The Wells Fargo Championship edition of By the Numbers contains a tale of two superstars — and how Derek Ernst beat them both (and everyone else, of course). Rory Mcilroy and Phil Mickelson were a study of opposites from a stats perspective, while Ernst was impressive all around. And now without further ado: this week’s By the Numbers. (continue reading…)
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Phil Mickelson had command of the lead for most of the weekend, but he faltered when he reached “The Green Mile,” the last three holes at Quail Hollow Club.
All credit to rookie Derek Ernst for grabbing the victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, but he had some help from Mickelson, who let this one slip through his fingers. (continue reading…)
Derek Ernst started the week as fourth alternate for the Wells Fargo Championship. After notching his best finish in his rookie year, T47 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he rented a car to drive to Athens, Georgia, for the Web.Com Tour event.
On the way there, Ernst got a call that he would replace Freddie Jacobson, who had been the fourth player to withdraw. To avoid a $1,000 drop fee, the 22-year-old UNLV grad had to drive back and return the car to Athens and rent another car to get to Charlotte.
In a strange week at Quail Hollow, where the greens weren’t exactly up to par and the weather felt more like Scotland than Charlotte, it was only fitting that Ernst, who had missed five of seven cuts this season, was crowned the champion. (continue reading…)
Phil Mickelson still has nine holes to play, but he’s cruising so far, rolling in four birdies on the front nine to take the outright lead at eight-under. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the guys who teed off in the morning wave on Friday at Quail Hollow Club. (continue reading…)
Everybody’s talking about the damaged greens at the usually pristine Quail Hollow Club. It’s only Wednesday and the state of the greens is the most popular topic of the tournament. Just walk out to the putting green — quite a few of the players will tell you that it’s the best one on the course. They’re half-joking, but there’s some truth to it. Which is a shame for the well-run tournament that’s a favorite among players, caddies and the media. (continue reading…)
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Well, it’s a bit of a bloodbath so far at Augusta National, and perhaps players have the man pictured above to thank: Phil Mickelson, who complained after Thursday’s first round that the Green Coats set up the course too easy. It was indeed quite benign.
Different story on Friday. The pin placements in the second round are extra hard. And as you can see from the leaderboard today, there are hardly any red numbers. However, the round of the day so far belongs to Nick Watney, who is three-under through 11 and battling back after his six-over 78 in the opening round.
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First of all, my sincere apologies to 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan for predicting he wouldn’t break 80 in the first round of The Masters. I am more than happy to be wrong, though. What a performance by the kid, who received an invitation to play at Augusta after winning the Asian Amateur, shooting a one-over 73 in his major debut.
Hello there! This evening I’m joined by Oliver Horovitz, author of “An American Caddie in St. Andrews.” We talk about the highlights in the first round of this year’s edition of The Masters. If today was a preview of things to come the rest of the week, then we’re in for an epic finish! We have a 14-year-old, 53-year-old and Sergio Garcia, among others as first-round storylines. It doesn’t get much better!
It’s Wednesday before The Masters and it feels like Christmas Eve. I’ve been trying to explain that to my roommate, a non-golfer, who knows nothing about the game. She is insisting it can’t be Christmas tomorrow without presents and she will be incredibly disappointed if she doesn’t wake up to a tree with pretty lights with gifts underneath it.
“Yeah, dream on,” I told her. (continue reading…)
A few weeks ago at the Shell Houston Open, Phil Mickelson teased a “special club” that he was going to put in his bag for Augusta National. He said he would unveil it the Monday of the Masters. Well, ta-da — see club pictured above!