Tag Archives: TPC Sawgrass

May
16
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

Following the final round of The Players, Rory McIlroy returned to Northern Ireland Monday morning and had an MRI after experiencing mild pain and discomfort in his back in the same area from a previous injury earlier this year.

Good news: The scan showed no evidence of a new injury. The bad: The stress fracture to a rib that was diagnosed in January has not completely healed.

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May
14
2017

Here we go again. I know this is like standard operating procedure these days, but I’m no longer in my 20s (that ship sailed a while ago), and while I used to be able to multitask and do the job of eight people, that simply was not sustainable. I need to do a better job at adapting or adjusting to the times now that I’m no longer the new kid on the block. Yeah, I’m one of those grizzled, cynical veterans now! OK, not totally, but for longtime readers, you know what I mean.

Oh, so it’s now 1am and I’m in yet another delirious, exhausted, probably slightly-dehydrated state, which, as we know, results in rambling nonsensical garble and I should stop right now and delete, but you guys seemed to enjoy the … “entertaining” crap that I produced earlier this week, so I’m here to give the people what they want!

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May
12
2017

Early this year, Rory McIlroy was forced to bench himself after dealing with back pain at the South Africa Open, where he lost in a playoff. He was then diagnosed with a stress fracture to a rib and missed four tournaments over the next seven weeks.

McIlroy rolled in a 10-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th, his final hole in the second round, managing to overcome the stiffness in his back to post a one-under 71 in difficult conditions — though milder in the morning compared to what the afternoon wave faced (per usual)– at an already challenging TPC Sawgrass. Afterwards, he told the press he planned to get an MRI on Monday when he returns to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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May
11
2017

Jordan Spieth pulled his phone out of his golf bag on no. 1 at TPC Sawgrass after his ball came to rest on an especially crappy lie in a bunker that hadn’t been raked properly. He snapped a picture to provide proof to the PGA Tour staff. And then, he went on to double-bogey the hole, his 10th in the opening round of The Players.

Just to be clear, bunker-raking etiquette is taken *very* seriously on Tour. Perhaps Spieth was being slightly dramatic, but I don’t blame him and actually applaud him for taking the picture — these days, “evidence” is everything and when the technology is so easily accessible, it’s almost the only way to make a valid case.

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May
11
2017

Sergio Garcia is certainly having a year to remember! 2017 continues to be the year of Sergio, where he just keeps winning, and after all those years of bad bounces and “ghosts,” the golf gods are finally trying to level things out.

In his first start following his Masters victory last month, Garcia aced the iconic par-3 17th in the first round of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event. It marked only the eighth hole-in-one in tournament history. For Garcia, it was the 12th ace of his life — he’s made five in competition and seven in practice.

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May
15
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

If there were ever a question over Jason Day’s position as the world no. 1 player, he certainly answered with his wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship, which boasts the strongest field of the year, not to mention the richest, with $1.9 million to the winner. Day’s commanding performance gave him a four-shot edge over the next closest competitor Kevin Chappell, who was also the runner-up when the 28-year-old Australian hoisted the trophy at Bay Hill in March.

Day, who has seven wins in his last 17 starts, has separated himself from the rest of the “Big Four” — Jordan Spieth (MC), Rory McIlroy (T12) and defending champ Rickie Fowler (MC) — as the most dominant player in the game.

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May
14
2016

Unlike the first two rounds at The Players, where several threatened to break the course record and a couple guys matched it, TPC Sawgrass showed its teeth on Saturday afternoon when the greens went from being soft and receptive to lightning-fast. I mean, I’d never seen tour players miss so many two-footers. We saw Sergio Garcia six-putt (if you count his first from the fringe) and even 54-hole leader Jason Day four-putted. A number of players also putted *off* the greens. There were a total of 149 three-putts, the most in the history of this event. 

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May
13
2016

Finally. The drought is over. It only took 6,300 tee shots, but the famed par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass yielded its first hole-in-one in 14 years at The Players Championship on Friday.

Will Wilcox made a rare ace with a pitching wedge from 147 yards in the second round. And he did it with a yellow ball. 

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May
13
2016

It’s hard to rag on an eight-under 64 at TPC Sawgrass (or really anywhere for that matter), but if you bogey your last hole of the day, which happens to be a par-5, and your name is Rory McIlroy, then it’s quite understandable. As the world no. 3 approached the podium to speak to the press, he certainly didn’t exhibit the body language of a player who had just shot his career-best at The Players. 

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