Kevin Kisner Wins Colonial

Kevin Kisner finally broke through on Sunday (May 28) for his first victory since 2015, holding off a strong field at the PGA Tour’s Colonial with a closing round of four-under 66.

Kisner’s second career victory contrasted sharply with this first win at the 2015 RSM Classic which he won with six shots. He finished 72 holes at 10-under 270 just one stroke ahead defending champion Jordan Spieth, Spaniard Jon Rahm and American Sean O’Hair.

Before his win, things seemed rather tense. “You start questioning if you’re going to win again after a while,” Kisner said. “Everybody was questioning if I was ever going to win. Then I win, and then everybody questions if I was ever going to win again.”

When asked after his Colonial win, Kisner had this to say:

“I am just honored be the champion and to be able to come back every year see my name on the champions wall will be something special. I am happy to win any tournament but especially here.”
Spieth shot one of the best scores of the day, a bogey-free five-under 65, while O’Hair and Rahm both shot 66 to finish in a three-way tie for second. Second -and third- round leader Webb Simpson bogeyed the 18th hole to finish alone in fifth and Danny Lee of New Zealand ended up with three shots adrift and alone in sixth place.

It was overcast and humid during the fourth round at the Colonial Country Club. Conditions which were most conducive all week to low scores.

Kisner, runner up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this year, birdied the 10th hole and the 11th to tie Simpson for the top spot and took the lead outright with a birdie on the par-four 12th.  He then rolled in a birdie at No. 15 to extend his lead to two shots. That was halved by a bogey on the 16th hole, bu his up and down for par at the 18th green secured the win.

Two-time major winner Spieth was pleased with his performance this week after coming off two consecutive missed cuts, the first time that has happened in two years. This was his fourth start in the tournament as he also tied for 2nd two years ago. After birdies on the par-four 10th and the par-four 15th, Spieth was able to put some pressure on the leaders.

Spieth said: “Today was a fun round. I felt those nerves and I was just a couple of lipouts away from having a chance.”

The Tour rookie Pahm, who graduated from Arizona State University only one year ago and has already risen to No. 12 in the world, was making his Colonial debut. He finished with five birdies and just one bogey on Sunday.

Steve Stricker, the 2009 Colonial winner who turned 50 this year, shot a 63 to move from a tie for 32nd to a tie for seventh for 6 under. He had eight birdies his first 14 holes Sunday, on track to challenge the Colonial course record of 61 and maybe even a 59, before a bogey and three closing pars.

Steve Stricker, Brian Harman, and Scott Piercy finished for seventh four shots behind Kisner.

Kisner earned a check of a little over $1.2 million and the winner’s plaid jacket.

Some Golf Tips for Beginners

First off, welcome to the wonderful world of Golf! I hope you’re prepared to fill your head with much needed information and hours of enjoyable swing time. It can be pretty daunting at first but it gets better with enough proper information and effort.

One of the usual complaints of golfers around the world is the inconsistency of their gameplay. This all boils down to poor technique, really. It’s nearly always down to an inefficient golf swing that is very difficult to repeat with any level of accuracy and control.

Try to master a stellar setup position 

Unlike many sports, the ball in golf doesn’t move. That means you’re able to prepare yourself perfectly for each and every shot.

There’s nothing complicated or difficult about a good setup position yet so many faults stem from getting it wrong. The fact that setting up correctly can seem so obvious and even a little mundane, is probably why many amateur golfers completely overlook it. But if you fail to check your setup position on a regular basis (every time you practice isn’t a bad idea) it’s so easy to adopt bad habits. Here are some tips for you:

  • Be proactive and watch lesson and pick up tips
  • Keep a golf club to hand at home or in the office and spend time every day for a few weeks adopting the ideal set up (this will make it second nature on the golf course).
  • It’s a good idea to stay away from the practice range until you’ve mastered the setup position.

Make the checkpoints of a good swing second nature to you

Once you’ve gotten comfortable with a good setup position, it’s time to start building your gold swing.

There is no single, perfect golf swing, but there are certain key elements and positions that can make your swing more efficient, easier to control and more consistent. You can build your swing around these elements by following the videos below. They break the golf swing down into different stages and then give you a series of checkpoints for you to work on at home. Here are some handy tips:

  • Keep a golf club to hand at home or in the office and spend time each day for a few weeks grooving the various positions and checkpoints.
  • Have a full length mirror to check your swing in.
  • Visit the range as often as you can in order to work through the kinks. Don’t be so preoccupied with the flight of the ball or that contact early on.

Build a stellar short game

If you haven’t heard it already, it won’t be long before a seasoned veteran of the game tells you that “golf is all about the short game”. While most us take the greatest satisfaction from hitting a crisp drive that splits the fairway in two, it’s your pitching, chipping and putting that ultimately gets the ball close, and into, the hole.

I think most beginner golfers are concerned most about not embarrassing themselves – which is why they focus on improving their drives and iron play. But as soon as you feel reasonably competent with your full golf swing, I encourage you to spend as much time as possible on your short game. Here are some tips for you:

  • Keep a wedge at hand or at home or in the office and spend time every day for a few weeks adopting the ideal set up and technique.
  • Practice your putting fairly regularly. You can use a carpet at home or your chips in the backyard with either a golf chipping net or airflow golf foam balls.

Make your practices count

A lot of professional golfers will probably tell you this quote: practice makes permanent not perfect.

Lemme tell you now that this is very, very true. I’ve seen a lot of golfers nowadays that waste so many hours and buckets of effort to just pound ball after ball after ball and simply hope it’ll result in a good game. It really doesn’t.

What you can do to not fall into that pit is to make your practices count. Have a goal when you play a game whether it’s to improve your swing, improve your stance, or event just to see how far you can get your ball to go.

Having a clear goal will keep your energies focused and poised to improve your game.

Muirfield Golf Club Votes To Overturn Men-Only Rule

Female golfers of the world! It is certainly time to rejoice! One of the oldest golfing clubs in the world has made a historic move by overturning it’s longstanding Men-Only policy. The members deliberated and voted on the day of March 14, 2017.

Muirfield–The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (HCEG), was founded in 1744.  It has been 273 years since then and it is this year that they decided to get rid of the antiquated rule. It is said that this deliberation was done in the aftermath of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews’ (R&A) decision to remove Muirfield as a host venue for the Open Championship as the club had retained the men-only rule in 2016.

The R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers has commented that the club would once again be reinstated as an Open venue after their successful historic vote.

The members of the privately-owned club voted a resounding 80.2% in favor of updating their membership policy. Now, women are able to join the ranks of this established club after a vote of 498 to 123.

The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, applauded the inclusive decision through tweeting: “Well done, Muirfield–decision to admit women members emphatic & the right one. Looking forward to seeing you host the Open again in the future.”

The British Open is the oldest of golf’s four annual majors, dating back to 1860. Women’s and men’s single-sex golf clubs, although reducing in number, have been a feature of golf provision in Great Britain and Ireland and comply with equality legislation.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, the Ladies European Tour’s chief executive, said Tuesday’s vote would “begin to restore the reputation” of Muirfield following last year’s ballot. “Sports reflect the values of the society in which we live and today men and women have equal rights. We believe this should be reflected not only in top-level international tournaments but also at club level,” he said.

Scotland’s minister for sport, Aileen Campbell, was quoted saying that the decision was in keeping with a modern country that sought to promote gender equality. “Scotland is a modern country that wants to see gender equality become the norm across all parts of society and today’s decision is another step forward in the journey,” she says.

Britain’s sports minister Tracey Crouch said Muirfield’s decision had been a long time coming. “Golf has the potential to attract a more diverse audience to the game and this decision sends out an important message. It is vital clubs and sports organisations play their part in promoting equality,” she said.

Muirfield had previously drawn frowns and condemnation all over the world as they sustained their men-only policy for so long. As of 2016, Muirfield had remained one of Scotland’s last men-only clubs.

Now that the antiquated rule has been lifted, can we expect to see women members to the club post haste? Not yet, according to Muirfield. In a statement, HCEG said: “The current waiting list for membership at Muirfield suggests that new candidates for membership -men and women- can expect to wait two to three years, or longer, to become members of the club.”

Baby steps, then. The important thing that now women can be included in the wait list. Scotland’s top female player Catriona Matthew called it a “positive step” for Muirfield and golf as a whole.

So, we’re definitely feeling the victory for women and the sport itself. Good job, Muirfield!