Feb
22
2015

James Hahn’s story is straight out of Hollywood. Just a little less than a decade ago, Hahn was selling shoes at Nordstrom’s. Now, he’s a PGA Tour winner, after beating two stars — or at least two more well-known players — Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff on the third extra hole at Riviera.

Hahn remembered a subtlety in the break of a 25-foot putt on the par-3 no. 14 and he drained it for birdie. He shook his fist in the air several times, but Johnson, who had hit it closer, still had yet to give his attempt a go. Hahn couldn’t watch when Johnson stepped up to the putt. However, after Johnson missed, Hahn had snagged his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open.

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Feb
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus has been in the same scary, dark place that Tiger Woods appears to be dealing with at the moment — the chipping yips. Nicklaus, who was a guest on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Friday, said he endured similar short-game struggles in 1979, and he was actually putting it around bunkers because he couldn’t chip it.

Now, with Tiger’s leave of absence almost certainly extending into late March at the very least, everyone is wondering how (and even if) Woods’ ailing game will return to competitive form. Nicklaus believes Woods’ issues are mental, rather than physical or technical, per se.

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Feb
19
2015

If you’re a legendary former basketball player and you are fed up with your fancy club’s pace of play issues, what do you do? Build you own uber-exclusive, ritzy golf course in the area. Naturally.

Michael Jordan, who is a member at the Bears Club in Jupiter, Florida, along with seemingly half of the Tour, including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Camilo Villegas and Michelle Wie, is looking to do just that, according to a report from Golf.com.

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Feb
19
2015

Tiger Woods will miss next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National. This news doesn’t come as much of a surprise since he announced last week that he would be taking a leave of absence from competition because his game was not acceptable for tournament golf.

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Feb
18
2015
Europe's lead man

Europe’s lead man

Instead of an 11-person task force for Team America, it only took the Europeans a five-man panel to select Darren Clarke as the next Ryder Cup captain. The 46-year-old will become the first Northern Irishman to lead Europe’s team in the biennial matches pitted against the U.S. in 2016 at Hazeltine. 

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Feb
16
2015

Davis Love III can redeem himself at the 2016 Ryder Cup when he’ll get his second chance to lead the American squad to a victory. Love will be the next captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, according to a report by Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte.

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Feb
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

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As longtime readers know, I used to be a regular contributor/participant of golf.com’s weekly PGA Tour Confidential roundtable. Well, the editors wanted to show their support after my emotional Twitter rant of epic proportions yesterday (more on that in a bit), so they invited me to join them again as a guest.

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Feb
16
2015

Reeling from a slump from last season, Brandt Snedeker wanted to become relevant in golf again. He wasn’t yet qualified for any of the World Golf Championships, including the Cadillac Championship at Doral in less than a month, or the Masters. He didn’t like missing out and that was a motivating factor for him heading into today’s final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Snedeker overcame a one-shot deficit as he teed off on Sunday and shot a third-consecutive five-under 67, posting a 22-under tournament total — which broke the scoring record he previously held after he won this event in 2013 — to win by three shots over Nick Watney. 

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Feb
12
2015

Honolulu police made an arrest in connection with credit cards stolen from Robert Allenby when he was in town for last month’s Sony Open, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Owen P. Harbison has been charged with three counts of identity theft and second-degree theft and one count of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. 

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