Stories for April 2009
Thursday, April 30
Carly Ray Goldstein greets everyone with a hug.
Moments after shooting a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday morning to take the first-round lead at the Quail Hollow Championship, Tiger Woods was planning his afternoon practice session.
One of the nation’s top junior events has a new home. The AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic will be played at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this fall after spending two years at the Ginn Reunion Resort outside of Orlando.
Purdue senior Maria Hernandez is a front-runner for Player of the Year, but she’s not losing sleep over the tight race. After all, she’s got more important things on her mind. As Dan Mirocha explains, just two events remain in her historic college career.
Ben Enoch, an East Tennessee State signee and a rising star in British amateur golf, died Thursday morning in a one-car accident in Herefordshire, England.
Wednesday, April 29
Who's going where? We have your full list here.
Charlotte picked the right time to get hot this season.
Tiger Woods was furious at how he hit the ball at the Masters, and he said after the final round that he used a “Band-Aid” swing to get around Augusta National in 68.
Tiger Woods crouched behind the ball and eyed the cup with his steely glare. He then rose, moved forward and placed his putter to the left of the hole.
Word is a slimmed-down John Daly will play a few events in Europe, starting with this week’s Spanish Open, and come off his PGA Tour suspension at Memphis in June.
How does MIT axe its golf team?
The chance to play in the postseason was at stake for the nine teams of Western Athletic Conference on Wednesday. With no team ranked high enough to earn an at-large bid, it all came down to 54 holes at Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Washington won its fifth title of the season Wednesday at the Pac-10 Championship, firing 16-under 1,424 to beat Oregon by 18 shots.
Lamar won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference title Wednesday with a 10-shot victory over Texas-Arlington.
Oklahoma State pulled away from a pesky Colorado team on the final day of the Big 12 Championship to win its third consecutive conference title.
Tuesday, April 28
The story of how Zurich Classic winner Jerry Kelly switched back to the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball from the Pro V1 was amusing and revealing.
Jeff Klauk might know every blade of grass on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass after growing up watching his father, retired golf course superintendent Fred Klauk, tend to the course for The Players Championship.
The HSBC Champions in China has been elevated to a World Golf Championship this year with a new qualifying criteria and a $7 million purse, the highest ever for a golf tournament in Asia.
He looked a little upset when we last saw him walking off Augusta National. Really, really upset, actually. And we know the Frankenstein we usually see after he goes back to the lab for two weeks.
Monday, April 27
Stewart Cink says pro golfers need to do more in tough economic times to support corporations that have made a commitment to the PGA Tour.
Cleveland and Titleist led to a win for Jerry Kelly at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
President Barack Obama took advantage of the summer weather in Washington on Sunday to play a round of golf.
Welcome to the Monday Scramble. A quick reminder: We here at the Scramble wrote about this whole white belt-white golf shoe American resurgence (which earned some big ink this weekend in the Wall Street Journal) months ago. However, we probably should have mentioned it years ago, when now-Oklahoma State sophomore/top amateur Rickie Fowler started wearing the combo at junior golf tournaments, going as far back as 2005.
Seaview Resort, the historic Galloway, N.J., golf getaway, is changing management.
French Lick, Ind., commonly is known as the home of basketball legend Larry Bird, but another Hoosier hero is about to put his stamp on this town.
Arizona State will feel right at home as it starts its run to the NCAA Championship.
The Antigua Group, a Peoria, Ariz.-based apparel company, has signed a three-year licensing agreement with the PGA Tour.
Meadow won handily at AJGA Cliffs Championship.
Sunday, April 26
Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Norway’s Suzann Pettersen by a stroke in a dramatic final round and win the Corona Championship for the second straight year.
Jerry Kelly took the umbrella from the parade marshal, donned his tasseled sash and danced his way off the 18th as the brass band played an exuberant Dixieland tune.
Four Boilermakers finished in the top 10 as No. 11 Purdue cruised to its second consecutive Big Ten Women’s Championship title Sunday.
Arizona State revved up for run at the national championship by winning the Pac-10 Championship Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.
Harvard won its second consecutive Women’s Ivy League Championship Sunday, holding on for a two-shot victory over Yale at Atlantic City Golf Club.
Charlotte won its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 title Sunday and was led by junior Corey Nagy (pictured), who became the second 49er (Matt Mincer, 2007) in the past three seasons to win the A-10 individual title.
Saturday, April 25
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a 4-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen at the Corona Championship.
Jerry Kelly shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the Zurich Classic.
Friday, April 24
Jerry Kelly moved into position for his first PGA Tour victory since his breakthrough 2002 season, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.
Tiger Woods will play in his first tournament since the Masters next week at the Quail Hollow Championship.
Bobby Wyatt didn’t know how much more he could take. Golf will do that to you. Wyatt struggled and hit a serious low in 2007, but a rebuilt swing and newfound confidence now have him No. 8 in the Golfweek rankings and primed for a career at Alabama.
I owe so much to the pro who taught me the game.
Turnberry needs an Open Championship. It needs a regular European Tour event.
The Corning Classic will be missed on the LPGA.
In his latest column, senior writer Alistair Tait makes a case for Turnberry to become a permanent home for a regular European Tour event.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight bogey-free 8-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen at the LPGA’s Corona Championship.
Thursday, April 23
The postseason energy is palpable.
It’s been a circus at Washington as the Huskies prepare for the Pac-10 Championship. And for good reason. The team is coming off a big victory and is hosting the event. Dan Mirocha previews the Pac-10, and three other conference showdowns.
South Korea’s Charlie Wi took advantage of soft early morning conditions to shoot a bogey-free 6-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Zurich Classic.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free 8-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Na Yeon Choi after the first round of the LPGA’s Corona Championship.
Wednesday, April 22
If there’s any scar tissue left from his tough finish at the Masters, Tiger Woods didn’t show it Monday when he sat down to answer questions at Congressional. Promoting the summer Tour event he hosts, an at-ease Woods popped off several one-liners.
Jerry Kelly hit the 10th hole at the TPC Louisiana hungry for much more than a win. Just over halfway through Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Zurich Classic, Kelly knew what he needed before finishing the back nine: three dozen char-grilled oysters.
The congratulations Patrick Sheehan received as he walked onto the practice tee at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic proved one thing: a win’s a win.
At 50, Michael Allen still chasing PGA Tour dream.
The Asian Tour’s conflict with new rival, the One Asia Super Series, intensified as the established circuit carried out its threat of punishing members who competed in One Asia’s debut event.
The University of San Francisco had not won a conference title in 19 years. After the first round of the West Coast Conference Championship on April 13 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif., that streak appeared likely to be extended.
Tuesday, April 21
Phil Mickelson is the latest player to commit to the Quail Hollow Championship. The tournament is still waiting on Tiger Woods.
Angel Cabrera gave Ping its first Masters victory by a Ping staff player.
It started just like any other Tuesday morning for James Edmondson and Ryan Palmer. Up at 7 a.m., breakfast by 8, arrive to the course around 9 – caddie and player together at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, the final PGA Tour event of 2008.
Arnold Palmer can appreciate a good rivalry, even if he’s not part of it.
Kenny Perry’s emotion-filled scorecard since losing the Masters reads thusly: Little sleep. Lot of crying and contemplation.
Trying to ward off the recession’s ill effects, the R&A is taking several steps to ensure robust attendance and consumer spending at The Open. Organizers are even subsidizing area golf clubs that’ll send busloads of its members to the major championship.
The PGA Tour picked up another key sponsor extension April 21 when Zurich Financial said it would continue its title sponsorship of the New Orleans tournament through 2014.
Monday, April 20
Brian Gay's Mizunos helped him grab the title at the Verizon Heritage.
Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we ask you to say “Tartar sauce on your Tartan jacket” five times fast. (Bonus points if you do it with a Boston accent.)
Through Dec. 19, guests visiting under the “Stay and Play Your Way” package can get a free same-day replay on Kapalua’s top-ranked Plantation, a PGA Tour site, or its sister Bay course, which hosts an LPGA event.
A town founded as a sanctuary for tuberculosis sufferers now serves as a haven for golfers facing a midlife crisis.
Shon takes second AJGA victory.
Welcoming juniors to the game long has been one of golf’s cherished customs. Golf’s allied organizations have lent their support to the cause, and now the USGA and PGA are stepping up their efforts: They’re creating an after-school junior program that’ll focus on providing young players course access.
It finally appears that golfers making the pilgrimage to Scotland’s historic Machrihanish Golf Club will have the chance to play its much-anticipated sister course.
The LPGA Corning Classic, the longest-running event on the ladies tour with the same title sponsor and played at the same venue since its inception in 1979, will end in May.
Sunday, April 19
Brandon Liu grew up breaking wooden boards with a move called the tornado roundhouse kick.
Wake Forest's Natalie Sheary made par on the first playoff hole to beat Duke senior Amanda Blumenherst and win the individual title at the ACC Women's Championship.
Auburn shot a final-round 285 to come from behind and win its eighth SEC Championship.
Rickie Fowler was struggling. His ballstriking wasn’t quite as crisp or as accurate as the previous day when he shot 65, and the putts just wouldn’t fall when the few birdie opportunities arose.
Former President George W. Bush made an impression on Florida senior Billy Horschel when he visited the White House with the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team two years ago.
Georgia completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the SEC Championship, shooting 286 to finish at 15-under 849. Arkansas (289) finished second at 2 under par, followed by Florida (288) at 1 over.
Georgia Tech held off a late rally from Clemson to post a three-shot victory at the ACC Championship and claim its third conference championship in the past four years.
Saturday, April 18
Whether you followed the hint of magic down to that precious juncture where the greens at 6, 15, and 16 converge, or you took your heart out to Amen Corner or even satisfied your thirst with positions behind the seventh green, the stroll around Augusta National Golf Club helped reintroduce an old friend whom you feared had disappeared forever.
Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have no equals when it comes to must-make moments.
Costly putt ruins Chad Campbell's chances of a Masters title.
Brian Gay can’t miss. A day after he made five consecutive birdies, Brian Gay shot a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Verizon Hertiage to take a three-shot lead. New Zealander Tim Wilkinson is in second. Lee Janzen is four back in third.
Kenny Perry shows class while finishing second at the Masters.
Cabrera won the Masters with his putting, nerves and a little help from lady luck.
Read Jeff Rude's column on Phil Mickelson.
A restored Sunday roar, Kenny Perry's vanishing victory and Angel Cabrera's escape act combine for an Augusta classic.
Gary Player recalls his greatest memories at Augusta National.
The 39-year-old makes his Masters debut playing with his golf idol, Tom Watson.
Led by Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State had four players post sub-70 rounds as the Cowboys surged into the lead after the first round of the weather-plagued Aggie Invitational.
Masters patrons got a to see Tiger and Phil paired together again.
Friday, April 17
Brian Gay’s run of five straight birdies lifted him past a revived Todd Hamilton after two rounds of the Verizon Heritage on Friday.
Angel Cabrera is a hero in his native country. But while his success has sparked Argentines’ interest in golf, an eroding caddie pipeline may hamper the game’s nationwide growth. Read about it in this Golfweek Special Report.
Tucked behind a towering line of shrubs in a working-class suburb south of Buenos Aires, Ranelagh Golf Club has stood for more than four generations.
The Masters gave everyone a lot of food for thought. Here are 10 random impressions from the first major of the year.
Thursday, April 16
Steve Ogg, Callaway Golf’s vice president of golf ball research and development, sat down with Golfweek to discuss the new two-piece Diablo ball and other Callaway golf balls for 2009.
Alex Cejka shot his lowest round in two years in the first round of the Verizon Heritage on Thursday. Cejka shot a 7-under 64 despite only being “85 percent,” and he leads Lee Janzen by one. Trevor Immelman is two shots back in third.
Robert Karlsson is on a roll. No, not that Robert Karlsson. We’re talking about Liberty’s fantastic frosh, also named Robert Karlsson. As Dan Mirocha explains, the Swede has had a standout spring.
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus will receive Pathfinder awards in June for their longtime contribution to youth sports.
The Abaco Club has opened the second phase of its Ritz-Carlton Club fractional residences.
Like its resort counterparts on the Monterey Peninsula, Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club takes its golf seriously. It’s home to a course designed by Robert Muir Graves.
The Stetson women’s golf team shot a school and tournament-record round of even-par 288 on Wednesday to rally from a three-stroke deficit to defeat Campbell and win the school’s first Atlantic Sun title.
I’ve heard a lot of people who earn their paycheck in golf say “the industry” does not do enough to advocate on the game’s behalf. Well, I’ve never met “the industry,” but a recent experience at a PGA Tour event makes me wonder whether we’re asking the wrong people to be ambassadors for the game.
The California Senate has voted to make it illegal to hold events that require participants to speak English in a move prompted by the LPGA’s English-only proposal.
Wednesday, April 15
More bad luck for Stanford’s Bramlett.
Angel Cabrera received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his native Argentina. Cabrera, sporting the green jacket, declared, ‘I’m not going to stop until I win at least five (majors).’ He’s only the second international player to win the Masters and U.S. Open.
Boo Weekley’s having too much fun at Harbour Town to worry about chasing history.
Strange as it sounds, Virginia is the team to beat at this week’s ACC Championship. Duke? Well, their streak of 13 consecutive conference titles is on the line. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Because of the dramatic retreats of Kenny Perry and Phil Mickelson, double-major winner Angel Cabrera probably didn’t get the credit he deserves for his Masters victory.
Harbour Town a relaxing contrast to Augusta.
To sports fans in Cincinnati, the annual Crosstown Shootout represents one of the city’s grand traditions.
Tuesday, April 14
Boo Weekley (pictured) has won in his past two trips to Harbour Town, but he’s not the favorite this week. That title belongs to Jim Furyk, who also has an impressive record at Hilton Head. See who else the Aces like this week.
After Kenny Perry's playoff loss at Augusta, he decided to add a 64-degree wedge for shots like the one he skulled across the green on the 17th green.
Tiger Woods has his Sunday red. Angel Cabrera prefers yellow.
The Tulane women’s golf team won the Conference USA Championship in its first year of competition since being reinstated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
San Francisco rallied on the final hole of regulation to win its tenth West Coast Conference Championship and first since 1990.
Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, who is scheduled to make his professional debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Golfweek, March 28), has signed a deal to be represented by IMG.
Monday, April 13
CBS had a few flaws in its Masters telecast.
Angel Cabrera used a bag full of Pings to win his second major championship.
Curtis and Alexis Thompson made it a double-double once again.
The Monday Scramble presents for the first time, our annual Masters 50, featuring the top 50 coolest/craziest/confusing things about the 2009 Masters (or just Augusta National in general).
In February, rounds played volume fell 4 percent in the U.S., with public and private facilities reporting declines for the month, according to an industry report.
Callaway Golf Co. announced April 7 it has extended its endorsement contract with Phil Mickelson.
The Duramed Futures Tour and Anheuser-Busch announced April 13 that Michelob Ultra will be the circuit’s official beer sponsor this season.
Sunday, April 12
The first time John Merrick visited Augusta National, he got a lecture from one of the green jackets.
Shingo Katayama is still quite the showman. It’s just been eight years between performances.
Just as he did at the PGA Championship in 2003, Chad Campbell had to watch Sunday as someone else won a major that could have been his. Making it sting even more was that it was the Masters.
They battled each other as though no one else was playing, and for many of those lucky enough to be at Augusta National on Easter Sunday, no one else was. Every shot seemed to spark a new roar echoing through the Georgia pines, and every birdie brought new hope that this might be the most magical Masters of them all.
Angel Cabrera outlasted Kenny Perry on the second playoff hole Sunday at Augusta to win the Masters. ‘El Pato,’ Spanish for ‘The Duck,’ as Cabrera is known, closed with 71, and now adds a green jacket to his 2007 U.S. Open title.
On a heavenly Easter Sunday at Augusta National, golf fans stopped waiting for the roars and the fun to return, stopped waiting for the choir to come back to church; Argentina, meanwhile, stopped waiting for the green jacket it first set eyes on 41 years ago, when Roberto De Vicenzo inadvertently signed for a higher score and finished second by a stroke.
North Carolina State sophomore Matt Hill captured his fourth individual title of the season at the River Landing Intercollegiate Saturday, while Duke rallied from a seven-shot deficit to claim the team title
Saturday, April 11
Steve Stricker’s bonus rounds at the Masters could have a big payoff.
Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry have proven they can handle the pressure on golf’s biggest stage. Next up is Sunday at Augusta National, a test unlike any other they have faced.
Padraig Harrington needed to make a charge Saturday in the Masters for a shot at a third consecutive major.
Sunday at the final Masters of the decade will predominantly feature a Battle of Unassuming Men, a bummer to the casual golf fan without even considering the acronym.
The substandard numbers and sad words match. Youth and history say you’re supposed to cash in on the Champions Tour at age 51. But Mark O’Meara finished 62nd in earnings last year. That’s odd until you listen. Beneath every underachievement is an underbelly.
What a kick Rory McIlroy has been at Augusta.
Talk about revivals! Biltmore is now a joy to play and deserves a place among the better Florida public-access courses.
Tiger’s best shot to win? A prayer.
Friday, April 10
Florida State sophomore Drew Kittleson will spend some time Friday evening in the Crow’s Nest with his nose in the books, hoping to take a chunk out of all the homework that has piled up the last few weeks.
I, the weather dog, love moisture and mud. Whenever the U.S. Open turns into the British Open, with rain, cold and wind, I’m the happiest guy on planet golf.
Drew Kittleson may have missed the cut at the Masters, but he left with plenty of memories, and some cool prizes. Kittleson earned two pair of crystal goblets for making two eagles in the second round, including on the difficult 11th.
Gary Player's imprint on Augusta is eternal.
A day before making more birdies in a single round at the Masters than anyone ever born, Anthony Kim walked off the 18th green Thursday evening at Augusta National feeling a big “sense of urgency.” He’d just posted 75 on a day characterized by many as the easiest day in Masters history, and was 10 shots off the lead when he hit his pillow.
The Asian Tour and a new rival circuit, One Asia Super Series, are battling for control of golf in Asia for the near term. Their turf war is far from over, but one matter has been resolved: The Volvo China Open, once affiliated with the Asian Tour, will debut this week as One Asia’s inaugural event.
Greg Norman said he played better this week than he did at last summer’s British Open and missed the cut by two shots Friday at the Masters.
Sergio Garcia thought he’d struggle to make the cut at this year’s Masters. So much for that.
The first rule of golf writing, and all sports writing, for that matter, is to remain objective and never become a cheerleader for one of the competitors. So much for that rule.
Thursday, April 9
Welcome to a raucous Day 1 at Augusta.
Deadlocked, they headed into a playoff that had to make Bobby Jones smile, given that they were men of diverse games. The massive ex-footballer, George Bayer, against the diminutive man from Taiwan, Chen Ching-Po. Power against precision. It spoke to the beauty of golf and validated the philosophies behind Jones’ beloved Augusta National Golf Club.
Augusta’s fifth hole provides unique setting.
Larry Mize rarely gets through a week at the Masters without someone asking him about the improbable chip-in on the 11th hole to beat Greg Norman in a playoff. Thursday brought a question not many saw coming.
The fans were checking out the hats, T-shirts, towels and golf flags covering the folding tables, but what they’d really come to see was still inside the oversized RV parked across the street from Augusta National.
Chad Campbell kept pouring in birdies, five in a row to start his round, then four consecutive on the back nine as the gallery kept up its endless cheering on a day of record scoring.
Tough to blame Jack Newman for having a few first-tee jitters Thursday at the Masters. “I was unbelievably scared on the first tee,” Newman said. “But after a couple bogeys, I got more fired up than nervous.”
Ross Fisher was the first of three players to climb to 5 under on the leaderboard before Tiger Woods even teed off Thursday at the Masters, sticking his tee shot on the par-3 16th to a few feet for birdie.
It was an atypical Thursday at the Masters, especially for fans of red, white and blue – and this has nothing to do with four out of the top five players on the leaderboard being American.
Wednesday, April 8
U.S. Collegiate goes off without a hitch.
The Liu siblings are polite, well-mannered and soft-spoken.
Pop quiz: Who made the first hole-in-one at the Masters? What year was Magnolia Lane paved? Why do Augusta members wear green jackets? We’ve got all the answers, some of which may surprise you.
Fuzzy Zoeller readies for his final Masters, site of 30 great years and one regretful day.
OK, here’s the proposition: If you had to bet $1,000 on someone to win the Masters, would your hard-earned money be on a member from Isleworth, Whisper Rock or Lake Nona?
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and 1977 PGA champion Lanny Wadkins have been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame for 2009, Golfweek has learned.
The hushed anticipation to which fans had become accustomed at Augusta National Golf Club’s 15th hole gradually is turning into yawns. That’s because each year, the drama of final-round play on the Masters’ last par 5 is becoming less dramatic.
This story is going to be longer than 140 characters, so forgive me for not posting it on Twitter.
Tuesday, April 7
Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:52 p.m. Thursday at Masters, his first round in a major since last year’s U.S. Open victory. Woods will play with Stewart Cink and Jeev Milkha Singh.
Here are six players who have a couple of years left in their junior careers and should continue to work their way up the rankings if they keep collecting titles at their current pace:
Could Greg Norman contend at this year’s Master, his first in seven years? ‘Stranger things have happened,’ said David Leadbetter. A win would be poetic justice for Norman at a place he calls his ‘cruel temptress,’ writes Jeff Rude.
The sleeper. It’s the guy no one pays any mind until he’s one off the lead entering the final round. And when he’s still one back making the turn on Sunday, everybody’s kicking themselves: Man, why didn’t I think of him?. You can bet there will be that guy at the 2009 Masters. His name will pop up on the first-round leaderboard, and he’ll hang around throughout the tournament. Last year, it was Brandt Snedeker and Steve Flesch. That’s right. Steve Flesch. He shot 78 in the final round and finished T-5. Who will it be this year? Golfweek has your answers.
Danny Lee revives long-lost tradition.
Clemson overcame the cold, wind, and even some snow, not to mention a 13-shot deficit, to win the fourth U.S. Collegiate Championship Tuesday at The Golf Club of Georgia.
One of the most popular stories coming out of Augusta National so far this week is that Padraig Harrington and his quest for the PaddySlam is not the most popular story heading into the Masters.
Monday, April 6
Danny Lee figured he would see Tiger Woods at some point during the Masters, but it was no less surprising to look up from the putting green at golf’s biggest star hitting a 3-wood off the 10th tee.
It is eerie to compare Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at Augusta. Preparing for his 13th Masters as a pro, Woods owns four green jackets; Nicklaus also had four in his first 12 pro tries. As Jim McCabe explains, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
It wasn’t enough for Victoria Tanco to play in the U.S. Women’s Open. She had to steal the show for a couple minutes.
Jordan Spieth says he’s not the type of guy to think about golf 24/7. But after listening to him recount his breakout 2008 — down to club selection and pin positions — without taking more than a few breaths, you have to think otherwise.
If history is anything to go by, then British Amateur champion Reinier Saxton has a tall order at Augusta this week.
He had nine wins around the world, but Paul Casey had never won in the U.S. Until now. Casey topped J.B. Holmes in a playoff Sunday at the Shell Houston Open. Holmes needed a win to play in the Masters.
Gary Player is calling it a career at Augusta National after his 52nd Masters appearance this week.
It didn’t take long for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain Course in Marana, Ariz., to get tweaked.
Pristine Bay Resort, a new property (site pictured) with a Perry and Pete Dye golf course that’s slated to open later this year, is selling lots, villas and condominiums on the island, which is located 35 miles off the coast of Honduras.
The fans lined up behind the wooden gates along the first fairway, waiting for 8 a.m. so they could go onto the course for the first practice round of the Masters. That’s usually the best time to see Tiger Woods.
It’s 11 a.m. on a sunny day in late February, and nearby the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros already are starting their third week of spring training. Karl Ravech and John Kruk, the two most visible cogs on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” also are here, but not to check in on the Grapefruit League. They’re beginning the day as they usually do during the regular season – on the golf course.
Golf cars driven recklessly, dumped in creeks and spun around on greens. These are some of the problems created by vandals who are costing course operators millions of dollars annually in repairs, replacements and lost revenue. What’s worse, such incidents are increasing, according to a report by Club Car.
Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we still like Padraig Harrington this week.
Gary Player has left his mark on the Masters.
The PGA of America has named William J. (Bill) Powell of East Canton, Ohio, as the recipient of the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
The Golf Club of Georgia is a southeastern golf course that was played in northern weather conditions Monday. And to add a full national flavor, a West Coast team is leading the pack after two rounds of the U.S. Collegiate Championship.
TaylorMade and its latest acquisition, Ashworth, have bolstered their tour staff.
Sunday, April 5
Golfweek has six reporters on the scene this week inside the gates of Augusta National. Here are their predictions.
Fred Couples, Paul Casey and Geoff Ogilvy were part of a six-player tie at 11-under par after three rounds of the Shell Houston Open.
Tiger Woods was on course Sunday at Augusta National for the first time since his runner-up finish last year. Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open, teed off 15 minutes after Woods.
Golfweek.com asked players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a series of questions about Augusta National.
Augusta State earned its second victory in six days Sunday with a 13-shot victory at the Administaff/ASU Invitational.
There must be something about playing golf on his birthday that brings out the best in UCLA’s Erik Flores.
Brittany Lincicome was brilliant when it mattered most.
Saturday, April 4
Bo Van Pelt may have the lead at the Shell Houston Open, but he isn’t in the clear. Van Pelt has four high-caliber players one shot back including Tour vets Fred Couples and Tommy Armour III, Tour rookie Colt Knost, and young gun Paul Casey.
Colt Knost and Tommy Armour III shot 70s Saturday morning to tie Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden for the lead at 8 under after two rounds of the Shell Houston Open.
Is Cristie Kerr the best American in the hunt at the Kraft? She’s one back of Kristy McPherson, who is leading in her first start at Mission Hills. Several other names are representing the U.S. contingent well. Beth Ann Baldry explains why.
Kristy McPherson, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome will tee off together in the last group Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Friday, April 3
Geoff Ogilvy made seven birdies in eight holes and stormed into a three-way tie for the lead at Shell Houston Open. Ogilvy is tied with John Senden and Paul Casey, who lost to Ogilvy in the finals of the WGC-Match Play.
Rory McIlroy will be under enormous pressure when he plays in the Masters next week. The 19-years-old is expected to contend, even though he is making his debut.
The powerful desert wind that tore through the Coachella Valley on Friday blew a new set of players to the top of the leaderboard of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Life’s a little easier for Kristy McPherson now that she’s established herself on the LPGA.
Thursday, April 2
Spain Park High School won its second straight Bradley Johnson Memorial Tournament March 24 at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
Erica Moston came to San Jose State with little talent and even less experience. Now, as a senior, she’s the 24th-ranked player in the country. Dan Mirocha explains how Moston transformed herself and has the Spartans in the postseason picture.
The first round of the Shell Houston Open has been suspended because of high winds.
Lincicome didn't see her good play coming.
The Under Armour College Golf Combines have been expanded to six regional sites.
Brittany Lincicome never saw a 66 coming in the first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Several factors contributed to Michelle Wie’s opening tee shot on No. 10 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a high block 30 yards right of the fairway.
Wednesday, April 1
Augusta State builds momentum for postseason.
The Shell Houston Open has gotten exactly what it wanted, three years after getting the event moved to the weekend before the Masters.
Greg Norman thinks Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are equal in every category, except when it comes to Woods’ ability to sink long putts under pressure.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship kicks off Thursday morning and Sean Martin gives us five storylines from the LPGA’s first major of the year. Hint: Lorena is still the one to beat.