Volume Two Hundred Fifty Six

Freddie Couples is done with the PGA Tour, there is a Re/Max upset, and Tiger just wants 2010 to be over!

Hittin' the LinksHello Golf Fans and welcome to Hittin’ the Links. HTL is back after a one week hiatus and is packed full of all that is going on in the golf world.

In this newest edition we begin with a look at Tiger’s less than stellar year, check in at the Re/Max Long drive competition, and find out what Phil and Tiger are doing with swords. Also on tap, we investigate the most powerful people in golf, see what Freddie Couples has planed for 2011, and do a wrap-up of some of the week’s events. Read on!

Lee Westwood Won’t be Number One for Very Long

Lee Westwood might be on top of world right now, but his reign as golf’s top player could be short lived.

Trap Five LogoLadies 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.

Westwood’s Ascension Caps Foreign Golf Invasion

What an ugly year for American golf. Not only did the top U.S. players collapse, but the so-called future stars were embarrassing compared to the young studs from abroad.

Thrash TalkWe’ve known for a month that the calendar was going to be the only one to knock Tiger Woods from his perch atop the World Golf Rankings.

So when Lee Westwood rose to number one four days ago, it summed up golf in 2010: a foreign golfer steps in as an American falters. The was the year that American golf took one right on the chin from the rest of the world.

Callaway Releases New Diablo Octane Drivers and Fairway Woods

Callaway adds some fuel to their Diablo line with the new Diablo Octane and Diablo Octane Tour drivers and fairway woods.

Bag DropWhat happens when an established golf equipment manufacturer creates a research and development partnership with an Italian automaker known for their insanely fast supercars? We’ll answer that question in a minute, but it should come as no surprise that Callaway and Autmobilia Lamborghini (commonly known as just “Lamborghini”) have officially formalized their partnership after a number of years of collaboration on advanced materials. That, and apparently they both have some sort of obsession with the devil (Lamborghini Diablo, Callaway’s Diablo line of clubs, see the pattern here??).

Before I start spreading rumors of some devil worship cult that exists deep within the these two corporate giants, you should probably know that the Lamborghini Diablo was actually named after a fighting bull. Now that I’ve drifted ridiculously off-topic, I’m going to yank us right back like a bull fighter yanking away the red cape so that we can take a look at the latest drivers and fairway woods from Callaway.