Get the job done in style out of the sand like Bubba

By Tyrus YorkNovember 10, 2014, 4:00 pm

Bubba Watson used some late-round magic to hole a greenside bunker shot for eagle on the 18th hole Sunday, placing him in a playoff with Tim Clark that he would eventually win to take the crown at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

Despite dropping three shots on 16 and 17 to fall out of the lead, Watson never lost hope, as he drained his final shot in regulation from a location that most amateur golfers fear.

Tour players are well known for their bunker play, and Watson's finish will only add to that perception.

Statistically, however, the average Tour player is just as likely to hit a sand shot on the green and two-putt as he is to get it up and down.

For most players, it is very important that they are good enough from greenside bunkers that it should never take more than three shots to get the ball in the hole.

Holing it out like Bubba is always nice, but here are some tips to help you get the most from your bunker play:

Learn to hit the sand. If bunkers scare you, start by finding a practice bunker and learning how to hit the sand. Draw a line in the bunker perpendicular to your target line and simply make practice swings with the club entering the sand on the line. By controlling where the club hits the sand, you will be on your way to good bunker play.

Set up consistently. I’ve seen too many players get twisted up like a pretzel because they think they have to set up a certain way in a bunker. With the ball slightly forward in your stance, the only adjustment you may want to make will be to slightly open the clubface (pointing right of the target for right-handed golfers) and your stance (left of the target for right-handed golfers) to match.

Finish the swing. Allowing the sand to stop or significantly slow down the club through impact cannot happen. Keep the club moving through the sand and hold your finish an extra second or two to reinforce your balance. The length of your follow through should closely match the length of your backswing.

For more tips from Golf Channel to help you improve your bunker play, click here.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.