On September 25, 2016 Arnold Palmer, some say the “King of Golf”, passed away. He was an ambassador for the game and helped it to be what it is today. He was one of the founders of the Golf channel, and introduced Golf to television. He worked most of his life to spread the love of golf that he had. He was one of the greatest to ever play and will forever be remembered as the King of Golf. I appreciate what he did for the game of golf because without him, it wouldn’t be the game it is today.
I was in Orlando, Florida this last summer and I remember my Mom telling me that the iconic Bay Hill Golf Club was just a few miles from our hotel. I was ecstatic. It was my dream to visit a course that I had seen on television, a course that the best that have ever played the game have played at. When we visited the course it was one of the greatest places i’ve ever been. It was amazing to see what Arnold had created and I couldn’t imagine how amazing the tournament he hosts would be like to play in. I also heard that he visits the course often and would interact with people at the club. I almost didn’t believe it. Sadly he wasn’t there so I couldn’t see the legend, but that was my closest interaction with Arnold Palmer. And even without meeting him, just being there I could tell he made a huge impact on the game of Golf. He will definitely be missed but his legacy will live on.
Rory Mcilroy comes out on top after a grueling 4 days of play at the infamous Eastlake Golf Club. He started the week off a little slow as he posted rounds of just a couple under the first three days. But when he came to sunday, he obviously was ready to play and was ready to win his first ever Fedex Cup and Tour Championship title. He came into the 4th round back by a few strokes to Dustin Johnson but shot an amazing 64 to get into a 3 man playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. Chappell would be eliminated after the first hole of playoff. And Rory and Ryan would go on to play another 3 holes after that.
When they reached the last hole of playoff both players split the fairway but Moore had 180 in and Mcilroy had just a sand wedge. Moore eventually would put his shot off the green and decide to chip it. His chip was very poor and put him over 15 feet from the hole. He would go on to make a clutch par save and force Rory to make his putt to win. Rory stepped up and sunk the putt to win over 10 million dollars! Congratulations Rory and good luck next season!
This week on the PGA tour, the Tour Championship will be held at the iconic Eastlake Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The top 30 players in the Fedex Cup Points Standings will be battling it out for the two titles this week. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the Tour champion of the year. And whoever comes out on top this week will also be crowned the Fedex Cup champion of the year. In most cases, the winner of either of these titles has had a very successful season. Although, sometimes a player doesn’t have a very good season, but has a very good Fedex Cup playoff run. One example of the second case is Paul Casey. He didn’t have a single win all season, but ended up finishing runner up in two consecutive tournaments during the playoffs. Brining him to the 5th place spot in the standings.
Being in the top 5 of the points standings is the place all players want to be when they are coming to Eastlake. This is because if you finish in the top 5 of the point standings, if you win the tour championship, you automatically win the Fedex Cup. For all other players, winning the tour championship is their only chance to maybe take the Fedex Cup also. This season the top 5 are Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day, and Paul Casey. What I want to know is who you think will win the Fedex cup? I have put a poll below asking who you think will win, feel free to tell me!
There are many landmarks in the golf world. Most of these landmarks are a part of the yearly stops on the PGA tour. One of the most popular and well known landmarks you can find on a golf course is the Island green on Hole 17 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Players is sometimes considered the “5th Major” of the year because all of the best players in the entire world play in this tournament. This tournament can be won or lost on this green.
Augusta National, recognized as one of the most iconic golf courses in America, is the site of the Masters Tournament. The Masters are held annually around April and winning this tournament is one of the highest honors a player could achieve. This course is located in Augusta, Georgia and the scenic views, slick greens, and tradition make this course so important for American Golf.