The 2010 PGA Tour season was certainly a wild one. After Tiger's Thanksgiving escapades of late 2009 revealed a lot of dirty laundry, Phil Mickelson and John Daly got a different kind of groovy. Phil started his season well, by winning the Masters, as did Dustin Johnson, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. DJ subsequently choked away two majors but won a Playoff event to finish on a high note. Johnson was unable to take home the big trophies though, as Jim Furyk won the FedExCup and the European team capped off a strong year with a win in the Ryder Cup. Finally, adding to the international resurgence, Lee Westwood is now the number one ranked golfer in the world.
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For all of us northern golfers, this time of the year marks the traditional end of the season. Luckily, now more than ever, you don't have to go from November to April with no golf. You can play almost real-world golf in your basement, you can get in a little putting practice, and there are even several ways to actually hit some golf balls. These winter golf methods will not only keep the rust off, but they can actually help to advance your game.
Ladies and gentlemen, Lee Westwood is now officially the number one ranked golfer in the world. Given that he took the top spot from media machine Tiger Woods, I probably don't even have to tell you that. Although the story of Westwood's fall from a top player early last decade is a good one, nice stories don't a great golfer make. Even including his European Tour play, Westwood has no career majors and fewer wins the last two years than Tiger Woods, newly vegetarian Phil Mickelson, Martin Kaymer, and Steve Stricker. While his consistent play over the last few years has put him at the apex of his sport, here are five reasons that Lee Westwood won't last as the top golfer.
What has the 2006 U.S. Open champion been up to lately? Aside from taking the SBS Championship by the throat and the birth of his son, Ogilvy has switched his club sponsor (from Cobra to Titleist) and apparel sponsor (from Puma to FootJoy), been busy on twitter (over 10,000 followers), and playing some kick ass golf. I did a little searching around and wanted to find out more about him. Take a peek and see about his family life, the clubs he's using and some other odd ball facts.
In a lot of ways the world's current number two, Steve Stricker, never really gets the attention that is due to him. The media is too busy talking about Tiger's off-course issues problems, or Phil's groove issues, to take too much notice of a guy who has made the cut in 22 of his last 25 starts, even if those 25 starts include three wins last year and two already this year (if you count the Shark Shootout). Also, with a real hot year he could potentially take the number one spot from Tiger. This year will be great for him and I'll be happy to watch him take home a Green Jacket or Claret Jug (or both).
Here are the top five reasons why Steve Stricker will (or should!) win a major in 2010. Good Luck Steve!!!
There is an overwhelming amount of concern about the private life of Tiger Woods. It doesn't really matter what channel you turn to while watching TV; you are likely to hear something about the current situation he is in.
To be honest, I'm getting quite sick of it. It is not my place to know about his or anyone else's personal life, nor do I really care to know. Aside from his personal life, in his professional one, he has done much more good than harm. He has helped grow the game exponentially and the numerous charities he has supported including his own have helped a hell of a lot of people. In this week's Trap Five, I'm giving you five reason's why he should be left alone and return to golf on his own terms and not the public's. What are yours?
You've been stuck inside for the majority of the past three months, except for the occasional trip to the indoor or heated range (if you are lucky enough to have one nearby). You've been bored all winter.
I don't get to play seeing as I live in Massachusetts, which can sometimes be mildly depressing. Those of you who live through a snowy winter every year can empathize with this dilemma. So, as the spring comes closer I always try to remember why I spend so much time practicing in the winter. Here are my five reasons to be exited about golf all year. What are yours?
With golfers today, everything seems so mechanical. Although a certain amount of repetition is necessary for one to develop the correct fundamentals and be able to repeat them, the golf swing is like a fingerprint: everyone has one and they are all different.
I took a look at a ton of different swings for this week's Trap Five and tried to find one's that were not only fundamentally sound, but had an originality about them that can't be replicated. Here are my picks.
With crazy amounts of game and age on their side. These guys are going to make a big impact on tour in 2010. These my picks for the top five pros under 25. Lets compare our lists and see how they match up.