The Volvik World Long Drive Championship

While the TPC Boston tournament was being played out in the Labor Day weekend, there was another golf championship ongoing in Oklahoma, the Volvik World Long Drive championship.


The tournament turned out to be interesting as two of the top players retired early from the game and the defending champion was out as well. The upsets were aplenty as the head to head matches continued among the top 16 contenders. The games were taking place at Winstar World Casino and Resort and was a day and night tournament that continued under the lights as well.

Joe Miller was out when Nick Kiefer gave him a 426 yard stunning shot that he could not stand up against. Kiefer was hoping that he would make Round 16 but it looks like he would be returning for the high octane finale on Wednesday that would give him a shot of winning the top prize amounting to $125,000. Kiefer states that the game is huge and so is the fast paced action. He is confident of his speed and pace, but he realizes that what it boils down to is how good a shot one can get on the grid.

The duel that was dramatic was between Stephen Kois and Tim Burke, who had the thinnest of margins to skate across. As both hit drives of 415 yards, it even required a manual measurement intervention. Indeed, the events of this tournament proved to be exciting and fast paced something that is often not seen in golf tournaments. The quarter finals would start on Wednesday and Burke would be facing Kyle here with whom he has played training rounds frequently in their home town in Orlando. Berkshire obtained an impressive score at the world championship where he debuted and he continues to be a strong favorite among the fans and followers.

Will Fowler Make A Solid Comeback In QLN?

All through the Quicken Loans National championship, all eyes were on the golfer Rickie Fowler.


In the event certainly, the other players would finish before Fowler, who tangled for third. But, that didn’t matter to the neon golf shirts, who moved all around the course throughout the week, all there to see the golfer who is No. 9-ranked in the world and has in field highest rank.

But, after the final round, during the press conference of the player, it was observed that it is the Fowler who was watching other players. While questions about his 5-under-par 65, the eyes of golfer occasionally moved to the Television showing other players who were on the course and still golfing.

He said, “If I answer fairly, then I still would want to be on the course now with those guys who are playing and battling with them,” he said.

The golfer entered the final round tied for 18th, but he kick start his comeback after carding seven birdies on nine holes.

The ambassador Quicken Loans player said “To feel confident is really a fun when you are in the fairway or even if you are in the rough, within a reasonable distance just get it on the green”.

Nevertheless, when he faced the water hazard, he double-bogeyed the par-4 14th, according to the statistics, this one is the easiest holes on the course.

He said “Some bad swings on the course cost me a few shots, however overall, it was a good weekend overall,” he said. “After not being in a good position, it was a solid and a good finish.”

So far the weekend of Fowler had gotten better; his game in the tournament’s final round was also the best. Here he played some of the best shorts.

Rickie Fowler On Spring Break

After the intense Masters the boys are back at their spring break ritual.


There is much media following the young players having their fun under the sun. Rickie Fowler was found to be out with his golfer friends as they repeat their spring break this year as well. Their holiday destination was at Baker’s Bay during the Easter weekend. They have now gained the nickname of being the crew of Baker’s Bay, the four young players being Smylie Kaufman, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. They have even created a Snapchat filter of theirs to capture moments of fun during the break. Fowler ended up at the eleventh position while Thomas has finished in 22nd position at the Augusta National this year. Kaufman was left unqualified for the Masters this time, but he did play with Spieth last year as a final pairing. The friends have been having a ball, playing golf barefoot, drinks and days in the sun as they now have three top ranked golfers among them.

Rickie could not manage to come in the top ten at the end of the Masters tournament this year. He has however made it in the top ten lists of players who have not won a Major till date. The wait continues for Fowler as it has gone amiss this year. Both Spieth and Fowler put in efforts on the greens, but Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are the ones who pulled off the first and second places finally. Fowler feels that he bogeyed the three holes at the end that did not help his overall performance. He had a good start with a birdie at number three. Spieth feels that his performance was probably helping Fowler and at the end, they achieved all they could. It definitely has helped them up the ranks of the international golfing community.

STEVE CLAIMS PLAYING WITH WOODS DESTROYS HIS SELF-TRUST

In the tribune of golfers, Steve Stricker wrote an open letter to current and aspiring PGA Tour players, sharing experiences he has learnt in his career.

As shared by Steve, he got into the 1997 tour campaign with gusto following a strong performance the season prior. At the 1997 Pebble Beach pro-am, he was paired with the fledgling superstar Tiger Woods as the round took his career into a breakdown.

Steve’s letter: “Repeatedly, I would really connect with a drive but ultimately ended up seeing that Tiger’s ball had landed 40 to 50 yards far beyond mine.

“After we had completed the first half, I explained to Nicki, my wife and caddy, what I had been thinking since the moment we left the course: ‘I don’t think I can compete with that kind of game, I just can’t compete with that.’

“That exactly happened to be the first big blow to my self-trust being a golf player. In my mind, at that moment, it truly seemed as though all of the time and effort I had put into the game of golf had been rendered utterly meaningless.”

Stricker’s game went downhill, ultimately losing his tour card in 2004, but he jacked back, and was awarded the Comeback Player of the Year in 2006 as he moved up to second in the world golf rankings.

He now highlighted an honest reason for the impetus behind his letter, hoping that what happened to him can be something to learn from, for all upcoming and other young professionals in the game as well.

He also mentioned another line of advice which he went on to say could be very common, but incredibly vital as well, asking them not to try and fix anything that is not broken.

Dustin Johnson’s Abu Dhabi Debut

Dustin Johnson, the reigning US Open Champion, is heading to Abu Dhabi.


He is going to the Middle East to be a part of the 2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. And this event is scheduled for January.

Dustin is world No.3 as we speak. The Abu Dhabi event is significant considering the fact it features some of the world’s best players. If we take the global ranking, 4 players who got featured in the top 7 is going to be part of it. There are big names like defending champion Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Rory Mcllroy are supposed to be part of the star-studded event. They will conduct the event from 19-22nd January in 2017. The world No.1 and reigning Masters Champion, Danny Willett is also going to be part of it. Or in other words, winners of major championships are there to participate. And that should tell you a lot about the significance and excitement attached to the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Johnson is really happy to be part of it. And he didn’t hide his excitement at all. He mentioned the fact that, though he’s a newbie at Abu Dhabi, he had heard a lot about the golf course from his buddies like Rory & Rickie. He had been forewarned that he was going to like the whole experience. So he had enough reasons to be excited about the prospect of the Championship.

He was always considered as one of the most talented golf players in the world. As of 2016, it was a great year for his career. He won his first major title. And he ended up winning two more major titles thereafter. Especially, the style of play, he unleashed at Oakmont Country Club was really amazing. It was a standout performance for him. Well, he has 3 major titles to his credit. Is he close to winning his 4th? Only time will tell.

Stricker Might Get Ryder Cup Spot

The way Steve Stricker is performing at the ongoing PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club, it looks like he will find a place in the US Ryder Cup team.

He was within striking distance of getting the 2016 PGA Championship trophy currently played in New Jersey. The avid golfer is in the form of his life at present with top five finishes in two events this summer.

The 49 year old Stricker is on the verge of entering the senior tour has really come back well after a back surgery at the end of 2014 made him to take up an eased golfing schedule in 2015. He was named in the US Ryder Cup team as the vice captain of the team by US captain Davis Love III. He was named along with Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman and Tiger Woods. The Ryder Cup will be played in Minnesota during the fall.

Stricker said that the thought of playing in the US Ryder Cup team was always at the back of his mind and knew that he would be part of the US Ryder Cup team, but not as a player. He had played just 9 tournaments after his back surgery as he was looking to get healthy. He says that his back feels better in 2016 and he feels very strong mentally and physically. The results are there for everyone to see. Stricker feels that he is playing his best golf at the moment and regards playing in the Ryder Cup as his ultimate goal than any other tournaments.

The Ryder Cup will be taking place at the Chaska’s Hazeltine National Golf Club between September 30 and October 2. There will be 12 American players pitted against 12 European players this year who are chosen according to their rankings and earnings they have achieved over the past couple of years.

Woods eager to come back to golf course, says Stricker

Tiger Woods is utterly desperate to come back to the gold course, says Steve Stricker.

It has also been reported that the former world number one has vowed to play in the coming year. Steve told that Tiger is “antsy” to back n action, with the ex world No 1 plighting to play in the year 2017.

The former world No 1 and fourteen time major champ has not played competitively since the Wyndham Championship last August, having undergone a back surgery. Wood, earlier in March, admitted that he had a whole lot of hard work before making a return.

Steve, a former Ryder Cup mate of Tiger  believes that the forty year old would take things very slowly in spite of his eagerness to come back. Recently, Stricker told that Tiger would say away this year. He asked him whether he is getting healthier. Tiger replied that he just could not wait to get back in the course.

He added that he believes that he wants to take it bit slowly and ensure that everything is more than fine. He is healed and all set to go before he comes back. He produces so much force in that swing and the body can only take so much. Therefore, he is just making sure that everything is fine before he comes back to action.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Tiger Woods Foundation was named as the host of PGA Tour’s annual event at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. In a statement, Tiger told that this is a great opportunity for his organization.

Stricker All-Relaxed Before Zurich Classic

Great news for Stricker fans who have been all looking forward to see the champion golfer back in action post his surgery- the former #2 has confirmed that he is all-relaxed prior to the 2015 Zurich Classic.

Steve had a critical surgery on his back in 2014 & post his recovery in 2015, he is not playing full time as he is not 100 percent okay in regards to fitness. This year he started off with Augusta National and Zurich Classic 2015 is the next ground for him this year.

Albeit the golfer is yet to recover a lot yet he is hoping high to secure a berth for himself at Ryder Cup, even when Seniors Tour is about to take place on his 50th year.

“It does not matter which tournament I take part in- I am determined to appear all-prepared & looking forward to come up with my best”, stated Steve in one of his recent press conferences.

“Although it is just my 2nd event this year post surgery yet I am carrying great expectations regarding my ability & about what must be doing at the tournament. Thus, I will come with the positive thought that I would play well.

However, deep down my heart, I do understand that it is a long process & I have to work really hard to play well.”

“I am possibly slightly more relaxed regarding anything now in comparison to what I was a decade back as I was trying hard to find the game. I must say that at present I am very much comfortable the way I am & my stints on tournaments are some good bonus for me.”

“I have relaxed my golf schedule in the past few years & this is a major reason behind my attitude towards playing now.”

Steve Stricker is a professional golfer from USA

Steve Stricker is a professional golfer who hails from the United States of America where he is a member of the US PGA Tour.

He is the winner of twelve titles on the US PGA Tour including the World Golf Championship – Accenture Match Play Championship as well as two playoff events of the FedEx Cup. The most successful season that the American has had on the US PGA Tour came in 2009 when he won three events as well as finishing at second on the money list.

His highest ranking remains world number two in the Official World Golf Rankings, and between 2007 and 2008, he spent 57 weeks in the top 10 before going on to spend a further 157 weeks there between 2009 and 2012.

Having turned professional in 1990, Stricker began life as a professional golfer on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, winning two events. Steve Stricker became a member of the US PGA Tour in 1994 but he had to wait two more years before he could get his hands on his first titles on the Tour. He finished seven more times inside the top ten that year, finishing fourth on the money list overall.

In all, Steve Stricker has won twelve titles on the US PGA Tour apart from winning ten more titles in other professional tours. He has a record of T6 in the Masters Tournament which came in 2009, a T5 in the US Open which came in 1998 and 1999, a T7 in The Open Championship and aT2 in The PGA Championship which he achieved in 1998.
He is also a winner of the Byron Nelson Award, which he got in 2013 and the Payne Stewart Award which he was bestowed with the previous year following his performances on the Tour.

Steve Stricker has won 12 Events of Golf

Steve Stricker is a professional golfer from the United States of America who is a member of the US PGA Tour.

Stricker is the winner of twelve events in the US PGA Tour, the chief among them being the World Golf Championship – Accenture Match Play Championship as well as two playoff events of the FedEx Cup. The most successful season the veteran has had on the Tour was in 2009 when he won three tournaments on Tour and finished second in the prestigious Money list.

The highest standing that the American managed on the Official Golf World Rankings was at number two and he spent a cumulative 57 weeks in the top ten between 2007 and 2008 and was present there for another 157 consecutive weeks between 2009 and 2012.

Steve Stricker turned professional in 1990 and began to play on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour, winning two tournaments. He was given membership of the US PGA Tour in 1994 and soon enough, won his first titles when he secured two victories in 1996.

Despite being a consistent performer in the major championships, Stricker has not managed to win a single major throughout his long career as a professional and the best result he managed on the majors was a runner up finish at the PGA Championship in 1998.

But the US Open has seen Steve Stricker at his most consistent best and he has finished inside the top 20 on six occasions.

Stricker went through a major slump for a long time between 2001 and 2004 and finally, he lost his Tour card at the US PGA Tour before making a comeback to the Tour on the back of sponsorship money and was voted as the US PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 2006 as well.