The world is mourning the death of the beloved former South African President Nelson Mandela. Even Tiger Woods, who hasn’t been thrilled with Golf Channel as of late, gave a post-round TV interview to pay tribute to Mandela following the first round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, the tournament he hosts that also benefits his foundation (but denied GC’s request after he shot 62 to take the second-round lead on Friday). (continue reading…)
Tag: Ernie Els
Ernie Els is not happy with the European Tour’s increased playing requirements, where competitors are being required to make starts two of the last three events leading into Dubai to be eligible for the $8 million season finale. He’s so upset that he’s skipping next week’s flagship final event in Dubai, according to Andrew Both’s Reuters report: (continue reading…)
Kimberly Webster, now infamously known as the “Presidents Cup streaker, showed her patriotism when she stripped and streaked past Steve Stricker and Ernie Els on the 18th tee, while yelling, “Streaking for Stricker,” “Baba-booey,” “Team America,” “USA, USA,” and simply whatever came out of her mouth.
How did this idea all come about? Well, it started as a joke, of course. After all, wouldn’t it be funny and wouldn’t it add some excitement to the dreary, weather-delayed Presidents Cup if someone went streaking at Muirfield Village?
Before we wrap up this year’s edition of the Presidents Cup, let’s take a look at some of Sunday’s best moments, along with random yet interesting tidbits from behind the scenes.
First of all, let’s take a moment and give the organizers of the tournament a round of applause for getting the matches finished not only on Sunday, but *early*in the afternoon. Who would have thunk? *Golf claps* (continue reading…)
Just when you thought this Presidents Cup couldn’t get any wackier with the wigs, pet squirrel mascots, weather delays, three matches in one day, The Fanatics, over-served fans — we can now add “streaker” to the list.
As Steve Stricker and Ernie Els stood on the 18th tee in their Sunday singles match, they had a close encounter with an eye-opening visitor, to say the least. The unidentified woman ran through security and up the stairs onto the tee box and then back down across the 18th fairway.
[*FYI: Some of the pictures are kind of NSFW after the jump.] (continue reading…)
Aside from the crappy weather and delays — which we’re pretty used to this year on the PGA Tour — this Presidents Cup is much more intriguing than most expected. We thought it’d just be another American blowout, like every other year, except 1998 when the Internationals captured their lone win.
While there are four matches in the Friday foursomes sessions still in progress, the first two were completed, with the Americans and Internationals each securing a point. The score currently stands with U.S. 4.5, International 3.5. (continue reading…)
The horn sounded at 3:09pm at Muirfield Village, suspending Friday’s foursomes session — which might sound familiar because play was halted at 2:38pm on Thursday.
It might also be reminiscent of The Memorial Tournament held here at Muirfield Village in late May/early June every season, which isn’t The Memorial without weather delays. Actually, the PGA Tour’s ongoing battle with inclement weather causing the suspension of play has truly been the theme of the year.
Mother Nature, you win. (continue reading…)
Well, so much for that fast start the International team needed in Thursday’s four-ball matches! When play was suspended at 2:38pm due to inclement weather in the area, the Americans were up in five matches and all square in one of them. Not surprising.
I know THERE’S A LOT OF GOLF LEFT, but the Internationals have fared decently in the four-ball format in past Presidents Cups, while they’ve struggled tremendously in the foursomes (alternate shot). (continue reading…)
Decoding the FedExCup points system (this is what players need to do to qualify for the Tour Championship)
It’s almost that time again — you know, at the Tour Championship, when you see GC’s Steve Sands furiously scribbling on a whiteboard trying to explain the FedExCup points system and which players have a “mathematical” shot at winning the whole thing and the wheelbarrow of cash.
Heading into the third leg of the FEC Playoffs, the BMW Championship, there are some marquee players outside the top 30 — like Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and more — that need to play well to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship, which isn’t just a chance to win $10-plus million, but it also means an invitation to the Masters and automatic berths in the Opens and most of the World Golf Championships. (continue reading…)
Alright, we’re two legs into the FedExCup Playoffs, which means a couple of things: 1) there are two more left and 2) there are 30 guys who were eliminated after their performance (or lack thereof) at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
This is when the fabricated post-season starts to get a little more intriguing, with “bubble boys” every week and each field getting cut down. We’re at 70 now. So, who was initially inside the top 70 in FEC points before the DBC or who was outside of it and played their way into the BMW Championship next week in the Chicago area? I touched on this in Monday’s Top 5, but let’s take a more in-depth look. (continue reading…)