The Double Bogey

A blog about golf by Jay Yarow

Very cool photo by Allan Henry of Graeme McDowell practicing at Dove Mountain for the Match Play. For more, follow Henry on Twitter.

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Keegan Bradley Promises To Stop Spitting

Good. It’s gross to watch on TV. Next up, less fidgeting before hitting the ball.

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The bracket is out for the WGC Accenture Match Play. (Click on the picture above to see a bigger version.) This is a pretty neat tournament.
You can fill in a bracket at GolfWeek and try to win prizes. You have zero chance of getting this right. It’s harder than getting a March Madness bracket right.

The bracket is out for the WGC Accenture Match Play. (Click on the picture above to see a bigger version.) This is a pretty neat tournament.

You can fill in a bracket at GolfWeek and try to win prizes. You have zero chance of getting this right. It’s harder than getting a March Madness bracket right.

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A great win by Bill Haas yesterday. Geoff Shackelford with a complete wrap up.

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You can’t win on Thursday, but … Phil is turning in another great performance.

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How The Mild Winter Is Affecting Golf Courses

It’s not generating more revenue for private clubs since they’re locked into annual fees. However, it is allowing clubs to make improvement to their grounds that would have been done in the spring.

From Bloomberg:

“The weather’s been a godsend as far as additional revenue, but perhaps in a larger economic way, it’s allowed golf courses and country clubs to do a lot of work over the winter that usually falls to the spring or summer,” Galvin, a director of the National Golf Course Owners Association, said in a telephone interview.

Oddly, Bloomberg doesn’t talk about public courses, where one would assume revenue is way up.

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Tiger Will Try To Fix That Last Piece Of His Game

Tiger announced plans to play in three straight tournaments starting next week. He hasn’t done that since the end of 2009.

It makes sense. His game is coming together nicely, but he needs to get over his nerves on Sundays. The only way to do that is to play on Sundays.

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Rankings In Golf Are Dumb

Bob Harig is on Twitter in some idiotic debate with his followers about how it’s unfair that Pebble gives the winner fewer world ranking points than the Chevron.

Pebble Beach has a full field, whereas Chevron has just 18 people in it. Therefore, Pebble should be weighed more heavily. Sounds fair to me.

But, the rankings in golf are really stupid. There’s no point in getting bent out of shape over it.

Tiger has won only one event in two years and yet he’s ranked 18 in the world.

Lee Westwood is ranked higher than Rory McIroy. Would you ever take Westwood over McIlroy in a big event? Of course not.

Here’s how I would do rankings. I’d look at a player’s spot on the money list, which is a form of points. Then I’d look at his tournament victories. Then look at how he played in the majors.

Mix it all up and voila, you’re done.

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Phil

Phil Mickelson played an absolutely sublime round today. He shot a eight-under 64. He was pouring in putts from all over the greens and had an amazing day of ball striking.

As if that wasn’t enough, he blew away Tiger, beating him by 11 strokes for the day. Considering their history that had to feel pretty great.

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Tiger’s Got A Sunday Problem

Two tournaments in a row Tiger played brilliantly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, only to see it all slip away with a sloppy Sunday performance. He’s got to figure out what’s changing mentally and physically on Sundays and fix it before the Masters.

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