Daily Archives: April 19, 2011

Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

O'Hair's feet firmly planted on the ground

When I wandered over to the range at Harbour Town Golf Links this afternoon, I noticed an intriguing sight. You’ll often see guys, particularly Vijay, tinkering with various swing aids and gadgets, but I’d never seen this before — a shoeless and sockless Sean O’Hair, who had his trousers rolled up a few inches, was working with his swing instructor Sean Foley. The theory behind the drill?

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Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson and Bobby Brown have split

Whoa, this news caught me off guard a bit even though perhaps it shouldn’t have. Many would argue that Dustin Johnson should have fired bagman Bobby Brown long ago — there were slip-ups that Brown took the hit for, like last year’s US Open collapse at Pebble Beach, the bunker debacle at Whistling and the near DQ for a missed tee time at this year’s Northern Trust Open. But according to those inside the ropes, the pair were a perfect match (because even if Brown had tried to tell him to slow down at the US Open or not hit a shot left-handed, Dustin would have still done it if he wanted to). Well, in somewhat of a surprise, DJ and Brown have parted ways after three years of working together.

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Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under General

When Lee Westwood declared in January that he wasn’t going to compete at THE PLAYERS, you know, “the fifth major,” it was interpreted as a big middle finger to the PGA Tour. Westwood was atop the world rankings at the time and what’s the Tour’s marquee event without all the best golfers in the world. Well, turns out the number-one player will play at TPC Sawgrass now — Martin Kaymer, who dethroned Westwood for the top spot, committed to THE PLAYERS on Monday, according to the Florida Times-Union’s Garry Smits.

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Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

Na in the woods, not the Blair Witch Project

I know you’re totally over Kevin Na’s trip in the woods, but the cultural implications are pretty interesting. Just one hole and 16 strokes turned Na nearly into a legend (and rid of his reputation as merely a really, really slow golfer). I mean, it’s not often that someone other than Tiger or John Daly move the needle and receive national coverage — Na was on SportsCenter, featured on the front page of the New York Times and shown on the Jumbotron at an Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers game! Naturally, we discussed the phenomenon over at PGA Tour Confidential.

By the way, sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. I had a rather excruciating journey to Hilton Head and I busted my laptop in the process. Note to self: remember to completely close the cap on a nearly full bottle of soda before putting it in your bag that has your laptop, iPad and every other electronic device you own — it creates quite a mess (not to mention a headache that I now have to deal with). Anyway! If you haven’t seen it already, here’s an excerpt from our roundtable...

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