Earlier this week, Phil Mickelson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie, among others, took on Happy Gilmore at Castle Stuart, and it looks like they’re having a blast.
Wow, what a week! The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club looked like it might turn into a farce at the start of the week, with the record-high rainfall and potential wash-out on Thursday, but in the end, everything worked out and the USGA and course walked away as the biggest winners. In fact, I might go as far to say that it was the best one I’ve seen in the past five years — four of which I covered and one that I spectated.
Padraig Harrington, one of the most prolific tinkerers in the game, played with a belly putter for the first time in a competitive round at the Wells Fargo Championship. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best day, shooting an opening 80, which included 32 putts.
While Harrington thinks the anchored stroke should be banned, he’s using the belly putter because he thinks it’s helping him stroke it better. Which is intriguing coming from the three-time major champion and R&A ambassador because it basically strengthens the argument for the USGA and R&A’s looming ban that is expected to be announced later this month.
The first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am kicked off this morning at the three different venues: Pebble Beach Golf Links, SpyGlass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course.
Rookie Henrik Norlander is off to a fast start — he’s five-under through 11 at Pebble. Hunter Mahan is five-under through nine holes at Pebble. So is Matt Every, who has three holes to play.
There are some tidbits from the pre-tourney festivities that I wanted to share before we get into the tournament. (As you may have read in previous posts or tweets, I don’t have internet at the motel I’m staying at this week, so good news is I can’t work once I leave the media center, and bad news is I can’t work once I leave. Ah well — life goes on.)
We convened for an impromptu #WUPHangout just before Phil Mickelson teed off for the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Obviously, most people are probably revved up for the Super Bowl, but for the diehard fans who can’t get enough of golf, you’ve come to the right place.
Thanks everyone for submitting questions via Twitter and for “hanging out” with us. Looking forward to an exciting day of golf and football, not to mention the commercials! Oh, and don’t forget, the Puppy Bowl is also on TV today at 3pm EST.
Predictions, anyone? Will Phil run away with the win? Can Brandt Snedeker catch him? ’49ers or Ravens? Cast your votes below.
Okay, not seriously, but Padraig Harrington had quite the day in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Not only did he shoot eight-under 63 for a 54-hole total of 16-under, he kicked an American football for the first time in front of roughly 18,000
drunks fans on the famed stadium hole, the par-3 16th, at TPC Scottsdale. (Prior to Saturday, he hadn’t even thrown one before.)
On the eve of the joint teleconference by the USGA and R&A on Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. (EST), it’s widely purported that golf’s governing bodies will announce that the decision has been made to ban “anchoring,” aka the putting method used with belly and broomstick putters. Which allegedly will not go into effect until 2016 (because the USGA reviews the Rules of Golf every four years, don’t ask me why).
The short of it via industry chatter and insiders: Anchoring against the fulcrum (body) will be illegal, but golfers will still be allowed to anchor the putter against the arm — a la Matt Kuchar. You can use a long putter as long as it isn’t propped or wedged against a part of the body. The actual wording of the rule will be interesting because of the gray area that comes up in this game and the potential lawsuits.
A four-under-par 67 from overnight leader Padraig Harrington proved enough to see off the challenge of Webb Simpson and clinch the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda yesterday evening.
The result brings to an end the Irishman’s two-year wait for a tournament victory (yes, it’s definitely asterisk-worthy).
One wonders quite how far down the list of potential invitees organisers of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, panicked by Ernie Els’ sudden withdrawal, had to travel before happening upon the name of Padraig Harrington.
Major-less since his victory at the 2008 PGA Championship, the 41-year-old was a late and perplexing addition to the four-man field in Bermuda this week, but exhibitied few insecurities en route to carding a five-under-par 66 to lead the event after Tuesday’s opening round.