Tag Archives: Rory McIlroy

Apr
7
2017

As I wholeheartedly warned everyone, I’m winging everything with regard to my Masters coverage this week and trying to be “adventurous,” but I guess I haven’t really done anything crazy yet and I’m not sure how that necessarily deviates from my playbook at past majors in recent history. So far, I’m using the same platforms I have in the past, but I’m just not physically in Augusta, so I’m not sharing a house with my colleagues/media buddies, whom I can force to participate in some shape or form with the live streams.

However, I was definitely hit with a strong dose and much-needed self-awareness check when I reflected on my post-round live stream via Periscope. Two things stand out: 1) Wow, I am really good at talking about nothing for lengthy periods; 2) My ADHD is escalated as I’m obviously easily distracted by the comments and change topics mid-thought when I see a question or comment that piques my interest.

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Apr
5
2017

Good news for just about everyone because I know most of you selected Dustin Johnson in your various and multiple bets, match-ups, pools and contests for the Masters: I’ve put together a WUP pool with awesome prizes at the last minute and you can select your players based on this knowledge of DJ’s freak accident and uncertain status to start Thursday afternoon, not to mention the crazy weather forecasted for the first two rounds.

Best part: It’s free to join (but if you’d like to make a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated) and since it’s last minute, there’s probably a greater chance for you to win cool stuff, like a Mizuno driver and/or signed flag by a recent major champion, etc. 

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Apr
4
2017

The Masters unveiled the tee times and pairings for the first and second rounds of the season’s first (men’s) major. Overall, I’d say that there are some good ones, but there weren’t many where I was like, Oh, I’d definitely follow THAT group. Actually, maybe there is one, but I’m on the fence.

I bolded the pairings that stood out to me. I probably could have picked a few more, but since it’s the Masters, the smallest field by far at a major, I would’ve ended up choosing half the groups.

World no. 1 and the betting favorite Dustin Johnson is paired with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and reigning PGA champion Jimmy Walker — all are considered bombers. This threesome is most likely the “one” I mentioned above if I had to pick a group to follow.

Here’s the full list of the groupings for Thursday and Friday at Augusta National:

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Mar
22
2017

Starting in 2015 at the WGC-Match Play event at Harding Park — an unforgettable week as you may recall! — the format of the tournament changed. Of course it’s still match play and it’s only been in effect for two years, so it’s not really a great sample size to judge, especially since I wasn’t able to catch much of the coverage. In all honestly, I don’t have a good feel for the new round-robin format and I don’t like not knowing or experiencing firsthand the positives and negatives resulting from the somewhat significant changes since 2014.

What I can say with utmost confidence, though, is that Wednesday — the first day of the matches — used to be one of my favorite days of the season (and definitely the most exciting one all year at a non-major, hands down). It was always action-packed, filled with tons of dramas, massive upsets, riveting comebacks, twists and turns that was nonstop from start to end. Which was largely because it was truly golf’s version of the NCAA’s March Madness, a single-round elimination knock-out format. Lose the first match and you might be headed for first-available private jet out of Austin (or Tucson, the longtime venue of the event pre-2015), before the no. 1 seeded player had even teed off.

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Mar
15
2017

Rory McIlroy has never been shy when it comes to voicing his opinions. I, for one, am pleased to see that he has stayed true to himself and not allowed backlash and strong criticisms over the years for speaking his mind deter him from continuing to do so.

Muirfield, which last hosted the Open in 2013, earned a spot “back” on the rota of venues for the major championship on Tuesday after the all-mens club finally voted to allow women members for the first time in its nearly 300-year-old existence. 

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Mar
6
2017

First and foremost, I have to reiterate that this past week was absolutely incredible that truly didn’t disappoint. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I was this pumped-up and inspired by a non-major tournament (and it felt really good). The Mexico Championship covered everything you could ask for out of a World Golf Championship, let alone tournament — it had an amazing, star-studded leaderboard, the most thrilling and exciting golf in recent memory (especially at a non-major stroke play event) and simply first-rate hospitality and pure class from all involved.

Major kudos to the PGA Tour championship committee, tournament organizers from America, Europe and Mexico, the generous sponsor — the Salinas family seemed like they genuinely didn’t want their name attached to the event because it wasn’t about them; rather it was about representing the country, its people and the desire to grow the game — the volunteers, the fans, the great venue, and everyone and anyone involved. Well played, Mexico — your country and citizens should be very proud.

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Mar
5
2017

It’s no secret that Justin Thomas has a fiery side and doesn’t hide his emotions on the golf course. Two incidents of Thomas letting clubs fly out of his hands were caught on-camera during the final round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he started with a one-shot lead.

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Mar
4
2017

No need to look further than the names atop the leaderboard at the WGC-Mexico Championship to know whether or not the championship has been a success. And if you had any reservations or “concerns” about moving this event from its former longtime venue in South Florida to Mexico City, they’ve already been answered with the feedback from, well, everyone in the field.

However, I’d recommend watching a replay of the telecast if you missed Saturday’s third round coverage because it was probably some of the most entertaining golf I’ve seen in a while at a non-major and non-Ryder Cup. There was a bit of everything — Justin Thomas making an ace, Phil Mickelson continuing to hit it everywhere, holing out a couple times, and doubling down with some crazy rulings, Dustin Johnson’s impressive wedge play (don’t think I’ve ever typed those words together before), Rory McIlroy’s bewilderment, and Jordan Spieth posting a scorching eight-under 63 to make the most out of moving day (but he was probably too far back to start with to consider a contender in the final round — famous last words, though, right?).

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Mar
3
2017

Regardless of the result or nearly anything that happens this weekend in Mexico City — short of a bunch of golfers getting mugged and robbed, which isn’t likely, anyway, considering the security and most aren’t known to be the most adventurous in the world — the WGC-Mexico Championship is already a huge success. Golf claps for the PGA Tour, the Championship committee and our generous and gracious hosts! Let me tell you, no expense has been spared.

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Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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