A look at the first-round tee times at the HP Byron Nelson Championship:
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Off No. 1
7:00 a.m.: Charles Howell III, Graham DeLaet, Greg Owen
7:10 a.m.: Matt Bettencourt, Nathan Green, Sang-Moon Bae
7:20 a.m.: Brian Stuard, Justin Hicks, Scott Langley
7:30 a.m.: Ted Potter, Jr., Ben Curtis, Freddie Jacobson
7:40 a.m.: Charlie Beljan, Scott Piercy, Vijay Singh
7:50 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang, Kenny Perry
8:00 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Rory Sabbatini, Scott Verplank
8:10 a.m.: Camilo Villegas, Martin Flores, Robert Karlsson
8:20 a.m.: James Driscoll, Michael Letzig, Seung-Yul Noh
8:30 a.m.: Vaughn Taylor, Duffy Waldorf, Ken Duke
8:40 a.m.: Russell Knox, Brad Fritsch, D.H. Lee
8:50 a.m.: Gary Christian, Lee Williams, Zack Fischer
9:00 a.m.: Doug LaBelle II, Henrik Norlander, Jason Schultz
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Off No. 10
7:00 a.m.: Jesper Parnevik, Nick O’Hern, Will Claxton
7:10 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, John Daly, Dicky Pride
7:20 a.m.: Joe Durant, Tim Petrovic, Charlie Wi
7:30 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera
7:40 a.m ...
A week after all but one of the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings played in the Players Championship, only 19 will tee it up this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
But there are still plenty of big names to follow in Texas, including defending champion Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel and Dustin Johnson.
But none of those four registers on our panel's list of favorites this week, as Jason Day and Jordan Spieth are receiving plenty of love.
Day won this event in 2010 and has shown plenty of signs that his game is back after a sluggish 2012 season. Meanwhile, Spieth has three top-10s this season and has finished as high as T-16 as an amateur in this event.
As for our panel, Lance Ringler takes the outright money lead after his pick of Kevin Streelman at the Players, leaving Nick Masuda in second for the first time since February.
Take a look at this week's picks:
The Byron Nelson Championship field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings
- 6. Matt Kuchar
- 8. Charl Schwartzel
- 10. Jason Dufner
- 12. Jimmy Walker
- 14. Jason Day
- 15. Dustin Johnson
- 17. Freddie Jacobson
- 19. Vijay Singh ...
It's only May, yet three major championships, four FedEx Cup playoff events and six tournaments to start the 2013-14 season indicate there's an awful lot of golf still to be played. If you want to turn your calendar ahead a few months, it's easy to get a sense of why the great players tread carefully with their schedules.
Simply put, there are so many great tournaments, so little time.
"It's just too much golf," Louis Oosthuizen said about that time of the year when American golfers are going into hibernation, but international players are squeezed in several directions. The good news is, the boys from Europe, South Africa and Australia have no shortage of options once they've gained world-class status. The bad news is, try pleasing everyone.
Take Adam Scott, for example. He has talked in the past of pacing himself during the early and middle months because the back end is so heavy. He's got a great point, too. Consider the HSBC Champions in China, in which Scott has played each of the past three years. If he wants to play there this year, it might mean playing five straight weeks, something players ...
One story that you won't read in advance of this year's U.S. Open at Merion? A reminiscence of how some competitors fared in the last U.S. Open there.
That's because the U.S. Golf Association hasn't staged the national championship there since 1981.
In fact, heralded and beloved as Merion is, it's becoming quite obvious that the majority of players know very little about the course.
Tiger Woods, for instance, said he's never been there, though you can be sure that he and other contenders will be visiting real soon.
One player who invites intrigue, given his U.S. Open pedigree, is Graeme McDowell, and he has had the opportunity to play the suburban Philadelphia classic. It was last summer and McDowell – who has been T-2, T-13, first and T-18 his last four U.S. Opens – found it to be as exquisite as advertised.
Precision, not length, is the No. 1 demand. You had best be able to handle the blind shots.
"It's always difficult to know until you get there and see how firm it is and how soft it is and the way the rough is," McDowell said.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. After 72 holes of grueling inside-the-ropes work, Adam Schriber finally could put down the clubs and get to the really important business.
He removed his sneakers, his socks and the Band-aids.
"Battle scars," he said, with a laugh.
Now Schriber could have done his work at The Players Championship in a manner similar to so many of his colleagues – work the range early, walk and watch, then work the range again – but as Casey Wittenberg's swing coach, he chose to get up close and personal. He caddied for him.
Nothing new, you see. Not only had Schriber caddied for Wittenberg a week earlier at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., but he has done so in the past, too. Wittenberg, back on the PGA Tour for a second stint after having won Nationwide Tour Player of the Year honors in 2012, likes it very much. "He's enjoyable to have out there," said Wittenberg, 28.
Schriber appreciates his player's support, but he concedes there's an inherent danger to a coach taking on caddie duties. "I'm not a regular caddie," he said. "That's one thing. But you don't want to ...
The World Anti-Doping Agency has raised the threshold for a positive marijuana test, significantly reducing the likelihood of detection for athletes who use the drug. What this might mean for the PGA Tour is uncertain.
Under the Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy, enacted in 2008, cannabinoids – which include marijuana – are considered recreational drugs and not performance-enhancing. The Tour tests for the drugs under an unknown threshold and holds players accountable, but a violation is considered as recreational, not performance-enhancing. Thus, any violation would not be publicly disclosed.
Tour spokesman Ty Votaw would not comment on WADA’s move, saying the Tour was made aware of the change Monday.
In a May 12 meeting of its Executive Committee and Foundation Board in Montreal, WADA focused on final revisions of the agency’s code, which is scheduled to be updated in 2015. WADA moved the threshold for a positive test for marijuana from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. That means that athletes who use marijuana weeks or months before an event would be far less likely to test positive under the revised threshold than those who would use the drug in the hours or days before competition.
“We wanted to ...
If Tiger Woods’ first Players Championship victory, in 2001, is remembered best for his better-than-most birdie putt on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, then Sunday’s victory might be known for his dustup with Sergio Garcia after the third round – and then Garcia’s final-round collapse on No. 17 that ultimately sealed a two-shot victory for Woods.
It was an unforgettable finish, as Woods pull away early Sunday before hitting his tee ball into the water at the par-4 14th. Then on the 17th green, facing a difficult two-putt, he watched as Garcia buried a birdie across the water on No. 16 to grab a share of the lead. But in the end, and three water balls by Garcia later (two on No. 17, one on No. 18), Woods had his third career victory at TPC Sawgrass.
Woods’ first victory at TPC Sawgrass came at the 1994 U.S. Amateur. That was before the majors, before the 78 career PGA Tour victories, and before he solved Pete Dye’s Players Stadium course twice more en route to winning a pair of Players titles.
That tournament could be remembered most for Woods’ dramatic comeback in the championship match ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods didn't run away and hide on Sunday, but tightened up over TPC Sawgrass' final three holes to win his second career Players Championship title on Sunday.
Woods fired a 2-under 70 to outlast David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman by two shots. Here are 5 Things to take away from Woods' 78th career PGA Tour victory:
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1. FOUR! Fans and players alike are used to watching Tiger Woods pull away on Sunday, especially on the back nine.
And Sunday started on that script, with Woods running out to a two-shot lead as he stepped up to the 14th tee box.
And then he did something no one is used to – he popped up a drive that hooked into a lake along the left side of the fairway. He failed to get up-and-down from just in front of the green for bogey, falling back into a four-way tie for the lead with Sergio Garcia, David Lingmerth and Jeff Maggert at 12 under.
“When I hit it (the pop-up hook), I’m like, ‘OK, here we go. You haven’t hit a shot like this all week, so forget it. . . . Let’s make a ...
Driver: Nike VR Tour (8.5 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana White Board 73X shaft
Fairway woods: Nike VR_S Covert (15, 19 degrees) with Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board 103X shafts
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
Wedges: Nike VR Pro (56, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts
Putter: Nike Method 001
Ball: Nike One Tour D
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty, and took some help from the 17th hole, but Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Tour title of the season with his first Players Championship title since 2001.
Woods fired a 2-under 70 -- which included a double-bogey at the par-4 14th that left the tournament in a four-way tie for the lead -- to win the title by two shots over David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman.
A birdie at the par-5 16th hole and then a clutch two-putt from 45 feet at No. 17 allowed Woods to hold off the field to pick up his 78th career victory.
"I hit the worst shot I could possibly hit (on No. 14)," said Woods, who has won in his 100th, 200th and now 300th career start. "But stayed really patient. I kept telling myself that was the first bad swing I had."
Sergio Garcia was tied for the lead when he stepped up to the par-3 17th hole, but would go in the water twice on the tough par-3 and drop off the leaderboard, picking up quintuple bogey. Jeff Maggert was also part of an earlier tie, only to pick up double-bogey at ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Nothing like a good night’s sleep, a gentle morning, and a few birdies with breakfast to soothe the petulance and pettiness, eh?
The morning after for those long-standing combatants, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, was quiet and reserved, with more decorum than they brought to their post-golf talks Saturday evening. Maybe it was a concession to Mother’s Day or perhaps they decided to focus on the golf, not the rhetoric, but after they completed three-and-a-half holes to finish their third rounds of The Players Championship, Woods and Garcia did not arm wrestle, kick-box, or spar.
They merely removed hats, shook hands, and walked from the 18th green.
No, they weren’t arm-in-arm, but Woods and Garcia are tied atop the leaderboard through 54 holes, 11 under and locked with unheralded David Lingmerth of Sweden. A trio of players – Casey Wittenberg, Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer – are tied for fourth at 10 under, while Jeff Maggert, who finished his third round so long ago it’s easy to overlook, is alone in seventh, at 9 under.
Truth be told, it’s a testament to the PGA Tour landscape that little attention was paid to anyone ...
A look at the final-round tee times at the 2013 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:
8:35 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt,
8:40 a.m.: Jonas Blixt, Ben Curtis
8:49 a.m.: D.A. Points, Josh Teater
8:58 a.m.: Charlie Wi, Rory Sabbatini
9:07 a.m.: Brian Davis, Padraig Harrington
9:16 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer
9:25 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Justin Leonard
9:34 a.m.: Chad Campbell, Jason Bohn
9:43 a.m.: James Hahn, Seung-Yul Noh
9:52 a.m.: Ricky Barnes, K.J. Choi
10:01 a.m.: Charles Howell III, Michael Thompson
10:10 a.m.: John Huh, Graham DeLaet
10:19 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Boo Weekley
10:28 a.m.: Jason Day, Charley Hoffman
10:38 a.m.: Sang-Moon Bae, Chris Kirk
10:48 a.m.: Luke Donald, Tim Herron
10:58 a.m.: Freddie Jacobson, Harris English
11:08 a.m.: John Senden, David Hearn
11:18 a.m.: Kevin Chappell, William McGirt
11:28 a.m.: James Driscoll, Zach Johnson
11:38 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Bubba Watson
11:48 a.m.: Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.–It took less than two holes for controversy to stir in the Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia final twosome in The Players’ third round Saturday. And by the end of the long, weather-delayed day, you could cut the tension between the two with a 1-iron, if anybody can find a 1-iron anymore.
TPC Sawgrass doesn’t get this frosty when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. That was particularly the case when a cold war of words filled the air after play was halted with the pair on No. 15, tied for second with Henrik Stenson at 10 under par, two shots behind little-known David Lingmerth.
The problem between the two longtime adversaries began on the par-5 No. 2 when Woods, on pine straw in the left trees, pulled a 5-wood out of his bag. Spectators circled around him cheered loudly, clearly liking that he would try to get through a low opening under the trees with a go-for-broke style.
Problem was, Garcia said the cheers came in the middle of his swing, which sent his ball from the fairway to far right into trees. His punched third shot failed to reach the green and he missed an ...
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It was a long day Saturday at the Players Championship, and for many reasons.
Not only did inclement weather halt play for nearly two hours, but several early contenders, including defending champ Matt Kuchar, played their way out of the tournament, falling victim to difficult conditions at TPC Sawgrass. Even for those who managed to stay in contention, it wasn’t easy as high winds and dark clouds rolled in as the day progressed.
And by the time darkness set in just before 8 p.m., eight players, including six of the top seven players, had still not completed their third rounds, meaning they’ll have to finish up play Sunday starting at 7:10 a.m.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from Saturday’s third round at The Players:
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DAVID LEADS GOLIATHS: When the horn sounded at 7:48 p.m., signaling a stoppage of play for the day due to darkness, David Lingmerth had a choice: mark his ball on the par-3 17th green and sleep on a 10-foot birdie putt, or make it.
He did the latter and now leads The Players Championship by two shots at 12 under.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. In a day with controversy and a weather delay, it was 25-year-old PGA Tour rookie David Lingmerth who made headlines and has taken a two-shot lead with the third round still in progress.
The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia made waves early with a controversy on No. 2. Read here for the full story on Woods-Garcia.
In the middle of the 15th hole, Woods and Garcia decided not to finish out the hole when the horn sounded. Both players are at 10 under, along with Henrik Stenson who lead for a majority of the third round before bogeying the 11th and 15th holes.
Take a look at how the third round unfolded in Ponte Vedra Beach at TPC Sawgrass:
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Hole #15: Par 4, 449 yards
• Off the tee: Twirl of the club off the tee means the middle of the fairway for Tiger. He's using that 3-wood a lot on Saturday. And there is the horn calling play for the day. Players have the options to finish out their respective holes. But Tiger and Sergio decide to make their balls in the fairway and wait until tomorrow to finish their third rounds.
ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: David ...
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