Jim Furyk Back in Action on the PGA Tour #PGA

Jim Furyk will be back to golf next week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Mr. #4 on the career money list announced on Friday his golfing return at Quail Hollow. Mr. Jim “59” Furyk had been sidelined due to surgery on his ailing left wrist since in February. The injury forced Furyk, a 17-time PGA Tour winner, to withdraw during the first round of the BMW Championship in September and the rehab caused him to nixed his planned at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jim was also unable to compete at the Presidents Cup in October where he served as a non-playing assistant captain.

Welcome back Jim Furyk!

Career Money Leaders

Y-T-D-statistics through: Valero Texas Open, Apr 24, 2016

1             Tiger Woods                      $110,061,012

2             Phil Mickelson                   $79,243,310

3             Vijay Singh                          $69,615,118

4             Jim Furyk                            $65,644,297

Jim Furyk in Golf Balls

Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk’s tournament used golf ball.


Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk Srixon golf ball.

Highlights from Jim Furyk’s 59 at BMW Championship


Happy Birthday to “El Leon” @PGA_JohnDaly

In 1997 John Daly becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.

Old Golf Ball of the Day, John Daly Style

In honor of Mr. “Grip it and Rip,” here a look at Daly’s PGA Tour career in golf balls.


John Daly Wilson

Early John Daly signature golf balls from Wilson. Daly had an endorsement with Wilson until 1997.


This MaxFli model only has John’s image on the box and does not have his name on the ball.

John Daly Pinnacle Power Core 84 Lumber 1

The Lion “Gripping it and Ripping it!”

John Daly w Auto

Here is an autographed John Daly signature golf ball, a Wilson model.

John Daly Tour JD 1

John Daly Tour JD

The Tour JD golf ball is all John Daly.

John Daly GB

A box of John Daly Premium golf balls from the UK. Because we all know JD is loved worldwide.

John Daly 24 ball pack With Autograph

This has John’s signature in black just to left of the Lion logo.


Nicknamed “The Lion” by friends in high school and more recently in 1999 christened “El Leon” by golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Quotes from the Champions Tour John Daly

“I beat a lot of odds. I never thought I’d get to the Champions Tour.”

“I’m a rookie again”

“You know, I got a whole new life ahead of me.”

“Sex is the greatest thing in the world. It just doesn’t last long enough. I’ll say it. It’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

“The dumbest thing I ever said is that I’d never drink again,”

“I hate getting haircuts,” he said. “It’s like going to the damn dentist, man.”

“I relate to the fans,” Daly says. “You know I’ve made them happy and I’ve pissed them off a lot, but they’ve been good to me all over the world.”

“I’ll never grow up…”

“It turns into a job when you’re playing bad.”


Good and Daly: Timeline of ups

1987: Scores first pro victory – Missouri Open.

Sept. 16, 1990: Wins Utah Classic (Ben Hogan Tour).

Dec. 3, 1990: Finishes T-12 at PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, earning his card.

Aug. 8-11, 1991: Gets into PGA Championship at Crooked Stick as ninth alternate when Nick Price WDs; wins, beating Bruce Lietzke by three shots.

Aug. 11, 1991: Donates $30,000 of his $230,000 PGA winnings to set up a college fund for two daughters of a spectator who was killed by lightning during tournament.

Dec. 11, 1991: Named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

Sept. 27, 1992: Wins B.C. Open.

April 11, 1993: Finishes T-3 in Masters, his only top-10 finish at Augusta.

June 1993: In U.S. Open, becomes first (and still only) player to reach 630-yard 17th hole at Baltusrol in two.

Oct. 17, 1993: Wins Alfred Dunhill Cup with Fred Couples and Payne Stewart.

May 9, 1994: Wins BellSouth Classic. Says it his first win sober.

July 1994: Claims that many PGA Tour players are cocaine users, and says that if drug testing were done properly on Tour, he would be “one of the cleanest guys out there.”

July 23, 1995: Wins Open Championship at St. Andrews in playoff with Costantino Rocca.

May 20, 1997: Signs four-year, $3 million contract with Callaway.

1997: Becomes first PGA Tour player to average more than 300 yards per drive over a full season.

Sept. 2, 2001: Wins BMW International Open (European Tour).

Nov. 26, 2002: Releases first studio album, “My Life,” on Scream Marketing label. Songs include “All My Ex’s Wear Rolexes.”

Feb. 16, 2004: Wins Buick Invitational in playoff with Luke Donald and Chris Riley.

Dec. 6, 2004: Named PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year.

Oct. 9, 2005: In WGC-American Express Championship, misses short par putt on second extra hole to lose to Tiger Woods.

April 26, 2010: Releases second studio album, “I Only Know One Way,” on Long Ball Records.

Dec. 17, 2010: A judge awards custody of the couple’s 7-year-old son, John, to Daly.

Dec. 6, 2014: Wins Beko Classic in Turkey.

April 28, 2016: Turns 50 years old and readies for career on PGA Tour Champions.

John Daly w Auto

Daly Makes his Champions Tour Debut @PGA_JohnDaly

Driving through The Woodlands, Texas over the weekend I saw a billboard picturing John Daly in his signature follow through. The sign read “Long John” and advertised the Insperity Invitational played at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course.John Daly Swing

With Daly playing I have to go, it’s only a two hour drive from my house, and I started playing golf only a year before JD won his first major.

I’ve watch Daly’s ups and downs, as I too had my own, over the years cheering and sometimes jeering but always a fan of the “Lion.” John Daly and I where both born in 1966, we both had mullets in the early 1990s, and we both seem to get into a lot less trouble now a days then we did back when. I look forward to watching John Daly move into the next chapter in the pro golfer life, without having to deal with the “Exes with Rolexes” and win a few tournaments on the Champions Tour.

Champions Tour

The two-time major championship winner turns 50 on April 28, and will make his PGA TOUR Champions Tour debut at the Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas on the week of May 2-8, 2016. In addition to Insperity, Daly has committed to the Regions Tradition, the Principal Charity Classic, and the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship in June. TheGolfBallGuy will be watch Mr. Daly’s PGA TOUR Champions career just like always.

Loudmouth Golf and John Daly a Match Made in…


John Daly in the Loudmouth Golf Atom Smasher pants.

Friday, May 6 at the Insperity Invitational


“Wear Loudmouth apparel to the course on Friday to welcome John Daly to the PGA TOUR Champions. Be spotted by the Social Squad for the opportunity to attend a Meet & Greet with John following play.”

And yes I have bought myself a pair of the new Loudmouth Golf Atom Smasher shorts to wear on Friday, wish me luck.


Press Release via Loudmouth Golf

Foster City, CA (April 12, 2016) – Loudmouth Golf, the worldwide leader in bold and bright golf and sports fan apparel, has signed on to sponsor its first professional tournament, the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare, at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course in The Woodlands, Texas on May 2-8, 2016. The event will mark two-time major winner, and Loudmouth sponsored golfer, John Daly’s debut event on the PGA TOUR Champions.

Loudmouth Golf and the Insperity Invitational will be celebrating the debut with a number of initiatives. First, they will celebrate “Loudmouth Day” on Friday, May 6th where attendees will be encouraged to wear their Loudmouth Golf apparel along with staff and volunteers at the event.

Additionally, the first 1,000 attendees through the main gate on Friday, May 6th will receive a special John Daly bobblehead wearing new spring 2016 Loudmouth pattern, “Atom Smasher” courtesy of the Insperity Invitational presented by UnitedHealthcare and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. (Offer good while supply lasts). Loudmouth apparel will also be available for purchase at the Insperity Fan Experience.

“We are John Daly’s biggest fans and are thrilled to cheer him on in his inaugural PGA TOUR Champions event,” says Loudmouth Golf President and CEO, Dennis Green. “John has been the face of Loudmouth Golf for many years and has done an excellent job at showcasing our clothing to the golf world. We are proud to sponsor him and look forward to more exciting things to come in 2016.”

Loudmouth Golf has been an apparel sponsor for Daly since 2009, and has been outfitting the star in his famously colorful and notoriously wild patterned golf pants ever since.


For more information visit: www.loudmouthgolf.com.

“Q&A with John Daly”

PGATOUR.COM How long have you been looking at playing on PGA TOUR Champions?

DALY: “I really started looking hard at it last year. And now I’m going to play as many events as I can. I want to see all the golf courses that we’re playing. It’s going to be a full-time schedule for me for most of this year. I’m still going to play the PGA Championship and the British. I’m still competitive and I still like going to Europe. They love having me and I love being there. The PGA TOUR Champions is going to give me that competitive edge that will help me keep on playing and have a schedule to know when I’m in and when I’m not in.”

PGATOUR.COM: How’s your game?

DALY: “It’s not good. I’m working on everything. My driving is really, really good. It’s just that my putting really isn’t where I want it to be. My wedges aren’t really dialed in right now. This has been a crazy seven years. Just not being able to play as much as I want to, not being able to get into many tournaments. You’re just kind of sitting back and feeling like I’m semi-retired. So I’m going to have really work my butt off to get it back. I’m going to go back for two weeks to Arkansas and I have my course there and I’ll work on it there and hopefully come out strong. It’s going to probably take me four, five or six events to get it going. Not playing tournament golf, no matter how much you practice, it’s just a different league when you get out there competitively. But I love The Woodlands. I had some great success there and hopefully I can feed off of that.”




Love him or not, Daly has had a “Hall of Fame” career.

John Daly in the majors:

Masters Tournament                      T3: 1993

U.S. Open                                          T27: 1996

The Open Championship Won: 1995

PGA Championship                          Won: 1991

John Daly has 20 worldwide wins to his name.

PGA Tour             5

European Tour   3

Asian Tour           1

Sunshine Tour     2

Web.com Tour   1

Other     10

PGA Tour Rookie of the Year        1991

PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year    2004

“Golfer John Daly turned pro in 1987, and he earned his first pro victory soon after at the 1987 Missouri Open. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1991, and won the PGA Championship that same year.”

John Daly current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Daly
John Daly current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Daly

Insperity Invitational

The 2016 Insperity Invitational


Picks for the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans #ZurichClassic #FantasyGolf

Hot Fantasy Golf Picks from Around the Internet

Jason Day: The world No. 1? No surprises with that pick. Day has only one finished outside the top 25 in the 2015/16 season. With two trophies to his case this season and has a great chance to pick up a third on a course where he finished fourth last year.


Justin Rose: Rose, blow the field away last year in the Big Easy with his awesome final 66 holes without a bogey. Rose hasn’t fallen outside the top 20 in a stroke-play event since Torrey Pines, including a T-10 finish at the Masters, and has finished T-15 or better each of the last four years at TPC Louisiana.

Daniel Berger: The reigning Rookie of the Year finished T-6 at TPC Louisiana last year a course that should perfectly suit his game. In addition, he arrives with top-10 finishes in each of his last two events.

Rickie Fowler: Fowler after missed the cut in 2015 and 14, Fowler remains a threat as he has four top-10 finishes in his last six starts dating back to a playoff loss in Phoenix. Rickie finds the magic out of the blue, so if he didn’t have too much fun on his bro trip to the Bahamas with fellow PGA Tour stars Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman, the Sunday orange is a smart pick for any fantasy team.

Billy Horschel: Horschel is the 2013 champion. Billy, the guy who is always supportive of his compactors on tour, landed T-4 last week at Valero, T-17 at the Masters, and it looks to have adjusted to his new equipment.

Chris Kirk: Chris rehabbing from a hand injury late last season has found “it” with top-25 finishes in four of his last five starts, including a T-13 finish last week in San Antonio. The last time Kirk played the Zurich, he finished T-21.

Charley Hoffman: Charley comes to Louisiana making up for lost opportunities, packing four top-20 finishes in seven starts underlined by a dramatic triumph at TPC San Antonio. Hoffman in 2014, his most recent appearance, he finished T-5.

Patton Kizzire: The current Web.com Tour Player of the Year went to school at Auburn, so Kizzire knows all about playing golf on the Gulf Coast. He ranks eighth in strokes gained putting and has a T-9 finish at the WGC-Match Play and a T-14 finish in HIlton Head.

Smylie Kaufman: The former LSU star will have a hearty rooting section this week on the bayou, and he knows how to deal with Southern Louisiana heat and humidity.  Smylie has proven his worth as a tour pro with his win in Las Vegas and his play at the Masters. Therefore, if he didn’t burn out hanging with the boys in the Caribbean you could be smiling with a win in your fantasy golf league.

David Hearn: The Canadian has had three top-25 finishes in six starts, with his T-6 finish in 2015. Hearn finished T-13 last week in San Antonio.

The Golf Ball Guy’s Fantasy picks for the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Justin Rose

Rickie Fowler

Billy Horschel

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Daniel Berger

Charley Hoffman


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Sleeper Picks

Erik Compton – He’s finished T5 and T12 in the last two years in New Orleans with a scoring average of 68.25.

Scott Stallings – Stallings missed three consecutive cuts until finishing T13 in the Alamo City last week. He was in the top 25 last year at the TPC La.

Troy Merritt – Finished third in his debut here as a rookie in 2010. On the heels of his first PGA TOUR win at the 2015 Quicken Loans National, Merritt is primed and ready for big things. Currently 28th in strokes gained: putting, first in three-putt avoidance, and is 84th in the FedExCup standings posting four top 25s, including a T3 at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill.

Blayne Barber – Only 43 starts into his PGA TOUR career, he has landed seven top 25s, with 7 being top 10s. One of his top 10s as a rookie was at TPC Louisiana in 2015.

Whee Kim – The 23-year-old finished T6 at Harbour Town where he ranked second in strokes gained putting and he ranked ninth in strokes gained: putting for the week. Last year at the TPC Louisiana, Kim capped off a T8 with a 64, lowest in the field in the final round.

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 Start Times for the 2016 Zuri+A136ch Classic of New Orleans

Round 1

1 7:00 AM Jonas Blixt
Trevor Immelman
Steve Marino
10 7:00 AM Justin Hicks
Darron Stiles
Tyrone Van Aswegen
1 7:10 AM Carl Pettersson
Jeff Overton
Steve Wheatcroft
10 7:10 AM Daniel Berger
Scott Langley
Mark Hubbard
1 7:20 AM Robert Allenby
Brian Stuard
Michael Putnam
10 7:20 AM Freddie Jacobson
Tim Herron
Luke Guthrie
1 7:30 AM Nick Taylor
Ben Martin
Brian Gay
10 7:30 AM Vaughn Taylor
Angel Cabrera
John Senden
1 7:40 AM Seung-Yul Noh
Gary Woodland
Stuart Appleby
10 7:40 AM Jason Day
Danny Lee
Steve Stricker
1 7:50 AM J.J. Henry
Chesson Hadley
Vijay Singh
10 7:50 AM Rickie Fowler
Ben Crane
Jason Bohn
1 8:00 AM Robert Streb
Geoff Ogilvy
Retief Goosen
10 8:00 AM Morgan Hoffmann
D.H. Lee
Byeong-Hun An
1 8:10 AM Derek Ernst
Charles Howell III
Chad Collins
10 8:10 AM Marc Leishman
Marc Turnesa
Richard H. Lee
1 8:20 AM Ricky Barnes
Tom Gillis
Blayne Barber
10 8:20 AM David Hearn
Chris Stroud
Brett Stegmaier
1 8:30 AM Bryce Molder
Greg Owen
Patrick Rodgers
10 8:30 AM Erik Compton
Andrew Loupe
Sung Kang
1 8:40 AM Boo Weekley
Michael Thompson
Andres Gonzales
10 8:40 AM Billy Hurley III
Tyler Aldridge
Bronson Burgoon
1 8:50 AM Brice Garnett
Dawie van der Walt
Ryan Ruffels
10 8:50 AM Sam Saunders
Rob Oppenheim
Rhein Gibson
1 9:00 AM Chris DiMarco
Wes Roach
Tim Yelverton
10 9:00 AM Hiroshi Iwata
Miguel Angel Carballo
Jordan Payne
1 12:00 PM Lucas Glover
Rod Pampling
Patton Kizzire
10 12:00 PM Jerry Kelly
Jamie Donaldson
Harold Varner III
1 12:10 PM Tim Wilkinson
Jon Curran
Luke List
10 12:10 PM Ken Duke
Andres Romero
Cameron Tringale
1 12:20 PM Sean O’Hair
Chad Campbell
Brian Davis
10 12:20 PM Brendon de Jonge
Will Wilcox
Jamie Lovemark
1 12:30 PM Matt Every
Alex Cejka
Keegan Bradley
10 12:30 PM Chris Kirk
Brian Harman
Russell Henley
1 12:40 PM Charley Hoffman
Smylie Kaufman
David Toms
10 12:40 PM James Hahn
Hunter Mahan
Brendon Todd
1 12:50 PM Justin Rose
Billy Horschel
K.J. Choi
10 12:50 PM Troy Merritt
Scott Stallings
Mike Weir
1 1:00 PM Robert Garrigus
Roberto Castro
Anirban Lahiri
10 1:00 PM D.A. Points
D.J. Trahan
Si Woo Kim
1 1:10 PM John Huh
Jhonattan Vegas
Kyle Reifers
10 1:10 PM Dicky Pride
Scott Pinckney
Carlos Ortiz
1 1:20 PM Aaron Baddeley
Cameron Beckman
Spencer Levin
10 1:20 PM Chez Reavie
Frank Lickliter II
Hudson Swafford
1 1:30 PM George McNeill
Jason Gore
Whee Kim
10 1:30 PM Kyle Stanley
Adam Hadwin
Michael Kim
1 1:40 PM Alex Prugh
Martin Piller
Julien Brun
10 1:40 PM Michael Bradley
Tom Hoge
Zach Wright
1 1:50 PM Lucas Lee
Abraham Ancer
Dalton Ward
10 1:50 PM Cameron Percy
Henrik Norlander
Benjamin Taylor
1 2:00 PM Joe Affrunti
Andrew Landry
Matt Mabrey
10 2:00 PM Thomas Aiken
Kelly Kraft
Bobby Wyatt

Zurich Classic


2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans #ZurichClassic

Defending Champion: Justin Rose

Justin Rose finished strong on a long and wet day, with birdies at Nos. 17 and

Justin Rose Poses with the Trophy in 2015

18 he stepped to the front of a field claiming his seventh PGA Tour victory.  The English pro capped the round with a 5-iron at the par-3 17th to 10 feet behind the hole for a birdie, then dropped a 14-footer for birdie at No.18. Rosie posted 66 without a bogey finishing with a tournament record of 22-under par. The victory also marked his sixth consecutive year with a tour win, second among active players to Dustin Johnson.

Zurich Classic

Super Stars to Watch For

Notables in the field at 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans include the World No. 1 Jason Day, No. 5 Rickie Fowler, and defending champion Justin Rose. Along
with Byeong Hun An, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion and the 2015 European Tour Rookie of the Year, and Louisiana native David Toms.

TPC Louisiana

The Course is TPC Louisiana, 7,425 yards, par 72. The 2004 Pete Dye and Steve

TPC Louisiana, 7,425 yards, par 72.

Elkington design that makes its way through 250 acres of Louisiana wetlands west of New Orleans. Featuring more than 100 bunkers, five ponds, and several large waste bunkers make the TPC Louisiana a challenging layout.

Here’s What They’re Playing For

With a $7,000,000 total purse and the winning share at $1,260,000 its always a good time in the Big Easy. New Orleans marks the final opportunity for players to lock in a spot at the Players Championship by way of moving into the FedExCup top 10 or top 50 in the world rankings.  The Zurich winner will earn 500 FedExCup points and all of the other perks that go with a victory on the PGA Tour. Seven of the past 11 champions, in fact, were first-timers, including Seung-Yul Noh (2014), Billy Horschel (2013) and Jason Dufner (2012).



The Field for the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Gay, Brian Langley, Scott Rodgers, Patrick
Gibson, Rhein Lee, D.H. Romero, Andres
Gillis, Tom Lee, Danny Rose, Justin
Glover, Lucas Lee, Lucas Ruffels, Ryan
Gonzales, Andres Lee, Richard H. Saunders, Sam
Goosen, Retief Leishman, Marc Senden, John
Gore, Jason Levin, Spencer Singh, Vijay
Guthrie, Luke Lickliter II, Frank Stallings, Scott
Hadley, Chesson List, Luke Stanley, Kyle
Hadwin, Adam Loupe, Andrew Stegmaier, Brett
Hahn, James Lovemark, Jamie Stiles, Darron
Harman, Brian Mabrey, Matt Streb, Robert
Hearn, David Mahan, Hunter Stricker, Steve
Henley, Russell Marino, Steve Stroud, Chris
Henry, J.J. Martin, Ben Stuard, Brian
Herron, Tim McNeill, George Swafford, Hudson
Hicks, Justin Merritt, Troy Taylor, Benjamin
Hoffman, Charley Molder, Bryce Taylor, Nick
Hoffmann, Morgan Noh, Seung-Yul Taylor, Vaughn
Hoge, Tom Norlander, Henrik Thompson, Michael
Horschel, Billy O’Hair, Sean Todd, Brendon
Howell III, Charles Ogilvy, Geoff Toms, David
Hubbard, Mark Oppenheim, Rob Trahan, D.J.
Huh, John Ortiz, Carlos Tringale, Cameron
Hurley III, Billy Overton, Jeff Turnesa, Marc
Immelman, Trevor Owen, Greg Van Aswegen, Tyrone
Iwata, Hiroshi Pampling, Rod van der Walt, Dawie
Jacobson, Freddie Payne, Jordan Varner III, Harold
Kang, Sung Percy, Cameron Vegas, Jhonattan
Kaufman, Smylie Pettersson, Carl Ward, Dalton
Kelly, Jerry Piller, Martin Weekley, Boo
Kim, Michael Pinckney, Scott Weir, Mike
Kim, Si Woo Points, D.A. Wheatcroft, Steve
Kim, Whee Pride, Dicky Wilcox, Will
Kirk, Chris Prugh, Alex Wilkinson, Tim
Kizzire, Patton Putnam, Michael Woodland, Gary
Kraft, Kelly Reavie, Chez Wright, Zach
Lahiri, Anirban Reifers, Kyle Wyatt, Bobby
Landry, Andrew Roach, Wes Yelverton, Tim


Funk, Fred Purdy, Ted Axley, Eric
Mayfair, Billy Merrick, John Smith, Chris
Rollins, John Flesch, Steve
Chalmers, Greg Petrovic, Tim



The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.
The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.


Past Champions

Crescent City Open
Year Winner Score
1938 Harry Cooper 285
New Orleans Open
Year Winner Score
1939 Henry Picard 284
1940 Jimmy Demaret 286
1941 Henry Picard 276
1942 Lloyd Mangrum 281
1943 No Tournament (World War ll)
1944 Sammy Byrd 285
1945 Byron Nelson 284
1946 Byron Nelson 277
1947 No Tournament
1948 Bob Hamilton 280
1949-57 No Tournament
Greater New Orleans Open Invitational
Year Winner Score
1958 BiIIy Casper 278
1959 Bill Collins 280
1960 Dow Finsterwald 270
1961 Doug Sanders 272
1962 Bo Wininger 281
1963 Bo Wininger 279
1964 Mason Rudolph 283
1965 Dick Mayer 273
1966 Frank Beard 276
1967 George Knudson 277
1968 George Archer 271
1969 Larry Hinson 275
1970 Miller Barber 278
1971 Frank Beard 276
1972 Gary Player 279
1973 Jack Nicklaus 280
1974 Lee Trevino 267
First Nbc New Orleans Open
Year Winner Score
1975 Billy Casper 271
1976 Larry Ziegler 274
1977 Jim Simons 273
1978 Lon Hinkle 271
1979 Hubert Green 273
Greater New Orleans Open
Year Winner Score
1980 Tom Watson 273
USF&G New Orleans Open
Year Winner Score
1981 Tom Watson 270
USF&G Classic
Year Winner Score
1982 Scott Hoch 206
1983 Bill Rogers 274
1984 Bob Eastwood 272
1985 Seve Ballesteros 205
1986 Calvin Peete 269
1987 Ben Crenshaw 268
1988 Chip Beck 262
1989 Tim Simpson 274
1990 David Frost 276
1991 Ian Woosnam 275
Freeport-Mcmoran Classic
Year Winner Score
1992 Chip Beck 276
1993 Mike Standly 281
1994 Ben Crenshaw 273
1995 Davis Love III 274
Freeport-Mcdermott Classic
Year Winner Score
1996 Scott McCarron 275
1997 Brad Faxon 272
1998 Lee Westwood 273
Compaq Classic of New Orleans
Year Winner Score
1999 Carlos Franco 269
2000 Carlos Franco 270
2001 David Toms 266
2002 K.J. Choi 271
HP Classic of New Orleans
Year Winner Score
2003 Steve Flesch 276
2004 Vijay Singh 266
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Year Winner Score
2005 Tim Petrovic 275
2006 Chris Couch 269
2007 Nick Watney 273
2008 Andres Romero 275
2009 Jerry Kelly 274
2010 Jason Bohn 270
2011 Bubba Watson 273
2012 Jason Dufner 269
2013 Billy Horschel 268
2014 Seung-Yul Noh 269
2015 Justin Rose 266

Zurich Classic


Charley Hoffman Wins in the Texas Hill Country #ValeroTexasOpen

Charley Hoffman gets his fourth PGA TOUR victory at the Valero Texas Open, sinking a 9-foot birdie putt in on the 18th hole keeping his one shot lead over Patrick Reed. The Southern Californian put to rest all of the ‘he can’t finish’ talk with a final round 69 in San Antonio.

One Texas Size Smile on Charley’s Face

Hoffman, using a Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 prototype putter finished fourth in strokes gained putting (5.879) and second in putts per green in regulation (1.592).

Valero Texas Open

What in Charley’s Bag? #WITB

Driver: Titleist 915D4 (9.5 degrees)

3-wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)

Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd (17.5 degrees)

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (3 iron), Titleist 716 MB (5-9 iron)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (46, 50, 56, and 59 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1


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The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.

The 2016 Valero Texas Open

The Valero Texas Open, first played in 1922, is the oldest Professional Golf Tour tournament to have been held in the same city its entire existence.

In the Valero Texas Open’s 92-year history through 2014, $94.5 Million had been raised for charity with $90.5 Million of which had been raised since Valero became the title sponsor in 2002.

The 2015 tournament raised $10.4 million for charity, making it only the fourth PGA TOUR event to exceed the $100 Million mark in funds raised for charity.

Valero Texas Open

The Field at the 2016 Valero Texas Open

Aiken, Thomas Garrigus, Robert
Aldridge, Tyler Gay, Brian
Ancer, Abraham Gibson, Rhein
Appleby, Stuart Gillis, Tom
Baddeley, Aaron Gonzales, Andres
Barnes, Ricky Gore, Jason
Beckman, Cameron Grace, Branden
Blair, Zac Guthrie, Luke
Bradley, Keegan Hadley, Chesson
Bradley, Michael Hahn, James
Brun, Julien Harman, Brian
Burgoon, Bronson Harrington, Padraig
Campbell, Chad Hearn, David
Carballo, Miguel Angel Henley, Russell
Castro, Roberto Henry, J.J.
Chalmers, Greg Herron, Tim
Chappell, Kevin Hicks, Justin
Choi, K.J. Hoffman, Charley
Collins, Chad Hoge, Tom
Crane, Ben Holmes, J.B.
Curran, Jon Horschel, Billy
Curtis, Ben Hubbard, Mark
Dalke, Brad Huh, John
Davis, Brian Hurley III, Billy
de Jonge, Brendon Iwata, Hiroshi
DeChambeau, Bryson Jacobson, Freddie
Donald, Luke Jaidee, Thongchai
Els, Ernie Johnson, Zach
Ernst, Derek Jones, Matt
Every, Matt Kang, Sung
Fathauer, Derek Kelly, Jerry
Flesch, Steve Kim, Michael
Garnett, Brice Kim, Si Woo

Start Times at the 2016 Valero Texas Open





1 7:10 AM USA Robert Garrigus
USA Frank Lickliter II
USA Steve Flesch
10 7:10 AM USA Kevin Chappell
KOR Whee Kim
USA Harold Varner III
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1922 Bob MacDonald 281 Brackenridge Park
1923 Walter Hagen 279 Brackenridge Park
1924 Joe Kirkwood 279 Brackenridge Park
1925 Joe Turnesa 284 Brackenridge Park
1926 MacDonald Smith 288 Brackenridge Park
1927 Bob Cruickshank 292 Willow Springs GC
1928 Bill Mehlhorn 287 Willow Springs GC
1929 Bill Mehlhorn 277 Brackenridge Park
1930 Denny Shute 277 Brackenridge Park
1931 Abe Espinosa 281 Brackenridge Park
1932 Clarence Clark 287 Brackenridge Park
1933 No tournament
1934 Wiffy Cox 283 Brackenridge Park
1935-38 No tournaments
1939 Dutch Harrison 271 Brackenridge Park
1940 Byron Nelson 271 Brackenridge Park
1941 Lawson Little 273 Willow Springs GC
1942 Chick Harbert 272 Willow Springs GC
1943 No tournament
1944 Johnny Revolta 273 Willow Springs GC
1945 Sam Byrd 268 Willow Springs GC
1946 Ben Hogan 264 Willow Springs GC
1947 Ed Oliver 265 Willow Springs GC
1948 Sam Snead 264 Willow Springs GC
1949 Dave Douglas 268 Willow Springs GC
1950 Sam Snead 265 Brackenridge Park; Fort Sam Houston
1951 Dutch Harrison 265 Brackenridge Park; Fort Sam Houston
1952 Jack Burke Jr. 260 Brackenridge Park
1953 Tony Holguin 264 Brackenridge Park
1954 Chandler Harper 259 Brackenridge Park
1955 Mike Souchak 257 Brackenridge Park
1956 Gene Littler 276 Fort Sam Houston
1957 Jay Hebert 271 Brackenridge Park
1958 Bill Johnston 274 Brackenridge Park
1959 Wesley Ellis 276 Brackenridge Park
1960 Arnold Palmer 276 Fort Sam Houston
1961 Arnold Palmer 270 Oak Hills CC
1962 Arnold Palmer 273 Oak Hills CC
1963 Phil Rodgers 268 Oak Hills CC
1964 Bruce Crampton 273 Oak Hills CC
1965 Frank Beard 270 Oak Hills CC
1966 Harold Henning 272 Oak Hills CC
1967 Chi Chi Rodriguez 277 Pecan Valley GC
1968 No tournament
1969 Deane Beman 274 Pecan Valley GC
1970 Ron Cerrudo 273 Pecan Valley GC
1971 No tournament
1972 Mike Hill 273 Woodlake CC
1973 Ben Crenshaw 270 Woodlake CC
1974 Terry Diehl 269 Woodlake CC
1975 Don January 275 Woodlake CC
1976 Butch Baird 273 Woodlake CC
1977 Hale Irwin 266 Oak Hills CC
1978 Ron Streck 265 Oak Hills CC
1979 Lou Graham 268 Oak Hills CC
1980 Lee Trevino 265 Oak Hills CC
1981 Bill Rogers 266 Oak Hills CC
1982 Jay Haas 262 Oak Hills CC
1983 Jim Colbert 261 Oak Hills CC
1984 Calvin Peete 266 Oak Hills CC
1985 John Mahaffey 268 Oak Hills CC
1986 Ben Crenshaw 196 Oak Hills CC
1987 Tom Watson 268 Oak Hills CC
1988 Corey Pavin 259 Oak Hills CC
1989 Donnie Hammond 258 Oak Hills CC
1990 Mark O’Meara 261 Oak Hills CC
1991 Blaine McCallister 269 Oak Hills CC
1992 Nick Price 263 Oak Hills CC
1993 Jay Haas 263 Oak Hills CC
1994 Bob Estes 265 Oak Hills CC
1995 Duffy Waldorf 268 La Cantera
1996 David Ogrin 275 La Cantera
1997 Tim Herron 271 La Cantera
1998 Hal Sutton 270 La Cantera
1999 Duffy Waldorf 270 La Cantera
2000 Justin Leonard 261 La Cantera
2001 Justin Leonard 266 La Cantera
2002 Loren Roberts 261 La Cantera
2003 Tommy Armour III 254 La Cantera
2004 Bart Bryant 261 La Cantera
2005 Robert Gamez 262 La Cantera
2006 Eric Axley 265 La Cantera
2007 Justin Leonard 261 La Cantera
2008 Zach Johnson 261 La Cantera
2009 Zach Johnson 265 La Cantera
2010 Adam Scott 274 TPC San Antonio
2011 Brendan Steele 280 TPC San Antonio
2012 Ben Curtis 279 TPC San Antonio
2013 Martin Laird 274 TPC San Antonio
2014 Steven Bowditch 280 TPC San Antonio
2015 Jimmy Walker 277 TPC San Antonio



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The Forward Golf Putter Grip is More than an Oversized Grip @ForwardGolf

Oversized putter grips are biggest wave hitting the golf world and Forward Golf has taken the concept to the next level with their “Deep Rounded V Shape” putter grip design.

I installed The Forward grip on my old trusty standby putter to see just forward-golf-PUTTER-grips-1what advantages the oversized putter grip have to offer the average player. The most obvious thing I noticed about the Forward grip is that it isn’t just a big fat cylinder but formed to fit the hands and contoured to keep the hands and arms in line with the putter shaft.

The Install

After removing the grip from my old flat stick, I installed the new Forward putter grip as directed by the supplied information. Forward Golf suggests that you have a professional install the grip. The grip is a very tight fit on the putter shaft, so having been an armature club maker for 20 years, I also suggest using a golf club repair shop do the installation.

About the Forward Grip

The Forward Golf Putter grip has a chevron textured surface made of extremelyforward-golf-PUTTER-grips-2 tacky material that holds snugly to the hands. The “Deep Rounded V” feature of the grip fits well in the fingers as the club is gripped while increasing surface area contact.  The V shape works in conjunction with Forward Golf’s “Grip Forward Technology” and the taper making it almost impossible to break the wrist during the putting strike. On the practice green I had to force my wrist to break.

As with any equipment change there is always some learning curve and with the Forward grip I experienced a change my feel for distance, the advantages gained with the Forward  putter grip will be well worth the temporary inconvenience.

The Price

The Forward Golf grip has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $24.95, which is not out of line to most oversized putter grips. It is also a great deal less than buying a new putter.

The Bottom Line

I believe the average golfer can benefit from the Forward Golf advanced putter grip.

What Forward Golf Says

Grip Forward Technology

Revolutionizes the design of putter grips, placing more grip material above the shaft.  The unique shape places the hands in the ideal position, uniting the arms, hands and putter and creating a more balanced and consistent stroke.


Deep Rounded V Shape

Fits in the hands perfectly for reduced grip pressure and improved comfort resulting in better distance control.


Maximum Taper

Tapered grip design keeps trailing hand in line with putter shaft, helping make the arms and putter a single unit.


Quality and Durability

Crafted to the highest quality standards, Forward Grips offer amazing durability.


Superior Grip Texture

The unique pattern employs a raised chevron texture for unmatched traction and control. Experience amazing feel on all putts both long and short.


Advanced Shape

The unique shape places the hands in the ideal position, uniting the arms, hands and putter and creating a more balanced and consistent stroke.



We are proud to have Forward Golf as the official golf club grip of TheGolfBallGuy.com

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Watch for our review of the new Forward Golf grips for the rest of your sticks coming soon.



Forward Golf advanced putter grip review. #GolfGrips