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  1. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304636404577299702668540234.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLE_Video_Third Quote: At their presentation in Phoenix, summarizing research for a paper to be finished soon, they compared the world ranking of the top 200 players to a ranking of those same players' skill levels calculated using a statistical model they also devised, which simultaneously takes into account players' adjusted tournament scores and the difficulty of the courses. In every two-year period going back to 2003, the bias was stark. "For every given skill ranking, the official world golf ranking for PGA Tour players averaged 36 positions worse than for non-PGA Tour players," Rendleman said. At one point Pat Perez was ranked 95th in skill, according to their model, but 195th in the world rankings. One of the main flaws in the current system involves strength-of-field ratings used to determine how many points players earn for good performance. Tournaments receive a minimum point value, depending on which of the world's tours is sponsoring it, regardless of how many quality players are in the field. Strength of field ratings based on the participating players' skill levels would be more equitable, they argue.
  2. Share any good swing videos of pro golfers that you come across. Can be from any tour. Lots of pro's swings on our YouTube channel. The Sand Trap YouTube
  3. We're in that special hell of rules controversies with the implementation of the new Rules of Golf. There have been some growing pains with the new rules, and that has allowed the golf media to tee off on its favorite target, the USGA. Which, to be fair, can make itself an easy target: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/despite-harsh-words-from-some-tour-pros-usga-pleased-with-roll-out-of-new-rules-of-golf. That aside, I wanted to talk about the "controversy" about the knee-height drop that the Rules now require. Rickie Fowler got a one stroke penalty for dropping from shoulder height this past weekend. Cue the complaining from him: https://golfweek.com/2019/02/22/rickie-fowler-hit-with-one-shot-penalty-for-illegal-drop-at-wgc-mexico-championship/ I can forgive him - he just had a brain fart, probably didn't gain an advantage in this situation, it cost him money. I'm always annoyed when I get a penalty, personally, and it's absolutely never my fault, okay? But cue the pearl clutching from the media: https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/25/backstopping-pro-tours-under-policed/ I'm here to tell you that this is wrong, and knee-height drops actually make a ton of sense. One of the best things the new Rules do is simplify dropping. Now, all you have to do when dropping is land the ball in the relief area (without touching you or your equipment before hitting the ground) and ensure the ball comes to rest in the relief area. If you don't do this, you have to redrop. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to figure out what your relief area is, but that's pretty simple, too. (For a fuller explanation of this, see Rule 14 and the definitions in the Rules of Golf.) The old rules were much more complex. Specifically, if your ball rolled to one of 9 areas after you dropped it, you had to redrop. For example, if your ball rolled more than 2 club lengths away from where your ball hit the ground, you had to redrop. You had to know all of these 9 areas to know if you needed to redrop or not. So, the new way is simpler, right? Instead of learning 9 different triggers for a redrop, you only have to learn 1. Great! Why am I talking about when you have to redrop? This is why we're dropping from knee height. Generally, under the new Rules, your ball cannot go as far after hitting the ground as it used to without triggering a redrop. Dropping from knee height reduces the chance that a redrop will be necessary. It also means that a ball has less of a chance of embedding in sand when you drop it. It makes a ton of sense, really. Now, you might say, that's all fine, but why not allow dropping a ball from anywhere above knee height? I think you could easily game the rules to be able to place the ball when you really want to by simply dropping from shoulder height instead of knee height. Think about dropping on a side slope, for example. You're much more likely to have to redrop and place if you drop the ball from a higher point. Sure, this is rare, but why take the chance? We're all on the same page, right? Knee-height drops make a lot of sense. (If you want to know more about the changes to dropping, this is an excellent article that talks about this in a bit more detail: https://rulesgeeks.com/2018/12/30-days-of-2019-rules-changes-day-16-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball-in-playing-it-from-a-relief-area/) Now to the point of all of this: golf media, please take 5 minutes to understand the rule before issuing a HAWT TAKE about the rule. The USGA has a one page sheet that explains the rule: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/new-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball.html. You don't come off very well when you fail to read that. I know it's fun and easy to just mindlessly bash the USGA, but they do get things right. This is one of them. (Oh and by the way, the Rules are actually really good, as a whole. Maybe I'll talk about that in another post later.)
  4. Seemed like we could use a thread for the Euro Tour, but not a thread every week. Anyway - I watched the end of the 3rd round of the Saudi International event. Haoton LI finished the round eagle/eagle; giving him 4 eagles for the day. 3 of them on par 4's, 2 of them chipping in. So his 62 puts him into a tie with DJ, going into tomorrow; that's a 62 with 2 birdies.
  5. I watched a few minutes of the second round of the BMW International Open today, and saw an issue come up with a drop/placing of the ball after Thorbjorn Olesen’s ball went into a water hazard. His ball went into the water hazard, and in taking relief, he dropped twice and it twice rolled back to the hazard and so he placed the ball (1 stroke). He then walked up onto the green. While he was on the green, the ball rolled again into the water hazard. Olesen called for a rules official, who told him to re-place the ball and continue on, with no additional penalty. Evidently there was some concern that this wasn't a correct ruling pretty quickly—even the announcers were questioning it as it was happening—and Olesen was told (maybe one hole later or so) that there would be an additional 1-stroke penalty for relief from the hazard the second time. http://www.golfchannel.com/video/olesen-rules-incident-bmw-international-open/ Olesen seems a bit miffed at the rules officials for the incorrect ruling, but it seems that he still doesn't get it. As I see it, he should have re-dropped (twice, if needed, and then placed if needed) with the second 1-stroke penalty. But the rules official didn't cost Olesen any strokes at all—the ball going into the hazard twice was Olesen’s own doing, so taking relief twice cost him two 1-stroke penalties. My concerns are: 1. Olesen is upset that “you guys [rules officials] … don't know the rules.” Maybe, but Olesen should know them also, especially the significance of whether a ball was moving or at rest, and in play or not. --and maybe worse-- 2. It seems he thinks the rules official cost him the second stroke. But since Olesen doesn't get it that he had to take the second 1-stroke penalty to take relief the second time regardless, Olesen still doesn't understand the rule or this particular ruling. http://www.golfchannel.com/video/european-tour-official-mcfee-olesens-penalty/
  6. http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2017/3/15/by-ignoring-golfs-ties-to-emirates-we-risk-hypocrisy.html That's all well and good, Rory, but… you still play in Dubai and all that, no? Where's the commentary on the atrocities and how "obscene" their behavior is?
  7. I understand the Euro Tour is going to start using walk up music . .starting today in Dubai. What would your walk up song be? Mine would be "Spanky" by The Gourds The part I would use starts at 43 seconds in . .and I'd get them to record it clean for me . .I'm sure they would being local boys as they are . . You boys need a spankin I'm the one that'll do 'er You boys need a spankin I'm the one that'll do 'er
  8. Full story: http://www.europeantour.com/challengetour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016744/news/newsid=302168.html#XYFrwItFswPoOjXV.99
  9. So this is the last of the European Tour's Middle East stretch. McIlroy, Stenson, Kaymer, Fitzpatrick and DeChambeau are in the field. http://www.thenational.ae/sport/golf/dates-players-and-ticket-info-your-guide-to-the-2016-omega-dubai-desert-classic http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016008/index.html And this guy who looks like he's about to step onto a tennis court.
  10. The second tournament of the so called Desert Swing started today (unlike any other European Tour tournament, this one is played from Wednesday trough Saturday. For now, Oosthuizen and Larranzabal are the clubhouse leaders at -7, followed by Colsaerts at -6 who also finished his round.
  11. Fowler moves to #4 in the World Ranking after beating a star-studded field in Abu Dhabi, including Spieth (#1) and Rory (#3). We had a separate conversation (thread) last week about Fowler and the idea he was poised to join "the big boys" a/k/a "the big 3". Without a Major, it will be difficult for Fowler to replace one of the current Big 3. However, rather than isolate the group to 3 members, Rickie could soon make a very compelling argument to add a seat at the table and begin a new dialogue: "The Big 4".http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016004/news/newsid=283619.html#JP02l2Df5l8H6dkt.97
  12. Big event for the Euro Tour headlined by McIlroy, Spieth and Fowler, along with Stenson and Kaymer. Also noticed out of the corner of my eye, Mike Weir is in the field, but everyone is probably hoping for a McIlroy/Spieth showdown. Don't forget to set your DVR, unless you enjoy watching live golf in the middle of the night. http://golfweek.com/news/2016/jan/20/rory-mcilroy-own-game-european-tour-golf/ http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016004/index.html
  13. Up next for the European tour. Played at The Old Course,Carnoustie and Kingsbarnes on the East coast of Scotland. Some interesting names competing. Bill Murray,Hugh Grant,Andy Garcia,Michael Douglas,Johann Cruyff,Ruud Gullit,Kelly Slater....among others.......... also we have some golfers. Kaymer,Harrington,Els,Westwood,Daly,Harrington,Mcdowell,Lawrie,Cink,Donald,Schwartzel,Gallacher and Grace...among others. This is one I used to go to when living in Scotland. October could be vicious in that part of the world. Kicks off tomorrow. http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2015/tournamentid=2015076/leaderboard/index.html#VRqiCWx7y166t9GE.97
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