In today’s PGW Daily, we learn more about how players are trying to grow the game internationally, Rickie Fowler and Jimmie Walker announce a partnership, a look at who could be this year’s Heath Slocum, and a golf channel analyst has a genius idea for a new driver.
Players Below the Cut Line to Watch at The Barclays
The Top 100 of the 125 FedEx Cup participants will move on to Boston and the second round of the playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
1. Francesco Molinari (105) – Has only missed one cut in the past five months. Has three top 10s, all at quality events (T9 at Bay Hill, T8 at Congressional, T7 at TPC Sawgrass).
2. Andrew Loupe (109) – If he could finish as well as he starts, Loupe would be a lock for East Lake. 5th in driving distance, 1st in club head speed. If he starts showing any consistency, watch out.
3. Troy Merritt (120) – Former Tour winner as been very up and down this year. Merritt is putting very well this season.
Equipment Idea of the Day
Golf Channel analyst Lauren Thompson has a great idea for an auto-correcting driver.
Sorry @MattGinellaGC & @Paige_Mackenzie, but you can't top @LThompsonGC's idea for an autocorrect driver. Literally. pic.twitter.com/DBGRDrkrOu
— BaileyMosierChamblee (@BaileyMosierGC) August 24, 2016
Video of the Day
Re-live the ladies Rio experience!
Amazing week @OlympicGolf in #Rio2016 & congratulations to all the players who became Olympians #GrowTheGamehttps://t.co/xcKMbbCZNh
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) August 24, 2016
International Pic of the Day
China’s Shenshen Feng is living the dream of being an Olympic medalist. Her bronze is a big deal in a country without a great golfing history.
Didn't know my ranking until the last hole. This medal means a lot to me. Still feeling like a dream…#OlympicGolf pic.twitter.com/BzQLwiDOSs
— Shanshan Feng (@shanshanfengCHN) August 23, 2016
Quote of the Day
Anirban Lahiri wants to grow golf in India.
Some very serious statements by @anirbangolf on the state of #Indian sports and the Sporting culture of the nation. pic.twitter.com/NhqjU25lNb
— Oly Golf – Team India (@OlyGolfIND) August 24, 2016
Quote of the Day Part II
Shane Lowry really wants one of those European Tour Captain’s picks.
All. Business. pic.twitter.com/nGh64tsWOy
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 24, 2016
A Group to Follow
Fowler announced that he and Walker will be partners this November at the World Cup of Golf in Australia. The duo may be able to get some practice time in Hazeltine, if Davis Love III thinks Rickie is a worthy Captain’s pick.
Can't wait for @WorldCupGolf with my pahds @JimmyWalkerPGA…Australia here we come!!??
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) August 24, 2016
Most Unsatisfying Video of the Day
Web.com Pros Trey Mullinax and J.T. Poston do their best Bryan Bros imitation. Do not watch if you are bothered by not getting closure.
Trey Mullinax and J.T. Poston, the next Bryan Bros? ⛳️ https://t.co/Runn4BZHc5
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) August 24, 2016
DeChambeau Gets Hustled
Tour rookie Bryson DeChambeau accepts a ping pong challenge, not knowing his opponent was on the Olympic Team.
We waited until @b_dechambeau's first loss to tell him our intern @Erica15Wu was on the US Olympic team. pic.twitter.com/oGkrcyIf2k
— Mike Downey (@mdowney) August 24, 2016
Drive of the Day
Spolier: the ball goes backwards and the golfer gets hit.
Inspired by the PGA in Springfield NJ, but we have some work @BeefGolf pic.twitter.com/OKPLi5q0kO
— Dennis Lafferty (@dennislafferty) August 23, 2016
Good Guys of the Day: Titleist
Titleist constructed a special ball for Stephen Jaeger, the man who shot a 58 on the Web.com Tour last month.
What a cool gift! Thanks @TitleistonTour @Titleist for the amazing work! pic.twitter.com/ygDyBb3epw
— Stephan Jaeger (@SJ_sedl_Golf) August 24, 2016
Beef Golf Post of the Day
Those of you near London will really want to see this.
Best Adaptation of the Game
Some European Tour members played a game of “shock golf” which is exactly what it sounds like.
How good are players are putting under pressure (electric shocks)?
Find out on Facebook. https://t.co/85OBGaHioY pic.twitter.com/DZh5D85do2
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) August 23, 2016
Stand out on the course for more than just your play. Callaway has opticolor gloves that come in green, red, blue, and black.