Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

 

PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been removed from office. Bishop was given the option to announce his resignation and chose to accept that route, according to GolfChannel.com’s sources. He was scheduled to step down from office on November 22, with vice president Derek Sprague to take his place as the incoming president.

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

PGA of America president Ted Bishop isn’t one to mince words, but he took it too far on Thursday when he launched an attack at Ian Poulter via two of his social media channels. Bishop called Poulter a “Lil Girl” in response to his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.

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Oct
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is back to hitting full shots on the driving range, according to USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio.

The former world no. 1 last hit a full golf shot at the PGA Championship in August, but started hitting balls again last week as he continues to rehabilitate from yet another injury. Consulting with his doctors daily, Woods had been limited to chipping and putting, but he’s now making fuller swings.

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Oct
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy’s legal dispute with former Dublin-based management company Horizon has escalated, with the world no. 1 withdrawing from two tournaments in China to prepare for trial that’s expected to take place in February.

On Monday McIlroy announced he will skip both the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions at the end of this month and the start of the next, respectively. The court mediation between the two parties failed, and thus, the case will proceed to a full hearing.

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Oct
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter has retaliated at Sir Nick Faldo for his remarks calling Sergio Garcia “useless” and having a “bad attitude” during the recent European Ryder Cup victory over the Americans.

On a U.S. television broadcast on the first day, Faldo criticized Garcia, referring back to his time as Team Europe’s captain in 2008.

In Poulter’s newly-published book, No Limits: My Autobiography, the European Team was absolutely irate with Faldo and lost respect for him, according to this excerpt from the Telegraph:

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Oct
19
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
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No more love in the Middle East for Tiger?

It appears to be the end of an era for Tiger Woods and his former love affair with the Middle East, where tournaments paid a couple of million dollars each year in appearance fees for the former world no. 1 just to play in their events. Apparently that will not be the case in 2015, according to The Telegraph’s James Corrigan:

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Oct
14
2014
Task force, who you gonna call?

Task force, who you gonna call?

The PGA of America is infamous for forming its “task forces.” We’re not quite sure what they exactly accomplish yet, rather than getting a group of people together to chat and charging the expenses to the PGA. The task force will reportedly examine the U.S. Ryder Cup process — from how the captains and players are selected to how the team prepares for the matches. Hopefully this one will get the American Ryder Cup team back on track after the U.S. has fallen to Europe in eight of the last 10 biennial dogfights against the two continents. 

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Oct
12
2014

Sang-Moon Bae captured the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 season-opener, the Frys.com Open, by two shots over Steven Bowditch, posting a 15-under total at Silverado’s North Course. (He also leads in FedExCup points!!!)

Bae, who secured his first-career victory at the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship, started his campaign for his second win heading into the final round with a commanding four-shot lead. He extended it to as many as six strokes throughout the round, but a bogey on no. 8 led to a shaky stretch of holes — he bogeyed four of the next seven, though he balanced it out with two birdies.

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Oct
12
2014

Jarrod Lyle described his first PGA Tour start in more than two years a “huge success.” Lyle, who overcame leukemia for the second time, qualified in the four spot on Monday for the Frys.com Open. He shot scores of 72-70-71-70 for a tournament total of five-under, putting him currently at T31.

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Oct
12
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
The signature par-3 14th

The signature par-3 14th

Crail Golfing Society‘s Balcomie Links is exactly the kind of course you want to play when you travel to golf in Scotland — an old, traditional proper links track that’s rich with history, along with stunning views of the ocean and coast.

The course was laid out by Old Tom Morris himself and opened in 1895. He designed Balcomie in a way to make the most out of its original landscape and gorgeous seaside location. Shots over rocky coves and from high ridges to greens and fairways laid out below, bending par-4s around sandy shores and long par-3s with greens resting on top of steep cliffs characterize the experience at this classic links course.

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