You’ve seen plenty of scratchy third rounds, right? Well, Saturday wasn’t one of those days at the HP Byron Nelson Championship as Keegan Bradley held onto his lead and those in the lead groups continued to play well. Here are 5 Things you need to know.
It's easy to get a sense of why the great players tread carefully with their schedules - so many great tournaments, so little time. Plus: Players on courses they love and courses they don't, and more in this week's notes.
Heralded and beloved as Merion is, it's becoming quite obvious that the majority of players know very little about the course. Graeme McDowell recently looked back at a preview round he played there.
As Casey Wittenberg's swing coach, Adam Schriber chose to get some work done up close and personal. He caddied for him at The Players Championship.
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, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia did not arm wrestle, kick-box, or spar.
As if seeing Jeff Maggert re-appear at The Players Championship for the first time in 10 years or so wasn’t enough of a surprise, how about the suddenly shoddy play by your leaders? Having spent the better part of two days making birdie upon birdie, the top 12 names on the leaderboard through 36 holes found the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass a much different animal in Saturday’s third round.
It’s all about the marquee names who decided to stick around for the weekend of the 2013 Players Championship, guys like Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. But before we give the weekend stage to those who are here, how about a few notes on those who aren’t.
Wedge games certainly aren't a problem for Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker during the second round. From there, each has different tweaks to their game plan.
TPC Sawgrass is playing easy? Really? Don't tell Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose or Nick Watney that -- they won't be sticking around for the weekend.
Masters champion Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 to open the Players Championship while playing partner Rory McIlroy is among the leaders with a 6-under 66.
Nearly a month removed from his Masters victory, Adam Scott has managed as gentle a re-entry into the PGA Tour atmosphere as possible.
At some point, aren’t we justified to ask our athletes to do the right thing? Much has been made of the handful of PGA Tour members who didn’t do any of that last week, choosing instead to sulk about shoddy greens at Quail Hollow Club and withdraw.
Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur from China making a splash on PGA Tour, will head to Texas for the Byron Nelson Championship and a U.S. Open qualifier.
As amateurs in 1999, Aaron Baddeley and Brett Rumford earned prominent wins in Australia against the pros. Yet a young Adam Scott lurked as perhaps the best of the three.
BIlly Horschel's recent stretch of standout play, which in truth is a culmination of what he’s been doing since last season, has vaulted him from 236th in the world rankings to 49th.
While Ernie Els rarely embarrasses himself on par-5s during the Masters, his standout play on those holes this year was an unusual success.
Buoyant as it always is for a sponsor to see the winner wearing its logo – as Graeme McDowell was at the RBC Heritage – this was one of those cases that can be chalked up to a wonderful twist of fate.
Some Tour pros acknowledge that the majors have the richest histories, but feel that the media creates an atmosphere where you can’t be considered great without having at least one on your resume.
Pat Summerall forever will be remembered as the “voice of the NFL,” but he was beloved and respected for the way in which he delivered golf into our homes for nearly 30 years.
Padraig Harrington is a staple late in the afternoon during Masters practice days, and he says it's to gain experience in the shadows. Plus: A previous Tiger Woods penalty ruling at Augusta, some major contenders and more.
Finishing tied for sixth at last week's Masters, Thorbjorn Olesen has been top 10 in seven of 20 tournaments – including a T-9 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and a T-27 at the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island.
For his first 15 years at Augusta, Tiger Woods posted a sub-par back nine on 35 of his 60 chances – but has done so just twice in eight back-nine trips the last two Masters.
Chances are, given his unassuming nature and dignified demeanor, Adam Scott has chosen to sit back somewhere not to bask in the glory – it is not the man’s style – but to savor the sense of accomplishment.
The “Harrington Rule” arrived too late to save the Irishman in Abu Dhabi. When asked whether he had any thoughts on Tiger Woods being spared a similar fate at the Masters, the Irishman shook his head no.
All those crystal-makers who were forced to work overtime to produce those beautiful goblets that were needed after Thursday’s record-breaking day of eagles at Firethorn, Augusta National’s vaunted par-5 15th? They got to take a breather Friday.
After making a brilliant up-and-down at the par-4 17th to help cement a bogey-free 66 and get into a share of the Masters lead, Sergio Garcia smiled. And, yes, he remembered that it wasn’t this way a year ago at Augusta National.
The first hole at Augusta National is a challenge not to be taken lightly; yet the glory of Tea Olive is consistent with the rest of Augusta’s holes: If you get it into the fairway, you just feel you can take a shot at certain Masters hole locations.
An encyclopedic golf mind provided thoughts and opinions worth sharing from chairs at a bend in the par-5 No. 13 fairway – and a familiar perspective for one golf writer.
“Listen, I love golf,” 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem said of accepting his Par-3 Contest invite, “and the Masters is special.” Plus: Tiger Woods' skip shot at Augusta, and more.
Yet another example that the Masters is unlike any other tournament: Many players make sure they try and duplicate memorable shots from previous tournaments.
It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year.
Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.
Ten years after a career-defining loss at Augusta, Len Mattiace finds strength in the experience.
The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.
To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: George Coetzee.
The Dave Williams Golf Academy is referred to as "The Gateway to Success" - and it holds true, paying tribute to a coach who won the NCAA Championship 16 times.
Qualifying year after year has proven difficult for many, as of what could be termed “serious” contenders for this year's Masters, only 17 of them teed it up at Augusta National in 2003.
After a second straight missed cut, the once-hot Brandt Snedeker enters his break before the Masters without an explanation for his woes. But he vows to be ready for the season's first major.
Already back on the path to success in European competition, Paul Casey returns to the place where he peaked on the PGA Tour, looking for another big step forward.
Surely, Tiger Woods is at the forefront of golf fans' minds after his winning week in Orlando -- but this week, thoughts turn to Rory McIlroy in Houston.
The Masters rainout of 2003 is memorable for several reasons – while the Florida Swing on the PGA Tour produces hints that Augusta is just around the corner, and Tiger Woods bears down on Bay Hill.
Padraig Harrington will keep a busy travel schedule from here to Augusta. Come this time of year, all thoughts turn to the quest for a green jacket.
The last time Graeme McDowell's game and attitude were in sync like this? The 2010 U.S. Open. Feeling good, McDowell finds himself in contention at Trump Doral.
Low scores atop Doral leaderboard don't tell story for whole field after first round of WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Tim Clark broke his monthslong silence on the proposed ban on anchoring and shed light on the presentation he gave at a PGA Tour players' meeting Jan. 21 to preserve the stroke.
Apologies and regrets offered, Rory McIlroy would like to leave his role as a soap opera actor and return to his position as the world’s top-ranked golfer.
Billy Horschel might have shot 81 on Saturday, but the struggles of Tucker Anderson - son of his coach Todd Anderson - have the young up-and-comer realizing that life shouldn't be taken for granted.
If watching film of Jack Nicklaus’ unforgettable 1986 Masters win never grows old, there is a remarkable way to enhance the experience: Watch Jack Nicklaus watch scenes of that glorious victory.
The wind was a huge factor in Saturday's third round at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., says Brendan Steele and Tiger Woods.
Sewing up the only loose end to its schedule, the PGA Tour announced that EverBank will serve as presenting sponsor of the Tampa Bay Championship.