Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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PGA Tour

Koepka: Remember the Name

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Okay, time to toot my horn. Less than a month ago on www.golfbuckscounty.com this reporter mentioned Brooks Koepka would be a player to watch in 2015 on the PGA Tour.

That prediction was met by a big "huh" by a number of commenters. Not John Huh, but huh, as in what the heck are you writing about?

Well, in Scottsdale this past week American Brooks Koepka outdistanced a star studded field to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 24-year-old did it in style, ramming home a 50-foot putt on the par-5 15th hole at the Tournament Players Club for an eagle three.  His final round 66 ended the event at 15-under-par 269, one shot ahead of Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer and Hideki Matsuyama. In an event where Tiger Woods missed the cut in his 2015 debut, Koepka was an eye opener with his performance.

Two years ago, Koepka missed qualifying for the PGA Tour. He made his way to Europe to hone his game, playing and winning on the minor league Challenge Tour to earn status on the PGA European Tour. Once there, he had an impact. He was more than comfortable, earning more than $2-million in prize money and more in endorsements. He captured the Turkish Open over a strong field and finished among the best in its season long competition.

Brooks Koepka. You may not know much about him, but you will as evidenced by his Waste Management Phoenix Open championship. Remember the name.

Tiger's to Blame!

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When last we heard from the ruling bodies of golf - the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Association – the anchoring of a golf club against one’s body will be bloody against the Rules of Golf.

We’ve heard from high above that such golf strokes will be illegal effective in 2016.

Why? Because Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley had the audacity to win four of the last nine major golf championships using putting strokes featuring their flat stick anchored against their body.

Venturi somehow signed scorecard

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BETHESDA, MD --- Ken Venturi remembers that 1964 tournament like it was yesterday.

 

Suffering from heat stroke, he barely finished. Yet still, on a day when he battled the 100 plus degree weather, he managed to turn a 6-shot deficit into a 4-shot win.

Area players "boycott" PGA Tour

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The headline says it all. Area players refuse to compete on the PGA Tour! Oh, it's not like they haven't tried, but getting a PGA Tour berth has proven to be harder than even the best players can possibly imagine.  

 

There are a number of outstanding golfers who hail from Bucks County. Yet as strong a group of players as they are, none has developed into a star at the modern upper echelon of golf.

 

Who is the last area player to compete in a PGA Tour event? Mike Laudien, a Bishop Egan and Trenton State graduate. Who was the last area player to regularly compete on the PGA Tour? That would be "Nobody."

 

Tour school sobering experience

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It's a sobering experience at the PGA Tour Qualifying School's second stage.

 

On one hand, players are happy to have advanced past the first stage of Q-School. But to tee it up and do it again, against a field that includes many PGA Tour regulars, can be stunning. Jon Rusk has been their before. He's been to the second stage of Q-School five times, advancing to the National Finals twice. This time it's in Panama City, Florida, at the Homre's Bad and Ugly Course. He will need a great round and some luck to advance to the Q-School finals.  

 

Three rounds into the four round affair Rusk is in 50th position. Only the top-20 and ties advance.