Kudos to young Nick Watney for trying to apply a Louis Oosthuizen-style headlock and run away with the 92nd PGA Championship – he will begin Sunday with a nice three-shot cushion.
After hitting rock bottom last week, Tiger Woods appeared to turn a corner Thursday at Whistling Straits. As Jeff Babineau writes, it may be one round, but it’s a start.
After grinding it out for seven consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, Bill Lunde had big plans this week back home in Las Vegas.
Think about when the 2010 schedule was finalized, and we all thought the same thing. Hmmm . . . Augusta, Pebble, St. Andrews . . . we might be going to Whistling Straits with Tiger Woods entertaining Grand Slam possibilities.
Rory McIlroy followed a second-round 80 with a 69 Saturday at St. Andrews, roaring back up the leaderboard. He’ll need a lot of help, but as Jeff Babineau writes, don’t count McIlroy out of this championship just yet.
Much has been made about the changes to the Road Hole, St. Andrews’ Old Course’s famed 17th, this week at the British Open. On Friday, with winds picking up in the early afternoon to the point play eventually had to be suspended, the hole started inflicting some serious damage on players’ chances.
John Daly is back in the UK, but save your pounds before plunking any down on the juicy tabloids. Golf’s Wild Thing has a new, self-annointed nickname: Just call him, ahem, Mild Thing.
John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.
Stewart Cink was in the same media center at St. Andrews about an hour after Tom Watson on Tuesday, with roughly a quarter of the crowd in attendance. That’s OK. He knows – and accepts – the deal.
One would think Angel Cabrera would be a great pick at this week’s British Open at St. Andrews.
Mark Calcavecchia turned 50 June 12, and he’s about to become a human cash machine on the Champions Tour.
In each of the five previous majors staged at Pebble Beach Golf Links (four U.S. Opens and the 1977 PGA Championship), the “chalk” has ruled.
I recall an entertaining lunch discussion a few years ago with a very seasoned golf writer on the merits of The Players Championship and posed the question whether it would ever be, or should be, considered a major championship.
Once the gun goes off at the U.S. Open, this much is a given: Once play commences, there won’t be a whole lot of smiling going on.
Phil Mickelson failed to record a birdie and dumped two shots in the Pacific during his opening-round 75 at Pebble Beach. As Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is now hoping his U.S. Open chances aren’t out to sea, too.
When Robert Allenby made his way to the first tee a short while ago, it wasn’t the best of news for alternate Jarrod Lyle. Allenby, a good friend of Lyle’s and a fellow Aussie who is nursing a sore, taped left wrist, was a doubtful starter, and one of the main players on Lyle’s “watch” list as he wonders if he will get a shot today to play in the 110th U.S. Open.
How slow was the play Wednesday at postcard-perfect Pebble Beach? Well, Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan joined Eric Axley and John Rollins on the 10th tee early in the afternoon, looking to get in nine holes.
Maj. Dan Rooney, using golf as his vehicle, pilots the Fold of Honor Foundation that has raised millions for survivors of fallen troops. Jeff Babineau reports.
Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau writes a letter to our readers about our first edition of Golfweek For Her.
Jeff Babineau gets a deep tissue massage at the Spa at Doral after playing the Jim McLean Signature Course.
Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA champion, will undergo surgery Thursday to repair damage to the C-6 and -7 vertebrae, according to Gaylord Sports Management, the company that represents him.
Phil Mickelson's third Masters win means more since his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Here's our breakdown of how Phil won his third green jacket.
Ask any player to name you the best caddies on Tour, and surely many would offer up the names of the men carrying the bag for any of the top 5 starting Sunday:
It promises to be a memorable Sunday at The National, what with Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all in the hunt. For one patron who was out watching the early action, it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Fred Couples has made enough trips around Augusta National – Sunday will mark his 100th official round, to be specific – to know some strange, magical things can transpire at the Masters.
Guess who is in the middle of the pack at the 74th Masters? The Big Lefty, two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, that’s who.
The guy who finished atop the leaderboard at the last major – one Y.E. Yang – made the turn on Friday still on the board at the Masters as well, standing at 4 under par through 27 holes.
The incredible thing about Augusta National is that you see some shots you just don’t see anywhere else. K.J. Choi yanked his drive into the creek way left on the par-5 second hole – that’s right, there’s a creek way left on No. 2, the only water you’ll find on the front nine at Augusta National.
Think Masters glory is just for the young guns? Tell that to Tom Watson. The 60-year-old is going against the clock in his 37th trip to Augusta, though Jeff Babineau says it’s a one-sided battle.
Thoughts and observations while traversing the rolling hills of Augusta National and standing beneath the huge oak on a Masters Tuesday.
In his first news conference in nearly five months, Tiger Woods offered a rare glimpse of himself while also remaining a closed book. But that’s just Tiger, writes Jeff Babineau.
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.
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.
Tiger Woods stepped away from the podium following his 14-minute statement at TPC Sawgrass saying he would become a better man. But words are only the first step in a long process, writes Jeff Babineau.
Minutes from Tiger Woods’ statement at TPC Sawgrass, Jeff Babineau checks in from just down the road.
The PGA Tour season is exactly one day old, and already I’m reaching for my blood-pressure medication. What has me so riled? John Daly, that’s who. He says his “feelings were hurt” when the Bob Hope Classic chose not to give him a sponsor exemption.
Will Woods go into more detail on what happened in his early-morning Friday accident? Considering how guarded he always has been involving life inside those Isleworth gates, don’t count on it.
How’s this for Chapter 784 of “Golf, The Global Game”?
Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the Chipmunks have met, and the envelope is in. The recipient of the fourth and final sponsor exemption spot at Disney World next week for the PGA Tour’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic is . . . drumroll, please . . .
Stewart, the 42-year-old reigning U.S. Open champion, was dead after a Learjet in which he and five others were flying ran out of fuel and crashed into a marshy field in South Dakota. The jet originally was headed for Dallas. All passengers were believed dead hours before the aircraft descended.
It’s 1:30 on the West Coast, and this thing already is over? Are you kidding me? Hey, anyone got a couple spare 49ers tickets at the ’Stick?
So what, exactly, were the tricks Y.E. Yang said he may have up his sleeve today?
Being that this is a road game, the International team tried to make itself at home a little on Saturday night by bringing in a few creature comforts of home.
Tiger Woods has had more success individually than in team competition. But Saturday at Harding Park, Woods stole the show.
Something to keep an eye on at the Presidents Cup: Word out of the International camp is that Angel Cabrera, who sat out the Saturday morning foursomes, has his eye on one particular guy for the Sunday singles.
The pairings are out for Saturday’s morning foursomes matches.
The Presidents Cup continues to impress with its glitzy parade of celebs. Seen on Friday at Harding Park: Baseball legend Willie Mays, who flipped the coin to decide honors on the opening tee. And here’s a conversation one doesn’t see every day. George H.W. “No. 41” Bush having a long conversation with former Oakland Raiders coach and TV announcer John Madden.
After handing away a point with a missed 3-footer in the final foursomes match on opening day at the Presidents Cup – leading to a halve instead of what looked to be a U.S. victory – a visibly steamed Justin Leonard knew how he’d handle it. He stormed right into the U.S. team cabin, slammed the door, threw his stuff down and made a beeline directly to the bar.
U.S. keeps two Thursday teams together, including Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, who steamrolled to victory. Those two likely will be together for all four matches.