Hello again, Readers! Just wanted to share with you a great article found in the August 16, 2010 issue of GolfWorld (p.13) about Boo Weekley.
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When you look back at the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, what is it that you remember the most? Is it Vijay sitting at 12-under through 54 holes? The memorable three-way playoff capped off by a Vijay birdie to win it all? Or perhaps a drearier highlight; one of Vijay holing a putt for 76 on Sunday to force his way into a playoff nobody had thought imaginable when the day began? Let’s take a look back at the weekend six years ago that will be remembered as one of the most dramatic major championships of the decade.
Will Wilcox, a Cleveland Golf Developmental Staffer, is making his first PGA Tour start today. I recently posted about his victory on the Canadian Tour. That win followed by another strong performance last week earned him the exemption into this week’s Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. Will has two wins and a Nationwide start already this year in addition to this week’s appearance. He took a few moments to anwser a few of my questions about this year’s stellar play and today’s PGA Tour debut.
Hello all, I’m CG/Srixon Tour Rep Mike Moberg and this week I’m at the 150th Open Championship at the Old Course St. Andrew. So far, the weather extremes are as one would expect at a British Open…Difficult to play in but fun to watch! This week Cleveland/Srixon had 18 players in the field and after one round Vijay, Bradley Dredge and Steve Marino were our lead dogs. Vijay teed it up with a new Miyazaki C. Kua 59X shaft in his Launcher DST driver and Glen Day is using a C. Kua 39 gram S flex in his driver. Interestingly, we had a total of 6 players ask us to put in SRISP’s new Miyazaki C. Kua shaft… They must be working for them. more
Hi, I’m Dean Teykl and I’m one of the PGA Tour reps for Cleveland Golf/Srixon. Here’s my tour report for this week from the John Deere Classic. I fully understand why John Deere Corporation’s tag line is “Nothing Runs Like A Deere” - it came about in July in Silvis, Illinois. The deer are running to some place cooler. Now other places are hot in July, but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter place on the planet. more
Hi, I’m Dean Teykl and I’m one of the PGA Tour reps for Cleveland Golf/Srixon. Here’s my tour report for this week from the Traveler’s Championship… more
On Wednesday we sat down with Cleveland staffer, Jerry Kelly, to get his take on the Pebble, preparation and Clint Eastwood…Enjoy.
How is the course playing?
The course is playing firm and fast and the last time we’ve seen Pebble Beach firm and fast is the last US Open. So, we don’t get to see it like this very often but it sure is nice to see.
How is it set up differently from 2000?
I remember it being a little bit softer to tell you the truth. It might be a little bit tougher this time around and I think they (USGA) were easy on us with the rough back in ’02. They have not been as kind this time… This time it will be a little bit different.
What’s the hardest hole for you at Pebble?
They’re all easy if you hit it good. I’m not going to allow the possibility of it getting an edge on me early. They’re all birdie holes.
Where do you rank the US Open among the majors?
That’s all a personal preference. Myself… I like the Masters. I may even like the Open Championship, you know, the British Open if you want to call it that. I tend to like the set up at Augusta much better… they want to see some birdies and some golf rather than carnage.
So it seems there’s going to be some carnage this week?
Yeah, I think you’re going to see that.
Did you change anything in your set make-up or specs for the course this week?
I put in a new set of irons this week. I changed to the new CG1 Tours at Colonial, played with those in two tournaments then realized I should put a different shaft in to really maximize the ball flight on those irons and we’ve done that for this week. So hopefully we have the right set up going forward for the long stretch.
What is the most important club in your bag this week?
The Putter. The same one that’s the most important every week.
How are the greens?
They’re firm and fast but they have the same Pebble wiggle so you really have to pay attention.
Have you done anything specifically to prepare for pebble this year?
I have. I’ve tried to hit more chips with my lob wedge, flying it closer to the hole. If you try a bump-and-run on these greens one time it could bounce forward, the other time it could bounce straight up and stop. You kind of don’t get a true release from the same struck shot every time. So, it’s best to put the ball on a higher trajectory so it comes down with spin and less role so you don’t have to judge how that first bounce is going to be taken.
What would be considered your most memorable US Open moment?
I had a chance to win on the backside at Oakmont. I didn’t get it done but I played well that week and finished in the top 10 which is the closest I’ve come so that would have to be it.
With father’s day just around the corner, what’s your most memorable moment with your dad on the course?
You know, it just keeps on happening. He’s pushing 80 and he just keeps on walking around these courses… all 18 holes with me at the majors. He did it at Augusta and he’s going to do it again this week and I just think that’s impressive and it means a lot.
Clint Eastwood is pretty much the mayor of Pebble… Do you think you could beat him in a fist fight?
You know, I couldn’t beat the “75 year-old Clint Eastwood” or the “80 year old Clint Eastwood”. You know what? He’ll always be The Outlaw Josey Wales to me so he’s still the fast gun in the west.