Hero World Challenge. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard after the first round at  Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson and Paul Casey share the top spot at -6 under par.

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Paul, Jimmy and Zach fired -6 under par 66 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, which gives them a one shot lead over the chasing pack of five players all tied second place at -5 under par.

Paul had a bogey free first round, his only mistake was leaving a putt short;

“The only blemish I can think of is maybe I left a putt short on line, which is a little criminal.”

“Other than that, I played some really, really nice golf.”

Jimmy is trying something that Butch Harman has been teaching him, and I guess it is paying off;

“It’s something he’s been trying to get me to do for a while, and it’s tough.”

“I told him I was going to make a really tough commitment to try to do it.”

“I’ve been swinging a certain way for a long time and it’s a hard habit to break.”

In the bunch at -5 under par are Adam Scott and World number one Jordan Spieth, who made a one, as he Aced the par three 2nd hole, from 172 yards;

“I just needed to hit a nice punch-draw with a six-iron.”

“It was right at it  but we didn’t think it went in.”

“I thought it was about 10 or 12 feet long after I struck it. It took a little while in the air to drop.”

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They are joined on -5 under by Brooks Koepka, Bill Haas, and Bubba Watson.

Bubba made a strange comment about the Albany Golf Club course;

“This course is better than I am.”

“When I played it for the first time, the wind was a little different direction and I told Teddy (his caddie), Teddy, I don’t know if I can play this course. It’s really, really hard.”

Dustin Johnson is on his own at -4 under par, for ninth place. He was lucky to playing at all after he cut his right heel while getting out of the water from a diving stint on Tuesday. Playing the opening round here in tennis shoes and managed just fine with a 68.

“I thought it was just a scratch.”

“Then I was just sitting in the boat, looked down and there was blood everywhere.”



Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.


New Grips for 2012, Butch Harmon recommends Winn Grips

World renown golf instructor and golf coach for PGA TOUR stars, Butch Harmon, has for some time now been recommending the use of Winn grips. He is not just a spokesperson for Winn, Butch has been using them himself since they first came on the scene. He also passes on this information to his pupils at his golf training academy, http://www.butchharmon.com/the-golf-tips/putting/scoring.html                                   Apart from possessing natural skills Butch is a great believer in enjoying what your doing, you must have fun playing golf.

Natalie Gulbis from the Ladies Tour is also a fan the these grips, you can hear what they both have to say at this link; http://www.winngrips.com/our-company/tour-staff

We here at White Dragon Golf use Winn grips on our new putter, which has just recently been confirmed by the Royal and Ancient as conforming to the rules of golf. So we will soon be offering this new equipment on the worldwide web. Not sure if we can get Butch to trial one of these putters, but we will be asking him to take a look. I will keep you informed of our progress.

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