Fifty ain’t so Bad #JohnDaly @LoudmouthGolf

I followed John Daly on his first round on the PGA Champions Tour at the 2016 Insperity Invitational and as was expected his out drive his playing partners, Peter Jacobsen and Fuzzy Zoeller on every driving hole. Zoeller’s green “Get Fuzzed Up” paints were the only thing to reviled JD’s Atom Smasher golf pants from Loudmouth Golf.

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TheGolfBallGuy, John Daly and Atom Smasher golf pants from Loudmouth Golf.

As Daly “Grips and Rips” his way to the Senior PGA Championship at the Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Michigan he  will be paired with Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia in the first major of this new chapter in the John Daly book.

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That Taylor Made one iron and his caddie/ fiancé seem to be keeping Mr. Daly out of the rough these days. After hitting the big 5-0, JD had been under par for 5 out of 7 rounds and 0 golf clubs in Great Lakes.

I wish John Daly the best of luck in his quest to add another major win to his resume.

 

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Sergio Garcia Matches Seve Ballesteros’ Record #PGATour

With his playoff victory over Brooks Koepka at the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson Sergio Garcia matches Seve Ballesteros’ record nine PGA Tour wins by Spanish born golfer.

ATT Byron Nelson

Even without a major, Sergio’s 20 combined wins on the PGA Tour and the European Tour are more than enough to cement a Hall of Fame career for the 36 year old Spaniard.

The World Golf Hall of Fame requirements for male competitors include, “A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

See Sergio Garcia What’s in the bag?

 

Sergio Garcia current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)
Sergio Garcia current official PGA TOUR headshot.
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PGA Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia

No. Date Tournament Winning Score
1 2001 Colonial −13
2 2001 Buick Classic −16
3 2002 Mercedes Championship −18
4 2004 Byron Nelson −10
5 2004 Buick Classic −12
6 2005 Booz Allen Classic −14
7 2008 The Players Championship −5
8 2012 Wyndham Championship −18
9 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson -15

European Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia

No. Date Tournament Winning Score
1 1999 Irish Open −16
2 1999 German Masters −11
3 2001 Trophée Lancôme −18
4 2002 Canarias Open de España −13
5 2004 Mallorca Classic −12
6 2005 European Masters −14
7 2008 Masters Costa Azahar −20
8 2008 HSBC Champions −14
9 2011 Castelló Masters −27
10 2011 Andalucía Masters −6
11 2014 Qatar Masters −16

Asian Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia

No. Date Tournament
1 2002 Kolon Cup Korean Open
2 2008 HSBC Champions
3 2012 Iskandar Johor Open
4 2013 Thailand Golf Championship
5 2015 Ho Tram Open

Other Wins by Sergio Garcia

No. Date Tournament
1 1997 Catalonian Open Championship
2 2001 Nedbank Golf Challenge
3 2001 Telus World Skins Game
4 2003 Nedbank Golf Challenge
5 2010 Gary Player Invitational (with John Cook)

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Jack Nicklaus beat’s his age at Augusta National

Jack Nicklaus current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Jack Nicklaus

 

The 76-year-old Golden Bear tells The Naples Daily News he carries a U.S.G.A. handicap index of 5. After an even-par, 72 from the member tees at Augusta National Nicklaus added “I keep ruining my handicap,” he said. “I keep shooting good scores. … That’s going to take me down to a 1 or a 2. I was very upset. I’ll lose a lot of money on that.”

See even an 18 major winning golf has issues with his game…

-TheGolfBallGuy

 

Old Golf Ball of the Day

Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear golf balls by MacGregor from England, circa 1984.

Jack Nicklaus Goden Bear by MacGregor from the U.K. circa 1983 Jack Nicklaus Goden Bear by MacGregor from the U.K. circa 1983 (2)

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Fantasy Golf Picks for the AT&T Byron Nelson #FantasyGolf

1. Dustin Johnson: DJ has five straight top-20 finishes including four top-10s in Dallas. I’ll take DJ to win in the “Big D” any time.

2. Charley Hoffman: Charley and the Lone Star State, and he won in San Antonio this year and he was runner-up last year at the Byron Nelson. Hoffman has plenty of momentum go in to the Metroplex, including the win at the Valero Texas Open and top-15 finishes in Hilton Head and New Orleans.

ATT Byron Nelson

3. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar boast a solid history in Dallas having finished T-15 or better in three of his last five trips there and he finished T-3 last week at The Players Championship all with a big smile.

4. Jordan Spieth: The world No. 2 finished T-16 here as a 16-year-old amateur back in 2010, even with a missed cut at The Players you should never count Jordan out at home.

5. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African finished T-28 last week, T-15 finish at the Masters and he had finished T-11 last year.

6. Sergio Garcia: Garcia won this event in 2004, but he hasn’t been back since a T-20 finish in 2011 because in the past it has conflicted with the Open de Espana. Despite being unfairly made the anti-Tiger early in his playing career by the U.S. golfing media and the lack of a major, Sergio is always one to watch and currently at #15 in the World Golf Rankings.

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7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has four top-25 finishes in the last five years at this event and was T-23 last week in Florida.

8. Brooks Koepka: The bomber finished T-35 at the Players. Koepka was T-16 in Dallas just a year ago, including a 64 in the third round.

Get your fantasy golf picks right with the right information from golfstats.com

-TheGolfBallGuy

 

 

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Sergio Garcia S Logo TaylorMade TP-RED LDP #00

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Balls in the Water on Number 17 Since 2003 #THEPLAYERS

598!

Stats at The Players

Scoring

Low 18-Hole Score at The Players

63 (9-under), Fred Couples, 1992, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round (30-33) (Finished T-13)THE PLAYERS Championship

63 (9-under), Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (33-30) (Won)

63 (9-under), Roberto Castro, 2013, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (32-31) (Finished T19)

63 (9-under), Martin Kaymer, 2014, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round (29-34) (Won)

Low 72-Hole Score at The Players

264 (24-under), Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass (63-67-67-67)
268 (20-under), Fuzzy Zoeller, 1994, TPC Sawgrass (66-67-68-67)

High Winning Score at The Players

289 (1-over), Mark Hayes, 1977, Sawgrass CC (72-74-71-72)
289 (1-over), Jack Nicklaus, 1978, Sawgrass CC (70-71-73-75)
285 (3-under), Raymond Floyd, 1981, Sawgrass CC (72-74-71-68)
285 (3-under), David Duval, 1999, TPC Sawgrass (69-69-74-73)

High 18-Hole Score at The Players

92 (20-over), Bob Murphy, 1979, Final round, Sawgrass CC
91 (19-over), John Lister, 1977, 2nd round, Sawgrass CC

High 18-hole score at The Players, TPC Sawgrass

89 (17-over), Michael Camplbell, 2003, 1st round, TPC Sawgrass
88 (16-over), Mike McCullough, 1984, 1st round, TPC Sawgrass

Low Start by Winner at The Players

63, Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass
63, Martin Kaymer, 2014, TPC Sawgrass

Low Finish by Winner at The Players

64, Fred Couples, 1996, TPC Sawgrass
64, Davis Love III, 2003, TPC Sawgrass
65, Jack Nicklaus, 1976, Inverrary

High Start by Winner at The Players

73, Hal Sutton, 1983, TPC Sawgrass
72, Mark Hayes, 1977, Sawgrass CC
72, Raymond Floyd, 1981, Sawgrass CC
72, Justin Leonard, 1998, TPC Sawgrass
72, Tiger Woods, 2001, TPC Sawgrass

High Finish by Winner at The Players

75, Jack Nicklaus, 1978, Sawgrass CC
73, David Duval, 1999, TPC Sawgrass

30 Aces at The Players, So Far

Holes-in-one (30 total; 26 at TPC Sawgrass):

1976: Wally Armstrong, 6th hole, Inverrary, 2nd round
1978: Grier Jones, 12th hole, Sawgrass CC, 2nd round;

: John Mahaffey, 15th hole, Sawgrass CC, Final round

1981: Bill Kratzert, 6th hole, Sawgrass CC, 3rd round
1986: Jim Gallagher, Jr., 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass, Brad Fabel, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
1991: Brian Claar, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1992: Chip Beck, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
1994: Russ Cochran, 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
1994: Gary Hallberg, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1995: Phil Mickelson, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
1996: Jay Don Blake, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
1997: Mark Brooks, 8th, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Fred Couples, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
1999: Bob Friend, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round; Joey Sindelar, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round
2000: Paul Azinger, 17th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round; Ted Tryba, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round; Joe Ozaki, 8th hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2001: Chris DiMarco, 3rd hole, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2002: Miguel A. Jimenez, 17th, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round; Craig Stadler, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round
2004: Jose Maria Olazabal, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
2006: Justin Leonard, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Jesper Parnevik, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round; Henrik Stenson, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round; Fred Couples, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, Final round
2008: Robert Garrigus, 13th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round
2013: Michael Thompson, 8th, TPC Sawgrass, 1st round Chris Stroud, 13th, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round

Eagle or Better at The Players

Double-Eagles at The Players

2007: Hunter Mahan, 11th hole, TPC Sawgrass, 2nd round (Driver/5-iron from 227 yards)

Peter Lonard, 2nd hole, TPC Sawgrass, 3rd round (Driver/5-iron from 229 yards)

Most Eagles at The Players

Couples, Fred 15
Mickelson, Phil 11
Lehman, Tom 10
Woods, Tiger 10
Price, Nick 9
Watson, Tom 9
Garcia, Sergio 9

Most Eagles, One Tournament at The Players

3, Justin Leonard, 2000;

3, Kevin Stadler, 2008

3, Phil Mickelson, 2011

3, Sergio Garcia, 2011

3, Sung Kang, 2012; Derek Fathauer, 2015

Bridie is the Word at The Players

Best Birdie-Eagle or Birdie Streak at TPC Sawgrass

6-under: Eagle-birdie-eagle-birdie, Fulton Allem (Holes 2-5, 2nd round), 1999

5-under: Birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie, Rickie Fowler (Holes 15-18, Final round), 2015

5-under: Eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie, David Toms (Holes 6-9, Final round), 2012

5-under: Birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie, Sergio Garcia (Holes 14-17, Final round), 2011

5-under: Eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie, Phil Mickelson (Holes 16-1, 3rd & Final round), 1996

5-under: Birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie, Mike Heinen (Holes 14-17, 3rd round), 1995

5-under: Birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie, Fred Couples (Holes 7-10, 3rd round), 1992

Best Score on the Last Four Holes in One Round at The Players (TPC Sawgrass)

11, Rickie Fowler (birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie, Final round), 2015

Most Consecutive Birdies at The Players

6, Tom Watson (Holes 9-14, 2nd round), 1984
6, Dave Rummells (Holes 16-18, 1-3, 2nd round), 1986
6, Fred Wadsworth (Holes 15-18, 1-2, 1st round), 1987
6, Paul Azinger (Holes 18, 1-5, 1st round), 1993
6, Rocco Mediate (Holes 13-18, Final round), 1996
6, Tim Herron (Holes 8-13, 2nd round), 2005
6, Louis Oosthuizen (Holes 9-14, 3rd round), 2013
6, K.J. Choi (Holes 9-14, Final round), 2014

Most Birdies in One Tournament at The Players

26, Fuzzy Zoeller, 1994 (second)

Most Total Birdies in One Tournament at The Players

1618 birdies, 1996

Fewest Bogeys at THE PLAYERS

1, Greg Norman, 1994

Four Rounds in 60s in One Tournament at The Players

Al Geiberger (66-68-67-69), 1975 (Won)
J.C. Snead (67-69-68-68), 1976 (2nd)
Greg Norman (63-67-67-67), 1994 (Won)
Fuzzy Zoeller (66-67-68-67), 1994 (2nd)
Jeff Maggert (65-69-69-68), 1994 (3rd)
Steve Elkington (66-69-68-69), 1997 (Won)

Most Rounds in the 60s Career at The Players

22, Nick Price and Davis Love III

 

Fewest Rounds in the 60s by the Field in a Final Round at The Players

1989 1
1999 1

Four Sub-Par Rounds in One Tournament at The Players

Davis Love III, 1992, 2003, 2010
Jack Nicklaus, 1974, 1976
John Mahaffey, 1986, 1992
Greg Norman, 1987, 1994
Larry Mize, 1987, 1996
Gil Morgan, 1988, 1996
Bernhard Langer, 1991, 1993
Vijay Singh, 1996, 2001
Kenny Perry, 1996, 2004
Bob Murphy, 1974
Al Geiberger, 1975
Hubert Green, 1975
J.C. Snead, 1976
Roger Maltbie, 1976
David Graham, 1976
Fred Couples, 1984
Calvin Peete, 1985
Sandy Lyle, 1987
Jeff Sluman, 1987
Paul Azinger, 1987
Mark McCumber, 1987
David Frost, 1987
Mike Hulbert, 1987
Wayne Levi, 1988
Mark Wiebe, 1988
Gene Sauers, 1988
Tom Kite, 1989
Curtis Strange, 1991
Jay Delsing, 1991
Tom Watson, 1992
Nick Price, 1993
Rocco Mediate, 1993
Andrew Magee, 1993
Fuzzy Zoeller, 1994
Jeff Maggert, 1994
Hale Irwin, 1994
Loren Roberts, 1994
Colin Montgomerie, 1996
David Duval, 1996
Scott Hoch, 1996
Masashi Jumbo Ozaki, 1996
John Adams, 1996
Ernie Els, 1996
Jay Haas, 1996
Fred Funk, 1996
Jim Furyk, 1996
Joel Edwards, 1996
Steve Elkington, 1997
Hal Sutton, 2000
Tiger Woods, 2000
Darren Clarke, 2003
Phil Mickelson, 2004
Stephen Ames, 2006
Retief Goosen, 2006
Brian Davis, 2009
Tim Clark, 2010
Robert Allenby, 2010
Lucas Glover, 2010
Bo Van Pelt, 2010
Frederik Jacobson, 2010
Andres Romero, 2010
Matt Kuchar, 2010, 2014
Scott Verplank, 2010
Troy Matteson, 2010
Steve Flesch, 2010
K.J. Choi, 2011
David Toms, 2011
Paul Goydos, 2011
Luke Donald, 2011
Brian Gay, 2011

Jeff Maggert, 2013
Brandt Snedeker, 2013
Kevin Streelman, 2013
Tiger Woods, 2013
Sergio Garcia, 2014
Justin Rose, 2014
David Hearn, 2014
Lee Westwood, 2014
George McNeill, 2014
Steve Stricker, 2014
Morgan Hoffmann, 2014
Rickie Fowler, 2015
Ben Martin, 2015
Rory Sabbatini, 2015
Rory McIlroy, 2015
Brian Harman, 2015
Ryo Ishikawa, 2015
Zach Johnson, 2015

 

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The Winners at The Players

Multiple Winners at The Players

3, Jack Nicklaus, 1974, 1976 and 1978
2, Steve Elkington, 1991 and 1997
Hal Sutton, 1983 and 2000
Fred Couples, 1984 and 1996
Davis Love III, 1992 and 2003
Tiger Woods, 2001 and 2013

Consecutive Victories at The Players

None!

(Because it’s difficult to win there…)

Largest Come-From-Behind Wins at The Players

6 strokes, Raymond Floyd, 1981, Sawgrass CC

5 strokes, Justin Leonard, 1998, TPC Sawgrass

5 strokes, Henrik Stenson, 2009, TPC Sawgrass

THE PLAYERS Championship

Wire-to-Wire Wins at The Players

 

Al Geiberger, 1975, Colonial
Jack Nicklaus, 1978, Sawgrass CC
Nick Price, 1993, TPC Sawgrass
Greg Norman, 1994, TPC Sawgrass
Steve Elkington, 1997, TPC Sawgrass
Hal Sutton, 2000, TPC Sawgrass
Martin Kaymer, 2014, TPC Sawgrass

International Winners at The Players

2, Steve Elkington, Australia, 1991 and 1997
1, Greg Norman, Australia, 1994
1, Craig Perks, New Zealand, 2002
1, Nick Price, Zimbabwe, 1993
1, Sandy Lyle, Scotland, 1987
1, Adam Scott, Australia, 2004
1, Stephen Ames, Trinidad and Tobago/Canada, 2006
1, Sergio Garcia, Spain, 2008
1, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, 2009
1, Tim Clark, South Africa, 2010
1, K.J. Choi, South Korea, 2011
1, Martin Kaymer, Germany, 2014

First-Round Leaders/Co-Leaders to Go on to Win at The Players (13/41)

Al Geiberger, 1975
Jack Nicklaus, 1976 (tied)
Jack Nicklaus, 1978 (tied)
Mark McCumber, 1988
Jodie Mudd, 1990 (tied)
Nick Price, 1993
Greg Norman, 1994
Steve Elkington, 1997
Hal Sutton, 2000
Adam Scott, 2004
Phil Mickelson, 2007
Sergio Garcia, 2008
Martin Kaymer, 2014

Widest Victory Margin at The Players

7 strokes, Steve Elkington (over Scott Hoch), 1997

Oldest Winner at The Players

Fred Funk, 2005 (48 years, 9 months, 14 days)

 Youngest Winner at The Players

Adam Scott, 2004 (23 years, 8 months, 12 days)

Champions Who Birdied 18 to Win at The Players

Steve Elkington, 1991, TPC Sawgrass

Winners Who Won a Majors in the Same Year They Won at The Players

Jack Nicklaus, 1978 (British Open)
Hal Sutton, 1983 (PGA Championship)
Tiger Woods, 2001 (Masters)
Martin Kaymer, 2014 (U.S. Open)

Fewest Number of Starts at The Players Before Winning at The Players

1, Jack Nicklaus
1, Craig Perks
1, Hal Sutton

Players Who had Their First PGA Tour at The Players 

Craig Perks, 2002
Tim Clark, 2010

Longest Putt Made at The Players

100 feet, 1 inch, Ben Crane, 1st round, 2007, 14th hole

Most Second-Place Finishes At The Players

2, J.C. Snead, 1974 and 1976
2, Tom Watson, 1979 and 1992
2, Fuzzy Zoeller, 1991 and 1994
2, Bernhard Langer, 1993 and 1995
2, Padraig Harrington, 2003 and 2004
2, Tom Lehman, 1998 and 2005
2, Sergio Garcia, 2007 and 2015

Oldest Player to Make the Cut at The Players

Julius Boros, 1975 (55 years, 174 days)

Arnold Palmer, 1985 (55 years, 172 days)

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Most Starts at The Players

29, Jay Haas
28, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love III
27, Craig Stadler
26, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin
25, Tom Purtzer, Larry Nelson
24, Bruce Lietzke, Mark O’Meara, Kenny Perry

Most Consecutive Starts at The Players

29, Jay Haas

28, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love III

27, Craig Stadler

26, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin

25, Tom Purtzer, Larry Nelson

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