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Golf Magazine August 2017

Golf Magazine is the number one source for golf instruction, equipment and travel, including: exclusive instruction from our Top 100 Teachers in America, introspective interviews with the game’s rising stars and old masters, and short-game tips from guru David Pelz. Plus, you’ll get the latest in gear, including ClubTest equipment reviews, and private lessons, tips personalized for your game.

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8 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
golf today

GOLF.com Visit the Bridge Golf Learning Center in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, where students prepare not only for rounds of golf, but also for college These Guys Have All the Fun! GOLF.com’s Jessica Marksbury visits the Champions tour, where the mood is light but the golf is still played at an astoundingly high level It’s no secret that Korean golfers dominate the women’s game. But how did we get here? GOLF.com’s Marika Washchyshyn explores how the sport became such a national obsession Home on the Range: GOLF’s Rob Sauerhaft takes a closer look at three popular rangefinders and explains why investing in one can help lower your scores. Golf Today is the start of something big, and there’s more to come. Look for future episodes at GOLF.com/Today…

2 min.
the big easy, still doing it

PROS OF A CERTAIN AGE tend to run out the clock until they reach the Champions Tour. Ernie Els, 47, has a different goal—to whip the young guns and win again. WesaluteEls thismonthnot just because he’s a legend with 19 Tour wins (including four majors) and a plaqueintheHall ofFame. It’salsobecause he’s still hungry. In 2017, the Big Easy feels a big urgency. His five-year exemption dating to his 2012 British Open victory will expire after he plays at Royal Birkdale—unless he wins, of course. And Ernie badly wants one more major, that 20th Tour title. “I have as much desire now as I ever did, and I just need to get hot at the right moment,” he told executive editor Connell Barrett. “Twenty Tour wins has a nice ring to it.”…

3 min.
you’re up!

WHICH JUNE STORIES AND COLUMNS DREW THE MOST LETTERS? Michael Bamberger 65% Instruction 12% U.S. Open Preview 8% Other 15% TAKING EXCEPTION TO THE RULES THE RECENT ARTICLE by Michael Bamberger on strict enforcement of the rules of golf (“Rules Aren’t Made to Be Broken,” June 2017) exemplifies why the game continues to struggle. No other sport has as many rules. Worse, many of the rules are punitive for no reason other than “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Golf is a relic. To a casual observer, penalizing a player for ever so slightly misplacing a ball is absurd. Would a soccer team be penalized for an illegal throw-in? No, they just do it over again, and if the ref happened to miss it, they play on. The asinine complexity of golf rules causes most people…

3 min.
wonder years

LANNY & LARRY Wadkins tamed Pebble Beach in 1977 (inset), but a decade later fell to Nelson in a sudden-death playoff at PGANational. In golf, we dog-ear moments to mark great memories, and as the last major of 2017 approaches, four anniversaries leap off the pages of our PGA Championship scrapbook. It’s been 40, 30, 20 and 10 years, respectively, since Lanny Wadkins, Larry Nelson, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy. Each was a special win. For Wadkins and Love, whose careers were weighted with expectations, their PGA Championship triumphs would turn out to be their first and only major titles. Nelson’s win—his third major—assured him a place in the Hall of Fame. And Woods’s victory was his fourth—and likely his last—PGA crown. In the summer of ’77, Wadkins was slumping…

4 min.
playing it cool

You won your first Tour event in March, at the Valspar Championship, near Tampa. But you first made news when you shot a 59 in January at the CareerBuilder Challenge. That round was very much celebrated, very much talked about. And it became the talk of the tournament. Which of those 59 strokes at La Quinta Country Club stands out as your favorite? On the 15th hole, a par 3, I hit a great tee shot to about 15 feet behind the hole, but I had a slick, downhill left-toright putt. Earlier in my career, if I had a big moment like that, I would have three-putted. So I said to myself, “Just focus on the speed, hit a good putt, and if it goes in, it goes in.” And it went in.…

3 min.
title fight

For much more from Alan, go to GOLF.com/shipnuck SERGIO GARCIA, noted killjoy, has taken all the fun out of the Best Player Never To Win a Major debate. His breakthrough at the Masters eliminated Garcia from the conversation and leaves behind a tepid crew that, frankly, is not worthy of the dreaded title: Rickie Fowler, 28, is too callow and hasn’t had his heart broken often enough. And Lee Westwood, 44, is years past his prime and employs such a wounded short-game thatit’shardtoimaginehecan everbreak the curse. So I’ve decided to move on from the BPNTHWAM debate and create my own major-centric categories. Worst Player to Have Won a Major So many strong candidates! Jack Fleck is often cited as the archetype of the fluky major champion, but the Hoganslayer actually won two PGA…