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Justin Thomas is my Player of the Year

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Winning the player of the year award in any sport is pretty impressive. 

To get that, you have to do something historic or be the best player in the league by a lot. This season in the NBA we saw Russell Westbrook average a triple double and win the NBA MVP. So you could say that winning five tour events in one season would be a solid campaign for the MVP.

I think it is, and it is not disputable. Starting off the season with a few wins at the early year events seemed cool for JT. Get some wins under your belt and get geared up for a long year.But when he won the PGA Championship it opened a whole new can of worms.

Winning a major compared to a “pre season” event gives you an entire different look to your resume. In a major everybody is playing at the top of their game and the course itself are such a tough setup it takes you’re A game to win. After that, he added yet another win. In the Fed Ex Playoffs even.

To win five PGA Tour events in your life is one thing, but to do it in a year is amazing. I think Justin Thomas had the best year on the PGA Tour.

I would argue he is the unanimous player of the year, but I have Spieth a close second and I think the voters may give him a few votes. Between the unreal Open performance, we will be talking about for years. And not to mention his bunker shot in our backyard in Connecticut that may go down as the shot of the year.

Justin Thomas may not have had the most memorable shot of the year, but he has had the best year and deserves to win player of the year.

Oh and there is two events left, anything is possible.

Millennial Pushing the Envelope on the Course

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Changing The Game of Golf

We all grow up being told not to stereotype, but it’s human nature to pair certain qualities with certain groups.

Some may be true; some may not be. One thing golf does have is a very strong stereotype among non golfers around the world.

Rich. Snobby. Proper. No fun. Quiet please.

Those are some of the words that some people associate with golfers. 

Rich people who enjoy their weekends at their country club, wearing fancy clothes, only clapping and not cheering and being quiet for most of their four-hour round.

But the millennial golfer may be breaking that mold. Myself included, millennial golfers like to push the envelope.

Instead of wearing a proper polo, we like to wear polos with crazy patterns and colors, untucked with a backwards hat on.

We are still going to hit the golf ball the same.

We like to bring our Bluetooth speakers and play our favorite songs while we play with our friends. We like to prank each other and try trick shots. Golf is a game, lets make it fun.

With all that being said we respect the history and tradition of golf, but with the direction it is heading, we need a drastic change to get todays youth excited and involved.

What better than bright fun clothes, loud music, competition and a whole lot of fun. The older generation may see our loud music as disrespect.

Come on dude, you were going to shank that ball into the woods even if my 50 Cent wasn’t blasting on my speaker. Golf needs to lighten up.

Until the older generation gets their ego and pettiness out, this game may never grow.

Millennials are not trying to ruin golf, we are trying to put our own fun spin on it.

Either join us, or get left in the dust. This is the future of golf.

Pro Clifton McDonald Shoots a 127 at U.S. Open Qualifier

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Mcdonald misses cut by 55 strokes

The U.S. Open just passed, and many of you were probably thinking to yourself how cool it would be to play in the tournament.

Well, maybe after seeing how tough Erin Hills was, you may have second guessed that wish, but it would still be cool to play in a U.S. Open.

The problem? You aren’t good enough to qualify.

If you’re on the PGA Tour, you have a good chance of making it, but if you’re not, good luck.

Here is a little perspective:

At local qualifiers around the United States 8,979 people played and only 525 advanced.

So, you have to be pretty good to even get through the local qualifiers.

The local qualifier in Plymouth, Massachusetts was at Pinehills and the top scores were 70 and 72.

So your score has to be pretty low. You should be able to know, before blowing $175 bucks, if you even have a chance to proceed.

That’s where Clifton McDonald comes in. The man, the myth, the legend.

Playing to a 2.4 handicap, McDonald must have been hopeful to make the U.S. Open.

Well, after a 68 on the front which included a 14 on a par 5, his hopes may have been crushed.

Most people would withdraw or no card. Not him though.

He followed up that scorching 68 with a 59 on the back.

That included a rare bogey, three triple bogeys, and a whole lot of double bogeys. He went +29 on par 4’s for the day, not ideal.

That adds up to a 127, +55. Yikes.

You have to commend him for actually sticking it out and finishing. Grinder.

Social media comments relating to McDonald’s performance were both brutal and hilarious.

But I mean come on man, if you suck that bad, stay at the range for another 6-8 months. Pace of play must have been BRUTAL with him around.

I just feel bad for the legitimate golfers who were there. At least they got a good laugh.

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