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Golf Update: Streb Sizzles in Las Vegas; Rahm Struggles at Home; Mickelson Blasts New Club Length Rule
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
The sport of golf has been hot over the past few days with world-class tournaments in Las Vegas, USA. As well as Sotogrande, Spain, underway, and the new policy on club length driving a golfing legend crazy. The world’s best online betting site has got you covered with the latest updates on and off the greens.
Streb Shoots 11-under, Takes Early Lead in CJ Cup in Las Vegas
American Robert Streb capitalized on his hot start to take the first-round lead in the CJ Cup. The event took place at the Summit Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday. The two-time US PGA winner carded an 11-under-par 61. He took the lead by one shot over compatriot Kevin Mitchell in an excellent day for shotmaking in the tournament. The event relocates to Las Vegas from Jeju Island, South Korea, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 141st-ranked Streb opened the first six holes on 7-under to duplicate the best start to a US tour event. The 34-year-old made five birdies and one eagle in that hot stretch. After a bogey in the 11th hole, Streb bounced back with birdies from the 12th to 14th holes. Additionally, the 16th and 18th and emerge on top of the leaderboard.
Streb’s sizzling six-hole rampage matched Brandt Snedeker’s opening-round blitz in 2007 at Torrey Pines.
Mitchell, meanwhile, made 10 birdies to tie his career-best start at 10-under-par 62. He made birdies in each of the four par-fives of the golf course. This was to go two ahead of Harry Higgs, who notched an 8-under 64. A shot behind is a group that included Sergio Garcia, Viktor Hovland, and Hudson Swafford.
Rahm Struggles in Sotogrande
World number one and US Open champion Jon Rahm faces the daunting task of making the halfway cut at the Andalucia Masters as he opened with a 7-over-par 78 in the first round on Thursday.
Rahm ties for 107th, 11 shots off French golfer Julian Guerrier. Rahm eased through the windy conditions at Sotogrande for a 4-under 67. He is a shot ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello and two up on Romain Langasque.
A group of golfers is at 1-under, including Joachim Hansen, Soren Kjeldsen, and Wil Besseling. Additionally, Kiwi Ryan Fox, Andrew Johnston, and Sebastian Soderberg.
Mickelson Slams New Club Length Policy
Multi-titled golfer Phil Mickelson has lashed out on the new directive on club length issued by the top governing bodies of golf.
In a statement, six-time major champion Mikelson says players were not consulted over the policy. He describes it as “stupid” and “disappointing.”
To reduce driving distances, Royal & Ancient and the US Golf Association released a new directive that will allow organizers of world-class tournaments to impose a 46-inch limit on club length. The change will take effect beginning on January 1, 2022, as an optional choice for tournaments at the professional or elite amateur level.
The policy is expected to affect big-hitters like Mickelson, who used a 49.9-inch driver when he captured the US PGA Championship title, and 2020 US Open titlist Bryson DeChambeau, who has tried using a 48-inch driver on previous golf tournaments.
The rule change was first discussed in February and the new directive will possibly affect the preferences of PGA betting enthusiasts who normally favor big hitters in major events and big money tournaments.