M. Jutanugarn working hard on her club throws

By Randall MellJune 28, 2017, 11:27 pm

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Moriya Jutanugarn is known for her sweet nature, but she’s throwing a lot of clubs these days.

Her coaches aren’t just encouraging it; they’re the ones who taught her how to do it.

And they believe it’s a big reason she’s playing so well this year.

It’s not what you think, though.

Jutanugarn, the older sister to world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, has been chucking clubs all over the place on the driving range.

Vision54 performance coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have been instructing her to hit balls and then let her club go whirling down the range after the ball.


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“I have to give credit where credit is due,” said Gary Gilchrist, Jutanugarn’s swing coach. “Sometimes, when you work on the mind, it helps with the technique. And sometimes when you work on technique, it helps the mind.”

Gilchrist teams with Nilsson and Marriott as the Jutanugarns coaches.

“Pia and Lynn gave Mo this drill to work on in practice,” Gilchrist said. “Since she’s been doing it, she’s a whole new player.”

Jutanugarn has finished T-6, T-7, T-4 and T-2 in her last four starts. She would love to break through to make her first victory an LPGA major championship at this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

By the way, Jutanugarn isn’t throwing her own clubs. She’s throwing some old clubs.

Why?

“Mo is such a perfectionist,” Nilsson said. “Sometimes, we could see her swinging defensively, where there’s no energy to the finish in her swing. Gary was seeing it, too. We wanted her to feel what it means to be free with her swing. So, we told her let go of the club and let it fly. There’s instant feedback. She could feel how she was holding off or holding on.”

Marriott said it’s a drill they got from a former teacher, Fred Shoemaker.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

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Web.com pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Web.com Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!


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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Web.com Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Web.com Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.


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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Web.com Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: