Wednesday, March 31
Paula Creamer underwent successful surgery on her left thumb Tuesday, according to a statement from IMG.
The quote of the week from the Kraft Nabisco might already have been said. See how Laura Davies described what would probably go down as the best victory lap in golf history. Beth Ann Baldry reports
I was recently introduced to a great idea for a community to stir up some local interest for a Nationwide Tour event or even an LPGA event.
The AJGA season kicks into high gear this week with four tournaments. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks for the 12th annual Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic, to be played April 1-4 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
Facing an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at a major championship carries about the most pressure one can face on a golf course.
The city of Wilmington, N.C., can’t wait for the 2010 NCAA Women’s Championship. The Country Club of Landfall, the host site, has championship fever, and we are still more than a month from the most important tournament of the year.
Fred Couples says he is scheduled to play a practice round for the Masters with Tiger Woods at Augusta National on Monday.
Jean Reynolds is an LPGA rookie, a rising star and a Georgia grad. She recently signed with Bobby Jones apparel. I chatted with her about her new deal and fairway fashion.
Augusta National is laying down the law to every television network and cable entity, limiting their use of Monday’s Tiger Woods press conference footage.
I wasn’t sure what was better last week – Hee Kyung Seo blowing away the field by six shots at the Kia Classic at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., or the fact that she is called the “Supermodel of the Fairways” in Korea. Both are equally cool.
Three players, including a past champion, are at risk of being disqualified from the Kraft Nabisco Championship for missing their pro-am tee times. The DQs are not yet official because the LPGA is waiting to see if the players appeal the ruling.
With the LPGA having only conducted three events thus far this year, players have gone to great lengths to find competition.
In the 1990s, I sometimes wondered why I could never understand a word an Australian friend said. Then I covered the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne and finally understood.
Country music artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform at a private concert in July during the PGA Tour’s tournament at The Greenbrier resort.
Anna Nordqvist is one of the young trendsetters on the LPGA. She’s been turning heads with new looks and fun patterns thanks to a partnership with Puma.
Fred Couples and Greg Norman are returning as captains for the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia, the only place where the International team has won.
Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has joined the field for the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island.
If Monday night was any indication, next week’s Champions Dinner at the Masters will be special.
A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit filed after the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was dismissed from the Duke golf team.
It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to give three things the thumbs up, and three things the thumbs down.
A.J. Newell will join the Tennessee in the fall. But before she goes, Newell has work to do. The 16-year-old from Tampa, Fla., can’t wait to kick off her final junior campaign. Mike Balducci reports.
Fred Couples is riding a wave of momentum into next week's Masters. Jeff Rude wonders: Can Freddie turn back the clock one more time?
Tuesday, March 30
Michelle Wie has moved on from last Sunday’s rules ruckus at the Kia Classic. As Sean Martin writes, Wie plans to hop into a different pond this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Fresh off his second straight victory, Ernie Els headed to Augusta National for a quick practice round Tuesday and planned to take his caddie with him.
Led by junior Andrew Loupe, the LSU men’s golf team made four birdies in the final three holes Tuesday to win the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, the Tigers’ third victory of the season.
Before they get to Augusta, the PGA Tour stops at the Shell Houston Open. Who do the Fantasy Aces like at Redstone Golf Club?
It took a 7-under 65 to get into a playoff Monday for one of the four open qualifying spots for the Shell Houston Open.
Stuart Appleby made the cut at Bay Hill and tied for 30th. That’s progress. It was the third cut he made in nine 2010 starts while trying to climb out of a slump that saw him fall from 22nd in earnings in 2008 to 137th last year.
The Shell Houston Open is a stop worth making and a perfect place to be the week before the Masters. Jim McCabe explains.
Forget about simply betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, British bookmakers are taking wagers on whether the No. 1 player in the world will hit a tree on his first drive or if he’ll kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off.
The 98 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 74th Masters, to be played April 8-11 at Augusta National Golf Club (players listed in only one category). A player can still qualify by winning the Houston Open:
Jack Jensen, who coached Guilford College’s golf team to the NAIA title in 1989 and NCAA Division III championships in 2002 and 2005, died Sunday at the age of 71.
Kelli Oride has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame for the fall of 2011.
Nick Tremps, of San Antonio, has given a verbal commitment to Virginia. Tremps, No. 90 in the class of 2011, is a two-time qualifier of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and has recorded three career top 10s in AJGA events.
Stratham, New Hampshire’s Golf Club of New England was selected Tuesday as the site of the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
One of the trends of modern golf is the proliferation of midsize and jumbo grips, which comprise the oversized category.
Beth Ann Baldry and Sean Martin pick a winner and a sleeper at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.
It took him 11 seasons and more than 300 PGA Tour tournaments to finally qualify, but Brian Gay will make his long-awaited debut at Augusta National GC next week.
Kristy McPherson contended in three majors in 2009. Her success has been achieved with a homemade swing built with simplicity in mind. Sean Martin explains.
Kristy McPherson will be a favorite when the LPGA’s first major – the Kraft Nabisco Championship – tees off Thursday. Beth Ann Baldy caught up with the affable McPherson at home in South Carolina.
I have spoken with one of college golf’s best, three PGA Tour players and an LPGA Hall of Famer in the last few week. Hope you find these comments as interesting as I did.
Monday, March 29
I caught up with Greg Norman in January at the PGA Merchandise Show. Check out what he said about today’s trends on Tour.
John Engler Jr., who qualified for the PGA Tour five years ago after being severely injured in a car accident, has begun competing as a reinstated amateur.
When Tiger Woods tees it up in the first round of the Masters April 8, he will be playing his 59th round at Augusta National. He has been paired with 42 players – some multiple times, none more than Stewart Cink (six times):
It’s almost April, and the LPGA has only had three events (and just one in the U.S.), so you may be a bit surprised to find out that the women are in action this week, at a major no less.
There are seven amateurs in the field this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Who will shoot the lowest score?
Jurors in a federal court in Delaware deemed invalid the Callaway ball patents at the crux of a legal dispute with Acushnet Co., essentially ruling against Callaway’s claim that its intellectual property had been infringed.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Looking to get on some of Golfweek’s Best courses? Here are three variously priced deals that can be found in Alabama, Florida and Arizona.
The Cliffs at High Carolina – home to Tiger Woods’ first U.S. course design project – plans to borrow up to $100 million from its residents and neighbors to continue construction, according to The New York Times.
Those 18 years Chris Couch wrote Arnold Palmer asking for an exemption at Bay Hill only to be denied came flashing back to him Monday.
The Greenbrier announced that Delta Airlines will begin providing daily, nonstop service to Greenbrier Valley Airport from Atlanta and New York’s LaGuardia Airport starting June 10.
Vote: Why do you sport these exotic pants?
Northwest Florida developer Tom Becnel might not be a golfer, but it hasn't stopped him from acquiring – and making over – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, one of the state's most prominent golf resorts.
It’s tradition for sports fans to show their support through cheering, clapping and chanting, as well as wearing their team’s paraphernalia.
Ryan Thompson, of Danville, Calif., shot 2-under 142 (72-70) at the San Ramon (Calif.) Golf Club to win the FCWT’s San Ramon Open by one shot.
Kendall Prince, of Lake Oswego, Ore., shot 3-over 149 (74-75) at the San Ramon (Calif.) Golf Club to win the FCWT’s San Ramon Open by one shot.
Who is your pick to win the Masters?
Ernie Els won the Arnold Palmer Invitational Monday afternoon for his second-consecutive victory. Will No. 3 come at Augusta? Or even sooner, this week in Houston?
The Blue Devils sophomore won her first college title with a 3-under 213 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, good for an eight-shot victory over Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby.
The Crimson Tide sophomore opened with a bogey-free 8-under 64 and cruised to a six-shot victory at the Linger Longer Invitational. Cauley, who rose 19 spots to No. 2 in Golfweek’s rankings, finished at 12-under 204, a career low for 54 holes. It was his third career title.
The Blue Devils won big at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., defeating runner-up Alabama by 21 shots.
After finishing 11th out of 15 teams March 16 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – the Cowboys’ worst finish since the 1996-97 season – OSU bounced back March 28, winning the Linger Longer Invitational.
Sweden is withdrawing from trying to stage the Ryder Cup in 2018.
There is a new sheriff in Seniortown and his name is Chip Lutz. The Reading, Pa., resident shot a final-round 68 to come from five shots behind and win the Society of Seniors Spring Classic March 25.
Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Fred Couples dominated headlines this week. Does it get any better than that? The Monday Scramble reviews another interesting week in golf.
Welcome back to another week of the Wildman’s Corner. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for some power rankings. Here are my top 5 teams.
Sunday, March 28
The AJGA season kicks off in earnest this week and Kramer Hickok can’t wait. The 17-year-old from Plano, Texas, is ready to put his offseason work to the test. Ryan Lavner explains.
Hee Kyung Seo ran away with the inaugural Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in a final round marked by Michelle Wie’s latest rules gaffe.
Well, I just got in from my last round at the Duramed Futures Tour event Mexico and unfortunately I didn’t play very well today.
Argentina's Fabian Gomez won the Louisiana Open for first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 in windy conditions Sunday for a tournament-record six-stroke victory over three players.
Michelle Wie has been penalized two strokes for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water on the 11th hole in the final round of the Kia Classic at La Costa on Sunday.
Illinois successfully defended its title Sunday at the FAU Spring Break Championship, claiming an 18-shot victory at the Gleneagles Golf Club Prestine Course. The Illini topped a field of 16 teams, including seven Big Ten teams.
Cindy LaCrosse shot a bogey-free 5-under 68 Sunday to win the Duramed Futures Tour’s Riviera Nayarit Challenge.
UCLA won its first event of the season Sunday, going wire-to-wire at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Bruins sophomore Stephanie Kono (pictured) tied for third.
Ernie Els has to sleep on another lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Big Easy says that won’t be easy.
Oklahoma State junior Kevin Tway led the top-ranked Cowboys to their third victory of the season Sunday at the Linger Longer Invitational.
With just three weeks left until conference play begins, Duke is coming on strong. The Blue Devils claimed a 21-shot victory at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, as freshman Lindy Duncan won the individual title.
Last year, Tyson Alexander put together an impressive three-shot victory at the Azalea Invitational. This year, he was even better.
Fred Couples wins Cap Cana Championship
Louis Oosthuizen and K.J. Choi can add Augusta National to their travel itinerary.
Maybe Mother Nature called a timely timeout for Ernie Els.
PGA Tour regulations disallow the news media’s interviewing of players in the locker room.
The Arnold Palmer Invitational will resume Monday morning at soggy Bay Hill. Ernie Els held a two-shot lead over Kevin Na.
Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has earned his second straight trip to the Masters by winning his first European Tour title with a 3-under 67 in the final round of the Andalucia Open.
Add Jim Thorpe to the list of pros that have had a first-hand look at Tiger Woods’ golf game.
Saturday, March 27
Hee Kyung Seo admits she tends to peek at the leaderboard more than she should. It must have looked good to her after the third round of the inaugural Kia Classic on Saturday.
Chris Couch guesses he wrote to Arnold Palmer about 18 straight years asking for an exemption at Bay Hill – with no luck. He finally caught a break Saturday.
Andrew Buckle built a two-shot lead Saturday at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, climbing 14 spots up the leaderboard aftear a 6-under 65 at Le Triomphe Country Club in Broussard, La.
Ernie Els maintained his position atop the leaderboard Saturday while several of the contenders faltered, shooting a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Corey Pavin birdied his last four holes for a course-record 9-under 63 Saturday and a one-shot lead over Nick Price after two rounds of the Cap Cana Championship.
Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has shot a 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Robert Coles of England after the third round of the Andalucia Open.
Second-round co-leader D.J. Trahan is backing up on moving day. Blame it on his back.
It’s not too often Colin Montgomerie plays in the U.S. these days. Unless he qualifies for the U.S. Open, PGA Championship or WGC Bridgestone Invitational, none of which he is exempt, this may be the Scot’s lone visit this side of the pond.
This year’s Masters will be all about Tiger Woods for most of the world – just not in Italy.
Ernie Els went two years without winning. Now he has a chance to make it two wins in a row.
There is a new short-game sheriff in town. It’s Dave Stockton, the two-time PGA Champion.
Friday, March 26
What happened to Natalie Gulbis? Well, she didn’t hit many greens. Gulbis said she hit five greens on Thursday and 10 in the second round. She missed the cut by a mile, shooting 78-75.
Hee Kyung Seo, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, shot a 5-under-67 on Friday to take the lead while Michelle Wie also shot a 67 to pull into contention after two rounds in the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa.
Byeong-Hun “Ben” An missed his first PGA Tour cut this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but it was tough to tell from the expression on his face.
Ally McDonald has given a verbal committment to play golf at Mississippi State according to Michael Nanney, her high school golf coach at Itawamba Agricultural High School.
Christina Kim, always a colorful character, debuted a new look this week at the Kia Classic. She walked the La Costa fairways wearing a fedora hat and a chain attached to her yardage book (think Justin Timberlake).
In a recent Lance & Asher podcast, Asher said Washington can’t even win a match play event.
Garth Mulroy shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Sam Saunders was at the driving range Friday morning after an up-and-down round a day earlier. He took a swing, glanced over and saw his grandfather staring sternly in his face.
Ginger Brown-Lemm has been named the new women’s golf coach at Mississippi State, the school announced Wednesday.
Nick Price and Chip Beck each shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Cap Cana Championship.
San Diego State cruised to a 22-stroke victory Friday at the Barona Collegiate Cup.
Bay Hill… Babe Hill, there really is no difference this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. With an assortment of tight-fitting polos, bright spring colors and some very fit men – it leaves the ladies no choice but to drool over more than just the pros’ golf games. All sound too good to be true?
Sara Doell has been named coach of the new women’s golf team at Seton Hall.
Louis Oosthuizen and Sam Hutsby shot 63s to lead the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with a nudist while playing a shot in the second round Friday.
Phil Mickelson shot 58 Monday on his home course. He hasn't duplicated that feat at Bay Hill, but after a second-round 67, he's just one back of the leaders entering the weekend. Sean Martin reports.
Add Louis Oosthuizen to the list of players desperately seeking a win in order to earn a Masters invitation. As Sean Martin writes, Oosthuizen is also looking for his first European tour victory.
Good luck predicting this year’s NCAA Division I women’s golf champion. As Julie Williams writes, we could be in for one of the best postseason races in recent memory.
For players wondering what it will be like to play golf with Tiger Woods when he returns, Ben Curtis can speak from experience. It might be a little different.
Want to breed a winning attitude? Compete more at match play. That’s the message from the game’s greatest player.
From calling sponsors, evaluating his team and even subbing as a Futures Tour caddie, LPGA chief Mike Whan tackles his job with a much-needed dose of optimism.
Davis Love III played 10 holes before making his par during a wild day that left him in a three-way tie for the lead with Ben Curtis and D.J. Trahan among early starters in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
It’s Friday which means it’s time to hear from you, the readers.
Thursday, March 25
Keeping up with a new baby and the start of a new LPGA tour season might sound like the ultimate balancing act, but it’s no problem for Mi Hyun Kim. Beth Ann Baldry explains how this new mother is coping.
The first LPGA Tour event of the year on U.S. soil opened with a decidedly South Korean feel. Na On Min shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa.
John Riegger fired a 5-under 66 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Not that long ago, Mike Weir wouldn’t even consider playing at Bay Hill. A personal talk from Arnold Palmer changed that.
Fred Couples figures his sizzling Champions Tour start is just a matter of good play and good luck.
Ken Green, whose lower right leg was amputated after a fatal automobile accident last June, said he “felt like I had my throat slit” upon learning the Champions Tour Policy Board denied his request for a major medical extension during meetings March 22-23 in Orlando, Fla.
Defending champion Soren Kjeldsen and Paul Lawrie shared the lead Thursday at the Andalucia Open after each shot a 5-under 65 in the opening round.
The Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship was full of surprises. As Ron Balicki writes, the spark provided by unheralded John Catlin of New Mexico was just one reason the event was exciting.
J.B. Holmes is known for his long drives, not for his long putts. But things were different in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Davis Love III – who needs a win in the next two weeks to qualify for the Masters – made a good start toward that goal Thursday at Bay Hill. Love posted a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes.
Vijay Singh is returning to the Verizon Heritage for the first time since 2001.
Get your game faces on. There are three great tournaments coming up.
Wednesday, March 24
It's almost Easter, and the LPGA Tour is finally getting around to holding its first tournament in the United States.
If there’s an overriding theme of Mike Whan’s stint as commissioner thus far, it’s transparency - at least from the players’ perspective.
You never know whom you will run into at a PGA Tour event.
Tiger Woods will face a room full of golf media for the first time Monday of Masters week.
Athletes rarely reveal hidden wounds. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, Grace Park, now healthy in body and spirit, is ready to restart her career.
It’s time to showcase the rising – and fashionable – stars in the game. Meet Karah Sanford, a 8-year-old from San Diego. According to her Web site, she won 25 tournaments last year, including the 8-and-under division at the San Diego Junior Amateur. She shot 66-65 on a par-58 course.
Sam Saunders left college early to turn pro and wasn’t having much success, so he went back to his roots. He decided to seek out advice on his swing and how to manage his game from his grandfather.
Never have there been so many changes in one year at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Miguel Angel Jimenez is ensuring the European Tour has an event this week by opening his wallet for the Andalucia Open.
Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club will host the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
Arnold Palmer believes redemption for Tiger Woods starts with being more open with the media.
No matter what Tiger Woods will say or won’t say in interviews, Jeff Rude says Woods’ golf swing, schedule and Sharpie have the chance to do the most talking.
The Fantasy Aces are at Arnie’s Place this week. Who’s rounding into form with an eye towards the Masters? We’ll let you know.
Paula Creamer will miss the first major of the season.
Arnold Palmer thinks Tiger Woods should be more open with the media when he return to golf at the Masters.
It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to talk about some highlights and disappointments from the past week.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office says Hunter Green, the son of professional golfer Ken Green, died as a result of a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.
Tuesday, March 23
Five Aztecs finished in the top 11 Tuesday as San Diego State won its first event of season at the BYU Dixie Classic.
The Shotlink technology on the PGA Tour does more than just chart each shot of every player in every round. It also documents how long it takes them to hit each shot.
Jim Furyk is fond of experimenting with golf equipment. Like ordinary golfers, Furyk will try almost anything.
In case you haven’t noticed, the 2010 PGA Tour season has been dominated by terrific tournaments. Jim McCabe explains.
New Mexico rallied for a dramatic victory Tuesday at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.
Florida State senior Lacey Agnew won her first college title Tuesday and led the Seminoles to a 33-shot victory at the Pinehurst Spring Challenge.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has sent a memo to tournament directors to explain why Steve Elkington is not fully exempt this year. At least two players suggest he’s playing favorites.
a “strategic” decision Maryland women’s coach Jason Rodenhaver made before the Terrapins’ first spring event, at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in late February.
Seve Ballesteros will help Spain’s bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Check out Episode 2 of “Make Me Over – Golfweek Style.”
After the first round of the Tavistock Cup, Lake Nona leads Isleworth in both score and team fashion.
This is the time of year when the focus starts to turn toward Augusta National and the Masters.
Last week was an eventful one for Clemson senior Ben Martin. He spent Monday and Tuesday at Augusta National preparing to play in the Masters, then won his first college title Sunday.
Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill because of a back injury. This is the second straight week the three-time major champion has had to pull out.
Kentucky women’s golf coach Myra Blackwelder will resign her position in April, she announced Monday.
Finally, full-function launch monitors for individual golfers are becoming less complicated to use. They also are becoming less expensive to buy.
Joining me this week in Wildman’s Corner is George Mason coach Scott King. I remember talking to him at my first coaches convention about all the potential rule changes in college golf. Who knew the .500 rule and six regionals would actually come to fruition? Despite the changes many people say are good, he’s still not buying in to it.
Alec and Matt Ceravolo, twins from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., have verbally committed to SMU. The Ceravolos also took unofficial visits to Texas, UNLV and Florida.
Two golfers at a San Diego-area country club drew a most unlikely pair of aces.
Monday, March 22
The word from the Tavistock Cup on Tiger Woods’ Masters chances? ‘I’d be hard-pressed to see anybody beating him,’ said John Cook.
Underdog New Mexico will square off Tuesday against USC in the finals of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.
It’s often said that that the concession stands at the Masters have some of the best deals in town.
The religious bracelet on Tiger Woods’ left arm during his brief television interviews is a fairly common symbol of Buddhism, experts on the faith say.
Call her McWiesy? Michelle Wie has agreed to a two-year deal with McDonald’s, making her the first pro golfer to represent the fast-food chain since Greg Norman.
Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:
The folks at the Tavistock Cup want spectators at their golf exhibition to be in uniform – reporters, too.
Augusta, more than any other city, is defined by its signature tournament: The Masters. That said, the city does offer other attractions if you’re visiting during tournament week or any other time of the year.
Yes, there’s golf available in Augusta, Ga., during Masters week, but it’ll cost you. Martin Kaufmann explains.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Jim Furyk’s victory at the Transitions Championship wasn’t just a win for one of the game’s most consistent players, but one of its good guys.
The LPGA announced March 22 the hiring of NYCA, a West Coast advertising agency with golf industry experience, to help define the tour’s global brand positioning.
New Mexico entered this year’s Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship as the No. 15 seed in the 16-team field. The thing is, the Lobos are not living up to that seeding.
Maddie Szeryk, of Allen, Texas, shot 1-over 145 (74-71) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by 17 shots.
Stratton Nolen, of Austin, Texas, shot 2-over 146 (74-72) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by three shots.
It’s difficult, even now, to fully grasp the battering Tiger Woods’ image has taken, considering the months of paparazzi probing and late-night jokes at his expense.
For this week’s blog, all I can say is “WOW!” This trip was really an interesting experience. Honestly, even though golf is obviously a very hard game, it was really the easiest part of the trip.
Richard Fountain, No. 67 in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to Davidson College. Foutain chose the school after narrowing his list to Davidson and North Carolina. He took official visits to both schools.
The NCAA Division II Tars won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, finishing one shot ahead of Division II rival Nova Southeastern. With rounds of 300-306-298, Rollins also defeated 13 Division I teams in the 16-team field.
The Horned Frogs finished 10 shots clear of No. 5 Texas to win the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Horned Frogs posted rounds of 286-283-283 for a 12-under 852 total. The win is the second of the season for TCU, helping the Frogs move to No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
The sophomore posted an opening 6-under 66, then followed with rounds of 76-74 for an even-par 216 total and a five-shot victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu. It was her first college title.
The Rebels junior made birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Randolph shot 5-under 211 for his third victory of the year. He has placed in the top 3 in all four of his spring starts.
Michelle Wie announced a new partnership with McDonald’s via Twitter Monday morning. She alluded to the news Sunday night with her “ba-ba-ba-ba-baaaaa!” clue.
Three weeks after announcing it would cut four athletic programs, including men’s golf, Point Loma University said March 17 that it will implement a three-year phase-out for student athletes on those teams.
Happy Monday everyone and I hope your NCAA men’s basketball brackets are looking good. Mine, well, isn’t. Not only did I have Kansas winning it all, I had the Huskies winning the Callaway Collegiate Match Play. Typical March Madness mania . . . I have already been eliminated from all my pools.
Nothing can spoil the Monday Scramble’s love for television, not even Tiger Woods’ Sunday interview surprise party. Just wait until you see what the Masters has in store for its upcoming 3-D broadcast...
Sunday, March 21
Iowa’s victory over Arizona was just one of many upsets Sunday in the first round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.
CBS turned down an interview with Tiger Woods after being told the network would be limited to five minutes of questions.
Angela Oh defeated Jane Rah in a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the Duramed Futures Tour’s season-opening event, the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.
Selected excerpts from Tiger Woods’ interviews Sunday with the Golf Channel and ESPN, the first time the world’s top-ranked golfer answered questions on camera since his early morning car crash last November.
It was a two-team race the entire weekend, but Clemson pulled away for a victory Sunday at the Furman Intercollegiate.
In two interviews that aired Sunday night on ESPN and Golf Channel, Tiger Woods acknowledged living “a lie” and said that he’s “a little nervous” about the greeting he’ll receive at the Masters.
Shut Yat Hak closed with a 3-under 67 Monday to win the Florida Azalea Amateur at Palatka (Fla.) Golf Course. Hak, 16, of Lake Mary, Fla., finished at 10-under 210.
First reaction to the dueling one-on-one interviews with Tiger Woods that aired Sunday night on Golf Channel and ESPN:
Jim Furyk closed with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a one-shot victory at the Transitions Championship, his first win since the 2007 Canadian Open.
In interviews that aired Sunday on ESPN and Golf Channel, Tiger Woods spoke about his SUV accident and nerves about his Masters return.
In the second round Saturday of the NCAA basketball tournament, 11th-seeded Washington upset No. 3 seed New Mexico in the East Regional.
Auburn used a final-round 3-over 291 Sunday to vault over North Florida and win the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational. Kyle Kopsick led the Tiger charge with a 72 that left him T-6.
Two people familiar with Tiger Woods’ plans tell The Associated Press that the golfer has done two interviews set to air Sunday night.
Thomas Bjorn is back to his best despite taking on more than he previously thought he could handle.
Rhys Davies of Wales has won his first European Tour title, taking the Trophee Hassan II by two strokes over Louis Oosthuizen after shooting a 7-under 66.
Dustin Roberts of the Golf Coaches Association of America got to be a fill-in coach Saturday – well, for about 30 minutes, anyway.
Saturday, March 20
There’s just one round remaining in the Transitions Championship, and here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of the action thus far.
Jim Furyk put up a 4-under 67 Saturday at the Transitions Championship for his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour in nearly three years. Can he break a winless streak dating back to 2007?
Zach Hartman of St. Simons Island, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Southern.
On Sunday the Callaway Collegiate Match Play tournament will begin. This is a desired event by many of the nation’s top programs because it can give a squad a glimpse of what it might be like if it were to play its way into the top eight after 54 holes at the national championship.
Geoff Ogilvy had a cross-country adventure Friday night. Thinking he missed the cut at the Transitions Championship, Ogilvy flew home to Arizona before returning to Palm Harbor, Fla., and posting 6-under 65.
Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has shot a 9-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Rhys Davies of Wales after the third round of the Trophee Hassan II.
Darren Clarke is 5 under par for three rounds and 10 shots off the lead as I write.
Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk have played a lot of good golf over the last couple of years, which explains why they are among the top 10 in the world rankings.
Friday, March 19
One of the most overlooked pieces of golfing fashion is the glove. But the woman behind LilyBeth Golf is out to change that.
The Rollins and Nova Southeastern women’s golf teams have at least two things in common: They love beating Division I teams and each other. Julie Williams reports
Former PGA champion David Toms has been losing length off the tee that he can’t afford and now he knows why. Toms says he has a bone spur in his rotator cuff that will require surgery.
Talk about a great couple of days. First, Padraig Harrington made a trip to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day, and now he holds the second-round lead at the Transitions Championship after a 6-under 65.
Jhared Hack, a native of Orlando, Fla., had played golf outside the United States only once before this week. From the way he’s played the first two rounds of the Hassan II Golf Trophy, anyone would have thought his passport was full of stamps from far-off lands.
Rhys Davies of Wales has shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead on the second day of the Trophee Hassan II.
Tiger Woods won't replace AT&T with a new corporate sponsor on his golf bag when he returns at the Masters, instead using his Nike brand.
America’s oldest clothiers, Brooks Brothers, announced Thursday that it will be joining forces with the Home of Golf, St. Andrews Links, in an apparel partnership.
It’s Friday which means it’s time to go to the mailbag. Lance Ringler and Ron Balicki sent in their picks for the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, which kicks off March 21-23.
Thursday, March 18
A former porn actress has released sexually graphic text messages that she says prove her affair with Tiger Woods, and she says she has more potentially embarrassing information about the golfer that she may reveal later.
Go figure! Following up on a blog from Lance Ringer earlier this week, college men’s golf is certainly taking a number of bizarre turns already this spring.
TCU fired its second straight 5-under 283 Thursday to win the National Invitational Tournament for the second time in three years.
The return of Tiger Woods has been the talk of the town. Now, with a firm start date at Augusta National next month, I only have one question: What will he wear? Will we see a new and improved Tiger?
The future is looking brighter for San Diego. As the team rises in the rankings, it’s definitely a good time to be a Torero. Eric Soderstrom says it was all part of the plan for coach Tim Mickelson.
Rickie Fowler posted a 4-under 67 Thursday at the Transitions Championship and is among a group of six players tied for second behind first-round leader Garrett Willis, who turned in a sizzling 65.
Bobby Grace waved a putter shaft in front of a few interested observers on the putting green at The Transitions Championship on March 17.
Nick Dougherty of England has taken the lead after the first round of the Trophee Hassan II golf tournament.
The Road to Morocco might have been a slapstick 1942 comedy starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but Paul McGinley’s route to the North African nation has been pretty humorless.
Certainly, only a small dent has been put into the PGA Tour season and there’s no reason to look beyond 2010.
Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you.
It’s Thursday, which means I’m here to tell you three tournaments to keep an eye on over the next few days.
Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Transitions Championship because of a back injury.
Wednesday, March 17
Sergio Garcia, one of the top international stars in golf, has committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The field is set for the LPGA’s Kia Classic Presented by J Golf and Paula Creamer is noticeably absent.
Adam Schupak explains why Ben Bates is already the feel-good story of the week at the Transitions Championship.
President Barack Obama says Tiger Woods will still be a "terrific" golfer despite his personal issues.
The manager for two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal says he will pull out of the Masters next month because he is suffering again from rheumatism.
John Daly has a vodka drink named after him, looks like a walking advertisement for Lap-Band surgery and is a pitchman for loud pants and underwear.
Marygrove College, an NAIA school located in northwest Detroit, announced Wednesday that it will add men’s and women’s golf programs beginning this fall.
Bryce Brown, of Lincoln, Neb., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Kansas.
Jack Nicklaus didn’t win 18 majors by turning up unprepared, which is why he’s surprised Tiger Woods will play the Masters without a tournament under his belt.
What changes has Ernie Els made to again look so relaxed over his putts? James Achenbach reports.
The PGA Tour heads to Tampa, Fla., for the Transitions Championship. The Fantasy Aces decide who will tame the Copperhead Course.
Miami-Ohio coach Casey Lubahn may not be racking up frequent flyer miles Wednesday, but he sure is racking up some drive time miles.
The PGA Tour is looking for a new title sponsor for its World Golf Championship at Doral after CA decided not to renew its contract.
What better way to spend a Wednesday then by doing Three up and three down. This week, I have some things that will make you smile, and a few that will leave you annoyed.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links golf championship is coming to Utah in two years.
Tuesday, March 16
Junior Steven Lecuyer led Central Arkansas to a five-stroke victory Tuesday at the Triumph at Pauma Valley.
Nebraska’s season of close finishes finally resulted in a win Tuesday at the Jackrabbit Invitational, where the Cornhuskers won by 15 strokes to capture their first team title since 2006.
The PGA Tour proudly points to Shanghai as an example that not all of the World Golf Championships are staged in America. That would be easier to accept if the Tour actually counted the HSBC Champions as an official event.
After consecutive top-5 finishes to start the spring season, Oral Roberts found itself back atop the leaderboard Tuesday at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
You better believe it, says Jeff Rude. Tiger Woods’ announcement that he will return to competitive golf at the Masters says he’s ready to win.
Winless since May, and playing less than 10 miles from campus, Central Florida rolled to a 19-stroke victory Tuesday at the Rio Pinar Invitational.
The CA Championship was an epic feat for Ernie Els. But it was also a coming out party for Charles Schwartzel.
There seems to be one overwhelming sentiment among golf fans who heard that Tiger Woods will make his return at the Masters.
Izod G and Tehama launched their 2010 collection at the end of January. These two collections featured great designs, bright colors and innovative ideas. My personal favorite was the kids line from Izod G. It stole the show!
Despite not competing since his car crash in November, Tiger Woods is still the favorite to win the Masters.
CBS Sports’ president thinks that Tiger Woods’ return to golf will be one of the “biggest media spectacles in recent memory.”
There is not a lot of Monday morning arm–chair quarterbacking going on when it comes to college golf.
This new rubber target can help you generate the optimum speed on the greens. James Achenbach reports on the Big Cup.
Seven new products worth discovering.
Inside the March 19, 2010 issue of Golfweek.
Golfweek.com brings you the latest updates on Tiger Woods’ Nov. 27 car accident outside his Isleworth home in Windermere, Fla.
Earlier this week, Richmond finished 11th at the Pinehurst Invitational; George Mason was 11th at the Seminole; and Kennesaw State placed 11th at the General Hackler. None of those showings raised any eyebrows within the realm of college golf.
Tiger Woods released this statement Tuesday, announcing his return to the Masters.
After a four-month hiatus because of a sex scandal, Tiger Woods will play at the Masters.
Tiger Woods will return to golf at the Masters next month. In a statement Tuesday, Woods said he will play at Augusta after a four-month hiatus.
A day after winning at Doral, Ernie Els – along with son, Ben – held a charity pro-am to raise money for autism. Jim McCabe was there.
The beginning of March Madness means The Masters is right around the corner. While I’m still sweating over my tournament brackets, I’ve already settled on my Masters sleeper pick: Matt Kuchar.
I spoke with third-year Mercer head golf coach Andrew Tredway recently. He told me he had one wish: that people didn’t need Google maps to find Mercer.
Monday, March 15
Dollar for dollar, New Mexico might be No. 1 when it comes to quality public-access golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.
East Tennessee State had to scramble during the back nine Monday to secure its victory at the General Hackler Championship.
The college golf world right now is certainly in Bizzaro Land!
This annual design awards feature now is in its 21st year, each one more arbitrary than its predecessor. It’s drawn from Bradley S. Klein's latest year of travels, which usually amounts to 150 days on the road and visits to 125 or more courses.
Fran Quinn and Kevin Johnson have taken eerily similar paths in their return to the big leagues.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Things weren’t looking so rosy after the fall season for coach Fred Warren and his East Tennessee State team.
The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will become a biennial event in 2011, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced.
Rookie Derek Lamely has won the weather-delayed Puerto Rico Open during a Monday finish on the rain-softened tropical course.
The Masters will be broadcast in 3-D – although few Americans own the technology to take advantage.
Ginger Howard, of Bradenton, Fla., shot even-par 142 (72-70) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., to win the Tanglewood Challenge.
Taylor Dickson, of Gastonia, N.C., shot 2-over 144 (71-73) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., and won the FCWT’s Tanglewood Challenge in a playoff.
The PGA Tour’s recruiting effort for title sponsors is never-ending. Just as one signs on the dotted line, another appears to be out.
Golfweek wants women to share their opinions on the hottest trends and looks in golf. Cast your votes – and see your answers in an upcoming special issue.
Two girls-only events – the National Junior Girls Invitational and Kathy Whitworth Invitational – start this week. The goal: Give more girls a competitive outlet, while growing the game. Julie Williams reports.
Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Dr. Cary Middlecoff have won 156 more PGA Tour titles than winless Charl Schwartzel, but Schwartzel can outspend the three of them combined at the mall.
The 72 girls who make it into the field at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational each year get more than just a few days of excellent golf at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
Back-to-back disappointments at the Honda Classic (T-40) and CA Championship (T-65) had Rory McIlroy’s spirits a bit down when he left Miami Sunday night, but they were lifted dramatically Monday.
Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, the NCAA announced Monday.
The senior made a 20-foot putt for birdie on her final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory over Virginia’s Calle Nielson at the Tiger/Wave Classic. The tournament’s second round was played in gusts of 30 mph or higher.
The Sun Devil sophomore’s scores don’t do justice to how well he played in brutally windy conditions at Southern Highlands, posting rounds of 71-72-76 for a 3-over 219 total and a one-shot victory. The tournament’s overall average score on the par-72, 7,510-yard layout was 78.47.
Tied with host LSU for the lead with eight holes to play at the Tiger/Wave Classic, the second-ranked Tigers posted eight birdies and an eagle by junior Cydney Clanton to pull away for a seven-stroke victory. Candace Schepperle led Auburn’s final-round charge with a 5-under 67 as the Tigers shot even-par 288. Clanton and Schepperle finished third and fourth individually, respectively.
The Bruins shot the low round of the day (11-over 299) and rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round to tie UNLV and share the title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
Battling winds that were never lower than 15 mph and gusting to 40 mph, Rick Woulfe overcame a start from hell to win the Florida Azalea Senior Amateur in a playoff.
Welcome back to another week in the Wildman’s Corner. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the power rankings. This week I’ll tell you which conferences currently have all the bragging rights.
The Monday Scramble is coming down with a serious case of March Madness. To the WWTR (Where will Tiger return?) brackets we go!
Sunday, March 14
Well, I’m sure everybody knows by now, but just in case you haven’t heard, I had wrist surgery on March 8 that effectively ended my rookie year on the PGA Tour.
Hello again, everyone! Since I last wrote, I have been practicing hard and getting prepared to make my first trip overseas for the year to Casablanca, Morocco!
Once again, UNLV ended this year’s version of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at the top of the leaderboard. But this time they had to share the spotlight with UCLA.
Despite a scorecard error by Brooks Koepka, Florida State won the Seminole Intercollegiate on Sunday. Senior captain Seath Lauer (pictured) finished second individually.
Matt Kuchar came into this season with three top-three finishes in his last 52 PGA Tour starts. So far in 2010, he's 3-for-8.
Chad Collins birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a share of the Puerto Rico Open lead with Kevin Streelman just before third-round play was suspended because of darkness Saturday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.
Ernie Els is back in the winner’s circle. The Big Easy won the CA Championship on Sunday, his first victory in two years.
He shares the same passion for their native land, the same love of golf, the same laid-back and passive personality that is common with Aussies.
The LPGA has a new glamour girl. Rookie Beatriz Recari, a down-to-earth 22-year old from Pamplona, Spain (better known as the town where the Running of the Bulls takes place), grew up in a sports-oriented family.
Led by top-ranked Cydney Clanton, No. 3 Auburn captured its second win in a row Sunday at the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic in New Orleans.
Freshman Mikey Moyers posted a career-best finish to lead Virginia Tech to its first win of the season Sunday at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.
Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Women’s Australian Open on Sunday, birdieing seven of the last 12 holes for a bogey-free 7-under 66 and a three-stroke victory over 2009 winner Laura Davies.
Saturday, March 13
There are two things that make a golf tournament, dare I say, ridiculous: constant, gusting wind and a putting contest.
Chad Collins chipped in for eagle on the par-5 second hole Saturday to top the Puerto Rico Open leaderboard at 9 under before second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.
Martin Kaymer still has occasional pain in his left foot, thanks to all the hardware surgeons used to put it back together after a go-cart accident last summer.
Charl Schwartzel put up a 5-under 67 Saturday to catch Ernie Els entering the final round of the CA Championship. The pair of South Africans are 12 under at the Blue Monster, with Padraig Harrington one shot back.
The Blue Monster, it’s not. At least not in today’s third round of the CA Championship as the field average is under par. And nowhere is that more evident than at the par-4 18th.
When I got to Southwood Golf Club for Round 2 of the Seminole Intercollegiate, I had to double check the tee sheet. I could have sworn Georgia was not in the field – and I was right – so you can imagine why two people decked out in UGA gear and walking and talking to the team caught my attention.
Four-time champion Karrie Webb shot a bogey-free 3-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Women’s Australian Open.
Ernie Els no longer is eligible for the award of logging the most miles before getting to Doral.
Friday, March 12
Skip Kendall topped the Puerto Rico Open leaderboard at 5 under after nine holes when first-round play was suspended because of darkness Friday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.
Golf clubs in hands or not, the kids of "South Park" are ready to take on Tiger Woods.
This is big news, everyone. I think the fashion police are finally getting to our most frequent offenders, the players that haven’t always been the trendiest of the group. Yet, somehow, all the stars seem to be in alignment this week at Doral.
Two years ago, it was weather that derailed North Carolina’s travel plans to return home from the Seminole Intercollegiate. This year, it nearly cost them their practice round.
The ambulance crew that responded after golfer Tiger Woods crashed his SUV would not allow his wife to ride with him to the hospital because they thought it was a case of domestic violence, documents released Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol show.
If they were handing out crystal for eagles, like they do at the Masters, Robert Allenby would need a U-Haul here at the CA Championship.
The Big Easy made it look easier than most Friday at the Blue Monster, finishing up a bogey-free 6-under 66 as dark clouds formed over Miami. Ernie Els has a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby.
Soren Hansen is facing some of the best players in the world this week in Miami, but his biggest challenge will come next Friday when the Dane, who lives in Monaco, will plead his case on tax-evasion charges to a Danish court.
If you’re keeping a list at home, here’s another entry – perhaps No. 736 – as to why Padraig Harrington is unlike precious few others on the PGA Tour scene.
We have seen the NCAA champion receive exemptions to various events, but none of those was guaranteed.
No joke: Skip Kendall has played just two holes in two days at the extremely soggy and delayed Puerto Rico Open and already is 3 under par. But will tournament officials take it all away? Sean Martin reports
So let’s just assume that the Tiger Woods camp has brought on Ari Fleischer, news which is being widely reported.
Watching the opening round of this week’s WGC-CA Championship at Doral reminded me of some words of wisdom from resident Doral professional Jim McLean
It's Friday, which means it’s time to go to the mailbag... I mean e-mail inbox.
Italy’s Giulia Sergas shot a 4-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's Australian Open.
Thursday, March 11
It seems only fitting that Charl Schwartzel is leading after the first round of the WGC-CA Championship, considering the 25-year-old from South Africa couldn’t even get a spot in last week’s Honda Classic.
Alistair Presnell understands cool – he used to be in the air conditioner business. So as for making his PGA Tour debut in a World Golf Championship at Doral? It doesn’t get any cooler, writes Jim McCabe.
After a day filled with conflicting reports about where and when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, two sources told The Associated Press that Woods will likely play first at the Masters.
Phil Mickelson is at it again. Playing golf, yes. And doing it carrying two drivers in the bag here at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Five birdies were enough to put Charl Schwartzel among the leaders at the CA Championship. He wound up alone at the top because he was the one player who managed to avoid a bogey.
Now seems like a good time to mention a player that we have yet to write about in this blog, Erica Blasberg.
Greg Schmaus, a senior at the Hank Haney IJGA/Heritage Academy, is hoping he can help add some pages to history books at the University of Houston, where he verbally committed last week.
Skip Kendall is your early, early leader at the Puerto Rico Open. He’ll get to sleep on that pole position because of rain that is pounding an already wet Trump International Golf Club.
In his fourth season as head men’s coach at Oregon, Casey Martin is turning the program into a serious contender, not only in the Pac-10 Conference but nationally, Ron Balicki reports.
Northwestern sophomore Eric Chun qualified for the British Open Thursday at International Final Qualifying in Asia.
Defending champion Laura Davies shot a 5-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Women’ s Australian Open.
Our national panel of 550 raters has voted Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club back into the No. 1 Classic slot for the first time since 2005.
Sebonack Golf Club (pictured) ranks No. 6 in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list. Which course earned the top spot?
This is an unprecedented year for public golf, with three of the four men’s professional majors to be played on such courses. Our raters rank Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.
Golfweek celebrates our annual list of the top 100 Classic and top 100 Modern courses, as well as our state-by-state public-access list.
Seve Ballesteros, who has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, has fully recovered after falling off a golf cart and banging his head on the ground last week in Pedrena, northern Spain.
I’m on the road this week, off to a tournament with a field the small guys dream about – the Seminole Intercollegiate. It will be a showdown of schools from top to bottom of the rankings.
Wednesday, March 10
Apparently, the trophies from Vegas stay in Vegas. UNLV junior Therese Koelbaek (pictured) won her third career individual title while helping the Rebels run away with another UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational crown.
Cobra Golf’s strength has fluctuated over the years, but the brand is on an upswing with its flashy staff players such as Camilo Villegas and Ian Poulter making emphatic statements on leaderboards of late.
As the sun made its way over the Santa Catalina Mountains, Bradley S. Klein watched the golf course at Stone Canyon wake up.
The architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have been hired by Pinehurst to do restoration work on the resort’s signature No. 2 course.
Slowly, but surely, the 68-player field is coming together for the CA Championship.
IP Casino, Resort & Spa has formed a marketing partnership with Shell Landing Golf Club in the nearby Gulf Coast town of Gautier.
The three World Golf Championships, such as the WGC-CA Championship this week at Doral, would be better served if the world’s best players participated in a Wednesday pro-am. That’s particularly true in a trying economy.
Last week was an important one for the Villegas brothers, and not just because of Camilo’s dominating victory at the Honda Classic.
February storms in the Mediterranean have forced the European Tour to postpone the Estoril Open de Portugal.
President Barack Obama has invited Padraig Harrington to the annual St. Patrick’s Day party at the White House. I guess what confuses me is that Obama somehow didn’t invite Tiger Woods there for Valentine’s Day.
For the first time in the history of EA Sports’ “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series, Tiger Woods won’t be alone this year on the game’s cover.
Padraig Harrington came here this week to take on the challenge of a World Golf Championship.
The 2015 Walker Cup will be held at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes. The links course has twice hosted the Ryder Cup and staged the British Open 10 times.
Acushnet Co., parent of Titleist and FootJoy, announced March 10 an agreement to sell one of its core assets – the Cobra Golf brand – to rising industry player Puma AG.
Once again it’s time for three great things that happened in the world of college golf this past week, and three . . . well, not so much.
here is a reason the annual get together in early March at Boulder Creek Golf Club is known as the “Bubble Buster Invite.” Simply look at what’s a stake entering the final round. (Note: The Magic Number predicted is 61)
Our Fantasy Aces took a break from living the life on South Beach to make their picks for the WGC-CA Championship.
Some say the WGC-CA Championship has lost its buzz. That’s baloney, says Jeff Rude. The party at Doral has already started.
Tuesday, March 9
BYU and Cougars senior Robbie Fillmore both needed extra holes to win their first tournament of the season Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic.
California continued its torrid start to the spring Tuesday with a victory at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite.
After a disappointing start to the spring season, South Florida claimed its first victory of the year Tuesday at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational.
Don’t know what Rory McIlroy had for lunch on Tuesday at Doral, but whatever he had, and wherever he had it, it’s guaranteed to fall short of his Tuesday lunch of a week ago.
I listened to Tuesday afternoon’s phone conference with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Ping CEO John Solheim, and I have one word for you: bifurcation.
Quick . . . name the three players who have gone 6-for-6 in making cuts this season. That would be Alex Prugh, Tom Gillis and Chad Collins. Jim McCabe explains how they’re adjusting to success on Tour.
One of the icons of fashion – Barbie – has just turned 51 years old, and after all the beach houses and Corvettes, she’s finally headed for the fairways.
First, it was Callaway Golf’s decision to sponsor the Super Bowl pregame show on CBS. Now, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company is asking golfers to bet Phil Mickelson to win his third green jacket next month at the Masters.
Not long after Tiger Woods returned home and starting practicing, the PGA Tour began checking with tournaments to make sure they were prepared to handle the hype over the world’s No. 1 player getting back to golf.
Inside the March 12, 2010 issue of Golfweek.
Our new fashion show – “Make Me Over – Golfweek Style” – will run on Golfweek.com every other Tuesday.
Point Loma Nazarene University, which has won two NAIA events in its past four starts this spring, will eliminate four athletic teams, including men’s golf, beginning this fall.
The knock on Sergio Garcia the past few seasons has been his putting, and he put another new putter in play at the Honda Classic: a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona by Kia Ma.
While the USGA, PGA Tour and Ping were distributing news releases claiming the grooves issue as settled after Ping agreed to a waiver of the pre-March 31, 1990 rule, it turns out that may not be the case across all of golf.
Modern materials and designs have made golf bags more durable and stylish than ever. Whether they are cart bags or carry bags, today’s innovative bags have a multitude of personalities to match the dispositions and needs of the golfers who buy them. Here are some of the most interesting bags for 2010:
Draw from it what you want, but while Tiger Woods remains in semi-seclusion, his agent, Mark Steinberg, has been spotted at the CA Championship.
I caught up with first-year UCF coach Courtney Trimble to see how she was adjusting to the 407 area code.
Monday, March 8
Usually playing tournament golf seven out of eight weeks, and spending eight weeks and counting on the road would be very tiring.
Ashley Bauer left the rest of the field in the dust at the Rio Verde Invitational March 7, putting together a 9-shot win in the Arizona desert.
Coastal Carolina rolled its second victory of the season Monday at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
Matthew Rushton, of Johannesburg, South Africa, shot 3-under 141 (72-69) at Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by seven shots.
The disappearance of golf specialty stores isn’t limited to remote locales. Even in far more metropolitan markets, golf retailers – especially “mom and pop” shops – are going the way of indie bookstores.
Yuri Otsuka, of Chiba Japan, shot 3-over 147 (77-70) at Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the the International Junior Golf Tour event by two shots.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Hey everyone! My name is Mallory Blackwelder and I am a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA, and the Duramed Futures Tour.
The 20-year-old Ping wedges with square grooves will no longer be allowed on the PGA Tour starting March 29 under an agreement reached with Ping executives.
In her second college start, the freshman won the Bruin Wave Invitational. Kang, who joined the Waves lineup this spring, turned in rounds of 67-72-69 for an 8-under 208, three shots better than New Mexico’s Jodi Ewart.
The Ducks sophomore shot 65-69-69 to tie a tournament record at 10-under 203 and win the USC Collegiate Invitational by one shot over USC’s T.J. Vogel.
One week after finishing last at the 16-team Arizona Wildcat Invitational, the Green Wave rebounded in a big way, defeating seven top-25 teams at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.
The Ducks, with three players in the top 5, shot 279-277-275 for a 21-under 831 total at the USC Collegiate Invitational, winning by 16 shots over second-place California.
Welcome to back to another week of Wildman’s Corner. Today’s power rankings are for individuals.
In this week’s Monday Scramble: Why you should watch your back for Camilo “Spider-Man” Villegas, the real size of John Daly’s PGA Tour disciplinary file, Tiger and the Oscars, and Vijay’s new putter.
Sunday, March 7
Fred Couples won his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory in the Toshiba Classic.
Steve Pate became the oldest champion in Nationwide Tour history, winning the Bogota Open on Sunday when Aaron Watkins missed a 3-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff.
J.B. Holmes has played in only five WGC events since turning pro in 2006, and just once at Doral.
Division II Florida Southern won its first team title of the season Sunday at the USF Invitational over a field largely made up of D-I teams.
Let the party continue in Colombia. The same week Camilo Villegas flew home to help kick off his country’s first Nationwide Tour event, he ran away from the field at PGA National to win his third PGA Tour title.
With the leaders preparing to embark upon their final rounds of the Honda Classic, we can say one thing definitively: The bad golf is at least out of the way.
South Korean teenager Seung-yul Noh birdied the final hole to win the Malaysian Open by one shot over countryman K.J. Choi on Sunday.
Talk about domination Down Under. Karrie Webb shot a course-record 11-under 61 Sunday on the Gold Coast in Australia to close out her seventh ANZ Ladies Masters title in the past 12 years.
Saturday, March 6
Fred Couples moved into position for his second straight Champions Tour victory, shooting a 7-under 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Toshiba Classic.
Sam Saunders is stepping out of his grandfather’s shadow.
Arnold Palmer is a proud grandfather this Saturday night as his 22-year-old grandson Sam Saunders has played his way up the leaderboard after three rounds at the Honda Classic.
Steve Pate moved into the lead at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Saturday after a 5-under 66 at the Country Club de Bogota.
Camilo Villegas was on fire Saturday at the Honda Classic, and so, too, was a state park near PGA National. Amid hazy conditions from the controlled burn, Villegas built a three-shot lead with his 3-under 67.
No, he won’t change his routine. He loves to look at leaderboards and he’ll be doing so during Sunday’s final round of the Honda Classic.
Not only must players hit directly into the wind at PGA National’s 17th and 18th holes, but both tees were moved up in Saturday’s third round at the Honda Classic.
Impressive with a front-side 31 in the third round of the Honda Classic, Camilo Villegas isn’t the only one on fire.
A controlled burn about 15 miles from the site of the Honda Classic sent smoky air over the tournament course for Saturday’s third round.
Six-time champion Karrie Webb birdied the final hole for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Australian Ladies Masters.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand stayed in the hunt for his first Asian Tour title, shooting a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Rhys Davies of Wales after the third round at the Malaysian Open.
Friday, March 5
Bob Tway, Chein Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe shot 6-under 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic, leaving Champions Tour newcomer Fred Couples a stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.
Graeme McDowell might have lost two strokes to the leaders on his final hole in the second round of the Honda Classic, but he had to have picked up a lot more fans.
If the Honda Classic is taking on the feel of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, there’s a good reason.
Tag Ridings pulled into the solo lead Friday at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, carding a 2-under 69 at the Country Club de Bogota. Ridings holds a one-shot lead over William McGirt.
Scores fell throughout the field Friday at PGA National as Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas pulled into the Honda Classic lead at 8 under.
The waiting for Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf continues. Woods did not enter the field for next week’s CA Championship at Doral.
The Ryder Cup should help golf in the UK, which has slumped during the recession. A KPMG study measures the slowdown's impact there and around the world – and offers a forecast for a recovery.
In the sports world, early March and bubble talk go together like peanut butter and jelly.
His thinking was sound. It was also vintage Mark Calcavecchia.
The most fun event in women’s college golf? A lot of people would argue this week’s Rio Verde Invitational, which debuted in 2003. As Julie Williams writes, every year seems to create a lifetime of friendships and memories.
Nature or nurture? That’s the question on my mind this week, especially as it relates to English success in world golf.
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat held a one-shot lead after a rain-interrupted second round at the Malaysian Open.
It used to be that having your name on a trophy or plaque was a pretty good sign that you had achieved something special.
Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa will miss the U.S. PGA Tour's CA Championship to attend his high school graduation.
American Amanda Blumenherst shot a 3-under 69 to maintain a share of the lead with Lim Ji-na of South Korea after two rounds of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time to clean out my e-mail inbox and read what you have to say.
Thursday, March 4
Tag Ridings and Dave Schultz are tied atop the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open leaderboard with 6-under 65s Thursday at the Country Club de Bogota.
It didn’t take long for Fred Couples to adjust to the Champions Tour, though his quick assimilation surprised even him.
Rory Sabbatini once made headlines for calling Tiger Woods “more beatable than ever,” and that was long before the world’s No. 1 golfer put his career on hold to straighten out his personal life.
Despite a chilly day in South Florida, Michael Connell and Nathan Green put up rounds of bogey-free 65 and share the lead at the Honda Classic.
This week on Lance & Asher: The guys talk to Oral Roberts walk-on freshman David Holtgrew, who led his team to a buzzer-beating victory at the Summit League Championship.
Following a second unofficial visit to Auburn two weeks ago, Jake Mondy gave his verbal committment to Tigers coach Nick Clinard, Mondy told Golfweek.
In this seemingly never-ending winter golf season, layering your clothing is key. From marathon runners to college golfers, athletes are finding new ways to stay warm while competing.
Do you conform your style according to how the week is going? For example: When you are at the top of the leaderboard, do you tend to spice it up a little?
For those who are fans of players on the comeback trail from wrist injuries, boy did PGA Tour officials make it easy for those attending The Honda Classic.
N.C. State’s starting lineup features three Canadians. Next year, another Canuck is on the way. How does coach Richard Sykes explain the Canadian connection? Sean Martin reports.
Nestled into the base of the Tortolita Mountains, the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort mixes contemporary lifestyle with an earthen, natural theme.
The golf resort industry has yet to be formally introduced to Paul Schock, but this much already is clear: The man doesn’t think small.
Reynolds Plantation is dealing with the same issues as its residential and resort competitors around the country: weak home sales and a sharp decline in its group business.
Cancun, once the Daytona Beach of family vacations in Mexico, gradually is becoming a refined golf destination. Bradley S. Klein takes a look at one of the Yucatan's best courses - Mayakoba’s El Camaleon.
Is Tiger Woods back in business? PaddyPower.com, Ireland’s largest bookmaker, has recently proposed a deal to the Woods camp that tops out at $75 million over five years.
Former Duke star Amanda Blumenherst shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Katherine Hull after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters.
Rhys Davies and Ignacio Garrido shot 7-under 65s to lead the Malaysian Open by one stroke after the first round on Thursday.
As the race for the postseason heats up, here are three tournaments to watch in the next few days, keeping in mind that some schools will either enhance or eliminate themselves from postseason discussions. After all, it's never too late to talk about the playoffs, is it?
Wednesday, March 3
Michael Thompson’s tale can serve as a cautionary one for any player preparing to turn pro in the near future.
Tiger Woods’ caddie said he knew nothing about the golfer's extramarital affairs and was angry with him over the scandal.
Southern California senior Belen Mozo (pictured) and two of her teammates finished in the top 10 to help USC to its third victory of the season Wednesday at the the Bruin Wave Invitational. On the individual side, Pepperdine freshman Danielle Kang won convincingly in only her second college start.
Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday at The Honda Classic that he ‘can't imagine in 100 years’ that Tiger Woods would miss the Masters.
Conventional wisdom says there is a tipping point that launches every trend and that just one person can be held responsible for the movement.
Charles Howell III isn’t the only PGA Tour player who has hit balls on the Isleworth Country Club range at the same time as Tiger Woods the last couple of days.
Jay Hwang, the 9th-ranked player in the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has verbally committed to UCLA.
John Daly was so irritated that a Florida newspaper wrote about his PGA Tour disciplinary file that he referred to the writer as a “jerk” on Twitter and posted the writer’s cell phone number for his followers to call.
Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees is finally getting to play his first round of offseason golf. With Jack Nicklaus, no less.
Three words come to mind when thinking about Oregon’s performance at the USC Collegiate Invitational.
Tiger Woods is back home from a week of family counseling. But Jeff Rude doesn’t care. Just tap him on the shoulder when Woods is finally on the first tee of a PGA Tour event.
The format at the Seahawk Intercollegiate: I am a huge supporter of the .500 rule and this tournament gets some kudos.
Tuesday, March 2
The Florida Swing starts Thursday at The Honda Classic. The Fantasy Aces have their sunscreen and selections ready.
Every breakthrough is preceded by plenty of perseverance. North Florida and Ospreys sophomore Joe Byun provided the latest example Tuesday by winning the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.
His passion for life and for being a caddie was to be admired. Jim McCabe looks back on the life of a beloved Tour caddie Greg Rita, who died Saturday of a brain tumor.
Oregon shot a tournament-best 9-under 275 Tuesday en route to a runaway victory at the USC Collegiate Invitational.
One question for the defending Masters champion is what he plans to serve at the Champions Dinner. Angel Cabrera not only will reveal the menu, he plans to give 100 friends a taste of the dinner they can’t attend.
Tulane won its first title of the season Tuesday at the inaugural Kinderlou Forest Challenge. It came exactly one week after finishing last at the Wildcat Invitational.
Hunter Mahan, a Ping staff player, did not use an original Eye2 wedge in winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
I’ve been getting a kick out of all the fuss and comments concerning Georgia playing – and winning – this week’s Wendy’s Charleston Challenge.
A day after tying a school record with an opening 65, Texas A&M senior Julia Boland led the Aggies to victory Tuesday at the UCF Challenge. It was third title of the season for both the Aggies and Boland.
Camilo Villegas is not playing in the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in his native Colombia, but he will have a busy week nonetheless.
Inside the March 5, 2010 issue of Golfweek:
John Daly has been suspended five times and cited 21 times for not giving his best effort on the PGA Tour. Those are among details contained in a 456-page disciplinary file that has become public record through a lawsuit.
Lee Westwood made his 2010 debut in the U.S. two weeks ago at Accenture Match Play. After a week off, he was hoping to be ready for the Florida Swing and then Augusta. Those plans may be on hold.
When Tiger Woods made his apology Feb. 19 at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., many of the onsite media wondered why they were charged $100 to $250 for Internet access at the Sawgrass Marriott.
Chris Smith lost his wife in a car accident last Father’s Day. As Adam Schupak reports, Smith returned to the PGA Tour two weeks ago with a deeper appreciation of his role as a dad.
Tiger Woods has returned to Windermere, Fla., after a week of family counseling in Arizona and is trying to get into a routine that includes golf and fitness, says an AP source.
Each year the PGA Merchandise Show is full of little surprises, and invariably several are in the category of putting aids. Here are three putting aids that appeared to captivate attendees at the expo held last month in Orlando, Fla.
It’s Tuesday on Wildman’s Corner and that means I chat with a college coach or player. Miami women’s coach Lela Cannon gets the honor of going first. After all, this fiery coach led the Hurricanes to a victory Feb. 23 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic.
Monday, March 1
One of the coolest events in college golf is the three-hole shootout that takes place at TPC Sawgrass after the second round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. Sean Martin was there.
The final round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship got rained out last fall, which made Georgia two days short of the maximum 24 days of competition and gave head coach Chris Haack the chance to look for a two-day event this spring.
James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-over 145 (68-77) at Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Plantation Inn Open by one shot
Kristin Swindell, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 3-over 147 (74-73) at Southwind Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by two shots.
The LPGA has filled a slot on its 2010 tournament calendar – initially reserved for an event in China – with an elite, limited-field competition in Malaysia.
Joe Byun and North Florida will enter the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational with the team and individual leads. A forecast calling for rain and wind Tuesday at Sawgrass Country Club could set the stage for a gritty finish.
Was thumbing through the 2010 PGA Tour Media Guide when I came upon a player biography that listed his special interests as “Clubbing and girls.”
Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, is taking his licks out on the PGA Tour. Through three PGA Tour starts, he has yet to play a tournament’s final round.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Georgia rolled to a 20-shot victory Monday at the Wendy’s Charleston Shootout.
It has been a while since we have had good weather in Florida. I know, I shouldn’t complain compared to what others have experienced all over the country.
Caroline Hedwall made it two wins in two starts this spring after winning the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
Behind the stellar play of sisters Isabelle and Marika Lendl, the Florida Gators cruised to a 29-shot win at the Central District Invitational.
Kevin Tway won the individual title at the Puerto Rico Classic.
Texas won the Puerto Rico Classic with rounds of 277-269-276 for a 42-under 822 total. The Longhorns finished 6 shots clear of top-ranked Oklahoma State.
Ever since I started posting pace-of-play blogs, I seem to be the best friend of rules officials. The e-mails, blog posts and ideas all have been inspiring.
Greg Rita, the caddie for Curtis Strange when he won successive U.S. Open titles and for John Daly when he won the British Open, has died of brain cancer.
The PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament at Harbour Town will continue in 2011, according to the event’s tournament director. As for 2012? Those waters are a bit rockier at this point.
Some players feel the need to jet out of town after missing a cut, but I stayed for a full day Saturday to take advantage of the nice facilities and the fact that my instructor is in Phoenix.
When Kyle Roig travels to a golf tournament, she sees much more than just fairways and greens. (Try babboon spotting and whale watching.) The 16-year-old has a taste for adventure, and that open mind isn’t hurting her golf game, either.
With the girls wearing pink in Singapore, it seems fitting that the boys should wear blue, and coincidentally, that’s exactly what they did.
Grayson Murray has always known he wanted to play golf at Wake Forest.
Here’s your fun fact for the day: By my estimates, there are only two college golf teams that have two active players on their team who have teed it up in PGA Tour events.
Attendance at the just completed Phoenix Open in Scottsdale was the lowest in a decade.
Given the economic climate, some would see it as the worst time to take on marketing endeavors. Jay Monahan disagrees.
We’re only six years from seeing golf again in the Olympics. The Monday Scramble wonders if it will look anything like the last two weeks in Vancouver. (Also on tap: How ’bout dem Oklahoma State Cowboys?)
Asher Wildman takes a look at the top 8 teams in the men’s and women’s college games.