Category: Bo Van Pelt

January 31, 2013

Bo Van Pelt shoots 59 in Phoenix Open pro-am

Posted at 12:14 PM by Mike Walker

Vanpelt2Talk about a good warm-up!

Bo Van Pelt shot a 59 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open pro-am on Wednesday.'s Tour Report has the details:

Van Pelt, who had 10 birdies and one eagle in his round, played his last seven holes in 7 under. He hit the pin on the 17th hole, a 332-yard par 4, and nearly made an ace.

Since the score was shot during the pro-am and not in competition, though, it will not go down in the PGA TOUR record books. There have been five 59s in TOUR history, most recently in 2010 when Stuart Appleby fired one in the final round to win the Greenbrier Classic.

Van Pelt is playing with Kevin Stadler and Kevin Chappell in the first two rounds of the tournament.

[PHOTO: Van Pelt at the 2012 Tour Championship in Atlanta. Getty Images]

November 28, 2012

Pros at Tiger's tournament react to ban on anchored putting stroke

Posted at 3:51 PM by Jessica Marksbury


Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury tracked down several pros, including U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, right, during pro-am day at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Here's what they had to say about the proposed anchoring ban that was announced today:

Keegan Bradley: "I'm just going to go along with what the USGA says. They're making the rules. I don't agree with it, but I understand that they're trying to protect the game the best they can. I'm going to go with the flow. [The ban] is not going to take place for another three years, so I've got some time to adjust."

Mark O'Meara: "I've always felt like it was probably a little bit of an advantage when you can anchor a putter somewhere against your body, so it's almost like a teaching aid, so I don't have a problem with [the ruling]. I think it's probably the right call. But I don't know about [the three-year grace period]. I'd put it in effect right away. If you're going to make a call, let's not go with a 'fiscal cliff' deal. Let's just make the call. Maybe a one-year grace period, but not three years."

Dustin Johnson: "I don't care. It really doesn't bother me one way or the other. I'll putt with a short putter."

Bo Van Pelt: "It's tough, just because so many guys have used anchoring for a long time, and to go back in retrospect and change something that's been allowed. I use the short putter, but there was a period in my career where I did use the belly putter and kind of went away from it, so I think you just kind of wait back and see. There are a lot of opinions and talk out there right now, and until they put something in stone, it's not going to affect me. I'm using a short putter now for the rest of my career, so it will be interesting to see what comes forward."

Webb Simpson: "I knew it was coming, and I don't feel any different than what I've been saying this whole time. It is what it is."

Bubba Watson: "My reaction is: three years from now? Some of the people are probably going to be retired by then. ... I don't understand. They make a rule, but [it goes into effect] three years from now. If they make a rule, why wouldn't it be immediate? It's just funny how it is. But a lot of people have some disagreements about it. But they changed the grooves and now they're changing the anchoring. If they make the rule change, then it's what they do, you know?"

Jason Day: "I haven't really thought about it. I can see it from both sides. I mean, some people think it might be a training aid, but you still have to putt the ball. It doesn't matter, you still have to hole the ball. I don't know where I'm at on it. Indifferent, really. I'm just staying out of the picture because a lot of guys use it, and I don't want to piss anyone off, so I'm staying out of it."

Hunter Mahan: "I guess I've never been a fan of anchoring. It kind of defeats the purpose to some of the game, and what the purpose of putting is, because putting is all about pressure and it's all about feel and it's all about handling adversity, handling things. With the anchoring in there it kind of takes that out of play, so I think it just kind of defeated the purpose. And I think the fact that kids or anyone just starting the game was starting with the belly putter was the main issue, so I think they had to act. You feel bad for guys who have never used a short putter before. I know guys like Keegan and Webb haven't used [a short putter] much in their whole careers, so I think that's unfortunate. But I think it's for the betterment of the game to make this ruling the way they did. And there's plenty of time, three full years. And I know Webb's putted with short putters before, and most all the guys that use a belly putter have used a short putter before, so I don't think it's going to be a drastic change for them. They're good players; they know how to adjust to things."

Jim Furyk: "We as a Tour were given a heads-up that something may be coming, so right now I think I'll go with what the Tour stated, that we really need to look at what they're trying to do and see how it affects us as a Tour, how it affects the game, and how it affects the players on our Tour and kind of figure out what we want to do from there. It would be kind of foolish for me, because of being on the board and because I represent all the players of the PGA Tour, to go out there and give you my personal opinion, just because I represent something much bigger and greater than that."

Brandt Snedeker: "I think that they're doing what they think is right. I'm 100 percent supportive of them. I've been against the belly putter for the last couple of years, and I think they're doing what they think is in the best interest of the game of golf in the long run, not what's in the best interest of the game of golf right now, but in the next 20 years of where they see the golf game going. I think we, as players, are kind of short-sighted, for the most part. We see how it affects us and what we do for a living, but the USGA has a responsibility to the bigger part of the game to make sure that we're heading in the right direction for the future of golf, and I support them 100 percent."

Graeme McDowell: "I thought they were very careful and very considered in their statements. They came up with the only verdict that they could have, really. Something had to be done. The integrity of the putting stroke had changed, and it's important going forward that they nip it in the bud, and I don't think anyone is surprised by what they've come up with. It's important it was done, and I think it's good for the game going forward."

(Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

March 20, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Donald challenging McIlroy for top spot

Posted at 1:06 PM by

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.


1.  Rory McIlroy (149, 14, 1)   - Last three finishes: 3, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, Honda Classic; 2, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Luke Donald (132, 1, 7) - Last three finishes: 1, Transitions Championship; T6, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

3. Lee Westwood (90, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 4, Honda Classic; 4, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

4. Justin Rose (77, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T29, Transitions Championship; 1, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Phil Mickelson (76, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T43, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T2, Northern Trust Open; 1, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (72, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T12, Honda Classic; T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 20

7. Hunter Mahan (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Cadillac Championship; 1, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T24, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Bill Haas (29, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T29, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T33, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; 1, Northern Trust Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Charl Schwartzel (22, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: MC, Transitions Championship; T4, WGC-Cadillac Championship; T5, Honda Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

10. Bubba Watson (21, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: 2, WGC-Cadillac Championship, T17, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship; T13, Northern Trush Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

Others receiving votes:
Brandt Snedeker (15)
Steve Stricker (14)
Kyle Stanley (11)
Mark Wilson (11)
Webb Simpson (9)
Matt Kuchar (8)
Sang-moon Bae (7)
Jim Furyk (5)
Johnson Wagner (4)
Bo Van Belt (3)
Tiger Woods (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)
Alvaro Quiros (1)


May 24, 2011

Top Golf appeals to golfers and non-golfers alike

Posted at 10:52 AM by David Dusek

TopGolf-Bays Irving, Texas — Before tonight, my favorite place to hit balls was Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., because scattered among the rocks and cacti are stereo speakers that pump satellite radio. With Pinnacle Peak in the distance, the Rolling Stones floating in the air and Phil's Grill just a few steps away, it's a cool spot.

But tonight I drove about 20 minutes north of Dallas to Allen, Texas, for the grand opening of a new Top Golf complex. I will always love Grayhawk, but it has some serious new competition.

There is another Top Golf facility in Dallas, as well as locations in the Chicago and Washington, D.C., areas, and three near London, but according to Scott McMahon, the company's regional marketing director, the Allen facility is the largest and most sophisticated. More are planned to open in the next two years, with the company's eyes set on the Mid-Atlantic region and the Southeast.

TopGolf-Range_600 There are 94 hitting bays on three levels at Top Golf Allen (top photo), and each has a small touch-screen computer monitor next to it. There are 10 circular targets scattered around the range (middle photo), and because all of the golf balls have a microchip embedded in them, the system knows exactly where you hit in relation to those targets. After every shot, you're awarded points based on distance and accuracy (bottom photo).

Up to six people can play at once, and there are sofas, chairs and tables scattered everywhere so you can relax when you're not hitting. There are also flat-screen TVs everywhere, three full-service bars, and a restaurant serving good pub grub, so no one minds waiting to hit.

TopGolf-Scoring It's kind of like a bowling alley mixed with a high-end sports bar and a driving range.

On Monday night, most of the people at Top Golf Allen were excited to see Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hitting balls alongside Hunter Mahan, Notah Begay, Bo Van Pelt and Colt Knost in a charity event.

I was blown away by the concept of the facility itself. At a time when golf in the United States is far from flourishing, Top Golf could be really successful, and important, for three reasons.

1. The time factor. As much as people love golf, carving out four or five hours every week to play can be hard for some people. A game that takes less than 60 minutes is almost always possible once or twice a week.

2. Golfers can hone their skills. Is there any golfer who couldn't benefit from hitting balls to specific yardages with the pressure on and friendly competition in the air?

3. You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy it. For people who don't play, the idea of hanging around a driving range must sound painful. But with so many things going on—and the food and drinks flowing—anyone can relax and have a good time at a place like Top Golf.

I hope that Top Golf is successful and inspires more facilities like it around the country. Now, if they'll only build one in Brooklyn.

October 18, 2010

Truth & Rumors: Norman says Tiger won’t be as dominating

Posted at 2:10 PM by Mike Walker

Greg Norman said that he expects Tiger Woods to recover his golf skills completely, but he wonders whether Woods will ever have the same confidence again. The former No. 1 talked about the current No. 1 at a media conference for his December Shark Shootout tournament in Florida.

“I don't think it's going to be as easy for him as what it was in the past,” Norman said. “I think his confidence level has been completely dented a little bit. Not on his private life side of things but more in his golf game. I'm sure when he walks to the tee now, he doesn't have the same adulation that he had before.”

Despite Woods’s legendary focus, Norman said that heckling from the gallery can get in a player’s head, even Woods’s.

“You get things thrown in your ear that you cannot block out, no matter how strong your mind is,” Norman said. “So Tiger has probably experienced a little bit of that, and it's going to be tough because he's gone through 10, 15 years of his career where everybody was just yelling great things to him.

“So he's got to make that adjustment, too,” Norman said. “He's a great player. Technically he'll get his game back to where he'll be able to hit the ball the way he likes to hit the ball, and he'll get his confidence back that way, but he has to deal with the other issues, as well, and they just compound a little bit and make life just a little bit more difficult.”

Life under the microscope doesn’t help either, Norman said from personal experience.

“And the sustainability for a player to be at the top level for a long period of time is tough, because he's under the microscope more now than he's ever been, outside of his playability, so you get put on this pedestal so everybody wants to know what you're doing, and the more you keep yourself out there, the harder it is to keep all that stuff away,” Norman said. “So eventually it gets through. So when it gets through, the concentration level and the application level and the commitment and dedication are probably the same, but it's not -- probably is not the way it used to be within himself. He'll come back. He'll come back and win golf tournaments, but he won't be as dominating as he used to be.”

Norman also said that while Woods still has a chance to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 majors, that window is closing.

“As [Woods] goes into Augusta next year, if he hasn't won a golf tournament, that's going to be nearly a year and a half maybe,” Norman said. “That's going to be really tough on him because now you start doubting yourself and you think, ‘OK, when will I ever win again?” and then you've got to think about winning majors to break Jack's record. He's a good enough player to do it, there's no question about it. It's just that as more time goes on, those chances start to dwindle more and more.”

More Shark: Norman tying knot for third time

Samuel Johnson said that a second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience, so we wonder what Dr. Johnson would say about Greg Norman, who’s about to get married for the third time.

Norman, 55, has been previously married to Laura Andrassy and tennis star Chris Evert. The Sydney Morning News has the details on the next Mrs. Norman:

But while Greg Norman remains a towering figure on the Australian sporting landscape, who is Kirsten Kutner, his new wife-to-be?

Unlike Norman's most recent ex-wife, Chris Evert, Kutner has never won Wimbledon or been described as one of the three greatest female tennis players in history.

The Sydney-raised 41-year-old is better known as the wife of Zurich-based financier Neal Kutner, a senior executive at BNY Mellon Asset management. The pair were married in the early 1990s and have two children, aged two and five, but are now divorced.

According to reports, Ms. Kutner has previously worked as an interior designer and has been helping the Shark renovate his $60 million Florida property.

An article in Britain's Daily Mail said the pair had known each other for a long time but their romance was kindled last year when they crossed paths in Egypt while Norman was working on a golf course development.

LPGA winner Recari calls Sergio Garcia’s dad ‘Papa’

Beatriz_recardi_jpg Beatriz Recari, winner of the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday, said afterward that she is very close to Sergio Garcia’s father. Recari, a native of Pamplona, said that Sergio’s father, Victor, helped her when she started playing professionally.

“I'm very good friends with his dad, and I actually call him Papa Garcia,” Recari said. “They're a great family, and my second year on Tour I didn't have any sponsor or club sponsor or nothing, so I had to pay for everything. And Victor, his dad, he helped me a lot. He gave me gloves. He supported me with balls, gloves. And he really looked after me very well, so I have only positive comments towards them.

“And Sergio, I haven't met him that many times because obviously he travels a lot, and he's very busy, but he's very nice as well,” Recari said.

But if you’re trying to impress Recari -- and who wouldn’t want to do that? -- don’t bother running with the bulls in her hometown.

“A male friend of mine [did]. But he was so proud because he actually got hit by a bull, and he carries the picture everywhere. He is as proud as anyone can be,” Recari said. “But no, all my girl friends, no, we stay away, and it's just kind of a male thing, stupid thing.”

Harrington credits ‘luck of Irish” for Malaysian tournament win

Padraig Harrington nabbed his first win in two years at the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia despite a sore neck that almost caused him to withdraw in the third round, according to The Malaysian Star.

“There’s no doubt that it was my week to win. If you had followed me for the four days, I don’t think anyone would have questioned that my name was written on the trophy before the tournament started,” said Harrington. “I got the breaks all the way through. I hit some good shots and had a few breaks. Luck of the Irish? I’ll accept that.”

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Beatriz Recardi photo by Associated Press

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