Golfweek.com Top Stories http://www.golfweek.com/feeds/topstories Golfweek.com Top Stories en-us Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:23:02 -0400 Tour Tracker: RBC Heritage, Round 1 Golfweek Staff http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/pga-tour-rbc-heritage-live-scores-round-1-blog/?print From Jordan Spieth to Matt Kuchar, follow all the Round 1 action from the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:21:42 EST 43097 Golfweek.com <story><p>Ah, the week after the Masters, when the chase is no longer for green, but for plaid.</p> <p>The likes of Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson and defending champion Graeme McDowell are set to take to the course at Harbour Town Golf Links on Thursday, and we'll be ... TaylorMade appoints new CEO; King promoted Nick Masuda http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/taylormade-new-ceo-mark-king-promoted-golf-equipme/?print In a pair of moves on Thursday morning, current TaylorMade CEO Mark King was promoted to president of the Adidas Group North America, while Ben Sharpe will take over as CEO for TaylorMade. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:55:28 EST 43093 Golfweek.com <story><p>TaylorMade announced a change in its leadership on Thursday morning, revealing that Ben Sharpe, current executive vice president of Adidas Golf and Ashworth, will take over as CEO.</p> <p>Current TaylorMade CEO Mark King has been promoted to be the President of Adidas Group North America, effective June 1.</p> <p>"Mark King's ... Campbell's Crooks wins 120th collegiate title Beth Ann Nichols http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/college-golf-john-crooks-campbell-120-college-titl/?print After a 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women's championship, Campbell coach John Crooks now has 120 collegiate wins – 75 on the women's side and 45 for the men's program. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:02:25 EST 43082 Golfweek.com <story><p>There are winners in college golf, and then there’s John Crooks. A 30-stroke victory at the Big South Conference women’s championship on Tuesday gave the Campbell coach his 120th college title. That’s 75 for the women’s program and 45 on the men’s side.</p> <p>“I’d never put ’em together,” said Crooks, ... Expert picks: RBC Heritage Golfweek Staff http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/pga-tour-picks-rbc-heritage-jordan-spieth-matt-kuc/?print An impressive field has been put together this week for the RBC Heritage, with many players making the two-hour jaunt from Augusta to take on Harbour Town. Here's our staff picks for the week. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:21:21 EST 43080 Golfweek.com <story><p>An impressive field has been put together this week for the RBC Heritage, with many players making the two-hour jaunt from Augusta to take on Harbour Town.</p> <p>Here's our staff picks for the week:</p> <p>• • •</p> <h3>Jim McCabe, senior writer</h3> <p><strong>Favorite:</strong> Jim Furyk</p> <p><strong>Don’t Forget About:</strong> Graeme McDowell</p> <p><strong>Keep ... Ringler: Use match play in conference championships Lance Ringler http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/college-golf-match-play-format-conference-champion/?print There is no denying that match play has created buzz at the men's NCAA Championships during the past five years, so why haven't more conference championships adopted the style of play? Our Lance Ringler says they should. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:27:24 EST 43077 Golfweek.com <story><p>Just like that, winter has passed and college golf's championship season is here. There wasn’t a lot of time for many players to fine-tune their games, but that’s the life of a college golfer during the early spring season.</p> <p>Over the course of the next four weeks, 31 men's teams ... Player-by-player look at Europe's Palmer Cup squad Alistair Tait http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/mens-amateur-golf-palmer-cup-2014-european-team/?print Here's a player-by-player look at the 2014 European Palmer Cup squad, which includes plenty of college talent from the U.S. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:54 EST 43076 Golfweek.com <story><p>Andrew Coltart will rely on three Scottish countrymen to help win the Palmer Cup when he captains the European team to face the United States at Walton Heath Golf Club, England, on June 26-28.</p> <p>Grant Forrest of San Diego, James Ross of Houston and Jack McDonald of the University of ... U.S. Palmer Cup team features 'Bama duo, D3 player Cassie Stein http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/mens-amateur-golf-palmer-cup-2014-united-states/?print The 2014 U.S. Palmer Cup team was announced on Thursday morning, and it features some of the best talent in college golf. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:54:52 EST 43075 Golfweek.com <story><p>The 2014 U.S. Palmer Cup team was announced Thursday morning, and it features some of the best talent in college golf.</p> <p>Two players from No. 1 Alabama – freshman Robby Shelton and senior Trey Mullinax – will be on the American team that will face Europe's top college players June ... Taylor, Marino looking to follow Stefani's Tour path Jim McCabe http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/17/pga-tour-vaughn-taylor-steve-marino-shawn-stefani/?print Vaughn Taylor has traveled the globe in 2014, but a two-hour drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage has been the highlight of his year. Meanwhile, Steve Marino is using this week to reintroduce himself to the Tour. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:11:24 EST 43073 Golfweek.com <story><p>HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – No matter which of the routes you take, your view is of country roads as you wind your way from Augusta, Ga., to this golf mecca at the edge of the mighty Atlantic. As scenic rides go, it’s not likely to get nominated for one ... Rude: Augusta National should Bubba-proof course Jeff Rude http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/16/masters-2014-augusta-national-bubba-watson-proofin/?print Senior writer Jeff Rude believes Augusta National should Bubba-proof the golf course, just as it did for Tiger Woods. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:45:18 EST 43071 Golfweek.com <story><p><em>Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.</em></p> <p>• • •</p> <p>Fourteen years ago, your correspondent spent four interesting hours in the Cypress, Calif., house where Tiger Woods grew up. During that long interview session with father Earl Woods in his living room, the topic of ... Spieth hit by ball during pro-am at RBC Heritage Jim McCabe http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/16/jordan-spieth-hit-by-ball-rbc-heritage-pga-tour/?print Jordan Spieth, fresh off a T-2 finish at the Masters, was hit by a wedge shot from his amateur playing partner during the pro-am at the RBC Heritage. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:22:57 EST 43062 Golfweek.com <story><p>HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Errant shots are common occurrences at PGA Tour stops. Just ask the dozens of spectators who’ve received autographed gloves and balls after being hit in the back or the shoulder.</p> <p>But it’s not often that it’s the PGA Tour player who gets hit, as happened ... Ageless master Toski settles into the right position again Jim McCabe http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/16/masters-2014-bob-toski-augusta-national/?print Bob Toski continues to have an amazing effect on the golf world. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:38:11 EST 43058 Golfweek.com <story><p>Prepared for the next trio of players who would proceed from the practice green to the first tee for Round 2 of the Masters, the marshal held the rope in his left hand, ready to move and stretch it out so that a passageway was cleared.</p> <p>Keen on how the ... Masters 2014: A look back through the numbers Jim McCabe http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/16/masters-2014-augusta-numbers-breakdown/?print There were plenty of interesting numbers to dissect at the conclusion of play at the 2014 Masters, including who showed the most prowess on the four par 5s for the week. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:11 EST 43056 Golfweek.com <story><p>Four days, four rounds, countless scoring curiosities at the Masters. Here are a few:</p> <p>• If you’re thinking that long-hitting Bubba Watson ate up the par 5s, well, with an eagle and six birdies he definitely played them well. But Bernhard Langer, a Champions Tour guy, also went 8 under, ... Notes: Defending title at Masters nearly impossible task Jim McCabe http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/16/masters-2014-adam-scott-defending-title-notes/?print Much was made of Adam Scott’s tough task of successfully defending his Masters title – and for good reason. Statistics shows that it’s the toughest of the majors to defend. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:23:20 EST 43054 Golfweek.com <story><p>Much was made of Adam Scott’s tough task of successfully defending his Masters title – and for good reason. Statistics shows that it’s the toughest of the majors to defend.</p> <p>Scott failed, of course, and that puts him in good company. So did 74 other defending champs. Only three times ... Clemson's Ramsey to turn pro after Curtis Cup Cassie Stein http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/college-golf-ashlan-ramsey-clemson-tiger-turn-pro/?print Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey is ready for the next step in her golf career. The freshman will not return to school in the fall, instead opting to turn professional after the Curtis Cup in June. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:22:50 EST 43035 Golfweek.com <story><p>Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey is ready for the next step in her golf career.</p> <p>The freshman from Milledgeville, Ga., will not return to school in the fall, instead opting to turn professional after her appearance in the Curtis Cup at St. Louis Country Club in June.</p> <p>“I feel like I came ... Washington, USC finish 1-2 at Silverado Showdown Brentley Romine http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/college-women-silverado-showdown-washington-usc/?print Washington turned in a final-round, 8-under 280 to pull away from top-ranked USC and win the Silverado Showdown Tuesday at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:38:47 EST 43043 Golfweek.com <story><p><strong>Final scores:</strong> <a href="http://golfstat.golfweek.com/tournaments/W/4991/Silverado%20Showdown/">Desktop</a> | <a href="http://golfstat.golfweek.com/mobile/#/tournaments/W/4991/Silverado%20Showdown/">Mobile</a></p> <p>• • •</p> <p>Washington turned in a final-round, 8-under 280 to pull away from top-ranked USC and win the Silverado Showdown Tuesday at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.</p> <p>The seventh-ranked Huskies finished at 3-under 861, 13 shots better than the Trojans, ... Report: Buck, Norman to broadcast '15 U.S. Open Martin Kaufmann http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/us-open-2015-fox-sports-greg-norman-joe-buck-broad/?print Anchor Joe Buck will be paired with Greg Norman in the 18th tower when Fox Sports broadcasts its first U.S. Open in 2015, according to media reports and other sources. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:06:14 EST 43041 Golfweek.com <story><p>Fox Sports apparently has settled on the cornerstones for its golf announcing crew.</p> <p>Anchor Joe Buck will be paired with Greg Norman in the 18th tower when Fox Sports broadcasts its first U.S. Open in 2015, according to media reports and other sources. </p> <p>Buck is Fox Sports’ top anchor ... Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Classic 2014 http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/golf-courses-canada-golfweeks-best-classic/?print A look at our Golfweek's Best Canadian Classic courses for 2014, topped by Jasper Park Lodge GC. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:29:42 EST 43038 Golfweek.com <story><p><strong>Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Classic 2014 (Before 1960)</strong></p> <inline type="recurring-inline" id="174" align="left" /> <p>Rank, (2013 rank), Name</p> <p>Location; Opened</p> <p>Architect(s), Rater avg.</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>1. (1) Jasper Park Lodge GC</strong></p> <p>Jasper, Alberta, 1925</p> <p>Stanley Thompson, 7.98</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>2. (2) St. George’s G&amp;CC</strong></p> <p>Islington, Ontario, 1928</p> <p>Stanley Thompson, 7.92</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>3. (3) Banff ... Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Modern 2014 http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/golf-courses-canada-golfweeks-best-2014/?print A look at the Golfweek's Best 2014 Canadian Modern courses, topped by Cabot Links. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:08:50 EST 43037 Golfweek.com <story><p><strong>Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Modern 2014 (1960-present)</strong></p> <inline type="recurring-inline" id="174" align="left" /> <p>Rank, (2013 rank), Name</p> <p>Location; Opened</p> <p>Architect(s), Rater avg.</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>1. (2) Cabot Links, Inverness</strong></p> <p>Nova Scotia, 2012</p> <p>Rod Whitman, 7.80</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>2. (1) Devil’s Paintbrush</strong></p> <p>Caledon, Ontario, 1992</p> <p>Dana Fry, Michael Hurdzan, 7.75</p> <p><br></br></p> <p><strong>3. (3) The National ... Masters ratings suffer despite Watson's comeback Bill Zimmerman http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/15/masters-ratings-cbs-espn-drop-2014-bubba-watson/?print Enthralling as Bubba Watson's shotmaking was Sunday during his Masters victory, it couldn't overcome several factors that led to a ratings drop on CBS and ESPN. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:00 EST 43036 Golfweek.com <story><p>Enthralling as Bubba Watson's shotmaking was Sunday during his Masters victory, it couldn't overcome several factors that led to a ratings drop.</p> <p>CBS' broadcast of the final round from Augusta National dropped 24 percent year-over-year to a 7.8 rating, USA Today reported. It was even down from Watson's win two ... Report: Woods' recovery might rule out Pinehurst Bill Zimmerman http://www.golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/14/report-woods-recovery-might-rule-out-pinehurst/?print Tiger Woods, who underwent surgery last month and withdrew from the Masters on April 1, reportedly will be in recuperation mode "past the U.S. Open," his friend Notah Begay III said in an interview. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:18:44 EST 43034 Golfweek.com <story><p>Tiger Woods, who underwent surgery last month and withdrew from the Masters on April 1, seemingly will be in recuperation mode "past the U.S. Open," his friend and Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III told CBS Sports Radio. </p> <p>As Woods missed the Masters last week, viewership dipped as Bubba ...