Stories by Jeff
Rude: Patrick Reed thinking on his feet about Masters, even at Bay Hill for Arnold Palmer Invitational
Patrick Reed, with college and family ties to Augusta, Ga., can't avoid dreams of the Masters while playing this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. -- including a barefoot vision.
Mark Calcavecchia WDs at Valspar, citing illness
A pale-looking Mark Calcavecchia, 53, withdrew from the Valspar Championship after a front-nine 40 in the final round because of a virus.
Rude: Slow-play controversy surrounds Kevin Na, Robert Garrigus at Valspar
While Robert Garrigus' caddie insists the slow play of Kevin Na got his player out of rhythm, Garrigus aid Saturday that Na had gotten a lot better, even after both players were put on the clock at the Valspar Championship.
John Daly cards 90 in second round of Valspar Championship
John Daly fired an 81 in the second round of last year's Tampa Bay Championship. Friday, Daly's second-round misfortune at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course continued with a 90.
Rude: Patrick Reed indeed headed toward list of world's top 5
Patrick Reed says he feels like he’s a top-five golfer in the world. He’ll likely get there, given his confidence, complete game and closer’s mentality.
Rude: Putter lifts Tiger Woods to 66, contention at Doral in WGC-Cadillac Championship
During Saturday's 66 at Doral, Tiger Woods putted like it was 1999, or 2000 -- or pick a calendar year in which he seemed to consistently roll the ball in from hither and yon -- to climb into contention at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Having to 'grind it out,' Tiger Woods in contention behind 73
In a wild and windy Day 2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods’ performance had remarkable moments both good and bad – but enough of the former to keep him in contention at Doral.
Tiger Woods 2 over at suspended WGC-Cadillac; back feeling 'a lot better'
While his back felt much better, Tiger Woods played 10 holes in 2 over par before play was halted due to darkness Thursday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Rude: Tiger Woods just needs to finish, build confidence
A more realistic goal for Tiger Woods this week than the WGC-Cadillac Championship trophy at Doral would seem to be health and confidence going into next month's Masters at Augusta.
Rude: Elkington stumbles into another social-media mess
Our Jeff Rude comments on Steve Elkington's unfortunate Twitter posts on NFL prospect Michael Sam, while also reading between the lines on Sergio Garcia's claim on conceding a long putt at the Ryder Cup.
Rude: Sergio Garcia should be applauded for Friday's concession
While some might say Sergio Garcia's shocking concession on the seventh hole showed a lack of competitive spirit, our Jeff Rude says it is a sign the Spaniard is maturing.
Rude: Jason Day, Harris English show smarts at WGC-Match Play
The mental part of the game again was on conspicuous display in, among other WGC-Accenture Match Play second-round matches, a couple that went extra holes and were claimed by young stars Jason Day and Harris English.
McDowell: 'Very fortunate to have escaped' at Match Play
Graeme McDowell went from a "somber situation" early in his round to a date with Hideki Matsuyama in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, proving that anything can happen in golf.
Bubba Golf is back; confident heading into Match Play
Bubba Golf is back in vogue. Bomb it, find it, wedge it, putt it. Bubba Watson finds himself high on the current Hot Golfer List, having won the Northern Trust Open on Sunday and finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his last two PGA Tour starts.
Hal Sutton suffers mild heart attack
Champions Tour player Hal Sutton suffered a mild heart attack and withdrew during the first round of the ACE Group Classic.
Rude: Tom Watson taps Raymond Floyd for focus to regain Ryder Cup
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson’s pick of four-time major champion Raymond Floyd as an assistant shows Watson means business and is serious about winning -- and likes likes tough guys.
Bigger and (sometimes) better: Tiger Woods, golf holes, Bernhard Langer's record, more
Tiger Woods is muscled up; an initiative to grow golf wants the hole sized up; Bernhard Langer's Champions Tour wins are piling up; that and more from senior writer Jeff Rude.
Rude: Zach Johnson sticks to strengths in moving up to No. 6 player in the world
At 5-11, 160 pounds, Zach Johnson doesn’t look like much. Any NFL lineman could pick him up with one hand; he passes for an insurance salesman. But put him on a golf course and he’s a bully.
Patrick Reed after Humana Challenge victory: Goal is 'multi-win years'
Patrick Reed was in the middle of his post-victory news conference at the Humana Challenge when a woman handed him an old-style cellphone and said former President Bill Clinton was on the line. Call it a perk of success.
Phil Mickelson announces he'll play in 2014 Honda Classic on PGA Tour
Phil Mickelson is skipping the last two PGA Tour events out west – the WGC Accenture Match Play and Northern Trust Open – because of his kids’ spring breaks -- to offset that, he’s adding the Honda Classic in Florida.
Rude: Three rounds aren't enough to critique Tiger Woods
if this were May and there was a trend of sloppiness, there would be reason for concern about Tiger Woods. But it isn’t, so we can all take a breath.
From the Shark to a tank, Jeff Rude's thoughts on the Show
From Greg Norman to Graeme McDowell to Callaway's tank on the floor, Jeff Rude's random thoughts after roaming the floor of the PGA Merchandise Show.
Tom Watson inspires American players more as a leader than a buddy
Davis Love III reflects on his first Ryder Cup, in 1993, and says his captain, eight-time major champion Tom Watson, was “intimidating to me.” Inspiration was another feeling. Love vividly recalls being with U.S. team members in the airport lounge, before they flew to England on the Concorde, when the captain said, “Guys, we’re getting ready to go on a big adventure.”
Rude: Humana Challenge now Patrick Reed's tournament to lose
The Humana Challenge has been blessed by perfect weather and conditions. Then Patrick Reed came along and provided almost perfect scores.
Patrick Reed keeps hold of Humana lead; 7 former Georgia Bulldogs in top 34
Patrick Reed's second straight 63 gave him a two-shot lead Friday at the Humana Challenge, and he's one of seven former University of Georgia players tied for 34th or better midway through what has been a birdie fest.
5 Things: Patrick Reed leads Humana; Zach Johnson close; more
True to form, 19 players shot 66 or better in the first round of the Humana Challenge. As usual, it’s go low or go home. Patrick Reed led the way with a 9-under-par 63.
Bill Clinton hasn't picked up his sticks quite as often over the last few years, but says he intends on fixing that problem in 2014.
Bill Clinton hasn't picked up his sticks quite as often over the last few years, but says he intends on fixing that problem in 2014.
Rude: Bob Hope's era of celebrities over at Humana Challenge
For better or for worse, this is not your grandfather’s Bob Hope tournament. That era is gone. Times change and so do tournaments, and perhaps no event has transformed as much as this one, now called the Humana Challenge.
Brendan Steele enters Humana Challenge stronger, and with cop as fill-in caddie
Brendan Steele used a unique style of strength training to prepare for his 2014 debut, and after adding a cop as a fill-in caddie after his original looper had visa issues, Steele has quite the story heading into his home tournament, the Humana Challenge.
Justin Rose sidelined by right shoulder tendinitis
Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose will start his 2014 campaign a bit later than expected, as the Englishman is dealing with a mild case of tendinitis in his right shoulder.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for anchoring "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at USGA meeting in Feb.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA's annual meeting Feb. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. Bishop likened the proposal to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.
Jordan Spieth shows plenty of drive, if not much in wheels
There’s much to like about Jordan Spieth, golf prodigy and genuine article. That applies to more than the rare skill that has fueled one victory and four seconds in less than a full PGA Tour season.
Rickie Fowler strives to be recognized for game, not just colorful attire
Entering his fifth full season on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler is hoping to gain attention for being a great player, not just for the colorful clothing that he wears.
My Year in Golf: Rude embraces the father-child images of '13
Looking back at golf in 2013, my mind’s eye, if not heart, keeps embracing father-child images. Those moments, some at major championships, made it a sappy, sentimental year in need of a ready handkerchief.
Number Crunching 2013: Jonathan Byrd
The reason for Jonathan Byrd's unexpected fall in the rankings? He missed the first three months of 2013 after left wrist surgery, came back too soon, couldn’t practice as much, hit bad shots, lost confidence and put too much pressure on his putting.
Number Crunching 2013: Gary Woodland
Finally healthy after a wrist injury derailed him in 2012, Gary Woodland enjoyed a big move up to No. 39 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
PGA Tour pros adjust to grind of new 2013-14 schedule
As the PGA Tour takes a 44-day break from official rounds, early returns on the new wraparound schedule are mixed – as are opinions on the USGA and R&A's changes in rules decisions.
Class of '14 will deepen Champions Tour's talent pool
As a talented group faces age 50, along comes a big decision: When to jump to the Champions Tour?
PGA Tour seeks replacement for long-running Champions Tour event
The PGA Tour remains optimistic that it will secure a new sponsor and venue for the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf tournament, said Ric Clarson, the Tour's senior vice president for market development. The event likely would have the same slot on the schedule, April 25-27.
Briny Baird falls just short again, finishes 2nd at McGladrey Classic
Golf can be a cruel game. Briny Baird found that out Sunday as he bogeyed the final hole of the McGladrey Classic to finish one shot behind winner Chris Kirk. But there was also a silver lining for the 41-year-old.
Loopers unite with formation of Association of Pro Tour Caddies
More than 85 PGA Tour caddies met Tuesday during the McGladrey Classic to discuss their recent creation of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies. They have organized in an attempt to improve working conditions and deal with myriad issues, most notably the lack of a group health care plan.
PGA Tour, McGladrey Classic, Chris Kirk, Briny Baird: Co-leading are 54 holes at Sea Island's Seaside course
Chris Kirk and Briny Baird are leading are 54 holes of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside course, but there are 16 players within five shots and 21 within six shots of the lead.
5 Things: Chris Kirk leads McGladrey Classic in back yard
It was windy Friday, and it’s crowded at the top after two days of the McGladrey Classic -- with local Chris Kirk climbing to the lead before play was suspended because of darkness.
Vijay Singh hopes to blow lid off PGA Tour's drug policy
In something of a bombshell at a recent court hearing, Vijay Singh’s lawyer accused the PGA Tour of repeatedly exempting players from testing and punishment under its anti-doping program. But no proof has yet to be made public.
Players, PGA championships move to top as richest purses on PGA Tour
For years and years, The Players Championship has had the richest purse in golf. In 2014, though, it will have company at the top as the PGA Championship will increase its purse to $10 million next year.
Speedgolf World Championships, Hate to be Rude: Breaking 80 at Bandon in 39 minutes
This story sounds like fiction, as if there are typographical errors in the numbers. But it’s documented, so here are the amazing facts: Irishman Rob Hogan shot 77 at Old Macdonald in only 39 minutes, 31 seconds Saturday.
Hate To Be Rude, Rory McIlroy: McIlroy returns to face lingering questions all the way in Asia
Rory McIlroy returns at this week’s Korea Open after a month off. From golf, anyway. Not from headlines. He answers question about off-course reason related to business and his girlfriend.
Rude: PGA Tour's 'off-season' leaves little room for rest
Took a cat nap after the Presidents Cup and woke up to find a new PGA Tour season upon us. That’s golf for you.
Waterlogged Price still sees glass half full at Presidents Cup
The Internationals pretty much need to have everything fall right if they are to make the uphill climb and overcome a five-point deficit to win their second Presidents Cup.
Advantage U.S.: 4-point lead could sap Presidents Cup drama
Unless the Internationals can summon some magic during Saturday-afternoon Presidents Cup play, the Sunday singles could be a foregone conclusion.