Bryson DeChambeau is Hitting the Ball a Country Mile in Fort Worth

Bryson DeChambeau did NOT like being known as a NERD and the mad scientist. He spent quarantine putting on 20 pounds of “muscle”. If you don’t believe me check out this sick 15-MINUTE HYPE video he released yesterday before his tee time. What kind of sociopath produces a hype video that long. Not even Lebron would do that.

15 minutes! That’s only eight minutes shorter than the pilot episode of The Office.

Anyways, I was enjoying a Friday afternoon beer or two and Bryson broke the internet.

For the second day in a row, he put on an absolute clinic with the driver.

Bryson is averaging over 343 yards per drive. 343! That is insane. He is walking around Colonial with driver-wedge-putter like it’s a 5,400-yard muni.

For the first two rounds he was grouped with Justin Rose and DJ. His drives were flying past theirs. No joke.

Justin Rose, former world No. 1 and US Open champion, is no slouch off the tee either.

Bryson is starting to use all his geometry, attack angles and ball speed to beat the architects of the course.

327! That ball carried 327. He is using every ounce of his dad bod strength.

Bryson isn’t the first golfer to “bulk” up in the pursuit of distance. Just ask Jason Day how chasing distance worked out for him.

Will he keep this up?

No matter how far he hits it, I’ll still see him as this little nerd from 2015.

What nickname do we like for the new and improved DeChambeau? I’m leaning towards Gains Stewart.

Is Jordan Spieth Back?

Jordan Spieth won 11 PGA Tour events and 14 times worldwide, including three majors by the age of 23. That is some Tiger Woods level type of winning. The PGA Tour had found its new star.

In 2017, he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes, the Travelers Championship with the ridiculous walk-off birdie from a greenside bunker and The Open Championship with the iconic “Go Get That” moment after burying a bomb. Any one of those moments would make for a great season and even a great career and this dude reeled them off in a two-month stretch.

Hard to believe that the 2017 Open Championship was his last win. Jordan Spieth has not won a professional golf tournament in over 1,000 days. Just a crazy thought. What’s even crazier is that he is only 26!

Well, it looks as though the three-month break served him well. Before COVID he was T55, MC, T9, T59 & T58. Entering Thursday’s opening round, he had not broke 70 on tour in eight rounds (back-to-back tourney’s).

He opened with back-to-back 65s this week and has ensured himself a late afternoon tee time. Not every five-under round is the same. Thursday’s round was neat and tidy whereas this morning’s was a dizzy bat turn after your 10th beer of the day.

If today is what we’re going to get from the new Spieth it was quite a ride and I’m ALL IN.  

He had a stretch on the front nine (his back because he started on 10) where he went Birdie – Birdie – DOUBLE BOGEY – Bogey – Birdie – Birdie.

This round was a trip.

He was pouring putts in from all over the course and then four-putted on No. 3. Three of those putts came from TWO FEET! If you were playing a match with someone these would been gimmies. Seriously, look at this play-by-play….

He bounced back with two straight birdies before closing with three somewhat uneventful pars (he nearly chipped in bird on No.9).

You know he’s feeling it when he’s talking a mile a minute to his ball. No one on tour talks to their ball as much as Spieth. I love that. Rory McIlroy has swagger when he’s feeling it, Tiger has his earth shattering fist pumps, JT has his unreal club twirls and Spieth has yapping at his ball to GET DOWN or GO HARD.

We’ll see what the weekend has in store for the Texan. Either way it will make for good TV.  





Celebrities Announce PGA Tour Players on Social Media

I don’t know if you’ve heard or seen on social media, but the PGA Tour is back this week for the Charles Schwab Challenge. The PGA Tour is sure to be rolling out some new features to keep fans entertained and engaged without spectators on the course in Fort Worth.

One of the new features was having athletes, coaches and celebrities announce players prior to their opening tee shots.

Aaron Rodgers introduces Max Homa

Aaron’s beard is OUT OF CONTROL! Need to know what Danica thinks about it. I’m not going to chase the low-hanging fruit and say that Aaron Rodgers hates shaving and his family. I won’t do that. Anyway, he absolutely crushed this. One-time winner on the PGA Tour made me laugh and acknowledging Max as an all-time Twitter troll. 👏👏👏 

Here are some of Homa’s latest jabs on Twitter:

Nick Saban introduces Justin Thomas

Jesus Christ, Nick. Loosen up a little, bud. Listen, I’m a big fan of Saban and Alabama football, BUT what in the heck did I just watch. This was the best one? Seriously! If you want to see the emotionless smile of cyborg that was put on this earth to coach college football and make millions of dollars a year just watch the final seconds of this video.

Group Video

The video was great. Maybe I’m just brainwashed because I’m pumped for golf to be back. Some items of note.

  • Jake Owen might be the coolest person on planet Earth.
  • I’ll never understand how Keith Urban talks in an Australian accent and then has the perfect American voice for country music. If you’ve never seen Keith Urban and you heard his voice you’d think you were Punk’D.
  • What is Cedric the Entertainer’s handicap. If it’s lower than mine I’ll be PISSED.
  • How is Shooter McGavin still a thing. HOW?!
  • Brian Littrell still has the pipes. Backstreet Boys > NSYNC

PS Shout Out to the GOAT Tee Announcer Ivor Robson

THE KORN FERRY TOUR IS BACK!!!

Sorry, it might not be ALL CAPS exciting, but let’s give the Korn Ferry Tour some love, huh? The PGA Tour isn’t the only professional golf making its triumphant return this weekend!

For the first time since March 1, The 25 will tee it up as the Korn Ferry Challenge gets underway at TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course. Yeah, maybe it’s not as exciting, but it’s golf, and I’m pumped.

WHAT THE HELL IS THE KORN FERRY TOUR?

For those that don’t know, the Korn Ferry Tour is the “minor leagues” of golf. At the end of every season, the top 25 players on the points list (known as “The 25”) earn their PGA Tour card for the following season.

Purses are usually around $600,000, but can get as high as a million towards the end of the season. COVID-19 cancellations have caused the KF Tour to combine the 2020 and 2021 seasons, with a mid-season PGA Tour card rewarded to The 25 in August.

TPC SAWGRASS – DYE’S VALLEY COURSE

It might not be as flashy as the Stadium Course – there’s no island greens or anything – but I can assure you, this track is a BEAR. In true Sawgrass fashion, almost every hole is water-lined, fairways are tight, and greens don’t make it any easier.

Do me a favor, take a peek at the Course Flyover on their website, and tell me you wouldn’t shit yourself on the 6th and 18th tees.

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Mito Pereira – Hailing from Chile by way of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Mito leads The 25. He’s already won once this year, by dropping an eagle on the 72nd hole at the Country Club de Bogota Championship in February. Kid is CLUTCH.

Davis Riley – Out of the University of Alabama, Riley is 2nd in points and has three top-12 finishes in six starts this year. Roll Tide.

Mike Weir – 2001 TOUR Champion. 2003 Masters Champion. Oh, Canada.

Sean O’Hair – 4-time PGA Tour winner.

D.A. Points – 3-time PGA Tour winner. Most notably as Bill Murray’s teammate in the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Charles Schwab Challenge Predictor Picks or… what some call, poor mans gambling

As I’m sure many of you already know, there’s this app by NBC called “Predictor”.  If you aren’t aware of it, get on it! Its basically a way to gamble without actually having to pay the poor tax (That’s the lottery for all you non-degenerates out there) and there is a legit chance you can actually win some money. Trust me I know, I won $1.38, KILLIN IT!

Anyway, the major pull for downloading it for me at the time was making picks for Thursday and Sunday night football, but as it turns out you can make PGA picks on it too which makes the Thursday-Sunday tournaments a little more interesting without actually having to throw away your own money.  It also becomes a little bit of an addiction in the fact you can make picks on shit like NASCAR and Premier League too, which I don’t know about you, but I know dick about. 

I know this is a little last minute since the Schawb starts tomorrow, but figured I’d get this out so ya’ll that don’t know about the app can grab it and leverage this little gem going forward. This week you pick who will have the lower score for the week.

This week’s match-ups from the predictor are pretty solid, but I honestly think it’s a crap shoot since these guys haven’t played in a tournament setting in over 90 days, which is a little concerning considering who knows what JT, Rickie and squad have been doing with their vaults of cash over the last three months with renting yachts and islands and what not. I kid! Of course they’ve been practicing, they aren’t some of the best in the world by mistake!

Match 1: Rory McIlroy vs. Jon Rahm

I’m going with Rory on this one seeing as he’s a big favorite to win the weekend and I also expect Rahm to start snapping putters before the rust from the COVID break wears off. He can be a little bit of a loose cannon when it comes to emotions the second things aren’t going his way. Sorry Jon! For that reason, I had to chop you..

Match 2: Brooks Koepka vs. Justin Thomas

This was a tough one, mainly because Brooks is rocking an absolute fire stach that’s hard to bet against, but I have to go with JT here.  With 5 top 10 finishes in 2020 before this debauchery that Is COVID, he was looking really solid and his FEDEX ranking of #2 just tells me not to bet against him at this point.  JT get it!

Match 3: Dustin Johnson vs. Phil Mickelson

I love Phil Mickelson, but if you can’t win with the G.O.A.T Tom Brady on your squad you certainly aren’t beating DJ in a head to head.  I’m sure you’ll all tell me, but Chuck, Tom isn’t a good golfer! and I’ll respond I don’t give shit about your opinion, it’s TB12 were talking about here, this dudes a god in New England, get out of my face.  I know, Philly Mick hits hellacious seeds and his short game is bananas.  For me, he just hasn’t shown me much to give me confidence he can hang with the top dogs on a consistent basis anymore.  DJ for the win.

Match 4: Jordan Speith vs. Kevin Na

This matchup just doesn’t get me to excited.  Kevin Na is solid, and it shows with his 11th best ranking in the FEDEX cup and I am leaning a little to his side. Don’t get me wrong, Jordan is a beast but his lack of consistency as of late and with Kevin Na already getting a win in 2020 I have to give him the nod.

Match 5: Rickie Fowler vs. Webb Simpson

I’m going with Rickie on this one. I know Webb has been playing well this year and everything points to Webb being the clear pick here, but I guess this is just a feeling.  Rickie had a little airtime a few weeks back in the Taylor made event to get the juices flowing plus the fact that I am just expecting a lights out apparel selection for the weekend, that’s my pick. 

Match 6: Bryson DeChambeau vs. Patrick Reed

I wanna hate Patrick Reed after that “I’m a top 5 golfer in the world” comment a few years back when he did nothing, but the dude backed it up and he’s a stud.  Doesn’t mean that’s the pick.  I’m going with Bryson, even though there’s a lot to hate with the dumb hats he wears every week, but I just think he has been improving week over week in the last year and his game seems to be rock solid.  I’m not only picking Bryson for the match, but for the tournament.  Lock it in!

Match 7: Colin Morikawa vs. Scottie Scheffler

Who!? Not sure where this match came from, but lets run with it.  Morikawa 3 top 10’s in 11 starts against Scheffler’s 4 top 10’s in 13 appearances.  Feel like I’m comparing pitches here… Anyway, these dudes both look like they are 12, which makes me super jealous that I have to go to an office everyday and slave away while they will get to play a game for the next 40 years and make a butt ton of money, but that’s what you get for actually having goals at a reasonable age.  Anyway again.. I’m going with the Scottie and his 19th FEDEX cup rank? 

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the fact that sports are officially back in action!

2020 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview

THE PGA TOUR IS BACK!

After a 91-day (I dare you to fact-check me) hiatus, the 2019-20 PGA Tour season is resuming this week with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Golf Course is Fort Worth, Texas.

HOW TO WATCH

Thursday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 7:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 1:00 – 2:30 PM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

Friday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 7:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:00 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 4:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)

Saturday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:15 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM (EDT)

Sunday
PGA Tour Live: 7:45 AM (EDT) – 6:00 PM (EDT).
Twitter: 7:45 – 9:15 AM (EDT)
Golf Channel: 1:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT)
CBS: 3:00 – 6:00 PM (EDT)

WHAT’S NEW

CBS/Golf Channel are rolling out some new features to increase the viewing experience without fans at Colonial.

For all four days Jim Nantz will anchor coverage from the 18th Tower by himself instead of five or six people and analyst Nick Faldo at his side. Nantz will be joined on site by on-course reporters Dottie Pepper and Mark Immelman. Lead Analyst Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch, and Frank Nobilo will offer analysis remotely from the GOLF Channel in Orlando and Amanda Balionis will contribute reports from her home.

One new feature is called “Inside the Ropes.” A small tent will be located after one of the holes on the course with a camera. Players can enter the tent, pick up a card with a question, and then answer the question via an unmanned camera that will be set up so that players can simply start talking. So the PGA Tour is taking a note from Jersey Shore & Real World with the On-Course Confessional.

Players are also volunteering to be miced up for the tournament. Word on the street is Rickie Fowler and Graeme McDowell are two of the guys that are going to be wearing mics. There will also be celebrity commentators during the rounds live on Twitter.

THE FIELD

In a word it is STACKED. Eighteen of the top-25 players in the OWGR (All of the top-5!) are in the field. Check out Daniel Rapaport’s tweet below. Just reading it makes my pants get tighter.

With a loaded field we are blessed with some unreal featured groups. Thursday morning on PGA Tour Live we’ll have DJ, Justin Rose and Bryson as well as defending champ Kevin Na, Phil and Gary Woodland.

Shout out Gary Woodland. Last year at the Northern Trust I had a few cold ones and came across Woodland walking from his tee shot. I did not see his tee shot but I decided to yell “Great ball, Gary!” and he proceeded to give me the dirtiest look in the world before dropping 285 yards from the hole on a par-4. We’ll always have Jersey City, Gar.

Obviously another big group are the top-three players in the world and all go by one name! Rory. Rahm. Brooks. That’s an awesome group. I don’t know what to else. They are all specimen.

THE COURSE

Colonial Golf Course is a track with plenty of history. Some former winners are Speith, Rose, Kevin Kisner, Phil (twice), Sergio, Tom Watson, Nick Price, Ben Crenshaw (twice), Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan (5 times!).

WHO DO WE HAVE PUTTING ON THE PLAID JACKET ON SUNDAY EVENING

Steve
I will pick Rory McIlroy most times when we do these. Just a fair warning. I fan girl that little Ulsterman like it’s no one’s business. He is also the midst of six straight top-10 finishes.

Chuck
I hate to say this because his dumbass hat drives me insane, but I’m going to have to go with Bryson Dechambeau. He’s already had three top-five finishes in 2020 and one other top-10. He’s looked really strong, but we will have to see if the 91 days had an effect on that.

Chris
I want to say Jordan Spieth, I really do. But that mental case has been stewing on a #56 world ranking for 91 days, so I’m going to pivot to another one of the Spring Break Boys. In the brief 2020 season that halted three months ago, Justin Thomas already has six top-10’s and two wins. I’m thinking he’s carried that momentum during the break and playing with his buddies Thursday & Friday will give him the advantage. JT puts on the plaid jacket Sunday.

Welcome to Found The Hazard

Golf is awesome. I love the game. I also spend a large majority of my time on the course hating the game as well. It’s probably the most frustrating sport/hobby/activity you can do. Whether you’re a professional, played in college, a weekend warrior, a sub-10 handicap (like two of our writers) or a 15-handicap like me (NO BIG DEAL) the game draws you in.

If you’re like me, you spend five-plus hours on the course. Somewhere in the middle of the round you decide that golf sucks and it’s the literal worst. That realization can come from hitting a tee shot four holes over, topping a drive that doesn’t make the ladies forward tees, taking four shots to get out of a bunker or splashing down in the drink for the second time in as many holes.

All it takes is one swing and you’re back. You love golf. It’s the best and you’re already planning you’re tee time for next weekend. Golf is unique in that way. Or maybe I’m just crazy (I definitely am). 

Here’s a little about us and what we’re doing.

WHO WE ARE
Three guys that can’t get enough of golf. Playing, watching, daydreaming about, practicing our swings around the house or in public when we think no is looking, and following the pros and personalities on social.

WHAT ARE WE DOING
If things go according to plan (which given the current climate is a big IF)…there will be live golf every Sunday from now until November 29. So, we decided to cover from all sorts of angles we find interesting. Covering pro events, doing some course reviews (TPC River Highlands & Bethpage Black will be the first ones we roll out), and a few other things in the realm of the golf. Keep coming back and you’ll see!

FOLLOW US
We’ll be live tweeting the PGA Tour from @FoundTheHazard and posting some of our golf content on Instagram (foundthehazard). There is a pandemic and you have nothing better to do, so just follow us.

WHAT’S NEXT
The PGA Tour is back this week. We’ll have a preview of the Charles Schwab Challenge first on tap.

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