Category Archives: PGA Tour

Jun
25
2017

Wow, that was a thriller! — I’m glad I dragged my butt up to Hartford last night and made it to the Travelers Championship, my favorite regular event on the PGA Tour schedule, in time before Jordan Spieth made the turn in the final round.

Hey, you know what they say, the Travelers doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday! It’s been almost three hours since Spieth holed-out from the bunker on 18 for birdie in the first playoff hole against Daniel Berger, and I *still* have goosebumps.

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May
23
2017
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Photo via Golf Channel

Billy Horschel and Jason Day went head-to-head in a thrilling battle down the stretch that extended to a playoff before Horschel defeated Day on the extra hole to capture his first victory at the Byron Nelson since winning the 2014 Tour Championship, along with the season-long FedExCup bonus.

In his post-win presser, Horschel was visibly emotional and alluded to factors off the course that contributed to this title feeling more poignant.

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May
14
2017

Here we go again. I know this is like standard operating procedure these days, but I’m no longer in my 20s (that ship sailed a while ago), and while I used to be able to multitask and do the job of eight people, that simply was not sustainable. I need to do a better job at adapting or adjusting to the times now that I’m no longer the new kid on the block. Yeah, I’m one of those grizzled, cynical veterans now! OK, not totally, but for longtime readers, you know what I mean.

Oh, so it’s now 1am and I’m in yet another delirious, exhausted, probably slightly-dehydrated state, which, as we know, results in rambling nonsensical garble and I should stop right now and delete, but you guys seemed to enjoy the … “entertaining” crap that I produced earlier this week, so I’m here to give the people what they want!

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May
12
2017

Early this year, Rory McIlroy was forced to bench himself after dealing with back pain at the South Africa Open, where he lost in a playoff. He was then diagnosed with a stress fracture to a rib and missed four tournaments over the next seven weeks.

McIlroy rolled in a 10-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th, his final hole in the second round, managing to overcome the stiffness in his back to post a one-under 71 in difficult conditions — though milder in the morning compared to what the afternoon wave faced (per usual)– at an already challenging TPC Sawgrass. Afterwards, he told the press he planned to get an MRI on Monday when he returns to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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May
11
2017

Jordan Spieth pulled his phone out of his golf bag on no. 1 at TPC Sawgrass after his ball came to rest on an especially crappy lie in a bunker that hadn’t been raked properly. He snapped a picture to provide proof to the PGA Tour staff. And then, he went on to double-bogey the hole, his 10th in the opening round of The Players.

Just to be clear, bunker-raking etiquette is taken *very* seriously on Tour. Perhaps Spieth was being slightly dramatic, but I don’t blame him and actually applaud him for taking the picture — these days, “evidence” is everything and when the technology is so easily accessible, it’s almost the only way to make a valid case.

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May
11
2017

Sergio Garcia is certainly having a year to remember! 2017 continues to be the year of Sergio, where he just keeps winning, and after all those years of bad bounces and “ghosts,” the golf gods are finally trying to level things out.

In his first start following his Masters victory last month, Garcia aced the iconic par-3 17th in the first round of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event. It marked only the eighth hole-in-one in tournament history. For Garcia, it was the 12th ace of his life — he’s made five in competition and seven in practice.

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May
11
2017

Oh man, I actually have a decent amount of random notes, observations, and fun inside-the-ropes type of stuff to share, but alas, it’s almost 3am (WTF??) and I just finished a very important (that was way too long) post on Tony Romo and his golf pursuits — dude has game.

And then I have no one to blame but myself that I allowed myself to get lost in the abyss of catching up with what I missed during the Wednesday news cycle. I understandably spent the entire day talking to players, caddies, swing coaches, etc. to provide you with random but good info that you won’t find elsewhere, but wow, I spent way too much time in the Florida heat.

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May
1
2017

It took 76 holes, with four extra on Monday morning to determine the winning duo at the weather-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but it was worth the wait, particularly for Cameron Smith, the only one of the four who had yet to secure a victory on the PGA Tour. And it was even more fitting that he clinched the win, holing a knee-knocker three-footer for birdie.

In the inaugural year of the event’s team format, the duos of Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith and Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown went into extra holes on Monday morning after Kisner’s thrilling chip-in for eagle on the final hole in regulation on Sunday evening.

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May
1
2017

Pardon the language in the headline, but it was the first word that came to mind and seemed rather appropriate when a player knows he needs to chip-in for eagle in order to force a playoff on the final hole in the final round and successfully comes through in the clutch in a do-or-die situation.

That’s exactly what Kevin Kisner did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans — which marked the first official PGA Tour event to feature a team format (foursomes, aka alternate shot, in the first and third rounds and four-ball, aka best ball, in the second and fourth rounds) in 36 years.

Badass. Baller. Clutch. Gutsy. Legend. Epic. Take your pick. It was all of those things and more.

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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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