The Shag Bag

 

Another One Bites the Dust

So far, it has been the summer of high-profile player-caddie break-ups! In April, Lydia Ko made headlines after firing her ninth caddie, Gary Matthews. Two months later, Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay shocked the golf world when they announced the end of their professional relationship after working together for 25 years. Unfortunately, that trend continued last week, as Rory McIlroy revealed that he, too, had parted ways with his long-time caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald — at least, for the immediate future. “There’s nothing to say that J.P. might not work for me again at some point, but right now I just felt like I needed a little bit of a change,” the Northern Irishman said during a press conference prior to the WGC-Bridgestone. “I hate the term fired or axed or sacked, because that’s definitely not what it was. I just changed my path a little bit.” McIlroy and Fitzgerald had been working together since 2008, during which time they won four majors, 13 PGA Tour events, and a FedEx Cup, in addition to playing prominent roles on three winning Ryder Cup teams. However, the 28-year-old has been mired in a slump all season long and obviously felt that it was time to make a change. In the interim, McIlroy has turned to his childhood friend, Harry Diamond, to replace Fitzgerald and, wouldn’t you know it, the duo fared spectacularly well in their first week on the job together, finishing in a tie for fifth at the WGC-Bridgestone.

 

Blending In

Warriors' Stephen Curry Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic TPC Stonebrae Hayward

Steph Curry did not make the cut in his Web.com Tour debut last week, but he did manage to turn heads with some extremely impressive play at the Ellie Mae Classic!  The two-time NBA MVP carded back to back rounds of 74 and finished in a tie for 146th place — ahead of three Web.com Tour professionals. Throughout Thursday and Friday’s rounds at TPC Stonebrae, Curry showed off plenty of the precision and soft touch that has helped fuel the Akron, Ohio native to two NBA titles on the hardwood.

Curry made a total of five birdies for the week and looked very comfortable competing against professionals — so comfortable, in fact, that even some of the best golfers in the world reached out to him on Twitter with some high praise.

Ben Crane tweet

Justin Thomas tweet

 

 Video of the Week

Italy’s Renato Paratore played a practice round before the WGC-Bridgestone last week and discovered first-hand why you simply cannot leave your golf ball above the cup at Firestone CC.

Shot of the Week

Jordan Spieth has shown on numerous occasions that he is an absolute magician when it comes to getting out of trouble. However, no one — not even his caddie, Michael Greller — expected the Texan to pull off this spectacular recovery from no-man’s land on the 8th hole on Thursday. “Put the bag over there and just watch, O.K.?”

Whiff of the Week

Daniel Berger came away with nothing but air on this iron strike on Saturday. Keep your head down, Danny!

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