May
25
2016

2016 US Open Oakmont

The USGA announced on Tuesday that 27 additional golfers, including past U.S. Amateur champions Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun (Ben) An and Matthew Fitzpatrick, have earned exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open, which will be held June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. These exemptions bring the number of players in the field to 78.

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May
24
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Jack Nicklaus

As you may have seen by now — I am fully aware that this came out on Sunday and I saw it then, but just forgot to post it — Jack Nicklaus sat down with Jim Axelrod of CBS News and talked about his business relationship with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Nicklaus spoke highly for Trump and even said he’ll vote for him if he’s on the ballot this fall.

This came as no surprise. I’ve only known Nicklaus to speak well of Trump. In fact, I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard him deliver so many compliments about anyone else. (That’s probably not true, but what stood out to me during my 2013 interview with Nicklaus were his accolades for Trump, and by that token, the same can be said about Trump on himself).

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May
23
2016

Olympic golf fans (if there are any out there), don’t fret yet — Rory McIlroy is still planning on competing in the upcoming games in Rio this summer, but he does have concerns (as he should) over the threat of contracting the Zika virus, which may cause him to reassess his commitment, according to the BBC:

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May
22
2016

Sergio Garcia collected his ninth PGA Tour victory by beating Brooks Koepka in the first playoff hole at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday. Garcia has fond memories at this tournament, shooting a 62 in his first-ever round in ’99, where he went on to finish T3 at the ripe age of 19, and winning it (also in a playoff) for the first time in 2004.

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May
22
2016
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

The Irish Open - Day Four

Rory McIlroy secured his first win of the year in dramatic fashion, hitting a 5-wood from 253 yards to three feet, which he holed for eagle on the par-5 18th at the K Club to capture his home tournament, the Irish Open. The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland admitted to getting emotional as he waited for his playing partners Russell Knox and Masters champion Danny Willett to finish. 

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May
15
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

If there were ever a question over Jason Day’s position as the world no. 1 player, he certainly answered with his wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship, which boasts the strongest field of the year, not to mention the richest, with $1.9 million to the winner. Day’s commanding performance gave him a four-shot edge over the next closest competitor Kevin Chappell, who was also the runner-up when the 28-year-old Australian hoisted the trophy at Bay Hill in March.

Day, who has seven wins in his last 17 starts, has separated himself from the rest of the “Big Four” — Jordan Spieth (MC), Rory McIlroy (T12) and defending champ Rickie Fowler (MC) — as the most dominant player in the game.

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May
14
2016

Unlike the first two rounds at The Players, where several threatened to break the course record and a couple guys matched it, TPC Sawgrass showed its teeth on Saturday afternoon when the greens went from being soft and receptive to lightning-fast. I mean, I’d never seen tour players miss so many two-footers. We saw Sergio Garcia six-putt (if you count his first from the fringe) and even 54-hole leader Jason Day four-putted. A number of players also putted *off* the greens. There were a total of 149 three-putts, the most in the history of this event. 

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May
13
2016

Finally. The drought is over. It only took 6,300 tee shots, but the famed par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass yielded its first hole-in-one in 14 years at The Players Championship on Friday.

Will Wilcox made a rare ace with a pitching wedge from 147 yards in the second round. And he did it with a yellow ball. 

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May
13
2016

It’s hard to rag on an eight-under 64 at TPC Sawgrass (or really anywhere for that matter), but if you bogey your last hole of the day, which happens to be a par-5, and your name is Rory McIlroy, then it’s quite understandable. As the world no. 3 approached the podium to speak to the press, he certainly didn’t exhibit the body language of a player who had just shot his career-best at The Players. 

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