For the fifth time, Zurich Classic New Orleans will use the team format, because the couple will play two days and four seconds (alternative shots) and two days of four balls (the best ball). Some teams consist of friends and compatriot (eg.
Champions defense Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman) and several teams were built purely on strategy (Fedexcup No. 3 Sam Burns and twice the winner of Zurich Classic Horschel put aside their LSU-Floride competition to form a tough pair).
But the PGA Tour website wants to take a step further, even if it is not possible. They want to imagine the five most interesting multi-generation couples that can be made for this event. If players throughout history can choose these teams, with every game in their prime, what kind of competition like that? Here are some ideas.
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus
Will this be fair? Absolutely not. Do we want to see it? For sure. Once upon a time, Earl Woods modeled his plan for a Tiger career after Nicklaus. Nicklaus actually has to witness a lot of early dominance of Woods.
They first played together in the exercises around the Masters while Woods was still amateur. Nicklaus finished T39 in Masters in 1997 (only 29 shots behind Tiger) before finishing T6 and beat Woods the following year. In fact, because Justin Ray from twenty first groups had shown, Woods won every time Nicklaus made his final appearance at one of the golf majors (2000 U.S.
Open, 2000 PGA, 2005 Masters, 2005 Open Championship). Woods and Nicklaus have been combined for 155 PGA Tour Wins, 33 main titles and 33 Ryder Cup points. As a competitive duo, it is difficult for general golfers to even understand their strategy.
The two most creative shooting in the history of the game will use their imagination together to shave several shots from their round. There was no defect at their peak, but with Woods delivering in the era of modern power, it might be worthy of giving him a hole even during foursome playing to get two additional drives.
Meanwhile, for four balls, tigers and Jack might be more worried about the game-in matches, competing to defeat each other, as opposed to worrying competition. Arnold Palmer and Scottie Scheffler The latest winner at Bay Hill, Scheffler claimed Invitational Arnold Palmer who was presented by the MasterCard in March, but unlike them before him, he did not find Arnie waiting for a handshake.
In our alternative universe, these two players who have unique swings they have the opportunity to unite their games. The famous Palmer said, “You have to play bravely to win”. Scheffler has undergone the motto in 2022, won four times, including the victory at Bay Hill, who saw him back from two shots after three rounds.
Now they join in history as Masters champions, too. Palmer and Scheffler have won golf fans with vanity and personality. For Palmer, it is usually displayed when on track. For Scheffler, that raw emotions have come after the last Putt goes down (or in the case of the Masters, when reaching 18th green).
One thing is certain: these people will have a gas pedal for all four rounds. You must defeat them; You can’t expect them to fall back. In the actual present, Scheffler will sway with other Palmer: Ryan, fellow Texas and 2019 champion with Jon Rahm.
[file]Scottie Scheffler won Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard in March. (David Cannon / Getty Images) Gary Player and Bryson Dechambeau this week will be a marathon for both. Between morning exercises Ratchet and tiring night ranks, players and Dechambeau might even play golf of them.
At the age of 86, the player, also known as “Mr. Fitness, “It’s still walking hard around the golf course. His fitness regimen returned to his childhood when he was given a burden by his brother, who went to fight in World War II.
The player has attached to a tight diet (he recommends you to eat half as you do now) and exercise the regimen (he recommends you exercising twice as much as you do now), while also tracking his sleep and breathing routine. Considering how his appearance today, the player has done something right for the last three quarters of a century.
In the current era, Dechambeau has also taken a unique approach to composing his body for the performance of peak golf. In 2019, he rose around 30 pounds. Add exercises at his home during the early days of Covid-19 pandemic (many of which were documented on Twitch) and he had been wearing 20 pounds of muscle.
The results were immediately, because Dechambeau recorded four straight-10 peaks after restarting 2020, including victory in the classic Rocket Hipotek. He won his first major with six shots in September A. Open in Winged Foot.
This will be a spoken couple, sharing the best fitness practices among each shot. Seve Ballesteros and Jon Rahm when Jon Rahm is 12 years old, he attended an event featuring Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal in the field.
He shook Olazabal’s hand but didn’t know what Ballesteros did. “My father almost experienced a heart attack,” Remember Rahm, “because I had the opportunity to shake Seve’s hand and I could hardly”.
In the end, he did embrace the Spanish legend and when Rahm Merpati in the history of golf, Seve will be his idol. Today, many Rahms from the modern version of Ballestero, both as players and someone. In 2020, he became Spain’s first world number
1 Since Ballesteros in 1989. Both have taken the challenges of playing at PGA Tour. Ballesteros, who have a record for most titles touring the DP World with 50, winning nine times on the PGA tour, including five main titles. Rahm, who came to U.S.
to play for Arizona State, has six PGA TOUR wins and became Spain’s first U.S. Open champion last June. One of those wins came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, when he and Ryan Palmer took the title in 2019 (Palmer knows how to pick his partners).
This pairing would be a celebration for golf and for Spain. The pure joy Ballesteros and Rahm would exude in playing together is something to fantasize about. [file]
Jon Rahm has drawn inspiration from his fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.
(Getty Images) Ben Hogan and Collin Morikawa This pairing might actually cause a leak, there’d be so much flushing. Ben Hogan is the godfather of ball-striking. As a player, he made distance control and accuracy cool.
He won 64 times on the PGA TOUR, including nine major championships. As legend has it, Hogan “invented practice” by focusing his time on perfecting his golf swing, as opposed to making his corrections in tournament play.
As simple as it sounds, he was crucial in starting the process of measuring distances and marking reference points (bunkers, trees, hazards) in analyzing a course. His 1985 book “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf” is still one of the most popular teaching publications today.
“I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning, so I could hit balls,” Hogan once said. “When I’m hitting the ball where I want, hard and crisply, it’s a joy that very few people experience”.
Hogan would probably be overwhelmed if he knew to what depths the swing can be analyzed in these modern times. Collin Morikawa is a product of this age, but he developed his swing in a rather old-school manner, digging it out of the dirt a la Hogan.
The 25-year-old ball-striking specimen finished his first full season on the PGA TOUR in 2019-20 ranked second in Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green and fifth in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. He improved those numbers to first and second, respectively, in 2020-21.
During Morikawa’s Open Championship-winning 2020-21 campaign, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee drew comparisons to Hogan (the ultimate compliment for a golf swing), posting the duo side-by-side and noting the similarities: “The wrist angles post-impact, with the back of the right wrist pointing towards the target, club exiting way left, is evidence of remarkable rotation and stability”.
The two also were known for their mastery of the fade, relying primarily on a left-to-right ballflight to knock it close. So yeah, this would be the fusing of two perfect swings. Are you drooling yet?