Poulter Misses Out WCG Event

Ian is one of the top international golfers in the world; he is set to compete in a number of tournaments this year such as the Puerto Rico Open.

He and Graeme McDowell would be part of this tournament as they have failed to have the desired scores and profile for WGC Match Play this year. Ian has a 199 ranking while Graeme is 82nd as per PGA ranks. Poulter was able to win the Match Play title in the year 2010 but has yet to make the right moves to move up further in the ranks. Poulter has had a top ten finish at Coco Beach in 2016. Poulter and McDowell are again back at Coco Beach though they would rather be part of other tournaments this time.

The WGC Match Play is an event in Austin that is highly rated and sponsored by Dell Technologies. (more…)

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Jared Wilson, Morning Journal/Wayne Maris Columbiana Junior had last Friday, made a verbal commitment to attend Wake Forest University.

This was before opening his junior basketball season at Columbiana High School on Friday night.

The Division III state golf champion hopes to continue his academic careers, while still remaining in the game at the NCAA Division 1 Wake Forest University.

Before that, more than 20 colleges had been in constant close contact with Wilson, who in addition to Wake Forest, had taken out time to visit others such as Northwester, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Kent State and Vanderbilt.

So far, Wilson, who is the only state golf champion for Columbiana County has already placed an impressive resume. In September, he went onto capture the Division III state golf title and set the tournament record scoring with a pair of 1-unde-par 71s at the NorthStar Club.

The 16 year old recently made his third straight state appearance after he had placed fifth as a sophomore and 11th as a freshman.

He was also one of the 12 high school boys named to the 2016 Transamerica Scholastica Junior All America Team.

At the Inter-Tri County League tournament three years ago, he was the medalist. And in the same year, he came off equally as the medalist in the Division III sectional and district tournaments.

A private University located down in Winston0-Salem, N.C, Wake Forest competes in the Atlantic Coast conference with other teams as well.

The men’s golf program by Wake forest has seen them capture three national championship titles.

Apart from that, they have also produced some notable players such as Arnold Palmer, who has 4 Masters and 2 U.S. Opens. Curtis Strange is another with 2 U.S. Open while Lanny Wadkins has a PGA Championship.

Darren Clarke and Webb Simpson are both from the University as well and Clarke has a British Open while Webb Simpson has a U.S. Open.

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One person who has been accustomed to making history is Lexi Thompson and this week will see her make some more in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, as she becomes the second woman to ever participate in a Greg Norman’s PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament holding at Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, at the Tiburon Gold Club.

When she was 10 years old, she had tried to qualify for the U.S. Women’s open at the Imperial Country Club. However, she didn’t go far as she ended up shooting a 77, which saw her dreams shattered at the local qualifier.

Two years later, she finally qualified at the age of 12 and also over the next two years in 2009 at 14 years of age. She also tied for a 27th to qualify for an LPGA event.

At the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour championship in Nov, Thompson didn’t play too well as she tied for the 40th, even though she went on to end the season as one of the only two Americans to win during the LPGA Tour. (more…)

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Mike Clayton Backs Matt Millar

When it comes to US Masters News Mike Clayton is a name that needs no introduction.

He backed Matt Millar from Canberra and has helped him to be in form as he qualified for Japan Tour for the following year. Clayton stated that the member from Gold Creek had played his game with a smart and consistent manner. This was ideal for the narrow courses that are usually found in the land of the rising sun. Mike Clayton stated that the way Matt played the Masters in Melbourne was worth noticing and crediting him for.

Even though Matt has miles to go to improve his rankings, he definitely has a playing style that is commensurate with the style of the top players in the game. He is also known to showcase a consistent style of playing. Mike also claims that Matt has an old fashioned approach as he does not hit the ball too far as many of the young players do. (more…)

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Furyk’s Shares Thoughts On US Open

Jim Furyk, the 46 year old golfer, has PGA Tour Championships far and wide between.

After winning the PGA Tour Championship at the end of the season in 2010, he has won just another tournament and that was in April 2015. The venue was South Carolina’s Harbor Town.

Furyk suffered a wrist injury in 2015 that needed a correction surgery. Jim was in rehab and rest for about three months and has now played in just a few events in 2016. He said that his putting is good and wants to improve his overall game very soon to be highly competitive.

Jim’s best performance so far this year has been at the Memorial in Ohio, where he reached the 17th place. This is the same place where he had won in 2002. Jim has a US Open win to his credit that he achieved in 2013 at the Olympic Fields in Chicago. He has also finished twice as runner up in the event.

Oakmont hosted the US Open in 2007 and this was when Jim Furyk came very close to winning the title and fell short by just one shot behind the eventual champion Angel Cabrera. He recalled all the events that unfolded on that day when he participated in the tournament this year. He recalled that he hit three drivers on the final day Sunday to get to the green in less than regulation. All the three attempts made bogey.

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Masters: Knoxville man Josh Cassell caddying for Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner called up an audible before going to the Augusta National Golf Club for Masters Tournament, this week.

The 4 time PGA Tour champ and 1 time major champ worked most of the last thirteen seasons with caddy Kevin Baile, before he made a switch in February.
Fountain City native and veteran caddy Josh Cassell is Jason Dufners caddie for Masters. Cassell, who is a Central High School graduate, told that he met Jason through a friend of a friend. A buddy of his had contacted him. He does not really know the specifics on Kevin. This is not for him to comment on.
He is working for Jason for the rest of the year. Jason Dufner, who won the 2013 PGA Championship, denied an interview request with News Sentinel later on Tuesday. Baile denied another through social media. The twain spent most of the last thirteen seasons working with each other, save Baile’s 2013 neck injury which forced veteran caddy Adam Hayes to take his place for a short period of time.

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