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Who will win The Open Championship?  Will it be another 1st timer, or will an accomplished veteran come out on top?  In the recent past, we have seen more players get their first Major championship then ones that will pad their total.  I like the ball strikers for Muirfield's layout.  The players without a Major already under their belt that come to mind are Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Jason Day and Lee Westwood.  I believe that we will see some low scores out there for the next few days and one of these guys that putts the best will come away with the Claret Jug.

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A special Congratulations to Jordan Spieth for his victory at the John Deer Classic. He is a Texas resident and former University of Texas product. Spieth holed a bunker shot to get into a playoff and then went on to win in extras, becoming only the 4th teenager to ever win on the PGA Tour! Good luck to Jordan this week at The Open.

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This past week was the 2nd annual Student Athlete Foundation Tournament. The event was a great success! A special thank you to the Wood and Olson Golf Performance Academy, Pecan Grove Plantation and all that had a hand in putting on such a top notch Pro-AM. There was an uncountable amount of sponsors, great prizes and memorabilia to benefit charity. The tournament is extremely valuable for young adults that are looking to go to college and play sports on scholarship. As a previous college scholarship recipient, I can tell you that it is very vital to a lot of kids staying in school. This kind of event affords kids to receive two great educations that will last a lifetime. The event was great and it was for a good cause, I look forward to being involved again next year.

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The USGA has just announced the rule 14-1b which will prohibit players from anchoring their putter, starting effective January 1st, 2016.  They decided to go away from bifurcation and stick with just one rule throughout all levels of golfers.  There are 5 golfers out of the top 50 in the world that consistently use anchoring and will need to change if the PGA Tour adopts this rule.  There will be some push back and some lawsuits from the top players, but will you take your long putter and throw it out?  I think that most amateurs would rather keep the putter as apposed to throwing out their back.  Do you think that this was a good or bad ruling and why?  Will you conform?

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I have recently had a few questions regarding what GHIN Handicaps are and why should they have one. To set the record straight, GHIN is the acronym for Golf Handicap Information Network.  The service was established by the United States Golf Association to provide players a way to keep track of their progress and even the playing field by adjusting strokes given or taken, when playing against people of all levels.  It is strongly suggested for you to have one and even required to sign up for most tournaments.  If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to message me.

 

 

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It is now public knowledge that Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia don't like each others company.  The two golfers played together in yesterdays round and had another incident. Tiger pulled a club to hit while Sergio was hitting.  This caused the gallery to react while Sergio was in his down swing.  He was disturbed by this and thought it was partially on purpose, which then spurred a couple pointed comments from both parties after the round.  Tiger said "he was not surprised that he was complaining about something"  while Sergio came back saying that "he did nothing wrong" and that "it is better off that they don't play together because they don't enjoy each others company". Was the move by Tiger malicious, or was it harmless and Sergio was overreacting?  What opinion do you have on an incident like this and more importantly who will come out on top of The Players Championship?

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The Players Championship is the biggest tournament in the world without the label of being a major.  Once again, we have a star studded leader board going into the weekend.  This tournament is really shaping up to have a great finish.  It has a major championship type leader board with Sergio Garcia currently in the lead.  Tiger Woods is just one shot off the pace and Rory is lurking just a few shots back as well, just to name a few.  The TPC at Sawgrass has been playing fairly easy this year and yielding low numbers to the field. These low scores are the only thing that holds this tournament back from having the ultimate "Major" feel to it, but I suspect that it will toughen up a bit through the weekend.  Players have to successfully navigate the infamous island green on 17 and tough 18th hole to finish as a champion.  Under this kind of pressure, there isn't a lead big enough to feel comfortable but it sure makes for great television.  This begs the question, should The Players Championship be the fifth major championship?  With this difficult of a last few closing holes and a field that has every top player year in and out, shouldn't it be a major?  The players regard it as such, so why not the PGA Tour?  Will Sergio win and still be regarded one of the best to never have won a major, or will Tiger win and it go as just another one of his 77 PGA Tour victories? This will not count in the chase of Jack's major championship record but shouldn't it?  The winner has to beat all of the best in the world at a venue that would give them nightmare about finishing, sounds like some major qualifications to me.  When I look at a list of the past victors and see all big names, it makes me lean toward it being the fifth major, but what do you think?

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Congrats to Adam Scott for the sensational victory at the Masters.  He is the first Austrailian to put on the green jacket.  He made a good birdie on 18 and the second playoff hole for the win.  He putting was very clutch.  What will happen to his game when they ban the long putter?  Will Scott be become even better or regress on the difficult greens of August National?

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This week is the superbowl of golf, The Masters!  The green jacket is up for grabs again this year.  Bubba Watson shocked us with a hooked wedge from the pine straw for the victory.  Will we see another amazing finish at the most magical golf course in the world?  Will Tiger finally win a major after a 5 year drought?  There are many questions that will be answered by late Sunday afternoon and I can't wait to watch, but who do you think will win?

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Congratulations to D.A. Points for his victory at the 2013 Shell Houston Open.  The tournament was hosted by Redstone golf course in Humble, TX and was the second PGA Tour vicotory of D.A.'s career.  Points made a 15 footer to fire a final round 66 and fend off many big name pros knocking on the door step.  Once again, the Shell Houston Open lived up to its billing as one of the best tournaments on the PGA Tour.  Next up is the Valero Texas Open and Augusta National, any early favorites for the Masters?

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With the golf season just gearing up, it is important to know where you stand now, to make progress throughout the season.  Having an official GHIN Handicap is a great way to keep track of your rounds and improvement.  This will also make it fair and fun to play different types of matches with friends, local club members, or even co-workers.  I am even guilty of not keeping an accurate handicap in past years and saw my golf game suffer because of it.  I use an easy system now to make this very convenient.  As soon as I finish a round, I will jump onto Golfhouston.com and post my rounds.  Here is a step by step process to post your score and get your official GHIN Handicap through Golf Houston Club.

1) Click the tab that says Get USGA Handicap, at the top of the website.  Then hit Subscribe Now.

2) If you're already a member, Log In, if not, then Insert your Username, Email and Password into the required fields and then click Register

3) Hit Check Out at the bottom of the screen and then fill out Payment and Billing Information as applicable. You will then receive an official GHIN number.

4) Once you have this accomplished, at the top of the website task bar, click the drop down arrow to Post a GHIN Score.

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