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Dec 16, 2016 | 07:23 am

Seminole and Cypress Point to Host Walker Cups

The 2021 and 2025 Walker Cups will take place at Seminole Golf Club and Cypress Point Club, respectively. In the case of the latter, the club has only hosted the prestigious amateur event once in its history. Neither courses are considered long by modern standards, particularly in the case of Cypress Point, which barely stretches beyond 6,500 yards from the championship tees. As was the case at National Golf Links of America in 2013, a new set of temporary Walker Cup tees may be created just for the event. In a press release, Stuart Francis, the USGA's championship committee chairman, said "To have two of the United States' greatest courses as host sites will not only produce memorable competitions but reinforces the stature of amateur golf in this country." Both clubs are among the most private in the U.S., and to be able to tour both during an intimate event like a Walker Cup is a rare opportunity.

The Walker Cup is a biennial event that dates back to 1922 and consists of two teams of 10 amateur players, one from the U.S. and the other from Great Britain.

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Dec 15, 2016 | 08:00 am

Tiger’s New Ball

Tiger Woods has a new ball. As of today, he will be playing Bridgestone’s B330-S ball as part of an exclusive multi-year agreement. This comes after the announcement earlier this year that Nike, which supplied Tiger’s equipment for years, is getting out of that business but will continue making apparel and shoes, which Tiger continues to wear.

It also comes after Woods tested numerous balls from different manufacturers. “Finding the right golf ball is extremely important. It’s an essential part of my equipment, and the Bridgestone B330-S ball is hands-down the best for my game,” said Woods. “Controlling launch and trajectory is critical, and with this ball I feel I have total control to hit all shots accurately.”

Woods says he is longer than he’s ever been by about six yards. “Being able to hit one, even half a club into the green is a huge advantage.” He also says he likes having a ball with lots of spin and one that being a little softer allows him to be more aggressive on the greens.

Tiger also announced earlier this week that he’ll make his first appearance of 2017—and his second since finishing 15th at his own Hero World Challenge earlier this month—at the Genesis Open, played at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Feb. 16-19. Woods played his first PGA Tour event at Riviera back in 1992 as an amateur at age 16, shooting 72-75 to miss the cut. He hasn’t played a Tour event at Riviera since 2006. Woods’ company TGR Live is one of the tournament’s hosts.

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Dec 14, 2016 | 07:41 am

Peak Status

In the Yavapai native language We-Ko-Pa means "four peaks," and is a reference to the prominment mountain landmark on the eastern skyline of Phoenix that rises to more than 7,000 feet. In golf language, We-Ko-Pa refers to two outstanding courses and a casino-resort on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation about 33 miles to the southwest. Their popularity stems from the combination of solid golf course design surrounded by nothing but Sonoran Desert. Fifteen years ago this month, the first course, Cholla by Nicklaus-disciple Scott Miller, opened to rave reviews. Five years later, Saguaro, a Coore-Crenshaw design, drew even more raves. But after a $1.8 million renovation this summer, Cholla reopened at the end of October to reclaim its peak status, you might say. The club expanded all 18 greens to their original size and regrassed them with a MiniVerde variety of Ultra Dwarf. It also redid all the bunkers and the irrigation system, which, combined with the removal of seven acres of turf, will save more than 12 million gallons of water a year. “The Cholla renovation is an example of investment in the We-Ko-Pa experience,” said Owen Doka, assistant general manager of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and former Tribal Councilmember of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. “Last year we made a number of enhancements to the clubhouse, as well as new cart paths on Saguaro. This year it was Cholla’s turn. We’re very proud of the honors Cholla has received in the past 15 years, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to maintain and improve the overall experience for our guests.” 

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Dec 13, 2016 | 08:33 am

The First 10 Rounds Were Easy...

 

Okay, maybe once or twice in your life you’ve managed to stagger around 54 holes in one day. Now imagine playing 237 holes. That’s 13 rounds plus three holes, and that’s what 35-year-old New Zealander Brad Luiten did yesterday, breaking an 11-year-old Guinness World Record by a whopping 16 holes. Luiten, a marathon runner, walked and ran more than 60 miles over Auckland’s Helensville GC, averaging just over three minutes per hole while breaking the Guinness World Record for most golf in 12 hours by a whopping 16 holes. No word on what he shot. Video available at:

 

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