Tag Archives: Danny Willett

Aug
12
2017

Taking one for the team!

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It’s incredible how fast guys will start playing and moving — especially on a Friday and even more so if the player is not going to make the cut — when they’re running out of daylight. You see, there’s only one clock clock that produces the desired result in combating slow play and that’s Mother Nature and the horn signaling the suspension of play due to darkness. Unlike the horn for inclement weather, which does not give players a choice to finish the hole, this one does — that is, if at least one player in the group has already teed off before the horn blows.

Due to inclement weather, play was suspended for two hours late on Friday. While the rain certainly softened up Quail Hollow and conditions were far more receptive and scoring friendly for the players who teed off in the afternoon wave, it was a far-gone conclusion that second-round play would not be completed on Friday and those still left on the course would have to return early Saturday to finish up.

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Aug
9
2017

*UPDATED: Thanks to a tech savvy friend — the crappy audio from the pod has been fixed! You can actually hear them talk now! Yay.*

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Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There’s so much to share and discuss, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players.

I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He’s also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times — just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I’m not sure how he manages to do it all, but it’s very impressive.

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May
26
2017

I have to say that you wouldn’t believe the self-restraint I’ve exercised in not using a headline playing off the pun, “Grace under fire.” Because it’s definitely staring me down at the moment. I mean, it’s RIGHT there for the taking, but no, I refuse to give in and I don’t want to talk 30 minutes working it into the *perfect* way to describe Branden Grace’s “controversial” drop in a bunker during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

There was quite a bit of outrage from viewers, commentators and players who watched the situation play out on par-4 13th hole at Wentworth Thursday evening. Grace hit his approach into a greenside bunker, which left him with a plugged lie on the upslope — it was less than ideal and I doubt the best bunker player in the world could’ve done anything but make contact with the sand and hope it rolled back to a normal lie in the bunker.

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Sep
29
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

In between mouthfuls of hot dog and sips of pissy beer American golf fan David Johnson decided to heckle members of Team Europe for missing putts on the eighth hole during their practice round. Somehow this led to an endearing moment in what has been a rather strange buildup to a golf tournament — even by Ryder Cup standards.

After watching Andy Sullivan and Rory McIlroy repeatedly miss a putt, a fan decided to let the European players and surrounding gallery know that, given the chance, he would obviously make the putt. In what would be every hecklers worst nightmare, he was called out by Team Europe and then pulled out of the gallery by Henrik Stenson. When Justin Rose slapped $100 down on the green, it was on.

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Sep
28
2016
By Jon McCarthy under Ryder Cup

 

Danny Willett’s brother is back at it.

You might remember PJ Willett from Masters Sunday when he took to Twitter to show his brotherly love by trash talking Jordan Spieth for slow play and threatening not to let Danny come home if he blew the lead. Well, turns out that was JP Willett on his best behaviour.

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Jun
17
2016

If you wished you could have watched the first round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. With the heavy showers that fell Wednesday night and into Thursday, the course was soggy and soppy and completely different from the treacherous Oakmont — considered the most difficult of all U.S. Open venues, which says more than enough — that the players experienced in their practice rounds.

Some were critical of the USGA’s decision to not allow the players to warm-up again on the driving range and practice putting green (OK, that’s a little extreme) after a weather delay that lasted 79 minutes on Thursday. (I mean, look, I get it, golfers are very OCD, and even a few years ago, the idea of NOT hitting balls before a casual round almost gave me a panic attack, but I’m sure the USGA was just trying to get in as many holes as possible.)

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Apr
18
2016

Danny Willett is reaping the benefits that come along with winning the Masters. On Monday it was announced that the 28-year-old Englishman has joined the PGA Tour. He has received a five-year exemption that runs through the 2020-21 season.

That’s not all! He also earns 600 FedExCup points from his win in Augusta.

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Jun
15
2015

2015 U.S. Open

As you all know (I hope), the U.S. Open is this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Below, you’ll find some betting odds courtesy of Bovada.

I’m not a betting expert, but here are the five players I’d put my money on. 

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May
28
2015

It’s an understatement to say Rory McIlroy struggled in the first round of the Irish Open at Royal County Down in tough conditions (or pretty standard if we’re talking about the local weather). Between the added time and effort of playing host this week, with the proceeds from the tournament benefitting his charity (he also said he’d donate any winnings), and perhaps the pressure of competing in front of a home crowd in Northern Ireland, the world no. 1 opened with a nine-over 80.

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