Putting key to Phil Mickelson victory at British Open

The importance of putting was driven home again at the 2013 British Open, as Phil Mickelson was on fire and Tiger Woods continued to struggle with his putter. For Mickelson, this victory gave him his first British Open championship and his fifth major. Mickelson may not be the most consistent golfer of his generation, but he’s certainly dominant at times when his game comes together. He birdied four of the last six holes for his come-from-behind victory as Lee Westwood faded as some predicted.

Meanwhile, Woods is naturally being scrutinized from every possible angle. Many writers are focusing on the fact that Woods has never come from behind on Sunday to win a major championship, but that hardly seems like the most important factor. No, his putter has been letting him down, and that’s keeping him from winning the big ones. When Woods was piling up wins, he was one of the best putters in history. And while he’s facing inuries and some of the same struggles golfers face as they get older, his biggest problem seems to be with his putter. He’s still good, but good is a long way from great.

This only highlights the mental aspect of the game, and we all know that Tiger has had more than his share of distractions. One that comes to mind is the drama with his old caddy Steve Williams. The two shook hands after the conclusion of the Open Championship on Sunday at Muirfield after Tiger was paired up with Adam Scott, and it looked like the beginning of the end of a silly feud, but you have to wonder if the unflappable Woods was flapped around a bit having to play with them on Sunday. We’ll never know of course, but we’re well beyond the point where a Woods victory was assumed by the handicappers setting the golf odds for majors.

Tiger has to deal with an adversary in Mickelson who refuses to fade away. Phil still can’t get over the hump at the US Open, but it’s tough to count him out these days, and he’s pushing himself into the conversation regarding golf’s all-time greats. There’s also a slew of younger golfers in the game who aren’t the least bit intimidated by Woods, who hasn’t won a major in five years!

So it’s great for golf that Tiger is in the mix, but the landscape has certainly changed.

Bubba Watson discusses The Masters

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Bubba Watson visited Morning Joe to discuss The Masters along with the hovercraft golf cart developed with Oakley.

Augusta admits first female members

Things are finally changing at Augusta National. The home of The Masters finally has some women as members, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore being admitted as members.

Hitting your 3 wood and considering a 5 wood

Here’s a great video that will help you hit your 3 wood better, but the pro also points out that you might want to consider a 5 wood instead.

Caddie Steve Williams – The Best Week of His Life

It seems like quite a bit of hyperbole, but caddy Steve Williams was pretty happy after Adam Scott’s victory at Firestone. After his well-publicized breakup with Tiger Woods, many have interpreted his comments as a shot at Tiger.

UPDATE: Williams is getting hammered for his self-centered comments.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 from Wii

Tiger Woods might be having trouble in his personal life, and it may be affecting him on the links, but he’s his old robotic self in the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 from Wii.

The game gets a great review from IGN, provided you have MotionPlus.

Last year’s Tiger Woods wasn’t just a great playing game of golf, it was a pretty awesome showcase for Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus peripheral. The company was clearly so proud about what it accomplished, it even beat Nintendo to the punch as the first game on the market to support the motion device. Armed with all that Wii MotionPlus knowhow, the Wii Tiger Woods team set out to improve an already fantastic golfing experience with the yearly follow-up. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 might not be a massive step up from the previous incarnation, the game is a significant improvement and there’s a ton to enjoy even if you’ve plowed through last year’s 2010 edition.

It’s not the real deal, but it’s a fun way to pass the time at home.

Golf spoof video from Fed Ex

We found this funny golf video when visiting The Bachelor Guy.

The basic golf swing by Jack Nicklaus

Whether you’re a beginner, or just a golfer who wants to improve his swing and get back to basics, this golf video from Jack Nicklaus is a must-see video. Here you’ll see one of the best and most simple lessons ever, from the greatest player the game of golf has ever known.

This video has one basic swing tip from the number one selling golf instructional video of all time – “Golf My Way” by Jack Nicklaus. The bottom line is that the swing, the hand placement and the ball placement should always be the same.

You don’t change your swing for the shot.

Top ten all-time golf shots

Here’s a great video of top ten all-time golf shots according to ESPN (Parts 1, 2 and 3). You know that Greg Norman was an unhappy witness to many of these shots.

The Larry Mize shot at the Masters in 1987 is still my favorite, as I saw it live on TV and it’s the shot and the tournament that got me interested in golf.

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