Sep
23
2016

Nerves, passion and strong emotions are already running high amongst the 30 players in the field at East Lake — and no, unfortunately, these feelings aren’t necessarily inspired by the absolutely thrilling Tour Championship after the first round, and the kinda tacky $10-million FedExCup prize to the winner of the year-long contest. It’s all about next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. And it’s already getting all Mean Girls!

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Sep
21
2016

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Almost immediately following the conclusion of the Tour Championship, the fourth and final leg of the FedExCup, U.S. Captain Davis Love III will announce the fourth of his captain’s pick to round out the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The other week, Love, who was also the skipper in 2012 during the biennial matches, which has been dubbed “the Miracle at Medinah” selected three of his wildcard picks, who didn’t make the team on points –Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar.

With all sorts of crazy arguments made recently about DL3’s fourth pick, like that he should use it on vice-captain Tiger Woods (which isn’t one that I feel like I’d find compelling at all, but try me), the practice sessions at Hazeltine this past Sunday and Monday may shed light on DL3 narrowing it to three possibilities: Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

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Sep
21
2016

East Lake GC

When players arrived at East Lake Golf Club this week for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Ga., they couldn’t help but feel a bit disoriented. (I was certainly confused, initially.) Then, they remembered that tournament officials decided to switch the nines. This year at the FedExCup finale, the field of 30 will tee the hole formerly known as no. 10 and finish on the actual par-5 9th hole.

It’s strange when you first take a walk out there and pass the first hole — but, wait, it is now no. 10 this week — and it definitely does throw you off for a few minutes and then you realize the whole switch with the nines. It doesn’t sound like a big deal and it really isn’t, but it’s still confusing. 

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Sep
15
2016

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Tiger Woods might be involved in a Chicago lakefront golf project — a vision NBC/Golf Channel commentator Mark Rolfing has long considered a dream concept, “combining the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses to create a South Side mecca near the site of the planned Obama library,” according to my boy Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Given it’s a heavyweight project featuring bold-faced names, naturally, Mike Keiser, the mastermind behind the popular Bandon Dunes Resort on the coast of Oregon, is also involved as an adviser. 

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Sep
15
2016

Rickie Fowler has always been a cool kid. He had possibly even reached super good guy and “badass” status level when he got his first ink. Fowler actually has a minimum of four tattoos! Did you know that? 99% of you are lying if you say you did because I wasn’t even aware until last night. And his tattoos aren’t just the cliche, meaningless kind that were branded permanently on his body just for the sake of having ink — they actually have some sort of significance and deeper meaning to the 26-year-old golfer.

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His latest tattoo forever memorializes a special experience Fowler had this summer that he shared with a very small percentage of professional golfers around the globe. While many of the world’s best players, including the top-four in the rankings, skipped out on the Rio Olympics for various reasons, Fowler, naturally, did the “right” thing — he sucked it up, added the tournament to his already uber-busy schedule and made the most of the unforgettable time in Rio.

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Sep
14
2016

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The no. 1 player in the world will be donning the famed SWOOSH logo as Jason Day has reportedly signed a shoe, hat and apparel deal with Nike, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. While Nike recently exited from the club manufacturing business, the company vowed to continue a strong presence on the PGA Tour with its clothing and footwear, so a deal with Day would make sense. 

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Sep
11
2016

As Friday evening unfolded, most of you were kicking back and relaxing with your family, some might have gotten screwed with work, a lucky but considerable number embarked on memorable adventures exploring an exotic part of the world, the rest drank beer (domestic) and watched football, and a very small, mostly hand-picked and exclusive crowd gathered at The Plaza Hotel for the Bazaar “Icon” party, which featured a performance and impromptu, “stream of consciousness speech about the critiques of his latest fashion collection” from Kanye.

But about *maybe* 10 golf geeks were glued to their Twitter timelines in fascination as two-time PGA Tour winner Steven Bowditch exchanged tweets with a high school teenager who had been shamelessly trolling the Australian golfer for months. As any golf fan knows, Bowditch hasn’t simply had a “down” or “rough” year; it’s been straight-up brutal. Try to put yourself in his position, and trust me, he’s trying his best and putting in the practice time. At first, his poor play started out as a bit of a lame but sort of funny joke I’d see on Twitter and in Fantasy Golf league email chains.

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Sep
7
2016

Well, I’ll be damned — Tiger Woods made a massive announcement at a reasonable time of the day on a Wednesday, when relatively nothing too newsworthy (with exception to the Apple event) was happening! Woods tweeted and posted on his website that he’s attempting to make yet another comeback this fall. <<insert lots of happy and celebration emojis>>

He intends (or in his words, “hopes”) to play the Safeway Open, formerly known as the Frys.com Open, Oct. 13-16, at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. It will be his first competitive event in over a year and it marks the first tournament on the PGA Tour’s 2016-17 calendar.

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Sep
5
2016

Rory McIlroy played nearly flawless golf in blustery conditions on Monday in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, posting a five-under 65, 15-under total. McIlroy trailed 54-hole leader Paul Casey by six shots at the start of the day and ended up winning by two strokes after Casey closed with a three-over 73.

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Aug
26
2016

Nice job by AT&T and Jordan Spieth for making this fun and cool opportunity happen. I especially love this because I’m a massive Spelling Bee nerd — ever since I was a little kid, but clearly didn’t have the abilities of the best in the country!

But I digress. After 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar was crowned co-champion of the National Spelling Bee Contest, Jordan heard that golf was Jairam’s favorite sport and that he was his favorite player.  So, he invited him out to The Barclays at Bethpage Black in Jairam’s home state of New York –- and to participate in a friendly putting/spelling competition.

Spoiler: Good thing Jordan is such a great putter!!!

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