A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie's words at the British Open. "This is as much mine as it is his," Spieth said as he clutched the silver claret jug. And then he turned to look over at Greller and said, "You deserve all the credit in the world for this major championship." Greller still had to work out some new math at the most critical juncture of the final round at Royal Birkdale. Spieth was hitting his third shot from the driving range and couldn't see any part of the par-4 13th hole. He thought he was about 270 yards away and was planning to hit 3-wood. Greller estimated the yardage closer than that and told him
Fans watching this year’s U.S. Amateur at Riviera might do a double take. Tournament director Ben Kimball said at media day Monday that two of the most iconic holes likely will play differently for the world’s best amateurs. One definite change is to the first hole, which will play as a long par 4 for the tournament. As a 503-yard, downhill par 5, the first hole annually ranks as one of the easiest holes on the PGA Tour. This year at the Genesis Open, it played to a 4.271 scoring average, serving up 247 birdies and only six bogeys or worse. “I went back and forth in my mind about whether that was something we were going to do,” Kimball said on Fox Sports Radio. “The players hit it so far now,
The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) will stage its second of three televised events in 2017 with the ‘Mile High Showdown’, airing tonight at 7 p.m. ET in primetime on Golf Channel. The event – which is being staged at Park Hill Golf Club in Denver – will feature eight quarterfinalists having advanced in the Open (Men’s) Division, along with four semifinalists having advanced from the Women’s Division. Storylines are abundant in both divisions, as earlier this morning during preliminary rounds the record for the longest drive ever hit in a sanctioned Women’s Long Drive competition was broken – twice. Sandra Carlborg connected on a mammoth drive of 401 yards, only to be outdone less than an hour later by Troy Mullins with a drive of 402 yards in the quarterfinals.