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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Mar
6
2015

As most of you have seen by now, Rory McIlroy flung his 3-iron into the water hazard on the par-5 8th after his initial attempt found the drink that guards that left side of the hole. McIlroy still managed to make bogey and posted a two-under 70, putting him in a tie for 11th at the halfway mark of the Cadillac Championship.

McIlroy admitted that he let his emotions get the best of him during his round at the Trump National Doral, particularly on no. 8, but he was also able to find humor in his so-called faux pas.

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Mar
6
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

[See updated story with quotes HERE.]

Rory McIlroy certainly didn’t like the shot he hit just before his epic club throw on the par-5 8th during the second round of the Cadillac Championship. McIlroy dumped his approach shot into the water guarding the left side of the hole, and his 3-iron promptly followed it into the drink — I’d say he got at least a good 30 yards on it.

Check out that technique! That turn! That extension! That torque! That release!

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Mar
5
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For the second week in a row, Rory McIlroy got off to another rough start in the first round at the Cadillac Championship. McIlroy, who started on no. 10, made a couple of mistakes that led to a four-over 40 on his first nine. However, he was able to turn it around during a stretch on the second nine to keep the damage under control and post a one-over 73, which wasn’t too terrible on a difficult, windy day at Trump National Doral.

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Mar
5
2015

Must be nice to be Tom Brady — he goes home to Gisele every day and he leads his team to Super Bowl championships. Besides that, he also gets invitations to play Augusta National with the no. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

(I’m not really sure why I decided to use the picture above, as it’s New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrating his team’s Super Bowl win at the victory parade in Boston. But I digress.)

Rory McIlroy has planned his annual trip to play Augusta National Golf Club for next week in preparation to get a few rounds under his belt before the season’s first major in April. During his press conference prior to the Cadillac Championship on Wednesday, McIlroy said the trip was more “social.”

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