2017 Solheim Cup Wrap Up
Another year, another heated USA vs. Europe duel in golf. This time on the lady’s side of things. Last week was the 15th Solheim Cup, and it did not disappoint.
This event wasn’t every hyped up before hand, I did not hear much about it personally. But I do have to say one thing about the event and the USA winning by the biggest margin since 1996.
The golf world watched, and liked it.
I was curious to see if the many people I follow on Twitter in the industry of golf, would give this event much love. I was blown away. My feed was loaded with duded rooting for Michelle Wie and talking about how cool the event was. But this years USA team was stacked, and no one was stopping them.
The team was made up of Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and many more great golfers. Cristie Kerr was the USA’s workhorse going 3-0-1 to fuel the victory.
During the week the two teams battle in different formats. They include foursomes, fourball and singles. Like the Ryder Cup, they save the singles for Sunday when all the drama happens.
Lexi Thompson was trying to do her best Patrick Reed impression during the singles when the world number 2 was once down four, pulled some Captain America magic. She played holes 10-16 at 8 under!
That included a hole out eagle on 11 that got all of the gallery on their feet. The funniest moment of the day was captured on accident, and Twitter did not let it slip.
USA’s captain was Juli Inkster and she would follow certain girls around all week. Well Sunday, when it was all but over, she had a Styrofoam cup with her. Probably a water who cares.
Nope, when people paused it, in black pen on the side of the cup read “Vodka Tonic”.
Safe to say the celebrating got started early and the USA defended the trophy to keep it on this side of the pond.
Maurice Allen Is Making Golf Cool Again With Monster Drives
World Long Drive Is Growing
Maurice Allen, no not Marcus Allen, is your new long drive champion.
His winning drive travled 436 yards and he was using a Krank golf driver.
This just shows, the brand can sometimes be a backup option to more expensive companies and still perform the same if not better.
“This win means everything,” Allen said after the Mile High Showdown. “There are a lot of people who believed in me… all these people gave me an opportunity. And for a guy who was sleeping in his car five years ago because he wanted to be a Long Driver, it [doesn’t] get any sweeter than this.”
If you want to blame location, go ahead but it is hard to hit a golf ball that far no matter the conditions and Allen did just that.
Allen is a somewhat of a late bloomer to the game.
After graduated from FAMU, then he moved to Atlanta to become a chiropractor where he became a student of the game of golf.
Allen has the resume to back it up though, Maurice set a new Guinness World Record for Golf Ball Speed (211 MPH). His longest drive in competition is 459 yards.
With all the factors in place there is no reason Allen did not win.
The driver he used was a Krank golf driver that runs XXX stiffness and set to a loft of 3 degrees!
3 degrees on a driver is the craziest thing I have ever heard, but when the ball is leaving the club face around 200 miles per house. That is like the normal golfer trying to tee off with their putter.
It just isn’t happening.
World Long Drive has gotten a little bigger each year and for such a cool little event it draws a great crowd.
Lets hope next year is just as good if not better.
The Greenbrier Classic Wrap Up
The Greenbrier Classic is one of the premier tournament stops on the PGA Tour and this week didn’t disappoint.
With big names in the field like Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, J.B Holmes and Patrick Reed it was sure to be a firework filled event.
But it wasn’t the big names who made the noise.
Actually it was the little guys you probably have never heard of like Xander Schauffelle, Sebastain Munoz, Jamie Lovemark, Robert Streb and Kelly Kraft who were at the top of the leaderboards.
Munoz put on a show all week leading from Thursday to Sunday morning where he leaned on his putter to get him there.
But when you lean on something and it gets pulled out, you usually stumble and fall.
And that is what happened on Sunday to Munoz.
He carded multiple bogeys that came along with three putts, not ideal when looking for your first PGA Tour victory.
Seeing the collapse, Schauffelle took advantage hitting about 90% of greens in regulation and carding four birdies for a -3, 67 on the day.
Streb and Lovemark couldn’t force a playoff and make things any more interesting as they were near the leader all day but couldn’t get those few important birdies when it mattered.
The real story is the rise of 23-year-old rookie Xander Schauffelle. A few weeks ago he had his best showing at Erin Hills at the U.S. Open when he finished T5, probably a dream come true.
Now just a few weeks later he is raising a trophy above his head.
“Everyone that knows me knows I’m a late bloomer, so to jump in the Top-30 in this fashion is something special for me.” Schauffelle said to the media after his win Saturday.
Emotions were running wild as he talked about his dad, a great moment for golf.
Pro Clifton McDonald Shoots a 127 at U.S. Open Qualifier
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.