Dustin Johnson wins in Austin, Mirim Lee prevails in California, and D.A. Points is victorious in Puerto Rico.
We’re halfway to one thousand! Welcome back to Hittin’ the Links, where we’re in full-on Dustin Johnson mode after his win at the WGC-Dell Match Play. DJ made it through he marathon that is the WGC Match Play, besting John Rahm over 18 holes on Sunday to pick up his 15th career PGA Tour win and complete the WGC career sweep.
We’ll also check in with Jason Day, pay a visit to Augusta National, and learn about the caddy life on the PGA Tour. All that plus a story on the greatest quarterback of all time.
Let’s hit the links.
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Marc Leishman wins in Orlando, and Tiger’s book falls flat.
We’re back with another Hittin’ the Links! Marc Leishman took home the hardware at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, while Anna Nordqvist won in Phoenix. We’ll also check in on ongoing litigation between Costco and Acushnet, check out a massive claim by The Rock, and read up on Tiger Woods’ new book.
All that plus a healthy dose of the trials and tribulations of being a professional golfer. Let’s hit the links!
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Red-hot Dustin Johnson wins in Mexico.
Welcome back to Hittin’ the Links! Dustin Johnson captured his 14th PGA Tour win this week, achieving victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He widened his lead atop the Official World Golf Rankings, and is now the odds-on favorite to win the Masters.
We’ll also check in with the winners in Europe and Singapore, and say hello to the retired Lorena Ochoa and the might-as-well-be-retired Tiger Woods. All that, plus a crash course on the new proposed Rules of Golf.
Let’s get into it.
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Rickie Fowler picks up some serious hardware.
Welcome all to another week of Hittin’ the Links. Down in Florida, Rickie Fowler took home some serious hardware with a four-shot Honda Classic victory over Hoffman and Woodland. He held a sizable lead throughout most of his final round despite a few hiccups.
We’ll also check in on the PGA Tour’s first trip south of the border for the
WGC-Mexico Open – who’s in, who’s out, and what the players who do show will be up against. All that, plus a look at some old shoes, more Rory McIlroy news, and what Pat Perez said that got Tiger fans upset.
Let’s hit the links!
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Dustin Johnson takes the Genesis Open, shoots to first in the OWGR.
Dustin Johnson, ladies and gentlemen, is your 2017 Genesis Open Champion. The victory was Johnson’s 13th on Tour, and was secured with a stellar 64 on Saturday that let Johnson cruise to victory. Thomas Pieters, whom we’ll hear from a bit later, and Scott Brown finished five shots back.
We’ll also take a look at Augusta National’s azalea bushes, check in on the upcoming WGC-Mexico Championship, and show you exactly why only Phil Mickelson is Phil Mickelson.
Let’s hit the links!
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Sergio and Matsuyama win, Tiger Drops out, and Jordan releases some new kicks.
While most of the country was watching the Super Bowl, there was a bit of golf going on this weekend. Stateside, Hideki Matsuyama won his second consecutive Phoenix Open in a playoff over Webb Simpson, dispatching the U.S. Open champ after four playoff holes. Across the pond in the U.A.E., Sergio Garcia captured his 12th career European Tour victory, going wire-to-wire in Dubai. Among the field of vanquished competitors was Tiger Woods, who dropped out before the second round with back spasms.
We’ll take a look at all of that plus an update from he USGA, a check-in on Nike Golf, and a stroll through the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.
Let’s hit the links!
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It was an exciting week out on Tour, as Tiger Woods returned to his first full-field event in a year and a half, Jon Rahm picked up his first PGA Tour win, and Brittany Lincicome outlasted Lexi Thompson in the Bahamas.
Welcome, golf fans! This week on Hittin’ the Links, we usher in the re-return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour, take notice of Jon Rahm’s first Tour victory, and check in on the LPGA. We also join Jack Nicklaus as he watches Roger Federer reach 18, attempt to keep straight who’s gaming what, and look forward to next week’s tournament in Dubai.
Let’s hit the links!
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Bridgestone ups the ante in the hybrid game.
When I say “Bridgestone” to you, hybrids probably aren’t what come to mind right away. You’d think of golf balls, tires, Brandt Snedeker, the annual WGC event, and maybe even their forged irons. Hybrids would probably be well down the list.
Bridgestone has spent more than a decade trying to change that, but I’m not sure they’ve actually made much headway. They’re a little like Mizuno: hyper-specialized, but with the ability to occasionally surprise you when you don’t expect it. I played a Mizuno MX-700 hybrid for several years, and never thought twice about how strange that was because that club played go great.
The Bridgestone J15 is a lot like MX-700. No one is going to be beating any doors down to get their hands on a J15 hybrid, but the few who do are going to come away glad they did.
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Ping makes their case as the industry’s best clubmaker.
At last year’s TST Newport Cup, the guys and I got to tour PING’s facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. I’d never owned a PING club, but I was excited all the same. PING is known for being an engineering leader among OEMs, and their U.S. base of operations makes them a particularly intriguing company. Though they no longer cast and manufacture many clubs in America, they still have quite the impressive setup.
It wasn’t long before I knew I had to try the next PING product that came our way, if only to reap the benefits in real life of everything we got to see on the shop tour. So when the PING G series woods came up for review, I jumped at it.
Though they don’t have the splashiness of drivers or the utility of hybrids, fairway woods have been hot lately. TaylorMade used them to drive their marketing for several years, and recently PING has picked up the same mantle. The G series, now numberless, may be the most heralded set of fairway woods on the market right now.
Do they live up to the hype? Let’s take a look.
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