Friday, December 30, 2011

Tiger Woods is 36 Today, So Here Are Pictures of Him Over the Years

We here are celebrating Tiger Woods' 36th birthday, so we threw together a gallery of pictures of Tiger over the years. All courtesy of the great people at Getty Images. 


Tiger Woods in 1990, with mom and dad. 


Tiger Woods in 1992, at the L.A. Open.


Tiger in 1994, with U.S. Amateur trophy.


Tiger at the 1995 Masters. 


Tiger at the Scottish Open in 1995.



A familiar embrace with Earl after winning '95 U.S. Amateur. 


Tiger at the '96 Masters, with Fred Couples and Greg Norman.


The beginning of the fist pump, on his way to his third straight Amateur win in '96.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DTCC 2011 Recaps: The Dumbest Things That Happened in Golf



We did these same reviews a year ago, and figured they were a hit, so why not roll them out for 2011. Here are the dumbest things that happened in golf in 2011.

Padraig Harrington was disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship because he sort of, kind of moved his golf ball, continuing a tradition of really stupid rules in the game of golf.

Funny foreshadowing of the year for John Daly, who went on a rant in early January about how tournaments wouldn't invite him to play (namely, the WaMo and the Hope) only to piss off the Australians so much late in the year because he walked off the course that they said they'd never invite him back to play! A win-win of stupidity!

Speaking of Daly, he put a TV in his golf bag. Seriously. I'm assuming that's to count the strokes on holes when he doesn't know what he made.

Tiger Woods spit on a green and the entire freaking world went Skip Bayless on him, which was a little dramatic for my taste ( and here is a gallery of others golfer spitting so everyone could relax about it).

That thing Martin Kaymer wore at the Accenture.

Some PGA Tour wives pitched an idea to get a reality show going. No, I'm not kidding. If Tim Allen isn't the host of this, I'm going to be pissed.

Tiger Woods came out with an iPhone app that costs $10 and is supposed to help you swing better. If you are thinking this is a good idea, might I suggest you using the $10 for a hammer, and then hitting yourself repeatedly over the head with it?

Some dudes robbed a house in Augusta and then ran over to the most famous landmark in the city, Augusta National. Spoiler alert: they got caught.

Jerry Rice continues the "I can't break 80 in a golf tournament but I will continue to steal spots from real Nationwide Tour players" trend. I'm not a fan. (He went on to WD from his next attempt at the Nationwide Tour, making this whole thing even more ridiculous.)

A lot of people call it their Sweet Sixteenth. Those people are not Kevin Na, who made that number on a par-4 at the Valero Texas Open.

Maybe the dumbest thing of 2011 was the PGA Tour's idea to change Q-School.

This Tiger tweet.

Obtw, Rice wasn't the only former pro athlete that tried out the Nationwide Tour. So did John Smoltz. I had a lot to say about this as well.

Rory Sabbatini being Rory Sabbatini.

Rickie Fowler got in trouble for wearing his hat backwards AFTER he completed his round of golf. He does this practice during interviews to give his website some exposure. I suggested another thing for his head.

David Toms won the Players Championship this year in dramatic fashion (Note: dramatic in the sense that he didn't win). Sadly, locals in his hometown of Shreveport, La. didn't even get to see the end of the tournament.

Probably not the best way to drive a golf cart.

Hunter Mahan admitted his favorite band was Linkin Park.

NBC left out a part about God in the "Pledge of Allegiance" during their U.S. Open coverage and everyone in the world freaked the F out.

Bubba Watson's quotes from France: Called the Eiffel Tower "that big tower." Called Versailles "the castle we are staying next to." Called the Louvre "a building starting with L." Called the Arc de Triomphe "this arch I drove round in a circle" and also "the arch way." So, yeah.

A kid made an ace at the U.S. Junior Am, but because his group was playing slow, he got penalized and had to write it down as a birdie.

Rory McIlroy flipped out on Twitter at a BBC analyst.

The continued fun with TigerWoods.com headlines.

In hindsight, maybe Rory McIlroy should have taken a drop during the first round of the PGA Championship.

John W. Schierman.

Lee Janzen's golf clubs did not have a smooth flight to Vegas.

This guy wins for worst person of the year in the golf world.

Kevin Na whiffed on a drive, but was somehow not penalized for it, which was very strange.

Some guy threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods, making it the first time ever that Tiger wasn't the one throwing the hot dog around.

This picture.

And lastly, Callaway announced Justin Timberlake would be their new creative director of golf.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Don't Worry, Bubba Clause is Here

This was posted a year ago by the current worldwide sensation Bubba Watson, but it still entertains me. Hey, that's a pretty good slow motion Happy Gilmore if you ask me. Merry Christmas, everyone. Hope the holidays are treating you well.

 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mike Whan Says What Everyone is Thinking

First, let's all agree on something; end of the year awards are always subjective. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for most, and most are filler pieces to get golf writers and bloggers through the cold winter until Hawaii rolls around and our faded golf shirts are once again tossed into a suitcase. But when Golf Magazine, a great publication with a ton of talented people behind it, named Rory McIlroy (two worldwide wins in 2011 including a major) their Player of the Year over Yani Tseng (11 worldwide wins, two majors) it had a lot of people baffled (made even funnier that their own poll on their site had Yani win with 96 percent of the vote).

So leave it up to one of my favorite people in golf, LPGA commish Mike Whan, to give it to Golf Magazine in their latest edition.

“I am surprised and disappointed that the editors of Golf Magazine overlooked the 11 worldwide victories and two major championships that Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng has compiled as of November 1 when choosing Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year.” 


“This season, she [Tseng] became the youngest player in history—male or female—to win five major championships at the age of 22. It’s unfortunate I have to write this letter."


“... total wins, total majors, records that transcend sport, and leadership in nearly every statistical category should have been more than enough for Golf Magazine to reach a very obvious conclusion.”

Good on Mike. You know what players want from a commissioner or a manager or a coach? Someone that will stand up for them when they get trashed or left out. That makes them feel wanted, and as most of us know, athletes are insecure individuals.

I applaud Mike for standing up and writing this. Someone really needed to call Golf Mag out on such an omission.

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John Daly and a Guitar; Better Than Most!



Yes, I do know that "better than most" focused on another big name golfer, but when John Daly takes the stage in a coat made for Uncle Sam and murders "Knocking on Heaven's Door" you have to give the man props.

Also, he shot 65 in the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship.

(And in case you were confused, yes, those are golf lines he knocks out, but I actually enjoyed the "haven't made a putt in weeks" line. Probably holds true to both me and Mr. Daly.)


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Checking In On Masters 2012 Odds


It is a slow time in the golf world, so why don't we check out some golf future odds that sites have set for the 2012 Masters? I know it isn't your fault that I have a gambling problem, but deal with it.

Since Tiger Woods won the Chevron, the numbers have changed, and frankly, they are fairly hilarious. Let us take a look at the odds to win the Masters this coming year.


Tiger Woods 11/2
Rory McIlroy 8/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Luke Donald 16/1
Lee Westwood 18/1
Adam Scott 28/1
Jason Day 28/1
Nick Watney 28/1
Dustin Johnson 33/1
Martin Kaymer 33/1
Sergio Garcia 33/1
Anthony Kim 40/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Charl Schwartzel 40/1
Geoff Ogilvy 40/1
Hunter Mahan 40/1
K.J. Choi 40/1
Matt Kuchar 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Ian Poulter 50/1
Jim Furyk 50/1
Justin Rose 50/1
Paul Casey 50/1
Angel Cabrera 66/1
Bill Haas 66/1
Ernie Els 66/1
Padraig Harrington 66/1
Retief Goosen 66/1
Fred Couples 100/1

Is there a single odd on that list that gets you excited? I wouldn't bet Tiger, Phil or Rory, and I sure wouldn't touch the Vegas attempt to make you think "oh, I know those guys" with the final four on this list.

Maybe Choi at 40/1? Or Bubba since he can hit that big cut? Who knows, but I do like looking at the numbers and seeing how they change over the next few months with certain surprises coming out in 2012.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Video: Sergio Garcia Not a Huge Fan of That Iron

When you are a professional golfer, golf clubs are free, and that is probably a good thing for Sergio Garcia, because he isn't a huge fan of them at times. There was this PGA Championship incident. And now, at the Thailand tournament, he let go a helicopter not seen this side of the Atlantic.

Garcia had already splashed a shot on the par-3 8th, and was forced to tee up again for par. That shot missed the green right and then his iron found the water left.

Enjoy ...



Other golf posts:
-- Justin Timberlake lands a job with Callaway? 
-- Read what Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend says about Rory.
-- What company decided to call their new driver Rocketballz?!

(Thanks to reader Corey for the tip.)

They're Bringing Bertha Back?! Justin Timberlake Adds 26th Job Title to Resume


Remember back in the days when all Justin Timberlake did was headline a really badass boy band group? Man, those were the days. Britney Spears was sexy. Justin Bieber wasn't alive, and the only question in the golf world was how many shots Tiger Woods was going to win by.

But the world is changing my friends. Timberlake is out on his own. He made Saturday Night Live relevant again. He actually forced people to watch Jimmy Fallon. He got to lay on a topless Mila Kunis (I'll never forgive you for this one, Timberlake ... never!). And now, he can add Creative Director of Callaway Golf to his Infinite Jest-length resume.

Yes, Callaway has named Timberlake creative director of their new RAZR line, and if you don't like that, why don't you just go cry me a river. I'd hate to say Callaway was losing their way with their clubs, but Timberlake is here to keep them relevant until the end of time. Justin, take it from here, my man! (if you can name how many JT hits were in the last paragraph, you get 5 minutes with JT and a bottle of scotch.)

Yes, Timberlake and Callaway, a match made in fedora-covered heaven. Enjoy, golfers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rory McIlroy's Ex-Girlfriend, Shockingly, Not a Huge Fan of His New Girlfriend


When you break up with someone, there is always a party a little more hurt than the other (this is similar to how those whole "Friends With Benefits" ideas play out, except normal people can probably act better than Justin Timberlake). But when the breakup is public, and has a lot of famous people involved, the separation can drag on for months.

So it didn't surprise me to run across this interview in the Mirror with Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend, Holly Sweeney, who wasn't so happy to be let go for a famous tennis player.

I will just toss out some quotes from the interview with my own thoughts in parenthesis.

"I never thought he would do this to me." (Yeah, a famous athlete leaving you for someone more famous! A revelation similar to King Tut's tomb!)

"It killed me - that's why I went away to Dubai as soon as we split up, so I didn't have to look or think about it. "But when you're on a beach with nothing to take your mind off things, it still crops up. So you couldn't get away from it no matter what you did, it was still all over Twitter as well. So even if I was trying to take my mind off it, it still snuck its way back in." (Note to people over the age of 22 reading; I feel like the words 'Twitter' and 'Facebook' will really be involved in just about any relationship decision over the next 15-20 years. Just warning you.)

"I always suspected he had a thing for her. He's always been a big fan of tennis. When he was watching the women's games he always said he fancied her but I didn't take it that seriously - little did I know." (Nice job, Rory. Nothing like sitting around telling your current girlfriend which famous athlete you'd like to bag, and actually having the outlet to do so.)

"I have to put the blame on him for what has happened but obviously I'm not her biggest fan ever." (Neither are Grand Slams ... heyyyy-o!)

"Then he got home, went straight to see the dogs instead of me, dodged me when he came through the door and then sat me down and told me that he met with her in Germany and that he wanted to see how it would go with her." (In case you are wondering, this interview probably isn't going to run over at Oakley.com.)

"I suppose I chose the theme cause I have a very dry sense of humour - it was just me taking the mickey out of myself. People can say I was venting anger or having a sneaky dig but I was just having a laugh at my expense." (How can you leave an attractive girl that says things like 'taking the mickey out of me' and 'sneaky dig'? She's awesome!)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why is TaylorMade's New Clubs Called RocketBallz?


If you haven't heard, TaylorMade just released a golf club called RocketBallz. Yes, that is the name, and while it might seem a little strange, there is a story behind it.

From their press release:

CARLSBAD, Calif. (December 13, 2011) – The name RocketBallz is a truly unique part of TaylorMade’s newest product franchise and draws upon inspiration from an engineering dream first realized in a prototype Rescue clubhead. 


In search of the first significant fairway wood innovation in relation to COR and ball speed since the introduction of steel construction in the 1980s, TaylorMade developed and discovered advancements that, collectively, produced RocketBallz technology. “If you can come up with a name that does a good job of defining what the experience of a product could be, that’s exactly the scenario you want,” said Sean Toulon, Executive Vice President. “Product names come from all over the place but typically they’ll come from marketing, product marketing and sales. Never before has one come from R&D.” 


Not unlike many early product prototypes, the first RocketBallz metalwood was rigid, unfashionable and unrefined but its performance was truly incredible. Taken to a handful of TaylorMade Tour Staff professionals for testing, the launch conditions and increased distance it produced were remarkably consistent and immediately unmistakable. The characteristics of the prototype’s performance were best captured in a single analogy as described over and over – “like a rocket.” 


“I brought the prototype out to some players and Dustin Johnson was the first one to test it,” said Todd Chew, Tour Product Specialist. “He’s unbelievably long, as we all know, but he was just blown away by how far the Rescue was going. Dustin said a couple of times, ‘It’s like a rocket.’” 


When the prototype returned from initial field testing, TaylorMade’s engineers took the creative liberty to etch the name, “RocketBallz,” into both the CAD model and the sole of the prototype clubhead. The etching, similar to the fashion in which the prototype performed, was raw, aggressive and far-removed from the alphanumeric naming conventions normally associated with such product developments.

So, there you have it. Once we get our hands on one of these bad boys, we will tell you how it performs, but for now, just be glad the latest golf club isn't just a random assortment of numbers and letters.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pebble Peregrinating -- The Losers

All week, I will be out at Pebble Beach, playing golf, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the incredible function that is Lexus' Champions for Charity (#lexusc4c). These are my ramblings throughout the week.

Nobody likes to lose. Nobody. There are people that aren't passionate about winning, and those that just never really caught the competitive bug, but at some point, losing gets to you, and it stinks.

That was what I previously believed. After spending a couple of days with a few guys from Chicago, I changed my mind. Why? Because when you are playing Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay off a lucky $100 raffle, nobody is losing, even when you are.

See, the Lexus Champions for Charity event is a two-person best ball event that pits you and 80 percent of your handicap up against everyone else. If you place the year before, you get only 60 percent of your handicap the next year. All the proceeds you win go to the charity of your choice, and along with that, there are other random events throughout the week that can toss money at your charity (During the wine tasting, a Seattle-based wife got picked to donate $1000 to her charity). Golf is intense but fun, competitive but light-hearted.

The event is just as much about the people as it is about the golf courses. Sure, getting your name pulled out of a hat to win a trip to golf's 5th Avenue isn't a bad deal, but it is still about more than just you and your trip. You meet people that have similar interests. Almost everyone is in vacation mode, enjoying the week and the hotel and the courses and checking your scores with the same conviction that you'd have when reading the latest ramblings on The Daily Wh.at.

But back to our Chicago boys for a minute. Two men with what looked like smiles permanently plastered on their faces, just realizing quickly just how lucky that had gotten by landing in this spot. Yes, some of the auctions for this event can reach a down payment on your own Lexus, but to win it in a raffle is truly a blessing in disguise.

So came the Thursday night scores. Each evening, the great people at Octagon print out all the scores for people to read over a crisp glass of Chardonnay or a smooth sniffer of scotch. And our boys started checking the sheet. And check. And flipping. Not on the first page. Not quite on the second. And sadly, not on the third. But the good thing is, there were a few unfortunate souls printing on the back page of these stapled sheets, and our guys found themselves smack dab on the last page of competitors. I came back from a drink run, asked respectfully what place they were in, and proudly, both smiled and answered, "Well, we aren't in last." Turns out, they were in second to last. And meet the last place people the next day on their bus ride to Spanish Bay.

Did finding themselves near the bottom of an even with four pages of competitors bother either of them? Absolutely not. If nothing else, it gave them just that much more motivation for next year. I know they're already searching for those plane tickets.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pebble Peregrinating -- Back to Reality



All week, I will be out at Pebble Beach, playing golf, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the incredible function that is Lexus' Champions for Charity (#lexusc4c). These are my ramblings throughout the week.


Nothing is really as depressing as the day you have to leave from something incredibly special. I'm sure people feel this way on Honeymoons, when the day you leave is really the first day of the rest of your life and the excitement of everything that just went down is finally over. For me, the wheels coming up at the Monterey Airport was, for the second straight year, a somber moment, mostly because it's tough to be somewhere so special, with so many great people, and then leave it.


That said, I couldn't have had a better time. The people at Lexus and Octagon make Champions for Charity a must-visit, and throughout the next few days, I will have different posts highlighting those things. But before I get back to recounting the week, I must say that it's pretty remarkable that an event could raise over $30 million for charity as Champions did this year and be so much fun for everyone involved. Pebble Beach is a special place, and everyone that comes to the event can't wait to get back.  Seeing their faces, and reactions, and talking to all the people involved really made me appreciate this year even more than last, because I feel I really could see the fun they were having while helping an incredible cause. 

One of the funniest moments of the week came on Thursday night, when I was talking to a couple of great guys from Chicago. They still had two more days of golf left, but the only thing they could think about in between laughs and jokes about their score was what the heck they had to do to get back next year. Today begins that journey for them, and hopefully, for you. Trust me when I say this; finding a way to the event in 2012 will be one of the smartest things you can do for yourself, and for others. It should be on your Bucket List, and hopefully, maybe, I'll be there to have a glass of wine with you and just enjoy life in a fairytale land. 



More to come on Monday. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pebble Peregrinating -- The Other Side of Fun

All week, I will be out at Pebble Beach, playing golf, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the incredible function that is Lexus' Champions for Charity (#lexusc4c). These are my ramblings throughout the week.

Think about this for a second; you're a golfer who writes (or a writer who golfs, whichever way you'd like to hook it), and you get invited to a charity golf event at Pebble Beach. "Pebble Freakin' Beach?!," you scream into the phone. Of course you're in. Now imagine you're one of the participants in the Lexus Champions for Charity, and you get the opportunity to spend early December at the place every golfer wants to spend any month; Pebble, Spyglass and Spanish. You jump at the opportunity faster Lee Trevino cracking jokes. But you have one problem; what the heck are you going to do with the misses?

The good news is, Lexus is one step ahead of you, and on Thursday, I got to experience it. Call it one man, 75 wives, and wine.

Buses took all the companions to a restaurant named 1833 (the year the adobe building was constructed) and showed them exactly what it means to be included in something great. Wines, food, mixologists and even an absinthe bar (well, two absinthes bars ... forgive my memory) were all parts of the other side of this great event. What did I do? Well, what any guy is supposed to do in that situation. I mingled.

Also, I got to know people. There were visitors in from Seattle, happy to be out of that weather and excited to donate to a good cause. You had Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chicago and, of course, Scottsdale.

The funny thing about hanging out with a bunch of wives for a day, doing something completely different than what you'd expect when you come to a thing like this, is you get a good sense of just what they're here for. It isn't anything more or less than fun, food and generosity. The day focused on a winner of a donation to their local charity and then buses back to the hotel for rest and another night out with their now friends. Things like this create companionships because people are all here for similar reasons, and most of them have similar interests. I ran into a group of three ladies that were all chatting like best friends, only to find out a year ago they had met here and still keep in touch. This was their reunion. All for charity. Not bad, eh?

(Also, there is a picture of my mixology drink after the jump ... you can tell how good I am at mixing.)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

To Pebble I Go, I Go (Part Deux)



A year ago, I wrote this same headline, as I took my first trip to Pebble Beach thanks to the fine people at Lexus and their great charity, Champions for Charity, that hosts the big event each December at the home of golf in America. My recap of the event from last year is right here, and I will be bringing you stories, recaps, and just about everything else right here all week. Check back, enjoy the sun, and I'm sorry I'm there and you aren't. Don't hate me (and I mean you, dad!). 

A year ago, on a cold morning, I stood on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach expected to hit my first drive of the day. Barely any range time, an early morning and eyes as wide as a Michael Bourn lead at first base, the first shot I was asked to hit on the most beautiful golf course in the world was on the most famous hole at that golf course; No. 18. The par-5 is magnificent because of two beauties, both natural and man-made. You stand on the 18th tee, with waves crashing against rocks on a hole that wraps around the ocean, and can't decide if you want to look at what God set before us, or what some incredible architect did with houses too rich for even the man upstairs. It's a hole that really can't be explained, only experienced, and that was the hole I was starting on. Good luck.

See, Pebble is a smart golf course. You start your round on a couple of holes that don't exactly have you foaming at the mouth. Sure, they're fun golf holes, but like St. Andrews, they just warm you up. To be fair, your first experience to 17-Mile Drive needs a little buffering. The beauty, the money, the golf courses and the history are all things that pile on you as you're trying to figure out just how the hell I got here to begin with.

It makes me realize how lucky I am. Not just with the experience itself, both an incredible time for a cause that has raised over $200 million for charity over the years, but for what I've been given. A good family. Hilarious friends. A golf swing that doesn't break down nearly as much as I think it should. Driving near the Lone Cypress nearly forces you to have those movie moments where you just stare out at the sea and wonder what left-turns in life brought you to this spot.

I'm thankful for what I get to do, but I don't always think I express it. Life sometimes rolls you seven and sometimes rolls you craps, and that is true for everyone, but it's times like these that you have to embrace the seven and try to remember it. Trust me, it's way easier to remember the beats.

Flying to Pebble Beach for a second year in a row is something I never thought would be possible the day I signed up for Blogger and started throwing up words on the Internet. It has turned into this, and it makes me appreciate everything just that much more. Champions for Charity is an event way bigger than I. I'm just glad they've allowed me the opportunity to share the little part of it I'll get to see with the rest of you.

More when I get to Spanish Bay. I'll see if I can get a quote from the bagpiper.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Golfers Will Literally Do Anything If You Ask


I mean, just look at this picture. What the hell? Don't golfers have the ability to say no? "No thanks," Rory said, "I'd rather not do that."

Rory vs. Luke! For Richest Person Of That Other Tour That is In That Continent That Starts With E! I'm on the edge of my seat!!!

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Your Q-School Survivors; Who Doesn't Want to Die This Tuesday



PGA Tour Q-School is one of the most grueling events in sports. No, it isn't running an Ironman or competing in a nasty game in Lambeau in December, but it is six days of golf where you're not only going up against tons of other dream-hungry players, but you're also going up against your mind. Here are the 29 fellas that will be full-time PGA Tour members next season.

1.) Brendon Todd -- (Age: 26) -- He's the only guy that in red figures in all six rounds, a pretty incredible accomplishment for one of the Georgia boys that struggled mightily on the Nationwide Tour this past year.

2.) Stephen Gangluff -- (36) -- One of the surprise finishers at Q-School, Gangluff was one of the few to take full advantage of a calm third round, firing a 64 that helped him get full status.

3.) Bobby Gates -- (25) -- Probably my story of the year at Q-School, Gates three-putted his final hole at Disney earlier this season to finish 126 on the money list, one spot out of a renewal on the PGA Tour for 2012. No worries, he played some great golf, and earned his way back with the big boys the hard way.

4.) Seung-yul Noh -- (20) -- The youngest of all the newbies on tour, Noh finished bogey-quadruple bogey in his fifth round, but gave himself enough cushion the first four days to where it didn't matter.

5.) Tommy Biershenk -- (38) -- One of the rookies in the class of graduates, Biershenk showed some nerves on Monday with double-bogeys on both closing holes of his inward and outward nine holes, but there was neve any doubt he'd get his card with his play over the first five days.

6.) Vaughn Taylor -- (35) -- If the name looks familiar, it should, because Taylor has two career PGA Tour wins and needed Q-School to bounce back from a crummy year where he made just 10 of 27 cuts.

7.) Jarrod Lyle -- (30) -- You might remember him from this a season ago?

8.) Bob Estes -- (45) -- A nice closing stretch for the four-time Tour winner, who shot 69-67 to jump from outside the group to in it.

9.) Brian Harman -- (24) -- Probably the rookie I'm most excited to see on the PGA Tour, Harman, a fellow southpaw, has always been a hyped young man that just needs more control of his emotions to really break out and be as good as some expect.

10.) Marco Dawson -- (48) -- Nobody wants to be an expect in Q-School, but if there was someone you'd want to listen to about the trials and tribulations of this nasty tournament, it's Dawson. The guy has played final stage eleven damn times. Yikes.

11.) Sang Moon-Bae -- (25) -- I'm a fan of anyone with "Moon" in their name. "Sang" also helps.

12.) Kevin Kisner -- (27) -- He look, another Georgia boy! Kisner imitated the final two rounds of Estes to get his card after a struggle on the PGA Tour in 2011.

13.) Roberto Castro -- (26) -- He improved his status. Also, I wouldn't screw with this guy.

14.) William McGirt -- (32) -- A struggle at the end of his season had McGirt finish 141 on the PGA Tour money list, but he will be back after great play at PGA West.

15.) Jeff Maggert -- (47) -- One of three Aggies to get through Q-School. I'm just hoping nobody fires their swing coach after all this.

16.) Charlie Beljan -- (27) -- Gateway Tour shoutout! Beljan was basically the Yani Tseng of my old tour the last two years, and just seemed destined to be on the PGA Tour.

17.) Harris English -- (22) -- The qualifier most critics are raving over, English is a true fresh face, with no PGA Tour starts ever, but he can bomb the ball and makes everything, and already has a Nationwide Tour win under his belt as an amateur.

18.) Patrick Sheehan -- (42) -- When you close 66-67, you probably deserve a spot with the big boys.

19.) Scott Dunlap -- (48) -- In his PGA Tour career, Dunlap has made 96 of 184 starts. That's the only exciting thing I could find about Scott Dunlap.

20.) Greg Owen -- (39) -- You know how everyone thinks England is overtaking the golf world? Ha! Owen was the only Englishman to make it through Q-School. Take that, Queen!

21.) Daniel Summerhays -- (28) -- Jhonny Vegas bumped him last year as "most times I will misspell a name," but Summerhays is back for more.

22.) Will Claxton -- (30) -- I liked his profile picture for the week the most of anyone. Photog -- "Okay Will, that last one was great, but can you give me just a hair more serial rapist? Okay, great!"

23.) Edward Loar -- (37) -- Rookie alert, rookie alert! Loar was initially going to get invited to the PGA Tour, but was snuffed out by two SEC players. (Oklahoma State joke!)

24.) Mark Anderson -- (25) -- Another one of those "improving your status" guys.

25.) Alexandre Rocha -- (34) -- It must be really strange to be from Brazil, where every woman in the world is amazing and the place is great, and decide to play college golf, only to find yourself landing in Starkville, Mississippi. But, hey, they do call Starkville the Sao Paulo of Northeast Mississippi.

26.) Richard H. Lee -- (24) -- Dude went Tiger at Chevron on Monday, making birdies on his final two holes to secure his card.

27.) John Huh -- (21) -- Huh was 9-under heading into the final hole, but his approach shot came up short in the drink and he made a bogey. His expression looked like he'd miss it by a shot, but the scores came back to him, and the second youngest of the qualifiers got in.

28.) Nathan Green -- (36) -- He has a PGA Tour win. He's also from Australia.

29.) Colt Knost -- (26) -- Talk about hanging on by your teeth. Knost came into his final hole at 10-under and well within the top-25, but his tee shot found the water, his third shot well left of the green, and his bogey putt came up a dimple short of dropping. The double-bogey looked like he might be a shot out, but lucky for Knost it wasn't, and he will be a full-time member in 2012.

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'd Like the Tiger, With a Side of Mashed Potatoes

"Get in the hole" is one of the most tired sayings in the history of sports. It ranks right up there with "if the playoffs started today ..." (but they don't, so it doesn't matter ... like at all) and when announcers remind us constantly that a challenge must have inconclusive evidence to be overturned (we know).

So it's nice to see someone go with another thing when the most popular golfer in the world is teeing off. That's what happened to Tiger Woods, who hit his tee shot on the 72nd hole at the Chevron World Challenge only to have a spectator go with a different sort of cheer.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Video: Tiger Woods Makes Putt to Win Chevron World Challenge

And here is the video of the win for Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods Is Back In the Winner's Circle


"Allow me to re-introduce myself, My name is HOV, H to the O-V, I used to move snowflakes by the O.Z., I guess even back then you can call me, C.E.O of the R.O.C HOV, Fresh out the frying pan into the fire ..."


For the past two years, Tiger Woods was far from invisible. Anytime we write something about him or bring up his name, everyone has an opinion. He's one of the few golfers that has allowed himself to be more than the game, but the funny thing, for the last 700-and-some-odd weeks he was just that, anything but golf.

That was, until Sunday at a tournament with only 17 other players in it. Critics will call it a silly season event or not a real golf tournament, but winning is winning, no matter who you're playing, and the lineup for the Chevron event was far from a Hooters Tour event. Tiger had to beat a Masters champion, a U.S. Open champion and a host of other young players you've heard of more than you should. He took out Kuchar, Casey and Mahan. But more importantly, he took out the guy that has been the biggest hindrance to Tiger Woods anytime he'd get near the lead; himself.

Tiger didn't have his best stuff on Sunday. Really, nobody did. Woods cursed after swings and dropped clubs and let opportunities slip away. But the moment he needed something to happen, he rose to the occasion and delivered. Not since 2009 was Tiger able to birdie the final two holes of a golf tournament and win the damn thing, but he did it, fist-pumps and all.

Does a win really mean that Tiger is "back"? For some, winning the Chevron wouldn't do that, but for Tiger, this was what he needed. It was the a can of "Red Bull" to a career that, frankly, needed wings. Woods' ability to close out golf tournaments was a thing of beauty for the first part of his career, but Tiger was never much from chasing down players. After extending his lead to two shots on the back nine on Sunday, Tiger let it all fall back to Zach Johnson, but he never stopped fighting, and his birdies on 17 and 18 showed that he can still find another gear when he needs it.

Tiger isn't really reintroducing himself to us at all, but he is reintroducing everyone to his golf clubs. It's nice to see, and makes the 2012 season all the more exciting.

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Video: Solid Finish, Zach Johnson

The weird thing about golf is that they say no matter how you go, or great you played, you could always do better. Like poker, it seems easier to remember those holes you hacked it around on than the ones where you played them perfectly.

But for Zach Johnson on Saturday at the Chevron Challenge, it will be tough not to remember his final shot of the day, from 161-yards with a 7-iron. Watch, and know that when you record an eagle on 18, it was a good day.

Friday, December 2, 2011

ShoeGate is Solved!


On Thursday at Sherwood, Tiger Woods shot a 3-under 69. He nearly whiffed a golf shot in his round. But that wasn't what everyone was talking about. No, it was ShoeGate!

Yes, Tiger switched from white to black shoes in the middle of his round, and it was the story that lead Sportscenter. Why did he do it? Is that cheating? Was Marty Hackel somehow involved?!

Tiger explained after the round so this could all be settled.

"I was tying my shoes on 10 and one of the eyes where it kind of goes through snapped, so I didn't want to play with it, so I had the black pair sent out." 


Q. You had them sent out? 


TIGER WOODS: They were in my locker. Thank you. Appreciate it.

Always check back here for the hard-hitting golf journalism (and if you get a minute, check out directstartv).

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tiger, That's Not How You Do It

I'll say this, if a golf course has rough thick enough to make Tiger Woods nearly whiff a shot out of it, you've got some serious rough (you paying attention, Congressional?).

On Thursday at the Chevron, Tiger found himself in the rough on the 9th hole, and tried to muscle it out. Sadly, it didn't go very far, and the video is below. Watch, be amazed, and try not to hurt your wrist.



The good news is, Tiger still shot a 3-under 69 and is currently tied for second. The bad news is one of the guys playing behind Tiger rolled his ankle in that divot.

h/t Devil Ball

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yes, That Is John Daly In the Front


And no, he didn't withdraw from this photo. It's a miracle!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

PGA Tour Players Reveal Favorite Music Artists, And It's As White As You'd Expect


When I think PGA Tour players, one of my first thoughts is, "What are they listening to?!?" I was always bummed when iTunes used to do those celebrity playlists that Craig Stadler was never given the opportunity to let me the fan know what was on his iPod. Why isn't this in the media guide?

But good news all, because the Press Tent has the answer for your burning question, mainly if your burning question is, "What is Bill Haas' favorite artist?"

The wrap has videos accompanying it, but I'll just give you a few of the answers below:

Tigers Woods -- Hootie and the Blowfish
Padraig Harrington and Rickie Fowler -- Eminem
Bill Haas -- Mark Cohn
Hunter Mahan -- The Clash
Luke Donald -- Coldplay

Ahh! What in the world is that list?! Mark Cohn? YOUR FAVORITE? Please, someone name me one Cohn song besides "Walking in Memphis." Go ... I'm waiting.

The good thing about this story is it does have one of my favorite lines ever written in the history of journalism -- "As you probably guessed from the “Oh, Oh, Oh” music video where he raided David Lee Roth’s closet, Mahan likes to rock." THAT GOLF BOY VIDEO IS MADE TO ROCK!

Also, Rickie? Aren't you supposed to love Jesus? Bubba would not be proud of that Eminem selection, even though I'm pretty sure they played "Kim" last week at my First Baptist service.

So, yeah, check out the list. It's hilarious. Thank you, Press Tent. Thank you a million times over.

(Definitely the second hardest I laughed after the "rock" sentence is the rap selections for Eminem and and Jay-Z. I wish I had been there for this chat:

Golf Writer #1 -- "Hey man, what's a good Eminem song?"
Golf Writer #2 -- "I think he wrote one of for that movie he was in about Detroit?"
Golf Writer #1 -- "Yep, you're right ... /wikipedias ... HE WON AN OSCAR FOR IT!")

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Few Q-School Players to Watch at Final Stage

The most brutal, grueling golf event of the year kicks off on Wednesday. No, not the U.S. Open or the British Open. Miles past the U.S. Amateur or a Ryder Cup. It's the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School, where dreams go to die, and six rounds take you from obscure or forgotten player to the big show. Here are a few players to watch that will tee it up at PGA West this week. 

Rich Beem -- Hey, remember him?! He was the Beemer! He won a major! He beat Tiger Woods! He had a book written about him that he didn't really like! I do love the Beem though and would love to see him back out on the Tour.

Benoit Beisser -- The first time I ever played in a mini tour event, I was paired with Beisser. He had his mom in the cart, and told me and my dad to call him "Benoit" (pronounced Ben-Wa). He was 6-under through 17 holes, and I was the only player in the group that had a made a bogey, but Benoit hit his drive on 18 about 50 yards left of the fairways and made a double-bogey. It made me feel better. I always appreciated that.

Charlie Beljan -- In the past two seasons on the Gateway Tour, Beljan has made a combined $123,054.59. Who said mini tour guys don't make cash?!

Alex Coe -- A friend of mine, Coe has a little advantage here over the rest of the field; he plays PGA West every day.

Chris DeForest -- Good news for Chris! No trees at PGA West, meaning he won't be in DeForest that much *carhorn*!

David Duval -- Can someone do me a favor and figure out how many Q-Schools Duval has played in. Is it more than Masters played? It wouldn't surprise me if it was.

Jason Gore -- A sentimental pick in Gore, mostly because I loved his little run back in 2005.

Jarrod Lyle -- The good news for Lyle is he has some good memories from desert golf courses in 2011.

Sam Saunders -- The good news for Saunders? Arnold Palmer's restaurant in Palm Springs is about 11 minutes from the first tee at PGA West, and has a great wine selection.

Nicholas Thompson -- Best idea of the day? Have Lexi caddie. Boom.

Ty Tryon -- The best part about having success as a kid? Nobody will ever forget your name.

Boo Weekley -- What the hell happened to this guy?

Ryan Yip -- I really hope he gets paired with Frank Shanks at some point this week.

Australian Rules Golf? Allenby and Ogilvy Nearly Come to Blows


Color me surprised, but it seems the Presidents Cup does matter to a lot of the players, especially Robert Allenby. The only man to go winless earlier this month in Australia at the team event didn't take kindly to the play of Geoff Ogilvy, and after losing in a playoff on Sunday at the Australian PGA Championship, told his fellow countryman what he thought.

Reports out of Coolum is the two got into a verbal argument Sunday night with Allenby challenging the former U.S. Open champion to fisticuffs. 

Here is the what the Sydney Morning Herald had to say about it ...

Some accounts of what happened between the two US-based players had Allenby approaching Ogilvy and offering to settle it physically. What is clear is that on Sunday night, after Allenby had lost a play-off to Greg Chalmers, he and Ogilvy crossed paths and strong words were spoken.


''Look, it wasn't TV Ringside or anything,'' said Paul Galli, Ogilvy's manager. ''I wasn't there, but from what I've been told, it's a storm in a teacup. There were a few words spoken. They will be fine. I've got no doubt they can come together at the [Australian] Masters in a few weeks, have a beer and move on.''

It's actually something that has gone back a couple of weeks. After the Presidents Cup ended, Allenby was quoted in the News Limited newspapers as saying, "(Geoff) hit me in the trees three times off the tee, and I had to chip out three times." Ogilvy went to Twitter when Allenby got in the lead this week and had this to say.


After that tweet, when Greg Chalmers won the playoff, he simply tweeted, "Well done Greg Chalmers."

Man, what is it about people in that region and starting trouble these days? First Steve Williams and now Allenby? Hey, leave my mustached friend alone, Robert! From your track record this month, I'd advice you not to get in a fight. You probably wouldn't win.

Related Golf Posts:
-- Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend is hot, also funny
-- Tiger Woods will get $3 million appearance fee at Abu Dhabi 
-- Did Ryo Ishikawa cheat at the Presidents Cup?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rory McIlroy's Ex-Girlfriend is Funny

Imagine being Holly Sweeney. A young girl who had spent most of her youth holding hands with Rory McIlroy, Sweeney was still in a relationship with the young phenom when he ran away with this year's U.S. Open. McIlroy mentioned after his win that she was part of the reason he was able to take down Congressional just months after collapsing at Augusta, only to part ways weeks later and fall in the arms of major-weary Caroline Wozniacki.

Sweeney has had a little fun with the breakup, and it showed when she hosted a "golf pros, tennis hoes" dinner party as part of a show in Ireland called "Celebrity Come Dine With Me."

Apparently McIlroy got wind of the party and sent multiple texts begging her not to go through with it, but she did, and honestly, that's pretty funny.

The only thing funnier is if Lance Armstrong's ex-wife had thrown a "bicycle bros and scratchy voice singers" party months after the cyclist went to Sheryl Crow's corner.

(Also, just for the record, Sweeney might be on my short list of "girls that are sneaky hot but seem like they could easily be the type of woman to show up at your house at 3 AM and break down your door because you fell asleep and forgot to text her goodnight." Just sayin'.)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ten Golfy Things I'm Thankful For

First, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Today is one of the best holidays of the year, because it involves food, football, and family. Enjoy it, eat up and don't worry about calorie count. Here are some golf things I'm thankful for!

That We Are Officially Past Talking about the Tiger Woods Scandal -- Well, after this sentence. I like that nearly all the talk about Tiger is strictly focused on his golf game (or lack thereof), and nothing really comes up about his personal life. He's a golfer! We're talking about golf! It's magical!

For This -- Because it shows that no matter how much money certain golfers get, they're all still huge nerds.

For the Lexus Champions for Charity Event -- I like charities, and I like golfing, and I especially like playing Pebble Beach, and for the second straight year, I was invited to hit up Monterey for their great event. Thanks to the Lexus people because it really is one of the best weeks of my year.

For People That Still Use 2-Irons -- I'm sorry, but I'm officially off the hybrid craze. I can't hit them, don't really like them, and just love the feel of a good, solid 2-iron. When others have them in their bags, it makes me just want to hug them.

For the Hot Dog Throwing Guy -- The only thing that would be dumber than throwing a hot dog at someone is if you decided to throw a balloon. We appreciate you for your stupidity.

That People Really Might Stop Inviting John Daly to Golf Tournaments -- It isn't that I have beef with Daly, it's just that I think someone needs to stop giving this guy a hand in everything if he isn't going to finish a dang tournament. It will probably be better for him in the long run as well.

For Sophie Gustafson -- This took real courage, and was probably my favorite thing to post all year.

For Someone at ESPN the Magazine Googling 'Belen Mozo' One Day -- Yes, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

That I Still Get to Golf With My Dad and Uncle -- No matter the round or course, anytime I get to play with my uncle or dad, it's the best round of the month.

For You, Dear Readers -- This little blog is fun for me, and I sure hope it's fun for you, but I thank each and every one of you for coming back time and time again to check out my rantings and ramblings. It isn't the smartest read on the web, and definitely not the most professional, but I have fun with it, and I really like hearing your feedback. Thank you. Come back. Tip your waitress (or mom).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tiger Woods Still a Big Draw I Guess, Will Get $3 Million for Abu Dhabi Appearance


My dad and I were talking this morning about the University of Arizona's recent hiring of Rich Rodriguez. A former Wildcat myself, I've been open about how excited I am about the hire, and really think he could do wonders in Tucson. My dad? Not so thrilled. He said he didn't really like the guy and thought it was crazy that he left West Virginia, his alma mater, to go coach at Michigan. I simply told my dad that there were about a million reasons why he'd leave for the Wolverines, and that's true. People, at the end of the day, chase dollars (well, except for bloggers, but you guys know that ... hey, can I borrow $5?).

So it shouldn't surprise you that Tiger Woods decided to pick the Abu Dhabi tournament over Torrey Pines. At the end of the day, which one is going to help his bottom line?

The thing is, nobody really knew how much it might help, but reports are out, and Woods is getting $3 million just to show up. Insane? Maybe. Telling? Definitely.

We can sit here and want Rory McIlroy or Rickie Fowler to be the new face of golf, but the truth is, it's Tiger and then nobody even close. Why did Fred Couples pick Tiger for the Presidents Cup? Well, because he's one of the best match player golfers of all time, is one of the most successful golfers of all time, and is a close friend to Couples. Why did the Presidents Cup want Tiger? Because he brings the viewers.

So be thankful that we still have Tiger. The guy continues to put golf on the map even when everything else is going on, and if nothing else, he moves the needle.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Video: Tiger Woods Talks to CNBC About Presidents Cup, Sponsors, Kinda Nothing

I still like Tiger Woods. He brings golf in the spotlight, and played some pretty good golf over the weekend at the Presidents Cup.

But his interviews are still very, very vanilla. Here he is on CNBC talking about, well, nothing really. Watch, because it's Tiger.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Presidents Cup; Where Momentum Happens

Years back, some PGA Tour players started rumbling about these team events. They wanted to get paid. They hated going for a week somewhere without a fee attached to it. These are millionaires, dammit, and if they're showing up to golf, someone needs to be rubbing their feet.

The rumblings quickly ceased. Fans didn't like that these guys were asking for something to play in one of the best, and most appreciated, golf events of the season. People love competition between countries, and the Ryder, Presidents and Solheim Cup give us that fill. Fans love it.

And now, there is no rumbling. Guys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson say how much fun they have and how much they love it, as they should, and this week especially was helpful to both those guys. Tiger, Phil, Hunter, Bubba, Webb, Ryo, K.T., and Jim are just some of the guys that will use this Presidents Cup as a trampoline into the 2012 season, and if they take anything from Royal Melbourne it's confidences.

Furyk didn't lose a point. Tiger found his swing. Phil figured out how to make big putts again. Hunter exercised the Ryder Cup demons. Bubba and Webb proved that rookies is just a word. Ryo and K.T. showed that they're as good as advertised.

It really is a confidences builder. You're on a team, something different than the rest of the golf year, and you get a chance to go out and have fun with teammates. You get to cheer others on. You get to play for your country and money isn't the final goal. You don't win status on tour or a big trophy for your house, you just are trying to gain points, win holes, strategize against your opponent.

If a few of those guys listed above have a great 2012, it shouldn't surprise anyone. These are the types of things that get people going, and as far as Presidents Cups go, it was as fun to watch as any I can remember.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ryo Ishikawa Pulled a Camilo at Presidents Cup

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No, he didn't start busting out of his shirt, but Ryo Ishikawa did knock down a divot as his ball was rolling back towards him.

I filmed the above video off him breaking the rule right after he did it, and nothing has happened yet, but I'm sure something will. Remember, Camilo Villegas was disqualified earlier this season for that exact same infraction.

The exact rule is 23-1, and it reads like this:

"When a ball is in motion, a loose impediment that might influence the movement of the ball must not be removed. Note: If the ball lies in a hazard, the player must not touch or move any loose impediment lying in or touching the same hazard - see Rule 13-4c. Penalty for Breach of Rule: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes."

In match play, it's just a loss of hole instead of a DQ, but it would be a big swing in a match heading the Internationals' way.

And that was squashed quick ... via the PGA Tour Twitter feed - "FYI: In match play, opponents must make a rules claim prior to beginning the next hole. Moot point after ball goes into play on next hole."

Some Great Images From the Presidents Cup

Getty Images has been killing it this week at the Presidents Cup. Here are some of the best images, with some captions to make them even more fun!


I'm assuming this is the moment Adam Scott realized Bradley Cooper had been named Sexiest Man of the Year and not him. 


Luigi.


Greg Norman deciding maybe photographer is a better gig than Presidents Cup captain. 


I mean, no caption, just creepy. Did Tiger finally hire someone to take out Stevie? 


Amy Mickelson and Webb Simpson's wife showing everyone that being married to a PGA Tour star is a pretty good gig. 


K.T. Kim!


Jason Day's vertical is stuff of legends. 


AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhHH!


OhhhhhhhHHHHhhhH!


Probably my favorite picture the entire week. 


Yeah, you like that! 

Video: Hunter Mahan Had a Pretty Good Day

Despite all that Golf Boys stuff and the fact that Hunter Mahan kind of reminds me of that jock in school that knew he was good but probably never finished an entire novel, I like him. Always have. He has swagger on the course, hits the ball incredibly well and has lived up to the hype, relatively speaking. It was a bummer when he flubbed that chip a year ago at the Ryder Cup because I was really hoping he'd be the hero.

And it might have taken a year, but Mahan was the hero on Saturday at the Presidents Cup.

First, his hole-out in the morning sessions with David Toms.



And finally, the best reaction to any putt I've seen in years. Man that was awesome.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Phil Mickelson's Incredible Presidents Cup Run


Forget for a second that Phil Mickelson has played in every Presidents Cup. Or that he is the leading point getter on any team in the history of the event.

For one second, think about this; in the last 17 matches Phil has been a part of, he's lost once. Yep, that's true, Mickelson has been a menace.

It's funny because when you think about these team events, Mickelson's name hardly ever comes up. He's a good player that seems like he'd be fun to play with. He was one of the guys that thought players deserved money a few years back when that was a big story. He is one of the Big Two in the moneymaking categories that draws golf fans to stories but doesn't really make them boom (like Tiger does).

But Mickelson has quietly gone about his business. As Steve Elling points out, Lefty has gone on this run without a relative superstar. His partners in the last 17 matches have been Chris DiMarco, Woody Austin, Hunter Mahan, Anthony Kim, Sean O'Hair, Justin Leonard and Jim Furyk. Of that list, only two have won majors (Leonard and Furyk) and both are just one-time major champions. But Lefty has carried them. His go-for-broke mentality seems to work in these types of events, because if it doesn't work, you just go to the next hole and hope this one will be different.

On Saturday, Mickelson gets another shot to play with Furyk, who are 2-0-0 this week as a team. They're veterans of these types of events, and admitted earlier this week that they've only played together once before because captains always like pairing them with some younger players to make them feel more comfortable. This time, they get each other, and it's working out fittingly.

Crazy that while Tiger continues to struggle, Mickelson plods along nicely, and gets little to no fanfare. Not a problem though. He's probably used to that.

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Video: Hunter Mahan Can Get Heated After All

The thing about the likes of Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson is it always seems like they're the chilled out ones on the golf course. Yeah, they might get pumped up after certain shots, but for the most part they go about their business on the golf course.

That is, unless you're yelling something in their backswing. Mahan was on the 18th hole 17th, 1-down and in need of something magical. He's standing over his second shot, about to take the club back and someone yells. He didn't appreciate it.

Watch ...



Hey, can't blame the guy, I'd probably get mad too. Sadly, getting heated didn't help. Mahan and David Toms lost their match to Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen.

h/t Devil Ball

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Video: Aaron Baddeley's Chunked Tee Shot from Thursday

I figured I'd toss this up in case anyone wanted to see it. Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day were 1-up in their match on Thursday at the Presidents Cup with the 18th hole to play. The Internationals needed the full point. And then Badds took a swing. Here's the video. I'm sorry you have to watch it.

 

Phil Mickelson is a Trusting Man


Yes, that's right ... the above picture of Tiger Woods and a pretty blonde might be mistaken for old photos of Woods and Elin, but it isn't, it's from Thursday at the Presidents Cup, and the lady is none other than Amy Mickelson. It's crazy what sunglasses can cover up?!

Matches kick off in just a few minutes ... who you got on Friday?

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R.I.P., Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as a Team


Well, consider one of the most dominant teams in recent team play history dead. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, who went 5-0-0 the last time the Presidents Cup was played and won two matches at the Ryder Cup is most likely done for 2011.

Why? Because the last two times the duo has been out, they've redefined the term "steamrolled." The last team match at the 2010 Ryder Cup, Tiger and Steve lost 6 & 5, but somehow managed to get beat even worse on Thursday at Royal Melbourne.

How bad? Just the worst team defeat in the history of the event. Yikes.

It isn't really fair to sit here and yell at the two, even though they failed to make a birdie in the alternate shot format and made three bogeys in the loss. Stricker isn't healthy, he's rusty, and it's obvious after the first day that if he wins just a single point for the Americans it will be a huge boost. We saw this at the Solheim Cup with Cristie Kerr and are seeing it now with Stricker; no matter how great a player is, if they aren't healthy, they aren't that much of a help to the team.

Expect Stricker to play his four-ball on Friday, mandatory since all players compete, and then expect him to sit all of Saturday.

Tiger, on the other hand, gets a chance to tee it up with Dustin Johnson. I'm not really saying it's going to be a huge change, but it might help to be out with a guy that has been playing golf and did make a clutch putt on the 18th hole for an important halve on Thursday.

Tiger and Dustin will be bombing it, having some fun with it, and hopefully get Woods back on track. I was wondering which Australian Open Tiger we'd get at the Presidents Cup. For the first two days, he looked like his old self, and then on Saturday the next Tiger. So far, we're getting the guy that shot 75 for no real reason.

I'd like to see old Tiger again on Friday.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams Are Men After All


That's the handshake. Please be the end of this. Golf begins (And it's great stuff!).

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Five Things That Should Excite You About the Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup kicks off on Thursday, or Wednesday night if you're here in the States, and while it might always be considered the half-sister of the Ryder Cup, this year's event just feels different. Here are five things that should get you excited about the United States versus the International team, four days running.

5.) Steve Williams and Tiger Woods, The Handshake (That We Will Get To See on TV) -- Yes, they've got palm on palm before (Tiger actually has with a lot of people *heyyo*), but this will the first time that they've done it since the last time they did it since the last time they worked together. Isn't that exciting?! This storyline will be dead by the time all four players hit their opening tee shots, but hey, it's something.

4.) Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk Paired Together -- Well, I couldn't think of anything else for number four, so I checked my archives from three Presidents Cups ago and found this one. Still seems relevant.

3.) All Those Darn Australians -- Yes, there are five Aussies in this year's field, and on their home turf, should set out to really make an impression. The good news is, a couple of them might be playing the best golf of anyone Down Under, and it'll be interesting to see how the handle the pressures this week.

2.) Geoff Ogilvy's Mustache -- Just look at that thing! Incredible stuff.

1.) Royal Melbourne -- All joking aside, this golf course is insane and will be on full display during primetime in the States. I got an offer when I was caddying at St. Andrews to go play there for free, and guess what, I didn't take the guy up on it. Like you needed another reason to think I was a complete moron.

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Tiger Woods to Skip Torrey Pines in 2012 For More Seven Figure-y Event


There aren't many golf courses that have allowed Tiger Woods to raise their trophy more than Torrey Pines. The public golf course just outside of San Diego, Calif. has been a part of six Farmers Insurance Opens wins to Woods' credit and one of the better U.S. Opens in my lifetime, so it seems like a no-brainer for Tiger to visit his home state's event each year to try to add to that total.

Unless ... someone is willing to fork up Tiger's copious appearance fee. That's what will happen next season when Tiger will bypass Torrey for Abu Dhabi.

It really shouldn't surprise anyone. Tiger is a very loyal man to certain things, with the thing near the top of the list being money. If someone is willing to shell out seven figures for him to show up and golf, he's probably going to do it, PGA Tour be damned. Some might disagree with it, but just put yourself in Tiger's shoes for a minute and tell me you wouldn't be booking a flight (or in his case, fueling your jet) for the long haul to Abu Dhabi.

Also, this shouldn't really concern the PGA Tour. Golfers will continue to do this randomly throughout the year, but they'll still play in many PGA Tour events, so no overreacting. The beautiful thing about being a professional golfer is you really aren't committed to anything except yourself, and as long as you can be where you need to be, things should be fine.

Now, anyone know if the Abu Dhabi people need a blogger to play? My appearance fee is also seven figures, but five of those are after the decimal.

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