Professional golfers getting hitched?

2013 proved to be a year that the stars of both the PGA and LPGA tours prioritized their relationships first.  See below for a list of who’s “going to the chapel…”

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki, a professional tennis player, haven’t been able to enjoy their relationship without the press scrutinizing their every move.  For the past two years of their courtship, when either of them didn’t perform well, it has always been because of the distraction of a relationship.  Twice in the past year, it was reported they were splitting.  He had a year of turmoil on and off the course.  Rory has said that his recent New Year’s eve engagement in Sydney, Australia to Caroline “has given him stability. I am in a great place and I’m happy. It’s shaping up to be a great year.”

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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of arguably the worlds greatest hockey player, were engaged this past August and are planning to wed in the fall of 2014.  As a very heterosexual woman, even I look at Paulina, 24, and think “wow.” No wonder Dustin put a rock on her finger, and when I mean rock, I mean it is in the category of a Kardashian, Gabrielle Union rock.

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Paula Creamer gets engaged to her 33 year old boyfriend, Derek Heath.  Paula is 27 years old and is currently ranked 13th in the world.  She and Derek were introduced by their fathers, who flew together in the Navy and still remain friends.  Derek is a pilot in the Air Force.  This is the most adventurous proposals of this year- he did it while skydiving.

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G-Mac is officially a married man.  Graeme McDowell married his longtime girlfriend, Kristin Stape, in the Bahamas in October.  He proposed the year before atop a helideck at the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

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Brittany Lang and Kevin Spann were engaged and married.  Lang, 27, said the two met in the parking lot of TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.  She was raised in McKinney and still calls it home. After putting out for par at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, she was met by Spann where he got down on one knee with the Golf Channel cameras rolling.  He asked her if he could watch her play golf the rest of their lives.  The two were married on 1/11/2014.

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Millions of Reasons To Encourage Your Kids to Play Golf!

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image from golfstinks, which of course, we don’t believe!

Of course, golf is good for your kids to learn. It teaches discipline, rules, etiquette, and gets them outside and away from the computer.

But there could be another even more important reason.  Maybe they should learn how to play golf so you can retire!

Check out the chart below and what the top earners bring in annually!

Golf Statistics

Impressive, isn’t it?

The holidays are coming soon, and it might be wise to get them their own set of clubs!

And yes, I can help teach them the game!

Jim Furyk and the Magical 59!

Last week’s BMW Championship gave the golfing community something exciting to watch when Jim Furyk shot an elusive 59.
All of the recorded 59’s have had birdies and eagles, but his was the only one to have occurred, despite making a bogey.

Have there been lower scores recorded? Yes, according to this post about the lowest 18-hole golf scores, there have been four rounds of 55 recorded, so many 56 and 57s that they can’t keep track of them, and only a few 58s: 

http://golf.about.com/od/faqs/f/lowestscore.htm 

 

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Photo Credit: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR
As for the best scores on tour rounds, that stands at 59, and it’s only happened six times in the history of the PGA!
Here’s a list of all of the 59s scored in professional golf:

Lowest scores in professional golf

In official golf tournaments on major tours:

Player Score To par Rnd Finish Year Tour Tournament Ref
Ryo Ishikawa 58 –12 4/4 1 2010 Japan Golf Tour The Crowns [1]
Al Geiberger 59 –13 2/4 1 1977 PGA Tour Danny Thomas Memphis Classic [2][3]
Chip Beck 59 –13 3/5 T3 1991 PGA Tour Las Vegas Invitational [2][4]
Notah Begay III 59 –13 2/4 T6 1998 Nike Tour Dominion Open [2][5]
Doug Dunakey 59 –11 2/4 T2 1998 Nike Tour Miami Valley Open [2][6]
David Duval 59 –13 5/5 1 1999 PGA Tour Bob Hope Chrysler Classic [2][7]
Annika Sörenstam 59 –13 2/4 1 2001 LPGA Tour Standard Register PING [8]
Masahiro Kuramoto 59 –12 1/4 1 2003 Japan Golf Tour Acom International [1][9]
Jason Gore 59 –12 2/4 1 2005 Nationwide Tour Cox Classic [10]
Adrien Mörk 59 –12 2/4 1 2006 Challenge Tour Tikida Hotels Agadir Moroccan Classic [11]
Paul Goydos 59 –12 1/4 2 2010 PGA Tour John Deere Classic [12]
Stuart Appleby 59 –11 4/4 1 2010 PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic [13]
Will Wilcox 59 –12 4/4 T3 2013 Web.com Tour Utah Championship [14]
Russell Knox 59 –12 2/4 T12 2013 Web.com Tour Albertsons Boise Open [15]
Jim Furyk 59 –12 2/4 TBA 2013 PGA Tour BMW Championship [16]
Want to learn more about the “Perfect Round?” read on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_round
http://golf.about.com/od/progolftours/qt/lowest18score.htm

 

Anchored Putters

Anchored Putters

With all this discussion about the new rule in effect, do you understand what it means?  This link explains exactly what is going into effect January 2016.  The rule is going to be 14-1B stating that “a golfer in making a stroke must not anchor the club, either ‘directly’ or by the use of an anchor point.

More importantly for the discussion of golf, the decision was made without any statistical data.  Surprising?  Not really.  Particularly because of the lack of authority in golf.  Next up for discussion- why TV viewers can influence a ruling in golf?