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PGA Championship, Preview of the Last Major of the Year

Thursday marks the first day of this years’ final major.

Glory’s last shot, the PGA Championship.

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The event will be held at historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Oak Hill is a par 70 and will be played at 7,163 yards. The PGA Championship was last played at Oak Hill in 2003 when unheralded Shaun Micheel took the Wanamaker Trophy.

This will be the 95th edition of the PGA Championship and should provide plenty of drama. What makes the PGA Championship unique is that the field includes 20 certified PGA teaching pros, as the top 20 from the PGA Professional National Championship book their ticket to the PGA Championship. This allows the hard working instructors to show the world their game.

Here are the criteria to qualify (since 2010 – from wiki):

– All former PGA Champions.
– Winners of the last five U.S. Opens.
– Winners of the last five Masters.
– Winners of the last five Open Championships.
– The last Senior PGA Champion.
– The low 15 scorers and ties in the previous PGA Championship.
– The 20 low scorers in the last PGA Professional National Championship.
– The 70 leaders in official money standings on the PGA Tour (starting one week prior to the previous year’s PGA Championship and ending two weeks prior to the current year’s PGA Championship).
– Members of the most recent United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, provided they are in the top 100 of the Official – World Golf Ranking as of one week before the start of the tournament.
– Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the previous PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions, but does include alternate events).
– The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.

The total field is a maximum of 156 players. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings).

The heavy favorite is red hot Tiger Woods, who won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by a 7-stroke margin. Tiger will be seeking his 15th major, first of the season and the first since the US Open at Torrey Pines in the 2008 classic.

TNT and CBS Sports will be combining to air the tournament from Thursday’s opening round to the Sunday Finale. Go set your DVRs and reminders now.

US Open, A Fathers’ Day Tradition at the Bobbitt’s

Every Father’s Day, a tradition continues on at the Bobbitt’s.

I get the opportunity to watch a new US Open champion be crowned with my son Redford each year. This year was extra special because my father John joined us to watch the US Open play out. This year it was England’s Justin Rose who prevailed at the historic Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia.

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Rose won the tournament with a +1 total to win by 2 over fan favorite Phil Mickelson and a rising star from Australia, Jason Day. Take note of the way Justin Rose composed himself down the stretch. He stuck to his routine which is very key under immense pressure. Hope everyone enjoyed their Father’s Day!

Tiger Roars Back To The Top!

Tiger Woods has reclaimed the #1 world ranking!

Tiger Wood’s eighth career win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, his third tour victory in 2013 and 77th overall, may very well be a critical and defining moment in his career.

After two plus years of hard work, Tiger reclaimed the #1 ranking for the first time since October 2010. With the help from his swing coach Sean Foley, Tiger looks to have taken ownership of the new swing changes, but inconsistent putting of late seemed to be holding him back.

Thanks to his buddy Steve Stricker and a 45 minute putting session, Stricker noticed his hands were too far behind because of a strong left hand grip. Once Tiger weakened his left hand grip, it allowed him to keep his hands more ahead and keep the stroke better down the line.

Tiger's Old Grip vs New Grip

Check out Tiger’s putting change at http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=y3c7bNPnY1U

With The Masters coming up and great putting being a requirement for Augusta, maybe Tiger can win his 15th Major and inch closer to catch Jack’s record of 18 Majors wins.

Go Tiger!