Mar
19
2015

The other week, Rory McIlroy said during the WGC-Cadillac Championship, referring to his golf game, “There’s no need to panic.” In his first two starts on U.S. soil thus far in 2015, he missed the cut at the Honda Classic and then notched a back-door top-10 (T9) finish at Doral — but he didn’t play anywhere up to the world’s no. 1’s high standards. After the slow start to the season, McIlroy saw progress in his game in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

In the interim — when he wasn’t playing golf with Tom Brady at Augusta National — his swing coach Michael Bannon paid him a visit last week to help McIlroy work on his game. 

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Mar
19
2015

Few people are capable of holding the attention of a packed room for a lengthy period of time. Arnold Palmer happens to be one of them — when the King talks, everyone and everything stops and you listen. As Palmer held court on Wednesday morning on the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, he fielded a variety of questions, but naturally, the absence of Tiger Woods dominated the conversation.  

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Mar
13
2015

Tiger Woods self-imposed leave of absence from tournament golf will continue for at least another week. On Friday afternoon, Woods announced on his website that he would not return to competition at next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he’s won eight times.

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Mar
12
2015
2011 NCAA Champions: Augusta State

2011 NCAA Champions: Augusta State

In the latest development of the Patrick Reed saga, a former Augusta State teammate has agreed to provide his account of Reed’s suspension for the first two events of the 2009-10 season, which occurred following his transfer to the school from the University of Georgia.

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Mar
10
2015

The Patrick Reed saga continues Tuesday with the release of the so-called “affidavit” from University of Georgia men’s golf head coach Chris Haack, and a statement from Jason Payne, an assistant coach during Reed’s time at Georgia.

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Mar
9
2015

At the end of January, author and writer Shane Ryan published an excerpt about Patrick Reed from his upcoming book, “Slaying the Tiger: A year inside the ropes on the new PGA Tour.” In the piece, Ryan wrote that while Reed was a member of the golf team at the University of Georgia, there were suspicions from his teammates that he cheated in a qualifying round and stole money, along with other items. When Reed was kicked out, he transferred to Augusta State University, where his teammates also accused him of cheating, which led to a suspension.

Well, now, Reed is challenging these well-sourced claims. Following the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis that the cheating and stealing allegations from the book were not true and sent letters to Ballantine Books, which is part of Random House Publishing Group, and Ryan, demanding a retraction.

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Mar
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Dustin Johnson posted a final-round three-under 69, nine-under total, to overcome a five-shot deficit entering the final round to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship by a stroke over J.B. Holmes.

Johnson, one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour, used his power, fine ballstriking and a hot putter (on the back nine) to tame the Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral for his ninth-career victory on Tour, which vaults him to no. 7 in the world rankings. This is arguably the most significant win in the 30 year old’s career for a variety of reasons.

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Mar
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy’s finishing hole at Trump National Doral summed up his week. After knocking his drive into the drink, McIlroy then hit *that* club — yep, his famous 3-iron — into the water guarding the left side of the par-4 18th. He chipped in to post a double-bogey six and finish with an even-par 72 in the final round of the Cadillac Championship.

Despite not playing up to the high standards as the world’s no. 1 golfer, McIlroy managed to place in a tie for ninth for a sneaky top 10. However, his game still needs quite a bit of work if he wants to contend and win next month’s Masters to complete the Rory Slam.

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Mar
8
2015
Donald Trump hands Rory McIlroy his famed 3-iron on the range Sunday afternoon

Trump hands McIlroy his famed 3-iron on the range Sunday afternoon (Photo via PGATourmedia’s Twitter)

When Rory McIlroy showed up to the driving range on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump was already there waiting for him. Trump walked up to McIlroy, shook his hand and then handed him his 3-iron that the world’s no 1 golfer had thrown into the lake out of frustration on the par-5 8th hole during Friday’s second round at the Cadillac Championship. 

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Mar
7
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Believe it or not — Dustin Johnson and J.B. Holmes both aced the par-3 no. 4 at Trump National Doral during a span of about 20 minutes in the third round of the Cadillac Championship.

Yep, you heard that correctly. Johnson and Holmes made unlikely hole-in-ones on the difficult fourth hole, which was playing 207 yards on Saturday with the pin on the right side of the green that is guarded by an intimidating water hazard. The duo of bombers also used the same club, a 7-iron.

Watch and be amazed, my friends…

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