Golf Digest’s new Top-100 list

A new report from Golf Digest has revealed the list of the top one hundred great golf courses in the United States.

It shows that the Coachella Valley ‘Quarry’ golf course that entered two years ago has moved up again – last year it was in the 88th position; while this year this has made it to the 77th spot.

One of Tom Fazio’s top golf courses in desert, Golf Digest ranking panel said that the developers of The Quarry hired Tom Fazio in early 90s with directions that he was to outdo his design of Shadow Creek.

Tom was savvy enough to ignore all those instructions, because he distinguished The Quarry site was better than what he had in Las Vegas, and is now on course to become a host on the PGA Tour, and possible venue for one of the majors if you look at the US Masters odds.

The Quarry stays behind the Double Eagle Club in Galena in Ohio and ahead of the Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers in the new rankings.

There are several people who do not believe in all these ranking because they believe that one course can make its way to the list simply by catering to the ranking panel members. Some courses do not make it to the list because simply because they do not cater to the panelists. Still, this is one of the most respect golf releases, and the panelists do their jobs quite seriously.

This year, there is an alteration in the top of the list as Augusta National took over the number one position from the Pine Valley in New Jersey. Cypress Point in Pebble Beach is in No. 3 spot, while Shinnecock Hills in New York is in the 4th position.

Steve Stricker to support the US golf team in Ryder Cup 2014

In spite of Steve Stricker winning the PGA Tour 12 times many people still consider him to be lacking the adequate amount of determination. It might be due to his not winning any big competition in spite of having quite a few chances at them.

It can also be due to the fact that he’s playing a lot less and skipping competitions. It might also be because family is a bigger priority than winning trophies for him now.

Some people consider him to be lacking a competitive spirit.

Jerry Kelly said that he considers Stricker to be a bit more competitive than he appears.

This competitive factor is an important factor that Stricker is adding to the US team, being an assistant of Captain Tom Watson.

The Ryder Cup takes place once every two years between the US and European teams. Each team consists of 12 members, for the last six competitions the European teams have won five times and in this year’s competition they are the defending champions, Since 1933, the American teams have never been able to secure a victory.

Stricker was hoping that he would be participating as a player but he has problems in his hips and also in the back which did not let him play. But he will help in leading the US team.

He said that it will be fun for him to be able to be a part of that atmosphere.

Stricker is a good choice for the role of assistant captain, because he has extensive amount of experience and he also has a good relationship with the players of the team.

Hunter Mahan said that if anyone has a problem or they want t share something, Stricker would be the one they will be going to.

Kelly said regarding the usefulness of Stricker that he probably has helped everyone on the team before and thus he is a very important addition to the team.

Confident Westwood over toiling Woods at USPGA

While Lee Westwood from England has it lucky and confident, United States Tiger Woods has taken a hard hit where he told he was there to win, unfortunately actions proved otherwise.

At the end of the first round of the 96th USPGA, the gap was just nine holes, the favor being on Westwood’s side. Rory Mcllroy is undoubtedly the favorite for the season, finishing 7 holes ahead of Westwood.

However, his finish in the 15th place has not managed to deter Westwood as he is confident his performance will suffice to guarantee a ticket to the European Ryder’s Cup Wildcard entry. Westwood has been heard mentioning, “I did my best and I am happy that I managed to end the first round at 15. I know this will be enough to impress and convince skipper McGinley (European skipper Paul McGinley)”, said Westwood.

“I was not in form and playing crap. It is improving, I can feel it. Last week felt like turning a corner. Club swings are not good unless they are converted into low rounds. I had that going for me. The last day was especially mentionable. I had one thing in mind, carry the momentum into the course and not do anything impulsive. I began by keeping the practice rounds low-key and succeeded by making nine birdies happen. I hope I can play this well again,” Westwood said on being asked what he thought about his first round performance.

Westwood completely wooed crowds by displaying a flying start bagging a superb 65, that mentionable included a double-bogey at the 1st, 10th and 25th puts. The 41 year old played 32 shots for the outward half of the course by birding his closing four holes consecutively.

“The week has been good, all that’s left is for another decent one to build up my form.”

Angel Cabrera withdraws from the PGA

The Cordoba, as Argentina born golf professional Angel Cabrera is popularly called, withdrew his participation from the PGA championship on the second day of the tournament.

“Cabrera bid an early goodbye to the last Major of the season”, said a PGA championship official that is taking place in Kentucky, United States at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

“I am unwell, my performance and play both have been affected” said Cabrera when asked about his early departure from the tournament. The Cordoba indeed had a bad run which ended on Thursday when he finished a depressing 154th. However, in the thirteen holes played, he did manage to squeeze in three bogeys, double bogeys and seven pairs.
The Cordoba was a strong contender for the championship. He won the Greenbrier Classic in early July, this year thereby snapping a title that stood for five long years on the PGA tour. “They say ‘Morning shows the Day, I had a first day that was very bad. I was crippled and there hardly were left any chances where I could find ground and make a cut,” said Cabrera who had played appreciably well till the beginning of the tournament.

Cabrera’s luck has not been very favorable lately as he failed to achieve good results this season in Major tournaments. The British Open saw him at his best at the 19th place while he did not make a cut in the US Open and the Masters. This PGA championship had him withdraw before it could end.

Sources revealed that the Cordoba has sustained a shoulder injury, but that did not deter the brave man from making an appearance at the PGA. “I respect the man for the respect he has for the game,” an official said when Cabrera signed up for the tournament with his injury.

Martin Kaymer Thrusts Into Pinehurst While Maintaining His Record

Kaymer hit a birdie which was very significant. It was very significant of Kaymer to hit a birdie. He had a lead of five strokes which was more secure than the advantage of four strokes. The way he achieved was impactful. The match seemed to be perfect.

His bogey of 20 foot putt, then an iron shot in the set limit of 10 feet putting fifth on the eagle put him in a significant position. His number of bogeys reached to 6 and then shots were dropped at 15 and 13. But the gap became narrow at four. Then three holes were redoubtable but then a third birdie made him secure of his position. This is how he claimed his major championship which was the second.

Although he did not play well in the first two days seeing his momentum rising and watching the replay of the match playing good shots made him confident about himself. But staying focused in the match was difficult as on the other end Rory Mcllroy, Rose and Adam Scott did not play as well as they should have. So the lead really helped Kaymer to get his momentum on course and perform under pressure. His score in the match was quite impressive with sand saves, hits in fairways, number of putts, hits on the green and distance of average driving.

Every other player pushed himself to be at the top and crossing over. But important inroads could only be made by Kaymer and not by other players. Peaking at the right time has been Kaymer’s forte at the Pinehurst. He recorded good slips at an opportune time. The lapse came after many holes and had to take a shot at penalty point. It was a forced shot played by the man who won Players Championship.

Tiger Woods to miss US Open

Former world number one Tiger Woods is set to miss his second consecutive major competition of 2014 as he continues to recuperate from a back injury that has put him on the sidelines for an indefinite period.

Woods took to his personal website to announce that he will be skipping the US Open that tees off at the Pinehurst course.

According to Woods, he will not be able to play at the Open because he still hasn’t adequately recovered to play competitive golf. This is only the sixth time since he turned professional almost twenty years back that he will be missing from the lineup of a major tournament.
He added that he would like to extend his regrets to the leadership of the USGA, all the volunteers and the fans who had expected to see him tee off.

Woods went on to add that the US Open is a very important part of his life and he added that he knows it will be a great week of golf. He also insisted that despite having to sit out of the first two major events of the year, he is still quite confident about the rest of the season as well as his own future.

The former world number one last played at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship in March and has had surgery since then to fix the back problem that has troubled him for the last couple of seasons.

The US Open was also the last time that Woods won a major title, back in 2008 and since then, the 14 time major winner is still looking to break a six year duck that has seen some of the players comment that his time at the top is all but over.

But Tiger Woods isn’t willing to give up so easily.

Tiger still unsure about Augusta Masters

Many people are still unsure about what Tiger Woods plans to do about the Masters tournament scheduled for the 10th of next month and now, it has emerged that the player concerned himself isn’t sure about whether he will be available to tee off at the event or not.

And the reason for his doubts is that ailing which has landed him in trouble several times over the last few months and hasn’t healed completely despite the player taking some time off his schedule.

Woods was speaking at a press conference to announce a new sponsor for his tournament and during that brief press meet, he said the same thing that he wrote in his website a few days back – it was too early to comment on the Masters, adding that it was still too soon to say whether he will be healthy enough to tee off at the first major tournament of the year in Augusta.

He stated that for the Augusta Masters, it is still too early to comment. He mentioned that is the frustrating thing because he had taken a couple of weeks off and working on trying to be ready for the Augusta National. He reiterated that it was still too soon to comment and it was very frustrating.

It could be said that missing a major championship at this juncture of his career could be a huge blow to his future ambitions but it is also important to him to regain full fitness than finishing four rounds at the Augusta National as well.

Woods has not the Augusta Masters since his last win in 2005 and he has not won a major title in a long time as well, being stuck on 14 major honors as he chases the legendary Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18.

Management To Stop Outside Play

McConnell Golf, the new management team at Members has announced to terminate the practice of public playing at the Members Club. The management company has been endowed with management responsibilities of the club by Lstar that purchased the club last December.

Members Club initially started with the idea of being a private club when it was opened in 2005. But housing slump & recession hit ambience in the late 2000s had the club struggling to gain members. Thus, since 2011, Members Club started the facility of private playing to attract better number of members. The club accepted public play from the resort guests, select hotels & golf-package providers. Infusion of the revenue led to a solid boost in membership.

“Our plan at present is the restoration of the club according to its original intent to stay true to the vision of its founders Burroughs and Chapin”, commented Christian Anastasiadis, the McConnell Golf COO. “I feel it would be better to get private in the current market which seems overwhelmed with the public courses.”

The Grande Dunes golf course is the 1st among the ten courses operated by McConnell Golf & not owned by the management company. The company is into a 2 year contract which would be renewed automatically post the initial termination of the contract.

According to the report from Brian Vest, the Members Club chief- member, guest & public play at the club amounted to around 18,000 rounds last year. Under the new management declaration, Members Club would have to cancel all the golf package tours which were reserved in advance for 2014 spring.

Vest stressed that the Grande Dunes club has got more than 180 golf members along with 180 social golf members. The club had lesser to 125 members when it first started outside play in 2011.

Adam Scott wins Australian PGA

Australian golfer Adam Scott described his victory in the recently concluded Australian PGA Championship as the icing on the cake for what has been the most memorable year of his professional career.

Scott, who won the Augusta Masters this year, his first major title, went on to win the Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Pines this weekend, finishing with a lead of four shots ahead of American hotshot Rickie Fowler.

Scott finished with a total score of 14 under 270 in what was a brilliant score for the Australian where as the American golfer Fowler managed a score of 10 under where as fellow Australian Jack Wilson from Victoria came third with a score of 8 under.

According to Scott, it is all that he wanted this week and he added that he is happy that it all panned out the way he had wanted.

Scott, who has been hailed throughout his country and by many professionals after his first major success earlier in the year, is in the form of his life and the win at the Australian PGA is perhaps the recognition from his own club that the time is right for him to go higher up in the rankings.

He still has two more events in Australia in the coming weeks, including the Australian Masters and after that he will take part in the World Cup of Golf which will also take place in the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Scott hailed the performance of Fowler and mentioned that he realized he needed to do something because the score was too close for comfort and he is happy that he finally managed to win the event with a brilliant score in the end. And he also hailed the Victorian Wilson for his performance in the event as well.

BIRTHDAY WIN FOR STRICKER

Golfer Steve Stricker gave himself perhaps the best gift possible on his 45th birthday – a win against South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club to progress to the second round of the World Golf Championship – Accenture Match Play Championship on the 23rd of February, 2012.

Stricker managed to secure victory with the help of a 20 foot birdie on par 4, thus, securing a one-up victory.

The South African dominated most of the match last Thursday, and the way he missed a 12 feet birdie on the final hole of the match, all but ruined his chances of further progression in the first World Golf Championship of the year. Stricker added after the match that his father always used to say that whoever makes the first putt usually wins and said that he was looking to do the same ahead of the last hole of the match.

Steve Stricker also added that the big swing that won him the match was one of the best swings that he has made in his career and he further went on to say that he will remember this victory for a long time as this was the best birthday gift he had ever received, apart from the first golf club that was given to him by his father when he was a youngster.

Hunter Mahan is slated to be his next opponent in the tournament who progressed to the third round of the tournament after his victory over YE Yang. Speaking of his compatriot Mahan, Steve Stricker said that he is an extremely good player and doesn’t hit a crooked shot all too often. Moreover, he also praised the all round play of Mahan and added that the consistency of his play made him a dangerous proposition in the match.