"I just hope I didn't use up all my birdies today. We've got a long way to go," said White, who made eight on the day. "It's a tough golf course. I was sweating over every shot. I knew I was just one swing away from a double bogey at all times."
If the first round leader appeared to have that much confidence, imagine how the rest of the field must have felt.
Not after Cook's two-under 70 during the first round of the NCAA Championship. It was the low score by any individual posted during the morning wave at Karsten Creek GC, when just five sub-par rounds posted through the mid-way point of the opening round.
Cook was struggling with a traditional length putter after a T-35 showing at the SEC Championship, his second straight finish outside the top 30, and saw Adams' Rife belly putter in the Razorbacks office. Figuring it couldn't hurt, he brought it out to the course put it in play while finishing T-14 at the Southeast Regional in Florida.
Calmer conditions greeted the field Tuesday, with the 30 mile-an-hour winds from the practice round having dissipated, making the treacherous Tom Fazio course far more playable.
"I pulled them all together and I told the guys what makes this golf course is the wind," said Ohio State second-year coach Donnie Darr, a former assistant at Oklahoma State, who knew that without the breeze, there was a good number out there. "You've just got to understand that it's there to be had, and you've got to go get it. We didn't quite go get it, but we posted a pretty good number."
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The world rankings say that Luke Donald is the No. 1 player in the world after his playoff victory over fellow Englishman Lee Westwood Sunday in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Jack Nicklaus isn't surprised that Donald has risen to the top.
"Luke's game has come a long way, but I will have to tell you that Luke is a member down at the Bear's Club down in Florida and he's there all the time, and there isn't anybody who spends more time working on his golf game than I've seen in Luke Donald," Nicklaus said Tuesday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where he hosts the 36th edition of the Memorial Tournament. "He spends his time chipping and putting, chipping and putting, and I mean, he wears out the practice greens. And I think that the effort he has put into it has been rewarded."
Donald will be among the favorites when the Memorial begins Thursday, but were he healthy, Tiger Woods, despite his recent swing troubles, would undoubtedly be the betting man's choice, having won at Muirfield Village a record four times.
For those who like their training aids simple, here's the Grip Solid, which features a thin rubber strap with a raised flexible bar (called the Flex-Bar, appropriately enough) that attaches via Velcro around your own glove and is designed to do two things: To properly position the club in your hand and to help achieve the proper grip pressure.
"It's really quite simple," the developer Michael Newman said. "It makes sure the club is positioned down in your fingers. As you're swinging, the bars are flexible and if you're gripping the club too tightly you'll feel the bars compressing in your hand."
Newman is a computer programmer by trade and went to art school. "I'm always noodling with different kinds of things," he said. The Grip Solid was an idea he developed several years ago, he said, but he did nothing with it other than to give to friends. "They found it started to work very well for them," Newman said. "I thought, 'wow, this works.'"
For now, Grip Solid is available only via the Internet and sells for $19.95. He said the company will be exhibiting at the PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas in August in an effort to introduce his product to retailers.
-- John Strege
There are so many good things about Luke Donald's swing that it is difficult to know where to begin. His tempo can only be rivaled by Ernie Els. He has impeccable balance and footwork. The club swings through simple and repeatable positions. Frankly, it becomes difficult to imagine how he would ever hit a ball very far off line. Oh, and he has also been one of the best putters on the PGA Tour for the last few years. I guess it's not that shocking he is the new No. 1 ranked player in the world. With that in mind, watch the video below for a closer look at the mechanics behind that beautiful swing, both from face-on with a middle iron and then up the line with a driver.
Let's start with what I think is the most recognizable characteristic of Luke's swing, his classically balanced finish. There are a couple of details that the amateur player should take note of. First, his hips are fully rotated, and his lower center (think belt buckle) is closer to the target than his upper center (think buttons on your shirt). This relationship should be
The question, of course, is whether the Cowboys will fulfill their destiny and hold the trophy come Sunday.
With crowds that are likely to number in the thousands, there will be all sorts of local support behind OSU's bid for its 11th NCAA crown. At the same time, this just might increase the pressure that Mike McGraw's crew—Peter Uihlein, Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Tway, Sean Einhaus and Talor Gooch—is likely to face this week. There is no other outcome that will please the folks in orange and black. And there is no other outcome that they anticipate happening.
From the May 30 edition of Golf World Monday:
For those of you who don't believe in a sophomore jinx, we give you Rickie Fowler.
Last year's PGA Tour rookie of the year heads to this week's Memorial as a welcome addition to a field that once again will not feature four-time winner Tiger Woods.
Fowler is one of the game's stars and for good reason. He is charismatic, polite, great with fans and plays an exciting brand of golf with tons of birdies. He also is a steely competitor, as he proved in last year's Ryder Cup.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- There is a lot of cool stuff happening in professional golf this weekend, what with teenagers leading or contending at tour events in England and in Texas, but the final round of the 72nd Senior PGA Championship is shaping up as something special for the opposite kind of age factor.
Matteo Manassero and Jordan Spieth are five to 10 years younger than when players generally start to win regular tour events. Hale Irwin, on the other hand, is nearly 16 years older than the minimum age to play on the Champions Tour. That Irwin, who will turn 66 on June 3, is tied for the 54-hole lead at Valhalla GC with Kiyoshi Murota at nine-under 207 is a remarkable feat.
If Irwin were to pull off a victory Sunday, he would break his own record as oldest winner of a major since the Champions Tour began in 1980 - he was 58 years, 11 months, 31 days when he won the 2004 Senior PGA at Valhalla. A victory would allow him to eclipse Mike Fetchick, the oldest player to win a Champions Tour event (63 years to the day). Irwin even would supplant Jock Hutchison, who was 62 when he won the 1947 Senior PGA decades before senior golf was really on the map.
Irwin's poor finish - a sloppy double-bogey 7 on the 18th hole Saturday - eliminated what had been a two-shot lead. Tom Watson, a spry 61 years old, lurks at eight-under in third place. Nick Price and Tom Lehman, more than a decade younger than Irwin, are within four strokes.
There have been plenty of Sundays throughout golf history when a nostalgic choice felt his years when a tournament was on the line. For every older golfer who has bucked the odds, many more have faded away. Irwin hasn't had the lead going into the final round of a Champions Tour event since the 2007 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, when he finished second to Gil Morgan.
It could go either way for Irwin tomorrow, but for anybody who appreciates longevity and a successful athlete pulling out one more before time is up, the final round presents a delicious storyline. This isn't Tom Watson at Turnberry 2009, but it's certainly something rare.
-- Bill Fields