Alex Miceli - October 31, 2012


Golf Channel Contributor Alex Miceli is in China this week for the WGC-HSBC Champions. Keegan Bradley, who became the first player to win a Major when anchoring his putter, has decided that he needs to change the dialogue on the anchored putter debate a bit and has said that he would be willing to consider legal action if the USGA and R&A ban the action of anchoring the putter. He is one of a number of players who not only anchor their putter but would be open to pursuing legal action if anchoring is banned. Anchoring has been legal for decades and for some it has been the only way that they have ever putted. Players are also unhappy to a certain extent that they have not been consulted as often as they would like by the USGA and R&A on this possible decision. While both governing bodies have been meeting with players recently, Keegan Bradley has said that he has yet to be approached by either the USGA or the R&A while Ernie Els has said that he has just a brief, non-substantive conversation with R&A officials.

The WGC-HSBC Champions has continued to grow in stature over the years since the event was granted WGC status and although Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are not playing, the event has a very impressive field with Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson among others. The best players in this field are travelling to China because of the quality of the event and they all understand the importance of China as an emerging market in the world of golf.

Phil Mickelson is making his first start since the Ryder Cup this week and he has had success in this event, winning in 2007 before it was a WGC event and in 2009 when it was a WGC event. Mickelson seems to have been motivated and inspired by Keegan Bradley at the Ryder Cup where they went 3-0-0 together as a duo. Although Mickelson admits he was crushed by the loss at Medinah, he also says that he is more motivated than ever to play well and he credits Keegan for that motivation.

Louis Oosthuizen is a world traveler and he is constantly trying to adjust to the different courses and the different grasses on the greens. In tonight’s edition of On The Range, Oosthuizen is going to talk about how he is working to accustom himself to the greens in China this week and how he is going to prepare for the closing stretch of the Race to Dubai. Oosthuizen is currently 5th in the Race to Dubai and he wants to end the year on a high note.