Daily Archives: January 31, 2011

Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

Bubba Watson reacts to draining a birdie putt on the 18th at Torrey Pines

Happy Monday from the Phoenix Open media center (aka the Cart Barn!). Check out the SI Golf Group’s lively discussion posted at Golf.com. Topics this week: Bubba’s win, Phil’s close call, Tiger’s woes, Daly’s whining and the LPGA’s official charity tournament. Here are some excerpts to get the discussion started in the comments below — first, the thrilling finish at Torrey Pines:

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Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Aerial view of Tiger's Dubai project

Tiger Woods’ Al Ruwaya design project, a grandiose golf course surrounded by mansions, palaces and the works, has been shelved, according to the AP. Asked about the progress on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger replied, “It’s been put on hold for right now. A lot of projects are out there. It’s still there. We’ve got six completed holes and a few that were about to be grassed before construction was halted. Everything is on hold.”

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Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger (Club) Slam!

It’d been nearly three years since Tiger Woods last competed at Torrey Pines when he took out Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole playoff to win the 2008 US Open. At a venue where he’s been so successful — he’d never placed outside the top-ten in his career — few would’ve predicted a 74-75 weekend showing by Tiger in his 2011 season debut at the Farmers Insurance Open. After opening with rounds of 69-69, Tiger spent much of the last two missing fairways and hacking it out of bunkers. He finished at a mediocre T44.

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Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Equipment

TRUE Linkswear spikeless golf shoes keep you closer to the ground and actually provide better balance, according to PGA Tour player Ryan Moore, who’s been sporting the kicks since last May when he signed an endorsement deal that also made him part-owner of the company. Meanwhile, the guys manning the TRUE booth at last week’s PGA Show couldn’t keep the super-comfortable shoes on the shelves due to the high demand.

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Jan
31
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Bubba Watson was the best Lefty on Sunday at Torrey Pines

The last time a pair of left-handed golfers finished first and second at a PGA Tour event was six years ago when Phil Mickelson beat Mike Weir by four shots at Pebble Beach. A more exciting, closer duel happened on Sunday at Torrey Pines, with Mickelson and Bubba Watson battling in the final two groups for the Farmers Insurance Open title. Actually, to spice things up, Jhonattan “Johnny” Vegas, the Venezuelan rookie who won last week’s Bob Hope Classic, jumped in the mix, putting added pressure on Watson until Vegas plunked his second shot on 18 in the water.

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