Friday, December 27

PGA TOUR VIDEO: Most Ridiculous Lies of the Decade (2010-2019)



HERE ARE SOME TOUGH SPOTS. And incredible shots.

The PGA Tour presents the most difficult lies faced by tour players from 2010 to 2019 ... and how they escaped.

Featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia (in a tree), among others. This compilation excludes major championships.

Tuesday, December 24

ICYMI: Adam Scott Wins at Home for First Time in 2,226 Days



ADAM SCOTT WON THE AUSTRALIAN PGA Championship on Sunday. That next victory in his homeland was a very long time coming.

John Huggan of Golfworld wrote:
It had been a while since Adam Scott had won a tournament in his native Australia, 2,226 days to be exact. But that wait is over. With a three-under 69 on Sunday at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the country's Gold Coast, the World No. 18 is now a two-time Australian PGA champion. Scott's 13-under-par 275 total was two shots better than New Zealand’s Michael Hendry....
"I’m pretty stoked," said an emotional Scott on earning his 11th career European Tour title.
"I grinned it out this week, and I feel like I outsmarted the course a little bit. Which feels good, and it was good enough to beat everyone. It's been a long time between drinks for me. Maybe once or twice it has crossed my mind that I might not win again. So it feels good to win here, especially to finish off the year at home."

Saturday, December 21

PGA TOUR 'Must-See Moments of the Decade' to Air on NBC Sports on December 22

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – NBC Sports will air an hour-long special titled PGA TOUR 2019: Must-See Moments of the Decade that will look back on incredible shots and storylines that shaped the decade.

The NBC Sports feature, produced by PGA TOUR Entertainment, will air on Sunday, December 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

The 2010s have been an incredible era on the PGA TOUR as players have thrilled audiences and impacted fans worldwide. "Must-See Moments of the Decade" will take an extended look at some of the most memorable stories from the decade through in-depth interviews with players and analysts who experienced them first-hand.

Along with highlighting key storylines and themes of the decade, the special will relive the drama of Rickie Fowler's heroics on the famed Island Green at THE PLAYERS Championship, Billy Horschel's improbable path to a FedExCup title, Jonathan Byrd's incredible playoff-winning hole-in-one amidst darkness at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, as well as Tiger Woods' growing legacy.

European Tour's Chase the Ace, Episode 3: Andy Sullivan (VIDEO)



HOW MANY BALLS WOULD IT TAKE a pro golfer to make a hole-in-one?

The odds of an average golfer making an ace are roughly one in 100,000. Stats suggest a European Tour pro's chances are closer to one in 2,500.

Meet Englishman Andy Sullivan.

With a day and 500 balls to play with on the 171-yard par three 11th hole on the Heritage Course at London Golf Club, the European Tour challenged the three-time tour winner to defy the odds.

Could Sullivan succeed where Italian Edoardo Molinari and South African Brandon Stone could not? Did he find that one perfect shot?

Watch and see.

Wednesday, December 18

Hank Haney Sues PGA Tour: Claims Tour Role in His Firing From Radio Show and Ongoing Attempts to Disrupt His Business Interests

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AS BOB HARIG REPORTED AT ESPN.COM, Hank Haney, the former golf coach for Tiger Woods, has filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour in U.S. District Court.

The suit claims the PGA Tour "improperly intimidated, enticed and threatened SiriusXM Radio to suspend and ultimately terminate" Haney from his golf show that aired on SiriusXM. The lawsuit also says the tour "wanted to settle an old score relating to professional golfer Tiger Woods."

Haney was suspended from his show in May for "insensitive comments about women's golf," Harig noted. Namely, comments about the LPGA Tour and who would win the U.S. Women's Open.

About Haney's suspension, Woods said at the time, "He deserved it. Just can't look at life like that."

Haney was later fired.

Haney's lawsuit also says the PGA Tour has "long attempted to disrupt and interfere in Haney's business" after Haney published his Tiger tell-all book, The Big Miss, in 2012.

The PGA Tour declined to comment.

Tuesday, December 17

The Presidents Cup Aftermath: 'Tiger, You Got Me' —Ernie Els



POOR ERNIE ELS. IN IMPORTANT WAYS, the Big Easy's career, an era that included many other would-be winners, is defined by coming up short against Tiger Woods.

That was also the case at the recent Presidents Cup contested at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, where the United States slipped by the Internationals on Sunday, 16-14.

As Karen Crouse wrote for the New York Times, Captain Els gave it his all:
The United States' opponents, the Internationals, also had a first-time captain, Ernie Els, a PGA Tour member who turned the appointment into another full-time job. He devoted the past year to studying statistics as if they were tea leaves. And he left no team-bonding exercise undone, so great was his obsession with finding a way to turn around the fortunes of his team, which had only one victory in the 12 previous competitions.
Els, 50, gave his players wings, but he couldn't make them soar.
After jumping out to a 6-1 lead, the Internationals won only eight of the final 23 points, including four of the 12 available in Sunday's deciding singles.
For Els, the loss was especially difficult to digest because he has spent the better part of his professional playing career running headlong into the wall that is Woods. He finished second to him seven times in his career, including four times in majors.
The 13th edition of the Presidents Cup was going to be where Els's luck turned. But in the end, the Americans, led on and off the course by Woods, were too good.
"Tiger, you got me," Els said ruefully during the trophy presentation.
For Els, those four rueful words also sum up the Hall of Fame career of the man who is second only to Gary Player as the greatest golfer from South Africa.

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Thursday, December 12

Tribute to Alfred 'Rabbit' Dyer, Hall of Fame Caddie for Gary Player and Others, Dead at 82

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By John Coyne

Bestselling author John Coyne became a caddie at Midlothian Country Club near Chicago when he was 10 and oversaw the caddie yard as a teenager. Learn about his golf novels at JohnCoyneBooks.com.

LAST NOVEMBER 11TH, ALFRED "BIG RABBIT" DYER, the legendary PGA Tour caddie, died from natural causes while traveling by car from Ft. Pierce, Florida to New Orleans. He was 82.

Dyer was one of the last of the big-name traveling caddies  on the PGA Tour; men like Angelo Argea who caddied for Jack Nicklaus and Creamy Carolan, Arnold Palmer's looper. Dyer was also the first black caddie to work at Arizona's Thunderbird Country Club and the first black caddie on the bag of a winner in 1974 when Gary Player triumphed. Caddying for Player, he was also the first American black caddie to carry a bag in South Africa.

Gary Player and "Rabbit" Dyer.
I'll miss Rabbit dearly. He caddied for me for over 20 years and we traveled the world together. Like me he had such a great sense of humor, and in this sense he always reminded me of Muhammad Ali in that he was always ready to laugh, crack a joke or give an hilarious one liner. He had tons of charisma. During our time together we were able to put his son through Princeton University, and which I know made him immensely proud as a father. I'll miss him so much and hope that when we meet again in heaven, he'll be there with a laugh and a smile and then go out and our first round there together.
Gary Player

At the age of 9 Rabbit began to caddie at Metairie Country Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming from a poor family of eight children, caddying was his way of helping his parents.

Today, Dyer is listed by Golfworld magazine as one of the 36 Greatest Caddies of all times.

His first loop for a touring professional was Ben Hogan. Hogan had come to Metairie for an exhibition with Sam Snead and Freddie Haas. At the time Haas was the home pro and Haas assigned Rabbit to Bantam Ben. From then on Dyer caddied for "The Hawk" whenever he came to Metairie.

(It was a priest at Dyer's high school—Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School in Birmingham, Alabamawho nicknamed him "Rabbit" for his ability playing center on the school's basketball team.)

Rabbit's father was also a caddie at Metairie and caddied in 1960 for Gary Player in the New Orleans Open. Two years later, in 1962, Rabbit would caddie for Player when he finished fifth in the tournament. Player gave Rabbit $500.

"I had never seen so much money," Rabbit would tell me, years later.

While Player was Rabbit's first PGA Tour player (after Hogan) that he caddied for, there were other players before he became Gary's regular caddie.

"I worked for Tony Lema when he won his first tournament, the Hesperia Open. I worked for Arnold Palmer, Homero Blancas, Dan Sikes on the regular and senior tours, and Dave Stockton," Rabbit explained on CaddyBytes.

In 1972, when working for ABC television at Oakland Hills Country Club, he talked with Gary about working for him the next week in the World Series of Golf.

"Gary told me that his regular caddie had gone back to South Africa, and if he were to win the PGA that week I would have the bag."

Gary won and Rabbit worked for Player the following week at the World Series, which Gary also won. For the next twenty years, Rabbit had a full-time job as Player's man on the bag.

In his long career as a professional caddie on the PGA Tour, Dyer would bring home over 55 winners. Gary won in South Africa, the British Open, the Swiss Open, the Irish Open. 

Rabbit caddied for Player from 1972 up to 1990, traveling to 10 different countries.

As he says, "If it wasn't for Gary Player I wouldn't have gotten to do all that. Because of him and caddying I was able to put my son through Princeton University. I tell all the young kids today to caddie. Caddying was a great way to grow up, learn the game, stay out of trouble."

After his touring caddie career, Dyer became a founding Professional Caddie Association (PCA) member and first PCA Caddie Ambassador and 2000 Caddie Hall of Fame Inductee.

"Rabbit" Dyer and Dennis Cone.
According to Dennis Cone, founding CEO of the World Caddies Association, "Rabbit was the Caddies' 'caddie.' The last of the big-name traveling caddies from the 1950s. His positive spirit and support for ALL caddies, kids and the game will live forever in the Fairways of Heaven."

To honor Rabbit and all caddies: The Professional Caddie Association (PCA), a 501-C-3 foundation, is starting a scholarship fund in Alfred "Rabbit" Dyer's name for in perpetuity. Donate to the Western Golf Association (WGA) and Caddie Hall of Fame (caddiehalloffame.org).

Donate today and receive a FREE PCA book! 

Wednesday, December 11

PREVIEW: The Presidents Cup Returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club

The following preview and images were provided by Rolex, a Presidents Cup partner.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Presidents Cup returns to Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia from 12–15 December when some of the world's finest golfers, representing teams from the United States and the rest of the world excluding Europe, will compete head-to-head under match play conditions.

U.S. team member Justin Thomas.
This will be the third time Royal Melbourne has staged the event since its inception in 1994. One of the city's renowned sandbelt courses – built on sandy bayside soil that allows bunkers to be distinctively cut right to the edge of greens – it hosted proceedings in 1998 when the competition first ventured outside the United States.

The International team won that encounter, but 13 years later, the U.S. team led by captain and Rolex Testimonee Fred Couples leveled the scores at the venue.

THE U.S. TEAM

The 13th edition of the event marks the first time that both captains have used four wild card selections to complete their teams of 12. Following a remarkable 13-month period, World No. 7 and U.S. captain Tiger Woods has awarded himself one of those wild cards, becoming only the second playing captain in the 25-year history of the Presidents Cup.

Since being appointed captain in March 2018, Woods has enjoyed a career renaissance with three victories, including his 15th major win at the Masters Tournament in April this year. This triumph was book-ended by the 2018 TOUR Championship and, most recently, his record-equalling 82nd PGA TOUR victory at the ZOZO Championship in Japan in October.

The 43-year-old has won more points (24.5) than any other player in the Presidents Cup, one of countless accolades that highlight his sustained excellence over more than two decades and underline his status as one of the greatest ever golfers.

Woods is joined on the U.S. team by three fellow Rolex Testimonees: Bryson DeChambeau and Rickie Fowler, both five-time PGA TOUR winners; and Justin Thomas, a former World No. 1 and Major winner.

The entire U.S. team: Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland and Tiger Woods.

THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM

Captained by Ernie Els, the International team features two members of the Rolex New Guard: China's Haotong Li, and Joaquín Niemann, the third youngest International team member in the event's history and the first from Chile.

Also representing the International team will be 27-year-old Hideki Matsuyama from Japan, a five-time PGA TOUR winner.

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.

Among the three Australians who will tee off on home soil is the former World No. 1 golfer and Rolex Testimonee Adam Scott, who was part of the International team when the Presidents Cup was last held at Royal Melbourne in 2011.

Scott said the competition was sure to be embraced by the local population, whose support would be crucial to the International team's hopes of adding to its sole victory in the 12 previous encounters.

"Melbourne is a great sporting city and they're going to love seeing the best players in the world there. Twenty-one years ago, it was in Melbourne that we won the Presidents Cup. I think if there's a time to turn it around, it's this year in Melbourne."
Adam Scott

Rolex Testimonees K.J. Choi, from South Korea, and Trevor Immelman, from South Africa, will also lend their knowledge and expertise to the International team as assistant captains.

The entire International team: Ben An, Abraham Ancer, Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im, Marc Leishman, Haotong Li, Hideki Matsuyama, Joaquín Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, C.T. Pan, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, December 5

Michelle Wie Joins CBS Golf Broadcast Team; She Will Be a Contributor at the 2020 Masters

LOTS OF CHANGES AT CBS GOLF.

The broadcast team has been largely overhauled, including this announcement mentioned near the end of a CBS Sports press release on Tuesday:
Additionally, Michelle Wie, the five-time LPGA TOUR winner, will contribute to CBS Sports' multimedia golf coverage this season, including the Masters.
Wie should be a good addition.

Wie left the LPGA Tour in June to deal with a chronic left-wrist injury. Her first experience in the broadcast booth was working for Golf Channel at the 2019 Solheim Cup.

Tuesday, December 3

MORNING DRIVE: Tiger Woods Previews Hero World Challenge and Highlights One Bahamas Fund for Hurricane Dorian Relief



THE HERO WORLD CHALLENGE TEES OFF ON WEDNESDAY at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. The field of 18 includes most of the U.S. Presidents Cup team that will face the International team next week in Australia.

Above Tiger Woods talks to the Golf Channel's Lisa Cornwell about this week's tournament and supporting relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian.

Spain's Jon Rahm Named 2019 European Tour Golfer of the Year

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JON RAHM, WHO RECENTLY WON the European Tour's Race to Dubai, is the golfer of the year on the European Tour.

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Rahm was selected by a panel comprising members of the golfing media as the winner of the prestigious annual award after a superb season in which he won two Rolex Series events, defended his national Open title and became the first Spaniard since Severiano Ballesteros to finish the year as European Number One after sealing the Race to Dubai title in a dramatic finale to the 2019 campaign. 
The 25-year-old finished tied ninth at The Masters, tied third in the U.S. Open and was runner-up at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Valderrama Masters before securing his first European Tour title of the year at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – his third Rolex Series victory in the space of three years.
Rahm went on to successfully defend his title at the Open de Espana (Spain Open) and completed the season with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship.

Rahm said: "It is a huge honor for me to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year. To emulate another of Seve's achievements in winning this award is very humbling, and I'm so proud of what I have achieved this year."