Saturday, June 17, 2017

117th US Open PGAPappas Giveaway: Signed Rickie Fowler Erin Hills Cap and Erin Hills Pin Flag

I'm at Erin Hills this week for the 117th U.S. Open and thrills and agony have been the story for the first two days.  Rickie Fowler tied a U.S. Open scoring record on Thursday, while Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy were ravaged by the hostile fescue and missed the cut. 

 

Today on moving day however it's going to be all thrills for you as I've picked up a few things to bring home for my U.S. Open Giveaway, including an official U.S. Open Erin Hills pin flag, and a signed Rickie Fowler U.S. Open Erin Hills Tour cap. 

Oakley Launches One Obsession #CantStop - Featuring Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson is a polarizing athlete.  The two-time Masters winner is loved by many for his creativity and the passion he wears on his sleeve.  He's also hated by others for the very same reason.  This week during the U.S. Open Oakley is celebrating Watson's approach to the game with their "One Obsession #CantStop" campaign, a call to action we can all relate to. 

 

The common bond between a major champion like Bubba and amateur golfers like the rest of is that while we all want to win, and all aspire towards some level of perfection, the journey getting there is what it's all about.  We may all do things differently, we may all have different skill sets, but we share one obsession: to never stop pursuing our dreams, because never stopping is the power that fuels our driving passions and turns them into storied reality. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

PGAPappas PIN SEEKERS Podcast - Episode 3: U.S. Open Preview and Erin Hills Course Insight, Jon Rahm is a Teddy Bear with an Assassin's Mentality, Srixon's New Golf Balls are Contenders for Best New Balls of the Year, and The Memorial Recap

It's U.S. Open week and I'm breaking down everything you need to know about Erin Hills in my new PIN SEEKERS Podcast: Episode 3

 
 

In addition to previewing the U.S. Open, I'll let you know why I think Jon Rahm has a more complete game at 22-years old than Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and (gulp) even Tiger Woods.  No that's not a typo.  Rahm is a teddy bear with an assassin's mentality and he's always must watch tv

Sights from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills - Practice Round Wednesday

Recognizable and venerable courses will host the U.S. Open for the next nine years.  But starting tomorrow, the spotlight shines brightly on first-time host Erin Hills. 

 

With all the questions, uncertainty, and even early drama about Erin Hills, one thing is certain: the course is in absolutely perfect condition, and the players are ready to get things going. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sights from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills - Practice Round Tuesday

The excitement is building and you just get a sense something spectacular is going to happen this week at Erin Hills for the 117th playing of the U.S. Open. 

 

Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm looked relaxed, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler appeared confident.   The ultimate test in golf starts for real in less than 48 hours and the world's best players are in top form.  Here are some of the best pictures from Tuesday's practice round

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sights from the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills - Practice Round Monday

It's U.S. Open week and the players were out Monday putting in work trying to figure out Erin Hills.  It will play as the longest course in U.S. Open history, the fescue is knee-high in some places, and bunkering is the most brutal players have ever seen in a U.S. Open. 

 

I'll be on the course most of the week and will give you my own impressions later in the week.  Here are some of the best pictures from Monday's practice round

Sunday, June 4, 2017

PGAPappas PIN SEEKERS Podcast - Episode 2: The Memorial Tournament, Who is Si Woo Kim, Billy Horschel's Big Win, Rising Star Ollie Schniederjans, Wilson D300 Driver Review, and Cobra KING F7 Driver Review

There's a lot on tap in my new PIN SEEKERS Podcast: Episode 2.  I'm recapping Billy Horschel's emotional win at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but cautioning everyone not to expect Billy Ho to return to FedEx Cup Champion form right away. 

 

Ollie Schniederjans is having a solid rookie season, and I love absolutely everything about his game.  Schniederjan is poised to break through on Tour, and I'll tell you why and compare him to a top-10 player you might find startling. 

Sights and Sounds from the 2017 Memorial Tournament - Practice Rounds

The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio gets better each year I cover it.  This year I met Barbara Nicklaus, walked inside the ropes for a first-hand look at what makes Muirfield Village so spectacular, and demanding.  And of course picked up some swag for you - for the second consecutive tournament I've covered, a player who signed for me went on to win the event.  Coincidence? 

 

You can check out my picture tour of the Muirfield course in previous articles.  The giveaway is already going on and you can check out what I picked up for you this week in that article.  And here are some pictures and videos of Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, and the winner this year Jason Dufner - the players I followed during their practice rounds seemed to play pretty well during the week. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Memorial Tournament 2017 Giveaway: Signed Gear from Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Dufner, and Padraig Harrington

I'm having a blast down in Dublin for the 2017 Memorial Tournament.  To start the week I took you on an inside the ropes, hole by hole, detailed look at the majestic Muirfield Village

 

And now that the tournament has begun, it's time for the giveaways.  So I'm giving away a signed Jason Dufner Titleist Pro V1x ball, a signed Hideki Matsuyama Srixon Z Star XV ball, and a signed Padraig Harrington Wilson Staff Tour cap.  I might even have some other prizes near the end of the event. 

Muirfield Village Golf Club: Back-9 Hole By Hole Picture Tour - 2017 Memorial Tournament

We're continuing on with the Muirfield Village Golf Club picture tour with a hole by hole look at the Back-9 now. 

 

As you probably know from my Front-9 section, we'll be looking at all views on the course from the tee box, fairway, around the green, and on the green for each hole. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Muirfield Village Golf Club: Front-9 Hole By Hole Picture Tour - 2017 Memorial Tournament

It's name gives a nod to the game's origins, where the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers composed golf's original 13 rules.  It's design draws inspiration from Augusta National and Bobby Jones. And everywhere you look it has Jack Nicklaus' influence all over it. 

 

It's of course the prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club.  And I'm taking you inside the ropes during the 2017 Memorial Tournament to walk the course with me for a hole by hole look at every tee shot, every second shot, every approach, every green, and every hazard.  Trust me, you've never seen Muirfield Village like this before.