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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2021
On This Date… in 1929, Walter Hagen won the Open Championship by six shots over Johnny Farrell.

Golf Trivia - The 1929 Open was Hagen’s final major title. How many did he win over the course of his career? (Answer at the bottom.)

The Masters
Final Leaderboard
1. R. McIlroy -10
2. A. Ancer -9
T3. V. Hovland -8
T3. K. Mitchell -8
5. G. Woodland -7
T6. M. Wallace -5
T6. P. Reed -5
T6. L. List -5
T9. B. DeChambeau -4
T9. A. Wise -4
 

TOP STORY

Bryson Makes Up For Costly Mistake
A 3-over par 74 on Friday afternoon had Bryson DeChambeau frustrated and heading home to Dallas only to find out when he landed he had somehow snuck inside the cutline.

Over 1,000 miles away and with an early tee time on Saturday morning, DeChambeau had a decision to make. Turns out, it paid off.

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OFF THE TEE

The Key To Hitting More Fairways
One of the reasons you might be coming over the top has nothing to do with your golf swing; it’s your perception of the target.

Top-100 instructor Jason Sutton explains how your triangulation can be skewed based upon your address position and demonstrates how you can hit more fairways by fixing a setup that is out of whack.

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VERSUS REPORT

Rory’s Unusual Path To Victory
When golf fans think of the strengths of Rory McIlroy’s game, approach play and putting aren’t the first two things out of their mouths.

However, en route to his 19th PGA Tour victory and third at Quail Hollow, it was his irons and flat stick that helped out a misbehaving driver.

McIlroy tied the fewest fairways hit by a PGA Tour winner in a 72-hole event since 1983, with 19.

But solid iron play, scrambling and a hot putter allowed him to play the par-4 18th hole at the Wells Fargo Championship in five shots to claim his first victory since the 2019 Players Championship on Sunday.



McIlroy’s +5.3 strokes gained: approach was 10th in the field and his +6.9 strokes gained: putting was third, allowing an off-week from the tee to be masked by a solid all-around game.

“This place has been good to me,” McIlroy said.

“Ever since I first set eyes on this golf course, I loved it from the first time I played it, and that love has sort of been reciprocated back. I've played so well here over the years. I think this is the first time I've ever won an event for the third time, so that's pretty cool to do it here.”

The win propels McIlroy back into the top-10 in the Official World Golf Rankings and gives him momentum heading into his next start at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, the site of his 8-shot victory in 2012.

If you’d like to learn more about strokes gained statistics and find out how you can use them in your game to improve, click here to find out more about SwingU Versus, an integrated strokes gained analysis system available to SwingU Premium subscribers that tracks and analyzes every facet of your game from tee to green.

(Photo credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)
 

FAIRWAY BUNKERS

Jack Nicklaus’ Tip For Fairway Bunker Shots
Amateur golfers’ concern with making good contact out of fairway bunkers leads them to making a catastrophic setup mistake.

Shawn Cox shares a tip he learned from Jack Nicklaus that goes against the prevailing understanding of how to play the shot, getting you out of trouble more often.

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CHIP SHOTS

Three-peat. The United States won its third straight Walker Cup, 14-12, over a resilient Great Britain and Ireland team at a firm and fast Seminole Golf Club.

Monday qualifier to major champion. Alex Cejka had a lucrative run on the PGA Tour, but joining the senior circuit, he had to cut his teeth like an unproven rookie. That’s no longer the case after he came back to win the first major of the season.

No place like home. Ariya Jutanugarn won her 11th LPGA Tour event at her home country tournament, the Honda LPGA Thailand, thanks to a final-round 9-under par 63.

On a heater. Garrick Higgo matched Tiger Woods' record to become joint quickest to three tournament wins since 1990 with victory at the Canary Islands Championship on Sunday.
 

SOCIAL ROUND-UP

VIDEO: Swing Your Swing
The great Arnold Palmer said you should swing your swing, not try to mimic someone else. This guy is a true believer in The King’s advice.

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11, third-most all-time.

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