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Here’s a recap of the third round of the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.

LEADING: Charles Howell III finally proved human Saturday, and yet his position didn’t change.

After going bogey-free over the opening 36 holes, Howell made three bogeys Saturday at the Seaside Course but still fashioned a 2-under 68. That was enough to keep him in front, as he sits at 16 under overall, one shot ahead and in position for a wire-to-wire win.

The 39-year-old began the day strong with a pair of birdies in his first three holes to build his overnight three-shot lead to five. Howell then bogeyed the fourth, but two more birdies had him out in 3-under 32 and 17 under overall to retain a sizable cushion.

But he could only muster a closing 1-over 36 and challengers grew closer, meaning a tight leaderboard heading into Sunday.

Howell will go into the final day looking to end a long victory drought.

He is a two-time PGA Tour winner but hasn’t captured a title since 2007. Howell has posted six runners-up on the PGA Tour since that last win.

CHASING: Jason Gore didn’t back down Saturday. He only went out in 1-over 36, but three birdies and an eagle on his back nine allowed for a 4-under 66. That cut his overnight deficit from three to one. The 44-year-old has not played a full PGA Tour season since 2016 and he hasn’t had a top 10 on the circuit since 2015. His sole PGA Tour win came in 2005. Cameron Champ, the rookie wunderkind, also fired a 66 to stay in a tie for second with Gore at 15 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: A hole-out eagle on a strong day for Webb Simpson (more on that below)…

SHORT SHOTS: Simpson fires a bogey-free 63 with the help of that hole-out to move to T-4 at 13 under. … Zach Johnson is 11 under and T-7. … Past champion Kevin Kisner matches Simpson’s 63 to rocket 38 spots to T-11 at 10 under. … Austin Cook, the defending champion, is 8 under and T-22. … Garrett Barber, an LSU player competing as an amateur, is tied for 56th at 5 under. … Host Davis Love III is T-61 at 4 under.

UP NEXT: The final round will be aired by Golf Channel from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Webb Simpson birdies No. 17 at The RSM Classic http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/webb-simpson-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/webb-simpson-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:34:02 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/webb-simpson-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/ In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Webb Simpson sinks an 11-foot putt to make birdie at the par-3 17th hole.

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Chase Wright birdies No. 17 at The RSM Classic http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/chase-wright-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/ http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/chase-wright-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/#respond Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:06:01 +0000 http://tampabay.sportstonews.com/2018/11/17/chase-wright-birdies-no-17-at-the-rsm-classic/ In the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Chase Wright sinks a 21-footer to make birdie at the par-3 17th hole.

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A special team of Golfweek’s Best course raters were on an 8-day trip through Denmark & Sweden in August 2018.  Golfweek Rater Jonathan Cummings weighed in on the trip.

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. . . okay, okay, that’s already taken. But after 20 years of canvassing courses in the United States, Golfweek panelists have recently been branching out abroad, enjoying first-ever international outings to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Portugal, Spain, and France.

Now add Denmark and Sweden to that list.

Jet-lagged raters, arriving at the town center Nyhavn 71 Hotel – our home for the next seven days — were met with closed streets lined with 150,000 spectators for the all-day Copenhagen Ironman.  The best of the triathletes swam, biked and ran over a roughly eight-hour period crossing the finish line adjacent to the hotel in mid-afternoon.   Others of the 2,600 participants at the back of the pack were still crossing the line late into the evening making it, for them, a 16-hour event.

The raters all agreed never to complain again about a five-hour round.

First up on the golfing itinerary was the Masters Course at Barseback.   Up early, our coach collected us at the hotel and motored us under and over the Oresund – the sea lane between Denmark and Sweden and for centuries a maritime shortcut from the Baltic to the North Sea.  After an hour or so drive through bucolic southern Sweden farmland we arrived at the resort.

The Barseback, a Ture Bruce design, was the worthy host to several Scandinavian Masters, a Solheim Cup and many Swedish Opens.  It’s also the home club of Swedish great Henrik Stenson.  Barseback features smaller greens and understated bunkering with the majority of the holes playing through tight forested corridors.

It is a very pleasant walk through Barseback’s parkland setting and three seaside holes; but the day can be long if you are not hitting it straight.

Back to Copenhagen and our first evening venturing forth.

To say Copenhagen is charming and inviting is an understatement. It reminds you of both Paris and Venice, although more intimate and less touristy than either.  Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen houses elaborate palaces, scenic canals, historic breweries, spectacular amusement parks, castles and even the country’s glorious crown jewels.

Add to this the excellent restaurant scene and shopping districts, the lovely green-space area parks, all within walking distance, and it’s easy to see why Copenhagen is often thought of as the smallest of the large European cities.

Next up for golf was The Scandinavian Club.  The New and Old courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., survey a rolling tract, heavily wooded in places, with water in the form of creeks, ponds, and small lakes, featured on a number of holes.  The New, slightly easier than The Old, has several stand-out par-5 holes, including the cape 12th and the double forced carry 18th.

The Old boasts memorable holes including the sixth, a tribute to the 18th at Augusta and the wonderful short No. 8 requiring a three-quarter wedge tee-ball to a well–contoured green.  The Old has a few head scratchers, too, including the sinuous second with its stern target and the impossible fourth, brutally long with a, you-must-be-kidding, small pond fronting the green.  It is a par-5 masquerading as a par-4 for all but the most elite players.  Also, the 14th, a 220-yard par-3 all over water to the stingiest of targets, may be asking too much of a player.

The clubhouse at the Scan Club is also quite memorable.  With church-like airy gables and constructed of layered blue shale, the structure is strikingly beautiful, more petite cathedral than clubhouse.

Recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen boasts a cutting-edge new trash incinerator that generates primary electricity for the city.  The problem is Copenhagen doesn’t produce enough trash!  The incinerator runs at some 60% capacity.

Import trash?  Don’t laugh, it’s been considered.

Back over to Sweden and north to Tylosand found the raters at Halmstad Golf.  A bustling in-town club with a pair of quality courses, Halmstad traces its roots to the 1930s when a 9-hole golf course was laid out on a military training ground.  A full 18 was completed in the 1960s (subsequently called The North) and since then Halmstad has enjoyed broad acclaim, hosting both the Scandinavian PGA and Solheim Cup.

A woodland setting, the theme of many of The North’s holes is playing out of shoots of trees to doglegs (only one of the North’s holes is straight).  The highly-ranked North surveys ravines, brooks, long and plateau greens and a nice variety of strategic bunkering.

The downhill par-4 t12thh with its fronting creek, and the par-3s as a collection are the most memorable.  The 16th hole, requiring a heroic carry over a closely guarding crossing creek, may be the most famous hole in Sweden.

On the ride back to town our coach driver opted to take the ferry affording raters great views approaching Copenhagen.

Someone said, “Life in Copenhagen is lived in the saddle of a bicycle.”  This couldn’t be more true as it seems everybody is biking.  There are more bikes than the three quarters of a million people in Copenhagen.

The International Cycling Union named Copenhagen the first official Bike City in the world and from 2008-2011 ranked Copenhagen the world’s top cycling city. Other cities are said to be undergoing “copenhagenization” when employing the Danish bike culture model.  Everyone from street people to the famous bike the Copenhagen streets.  Even the crown prince and his wife and children can be seen out biking.

The next day called for a quick bus ride back over the Oresund to a small Swedish peninsula looking back to Copenhagen and a club called Falsterbo – a well-regarded classical layout, perennially boasting top-100 European creds.

Here, the raters found a mostly open links-like seaside course.  Falsterbo features targets sternly protected by revetted bunkers and small often hidden ponds, some no bigger than bunkers.  An easy and enjoyable walk the routing leads a player inland before wending its way to the sea for the finishing series.  Like many similar links courses, wind is a big factor at Falsterbo – not too hard in light breezes but a whole different ballgame in a healthy wind.

The short drivable (if you’re Tiger) par-4s at 7 and 13, which play in opposite directions, are both quality and fun holes. The island par-3 11th with a good crossing wind is daunting, demanding a tee shot that defines fright.

Returning to town after golf the raters branched out to continue exploring Copenhagen.  One of the more colorful areas of inner Copenhagen is Freetown Chistiania.  Once a military installation, these 85 acres are car-free, lined with 19th century warehouses, many graffiti covered, compact ivied row-houses, outdoor bars, green spaces and hole-in-the-wall bistros.  A highly trendy and popular area, the roughly 1,000 residents host nearly a million visitors annually.  The government is deciding the future of Christiania but for now, the local constables turn a blind eye to the activities of the many open cannabis stands that line the narrow streets.  Photography is forbidden in Christiania.

Next up for golf was Great Northern, a Nicklaus design opened just last year.  Located well west of Copenhagen on Funen – the third largest of Denmark’s 406 islands, the raters enjoyed a scenic 2-hour ride culminating in the 8-mile crossing on the colossal Storebelt bridge.

An impressive and very upscale club, the Northern boasts well-appointed underground hobbit-like cabins, a state-of-the-art practice facility and a posh ultra-modern clubhouse complete with professional reception staff and an infinity pool flowing outside to a waterfall.

The course does not disappoint, either.  An open heathland layout, the holes on the western portion rise 120 feet affording spectacular views. As with many Nicklaus designs, most holes are sternly protected with ample bunkering, angled greens and pinched entryways, usually requiring aerial rather than ground attacks. Water comes into play often, especially at the very difficult fifth (water closely guarding the entire right), the sixth (water closely guarding the entire left), the forced carry par-3s at nine and 17 and the do-or-die island par-5 18th.

A ProV or two from a number of raters’ bags did not make the bus ride back to Copenhagen.

In a city where 15 different restaurants boast 18 Michelin stars, Copenhagen is fast overtaking its larger more famous European neighbors for dining.

The raters were enthusiastic participants.

From the open-air cafes to the fresh stands and markets offering “street food” to the fine dining alternatives, the choices were nearly endless.  Raters enjoyed frikadeller (meat balls), karbonader (breaded pork patties) and medisterpølse (fried sausage), all once considered peasant food but now musts when sampling the food of Denmark.  And breakfasts would not be breakfasts without coffee (the Danes consume more coffee per capita than any other country in the world) and fine bread and, oh, maybe a Danish or

two.

Copenhagen, with its world-wide renown, could hardly be called a city “where no man has gone before,” but Golfweek raters are more than happy to have “boldly gone there.”

 

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There isn’t really an official offseason for pro golf with the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule, but that doesn’t mean players are teeing it up 52 weeks each year.

Most will schedule their own individual offseason for a month or two this winter, and players of all skill levels should consider doing the same. Taking a mental break to recharge the batteries is important. So is resting the body after multiple rounds and range sessions throughout the summer and fall.

It’s also the best time to set goals and build a foundation for 2019. Gaining more distance is generally high on the priority list, and the offseason is the right time to work at it. Just be sure you’re doing it the right way and remember you don’t have to look like Brooks Koepka to hit the ball as far as Justin Thomas.

That’s something strength and conditioning specialist Trevor Anderson preaches all the time out of his Better Every Day Performance Institute in Orlando.

“They want faster clubhead speed, they want to hit the ball farther. That’s universal for golf,” Anderson said. “We try to reestablish the right foundations first. It’s not just about being strong. It’s about building a strength foundation and starting to move very quickly. A lot of people
think it’s only about that first part, being strong.”

It’s also about speed. Adding 1 mph of clubhead speed will add 3 to 4 mph of ball speed, but it needs to be done under control. That means staying connected to the ground and balanced to generate power.

Building power takes a little more heavy lifting than players are used to midseason, so now is the time when Anderson cranks it up and goes to different techniques such as the sled. It’s similar to the type of blocking sled football players use, and it’s a great way for golfers to build power during the offseason.

Anderson used a 45-pound plate in the middle of the sled for our purposes, and one can add or subtract weight to find the right combination for them.

“This is a tool that demands power,” Anderson said. “You can’t just be strong, you have to be powerful and demonstrate strength quickly to move this sled the right way and do the same things we need to do to increase speed and power in our golf swing.”

Anderson uses three different movements with the sled – pushing, pulling and rotating – to reinforce these techniques. It requires about 10-20 yards of space, and Anderson, a TRX Master Instructor, uses a TRX band wrapped around the sled for the pulling and rotation.

These or similar tools should be available at a local gym and can help increase power and distance to achieve those goals for the new season.

It also answers key questions when it comes to adding distance.

“How do you use the ground, how good is the connection to the ground and how do you demonstrate it?” Anderson said. “If people want more distance, this is bigger than just being strong.”

Here are three exercises to use with the sled to make the most of your golf offseason:

Oct 17, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Trevor Anderson covers a workout using a drag sled. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Pushing

Anderson says: “Linear ground force is what we’re going for. We’re making sure that we explosively maintain a good body angle and extend our back leg, because we want to get that back line really straight. Getting that triple extension with ankles, knees and hips extended on the back side and coordinating is where that power comes from.”

Step 1: Bend down slightly and take hold of the top of the sled with both hands.

Step 2: Keeping your arms fully extended, drive the sled forward lifting your feet off the ground at a steady pace.

Step 3: Move the sled between 10-20 yards, keeping that extension throughout the body.

Do this 10 times down and back.

Oct 17, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Trevor Anderson covers a workout using a drag sled. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Pulling

Anderson says: “This is gonna demand full body attention. Pulling it demands stability and connection to the floor. It demands that proper triple extension, proper sequence, full body as a team and unit to accomplish that.”

Step 1: Attach a TRX band in the middle of the sled and take the handles while facing the sled, with the band fully extended in between.

Step 2: Squat down with your shoulders over your knees, arms fully extended.

Step 3: Thrust your hips forward and pull the sled toward you while moving into a standing position.

Do three sets of 10 reps.

Oct 17, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Trevor Anderson covers a workout using a drag sled. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Rotating

Anderson says: “If you’re not connected to the ground, you’re not going to be able to generate that power to move the sled from the ground up. All the foundations we need for a good, consistent golf swing can be found in a lot of these movements.”

Step 1: Stand parallel to the sled and hold the TRX straps with both hands on the right side of your body, with the band fully extended between you and the sled.

Step 2: Rotate to your left with both arms moving across your body from right to left, pulling the sled toward you in a motion similar to a golf swing. Gwk

(Note: This story appears in the November 2018 issue of Golfweek.)

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Prior to the third round of The RSM Classic 2018, Fred Albers and Jane Crafter from PGA TOUR Radio describe the course conditions and weather forecast and what to look for in the afternoon. 

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The final event of the 2018 European Tour season could come down to a showdown between the green jackets, which would suit Francesco Molinari just fine.

Reigning Master champion Patrick Reed and 2016 green jacket winner Danny Willett share a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. They’re tied on 14 under, one shot ahead of England’s Jordan Smith.

Molinari has no realistic chance of winning. Neither does Tommy Fleetwood, and that means his Ryder Cup partner Molinari should succeed him as European No. 1.

Fleetwood has to win and hope Molinari finishes worse than fifth to become European No. 1 for a second straight year. Fleetwood lies joint 24th, eight shots behind the Masters duo. Molinari is nine shots off the pace in 28th.

“I feel the adrenaline might have gone now,” said Fleetwood, who returned a 2-over 74. “I think you kind of know when your time’s up. I lasted within two days of the season. Like I’ve said, it was a stretch trying to win it. But it is what it is. I’ll play tomorrow and we’ll see how we do, but it’s fine. I’m fine. Fit and healthy. I’ll play golf tomorrow and that’s it. I’ll go home and I’ll spend time with my son tonight. At the end of the day, it’s just golf.”

Willett hasn’t won since he slipped on golf’s ugliest, most coveted blazer. He lost his game, suffered injuries and is still trying to get back to the form that made him a major winner.

“It would be nice to win tomorrow but there’s a lot of golf left,” said Willet, who shot 68, 4 under. “A lot can happen in 18 holes. I’m just happy with the golf game. The golf game is in good shape. The body is feeling good, and like I’ve said, it’s been a long old year with all the stuff that’s gone on and for this to be the last event I’m going to play in this year with a field this good is a real bonus. Going to go out and try and play some good golf tomorrow.

“I think even if we weren’t in contention, just the way that we’ve worked and practiced these last three, four months and what I’ve taken from the range to the golf course and now it’s just each week, it’s felt a little bit better.”

Reed is also looking for his first win since acquiring the green jacket. He got to the top of the leaderboard with 5-under 67.

“It would mean a lot to win this tournament,” Reed said. “Just to be in the situation to be able to come over here and play, with the limited schedule that I play over here on the European Tour, and to have a chance to go out and finish the year off right and win a golf tournament, give myself a little early Christmas gift of a trophy, would be amazing.”

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