Apr
28
2016

Before some of you get all fired up over my use of “legend” and “John Daly” in the same sentence, relax. I don’t mean it in the way that I would when I’m referring to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, etc. But, Daly is indeed a “legend’ in his own right. Well, maybe “folk hero” is more accurate, but the guy did win two majors, including the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews (aside: I love hearing stories from reporters that were present for the trophy presentation and ensuing celebration).

Daly is like golf’s Everyman in a sport that’s known for its rigid, uptight and exclusionary practices. So, happy 50th birthday, John Daly!

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Apr
27
2016

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The buzz all last week in golf was around #SB2K16, where Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman took a bro’d-out vacation to Bakers Bay in the Bahamas. And it looked like a lot of friggin’ fun. Who else was addicted to Thomas and Fowler’s constant documentation of the trip via SnapChat, and had major FOMO? <<both hands raised>> (See photos below)

I commend the guys for letting loose and enjoying themselves, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to pull that stick out of their behind.

Although #SB2K16 had to come to an end, it might not be too soon to start thinking about #SB2K17. Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus *both* want in on the festivities next year. 

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Apr
27
2016

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This press release certainly caught my attention. At this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon, the R&A is setting up The Open Camping Village, which will feature two, four and six person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds for each guest — or as it’s being marketed, “the next generation of golf fans.” The location will be walking distance from Troon.

It’s an interesting initiative and definitely outside the box. Well, sort of. I have two friends in the media who have made camping when the Open is held at St Andrews some sort of tradition. It sounds different and adventurous until inclement weather comes along, which it often does at this championship. (Just ask them what happened in 2010!)

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Apr
26
2016

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods officially celebrated the opening of his first U.S.-based course design at Bluejack National in Texas on Monday. The festivities included Woods playing a friendly five holes with his old pal Mark O’Meara. It was the first time Woods had played any golf hole since his last start on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship in August, according to multiple reports. 

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Apr
21
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

As reported by Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte earlier this week, Tiger Woods has ramped up his practice schedule with “a series of four-to-five-hour practice sessions at Medalist Golf Club … including the playing of some holes.” It appears the 14-time major champion’s recovery from several back surgeries last fall is coming along nicely.

On Thursday, Woods turned up at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina. He hit balls — including the driver! — and gave a clinic to junior golfers. And there’s even video evidence, as shared via social media!

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Apr
21
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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Wow, I’m pretty blown away after having just finished reading Wright Thompson’s 10,000-word dossier for ESPN.com on Tiger Woods. It’s not that I’m so much surprised by the revelations (as most of us already know about or have always suspected Tiger’s social awkwardness and military obsession) — the feature is just an incredibly well-written, well-reported and comprehensive look into his guarded life.

If you haven’t already, it’s definitely worth taking the time to give the piece a close, thorough read. Here are a few anecdotes that stood out and several revelations we learn.

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Apr
18
2016

On Monday, Golf Channel hosted a media day previewing next month’s NCAA Golf Championships at Eugene Country Club, which included a teleconference with Stanford alums and members of the 1994 NCAA national championship team Notah Begay, Conrad Ray and Casey Martin.

One of the main topics discussed was the stresses and pressure of competing in the NCAA Regional Championships (and I can tell you from my personal experiences, it really was the worst, especially since it always coincided with finals for us). Martin recalled an insightful anecdote from the 1995 Regionals, when he and fellow Stanford teammate Tiger Woods both got food poisoning. It’s a great story and just another example of what a fierce competitor Woods was.

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Apr
18
2016

Danny Willett is reaping the benefits that come along with winning the Masters. On Monday it was announced that the 28-year-old Englishman has joined the PGA Tour. He has received a five-year exemption that runs through the 2020-21 season.

That’s not all! He also earns 600 FedExCup points from his win in Augusta.

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Apr
13
2016

To the best of my knowledge, Jordan Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller politely declined to speak with the media on Sunday following their disappointing loss at the Masters. Well, two days removed from the heartbreaking finish, Greller opened up on Facebook and shared some fantastic insight on the journey that he’s been on with the two-time major champion from when he first met him through Justin Thomas (aka, “Spieth’s good friend”) in 2011.

I asked Michael if I could share what he wrote with you guys, as I think it provides perspective and reaffirms the strong character that Spieth appears to demonstrate on and off the golf course, and he graciously gave me the go-ahead. We could all learn something from both Spieth and Greller.

Here you go. Enjoy.

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Apr
11
2016
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

The Masters doesn’t begin until the back nine on Sunday. Ain’t that the truth. However, as Jordan Spieth, who became the first player to lead the Masters in seven straight rounds, made the walk from nine green to 10 tee, he held a five-shot lead at seven-under, closing out the front nine with four straight birdies. It simply didn’t seem fathomable that he, the Golden Child with his talent and steely composure, could possibly lose the tournament.

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