Brooks Koepka Posts 'Blackout Tuesday' Pic, Fires Back At People After Some Top Comments Were Negative – BroBibleWorld’s No. 6 golfer Brooks Koepka at the 3M Open on the death of George Floyd: “Obviously, it was tragic,” Koepka said. “It’s pathetic what happened. To see somebody’s life to go and then you watch it multiple, multiple times, it’s tough. I get chills right now just even thinking about it. What happened is uncalled for.”

BLAINE, MINN–The PGA tour returns to the 3M Open, which marks the first major sporting event held in the Twin Cities since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody in May.  Floyd’s death prompted widespread protest across the country and a reckoning over systematic racism in the United States as more professional sporting leagues and athletes embraced protests for racial justice.  Hampered by a balky knee several months after undergoing a stem cell treatment to repair a torn patella tendon and sitting in 157th place on the Fed Ex Cup Standings, Koepka must make up ground quickly if he wants to finish in the Top 125 and qualify for the Playoffs, which features a total purse of $75M.  His quest to climb back into the playoff picture begins this week in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, Koepka in a conference call with the media previewing the 3M Open, did not shy away from the matter of social injustice and unrest in America.  While many athletes of color are guided by themes and life experiences that have affected them personally or those around them directly, the surge of white athletes starting to voice their opinions on these issues is particularly refreshing and is reflective of how much change is occurring in real time.  It was especially interesting to hear a golfer as accomplished as 4-Time Major champion Brooks Koepka express his opinion with such conviction.

The PGA tour provides unfiltered access to their golfers for individual media sessions with a great deal of frequency.  The players are for the most part, very expressive and, in my opinion, more transparent than most professional athletes.  I would never have imagined that a buttoned up outfit like the PGA would want to weigh-in on such controversial issues in a million years, however.  I naively expected something  of a similar approach taken by the ultra-conservative NFL owners, who have chosen to remain silent throughout a spring and summer of civil protests and continued clashes with police.  To my surprise, the PGA has been particularly refreshing, flexible, and strong about its stance.  The tour held a moment of silence for Floyd at each round of June’s Charles Schwab Challenge, as it returned from hiatus.

Koepka is just the latest on the PGA tour to address his death, too.  Harold Varner III released a lengthy letter on social media in June, calling his death a “senseless killing a murder — and, to me, it was evil incarnate.”

Tiger Woods followed suit shortly after, too, saying the “shocking tragedy clearly crossed” a line.  Woods and Varner are the only two African American golfers inside the Top 200 in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Koepka: 'It's pathetic what happened' in killing of George Floyd | “Racism is a big issue, and I think we’re on our way now. People are becoming more vocal. Everyone is becoming more vocal and I think it’s very important, and it’s definitely showing.”

Voicing an opinion on this as well as other social justice issues is difficult for many athletes and there is no requirement for them to do so.  The First Amendment goes both ways in the spirit of the freedom of expression it’s meant to protect.  It has been demonstrated that a non-comment from a person of prominence can be just as impactful.  In recent years, public figures have begun to recognize that a divisive, disingenuous, or even honest opinion could attribute the wrath of social media under this very delicate climate, regardless of what they decide to say or do.  Our cultural sensitivities are very much frayed to say the least.  Just  20 years into a young century that has been loaded with social tumult, wild wage inequities, while also moving at light speed with regards to sweeping scientific and technological developments, America finds herself leaving more and more people behind.  Every politically charged subject can force a revelation of character and if answered poorly, may lead to a stigmatization.

Over the years, it was in an athletes best interest to say something politically correct as opposed to testing the toxic waters of such subjects when pushed by members of the media.  Usually settling for something polished and written by someone that doesn’t bear their name or share in their convictions.  This generation appears to be different.  30 year old Koepka who is a Palm Beach, Florida native, is a child of the digital age.  America now has a generation that can seek their own information with regards to such issues.  With the emergence of commentary in social media, you can get a more raw understanding of certain issues which may in turn, motivate one to seek more information.  This has led to more nuanced answers from world athletes and it would appear that the PGA players are marching along those same lines.

The act that ended the life of George Floyd was broadcast ad nauseum over television airwaves, laptops and cell phones all around the world sparking protests in Europe and as far as New Zealand.  Koepka felt compelled to share his thoughts and revealed in his own words that with such events, there shouldn’t be much that separates us.  Sometimes the difference of opinion can be as simple as what’s “right” or what’s “wrong.”  In the murder of George Floyd, Koepka simply saw injustice and with his added voice hopes to help advance the conversation further.

The next phase of development for the PGA tour will be to find a means to be more inclusionary of people of color at their executive branch level while also fostering programs that allow for golf to be affordable for young aspirants in urban and suburban markets to encourage that a future generation of minorities and women participate in what is truly a very universal and fun game.


Social Justice Definitions - NCCJso·cial jus·tice (noun):  justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.-“individuality gives way to the struggle for social justice”


Suggested Reading on Social Justice in the U.S.

For Children

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Mark Warren

On The Ground:

ALLIES: 2020

Sonic Youth: Young, Bold, and Woke in America


Equal Pay

Historical Notes and Figures:

A Mosaic of Warriors

White Southerners Who Fought U.S. Segregation

Juliette Hampton Morgan


Social Justice in a Time of War: U.S. in the 2000’s

February 15, 2003



Memorial purse payout: A No. 1 ranking and nearly $1.7 million, to boot, for Jon Rahm | Golf ChannelSunday: Jon Rahm secures the World’s no.1 Ranking at the Memorial.  Rahm is the first Spaniard to top the rankings in 31 years (Seve Ballesteros-1989)

DUBLIN, OH–The golf world has a new No.1 as Jon Rahm seized control of the rankings from Rory McILroy’s (no.2) 106 week reign.  Rahm is only the second Spaniard to assume the title (Seve Ballesteros).  After a spectacular display of composure in the first three rounds at the Memorial, Rahm punctuated his performance by a exhibiting a level of calm and focused demeanor on Championship Sunday.  Rahm built an insurmountable lead on the front 9 and never looked back as the field continued to falter behind him.  His assault and precision on the front end Par 5s, captured birdies where others continued to falter all week under some hot and grueling conditions at Muirfield.  Rahm’s patience proved to be the difference.

Jon Rahm plays it cool on his way to winning the 2020 Memorial


Barrika, Basque Country, Spain

Jon Rodriguez Rahm, nicknamed “Rahmbo” was born in the beautiful backdrop of Spain’s Basque County in Barrika.  As he honed his golf game, his love for his local football club Athletico Bilbao was also close in affinity.  The Arizona State graduate was also twice ranked the no. 1 World’s Amateur Golfer and held the ranking during his second stint for a record 60 weeks in a row (October 28 2015-June 26 2016) before entering the PGA Tour.  Rahm’s compass star certainly seems to be pointing towards greatness.

JON RAHM: By The Numbers

Use your talent for numbers as a financial analyst | CareerBuilderFor the week, Rahm’s consistent play is what got him through the dry heat and fast greens at Muirfield.  What separates greatness from average golf play is patience and a self-deprecating respect of your own limitations as a golfer.  Jon Rahm is respected around the tour because of his versitle tool box of skills.  His numbers bear it.  He excels at whatever is necessary depending on the tournament.  His raw averages of 64.3% fairways and a true 66.7 GIR percentage keeps him competitive on every course.  His average drive at Muirfield was at a steady 293.4 yards.  Rahm understood that taking less risks at the Memorial would prove to be more rewarding.


Jon Rahm: Spanish golfer new world number one after securing PGA Tour Memorial Tournament title2020 Memorial Champion: Jon Rahm




Give me your best shot

The pride of Pedrena, Cantabaria, Spain, Seve Bellasteros amassed 90 professional wins (50 in European competition) and was the World’s Number 1 golfer for an accumulated total of 61 weeks starting on April 1986 through September 1989, including being world number 1 at the end of the 1988 PGA tour season.  Bellasteros won the Masters in 1980 and 1983.  The 5-time Major winner also won The Open Championship 3 times with victories in 1979 (where he was the youngest to ever win the tournament at the time) and followed through with successes in 1984 and 1988.  Largely celebrated throughout the golf community, Bellasteros gutted through numerous back ailments before he retired from competitive golf in 2007 capping a 33 year professional career that began at the age of 16.       

In 2008 he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.  Ballesteros was twice awarded the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and for the second time in 2009, where he was presented with the award at his home in Spain by his compatriot and former Ryder Cup teammate José María Olazábal.

(Watch : José María Olazábal’s sweet swing below).

Ballesteros died of brain cancer on 7 May 2011, aged 54



Two time Masters Champion José María Olazábal (1994, 1999)

Next:  Most PGA Tour players will shift their focus towards Blaine, Minnesota at the 3M Open  which marks the first major sporting event held in the Twin Cities since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody in May, while the more seasoned veterans continue to prepare for the PGA Championship at Harding Park (Aug. 6-9)



Why You Should Watch Jon Rahm at the U.S. Open - The RingerJon Rahm (25) surged past the field at the Memorial on Saturday as the World’s #1 Ranking closes within his grasps

DUBLIN, OH–The incredibly dry and hot course of the Memorial showed no mercy to those who felt worthy at the top.  Unaffected by these elements was young, Jon Rahm. The Spaniard’s composure and discipline seems built for the task and precisely built for this course.  Rahm blazed through the final 4 holes for consecutive  birdies and exploded past the field with a 4 stroke lead (-12).  Meanwhile, co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Tony Fauni wilted in the scorching heat of Dublin, squandering several opportunities on the front 9 to open the round.  Rahm, instead took a  risk free approach off the tee and remained in control of the greens while coasting to a (-4) 68 on Saturday.

the Memorial Live Leaderboard 

Muirfield is precisely designed to test your ego and check your inhibitions towards adventure and gumption.  It is a test of your moral capacity and respect for the course.  Respect for the game.  When it gets hot in Ohio, it bakes and it is dry.  The greens stiffen and your resolve as a golfer begins to shrivel up with it.  The course really forces you into two different routes: Patience vs. Attack Mode.  The designer of the course is well aware.  18-Time Majors Champion Jack Nicklaus is all too privy to what golfer’s may want to do on his course.  Year after year he stretches the fairways further to stay ahead of the tour players who rely solely on their driver (see: Bryson DeChambeau) while shrinking the boundries of the course, along with consistently bolstering the rough to force a strong emphasis on a clean fairway game.  Jack makes golfers look at his course in the most sinister way possible.  If the wind starts blowing a double bogey is right around the corner.  If you test it: you will fail.  Jon Rahm’s mature understanding of the game keeps resurfacing in every competition.  He didn’t allow himself to be tested.  Rahm simply decided to respect the course.  Jon Rahm seeks to be the first Spanish World Ranked No. 1 player in the last  31 years (Seve Bellasteros).  The  birdie spree (4)  on his explosive back 9 may be remembered as the moment he ascended to the top should things break his way on Championship Sunday.

Rahm will be teeing off at 2:35 EST paired with Ryan Palmer (-8)

Scenarios for Jon Rahm to Become World No. 1 (Please massage your temples while reading this…)

Fairfield Ranked #1 Business-Friendly Town in Connecticut


Rory McILroy finishes worse than T-2 with one other (Best Case Scenario )



McLroy finishes solo 30th plus Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, or *Webb Simpson* do not win (I’ll take it, but…would probably want to AVOID this scenario)

👎 *Did not make the cut


Seve Ballesteros makes the breakthrough at Augusta

Jon Rahm is chasing 5-Time Major Champion and former 5-time World’s No.1 Seve Ballesteros .  Ballesteros is the last Spaniard to be ranked that high on the PGA Tour  (April 1986-April 1989)


Tony Finau net worth: How much is the Masters 2019 star worth? Earnings revealed | Golf | Sport |’s lead evaporates at the Memorial on Saturday’s back 9.  His 73 (+1) has him four shots back of the insurgent Jon Rahm (-12)  

bogey free front 9 collapse in the late afternoon heat as Tony Finau’s nearly flawless ride through Jack Nicklaus’ major-like course at Muirfield took a turn for the worst.  He miserably hit 5/14 fairways on his way to 2 double bogeys on the 12th and 17th.  On the first two days of the Memorial, Finau kept his hiccups in check, countering sub-par drives into magic out of the greens.  Finau’s luck ran out with his  double bogeys on two of the last three holes.  It was a nice ride while it lasted…

Finau will be paired with Danny Willett (2:35EST)

the Memorial, at Muirfield, Dublin, Ohio-Course Overview



Choosing Between a Family Medicine Doctor and an Internal Medicine Doctor | Beaumont Health

All eyes on Tiger…

“How’s your back, Tiger?” The absolute first question out of the gate for Tiger Woods upon finishing and surviving his third round 71 (+2) out of the Memorial. Woods played well enough to shake off the rust from his previous outing.  He looked fit and showed no ill effects in his back.  It was a low aggression approach.  Tiger is clearly looking to escape the weekend injury free as he plots for the Players Championship at Harding Park (Aug. 6-9)





TT Postscript: Tiger Woods struggles with swing and body in second-round 76 | Golf ChannelThursday at Muirfield: Woods barely survives the cut posting a very shaky round of 76. The field ended up plummeting towards his overall (+3),  preserving his consecutive streak of 18 straight cuts made at the Memorial

DUBLIN, OH –Tiger Woods gutted through the front-end Back 9 and scarcely managed to keep his cut streak alive (18) at the Memorial, salvaging two Birdies, while securing a Par on his last 3 holes of play, but it may have cost him.  We touched on his fragility in yesterday’s blog post and now it appears that proved to be all too fortuitous.  Woods’ body began to betray him on the front-end 13th where he appeared to tweak his already troublesome back off the tee.  He got on green in 2, but missed a 3 foot Par putt, finishing with a 3-putt Bogey.  The malaise continued onto the 560 yard Par 5, 15th.  A hole that favors long hitters, Woods was aiming to hit an ideal shot and Drive the ball towards the crest off the hill which would’ve allowed him to get home in 2, but this was far from the ideal shot.  Instead, Woods winced visibly off the tee and was unable to generate the proper torque necessary and only managed to hit the green in 4 resulting in his two putting into Bogey.

After a bogey at 17, Woods hit the skids and double bogeyed on no. 10 to open the back end 9 and followed that up with a bogey on the following hole.  Another bogey at 6, which left him at (+5) where his streak stood in serious jeopardy.  Although the driver was the catalyst, the strain mainly came from the exorbitant toll  he was putting on his back through an  inordinate amount of unanticipated putting.   Woods was clearly in some discomfort throughout most of the round.  He looked mechanical when retrieving balls out of the cup and looked most uncomfortable while walking the Fairways.

With all of that taken into account, Woods’ legendary indomitable will and mental toughness is what carried him through a very difficult round.  We will have to monitor Tiger closely on moving day, to better assess the full extent of his health and also see whether or not he can finish the weekend and how all of this affects his participation in the upcoming tournaments leading up to the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in August.

Although Day 2 was tough on Tiger, Woods did provide us with this highlight:


Wednesday - Tony Finau Golf snaps his... - Golf Banter Page | Facebook

Tony Finau continued his smooth performance, completing a clean round of 68, finishing (-3) for the day as he maintained his lead at (-9) overall

After missing the cut at the 2019 Memorial, budding star and late bloomer Tony Finau is here to stay in 2020 as well as this weekend in Ohio.  Although Finau started off nervy, with Bogeys on the front 9, 10th and 12th holes, he settled into his steady work landing on the greens and added some balanced  back 9 putting to keep himself tied for the lead thus far. (Checkout Tony’s feature after Round 1 at the Memorial on MyScorecard)

Watch Finau sink a Birdie on no. 7


Ryan Palmer fires back at critics after causing costly wait at Sony OpenRyan Palmer has been battling a cranky putter throughout the young tour season, but seems to have righted the ship.  Palmer sits tied for a share of the lead at the Memorial following his Round 2 67 (-9 overall)

The Amarillo, TX native had the best round of the day, shrugging off a Bogey on the Par 4  2nd, as he proceeded a steady application of clean tee shots and a balanced putting game.  Palmer rarely found himself in any trouble in Round 2 notching in a cool score of 68 leaving him at  (-4) for the afternoon .  He has played the best thus far two days in  and is poised to make a move on Saturday.


Bryson DeChambeau makes 10, torpedos round amidst rules confusionSwinging for the Fences:  DeChambeau called for a “Second Ruling” on his ambitious tee shot that was sent careening towards the fence.  Upon further review he was forced to drop the shot.  

Above we mentioned the struggles Tiger Woods had on the 15th, but that paled in comparison to Bryson DeChambeau’s (+5) adventurous take on the hole that ultimately led to his first cut and non-top 10 finish in his last 7 appearances.  DeChambeau torpedoed his way towards a 10 shot epic, which featured a fence, two judges, a splash in the drink and an awkward debate involving some vague Phil Mickelson shot at “Bay Hill.”  While watching the event live, I couldn’t help but chuckle at DeChambeau’s theatrics.  He reminds me a bit of former American tennis player John McEnroe, who always seemed to get the most animated when the lights and cameras were on him.  Checkout Bryson DeChambeau’s conversation with the “1st Judge”:


Notable Golfers in Contention:

Jon Rahm looking to cap underrated summer with big win at 2019 BMW PGA Championship - Clubhouse Favorite: Jon Rahm (ESP) 

Jon Rahm (-8)/Gary Woodland (-6)/Jordan Speith (-4)/Jim Furyk (-4)/Rory MclLroy (-2)




Tiger chases historical PGA Tour win #83 at Muirfield this weekend

15-Time Major Champion Tiger Woods returns after a 5 month layoff due to the NovelCoronavirus after teeing off (1:17 PM) at The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.  The 2020 tournament will be played without patrons due to the spread of the virus commonly known as COVID-19.  The course was designed by Golf Titan Jack Nicklaus in 1976.  For MyScorecard enthusiasts: The design and difficulty of the course is meant to resemble a Major PGA Tournament.  It is long, while spanning a length in excess of 7, 392 yards and features four shallow Par-3’s, and very generous Fairways allowing for a  heavy emphasis on long Drives and strong Iron shots.  Pros have compared the greens to being “Augusta-like,” in reference to the historical course that hosts The Masters.   It features the third-toughest 18th hole on the PGA Tour as well as the third-worst putting percentage in from inside 10 feet.

Five-time Memorial winner Woods’ opening round group will  be highlighted by heavy hitters and former Majors champions: Rory MclLroy (4), Jim Furyk (1), and Brooks Koepka (4), all the while, Tiger will be keeping a close eye on insurgent and 10th ranked Bryson DeChambeau fresh off his victory at The Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, where he was pulverizing his golf balls to the tune of 329.8 yards per tee shot.  Tiger Woods also sits deadlocked with ‘Slammin’ Sammy Snead with 82 tournament victories.  Tied for the most of all-time.

The Memorial Course Overview


When Tiger Woods first met Sam Snead | GolfMagic

A young Tiger (5 years old)  meets Sam Snead in Calabasas, California

Considered “the best natural player ever” by his peers and admired by many for having “a perfect swing,” “The Slammer” Sam Snead was truly a player that embodied his era.  His career included 82 victories on tour along with 7 Major championships from which he won three of the “Big 4” with only The US Open eluding him having finished runner-up 4 times throughout his career.  Snead was prevented in participating in 14 major championships due to World War II, as he served in the U.S.Navy from 1942 to 1944.  From 1949 through 1952, he won a blistering 30 events and remained competitive until the 1974 PGA Championship where he placed in the Top 10 at age 62 (the oldest to do so at the time).  Tiger Woods’ game is actually quite comparable to that of Snead’s.  Both relied on incredibly long Drives and extremely high Fairway Play.  Their Long Iron games are eerily similar and both golf legends have displayed a knack for the flair for the dramatic when it comes to difficult shots out of the Rough.  While Snead’s swing was regarded as “perfect” by golf  greats Nicklaus and Gary Player, Woods’ swing is almost like “What if Tony Stark was able to develop a more advanced swing for Tiger based on the Snead template.”   Only Tiger didn’t need Tony Stark.  The advanced technology of today’s equipment, however does further the legend of Snead.   Those similar traits and parts of their game is what has added to both their longevity.  If Tiger makes history this weekend, he can then begin to pivot himself towards chasing the ultimate prize of 18 Majors held by Nicklaus.


Tiger Woods winces with back pain, one of many injuries he's had along with multiple surgeries

Accomplishing either feat will be daunting for Woods as he has been load managing his body and continues to become more exclusive with the tournaments in which he competes annually.  His vigor has been sapped by injury in most recent years and his list of ailments are long and severe.  Since 2014, Tiger Woods had had four major back surgeries, his most recent in 2017.  Tiger’s left knee and leg has been hampered since his Amateur days with surgeries ranging from the removal of a  benign tumor in 1994 and benign cysts in 2002 to reconstructive surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament in 2008.  He had been hampered since The British Open with a torn ACL in 2007 and decided to forego the surgery until the end of that season and miraculously managed to win the 2008 U.S. Open along the way where he was also suffering through a double stress fracture on his left tibia.

Woods is already a reputed insomniac, obsessive workaholic and we are all but already too familiar with the personal tumults that had occurred in his life, most notably the 2009 scandal that nearly ruined him.  The mental recovery and the rehabilitation necessary to screw his head back on while trying to salvage his family was traumatizing enough, but his physical health was also declining at the time and it took him years to recover.  A process arguably, which still appears fragile.   In truth, these are more akin to professional football injuries than those associated with golf.  It is not only a remarkable feat that Woods is literally still standing, but also competing at a Top 10 level on the PGA tour while currently boasting the defense of his most recent major.  Tiger will be defending his 2019 Masters championship later this year in  November as the 2020 tournament has been delayed due to COVID-19.  The next tournament Tiger is likely to play folowing The Memorial will be the PGA Championship, TPC Harding Park, Aug. 6-9, in San Francisco

Follow Tiger’s Quest in 2020 as he chases win no. ’83’ and attempts to topple Jack’s ‘magical 18’





Rising Son: Family's Sacrifices Fuel Tony Finau | Golf ChannelFormer Golf Channel’s “The Big Break” standout leads the field at Muirfield (-6) after Round 1

DUBLIN, OH–Despite windy conditions Tony Finau  continued to putt with remarkable consistency to score a smooth 66 good for the lead at (-6).  The former “The Big Break” contestent  has been a fixture amongst tour favorites in recent months.  From his “interesting” relationship with Tiger Woods, to his awkward antics on the greens, Tony even has “Six Degrees of Separation” to the NBA and all this while he’s begun to discreetly (or not so discreetly) start floating around the rarefied PGA Tour air around him.  Finau has always been an enigma amongst his peers.  The former college basketball recruit out of Utah, who also happens to be second cousin to former Duke standout and NBA basketball player Jabari Parker, decided to forego that sport to focus on the game of golf at the age of 17.  Tony got his first pro exemption at the Greater Milwaukee Open in 2007 and continued to grind through mini tours, and yes, as well as a stint on reality television.  He joined the PGA Tour Canada in 2013 and officially worked his way onto the PGA Tour in 2016.  Finau is more workman like at his craft than a standout in any particular category.  Although he has been hot off the greens of late, his overall putting avg. stands at 1.594, good for a mediocre (66th) on tour and his One-Putt Percentage of 39.98% is a meager (85th).  What he generally lacks in putting, he tries to make up for with a solid driving Distance average of 305.9 yards (26th) and a much improved tee-to-green avg. of 1.278 (10th).  When Finau manages his game around the greens, he fairs very well in scoring, boasting a 4.26 Birdie avg. (20th) and 69.43 (Actual) Scoring avg, also (20th).  The knock on Finau is that he has so much room to grow.  Many on tour suggest that if only he would fully apply himself, the sky would show him no limits.  Never shying away from the spotlight, he has demonstrated tremendous flashes in Major tournaments, most recently at last years Masters, finishing 5th, which he followed up with a 3rd place finish at the Open Championship later that season.  After his first round performance at Muirfield, it appears that this late bloomer is starting to find his groove.



Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T5: 2019
PGA Championship T10: 2015
U.S. Open 5th: 2018
The Open Championship 3rd: 2019

Tony steps it up when the lights are brightest


Tony Finau’s few interactions with Tiger Woods have been frosty to say the least… 

The Finau/Woods relationship can probably be best described as awkward…As Finau was surging at last years Masters he found himself paired with his idol on Day 4.  After saying “good luck” on the first hole no words were exchanged until hole 7.  In an attempt to break the ice, Finau said, “Hey Tiger. How’s the family? How’s the kids?”  Woods, known for his laser-like focus,  replied with a frosty “they’re good” and nothing more.  Finau recalled that congratulating Woods at 18 was his last interaction with him.

Also: here’s Finau recounting a moment from the 2018 Memorial:

“I putted for 20 minutes. I saw him walking toward the (fans), so I sneaked by him. No one was paying attention to me, of course, it was Tiger. As I’m walking up the stairs, he looks up at me and shakes his head.

I’m eating lunch, he comes in and looks at me and says, “You’re an (expletive)” (with a smile). I stuck him with all his fans and didn’t help him one bit to sign. He didn’t like that a lot, but I was ready to eat and knew they were there for him. It’s not that I don’t like signing, I was just very hungry.”

We’ll be sure to continue to keep track of this budding connection…


Finau contorts his ankle after sinking a hole in one at the Masters Par 3 contest in 2018.  He managed to pop it back in in real time.  Despite the gruesome injury, Finau played all week and finished tied for 10th at The Masters.

More Tales from the Memorial to follow as we march closer towards the PGA Championship at Harding Park Aug 3-9



Coronavirus Update: N.H. Sees 1 Additional COVID-19 Death; 21 New ...

Due to the increased spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,  We are going to take a focus on how the various Public, Federal, and Private golf courses are addressing the reality of the Novel Coronavirus.  We hope to give additional insight to these ongoing changes to our Community at  MyScorecard and Outdrive Me so to better avoid the spread of the infectious respiratory disease.

Please note: During this current phase of the pandemic, Public and Federal courses do not allow for any groups larger than a Foursome.

Below are links that identify the current trends and developments in the United States:

New York Times Corona Interactive Map

CDC Covid Data Tracker


Back on course! Golfers tee off and tennis players prepare to ...

Of the 4 Greater Washington Metropolitan Public and Federally owned golf courses surveyed, a unanimous refrain from their staffs was that guests are not respecting the CDC guidelines these establishments are forced to adhere by.  The most broken rule is that of wearing a mask.  Most often the attendant or employee of the golf course will be too timid to enforce the rule or guests will just blatantly disregard the requirement entirely.  CDC data has revealed that a primary route of transmission of the disease is likely via small droplets that are ejected when speaking, coughing or sneezing.  Masks are viewed as effective as a “source control” because they can prevent larger expelled droplets from evaporating into smaller droplets that can travel farther.  Please do your part as a member of your community and READ and FOLLOW the guidelines, restrictions, and regulations that are designed for your safety provided by your attended golf course.


So You Wanna Give Your Homie/Homegirl Dabs…


We’ve heard it ad nauseam: *6 FEET APART.  That’s the spacing and distancing required by each individual to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.   However, recent studies have suggested that 20 feet of distance and a mask is the most sure fire way to stay safe. That’s obviously ridiculous when golfing with a friend or someone that you are comfortable and familiar with.  I get it.  How difficult is it NOT to acknowledge a killer Drive, sweet Approach shot, or beautiful Layup to stave off a potential disaster?  You know the feeling!!!  Similar to the time you nailed a scientific Fade that let you off the hook from a bad Shank…You know the immediate reaction is that your Homie/Homegirl will want to give you dabs of some sort.  Unfortunately, a handshake, high five, or a hug is not advisable during this pandemic.  The best suggested practice when combating COVID-19 while golfing is to avoid body contact and to steer clear of the exchange of equipment amongst partners or groupings.  Hands touch too many surfaces and can quickly pickup viruses.  Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your face, from where the virus can move inside of your body, making you feel unwell.  Probably best to acknowledge a certain feat with  a fist bump or a tip of the cap.


Although I highly recommend that you support all local small businesses and establishments during this crucial time,  the restaurants affiliated with Public and Federally owned golf courses are mostly limited to a reduced Carry-Out Menu.  At the risk of an 1hr 1/2 or 2 plus hour drive, it would probably be wise to pack a sandwich or a snack just in case their offerings aren’t to your liking due to the lack of variety .  Golfing 9 between Four participants who are primarily chopping it up could take way longer than expected.  This is one way to ensure that you’ll have enough sustenance to carry through the day.


Well, looks like you’re successful at what you do! If you’re reading this you have the luxury of golfing at a private estate or you have a friend in a very high place.  At this point in life, you may feel invincible.  Just remember:  COVID-19 does not distinguish between Prince or Pauper.  Please adhere to the suggestions listed above to ensure safety for yourself and others.

In addition: The PGA continues to monitor this situation closely.  We will keep our Community posted on all updates.

PGA TOUR update on protocols for positive/symptomatic cases – PGA Tour

PGA Tour scraps plan to have fans at Memorial due to COVID-19 – Reuters


GolfRedefined Offer

Sometimes we hear about offers that would be of interest to our member base. Here is one that was brought to us by a new golf startup. We thought some of our members that play often and love equipment might be interested…, a new golfing membership site is looking for up to 50 testers of its new service. Members can choose the driver of their choice, play with it for as long as they want, send it back and then receive their next choice.

Membership means you can always play with the driver you want, swap it for another and repeat until you find the one that suits your game best. No purchase, no restrictions. Simple.

Interested golfers should email with “” in the subject line for a discount code and further instructions.

MyScorecard receives no payment if you sign up – we just thought a few of you might have some interest and wanted to share the discount. Happy trialing!

Golf Ball Wrangler – Retrieve your lost balls now!

We all know a golfer that never passes a water hazard without his or her trusty scoop at the ready. Spending half their time on the course fishing for balls, they last bought a new sleeve in the late 80s. That’s ok! Golf balls are expensive… and they are often lost. It is estimated that about 2.5 billion golf balls are lost every year in United States (the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass alone counts 120,000 lost balls in a year). About 1.9 billion used golf balls are played on golf courses every year. We now have the perfect gift for these ‘golf ball fishing fanatics’.

Enter an invention conceived and built by three Sacramento engineers: The Golf Ball Wrangler. The Golf Ball Wrangler helps retrieve balls stuck in a water hazard easily and economically. It is basically a series of fiberglass mesh plates mounted on an axle. All you will have to do is toss the Wrangler in the water, pull it across the bottom of a pond, and balls are trapped between the plates. According to the makers a single pull will crab up to 25 balls – imagine your friend’s smile when they pull a dozen balls out of the water (and perhaps it will mean less time holding up play)

The Golf Ball Wrangler is currently available to U.S. customers only, for US$119.99 plus $49.99 shipping.

Below is the video showing Golf Ball Wrangler in action.

Shot of the Year?

Another contender for shot of the year.

Bubba Watson is known for his distance and for his skill with a driver. But at this year’s Masters, he became known for his shot shaping.

After Watson and Oosthuizen recorded final rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, the two golfers found themselves deadlocked at -10 for the weekend. On 2nd playoff hole against Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba found himself in the trees with no direct shot at the green. What does a 40 yard hook with a 52 degree wedge look like? The picture to the right shows the flight of his ball, to within 5 feet of the hole.

What did the shot look like live? Check out the video below. Amazing.