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Happy Birthday Tiger Woods!

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The professional golfer turns forty today! He decided to celebrate the day despite the lingering questions about his future career that have been circulating the professional circuit recently.  No one has doubted that Woods has been one of the greatest players of all time, but they do wonder if that spark will ever return to the now middle aged player.

Tiger Woods was once ranked at the number one golfer in the world for around seven hundred weeks. Now, the golfer ranks at number four hundred and fourteen – which is quite the drop. He has not won a major since 2008, and a tournament since 2013. It’s hard to picture that he was once the golfer who won the Master by twelve strokes in 1997. However, in the past couple years, Woods has been plagued by numerous injuries, because of which he has to have various back and knee surgeries. As a result of these surgeries, Wood has moved to a new swing – which he has struggled with.

Besides injuries, Tiger has had to deal with the fall out of his marriage for the past several years. In 2009, Woods dealt with a cheating scandal that rocked the mainstream media and the golf world in a way it had never seen before. He addressed the scandal in an interview with Time magazine recently, along with the idea that “he has reconciled himself to not playing again if it came to that”.  However, that was a vastly different tune then to the PGA Tour blog, where he mentioned how excited he was for a return in 2016.

The golf world has noted that it would be a different feel if he was no longer apart of it. After all, the golfer has broken and held many different records, and changed the face of golf for many Americans.

Speaking to VOA News, Kuan Koa – a commentator for Golf Channel, said ““For us, we’ve been seeing him since he turned pro in 1997, won the Master’s at a very young age of 21. He had really brought the game across the globe pretty much because he’s a mixed race, and a lot of people can associate with him.  I think a lot of Asian people see him as Asian,  African-Americans see him as African-American.  Basically he was such a young prodigy, he brought the game of golf to the young crowd.”

For many, the return of Woods is an exciting idea. We can only wait and see what 2016 will hold for the golfer. In the meantime, once again, Happy Birthday Tiger Woods!

Bunker Busting

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Have you ever got stuck in a bunker and not really been sure on how to get out? I know I certainly have and its no fun at all. There are a few tricks to properly striking the ball and lofting it out of the bunker and getting it close to the pin. No one likes landing in bunkers but they are a challenge everyone faces when they step onto the links. Take a look at this video I found to be extremely valuable for learning the tricks on how to bust the bunker.

Video provided by Golf Tips Magazine via YouTube

 

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Belal El-Atari

15 Year Old Qualifies for US Open

belal-el-atari-cole-hammerIf you hadn’t heard the breaking news yet, a 15 year old boy has qualified to play in this year’s US Open. It seems that every year that goes by there is a new phenomenon when it comes to the golfing community, whether it’s a new young superstar, a groundbreaking round, or the best trick shot ever seen.

Cole Hammer of Houston, Texas is the newest addition to the US Open amateur qualifiers. Cole shot 64-68 in Dallas, Texas to slip his way into the spotlight. Cole has already committed to the University of Texas when he was only 13 so he can compete with other golfers at a collegiate level when he finally joins the University in a few years.

Cole was quoted in saying, “This means the world to me. I’ve dreamed about it my whole life. It’s going to be awesome. This gives me a lot of confidence. I was coming in thinking I was a bit of a long shot, but why not? Just give it my best shot.”

Cole will be going head to head against professionals like Jordan Spieth, Cody Gribble, and more when he tees off June 18th, 2015. Cole joins some other young amateurs in his debut at the US Open like Andy Zhang, Tadd Fujikawa, and Tyrell Garth as being an excellent young golfer that has made international headlines.

Even though Cole has never won a national championship, or large junior amateur tournament he has won several local junior tournaments in Texas. The pressure will be high but I am personally rooting for Cole to make as much of an impact as possible. Best of luck Cole!

 

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Belal El-Atari