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Jan
14
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Cauley clicking on Tour

Bud Cauley had the advantage of teeing off in the morning on a breezy day at Waialae Country Club, but somewhere late on the first nine, the wind picked up. He was frustrated with some of his wedge shots, but he posted a two-under 68 in the second round to follow his opening four-under 66.

It wasn’t one of his best rounds, but it kept him in contention. The rookie is six-under at the halfway point of the Sony Open, putting him in solid position at T7 and four shots behind leader Matt Every, who lit up Waialae on Friday.

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Jan
13
2012

Every lights it up

 

Matt Every finally makes news for his golf game, rolling in birdies on his last three holes to shoot six-under 64, 10-under total, to lead the Sony Open by two shots at the halfway mark (unless Doug Labelle, who has five holes to play, makes a few birdies coming in).

It’s impossible not to look back to the summer of 2010 during his rookie season at the John Deere Classic when he was arrested (along with two caddies) for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a misdemeanor charge — which was eventually dropped (he never even had to appear in court). He was later suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for “conduct unbecoming a professional.”

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Jan
13
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

DeLaet: Back from surgery

 

Near the end of his rookie season in 2010, 29-year-old Canadian Graham DeLaet was suffering from an agonizing back injury — originally endured while playing hockey as a teenager — that was so painful he couldn’t even sit upright for more than ten seconds.

After exhausting other forms of treatment, DeLaet had surgery on January 3, 2011, which involved shaving off a piece of a herniated disk to alleviate a pinched nerve. Almost immediately, the procedure relieved much of his discomfort, but left him wondering if he’d make a full recovery and play golf again.

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Jan
12
2012

Kokrak: the next Dustin Johnson and/or Gary Woodland, et al.

To go from covering a 27-player limited field event in Kapalua to a 144-player full field event in Honolulu is similar to going from tending the bar at Fisher’s Island Golf Club to a club in Times Square on NYE — it’s a rather stark contrast. When I walked over to the practice area at Waialae Country Club on Wednesday, I felt like I’d just walked into a busy street in Manhattan after my quiet vacation in the country. Which isn’t a bad thing (though perhaps a little overwhelming at first). It was nice to be greeted by familiar faces and catch up with those I hadn’t seen since the playoffs and Fall Series.

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Jan
11
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I made it!

What a difference a year makes — A year ago, Keegan Bradley, who was best known as LPGA great “Pat Bradley’s nephew,” was getting ready to tee off at the Sony Open, his first-ever PGA Tour event. He was a wide-eyed rookie, living largely in the shadow of good friend Jamie Lovemark (the 2010 Nationwide Tour money title winner and the one who was supposed to be the big star), but staying at a house with three other rookies (including Jamie) helped ease his transition from the NWT to the bigs.

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Jan
19
2011

Rookies Keegan Bradley, Jamie Lovemark, Nate Smith play a practice round at Sony Open

Ask any PGA Tour player and 9 of 10 will tell you the PGA Tour can be a very lonely place, especially for rookies trying to adjust to life in the big leagues. Most guys travel with their significant others and families, which makes after-golf socializing rarer than you might think (unless you’re European, of course). But friendships forged on the Nationwide Tour, the minors, have created a strong bond between some players, making the transition easier right out the gate.

Take Jamie Lovemark (22), Keegan Bradley (24), Nate Smith (27) and Chris “Bobby” Baryla (28, who is still considered a rookie because he only made seven starts before taking a major medical exemption), for example. The four rookies, along with Lovemark’s babysitter manager, Ben Walter, rented an unbelievable house on the water in Honolulu for the week of the Sony Open.

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Jan
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nate Smith: Left? Not again!

Rookie Nate Smith played in his first career PGA Tour event last week at the Sony Open. He fired five-under 65 in the opening round (mind you, he jumped off a cliff with a spear gun, trying to catch a fish just a day earlier). Because of the weather, Thursday’s first round was washed out and the guys played 36 holes on Sunday to finish the event. Nate shot 65-68-69-74 and placed T42. Check out his thoughts on the final day and his first tournament in the big league.

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Jan
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

Marino reacts to missing eagle putt, while Wilson and Kuchar watch the ball

Another Sunday, another PGA Tour Confidential. We even had a cameo last night from Brad Faxon — basically, because he disagreed with something I said.

In this week’s edition, the SI Golf Group discusses Mark Wilson’s win at Waialae (is it refreshing to see shorter tracks like Waialae and contenders who actually hit fairways?), leaderboard watching, the best in the world competing at Abu Dhabi this week (and overshadowing the Bob Hope Classic), golf’s lack of an off-season and the LPGA denying Alexis Thompson’s petition.

Guess what? We didn’t bring up Tiger’s name once the entire night! /high-five! Here’s an excerpt from last night’s banter:

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Jan
17
2011

Mark Wilson celebrates on the 18th green at Waialae

Sometimes the short guys win. By short, I mean short-hitting — not that all PGA Tour pros don’t hit it a long ways, but relative to the bombers. Waialae Country Club favors target golf and accuracy over power and distance. Mark Wilson endured the 36-hole Sunday, firing scores of 65-67 to win the Sony Open by two shots over Tim Clark.

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Jan
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tim Clark's feet hurt from too much walking

With the first round of the Sony Open washed out, Sunday turned into a 36-hole marathon to finish the last two rounds. After a long day of walking the flattest golf course ever, Tim Clark endured blisters on his feet — which are so painful that he may withdraw from the Bob Hope Classic, according to Golfweek’s Alex Miceli.

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