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ParaLong Drivers Are Stand Up And Play Athletes

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 01:11 Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:34

by Jim Claggett


Getting the ball to go forward off the tee is something most golfers can accomplish on a regular basis.
Getting it to go forward as well as long is a different matter and we marvel at those who can bomb it off the tee.
Back in October I had the opportunity to witness a group of men and women who could hit it straight for the most part but the length of their tee shots was something to behold.
Some drives crept past the 200 yard mark while more than a few topped 300 yards.
Did I mention these competitors were missing an arm, a leg, both legs or maybe their vision?



TPC Scottsdale Changes Add Challenge, Charm

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:45 Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:28

TPC ScottsdaleSCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Rob Bolton/PGATOUR.COM) — Three days after Tom Weiskopf celebrated his 72nd birthday in November, he was in Arizona for another party — the grand reopening of the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale. Well, given the reputation of the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the loudest and most-attended tournament on the PGA TOUR, media day felt more like a pre-gamer.

I was there. The media was invited to play a round and kick the tires of the newly renovated par 71, but I sat that out. (If you were ever punished to watch me play, you’d understand.) Instead, I rode shotgun with the co-designer himself. For four holes or about an hour, anyway. And it was a sweet consolation.



Nick Taylor And Mike Darby Living A Phoenix Dream

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 23:33 Monday, 26 January 2015 23:16

by Alfie Lau


It’s a dream a decade in the making.
Richmond caddy Mike Darby has wanted to work the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a decade and now that his boss, Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has an almost three-year exemption on the PGA TOUR, Darby and Taylor can block off this week through 2017.
“I thought we would get in last year when Nick tried to Monday qualify but we just missed,” said Darby. “It’s a pretty awesome place.”



New U.S. Recreational Golf Association (USRGA) Rules Will Help Grow the Game of Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:33 Wednesday, 21 January 2015 20:30

altCARLSBAD, California — The USRGA Rules were created with input from a broad spectrum of recreational golfers, members of the golf media, golf tournament directors, members of the Linked Golfers group and golf industry insiders. The primary objective of recreational golf is to have fun, and the USRGA Rules fully support that objective. Now that the USRGA Rules exist, there is no longer a need for the USGA to bifurcate their rules.

The USRGA and USGA serve two entirely different groups of golfers, both with completely different primary objectives for playing golf. The recreational golfers want to have fun; the serious competitive golfers are keenly focused on winning. These two golf groups have always co-existed and now the USRGA will specifically support and provide a voice for recreational golfers.



From the Fairway: Kapalua’s 13th Hole ‘The Longest 400 Yards in Golf”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:05 Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:01

altKAPALUA, Hawaii (Jeff Shain/PGATOUR.COM) — It’s been called the longest 400 yards in golf.

The 13th hole at Kapalua’s Plantation Course slopes down into a gully about 130 yards from the green, leaving golfers to face what could be a sharply uphill second shot – typically into the prevailing wind.

“Usually the trade wind’s right in your face,” said Scott Carroll, head professional at the Plantation layout. “That 407 yards plays quite a bit longer when the wind’s beating straight into you.”



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