow American, Fowler won a big tournament Sunday, taking the Scottish Open over a heap of British Open contenders.

He may not be on a winning streak like Spieth, but Fowler is still getting results stemming from his title at The Players, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Fowler might actually have an advantage over Spieth in the tee box, at least in 2015, as he’s hitting the ball an average of 294 yards per drive and ranks 27th in total driving. But his inconsistent putting could elude him in another major, as he’s giving up minus-.067 strokes on the greens—which ranks 126th.

The California native will need to get his flat stick in order if he wants to be around the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. Without that, he’ll flirt with the cut line.

Checkout the rest of the article to see the odds. 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com

Pictures: Mikey

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6 Reasons Why Jordan Spieth Will Not Win the British Open!

6 Reasons Why Jordan Spieth Will Not Win the British Open!

6 Reasons Why Jordan Spieth Will Not Win the British Open!

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!

I think that the decision to play in the John Deer Classic instead of the Scottish Open at Gullane, Scotland was a HUGE mistake in Jordan’s judgment.  

Yes, I know it was the site of his first Tour victory, but he was on a course to change history, and you just cannot let sentiment get in the way.  There is always next year for John Deere!  Here are my 6 reasons why Jordan will not win the British Open next week.

1. Preparation.  

Playing links golf is totally different from playing golf in America, and to learn all the nuances of playing that type of golf takes time.

2. Time difference.  

Golfers need at least two or three days (if not more) to get used to the time change experienced by your bodys time cycle.

There is a 6 Hour time difference between Western Illinois at St. Andrew Scotland.

3. Weather.  

Scotland is close to the North Sea and the weather is a lot cooler.  You need to get used to playing all bundled up for the week.

6 Reasons Why Jordan Spieth Will Not Win the British Open!

Rear view of golfer next to golf bag in rain holding umbrella

4. Greens.  

The greens are a lot slower than in the courses played on the PGA Tour.  It will take more than a couple of days to get used to that.

5. Food.  

It takes time and experience to find the right restaurants for the food you like.  The last thing you want is an upset stomach while you play!

6 Reasons Why Jordan Spieth Will Not Win the British Open!

A Scottish breakfast!

6. Practice rounds.  

I have heard that Jordan has been practicing in a simulator to get the feel of playing St. Andrews.  He needs to be at St. Andrews on Monday, fresh and ready to go in order to get as many practice rounds in as possible.  He has already admitted that he is a little rusty playing in the John Deere because he did touch a club for a week.  I think his struggles at the John Deere could affect his confidence going into the Open Championship.

I really hope I am wrong on this and I will still be pulling for Jordan come Thursday as I would like to see the Grand Slam completed once in my lifetime.

What is your take on Jordan Spieth not going over a week early to get acclimatized?  Do you think it is not important, and once he gets over there, he will be ready to take on the world?  Or do you think he will struggle?  Let me know by posting your comments below!

Source: Mel Sole.

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God is definitely a Mexican - so says Lee Trevino!

God is definitely a Mexican – so says Lee Trevino!

God is definitely a Mexican – so says Lee Trevino!

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I have played over in Scotland and England several times and had the privilege of playing St Andrews on several occasions.

Watching this video, mainly about Lee Trevino’s experiences in Scotland and England, brought back many memories.  Not only of the golf courses but the towns, pubs, wind and best of all the people!  

This is a long video (43 mins), so take your time and watch and learn because if you are a keen golfer, you must make the pilgrimage to St. Andrews at least once in your life, and this video might just inspire you to do that.   It is an experience that will never leave you!

Lee Buck Trevino (born December 1, 1939) is an American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The only major that eluded him was the Masters. He is an icon for Mexican Americans, and is often referred to as “The Merry Mex” and “Supermex”.

 

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#4 in our series "My Best Shot Ever" by Jack Nicklaus.

#4 in our series “My Best Shot Ever” by Jack Nicklaus.

#4 in our series “My Best Shot Ever” by Jack Nicklaus.

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It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

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!

The very last time I played Royal Troon, after my round, I walked into the Pro Shop and asked the Pro, “Why do they not allow women to play Royal Troon?”  His answer is the reason I have never played there since.  “We have to keep them in their place, Laddie.” 

Honestly, that is what he said.  I’m glad my wife was not standing nearby, or she might have been arrested for slugging the Pro.  I walked out of there vowing never to take my group to Royal Troon ever again.

Well, things change, and the future of golf looks brighter as Royal Troon now brings about a change in its policy towards women.  And I, for one, am thrilled!

James Corrigan of “The Telegraph”  Give us the latest on this issue.

The Open Championship has taken another step towards what, for golf, should be considering this is the enlightened age. 

Troon is one of only three courses on the 10-strong Open roster with male-only memberships, but its position became untenable after the Royal and Ancient, the game’s governing body, voted last September to welcome female members into its own exclusive sanctum.

On the heels of that decision, Muirfield and Royal St George’s both announced that they were looking into their membership policies, with the latter voting later this year whether to follow the R&A’s lead. If it, or indeed Muirfield, wish to stage another Open it is clear they have little option.

With neither due to host until the next decade, these clubs have time to deconstruct hundreds of years of discriminative history. Troon, however, has no such luxury and it is understood that it was under pressure from the R&A to act and to act quickly. 

This is something of a U-Turn by Royal Troon, which always considered itself different from other male-other clubs.

When the R&A’s dual-sex intent became known, the club informed the Telegraph that it had “no plans” to change policy, with the then secretary, David Brown, adding: “Although we are a single gender club, some 370 members of the Ladies Golf Club, Troon do, in fact, share our on-course facilities”.

Unfortunate and rather scandalous. But Royal Troon has also announced that the Ladies Golf Club will play an unprecedented part in next year’s Open. Members of both clubs have formed a joint Championship Committee. It will be the first time in the 155-year history of the Open that two clubs will share the responsibility of staging the championship.

It’s about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Royal Troon captain Bob Martin said: “Royal Troon Golf Club has hosted the Open on eight occasions since 1923 and in 2016 we will share this responsibility with The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon as joint hosts of the 145th Open Championship.

The clubs enjoy a close working relationship and we look forward to hosting a successful Open here in 2016.”

The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon captain, Sara-Ann Bottomley added: “Both clubs take immense pride in the Old Course at Troon and it is thrilling to share the honour of hosting the Open and the joint responsibility for delivering the event.”

It's about time clubs like Royal Troon caught up with the 21st Century!

Source: The Telegraph   James Corrigan

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