1 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson The 2012 champ also has a P2 (2013), T2 (2009) and a T3 (2011). His actual scoring average in his last 20 rounds at TPC Deere Run: 66.80.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth First (only) title defense. Led field in par-3 scoring (bogey-free 7-under); ranked T3 in par breakers (25). Top 20s in last four starts.
3 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore Rested since a T5 at Travelers where he led entering the final round. Five top 10s in 2013-14. Perfect in five starts here with a T8 (2012).
4 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker Tournament’s all-time earnings leader has three wins and another four top 10s, including T10 last year. Career-best 60 to open 2010 edition.
5 Chris Stroud Chris Stroud T4 at Greenbrier where he led the field in scrambling. Top 20s in three of last four starts. He’s 5-for-5 at TPC Deere Run with two top 25s.
6 John Senden John Senden Off since missing U.S. Open cut. Won here in 2006; added a solo fourth in 2012. Ranks 13th on TOUR in GIR; 12th in strokes gained-putting.
7 Billy Hurley III Billy Hurley III Chased a T8 at Congressional with a T4 at Greenbrier where he led after 36 and 54 holes. Tied for eighth in the 2012 John Deere Classic.
8 Harris English Harris English First start since a T7 at the Travelers Championship, his seventh top 10 of the season. Shared 15th place in his debut here last year.
9 Bud Cauley Bud Cauley His T4 at Greenbrier — a season-best — was his fourth top 25 in the last eight starts. Currently 34th in greens in regulation.
10 Kevin Streelman Kevin Streelman First start since winning the Travelers Championship where he led the field in par breakers. Two T8s among four starts at TPC Deere Run.
11 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk Twenty-two consecutive cuts made. Eleven top 25s in 2013-14. He’s 3-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with two T22s. T6 entering last year’s finale.
12 Charles Howell III Charles Howell III Continues to pick his spots, but still making cuts. Six top 10s among 20 cuts made this season. Five top 25s in eight starts at the JDC.
13 Jason Bohn Jason Bohn Comes off a T11 at Greenbrier where he led the field in putts per GIR and ranked seventh in strokes gained-putting. Four top 25s at the JDC.
14 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge He’s traded two top 10s with 17 finishes outside the top 25 since January, but has three top 25s at TPC Deere Run (2010-2012).
15 Jerry Kelly Jerry Kelly Three top 10s on the season, but no top 30s in his last six starts. Shared fourth place here last year; 7-for-8 overall with five top 25s.

Tee’d Off Tee Times Golf Tip


The best golfers in
the world play in the
present with each
shot being the main                                          golf 49
focus. They do not
dwell in the past or
the future. Try and
eliminate negative
thoughts from
previous holes and
don`t get ahead of
yourself thinking of
upcoming holes.



1 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker First start since a T9 at Pinehurst. Top 10s in both majors; three wins on the season. Co-runner-up here last year; T4s in 2010 and 2011.
2 Brendon Todd Brendon Todd As in tune as anyone playing golf for a living right now. Last five starts: breakthrough win, two T5s, T8 and a T17 (U.S. Open).
3 Kevin Na Kevin Na First start since T12 at U.S. Open. P2 at Memorial a month ago. T7 at Greenbrier in last appearance in 2012. Sits 13th in adjusted scoring.
4 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson Second appearance (T30, 2013), but has tweeted photos and video of visits this year. Two wins, two seconds and a third in 2014.
5 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman Motoring along. Top 25s in five of last six starts; T8 at Congressional where he shared the 36-hole lead. Ranks 23rd in adjusted scoring.
6 Brendan Steele Brendan Steele Seriously surging. T5s in the last two tournaments during which he’s ranked ninth (Travelers) and T12 (Quicken Loans) in proximity.
7 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed Turned the page on his recent slump with a T11 at Congressional. Co-led at the midpoint and held the outright advantage after 54 holes.
8 Bill Haas Bill Haas Beat up in his title defense at Congressional, but he’s 3-for-3 at Greenbrier with a playoff loss in 2011 and a T9 last year.
9 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson A bit all or nothing for months as he awaited the birth of his third child. Two top 10s at Greenbrier. Opened last year’s T41 with a 64.
10 Brendon de Jonge Brendon de Jonge The road warrior is fresh off a T8 at Congressional. Eight consecutive cuts made. Also 4-for-4 at Greenbrier, including a T17 last year.
11 Ben Martin Ben Martin Officially at the next level following a T3 at Congressional, his third third-place finish of the season and seventh consecutive cut made.
12 Daniel Summerhays Daniel Summerhays Making cuts, but not quite crashing leaderboards. Not the case at Greenbrier where he’s placed fifth (2012) and T9 (2013).
13 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker First return since debut in 2012 (T22). Continues to prosper despite abbreviated schedule. Top 25s in last three starts; T21 at Pinehurst.
14 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk T28 at the U.S. Open was 21st consecutive cut made. Three top 10s, another six top 25s in 2013-14. Tenth in average distance of putts made.
15 Scott Langley Scott Langley Grinding through the learning curve of being in contention at Memorial (T28 while in the final group) and Travelers (T11; 36-hole leader).

Cancun Iberostar Golf Course

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Power Rankings:Quicken Loans National


1 Jason Day Jason Day Proven healthy again with a T4 at Pinehurst and a T18 at the Travelers. Solo second at 2011 U.S. Open. T8 (2012) and T21 (2013) here since.
2 Brendon Todd Brendon Todd Four straight top 20s sparked by Nelson breakthrough. T13 here last year. Sits seventh in strokes gained-putting; 12th in adjusted scoring.
3 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth Top 20s in six of his last seven starts; 14 on the season. Co-led at Congressional after 36 holes last year en route to a solo sixth.
4 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker Rounding into form with consecutive top 15s for the first time in 11 months. Three top 10s at Congressional and a T11 in 2011 U.S. Open.
5 Justin Rose Justin Rose Won this event in 2010 but at Aronimink in Pennsylvania. Five top 15s worldwide in last seven starts; T12 at Pinehurst two weeks ago.
6 Billy Horschel Billy Horschel Congressional caters to his wont for the level of difficulty and premium off the tee. No worse than T26 in his last four starts this season.
7 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley Tied for fourth at Pinehurst two weeks ago. Currently 17th in the all-around, 22nd in adjusted scoring and 21st in scrambling.
8 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson Shared third three weeks ago in Memphis. In U.S. Open debut, tied for 14th at Congressional in 2011. Thirtieth in adjusted scoring.
9 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman Arrives having survived five consecutive cuts, four of which for a top 25. T11 at the Travelers. Ranks 29th in adjusted scoring.
10 Bill Haas Bill Haas In similar form prior to last year’s win. Steady not spectacular season as he enters his prime. Ranks 23rd in GIR; 45th in adjusted scoring.
11 Aaron Baddeley Aaron Baddeley A solo fourth at the Travelers was his best finish since the same at Pebble Beach in 2012. Confidence is evident when he speaks, too.
12 Brendan Steele Brendan Steele Fresh off a season-best T5 at the Travelers where he’s had success before. Opened with career-tying-low 62. T16 at 2013 Quicken Loans.
13 K.J. Choi K.J. Choi Winner of the inaugural edition of this tournament missed the cut in the last two, but he tied for second at TPC River Highlands on Sunday.
14 Gary Woodland Gary Woodland Outside the top 50 in his last two starts, but riding a consecutive cuts made streak of 15. Shared 16th at Congressional last year.
15 Carl Pettersson Carl Pettersson With a T3 at St. Jude and a T7 at Travelers — and under par in every round — he’s connected top 10s for the first time since August 2012.

Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Course Cancun


One of Tee’d Off Tee Times favorite golf courses in the Riviera Mayan coast.  Reflecting the beauty of the landscape it occupies; IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf Club is the latest creation of world-renowned golf course architect P.B. Dye. The vertical movement and distinctive rock work are signatures of a typical P.B. Dye design. This world-class layout features conditions seen only at the best golf destinations around the world.Iberostar Piramid


Located in the Riviera Maya 30 minutes south of Cancun, this all-inclusive resort caters to your every need.  Deep bunkers, narrow fairways, undulating greens and beautiful vistas are at every turn. On course beverages and snacks, included in your green fee, will keep you fuelled for what is sure to be a 4-hour battle with one of Dye’s toughest designs.




Golf Tip Week


Swing at 80 percent golf power swing
to establish better
distance control in
your approach shots.
Try not to max out the distance but go to a less lofted wedge to control trajectory, ball spin and superior accuracy. These are your scoring tools and this is why most pro`s carry 3 or 4 wedges in their bag.

Reid, Golfing in Cancun

Hey guys and dolls….. just to say thanks again for all your help!
We played Iberostar Cancun, Riviera Cancun and Playa Mujeres…… Playa Mujeres Signature Hole 16of course the last was the nicest as you had described and I could have played it more than once!  I did send a fair number of balls into gator zone unfortunately and it was humid as hell (all 3 days 🙂 but we love the course.  We also liked Riviera Cancun as well and surprisingly I drove it well there to keep it in the short grass more and less food for the wildlife!
I had no idea how commercial and big Cancun has gotten…… see you next time in Playa del Carmen for sure 🙂
thanks again…… muy amable chicos!
amigo Reid
Thank You Reid, we appreciate your support and sharing your experience with our readers! Cheryl

Whalesharks are back in Ycantan Area

If you want to know what it is like to be in the water with the whale sharks off of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, stand in the middle of the street while 30 school buses (with their hoods up) come at you from all directions. For the past decade there has been a growing awareness of whale shark congregations during the summer months around the Yucatan.


With the ability to filter 1,500 gallons an hour, the whale sharks gorge themselves on the fish eggs. Originally reported by fisherman from Isla Holbox, the shallow water feeding area quickly became a remote tourist destination. A second congregation has been found in the deeper waters of the Gulf about 20 to 30 miles out from Isla Mujeres just northeast of Cancun. Locally called the “Afuera” (outside), this grouping of whale sharks appears to gather to feed on huge patches of fish eggs from spawning Little Tunny/ Bonito (small Atlantic Tuna). In fact, the surface water of the ocean can become almost milky with fish eggs and the whale sharks converge on these nutrient-rich patches.

From May to September, whale sharks supply a significant tourist attraction for Mexico.  In order to protect the sharks, the Mexican government in coordination with local biologists, has set up specific viewing regulations. Tee’d Off Tee Times snorkeled off of Holbox Island. Call for details Toll free 1855-833-3633

Text and Photos by Stanley Bysshe


1 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar Defending champion fulfilled upward trend here that began with a T13 in 2007. Five top 10s. Missed cut at Colonial provided chance to rest.
2 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson Finished T7 and T14, respectively, on the Texas Swing. Three top 20s in six starts at Muirfield Village, including a solo fourth in 2011.
3 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy Consummated a strong run with a come-from-behind victory at BMW PGA Championship. Top 10s in eight of nine stroke-play starts in 2014.
4 Adam Scott Adam Scott Solidified top-of-the-world ranking with a win at Colonial. He’s 7-for-8 at Muirfield Village with three top 15s, including a T13 last year.
5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk Settled for a T51 at Colonial. Top 20s in previous six starts. Third in all-time earnings at Memorial; 2002 champ; 13 top 25s in 18 starts.
6 Justin Rose Justin Rose Last to make Memorial site of a PGA TOUR breakthrough (2010); six top 15s in nine starts. Top 15s in five of last seven starts worldwide.
7 Luke Donald Luke Donald Tied for third at the BMW PGA Championship. Four top 10s in last eight starts worldwide. Top 25s in his last five trips to Memorial.
8 Gary Woodland Gary Woodland Thirteen consecutive cuts made; four top 10s and another five top 25s. T7 in last start at Nelson. Two top 20s in three tries at Memorial.
9 J.B. Holmes J.B. Holmes First appearance since a personal-best T13 in 2012 in what was his seventh consecutive try. Winner at Quail Hollow four weeks ago.
10 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel He’s 6-for-6 at Muirfield Village with career-best T8 last year when he held the 18-hole lead. Top 20s in four of last seven starts in 2014.
11 Rory Sabbatini Rory Sabbatini Co-runner-up in his last appearance in 2012. Top 20s in last five trips dating back to 2004. Two top 10s in last six starts this season.
12 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth Top 15s in five of his last seven starts, including a T14 at Colonial. Closing 68 in his debut here last year chased a third-round 82.
13 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner First appearance since 2010; 0-for-2 at Muirfield Village. Fresh off a playoff loss at Colonial where he was T5 in GIR and T6 in proximity.
14 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson First start since missing PLAYERS cut. Top 20s in four of last eight starts. Top 20s in three of last four trips to Muirfield Village.
15 Brian Davis Brian Davis Top 25s in the last three editions of the Memorial; T8 in 2013. Top 15s in two of his last three starts, including a T14 at Colonial.