Category Archives: WGC

Aug
3
2017

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Rory McIlroy confirmed he had parted ways with his caddie of nine years JP Fitzgerald at his pre-tourney presser on Wednesday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The reason provided by the world no. 4 was basically the golfer-caddie version of the breakup line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” But…it actually is you, too. Hey, a relationship always involves at least two people. However, it was Rory’s most honest, diplomatic explanation.

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Mar
26
2017

For as long as I’ve been covering golf — I mean, literally, the first tournament I covered was the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach — one of the story lines seems to have always loomed: Imagine if Dustin Johnson [fill in the blank]. Where do we start? Practiced his wedge game? Prepared better? Read the rules? Better caddie? Stopped partying? Stronger mental game? Stayed patient? Blah, blah blah. The list continues, but that shouldn’t be interpreted as a negative or insult; rather it was always a testament to the indisputable fact DJ was so talented.

Despite some pretty major heartbreaking blips from 2010 at Pebble Beach to Whistling Straits at the 2010 PGA Championship to the 2011 British Open to the 2015 U.S. Open, there’s never been a doubt DJ would eventually overcome these excruciating letdowns. And two of those were seriously devastating mistakes that happened on the 72nd hole, which could have been devastating on a level to an average pro’s psyche. DJ always said he never let them really bring him down and brushed them off. With each incident, DJ showed resiliency to continue put himself in the position to clinch the win…or fail.

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Mar
22
2017

jason day mom cancer

Jason Day conceded his match to Pat Perez after six holes and then withdrew from the WGC-Match Play at Austin Country Club. In an emotional press conference, he revealed that his mother Denning Day has lung cancer — the initial diagnosis from doctors in Australia was that it was terminal and she was given 12 months to live. Shortly after, Day brought her to Ohio to receive treatment and the prognosis from doctors is now more promising. She is scheduled for surgery on Friday as doctors try to remove a three-to-four centimeter mass from her lungs.

Wow, I’m a bit at loss for words and this (video below) was extremely difficult to watch in person. I’m fairly certain many people can relate to seeing a loved one battle cancer — and regardless of the outcome or the severity, it’s still very emotional and scary. Day didn’t need to come into the interview room and hold a press conference to divulge the status of his mother’s health on national television.

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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
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
6
2017

Wow… I didn’t think it could be done — an announcer calling golf in a way that gives thrilling moments the justice it deserves!

 

The WGC-Mexico Championship invited some of the country’s most famous broadcasters to join the team for guest commentary stints throughout the week. Lucky for fans watching the event’s national telecast, football commentator Antonio Rosique was in the booth when Justin Thomas stepped up to the tee on the par-3 13th during Saturday’s third round. You know, the hole JT where notched his 20th career ace.

And boy, Rosique didn’t disappoint with his reaction and went full football, shouting “Hoooooooooollllllllle… in one!” He didn’t stop there! Rosique continued to describe the special moment with the utmost passion, energy and animation.

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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
4
2017

justin thomas

If you’re an avid, longtime golfer without an ace on your resume, then Justin Thomas is the kind of player you really, really wish you could hate, but you simply because you have way too much admiration and respect for anyone who has so many hole-in-ones that he’s lost count. Thomas aced the par-3 13th with a “comfortable” 6-iron from 239 yards. He also posted a six-under 66 to take the 54-hole lead heading into the final round of a star-studded leaderboard at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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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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