This week, Webb reviewed a handful of swings submitted by GolfDigest.com readers through Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #HelpMeGolfDigest. The first comes from @jmsurma, who has a strong swing but needs to clean up some extraneous motion.
Yet while the trio brought star power and media exposure, somewhat lost in the evening's festivities was the fact Nike is bringing a trio of intriguing iron offerings to market: Vapor Pro ($1,099), Vapor Pro Combo ($999) and Vapor Speed ($799). All three use what Nike calls "modern muscle" technology, with weight moved more towards the toe to relocate the center of gravity closer to the center of the face. It's an innovation brought about primarily due to feedback from Woods.
"My wear spot has always been slightly toward the heel," Woods said. "This center of gravity location provides a better feel and more consistency."
While Vapor Pro (above) is a modern take on the muscleback blade, Pro Combo (below) is, as the name suggests, a progressive set with more forgiving clubs in the long irons and more traditional clubs in the short irons.
Vapor Speed (below) is the most forgiving -- and longest -- of the irons.
The clubs will be available Oct. 31.
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Kevin Pingel took nearly 600 balls and turned them into a six-foot, 100-pound statue of a golfer, according to Siouxlandmatters.com. Here's a photo of the structure:
And here's a video of Pingel, who takes being a golf fanatic to another level, discussing his impressive art project:
Pingel said he modeled the statue -- which is becoming somewhat of a tourist attraction in Alta, Iowa -- after the current swing of his favorite golfer, Tiger Woods. Somewhere, Sean Foley just did a fist pump.
On Wednesday, McIlroy mentioned that amid all the good times and playful banter, Woods made clear his goal for the 2015 Masters. "I'm not going to let you win a green jacket next year," Woods told McIlroy, who said the "super competitive" star wasn't joking.
Considering Woods as a viable threat to win at Augusta in eight months seems like a stretch at this point following a season in which he had back surgery, didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and withdrew his name for consideration for next month's Ryder Cup. He also won't have won a green jacket of his own in a decade when he tees it up there next. But such a statement showing that Woods' fierce competitive spirit remains healthy is a good sign for those rooting for him to recover and start winning again.
McIlroy added this when asked about taking over for Tiger as golf's new leading man:
"I'm not comfortable because I know [Tiger] is working his butt off to get back here and get back where he wants to be," McIlroy said.
Let's hope Tiger gets there by next April when McIlroy takes his first attempt at winning the career Grand Slam. It would be nice to see a rivalry between these two great players that goes beyond some Nike ad.
Markle, in turn, nominated Serena Williams, so that's where the golf connection ends. But Markle and McIlroy did share a tweet after the whole event.Follow @lukekerrdineen
Rickie Fowler emceed the event and nominated teammates Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, who missed the festivities (Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay was in attendance and dumped the freezing water on Furyk), as well as the European team.
That might be tricky since automatic qualifying hasn't ended for Europe yet. But when the team is finalized, we know its top player, Rory McIlroy, is excused. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman did the challenge with pal Tiger Woods.
We are down to the final four events of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, which means some golfer is about to walk away with a $10 million bonus and fantasy golfers still have time to make a little money of their own. The Barclays leads off the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and while Adam Scott won last year, Matt Kuchar feels more like the defending champ. Kuchar won this event in 2010, but that was the last year the tournament was played Ridgewood CC, this week's site. Kuchar is also returning from an odd Slip 'N Slide injury (no, really) leaving even more questions. Who are we pinning our FedEx Cup hopes on? Here's our weekly Yahoo! fantasy lineup:
Starters -- (A-List): Adam Scott. We probably would have used Kuchar, if not for that bizarre back injury. But hey, it's tough to ever go wrong when using Mr. Scott. The Aussie has finished in the top 15 in six straight events and 11 of 13 overall this season.
(B-List): Jason Day. Another Aussie who has played well in 2014 when he's teed it up, Day played in the final group at the PGA Championship on Saturday and finished T-5 at Ridgewood in 2010.
(B-List): Bill Haas. Coming off a T-2 in Greensboro and still motivated -- and close -- to earning a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But what about Rory McIlroy? We're passing on using him in this spot despite his three-tournament winning streak. Why? Because EVERYONE is picking him. We hope EVERYONE isn't right. . .
(C-List): Sergio Garcia. Had a disappointing PGA Championship, but had back-to-back runner-ups previously at the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational. He also had a runner-up at Ridgewood in this event in 2008.
Bench/Backups: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, and Ryan Palmer.
Knockout/One-and-done pick: Nick Watney. Unfortunately, we've used all the players above so we had to dig a little deeper here. Watney won this event in 2012 at Bethpage Black and has re-found his form of late with a T-5, a T-8 and a T-12 in the past month. Another big finish would certainly get the attention of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson. Watney said that there's been a bit of a learning process since becoming a dad in March. And thanks to Kuchar, Watney knows to be careful shopping for a Slip 'N Slide when the time comes.
Previously used: Keegan Bradley (Doral), Tim Clark (Sony), Jason Day (Congressional), Graham DeLaet (Phoenix), Luke Donald (Valspar), Jason Dufner (Bridgestone), Rickie Fowler (Honda Classic), Jim Furyk (Heritage), Sergio Garcia (British Open), Bill Haas (Farmers), Charley Hoffman (Travelers), Billy Horschel (Zurich), Charles Howell III (Humana), Freddie Jacobson (Valero), Dustin Johnson (Northern Trust), Zach Johnson (Colonial), Matt Kuchar (U.S. Open), Martin Laird (Kapalua), Hunter Mahan (Canadian), Graeme McDowell (Bay Hill), Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship -- WINNER!), Ryan Palmer (Memphis), Justin Rose (Memorial), Adam Scott (Masters), Webb Simpson (Wyndham), Jordan Spieth (Houston), Henrik Stenson (Players), Jimmy Walker (Pebble -- WINNER!), Gary Woodland (Nelson).