Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods dominated the Memorial skins match today in Dublin, Ohio, hometown of Jack Nicklaus. Mickelson won all nine skins in his group, while Woods won six of the nine.

Mickelson’s group included Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Sean O’Hair and Kenny Perry. Woods played alongside Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, winner last week at Colonial.

The tournament was picked up live by the Golf Channel, and was one of the most enjoyable tournaments I’ve watched in a long time. With everybody wearing mics, it was great to hear the players joking around like the rest of us do when we play. It’s a lot easier to root for guys after you’ve seen them in this type of format, rather than the usual seriousness of tournament play.

Ryder Cup in Wales

I know it’s a long way off, but the Ryder Cup is one of my favorite sporting events, and deserves at least an update from this blog. Corey Pavin was picked as the team’s captain, and has been flying all over the country to keep up with America’s best golfers.

This Ryder Cup will be held October 1-3 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. Pavin selected Davis Love III, Tom Lehman, Jeff Sluman, and Paul Goydos as the team’s four assistants. The United States is the defending champion after beating Europe at Valhalla in 2008.

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We all remember the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. It was Tiger Woods’ most dominate performance in a major, which is really saying all you need to know.

Woods won by 15 strokes, setting the all-time record and beating the previous record by two strokes. That record was from 1862, and no that is not a typo, by Tom Morris at the British Open. He didn’t even three putt the entire round.

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As my avid readers might remember, I did an update on South River Golf Links in Edgewater, Md., to see how the course was preparing for the upcoming golf season. And luckily, I got the chance to play the course, and catch back up with David Fink, who worked there and I interviewed about the playing conditions.

The course is in great shape, and really played well. When talking to the other guys around the clubhouse, I got the same feel from all the golfers.

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Matt Jones, the 30-year-old Australian who played his college golf at Arizona State, is in the lead at the Texas Open after shooting a 66 in his first round. Paul Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weibring, Charley Hoffman and Steve Lowery had 68s.

The new site has its advantages, and the weather looks to be better for the weekend rounds.
With a month left until the U.S. Open, golfers are trying to prepare for the next major by warming up at these events. But the surprising leader is Jones, whose best finish this season is a tie for seventh two weeks ago at Quail Hollow.

On his website, Tiger Woods announced that he expects a full recovery from his neck injury. He was originally worried that he might have a bulging disk, but he has an inflamed neck joint and expects a quick return. This is great news as he prepares to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

He did not announce a timetable for his return, but it shouldn’t be too long. The injury prevented him from twisting his neck, and caused severe pain in his swing. It also causes headaches. For a guy as tough as Woods, it must have been a serious injury.

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We always see professional hit shots that we can’t. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be that way. But I often wonder what kind of clubs they’re using to hit these kinds of shots. No not just Phil Mickelson’s miracle shot from behind a tree at the Master’s, but the other clubs that are in the bag.

Matt Kuchar, who played in Tiger’s group in the opening rounds of the Master’s and won the Amateur Championship, has a video where he discusses his club choices. For my take, I think golf is all about feel. You have to feel comfortable with what shot you are hitting, and the club you’re going to use. Doesn’t matter what club you’re using if you don’t think you can hit it.

Here’s a look inside Kuchar’s bag, and hopefully it provides some insight to clubs you could use in the future.