Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 50
Monday, March 12, 2012
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “Sean Foley said to me last night, ‘Your short game is unbelievable right now. Driving it great. And your irons are typically the best part of your game. So put it all together and you're in good shape.’”
BRAIN TEASER: What was the difference in winning scores between the 2011 and 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship held on the Blue Monster at Doral?
TAYLORMADE MOVES TO ICE: It was only last December that the golf world first began to hear about RocketBallz. While still in its infancy, especially when you consider many recreational players have yet to pick up a club in 2012, the RocketBallz name is branching into new territory. Montreal, PQ-based CCM is working with Carlsbad, CA-based TaylorMade to bring TaylorMade performance technologies to CCM hockey sticks. The first product to be unveiled as a result of this relationship is the CCM RBZ hockey stick. READ MORE>>>
LOSS CAN SOMETIMES BE A WIN: Ryo Ishikawa has earned $582,471 so far this season, $378,000 over the weekend, which surpasses the $411,943 (No. 150 on 2011 money list/Jason Bohn) he needed for a special temporary membership. He has 60 days to join the TOUR as a Special Temporary Member after becoming eligible and then he would be eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions this season. Special Temporary Members, however, are not eligible to earn FedExCup points.
WINNER’S CLUBS: Justin Rose carded a final-round 2-under 70 to come from three strokes back to win the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship. Rose’s three stroke come-from-behind win is the largest at the Cadillac Championship, topping two-stroke comebacks by Tiger Woods in 2005 and Nick Watney in 2011. It is the fourth overall (Mike Weir-2000, Tiger Woods-2005, Nick Watney-2011). He won $1.4 million playing a bag full of TaylorMade products. He used the R11 (True Temper Project X 7.0, 8 degrees) driver, RocketBallz (True Temper Project X 7.0, 15 degrees) 3-metal and Rescue 11 hybrid (19 degrees). He played the TaylorMade MB irons (4-PW), TaylorMade ATV (52, 56 degrees), Cleveland 588 (60 degrees) wedges and a Ghost Tour Corza putter and TaylorMade Penta TP5 ball.
George McNeill won the Puerto Rico Open by two shots over Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa for his second career PGA TOUR victory. Entering this week, McNeill had six runner-up finishes and no victories since winning the 2007 Frys.com Open in his rookie season. For his 145th start on TOUR, he earned $630,000. McNeill won playing a Cleveland Launcher TL 310 (True Temper Project X 6.5, 9.5 degrees), Titleist 906F2 3-metal (15 degrees) and 906F2, 5-wood (18 degrees). He used Cleveland 588 Forged MB irons (3-PW) and 588 wedge (56 degrees) and 588 Forged (60 degrees). He played the Nike Method 001 and won using the Srixon Z Star XV golf ball.
Paul Haley II won the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales shooting a final round 71 at the Prince of Wales Country Club, en route to a three stoke victory. “I expected to come out here and play well but nobody expects to win in their third professional start,” said the 24-year old Georgia Tech grad. “This is awesome. I was hitting my irons fairly well and my putter felt great all day. I figured if I could somehow get a ball in the fairway, the birdies would eventually come.” Haley, who picked up a check for $108,000 and moved to No. 2 on the money list, relied on an Adams Golf Speedline Fast 12LS driver, Idea Super XTD Hybrid, Pro a12 & MB2 Irons and a Yes! Callie putter.
TOP 10: Justin Rose’s win at the WGC Cadillac Championship sees him climb 15 places and into seventh on the Official World Golf Ranking, while Rory McIlroy’s third place finish sees him extend his lead over Luke Donald at the top of the standings. George McNeill carded a trio of closing birdies at the Puerto Rico Open to snatch victory away from Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa to pick up his second win on the PGA Tour. As a result he has now improved 70 spots on the World Ranking, residing this week at 106. Nationwide Tour Rookie Paul Haley II took the title at the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales in only his third professional start, shooting a final round 71 en route to a three stoke triumph. Aside from the trophy, the winner’s check and an exemption on the Tour, he vaulted 963 places up in the Ranking into 456th spot.
1) Rory McIlroy
2) Luke Donald
3) Lee Westwood
4) Martin Kaymer
5) Steve Stricker
6) Charl Schwartzel
7) Justin Rose
8) Webb Simpson
9) Jason Day
10) Hunter Mahan
NO CHANCE! Nick Faldo, whose three divorces put him in the headlines for non-golfing reasons, said: “I've been through only a fraction of what Tiger's been through - and I can tell you how difficult it is. For a man who was bulletproof, Tiger has some demons on his shoulder now. I don't think it will happen. To win five more majors from here is as good as most men's careers. You can never rule Tiger out, but I still question the big picture with him. For people like him and me, it's wonderful to go to the practice ground.” READ MORE>>
CAUTION THE BETTER PART OF VALOR: "After hitting my tee shot on 12, I felt it was necessary to withdraw," Woods said. "In the past, I would have continued to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary." Tiger immediately sent regrets to the WGC, Cadillac and the fans for their support. "I'll get my Achilles evaluated sometime early next week," he said. READ MORE>>>
DIRTY DOZEN: Sergio Garcia was among the players who endorse TaylorMade golf equipment to wear a shirt in the Cadillac Championship on Sunday with the number 17 on the back. The number refers to the average yards the company's newest 3-wood is supposed to carry.
A double-digit number is last thing Garcia needed to have on his back Sunday.
The Spaniard made 12 on the par-4 third hole in a round of 76 at TPC Blue Monster. It was his highest score since he made 11 in Memphis last year - also on the third hole. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: After the second round of the WGC Cadillac Championship Justin Rose said, “Sean Foley said to me last night, ‘Your short game is unbelievable right now. Driving it great. And your irons are typically the best part of your game. So put it all together and you're in good shape.’”
The more things change, the more they stay the same as the winning score for the past two-year was identically the same. Nick Watney and Justin Rose each posted a winning score of -16, 272 to win the WGC Cadillac Championship in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Watney posted rounds of 67, 70, 68 and 67 in 2011, while Rose came in with 69, 64, 69 and 70.
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