Rory McIlroy said on Tuesday that the par-4 drivable 15th could be a big “turning point” in a match. Well, he ended up conceding the hole to Boo Weekley after hitting an errant drive that left his ball pinned up against a rock in the desert. It only got better — or worse, depending on how you see it. (continue reading…)
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The Wednesday of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most fun and intriguing days in the PGA Tour season. Let’s call it Wacky Wednesday. Because you really never know what’s going to happen. Filling out a bracket in golf? You might as well throw darts at a board. Or pick names out of a hat.
Seedings in golf isn’t exactly comparable to that in, say, the NCAA tournament, where at least 9 out of 10 times, the top seed is going to throttle the underdog. Not so much in golf, where even Tiger Woods, who isn’t playing this week, has been upset more than once. In fact, last year both Woods and Rory McIlory were knocked out in the first round. (continue reading…)
Henrik Stenson stuck his second shot on the par-5 18th to a foot for a straightforward kick-in eagle to shoot a 64 on Sunday, and also cap off a six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the European Tour’s equivalent of the FedExCup.
With his eighth European Tour title, the Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season. In other words, Stenson is filthy rich and essentially a walking ATM machine. (continue reading…)
In a hard-fought battle between three world-class players, Dustin Johnson clinched the most significant victory of his career (so far) at the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club. On the back nine the 29-year-old American played a key stretch of five holes at five-under, including a chip-in on the short par-4 16th. (continue reading…)
Despite rolling in 10 birdies and playing one of the best rounds of his life on Saturday in the third round of the HSBC Champions, Dustin Johnson walked off Sheshan International rather disappointed. He fired a six-under 66, but he wasn’t jumping for joy afterwards because of his poor finish and missed opportunity to open a five-shot lead heading into the final round after making a double-bogey on the reachable-in-two par-5 18th. (continue reading…)
You may have seen these photos already from earlier this week, but internet connection in China is rough, to say the least.
Five of the world’s leading golfers today joined performers from a renowned Chinese opera company to celebrate the return of “Asia’s Major” to Shanghai. I really have no words.
Oh, I did find out today that the Chinese are big fans of Jason Dufner — they really like him and think he’s “cute.” His mystique apparently transcends cultures and language barriers!
Please caption this photo of Phil Mickelson and Ian Poulter. It needs to be done: (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…)
After Phil Mickelson’s close call at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, many assumed (myself included) that given his age (43 now), it was his last shot at finally conquering his career-long battle with links golf.
But, with all of Phil’s glorious wins and disappointing losses, we should’ve known never to count him out to pull off the remarkable — whether it be foolish or thrilling. Naturally, Phil captured the Claret Jug in style and putting on a sublime show on his way to a five-under 66, three-under total. (continue reading…)
Ian Poulter needs your help finding a new putter that will rekindle his superpower skills on the greens (though they generally show up most prominently in match play events).
After finishing tied for 25th at the French Open last week, Poulter tweeted on Monday that he was breaking up with his putter, an Odyssey XG No. 7 — the same one he used to charge Europe’s stunning comeback victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup last fall. (continue reading…)
The weather is winning so far at the 113th edition of the U.S. Open, but that has been the theme all year on the PGA Tour. The first round at Merion Golf Club was halted at 8:36am ET due to thunderstorms, strong winds, heavy rain and possibly hail.
The storied golf course has already endured six inches of rain in the past week, which has led to soft conditions (and the recipe for mud balls this weekend).