Volume One Hundred Ten

Will 13 be a lucky or an unlucky number for Tiger? We won’t get to find out for eight long months.

Hitting the LinksVirtually everyone thought Tiger winning was a foregone conclusion. Woody Austin and Ernie Els made us rethink that conclusion several times, but couldn’t quite prove us incorrect.

This week, we have several links from Glory’s Last Shot, not one of which includes the Presidents Cup, now only about a month away.

2007 PGA Championship Final Round Live Blog

Will Tiger make it 8-for-8 with a second-round lead and 13-for-13 with a third-round lead? Or will someone finally overtake Tiger on the final day of a major?

2007 PGA Logo18:54 – That does it – a lucky 13th for Tiger Woods. Though many suspected he’d win, I doubt many would have predicted he’d have quite this much trouble. Congratulations, Tiger Woods.

18:47 – Tiger’s approach at the 18th finds the back center of the green. He has three putts to win the 89th PGA Championship. But first he has to wait for Stephen Ames, currently back to +6 for the day. His ball stops within two feet of Tiger’s.

18:44 – Nicklaus won his 13th at 35 years old. Tiger will win his 13th at 31 (and will turn 32 this December).

Cleveland CG12 Zip Wedges Review

Cleveland’s CG12 with new “Zip Grooves” promise to put a new spin on your short shots. Do they?

Cleveland Zip Wedges HeroRoger Cleveland founded Cleveland Golf in the 1970s on the strength of his wedge designs. They’ve long been renowned as some of the best in the game, but Cleveland has been slipping in this category since Roger’s departure in the mid-1990s. Bob Vokey at Titleist, Roger’s new employer Callaway, and even TaylorMade have made great inroads in the wedge game and the top spot now belongs to Titleist’s Vokey line of wedges.

That has not stopped Cleveland, of course, and they’re looking to get back on top with their new CG12 wedges with “Zip Grooves™” – deeper U-grooves than found on previous models (like the CG11s we reviewed) that aim to add juice to your wedge shots much like TaylorMade’s “Y” grooves, Callaway’s “Mack Daddy” grooves, and Titleist’s Spin Milled grooves.

As a long-time Vokey fan, I put these wedges to the test: I took my Vokeys out of the bag and played with these for a month straight. Did they pass the test? Read on to find out…

Five Things You Might not Know About the FedExCup

144 Players. Four Tournaments. One Champion. A whole lot of questions.

Trap Five Logo“If you don’t know what to say, it’s easy to say something derogatory.” That’s a line from Stewart Cink regarding criticism of the FedExCup.

Although the final major of the year is taking place this week, there’s this other reportedly big golf story right around the corner. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to start sorting out this FedExCup deal we’ve been hearing so much about.

By the way, if the PGA Championship is “Glory’s Last Shot,” what does that make the FedExCup? “Glory’s Mulligans?”

When you mention the FedExCup, it seems like people have more questions than answers. How is it going to work? Why do 144 players make the Playoffs? How come Tiger is going to start the playoffs with more points than he’s earned?

The 2007 PGA Championship: Staff Predictions

It’s time for our prognostications for the final leg of the slam.

Thrash TalkThis week brings us the final major championship of the 2007 golf season, and the Sand Trap staff is once again poised to deliver you the winner… and a few other things. Okay, so we’re oh-for-three on calling the majors so far this year (thank you, Tiger and Phil), but I have a good feeling about this one. After all, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

Read on to hear our thoughts, and feel free to add your own!

Golf Talk [Episode 067]

If you want Tiger to beat you, just insult him. That seems to do the trick. Stephen Ames and Rory Sabbatini now know better.

Golf Talk PodcastIt’s a week of firsts and manys. Lorena notched her first major while Natalie Gulbis won her first tournament. Tiger won his sixth event at Firestone and Tom Watson won his third Senior British Open. Plus, wins from Steve Flesch, Andres Romero, Jim Furyk. Rory Sabbatini mouths off and more in this week’s episode of Golf Talk.

You can subscribe to the RSS feed for our podcasts here or download Episode 067 as an MP4 file. For those who want to subscribe to us in iTunes, click here.

For this week’s Show Notes – links to articles we discuss in the show and additional information – just read on.

Volume One Hundred Nine

I wonder what Rory thinks about the “New Tiger” now?

Hitting the LinksTiger Woods toyed with the field and Firestone Country Club looked like a U.S. Open venue with added length and ankle-deep rough. What is the aversion of tournament officials to birdie and eagle opportunities?

And it was a historic occasion as Lorena Ochoa won her first major at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews for the first time ever. Congratulations are also in order for Steve Flesch, who won the Reno-Tahoe Open by five shots.

This week we have a recap of the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational, Lorena Ochoa closes the deal with her first major, and Herbert Green relives the pressure of trying to win under a death threat.

Not the Top Stories from the Women’s British Open

Saint Andrews and the LPGA are in the news. These stories aren’t!

Trap Five LogoStarting yesterday, the women of the LPGA are playing the Ricoh Women’s British Open at The Old Course in St. Andrews for the very first time. The R&A is even going to let them in the clubhouse (gasp!). It’s going to be an interesting week.

The course will play to a par of 73. The seventeenth, the famous “Road Hole,” will play as a par five instead of its usual par four. Ben Crenshaw was once asked why the Road Hole is the toughest par four in the world. “Because it’s a par five,” he said. A 453-yard par five should be reachable, but it has one of the more unusual green complexes in the world.

But the course par and a quirky three-shotter are probably not going to be the only unusual things we’ll see this weekend. That started me thinking about some unusual headlines that we might see (but probably won’t). Read on for my top five list of “not” top stories from the Women’s British Open.

Golf Rants, Volume 1: Golf Instruction

Time to tee off on one of my pet peeves in our great game: instruction.

Thrash TalkAnyone who’s played golf for any length of time knows how difficult it is to improve. Therein lies the seed of my numero uno golf rant – modern golf instruction. As someone who’s tried it all, you might want to read what I have to say…it might save you some time and money.

My journey with golf began in earnest with a copy of Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons in an empty field on the grounds of Fort Gordon, an Army base in Augusta, Georgia, in 1989. Oh, I had been fiddling around with golf for a few years, but it was during my Family Medicine clerkship at Eisenhower Army Medical Center that the golf bug really bit. Maybe it was the warm spring air, or, more likely, the afternoons off to attend Masters practice rounds (I timed my spring schedule perfectly), but whatever the reason, I set off that spring to try to master the golf swing, and was pretty confident I could do it. Little did I know what I was in for.