3 Things We Learned from the 2015 PGA Championship

The 2015 PGA Championship came to a close on Sunday with Australian Jason Day getting the victory. Once again, Jordan Spieth came agonizingly close to another major victory while Dustin Johnson let an early lead slip. With those points made, we bring to you the 3 things we learned from the event.

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Number 1

Jason Day wins his long deserved major.

PGA Championship golf tournament in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA

Jason Day has been performing exceptionally well this PGA Tour season, especially in major championships. So far the Australian has come extremely close to winning majors. He began with a less than stellar performance at Augusta finishing T28 at -1. He did manage to put together an impressive performance at St. Andrews where he finished T4 1 back off the lead at -14. Another top 10 finish at Chambers Bay saw Jason Day shoot a combined score of even par for the tournament where he would finish T9 behind winner Jordan Spieth (-5). Finally, at the last major of the year Jason Day reaped the rewards for his efforts winning with a score of -20 to beat Jordan Spieth at Whistling Straits in the PGA Championship.


Number 2

Jordan Spieth came extremely close however he did gain the World Number 1 Spot.


Young Jordan Spieth came extremely close to a victory once again. After missing the playoff for the Open Championship by just 1 shot, Spieth trailed winner Jason Day by just 3 shots in this years PGA Championship. With a very impressive showing so far this year for young Jordan Spieth (especially majors) Winning The Masters, Winning US Open, 1 off lead at The Open, and 3 off lead at PGA Championship. It is no surprise that he has finally acquired the world number 1 spot all to himself.

Number 3

Dustin Johnson is due a major… If he can keep his cool.


Now for our final lesson, we move onto the curious case of Dustin Johnson. The American has made a miraculous ‘recovery’ from his alleged scandal. Johnson held the lead at The Open until the final day until he blew up, allowing Zach Johnson to sweep the victory. Dustin also came extremely close at the PGA Championship… Before once again blowing his lead and allowing Jason Day to come in for the victory. We’re big fans of Dustin and hope he can keep his cool for the next major. So close he can almost taste it.

Under Armour and Golf

Jordan Spieth

This week on the blog we focus on the brand of Under Armour. We talk about their rise as a brand, their sponsors, and of course how much they are worth.

The Rise

Almost a year ago, Under Armour had little to no presence on the golf course, however, we have seen first hand how quickly that has changed. With high flying hot rod Jordan Spieth, Under Armour has drastically increased the calibre of player the brand can attract. With the rise of Jordan Spieth, came the rise of Under Armour. With Under Armour being his official sponsor until he turns 29 (8 years from now) the only way is up for both the brand and the player.

Their ‘strategy’

Under Armour has a unique sponsoring technique in sponsoring, they like to go for the young ‘underdogs’. This has certainly paid off for the brand with recent success in Misty Copeland, Steph Curry, and of course Jordan Spieth.

$ Money Talk $

So how much is the brand worth compared to other sport giants? Well, from Spieths first major win, the brands stock value was $90 from a then $85. They have also predicted a rise in golf sales, conveniently they think the golf brand will increase from the current $200 million to double at $400 million. The company is making huge strides, last year they announced they had overtaken Adidas to become the 2nd largest sporting good company in the US, behind Nike. This suits Under Armour however, allowing them to keep their ‘underdog’ appearance.


While Under Armour isn’t the most popular on the course, their popularity certainly has risen and will continue to rise. We certainly love Under Armour, especially their athletes!

Analyzing The Open

We’ve been getting into all the festivities of The Open here at gottaGolf. So much so, this weeks blog is tailored to bring you a special look at The Open. We will analyze the field, certain players, the course, and of course the history of golf’s most historic championship.

The Field

To begin, we’re going to be taking a look at the field. First off we are going to take a look at those who qualified and those making their debut. We have a few surprising players who had to qualify, most notably being Paul Dunne. He is of Irish descent currently playing golf at UAB. He is said to be one of the best amateurs to be playing in the tournament.

Next, we take a look at those who exempted qualification, the players you probably know. We have a field of strong competitors from the European Tour such as: Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Angel Jimenez, Jonas Blixt, Thomas Bjorn, just to name a few. We also have a strong field from the PGA Tour including: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and the formidable Jordan Spieth.

Our Pick

Our favorite to win is Jordan Spieth. The 21 year old has already won 2 majors and we can’t see him slowing down anytime soon. Coming off a win at the John Deere Classic, we certainly see him carrying his winning form to The Open. There are a few players from the European Tour who will want a win on ‘home ground’ and could be a threat to Jordan, along with some experienced veterans from the PGA Tour who know this course all too well but we see no way of stopping the red hot Jordan Spieth.

The Course

The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all. The Old Course is a historic links course in Scotland and is considered by many to be the home of golf.

Since 1860, The Open has been played over some of the world’s most cherished links courses and has produced a remarkable legacy of great champions. It is the oldest and most international championship in professional golf and the Claret Jug – first presented in 1873 – is one of the most iconic trophies in all of sport.

From earlier greats such as Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton and Walter Hagen through modern legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros to exceptional talents of today Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, the greatest players in the world have faced the unrelenting challenge of The Open for more than 150 years

We are very excited for the rest of The Open, and we hope you are too.

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Tiger trending the right direction (mostly)

It has been an eventful week for 39 year old, Tiger Woods. We’ll look at the “better” things: the Greenbrier and his new golf course… and the “worse”: a possible affair with Amanda Dufner?

Going Low at Greenbrier

Tiger shot his best round of 2015 on Thursday as he opened up the Greenbrier Classic with a 4 under 66, where he would eventually finish the tournament with a score of 7 under par (his best finish of 2015!). Some claim that Tiger Woods is ‘back’… it may be a little early for that, but it’s nice to see him go low!

Bluejack National

Off the course however, he definitely is making strides. He has been working on a golf course design of his own now for about a year, documenting the process on YouTube and it looks very impressive! Tiger recently uploaded a video of his newly designed golf course, Bluejack National as it approaches the final stages of its development. Definitely looks like a course we would like to play. Check it out below.

It’s no secret that Tiger loves Augusta National and there are definitely hints of Augusta in his design!

Amanda Woods? tiger-woods-and-amanda-dufner

Now… Tiger appears to be moving the wrong direction in at least one category. He was recently linked to another affair. This time with recently divorced Amanda Dufner. Tiger grew close with Amanda when he played with Dufner. It is even rumored that Tiger flew her to the U.S Open recently… Sounds like he is trying to get back to his old ways both on and off the course.

With a good showing at Greenbrier Classic and his new course coming along Tiger may not be ‘back’, but (most) things are certainly trending in the right direction for the 14 time major champion.