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by Jim Claggett
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SCOTTSDALE, 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.
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CARLSBAD, 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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:05 Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:01
KAPALUA, 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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