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A tricky PGA Tour season with rule changes and schedule changes has left a number of tour pros with a lot to think about going into 2019. By Lewis Blain.New Tour Schedule Brings About Tough Decisions For Players
The newly revamped Major, PGA and European Tour schedules have left players with tough decisions to make on where and when they play this season.
A number of events have been moved around in order to condense the schedule whilst the FedEx Cup has received a big boost with the doubling of its bonus pool to $70m.
The marquee change sees the USPGA Championship move from August to May, with the Players moving from May to March.
This has forced the BMW PGA Championship to move from its traditional May spot to September.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs, now just three tournaments instead of four, will also end in August instead of September to ensure that the PGA Tour season concludes before the NFL season gets underway.
Prior to this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii, Australian Adam Scott explained the difficulties he will face with his schedule this year, revealing that he may skip all four WGCs.
“I just kind of took the simple approach and thought I’ll just play the ones I like and that make sense to play out of the way,” he said.
“Any inconvenience, whether it’s a big tournament or not. I don’t know how everyone can define a big tournament differently, but at the moment I have not scheduled a World Golf Championship because they don’t fall in the right weeks for me.”
Adam Scott has two WGC titles to his name but may have to forgo playing in them this season.(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
At the beginning of the year, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy described the European Tour as a ‘stepping stone’ as he looks to have put a focus on playing more in America.
It is likely that the Northern Irishman won’t tee it up on the European Tour until at least July for the run of links golf going into the 148th Open Championship.
He may also give up his European Tour card for 2019 and pick it back up again in 2020 for the Ryder Cup.
“The PGA Tour has better fields, deeper fields and golf courses that probably suit my game a little bit more,” explained McIlroy
“I want to play against the best players in the world. I get a buzz from that. I’d much rather go down the stretch against Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson.”
This will be the first time in McIlroy’s career that he has not started the year on the European Tour.
Rory wants another Major. Will his PGA Tour-heavy schedule pay off? (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
McIlroy’s decision has come about due to the changes, which sees him want to focus more on the PGA Tour’s March – August season beginning with his title defence at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a week before The Players.
2017 USPGA Champion Justin Thomas bemoaned the fact that he will not be able to attend a number of events that he is eager to play.
“There’s five or six or seven events I would love to play and I want to play, but it just doesn’t work out in the schedule, which is a bummer and I would hope tournament directors understand that, that events that I’m not playing in,” said Thomas.

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Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?

Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?
The podcast is back for 2019!

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Tour Gear Round Up: 2019 January Transfer Window

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PGA Tour Stars Question Knee-High Drop Rule

PGA Tour Stars Question Knee-High Drop Rule
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Poulter Dodges PGA Tour Violation

Poulter Dodges PGA Tour Violation
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“The perfect example in the past has been the Wyndham. I think the Wyndham is one of the greatest events that the Tour puts on and they’re such a great, it’s such an old event, they go back so long playing there at Sedgefield and I love the golf course, Mark Brazil puts on an unbelievable event, everybody does, and it’s just so hard, in the past, going, it went Akron, PGA, Wyndham and then Playoffs and it’s like you just can’t play six, seven in a row.”
Masters champion Patrick Reed has averaged a little over 30 events per season since 2013 – more than a lot of the world’s top-20 in the rankings. He is one of the players actually in favour of the condensed schedule.
“I mean there might be a couple spots where in the past I might have played a certain event, but now I might not be playing that event because I’ll be playing one later on. But the actual amount of events is not changing for me. It’s going to be around the same number. It’s just it’s spread out a little better for me.”
Patrick Reed balances life on both tours and nearly added a Race to Dubai to his Masters win in 2018. (Getty Images)
Another player that the schedule works for this year is Brooks Koepka. He will be looking to defend his two Majors but this time around it will be the USPGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May before the US Open in June – just one of the many changes to the schedule.
He said: “I still like the events that I play. Most of them are pretty much the same thing. I haven’t switched it up too much.
“Obviously the timing of it might be a little different. I like to play the weeks before majors, big events like The Players, things like that.
“And I think it actually kind of works in my advantage that way, having a good solid four months there of, you need to be dialed in on those four months with the majors and The Players, I think that’s extremely important. And to have it so close together, if you get on a hot run, you might be able to pop off all five.”
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This article New Tour Schedule Brings About Tough Decisions For Players appeared first on Golf Monthly.

The 2019 PGA Tour season has only been underway for a little over a week but the new rulings made by the USGA have already had their criticism. By Lewis Blain.PGA Tour Stars Question Knee-High Drop Rule
The new Rules have only been in force for a little over a week yet they have already caused quite a stir amongst Tour professionals.
Jordan Spieth, who is making his 2019 season debut at the Sony Open this week isn’t sure why the rules have changed.
“One that I don’t really understand necessarily is the drop.
“You drop it knee height, but like, what’s the advantage of dropping it shoulder height? It’s actually probably a disadvantage, so why can’t you still do that? You should be able to drop it from shoulder to knee height in my opinion.
“It doesn’t do any good and honestly it’s like, a frustrating asterisk that I have to re-pick it up and re-drop from your knee.”
Spieth then almost dropped from shoulder height during round one of the Sony Open:

Fantastic. Spieth goes for his first drop of the year, from a sprinkler head, holds the ball out shoulder height and Slugger White jumps in with a “Whoa, whoa, whoa!” Eventually got it right. pic.twitter.com/WKGwJTWAKR
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) January 10, 2019
A number of players are in a similar boat to Spieth following last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions. Bryson Dechambeau, a fan of putting with the flagstick in, called the knee-height Rule ‘a bit absurd’.
The five-time PGA Tour winner said: “That you have to drop it from knee height is a bit absurd, unfortunately.
“I think that you should be able to go from knee height to shoulder height. There should be no issue with that, whatever you want to do, honestly.”
DeChambeau isn’t a fan of the new drop
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy said, “We’re saying that Brian Harman has got a big advantage, he can basically place it.
“Where you got someone like Tony Finau who is dropping it probably from like waist high for me.”
The USGA quickly responded to the reactions in Hawaii by saying “It’s not just a drop from knee-height, but now it’s a focus on the relief area.”
Thomas Pagel, senior managing director of governance of the USGA, added: “People say that dropping from shoulder-height is simple, and it is, but under the old rules, there were nine different times you had to re-drop. We wanted to eliminate all those complications.”

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Adam Scott To Putt With Flagstick In

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In or Out? What Will Pros Do With The Flagstick?

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Jordan Spieth Returns After Winless 2018

Jordan Spieth Returns After Winless 2018
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Tour Gear Round Up: 2019 January Transfer Window

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Titleist sweep the board at the PGA Tour's first full-field event of 2019. By Lewis BlainTitleist’s Amazing Achievement At The Sony Open
The Sony Open is the first full-field event on the PGA Tour this season with 144 players teeing off in Hawaii, and equipment manufacturer Titleist is the overwhelming choice across the board at this week’s tournament.
A number of top Tour players including world number four Justin Thomas, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and the 2018 Players champion Webb Simpson all use an array of Titleist clubs and balls.
Titleist is the top choice of brand for every major golf club category at the event – golf balls, drivers, fairways, hybrids, irons and wedges. This has happened for the first time since the 2001 USPGA Championship.Related: Titleist To Sponsor Sky Sports Golf PGA Tour Coverage
The majority of manufacturers have released new clubs in recent weeks, in particular drivers. Though, there are still 45 Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers in play this week which is 9% more than the nearest competitor.
The last time Titleist achieved such a feat was back at the 2001 PGA where 51 of 150 competitors had their driver in the bag – including runner-up Phil Mickelson.
Titleist’s Pro V1 and Pro V1x ball range is the most popular on Tour and it is no different in Hawaii this week as 76% of the field have the ball in play (that’s over 100 of the 144-man field.)
Jordan Spieth has a full bag of Titleist equipment plus ball. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
DRIVERS:
TITLEIST: 45 (31%)
Nearest Competitor: 32 (22%)
FAIRWAY METALS:
TITLEIST: 48 (27%)
Nearest Competitor: 43 (24%)Related: 10 Best Titleist Clubs Of All Time
HYBRIDS:
TITLEIST: 25 (34%)
Nearest Competitor: 17 (23%)
Ian Poulter has the AP2 irons amongst a full bag of Titleists. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
IRONS:
TITLEIST: 41 (29%)
Nearest Competitor: 26 (19%)
 
Adam Scott plays a shot out of the bunker with his Vokey wedges during the opening round at the Sony Open. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
WEDGES:
TITLEIST: 213 (53%)
Nearest Competitor: 62 (16%)
PUTTERS:
TITLEIST: 55 (38%)
Nearest Competitor: 49 (34%)

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Tour Gear Round Up: 2019 January Transfer Window

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Players To Watch On The European Tour In 2019

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Adam Scott To Putt With Flagstick In

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Padraig Harrington Named Europe Ryder Cup Captain 2020

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Want to get more from your golf in 2019? Check out these 10 goals that could help you play better and enjoy yourself more...10 Golfing Goals For 2019
The new year spells new goals and here are 10 things that you can look to achieve in 2019…
1) Enjoy yourself – Golf shouldn’t be taken too seriously unless your living relies upon you playing well. Enjoy your golf, your playing partners’ company and the fresh air and surroundings in 2019, it is your hobby after all!
2) Birdie every hole on your course – A fun goal for this year could be to birdie every hole at your home club (if you’re a member of a club). It sounds very doable but you’d be surprised just how long it may take. It will also add an element of pressure to your game when you only have one or two holes left to birdie.
3) Play in an Open – Opens are great because they offer competitive golf on different courses and are also great ways to play nice places for less than the standard green fee, usually with 36 holes and/or food included. You’ll get to test your skills under competition on a new course and meet new people.
4) Go on a golf break – If you already go on a golf break each year then great, but many golfers don’t manage to take the clubs away with them. They can be a pain to organise but set yourself a date and, with four or more of you, you’ll be able to find some great deals both home and abroad.
Related: 10 best areas for golf tours in the UK
5) Play a top 100 course – Playing Turnberry, Royal County Down or Sunningdale might be expensive, but if you give yourself time to save up it will be worth it. Besides, those three are right up the top of our rankings and there are plenty of other great courses further down that can be more affordable to play than you might think.
Related: The UK and Ireland’s Top 100 Golf Courses
6) Improve your short game and putting –  Pretty much every golfer in the world, barring the world’s top 50, needs to improve their short games. Make time to practise your short game and putting this year, whether that be some great chipping drills or putting drills. This really is the area that can make such a difference to your scores and will be the catalyst for lowering your handicap.
7) Improve your golf fitness – A common new year’s resolution is to get fitter and improving your golf fitness, things like flexibility and power, will help your game and keep energy levels up.
Related: 3 great golf gym exercises
8) Have some lessons – Even if it’s just two or three, some lessons with the right person should improve your golf this year. Swing changes are tough but rewarding once you’ve made it out the other side.
9) Learn some new shots – Do you struggle to play the draw? Can’t quite hit the punch? Only ever play a bump and run around the greens? Expand your arsenal in 2019 by learning some new shots. The best golfers out there can hit pretty much every shot under the sun, whilst many amateurs are reduced to their stock fade and chip and run. Perhaps learn how to play that high, floating lob shot, or the penetrating low draw?
10) Play more golf – Playing more golf doesn’t necessarily mean playing more 18 hole rounds because that does take a lot of time. But perhaps playing more golf could mean the odd nine holes after work, some more driving range sessions or heading down to the club during your lunch break for some short game practise.
What are your golfing goals for 2019? Let us know on our social media channels

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How To Curb Your Anger On The Golf Course

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4 Putting Drills Guaranteed To Lower Your Scores

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How Many Calories Does A Round Of Golf Burn?

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Top 100 Golf Courses UK and Ireland 2019/20

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This article 10 Golfing Goals For 2019 appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Which European Tour players are in for a big 2019 ahead of the season-opener in Abu Dhabi? By Lewis BlainPlayers To Watch On The European Tour In 2019
The European Tour is back with a bang next week as the Rolex Series Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship gets 2019 underway.
The $7,000,000 prize money on offer has attracted a stellar field of names with all the top three in the rankings playing – Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
Back-to-back winner of this tournament, Tommy Fleetwood, is also in the field as he looks to make it three in a row.
There are a handful of new Challenge Tour graduates that are in the field for the first time as well as a number of European Tour stalwarts that are looking to have a big 2019.
Here are a few to look out for on the European Tour this year:Matt Wallace
Wallace wins his second of three titles in 2018 at the BMW International Open in Germany.(Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Matt Wallace’s meteoric rise on the European Tour has been nothing short of incredible. The 28-year-old has won four times since 2017 and narrowly missed out on making the Ryder Cup squad. He ended 2018 with four straight top-20 finishes including a tie for second at the DP World Tour Championship. Wallace has developed an extraordinary knack of being able to close out events, even when so much is on the line. He’s eligible for all four majors as well as the WGCs this year. You can expect him to win more on the European Tour and could well mix it with the elite on the PGA Tour.Haotong Li
Haotong Li is the only Chinese golfer to appear inside the top 180 in world rankings.(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
It was around this time last year that Haotong Li remarkably held off four-time major winner Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic to win his second European Tour title. He would go on to miss just five cuts all year and ended the season strongly with form of T5-T9-T11-2 (playoff loss)-T5, all five events were particularly strong from the Alfred Dunhill Links to WGC-HSBC Champions. At only 23-years of age, Li has so much more to bring to the tour in 2019.Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Weisberger makes his first cut at the Alfred Dunhill Championship since the Masters due to an injury layoff. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The Austrian had a quiet year by his standards but that was through no fault of his own. A wrist injury at the Volvo China Open kept him out of action for 31 weeks. He missed the first two cuts on his return but don’t forget about him. He has won four times on the European Tour with his most recent victory being a stunning playoff win over Tommy Fleetwood at the Shenzhen International in 2017.Danny Willett
Danny Willett wins the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Wiesberger will be looking to replicate this man’s comeback after the 2016 Masters champion finally won again. The 31-year-old plunged to 462nd in the world rankings as a series of injuries stopped him from playing at his best. Willett won the year’s final tournament and had been playing some superb golf in parts towards the end of the year. We could see this man back to his best this year.Aaron Rai
Aaron Rai is well known for wearing gloves on both hands. (Photo by On Man Kevin Lee/Getty Images)
From one Englishman to another, Aaron Rai also ended his year in victory. The Hong Kong Open gave the Wolverhampton-born 23-year-old his first European Tour title after three huge Challenge Tour wins in 2017. Rai has been a regular on Tour now since August of that year after becoming one of only 12 golfers to gain automatic promotion with three wins. He is not yet eligible for any of the majors so expect him to play well enough to break in to at least one of them. Rai would do very well at The Open Championship.Thomas Detry
Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry win the 2018 World Cup of Golf. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Thomas Detry should follow his close friend and countryman Thomas Pieters in becoming a winner on the European Tour in 2019. The pair won the World Cup of Golf back in November with a score of 23-under-par. Detry has been pretty consistent on Tour since his induction in 2016. As an amateur he ranked inside the top-10 while studying at the University of Illnois. Five top-10s and only seven missed cuts last year is enough to draw confidence from. A win is surely not far off for the Belgian.Erik Van Rooyen
Erik Van Rooyen during his first ever major appearance in 2018. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
He is one of the best ball strikers on the European Tour already, having only earned a card as recently as 2018. His best finish came at the Irish Open where he led going into the final day by four strokes. A poor final round meant he had to settle for a T4. He finished in the top 20 at his first Major Championship too. Van Rooyen could be next in line to add to the impressive list of champions from the country of South Africa.Marcus Kinhult
Another talented golfer from Scandinavia is Marcus Kinhult. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Marcus Kinhult is the real deal. He secured two top-12 finishes in two Rolex Series events in 2018 while also claiming fourth at the Portugal Masters and a 3rd at the Qatar Masters. Kinhult hit the headlines in 2015 for leading the Nordea Masters as an 18-year-old amateur at the half-way stage. He is on the cusp of entering the world’s top 150. Also, not many can say they have Olympic Silver and Gold Medals (coming at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games). We should see the 22-year-old in contention much more in 2019.Joachim B. Hansen
Joachim B. Hansen with the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings Trophy (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Another talent from Scandinavia is Joachim B. Hansen. Last year, he 28-year-old became the first Dane to win the Challenge Tour rankings since Thomas Bjorn in 1995. In 19 starts he won two titles, came runner-up three times and made the top-10 on four more occasions. Hansen led the Scottish Open in 2013 but made a quadruple-bogey on his 2nd hole in the final round. If he could follow in Bjorn’s footsteps with 15 European Tour victories then it would be a more than decent career.Adri Arnaus
Adri Arnaus wins the 2018 Challenge Tour Finale. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Adri Arnaus has had a very quick route to the European Tour having only turned pro less than two years ago. He made 14 top-10 finishes on the Challenge Tour before he won the season-ending Grand Final. He has since played one event on the PGA Tour where he missed the cut and two events on the European Tour, finishing in a tie for ninth at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Will he follow in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm and become yet another Spanish winner on Tour?

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Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?

Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?
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The Golfers Who Have Missed Their Ryder Cup Captaincy Chances

The Golfers Who Have Missed Their Ryder Cup Captaincy Chances
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Adam Scott To Putt With Flagstick In

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This article Players To Watch On The European Tour In 2019 appeared first on Golf Monthly.

Paul Lawrie has admitted he will likely never captain Europe at the Ryder CupThe Golfers Who Have Missed Their Ryder Cup Captaincy ChancesPadraig Harrington has been announced as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain and it is a big indication that some of his slightly older peers may never get the chance to captain Europe.
Harrington is 47-years-old and it is likely that Lee Westwood will follow on from him in 2022 aged 49.
After Westwood, in 2024, golfers such as Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter may fancy their chances of captaining Europe, which ultimately means that names considered for the 2018 and 2020 job may have missed their chance.
Westwood has his eyes on the 2022 captaincy
Other future captains will likely include Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.
1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, 50, is one of those names who has been considered for the role over the past couple of matches, although he appears to have now given up hope of one day becoming captain.
“Everyone who has ever played in the Ryder Cup wants to be the captain and I am no different,” he told BBC Scotland.
“But it would be unlikely for it to happen for me now. I have only been a vice-captain once, and I think – rightly so – you need to be a vice-captain at least twice to know what the role entails.
“It is the previous five captains that pick the next captain. So if Thomas Bjorn [2018 captain] and Paul McGinley [2014 captain] don’t see me as a vice-captain, they are hardly going to pick me as captain.”
Lawrie made two Ryder Cup appearances in his career and was a vice captain in 2016 at Hazeltine, although wasn’t brought in by Thomas Bjorn for the 2018 match at Le Golf National.
Other names who, like Lawrie, may now have missed the boat include two-time Major champion and five-time Ryder Cupper Sandy Lyle.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, now 55, will likely never captain Europe as well. The 21-time European Tour winner has made four appearances for Europe as a player and been a vice captain on two occasions.
Jimenez pictured at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images)
In an interview with Spanish outlet Ten-golf.com in 2016, Jimenez revealed that he was overlooked for the 2016 captaincy because of his English skills.
He described the decision as “a little bit banana republic.”
He also said, “But the excuse was that ’you have to perfect your English’, as if you win the Ryder Cup with the language. I believe interpreters exist for a reason, not that I ever needed one.
“Anyway, I exchanged some words with the Director of the Ryder Cup [Richard Hills] and the head of the tour at that time [George O’Grady] and told them that this was terrible.”
Irishman Des Smyth, 65, is another name who was overlooked in the past. Smyth was a vice captain in 2006 and 2014 and made two appearances for Europe as a player.

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Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?

Clubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?
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Harrington Wants To Reduce Number Of Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks

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One of the longest hitters in the world we take a look at the clubs Cameron Champ puts in his bag. Cameron Champ What’s In The Bag?
One of the big new stars to hit the golfing world, Cameron Champ has had a meteoric rise up the world golf rankings in 2018.
He started last year 1,057th in the world but right now is ranked 81st thanks to a series of good results including wins at the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour, and then the Sanderson Farm Championship on the PGA Tour.
Below are the clubs he used to win and right now it is not clear whether he has changed anything heading into the new year.

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Champ uses a Ping G400 Max driver which allows him to demolish the ball long distances.
His superior length off the tee puts him second right now on the PGA Tour averaging 323 yards which is remarkably 20 yards down on what he did on the Web.com Tour in the previous season.
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He then puts a G400 fairway wood in the bag which has 14.5 degrees of loft.
Shifting to the irons, Champ plays a combo set of Ping irons using the i500 model for his 3 and 4 irons. He then uses their iBlade irons between 5-PW.
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It is not clear right now whether he is going to switch these out soon for the Blueprint irons (pictured below) that have been gamed by several other Ping staff players in the latter end of 2018.

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Given his incredible length his wedges gain added importance and the American plays Glide Forged wedges with 50°, 54° and 60° degrees of loft.
Champ’s final club in the bag is a Ping Mid Tyne prototype that he has competed with for a while now.
The 23-year old uses a Srixon Z-Star XV ball and wears Nike apparel and shoes.

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Tony Finau What’s In The Bag?

Tony Finau What’s In The Bag?
What clubs does big-hitting Tony Finau use?
Cameron Champ What’s In The Bag?
Driver: PING G400 Max, 7.9° with Fujikura Pro 63 TS shaft.
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Fairway Wood: PING G400, 14.5° with Project X HZRDUS Black shaft.
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Irons: PING i500 (3-4), PING iBlade (5-PW), both with KBS C-Taper 130X shafts.
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Wedges: PING Glide Forged, 50°, 54°, 60° all with KBS C-Taper 130X shafts.
Putter: PING PLD Mid Tyne 4 prototype
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
Apparel: Nike
Shoes: Nike
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Adam Scott has revealed that he will putt with the flagstick in as well as making a few changes to his schedule for 2019. By Lewis Blain.Adam Scott To Putt With Flagstick In
Adam Scott will begin his 2019 campaign at the Sony Open this week in a bid to win his first tournament since the WGC-Caddillac Championship early in 2016.
The Australian ended last year quite strongly with a handful of top-20 finishes, including a 3rd at the USPGA Championship.
Scott and his putting has always sparked quite the controversy ever since the anchoring ban came into place in 2016, but prior to this week’s tournament he revealed he is likely to make the most of the new flagstick ruling.
He will reportedly putt with it in on every putt, even if he is faced with a six footer to win a Major.

Adam Scott says he will leave the flagstick in on every putt, even if it's a six-footer to win the Masters."As you know, I'm not a person who cares how things look…I was a 30-year old man putting with a broomstick."
— RonGreenJr (@RonGreenJr) January 9, 2019
“As you know, I’m not a person who cares how things look. I was a 30-year-old man putting with a broomstick,” he said.
Not many players at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions elected to use the new Rule to their advantage but the field is much bigger this week meaning we could be likely to see the Rule in action much more frequently.
Bryson Dechambeau was one player that putted with the flagstick in last week.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The 2013 Masters champion also revealed that there may be some changes to his schedule with the omission of the World Golf Championships.
He said: “In the end I just kind of took the simple approach and thought I’ll just play the ones I like and that make sense to play out of the way.
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“Any inconvenience, whether it’s a big tournament or not. I don’t know how everyone can define a big tournament differently but at the moment I have not scheduled a World Golf Championship because they don’t fall in the right weeks for me.
“I feel like there are good tournaments right around them that are a preferred option. It is a tricky.”
Adam Scott putting during the final round of the 2018 USPGA Championship. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
It may come as a surprise as Scott is a two-time WGC winner but the 38-year-old has a strong focus on adding another major to his collection in 2019.
“I would like to think most of my achievements are still to come. You can’t escape, for me it’s about winning Major Championships. That’s the measure of a career really in this game, but it’s always the process of getting there.”

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The American has signed a deal with a male sanitary wipes brandDufner Signs Deal With Dude Wipes
After leaving Titleist and FootJoy at the start of 2018, Jason Dufner has been one of golf’s free agents.
The 2013 USPGA Champion has signed a new deal for 2019 but it’s not with an equipment company – it’s with a company specialising in wipes for men.
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Dufner has signed a new deal with ‘DUDE, which creates ‘Dude Wipes’ amongst other sanitary products.

Proud to announce my partnership with @DUDEproducts and unleash #DufDUDE on TOUR. Stay clean and join #DUDEnation! @DUDEWipes pic.twitter.com/Y2wcYeiyLF
— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) January 9, 2019
“DUDE took a bold idea and made it mainstream,” Dufner said.
“Their authenticity and commitment to create leading and reliable products are why we are such a natural fit.
“DUDE products keep me clean on and off the golf course, and I am excited to represent the brand on the PGA Tour and grow the DUDE nation.”
The company once appeared on the TV programme ‘Shark Tank’ and received a $300,000 investment.
Their website reads…
‘Back in the day, we always hated using toilet paper, the stuff stinks. We believed life should be better—something had to be done. So we went to work, creating DUDE Wipes out of our apartment. Soon the DUDE movement was born, with flushable wipes for on-the-go and at home s*ituations.’

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Three major championships, 31 professional Tour victories and a four time Ryder Cup winner. Padraig Harrington has had a stellar career as he now embarks on the next chapter as Ryder Cup captain for 2020. By Lewis Blain.Padraig Harrington’s Career TimelinePadraig Harrington will become the third Irish captain of Team Europe in four Ryder Cup matches, but he arguably has had the most distinguished career of them all.
He grew up in Rathfarnham in Dublin, going to the same school as Paul McGinley. He soon took up golf after encouragement from his family. The love for the game and his early development came from playing at Stackstown Golf Club.
Harrington represented Great Britain & Ireland at the Walker Cup on three occasions before winning it in 1995.
The Great Britain and Ireland team during the Walker Cup at Portmarnock Golf Club, 1991. Harrington back middle. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Until his mid-20s, his career looked destined to be in in accountancy but he would turn professional soon after his sole Walker Cup victory before joining the European Tour in 1996.Related: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Padraig Harrington
It only took him 10 starts on tour to record his first victory which came at the Spanish Open. He would be held in some company as the two previous names to win that tournament were Colin Montgomerie and Seve Ballesteros.
A dry spell of four years would follow despite seven runner-up finishes. But that would still be enough to earn a call-up to the 1999 Ryder Cup squad. Paddy won his singles match on the final day against Mark O’Meara. Team USA made history by overturning a four point deficit to win.
Harrington won a further eight times on Tour and won the Ryder Cup twice in 2002 and 2004 before taking membership with the PGA Tour in 2005.
He would win twice during his debut season, the first coming early in the year at the Honda Classic. Harrington and Jim Furyk dealt many a battle over the years but the Irishman defeated the American to win his second title that year. Going into the final hole tied, he drained a 60ft eagle putt while Furyk could only birdie to claim the Barclays Classic.
Padraig Harrington on the 9th tee in the fourth round of the Barclays Classic in 2005.(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA)
In 2007, Padraig picked up his first Major title by winning The 136th Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Starting six shots back from overnight leader Sergio Garcia, Harrington stormed up the leaderboard to earn a spot in a playoff with the Spaniard. He would go on to defeat Garcia over the four hole aggregate playoff by one shot.

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The following year, 2008, was by far the best of his career – two Major Championships back-to-back and a rise to a career-high third in the Official World Golf Rankings, behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
He would first defend the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale with a four stroke victory before becoming victorious in the USPGA Championship at Oakland Hills.
Harrington once again defeated Sergio Garcia down the stretch in a Major to win the 2008 USPGA Championship. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
It would mean the Irishman had won three of the last six major championships.
Harrington started behind the leader going into the final round in all three of his major wins.
Harrington plays up to the 18th green during the final round of the 137th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Following on from those Major winers, he then ended 2009 winless which would be his first winless season in a decade.
The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor would be his sixth and final appearance as a player for Team Europe.
Padraig won two points from his four matches.
It went right down to the final singles match of the tournament where fellow countryman Graeme McDowell defeated Hunter Mahan to secure a 14.5 to 13.5 victory.Related: Padraig Harrington: What’s In The Bag?
It wouldn’t be until 2015 when Harrington would win his next PGA Tour or European Tour title, claiming the Honda Classic for the second time in his career.
In 2016 he represented Ireland at the Olympic Games finishing in T21, thirteen shots behind gold medallist Justin Rose.
His last win-to-date on Tour came just a few months after the Olympics. An impressive 23-under-par total was enough to win the Portugal Masters by one stroke over Andy Sullivan.
Harrington is tied for 15th on the all-time list of European Tour victories and is one of the most decorated Irish golfers to play the game.
After three consecutive Ryder Cups as vice-captain, Harrington was announced as the next European Ryder Cup captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits.

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The 25-year-old comes into 2019 ranked 17th in the world after a disappointing year by his standardsJordan Spieth Returns After Winless 2018
A year ago this week, Jordan Spieth was the world number two and the Champion Golfer of the Year.
He had, at that point, won 11 times on the PGA Tour.
A year later, he still has 11 wins and has seen his world ranking drop from two to 17, with the likes of fellow Americans Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson all rocketing past him in the rankings.
For the first time since 2014 (where he was eligible to play after winning the John Deere Classic in ’13), Spieth has missed the Tournament of Champions and begins his year at the Sony Open.
There is, of course, no need to worry for the Texan, who has won three Majors and over $38m on the PGA Tour alone, however he will surely be looking to have a better year in 2019.
Jordan makes his first start of 2019 in Hawaii this week which will be the first time he tees it up in competition since the Mayakoba Classic in November, where he missed the cut.
That followed two T55s at the Shriners Open and BMW Championship after he failed to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time in his career.
A highlight of 2018 was his Ryder Cup performance, where he was the USA’s second-highest points scorer
After the BMW Championship, he headed to Le Golf National with his American teammates where he and Justin Thomas formed a brilliant partnership to win three points from their four matches.
It ended on a slightly sad note for Spieth, though, losing 5&4 to Thorbjorn Olesen.
Nevertheless, Spieth’s return of three points put him as USA’s second-highest points scorer.
A dissapointed Spieth reacts after missing a par putt on the 18th green at Augusta during the final round of The Masters
And whilst he didn’t win or record a runner-up finish in 2018, he did come agonisingly close to winning the Masters, where a bogey on the 18th left him two back of Patrick Reed.
He shot a 64 in the final round, with a costly bogey down the last, to eventually finish 3rd.
He also went out in the final group at Carnoustie a few months later and ended up T9th after a lacklustre final round which included 0 birdies.
Spieth failed to make a birdie and shot 76 in the final round of The Open at Carnoustie. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
“It was a building year,” said the American towards the end of 2018.
“I look back at last year as something that I think will be beneficial for me in the long run. I really believe that.
“I know that’s an easy thing to say at kind of the positive in a negative, but there were tangible, mechanical things that I needed to address, and I was able to throughout the season.”
So, what does 2019 hold for him?
Well, he is currently joint-favourite to win the Masters with Woods and McIlroy, so the bookies clearly haven’t given up on him.
There were wide remarks that it was his putting that let him down and, statistically, it did – but there were many other parts of his game that let him down.
A look at Spieth’s PGA Tour statistics from 2017 vs 2018
In 2017, a season in which he won the Pebble Beach Pro Am, the Travelers Championship and The Open, and finished 2nd three times, Spieth was 1st in SG: Approach and Total, which he was down in the 30s a year later.
He also dropped from 12th to 49th in SG: Around the green and saw his SG:Putting rank outside of the top 120 – that result would have been near-unthinkable before 2018 with Spieth known as arguably the greatest putter in the game.
Off the course, last year did see him get married and he clearly went through swing and putting technique issues which would have affected his confidence and trust in his game.
Whilst the likes of Koepka, DJ, Schauffele, DeChambeau and Reed have been the starring Americans over the past year, don’t forget about Spieth who has now had a full two months off to prepare for what could be a huge season ahead.
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The new European captain may reduce the number of Ryder Cup wildcard picks to threeHarrington Wants To Reduce Number Of Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks
Padraig Harrington has been named as Europe’s new Ryder Cup captain.
The three-time Major winner was announced as the man to lead Europe at Whistling Straits in 2020 in a press conference at Wentworth.
Harrington spoke on a number of topics after the announcement including his desire to decrease the number of captain’s picks.
Ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup, the number of wildcards for Team Europe was raised from three to four after previously being two up until 2012.
However, Harrington appears to want to drop that number lower back to two or three.
That’s because number nine on the standings, the man to miss out by a single place, is highly unlikely to be ignored for a wildcard pick.
Harrington told BBC Sport,”I’m getting some stats done at the moment on whether to go for three or four.
“My thinking is, does the ninth guy ever get skipped over?
“I don’t think it has happened and I think players are more comfortable and more confident if they’ve qualified directly rather than getting a pick.
“So I’d prefer more players to qualify than if I picked them but I will have a look at those stats. Anecdotally number nine always gets a pick so why not let them qualify?”
Thomas Bjorn chose Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia as his four wildcard picks in 2018.
That came two years after Darren Clarke picked Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter as his three.
Poulter was again a wildcard pick in 2012 where Jose Maria Olazabal had just two picks, with Nicolas Colsaerts being the second.
Harrington becomes the third Irishman to captain Europe in the last four Ryder Cups.
The match takes place in 2020 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
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Shugo Imahira of Japan has accepted a special invitation to compete in this year's Masters. By Lewis Blain.Shugo Imahira Accepts Masters Special Invitation
The 2018 Japan Golf Tour’s Order of Merit winner, Shugo Imahira, has accepted an invitation to play in the 2019 Masters.
It will be the first time playing at Augusta National for the 26-year-old after missing cuts in all three of his last Major starts at the 2016 Open Championship, 2017 US Open and the 2018 USPGA Championship.
In 2018, he picked up 14 top-10 finishes as well as a second career win at the Bridgestone Open to move 53rd in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said: “Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts established the Masters as a global sporting event, so throughout our history special invitations for deserving international players have always been carefully considered.”

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This will be the second consecutive year that Augusta National has given out a special invitation with India’s Shubhankar Sharma receiving an invite for 2018.
“We are pleased to continue this tradition by welcoming Shugo Imahira to our field this year based on his impressive record during the past 12 months. We look forward to hosting him and all of our Masters competitors in April,” added Ridley.
Shugo Imahira during the first round of the Indonesian Masters.(Photo by Arep Kulal/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images)
The 2019 Masters field is currently at 80 players, for those that are yet to qualify only two options remain – win a full-points PGA Tour event, like Ian Poulter did at the Houston Open last year, or make the top 50 in world rankings before the week of the Major.
Imahira is in the field for the Sony Open this week, his second appearance here on the PGA Tour. He made the cut and finished in a tie for 54th last year.
The 26-year-old ended the year with a T12 at the Indonesian Masters which contained the likes of world number one Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.
In total, he has won four times as a pro.

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The podcast is back for 2019! This week we discuss a number of topics including Rory McIlroy's decision to focus more on the PGA TourClubhouse Podcast Ep 1: Is Rory Right To Call The European Tour A “Stepping Stone”?
The Golf Monthly Clubhouse podcast is back for 2019!
Senior Content Editor Tom Clarke is joined by Digital Writer Elliott Heath to look back on the Sentry Tournament of Champions, discuss Padraig Harrington’s Ryder Cup Captaincy and Rory McIlroy’s decision to focus more on the PGA Tour.
We also look at the new equipment releases and take a quiz.
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We take a look at the clubs the American puts in the bag. Gary Woodland What’s In The Bag?
Sentry Tournament of Champions runner-up Gary Woodland shot a final round of five-under and yet was still beaten to the winners cheque by an unbelievable round by Xander Schauffele.
His last win came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and yet Woodland has shown brilliant form of late producing top-10 finishes in five of his last six tournaments.
What clubs has the American used to produce this run of form? We take a look below.

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Gary Woodland has recently signed with Wilson which we hear is a contract to play ten clubs made by the brand. There are also incentives for more Wilson clubs to be added later on.
Despite this, Woodland put the PING G400 driver in the bag during the Sentry Tournament of Champions however we believe Woodland has been testing the new Wilson Staff Cortex driver which won the second season of the Driver vs Driver TV show.
Moving to the fairway woods, Woodland has in the past used TaylorMade’s M2 model as a three-wood and right now it is unclear whether he has swapped that out.
He has most definitely put Wilson’s V4 utility iron into the bag though which he used to great effect at Kapalua.
His irons are prototypes made by Wilson and they have caused quite the stir in the golfing world purely because of their beauty as you can see below.

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His short game in 2019 has also been solid as he currently leads the PGA Tour in scrambling from ten yards and in as he gets up and down 100% of the time. The wedges he uses to do so are Titleist Vokey’s in 48°, 52° and 56°. He also used to play a Callaway Mack Daddy PM grind in 60° but it is unclear if he has kept that in the bag right now.
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He putts with a Scotty Cameron Prototype blade and it has been working nicely in 2018 and the beginning of 2019.
Woodland plays the Bridgestone B X golf ball – the same model used by Tiger Woods.Gary Woodland What’s In The Bag?
Driver: PING G400 9°
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3 wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour 15° (unclear if this is still in the bag at the moment)
Hybrid: Wilson V4 utility iron
Irons (4-9): Wilson Staff Forged Prototype Blades with KBS Tour C-Taper 130X shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw finish 48.10F, 52.08F, 56.10S and Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 60-10 (unclear if this is still in the bag at the moment)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X
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Padraig Harrington will be the next captain of the European Ryder Cup team for Whistling Straits in 2020. By Lewis BlainPadraig Harrington Ryder Cup Record
Padraig Harrington has been announced as the man tasked with defending Europe’s Ryder Cup in 2020 at Whistling Straits.
He is the third Irishman to be named European captain in the last four editions of the match.
Harrington has been a playing member of the team on six straight occasions between 1999 and 2010 – winning the cup four times.
While he hasn’t competed since Celtic Manor in 2010, he has been a vice captain in each of the last three competitions.
The three-time major winner has had a mediocre playing record in the 25 Ryder Cup matches he has played in.
Harrington has picked up 10.5 points with a record of 9-13-3.
Singles record: 3-3-0
Foursomes record: 4-4-3
Fourballs record: 2-6-0
The Irishman has had nine different playing partners over ten years, pairing with the legendary Colin Montgomerie the most on five occasions.
Padraig Harrington (right) with Colin Montgomerie (left) during the opening fourballs of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K-Club, Ireland.(Photo by Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America via Getty Images)
His other playing partners include Paul McGinley (four times), Robert Karlsson (two), Ross Fisher (two), Miguel Angel Jimenez (two), Graeme McDowell (once), Luke Donald (once), Henrik Stenson (once) and Niclas Fasth (once).
Harrington has locked horns with a total of 17 Americans over the years, no more so than Phil Mickelson who he is 3.5-2 points up on.
Last year’s captain Jim Furyk is a nemesis of his having lost four of their five matches while former world number one Tiger Woods, two-time major winner Zach Johnson and veteran Davis Love III have all enjoyed a number tough battles with the 47-year-old.

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His other opponents include Dustin Johnson, Antony Kim, Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink, David Toms, Scott Verplank (all twice), Bubba Watson, Jeff Overton, Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry (all once).Related: Davis Love III Says He “Dropped The Ball” In Ryder Cup Vice Captaincy
Europe’s demolishing of Team USA at Oakland Hills, Michigan in 2004 was also Harrington’s best showing at a Ryder Cup.
He amassed four points from a possible five for the team as Europe went on to win 18.5 to 9.5. He paired three times with Monty, winning two of those matches as well as teaming with McGinley to see off Woods and Love. He also defeated Haas in the singles.
Two years later, Europe thrashed the Americans again by the same scoreline at the K Club, Ireland. Harrington didn’t have the best of weeks, only recording half a point from his five matches – the lowest of any player for Europe.
The two-time Open Championship winner had been vice-captain three years running, building up for this role. In that time Europe have won both times on home soil but were defeated at Hazeltine in 2016.
Harrington will be looking to win Europe the Ryder Cup for the 10th time in 13 stagings.
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The Irishman has been announced as the next European Ryder Cup captain for Whistling StraitsPadraig Harrington Named Europe Ryder Cup Captain 2020
Padraig Harrington has been unveiled as the European Ryder Cup captain for 2020 at Wentworth today.
The 47-year-old will replace Thomas Bjorn for Whistling Straights where Team Europe will defend their trophy.
He said: “Obviously I am thrilled to be named as the Ryder Cup captain for 2020.
Having been a player, having won three Majors, I have done a lot in my own personal career but I know taking on the Ryder Cup captaincy is a different thing, different level. And its something I have to you know, I am really conscious I have to find that edge and add to it, and that is something I don’t take lightly.”
Harrington, Europe’s third Irish captain in the last four playings, has represented Europe on six occasions and won four of those – 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010.
The three-time major winner has also been part of the team in each of the last three editions as a vice-captain.Related: Where Is The Ryder Cup In 2022?
He is currently sidelined for the next few months with a broken wrist so it could be the best time to ease himself into his new role.
Padraig Harrington holds the trophy alongside his teammates after Europe’s 14.5-13.5 victory at Celtic Manor in 2010.(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Whistling Straits will host a Ryder Cup for the first time but has welcomed the USPGA Championship three times since the turn of the century; Harrington played in all three.

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He has also openly stated that the Americans will be at a disadvantage despite the tournament being in their own back yard this time around.
“Whistling Straits is more of a ‘European style golf course”, claimed the Irishman back in November.
He also said that the Americans weren’t very smart to pick it.
“Let’s face it, if we were going to Riviera, that would be so hard for the Europeans to win on that style of golf course, just US to the bone there.
“There’s so many golf courses that they could go to in the States. They should just turn up in Hazeltine every year, it’s their cup of tea and gives such an advantage.”
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Ian Poulter has avoided a hefty fine and suspension after violating a PGA Tour rule during 2018. He had the perfect gesture to compensate.... By Lewis Blain.Poulter Dodges PGA Tour Violation
Ian Poulter has made amends for missing a tournament he was supposed to play.
The PGA Tour has a policy which states that players who do not compete in 25 events during the course of the season must play a tournament where they haven’t been in the last four years.
The 42-year-old won the Houston Open back in April which made him eligible for The Masters a week later. His rise up the world rankings also got him into the US Open and The Open Championship as well as assuring him a top-20 in the FedEx Cup rankings meaning the possibility of three play-off events at the bare minimum. The victory would also propel him into the Ryder Cup conversation, if that was even in any doubt.Related: 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Ian Poulter
A combination of above meant that Poulter would fall under the required 25 PGA Tour events for the year. He could have played the Wyndham Championship but that would have meant nine straight weeks of golf going into the Ryder Cup.
Failure to abide by this regulation normally carries a fine of $20,000 and suspension from at least three tournaments as it falls under the ‘major penalty’ category.
But it ultimately falls down to the commission, who always has the final say.
Poulter was aware of this and met the Tour at Hilton Head, venue of the RBC Heritage, after the Masters.
He said: “Winning was going to put me in default.
“I told them, ‘How do you want to go about it?’ I’m going to be the first person, and it’s going to be sensitive. I want to give something back so I can fulfil an obligation.”

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Poulter’s solution? To play the opening two weeks in Hawaii and to become host for a number of Wyndham guests.
His appearance at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions was his first since 2013 (finished 18th) and he will stay for the Sony Open this week.
He also invited eight guests for a round of golf at his home club, lunch and a tour of his house including his stellar car collection and Ryder Cup memorabilia.Related: Ian Poulter Proves Ferraris Can Be Perfect Golfers’ Cars
“We had a great time,” said Poulter.
“I played nine holes with each group, we had a bite to eat, and a few of the guys wanted to see the car museum and my Ryder Cup office-homage. I took them through that.”
Poulter is well-known for his love for cars, particularly Ferraris.(Image: @IanJamesPoulter Twitter)
The PGA Tour’s Chief of Operations Andy Pazder said: “I would say it was beyond what we would consider an acceptable make-good. To do what he did, was just terrific.”
Jordan Spieth is another player that faced punishment in 2018 after failing to qualify for the Tour Championship, putting the number of events played one short of the required total.
The American compensated for that by playing the Shriners Open and the Mayokoba Golf Classic at the back end of last year.
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The PGA Tour is still in Hawaii this week, check out who we have gone for with these Sony Open Golf Betting TipsSony Open Golf Betting Tips
It is week two of the PGA Tour and it is the first full field event of 2019 – as 144 are in attendance for the Sony Open being played as Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.
The event was won last year by Patton Kizzire – who claimed his second PGA Tour title – the American is defending his title this week and is 35/1 to win.
Favourites this week are Justin Thomas (6/1) and Bryson Dechambeau (10/1) while Jordan Spieth (14/1) will also be closely followed.
To keep up to date with all the latest picks from the GM Tipster and how his picks are doing go to the golf betting tips home page.

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Sony Open Golf Betting Tips Advised BetsCameron Champ 4 points each way at 22/1 with Sportnation.bet – This season he has played in 6 events, made each cut and had three top 10s including a win. The impressive ball striker has not played in the event before, but the course should suit his game.Charles Howell III 3 points each way at 28/1 with Sportnation.bet – The American is a two-time runner-up in the event with several other top 10s – but this could be his year to triumph – he won The RSM Classic in November and has followed that with a 3rd in the QBE Shootout and a 14th in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Like him at this price to challenge again come Sunday.Russell Henley 2 points each way at 66/1 with Sportnation.bet – The 2013 champ can surely not have as bad a 2019 as he did 2018. He has slipped from being inside the World’s Top 50 to nearly outside the top 100, but does have an excellent record in this event, and after a bit of time off should be refreshed and raring to go.James Hahn 1 point each way at 100/1 with Sportnation.bet – On a current run of six cuts made in a row he finished runner-up last season in the event, and has had plenty of other good performances in the event over the years.
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We take a look at the gear Francesco Molinari uses week in week out. Francesco Molinari What’s In The Bag?
It was a momentous year for Francesco Molinari in 2018, a year in which he secured his first Major title at the Open Championship, before securing the Race to Dubai and a historic five points from five matches at the Ryder Cup.
You would think after a year like that, the last thing a pro would want to do is change their clubs but that is exactly what Molinari has done. Below we have taken a look at what the Italian has put into his bag for the 2019 season.
Historically the Italian has played Nike clubs and despite not having an equipment contract, he pretty much had TaylorMade sticks throughout his bag last year. It would have been easy to assume that he would continue that set up however he shocked many at the Sentry Tournament of Champions recently where he arrived with 14 Callaway clubs in the bag. Despite this revelation, Molinari does remain a free agent.
Speaking recently Molinari said; “I’m just testing and don’t have a deal so far,” he said. “But we’ll see what happens.”WATCH: Callaway Epic Flash Drivers Review
One of the strongest parts of his game is his straight driving and he will look to continue that whilst using the new Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero Driver. The headline feature of their new club is the Flash Face which has been designed using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Using thousands of simulations the computer put together a final design that has a ripple effect within the head. For more information on all the technology, click here.
The younger Molinari brother has used M3 and M4 fairway woods in the past and right now it is hard to tell if he has switched them out. The picture below suggests he has also been gaming the Callaway Apex hybrid but this is yet to be confirmed.

The story behind the @CallawayGolf clubs and stand bag Francesco Molinari is using in Hawaii. https://t.co/YmKOkBhs5k pic.twitter.com/D2qqKxrAdF
— Jonathan Wall (@jonathanrwall) January 4, 2019
Molinari is also incredibly consistent at finding the dance floor with his irons. Previously a TaylorMade P750 player, the Italian put Callaway’s Apex MB irons in the bag for the week in Hawaii and he appeared to be a huge fan of them thanks to their feedback off the face. It looks as if he has gone with a set from 4-PW.
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Traditionally, Francesco has played three wedges at 50°, 56° and 60°, but looking at the picture above it looks as if he has dropped the 50° for an Apex MB pitching wedge. The other two are Mack Daddy 4 wedges.
He has also made changes in the putting department.
Molinari signed with Bettinardi in 2018 and had enormous success with the DASS BBZero putter winning at Wentworth, Quicken Loans and The Open Championship.

@F_Molinari’s putter that won the @BMWchamps at Wentworh, a DASS BBZero with an appropriate Italian paint scheme #TeamBettinardi pic.twitter.com/aOUmsPVjXa
— Bettinardi Golf (@BettinardiGolf) May 27, 2018
But it looks like Molinari has switched to a Odyssey Toulon design putter. Right now he is using San Diego model however, considering the Bettinardi design above, do not be surprised if he switches to the Austin at a later date.
He also has used a Titleist Pro V1 x ball throughout his career but we can only speculate right now on whether he has switched to a Callaway ball.Francesco Molinari What’s In The Bag?Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero3-wood/hybrid: to be confirmedIrons: Callaway Apex MB (4-PW)Wedges: Callaway Mack DaddyPutter: Odyssey Toulon San DiegoBall: to be confirmedApparel: NikeShoes: NikeBUY NOW: Nike Apparel from £20 at American Golf
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The PGA Tour remains in Hawaii this week after the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Patton Kizzire defends the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club.Patton Kizzire defends Sony Open in HawaiiSony Open in Hawaii Preview, TV Times
A strong field will assemble at Waialae as many of those who competed at Kapalua have stayed on for this event. In fact, 22 players are scheduled to make the journey from Maui including Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.
It’s certainly an advantage to have played at Kapalua the week before the Sony Open. In the last 20 instalments of the tournament, 14 of the champions have played the previous week.
Vijay Singh won this event in 2005
The Hawaiian Open has been contested at Waialae CC since 1965 and the list of winners is impressive – Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh have all lifted the trophy.Last year Patton Kizzire came through a six-hole playoff against fellow American James Hahn to win. It was the PGA Tour’s longest playoff in almost six years.
Waialae Country Club
Opened for play in 1927, the course at Waialae has a long and distinguished history. The layout was originally by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks though Desmond Muirhead completed a redesign in 1990. It’s a course where the wind is often a significant factor.
The weather forecast is pretty good for the week and only light winds are predicted. That means scoring should be low.Venue: Waialae CC, Honolulu, HawaiiDate: Jan 10-13Course stats: par 70, 7,044 yardsPurse: $6,400,000Defending champion: Patton Kizzire (-17)How to watch the Sony Open in HawaiiTV Coverage:
Thursday 10 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from midnight
Friday 11 – Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event from midnight
Saturday 12 – Sky Sports Golf from midnight
Sunday 13 – Sky Sports Golf from 11.30pm and Sky Sports Main Event from midnightNot a Sky Sports customer and want to watch the Sony Open in Hawaii?
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Players to watch:
Gary Woodland – Came so close in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and he has a great record in this event with four straight top-15 finishes at Waialae since 2015.
Cam Smith – The Australian was on great form towards the end of last year, winning the Australian PGA. He’ll look to start his 2019 campaign strongly.
Charles Howell III – He’s never missed the cut in this event, in 17 appearances. He’s third in all-time earnings in the Sony Open.Key hole: 1st. Modelled by course architect Seth Raynor on the Road Hole at St Andrews, this hole used to be a par 5. At 488 yards to a shallow green protected by a huge bunker, it generally plays to an average of almost 4.5.Skills required: Driving accuracy. This is one of the tightest courses on the PGA Tour schedule, regularly ranking in the top-10 of most difficult fairways to find on the circuit. The greens are tough to hold when not playing in from the short stuff so finding the shortest cut will be crucial for success this week. The wind can also be a factor although perhaps not so much this week.
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