Extreme Makeover Of BGC Has Begun

These days, the greens aren’t living up to the name of the Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course (BMGC).

Following the closure of the course last month, the grass started turning brown at the nine-hole course, which was known as ‘The Hill’ in its days. It was the only restoration of the course in its history of close to 100-year, said Jeff Kepplin the General Manager.

Although, for the golf, the summer is the prime time and Kepplin said and there was a hurry to get the new seeds in the ground before the beginning of the fall with an objective to make the course being ready to play next spring.

“It is kind of makeover of the golf course to an extreme level,” he said.

In this regards the work has been scheduled and it includes re-grassing the fairways, surrounding and greens and also enhancing it including the alteration of some spots in the 14 bunkers of the course. (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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Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker to skip The Barclays

Zach Johnson along with Steve Stricker will skip the playoffs of the first event of the FedEx Cup of the US PGA Tour at The Barclays, according to a statement in the website of the event.

The 37 year old Johnson, who will be participating in the Wyndham Championship that tees off at Greensboro in North Carolina has decided to skip the event because he will be performing as the best man in the wedding of his brother, which clashes with the date of the event. Having had four top ten finishes on the bounce, Johnson has seen his rankings rise to 25th in the Official Golf World Rankings and 23rd in the FedEx standings.

Steve Stricker, on the other hand, is someone who doesn’t play in too many events in any case, preferring to spend more time with his family than travelling with the US PGA Tour and is very selective about playing in events that take place too far away from his home. He has already played a very limited schedule in 2013 but his withdrawal from The Barclays has been attributed to the hamstring injury he picked up while water skiing on vacation. (more…)

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Johnson wins St. Jude Classic

For those who could not sweep a golf club for 6 weeks, it is quite sure that Dustin Johnson really knows how to go back to his winning form quickly. On Sunday, he won the St. Jude Classic, which is his second event after coming back from back injury that cost him about 3 months in the PGA Tour.

Dustin Johnson told that it feels really nice, specially having so much time off the course. Dustin pulled a muscle in his right back in May elevating a jet ski while in his home, and the remainder was a huge side of his healing prescription. He did not go back to the tour till previous week at Memorial, the place where he leveled for 19th.

He started the final round 2 strokes back and controlled a piece of lead at three various times. He grabbed his 6th career award along with successive birdies on Nos. 16 as well as 17 and ended Nine-under 271. Dustin Johnson told that he did not appear at leader-board, trying to keep himself focused.

He told that he had a lot of good looks and hit a few putts at a stretch. Dustin took the check for more than one million dollar and he led by a single stroke when going towards No. 18. Nick O’Hern, Chad Campbell and Rory McIlroy, 3 out of 4 who had a scope to tie with Dustin with a birdie, damned their tee shots into a lake. Dustin stated that there was a chance for a tie.

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Johnson Ready to Challenge at Olympics

Dustin Johnson has insisted that he will go into this week’s US Open believing that he has the ability to be in contention, on Sunday, now that he is finally free of injury.

The big-hitting American has recovered from back and knee problems that had been troubling him for much of this year. Johnson will now look to win his maiden Major, at a tournament where he previously came close.

Leading the tournament after 54 holes in 2010, Johnson suffered a nightmare final round to drop out of contention, following a disastrous Sunday at Pebble Beach.  The 27-year old has improved his all-round game, since the disappointments of two years ago, and he feels that he is ready to make that next step up in his career. (more…)

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