Stories for March 2009


News 2009 March

Sunday, March 29

Woods sparkles at Bay Hill

It probably should come as no surprise that Tiger Woods delivered another “unbelievable” – as Arnold Palmer called it – performance Sunday night at Bay Hill. But, Eric Soderstrom asks, was it better than last year’s?

Thursday, March 26

Digital delight

File this under the cool category. A digital billboard on the 408 Expressway, an east-west freeway through Orlando, has a live leaderboard from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Monday, March 23

Golf travelers pay the bills

During a recent trip, I talked with a hotel marketing executive who told me his property effectively has dropped the term “resort” from its official name.

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Shore thing on the Emerald Coast

Folks here never have been shy about proclaiming the virtues of this Gulf Coast region. They know they have a good thing, and they don’t mind telling you.

Wednesday, March 18

Ask the expert: Jerry Garrison

Jerry Garrison talks about what he's learned from years of changing grips on the pro tours.

Monday, March 16

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Whitsett gives his word to Alabama

Cory Whitsett, the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, is going to Alabama.

Push carts: The push is on

You’ve heard it before: Walking is a lot more beneficial than riding. But who really wants to lug that bag around, especially if you’re playing 18? Push carts (that’s right, push carts) are making a statement in the market. Collegians like Central Florida's Victoria Tomko swear by them. Here’s why.

Sunday, March 15

Beware of the ailing Lefty

Winner of the most recent two-man race at the Blue Monster, Phil Mickelson, who late Saturday night was hooked into two IV bags, now has two wins this season.

Friday, March 13

Day in the Life: Gavin Coles

It’s dark, cold and windy as Gavin Coles opens his door early Oct. 30 to embark on the pentultimate event of the 2008 PGA Tour season.

Tuesday, March 10

Ask the expert: Stephen Hamblin

AJGA executive director Stephen Hamblin talks about push carts.

Sunday, March 8

Stat breakdown at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – How’s this for a few stats? John Rollins is the only player in the final three groups at the Honda Classic with PGA Tour victory. The other five players (Y.E. Yang, Jeff Klauk, Jeff Overton, Charlie Wi and Brett Quigley) have a combined 563 Tour starts without a victory.

Saturday, March 7

A Kenny G sighting

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Most random (and fantastic, for that matter) sight and sound from Day 3 at Honda?

It's in the hole

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – There’s a pretty healthy breeze here at PGA National today, which makes Ben Crane’s swipe at the fifth hole even more impressive.

Young and restless

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – A name that often gets overlooked when talking about the young crop of budding PGA Tour talent is Brendon Todd. The 23-year-old former Georgia All-American put together a smooth 66 Saturday at PGA National to vault from T-63 into a tie for 24th when he finished. (He ended the day tied for 19th.) He played his last 12 holes bogey-free, and went 1 under through the dicey Bear Trap (Nos. 15-17). Not too shabby for a guy who is navigating through his rookie year on Tour.

Tuesday, March 3

Ask the expert: Martin Hall

Martin Hall, the 2008 PGA Teacher of the Year, talks about training aids.