Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship and a trip to the US Open

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Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship and a trip to the US Open

Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title by eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event.

The 42-year-old Australian won in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory.

Now get this:

A point ahead of Gary Woodland and needing at least a par on the par-5 18th to wrap up the victory, Chalmers made an 8-foot eagle putt after hitting a 320-yard drive and 230-yard, 7-iron approach. A few minutes earlier, Woodland hit an 8-iron into the right bunker and three-putted for bogey.

The left-hander earned a two-year tour exemption, a spot in the British Open at Royal Troon and other perks. With only conditional status, he had split time between the PGA tour and the Web.com Tour this year. The two-time Australian Open champion missed the cuts in his previous five starts on the big tour.

 

Really?  a 230 yard 7I?  So I looked up the details on the hole:

"The downhill dogleg left Par 5, finishing hole forces a decision on your second shot. Your tee shot must be played with a slight hook to run the ball as far down the fairway as possible. Once you reach your tee shot, you can take the gamble and go at the green in two. If you, you'll lay up with a middle iron that will leave you a short shot to a large, undulating green that features many difficult hole locations. The green is protected by bunkers and water to the right, so left and long is a good place to miss."

So it's a downhill finishing hole, and maybe he cut off the corner or something but a 230 7I is till crazy.    This weekend I saw guys hitting 217 6I's at the BMW...That's mostly carry to a Par 3...

 

DON
While 230  with a 7 iron is

While 230  with a 7 iron is way long, even on tour, it is not long for a lot of guys. We have a guy where I hit balls on the driving range that hit's it way long. Last time I saw this guy hitting balls, he was hitting his 9 iron just over 200 yards carry. So if you figure in for a 7 iron I would think he would be hitting his 7 iron at least 240 or more carry. I've got 15 yards bwtween clubs, and I hit my 8 iron 150, so I would think that if he hits his 200 yards, he would have more like 20 yards or more between clubs, so a 7 iron should be 240 or maybe even 250 carry. Next time I see him at the range I'll have to ask him about his other clubs. I know he hits his driver over 350 on average.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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But you have that thin air up

But you have that thin air up there Don... LOL!  

Seriously, it is amazing how far guys are hitting balls now.  And yet, scoring still tends to be not much different.  Maybe guys are more consistent in shooting 2-3 under par without difficulty but you don't see 61's out on tour often.  Missing an approach into a greenside bunker, whether it's with the 8I or the 9I, you're still in the bunker.

But with the distances guys are getting, are we going to see 8000 yard courses soon?  Who'll be the first to host of PGA event at 8000 yards???

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DON
If I'm not wrong we just had

If I'm not wrong we just had an event that was around 7400 yards and it was a par 70 course. That's kind of crazy long especially for a par 70 layout. One ot the courses that I like to play is par 70 layout, and it's 6492 yards from the back tees. So I can't imagine what it would be like to play a par 70 that was 7400 yards and NOT at alitude like it is here in Denver. You can figure on getting about 7 percent more distance with your woods here in Denver compared to at sea level. With my irons I lost about half a club worth when I played at sea level.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.