How Nick Taylor changed his putting formula – and made Canadian golf history
When short-game guru Gareth Raflewski started working with Nick Taylor less than two years ago, the Canadian golfer’s putting stats didn’t make any sense to him.
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Nick Taylor sinks 72-foot putt to bring Canadian Open home after almost 70 years
Watch as Abbotsford, B.C. native Nick Taylor finishes a Canadian Open playoff against Tommy Fleetwood in improbable fashion, sinking a career-high 72-foot putt to become the first Canadian to win the title since 1954.
Photo Credit: Eamonn McAleer, June 5, RBC Canadian Open 2023
Raflewski enters training aid game
Speculating which high-profile LPGA or PGA tour player the London, Ont.-based swing and short game coach is about to take on is reasonable conjecture at this point, especially since CP Women’s Open champion Jin Young Ko; Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn; Jane Park and PGA Tour rookie Michael Gligic (to name only a few) are all part of the Northern Irishman’s stable.
Jin Young Ko's opportunity to set all-time scoring record
Jin Young Ko’s sophomore LPGA Tour season, which includes four wins, two of them majors, has put her in a spot few have visited. Even though there is still a lot of golf to be played in 2019, Ko could conceivably chase down two all-time LPGA records: one for lowest scoring average, and the other for the highest percentage of greens hit in regulation.
Unique coach uses early practice to make putting more perfect
Gareth Raflewski works with top female pros, including the Jutanugarn sisters, to improve their strokes and peak in competition. The morning after Ariya Jutanugarn wins a tournament, she’s typically on the practice putting green with short-game coach Gareth Raflewski.
A bunch of small steps lead to one major leap for ANA champ J.Y. Ko
Jin Young Ko made a bigger splash than anyone could really see when she leaped into Poppie’s Pond Sunday after winning the ANA Inspiration. An hour or so later, the ripples rolled through the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. When the math was all computed, Ko was projected to move to world No. 1 in Monday’s release of the newest rankings.
Jutanugarn relaxed starting 2019 at No. 1, but still yearns to improve
Four days. That’s all the rest World No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn enjoyed over the offseason with a boatload of sponsorship obligations back in Thailand. It’s no wonder she arrived at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions weary and nursing a sore throat. Even so, Jutanugarn looked different. More at ease, more happy-to-be-here than she has at previous season openers.