Jan
22
2015

Robert Allenby

Robert Allenby’s story of getting beaten, robbed and kidnapped last week in Honolulu has taken several twists and turns since it was first reported during the Sony Open. Several witnesses have brought Allenby’s account into question and contradicted it with their own versions of the events that they saw unfold. 

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Jan
18
2015

Jimmy Walker wasn’t going to let a second tournament slip through his fingers in the same week. After losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Walker got redemption on Sunday, firing an impressive bogey-free, seven-under 63.

Not only did he successfully defend his title at the Sony Open, he ran away from the field, posting a 23-under total at Waialae Country Club en route to a nine-shot victory over Scott Piercy. The record for the largest margin of victory at this event was previously seven strokes, which was held by Paul Azinger in 2000. 

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Jan
17
2015
Photo via Golf Channel

Photo via Golf Channel

Robert Allenby says he was beaten, robbed and kidnapped before he was dumped in a park more than six miles from where he was taken in Honolulu on Friday night.

After missing the cut at the Sony Open, Allenby went to dinner with his good friend Anthony Puntoriero and his caddie Mick Middlemo. From there, they went to Amuse Wine Bar near Ala Moana in Honolulu, not far from Waikiki. 

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Jan
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Belly putter, what? Who needs that crutch anymore (especially with the USGA ban on anchoring coming into effect in less than a year)? Not Webb Simpson! — the 2012 U.S. Open champion is using a conventional length putter for the first time on the PGA Tour at this week’s Sony Open and it’s working pretty well for him so far. At the halfway mark, Simpson is 12-under and tied for a three-way share of the lead with Matt Kuchar and rookie Justin Thomas.

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Jan
16
2015

Matt Every was disqualified from the Sony Open during the second round for playing with a non-conforming golf club in competition. Every said he bent his 4-iron “out of frustration” on the 18th hole on Thursday at Waialae Country Club and accidentally used it on the same hole (which was his 9th of the day) on Friday.

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Jan
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For the first time on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson played with a conventional-length putter on Thursday. Simpson, who had used a belly putter since college in 2004, fired an eight-under 62 at Waialae Country Club to take a share of the early first-round lead at the Sony Open.

He was nervous for his Tour debut with the short putter and he owed the big man upstairs for helping him get through this difficult obstacle. 

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Jan
15
2015
Padraig Harrington kicks a football into the crowd on no. 16 at the 2013 Phoenix Open

Padraig Harrington kicks a football into the crowd on no. 16 at the 2013 Phoenix Open

Watch out for the PGA Tour’s fun police — they already got rid of the caddie races last year on the par-3 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Now, players will be prohibited from throwing swag into the stands. A notice was posted in the locker room at this week’s Sony Open that was first tweeted by Golfweek’s Alex Miceli.

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Jan
12
2015

With four holes to play in Monday’s final round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Patrick Reed trailed 54-hole co-leader Jimmy Walker by four shots. At the time, it may have seemed like an insurmountable deficit to overcome, but not for Reed, who credits his stubbornness for his success.

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Jan
12
2015

Chris Kirk wasn’t having the best week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It wasn’t that he was playing poorly, but he wasn’t scoring, and silly mistakes were leading to big numbers on his scorecard. Following rounds of 68- 76-73, Kirk found himself in last place in the 33-man field and earned an early solo tee time for the final round at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

Well, that combination worked for Kirk, who played lights out, not to mention fast — he finished in two hours, 48 minutes. Now, for any of you who have been here, then you know it isn’t the easiest track to walk (in fact, it’s the toughest trek on Tour all year). He also found his scoring groove. Kirk fired an 11-under 62, which included birdies on 7 of the last 9 holes, to tie the course record.

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Jan
10
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It’s virtually impossible to write about golf right now with playoff football showing on the television in front of me in the media center, but I’ll do my best to get through this write-up for the few of you who actually care.

As the conditions have been soft all week at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, low scores were there for the taking in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Defending champion Zach Johnson was one of the players to capitalize, posting a six-under 67 to take a four-way share of the lead with Jimmy Walker, Sang-Moon Bae and first-round leader Russell Henley.

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