Monday, October 24

Padraig Harrington: 'I Was in a Nice Place Mentally'

By Brian Keogh

Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission.

FEW PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT PADRAIG HARRINGTON can win a fourth major, but after averaging 25 putts per day and shooting the lowest winning aggregate of his 21-year professional career to claim the Portugal Masters, writing him off now would be the height of folly.

The 45-year old Dubliner insisted just minutes after the Ryder Cup ended three weeks ago that he wants to play in 2018 in Paris rather than captain Europe.

He clearly has unfinished business on tour and after carding a six under par 65 that featured a devastating display of short game brilliance and an eye-popping performance with the putter, it may be some time before he's ready to hang up the spikes and reach for the keys to the captain's buggy.

Three up-and-downs on the last three holes gave Harrington a one-shot win over current Ryder Cup player Andy Sullivan, the defending champion, on 23 under par.

And he insisted afterwards that while the course was right up his street — light rough and receptive greens allowing him the freedom to shoot at every pin with impunity given his short game sharpness — it was the mental game that made the difference.

"I was in a nice place mentally," Harrington insisted. "I've been reading Dave Alred's 'The Pressure Principle' and it gave me a few pointers that maybe I'd been missing out on and I stuck to those all week.

"It was a big plus for me. I just realised how poor my own language is about myself and my game. So I was very focused on my self-talk this week and what I was saying to myself and very focused on my posture walking around on the golf course and it was a tremendous help."

Brian Keogh contributes to a variety of golf publications. Pay him a visit at Irish Golf Desk.

Friday, October 21

VIDEO: Mickelson's Bag Man on Caddying Basics and More

By VICE Sports

VICE Sports' Fernando Perez had the chance to meet with Jim "Bones" Mackay, Phil Mickelson's caddie for the last two and a half decades. Mackay, who has been a significant part of one of the era's top golfers, gives his unique perspective on Phil's career.

Perez had a chance to play a quick round with "Bones" in Arizona and learns the technical side of the business from the caddy. During their time on the course, Bones shows Perez the basics of caddying, including how to not put anything negative in a golfer's head.

Bones also recounts the time when Phil was starving at the 1995 U.S. Open that still haunts him and tells what it was like being next to Mickelson when he won his first Masters in 2004.

Thursday, October 20

Golf on TV: CIMB Classic, Portugal Masters, Blue Bay LPGA

By Golf Channel Communications


The PGA TOUR is in Malaysia for the CIMB Classic, featuring a 78-man field which includes five of the top-15 players in the world with Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama and Sergio Garcia. 

CIMB Classic
Dates: Oct. 19-23
Venue: TPC Kuala Lumpur (West Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday     10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 6-10 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday         10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Live) / 6-10 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 6-10 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live) / 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Thomas defends: Justin Thomas finished one shot ahead of Adam Scott for his first career PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Russell Knox, Ernie Els, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Ian Poulter.

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The European Tour stages its penultimate event ahead of the Final Series with the Portugal Masters, where Andy Sullivan is set to defend. 

Portugal Masters
Dates: Oct. 20-23
Venue: Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura, Portugal

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Friday              6:30-8:30 a.m. / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)
Sunday            8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Sullivan defends: Andy Sullivan finished nine strokes clear of the field to claim his third European Tour win in dominating fashion.

Headlining the field: Thomas Pieters, Padraig Harrington, Alex Noren, Andy Sullivan, Thongchai Jaidee, Jose Maria Olazabal and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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The LPGA Tour is in China for the Blue Bay LPGA, with world No. 5 Brooke Henderson headlining the field.

Blue Bay LPGA
Dates: Oct. 20-23
Venue: Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         2:30-6:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Thursday         2:30-6:30 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              3-7 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2-6 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          3-7 a.m. (Tape delay) / 2:30-6 p.m. (Replay)

Kim defends: Sei Young Kim finished one shot ahead of Stacy Lewis, Candie Kung and Kim Kaufman for her third LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Brooke Henderson, Charley Hull, Ariya Jutanugarn, Sei Young Kim, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lang, Azahara Munoz, Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie and Cheyenne Woods.

Wednesday, October 19

WGHOF 2017 Induction Class Includes Davis Love III

By World Golf Hall of Fame

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (October 18, 2016) – The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum today announced its 2017 Induction Class: Henry Longhurst, Davis Love III, Meg Mallon, Lorena Ochoa and Ian Woosnam. 

These five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City the week of the Presidents Cup. 

Following is a brief bio on each new inductee: 

Henry Longhurst, United Kingdom 

A weekly columnist for the London Sunday Times for 40 years. He was also considered to be the first golf TV personality providing coverage for the BBC from the 1950s until his death in 1978.

"Henry Longhurst did something that no other journalist has done. He proved to be as apt, succinct, colorful, informative and compelling to listen to as he had been to read. He captivated people. He has influenced golf in the same way as many Hall of Fame members. I'm really pleased that we have recognized his achievements."
- John Hopkins

Davis Love III, United States 

In a career that has spanned four decades on the PGA TOUR, Love has notched 22 victories including the 1997 PGA Championship and two victories at The PLAYERS Championship in 1992 and 2003. His quality of play has earned him a place on six U.S. Ryder Cup teams and six Presidents Cup teams. He has captained two Ryder Cup teams, including the victorious 2016 team. Love is a recipient of both the Payne Stewart and Bob Jones Awards.

"Davis is a fixture on the PGA TOUR and has been for decades. He has contributed so much to the image of the game because of who he is, and the way he handles himself. Love is extremely well-respected by the other players, so having him contribute his time and energy to making the organization work better has been a very impactful thing. It makes us all smile to see him get the recognition he deserves and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame."
-PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem

"Davis has an outstanding record not only as a player but as a gentleman. He's been a tremendous contributor and has been an all-around man for golf. It's terrific to see him in the World Golf Hall of Fame."
-Gary Player

Meg Mallon, United States 

Her 18 career LPGA Tour victories and four Major Championships are just part of Mallon's winning make-up. A member of nine Solheim Cup teams (captain in 2013), Mallon was recognized during the LPGA's 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGA's top-50 players and teachers. She also earned the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year award in 1991.

"Meg Mallon has been a great player and a great contributor. She has been involved heavily in the game of golf. Everybody likes her; everybody knows what her talent is. She's just an amazing gal, a fellow Buckeye and great member of the Class of 2017."
-Jack Nicklaus

Lorena Ochoa, Mexico 

In her first full season on the LPGA Tour, Ochoa had eight top-10 finishes, finished ninth on the LPGA Tour’'s money list and was named Rookie of the Year. She finished with 27 victories on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships. She was ranked World Number One for 158 consecutive weeks (2007-2010). In a three-year stretch (2006-2008), she won 21 tournaments, including the two majors and in 2008, she dominated with wins by as many as 11 strokes on more than one occasion. Ochoa will be the first Mexican-born golfer to enter into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

"Being Mexican myself but being born in the United States, I've always been very proud of Lorena Ochoa, what she’s accomplished and the way she's accomplished it with class and style. She is a role model for Mexican children. They can look at her and say, 'She did it. Why can’t we?'"
-Nancy Lopez

"Lorena's record speaks for itself. In addition to her wins on the LPGA, she also won Player of the Year numerous times. She has so many awards, which just shows how much she contributed to the game. She has reached a demographic that we didn't see before."
-Annika Sorenstam

Ian Woosnam, United Kingdom 

"Woosie," winner of the 1991 Masters Tournament, sat atop the Official World Golf Rankings for 50 weeks throughout 1991 and 1992. His sterling play led him to represent Europe in eight consecutive Ryder Cup teams from 1983 to 1997. Woosnam won the Order of Merit as the leading money winner on the European Tour and named European Player of the Year in 1987 and 1990. In recognition of his contributions to golf, he was awarded the Queen's honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006. 

"Woosie got a lot out of his game. He was a great competitor and handled himself very well. He's been on a lot of Ryder Cup teams and captained quite a bit. He's been a great contributor to golf from the European side, and I'm delighted to have him inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame."
-Jack Nicklaus

These five Inductees will bring the total number of World Golf Hall of Fame Members to 155.  

The Class of 2017 was elected by the Hall of Fame's Selection Commission, which debated a group of 16 Finalists. The five members of the Class of 2017 each passed the required 75 percent voting threshold – approval by at least 12 of the 16 members. 

The Selection Commission was co-chaired by Hall of Fame Members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam and included the Members of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats. 

The Commission elected the Class of 2017 from 16 Finalists, which were vetted by the Hall of Fame’s Selection Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee vetted every candidate that met the qualifications of the Hall of Fame's four Induction categories. It presented the following group of Finalists to the Commission: 

Susie Berning 
Johnny Farrell 
Max Faulkner 
Peggy Kirk Bell 
Catherine Lacoste 
Henry Longhurst 
Davis Love III 
Meg Mallon 
Graham Marsh 
Lorena Ochoa 
Sandra Palmer 
Calvin Peete 
Samuel Ryder 
Macdonald Smith 
Jan Stephenson 
Ian Woosnam 

Tuesday, October 18

Golf Digest: 'The World's Most Avid Golfer'

YOU MIGHT THINK YOU'RE AN AVID GOLFER. You might even play a lot. But friend, you're no Barry Gibbons.

Golf Digest's Alex Myers caught up with Gibbons, who plays more golf  than anyone and walks every hole.

"The golf isn't the hardest part," Gibbons said. "It's the walking."

When you read how many rounds Gibbons has played, you'll understand why. Here's an excerpt:
The retired Gibbons, 57, hasn’t just played more rounds of golf in 2016 than anyone in the world. He’s on pace to play more rounds of golf than anyone in the world has EVER played in a year. 
Gibbons is in the process of obliterating the record of walking rounds (611) set by Richard Lewis of Texas in 2010. What’s Gibbons' target? 850. Yes, that’s eight HUNDRED and fifty. Think about that for a minute. That’s the equivalent of playing more than 40 times a year for 20 years. Or, playing 20 times a year for 40 years. That's a lifetime worth of golf in ONE year. And you thought you loved playing the game. 
"People are either envious or they think I'm nuts," Gibbons says.
 Read the entire article.

NPR (Audio): Se Ri Pak's 'Impact on Golf Has Never Been Stronger'

Today NPR aired a story about the impact of Se Ri Pak on golf and the LPGA Tour. It's worth a listen.

"Golfer Se Ri Pak's rise in the late 1990s inspired young women like Tiffany Joh," said NPR on its website, "one of many Korean LPGA golfers who trace their interest in the sport to seeing Pak play on TV."

Pak recently retired. But what she helped start is in full swing.

Friday, October 14

Skratch TV Presents 'St. Andrews and the Legend of Tom Morris'

THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. This is Adventures in Golf (Season 1) from Skratch TV.

Documentary filmmaker Erik Anders Lang takes viewers on a tour around the globe searching for the craziest, most intriguing stories in golf.

I hope you enjoy the next episode, "St. Andrews and the Legend of Tom Morris."


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Thursday, October 13

Golf on TV: Safeway Open, British Masters, LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, SAS Championship

By Golf Channel Communications


The PGA TOUR kicks off its 2016-17 wraparound season this week in Napa, Calif., with the Safeway Open, where Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar headline the field.

Safeway Open
Dates: Oct. 13-16
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa (North Course)

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         4-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              4-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            5-8 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Headlining the field: Phil Mickelson, Wesley Bryan, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Emiliano Grillo, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na, John Rahm, Patrick Rodgers, Ollie Schniederjans and Justin Thomas.

* * *


The European Tour is in England for the British Masters, hosted by former World No. 1 Luke Donald. 

British Masters
Dates: Oct. 13-16
Venue: The Grove – Chandler's Cross, England

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday              4:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday          7 a.m.-Noon (Live)
Sunday            7 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Fitzpatrick defends: Matthew Fitzpatrick defeated Shane Lowry, Soren Kjeldsen and Fabrizio Zanotti by two strokes in 2015 to earn his first career European Tour win.

Headlining the field: Luke Donald, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Trevor Immelman, Andrew Johnston, Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell, Alex Noren, Jose Maria Olazabal, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett and Chris Wood.

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The LPGA Tour is in South Korea this week for the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, where Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak will make her final start in her native country.

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
Dates: Oct. 13-16
Venue: Sky 72 Golf Club (Ocean Course) – Incheon, South Korea

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         12:30-3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Thursday         11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Friday              11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)
Saturday          11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. (Live)

Thompson defends: Lexi Thompson defeated Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park by one stroke to earn her sixth career LPGA win in 2015.

Headlining the field: Se Ri Pak, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Ariya Juganugarn, Cristie Kerr, In-Kyung Kim, Sei Young Kim, Lydia Ko, Haru Nomura, Anna Nordqvist, Suzann Pettersen, Gerina Piller, Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang.

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The PGA TOUR Champions hosts its final regular season event for the 2016 season this week at the SAS Championship, where the leading 72 players on the money list at the end of the week will advance to the three-event Charles Schwab Cup playoffs.

SAS Championship
Dates: Oct. 14-16
Venues: Prestonwood Country Club, Cary, N.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            2:30-5 p.m. (Live) / 1-3 a.m. (Monday replay)

Headlining the field: Woody Austin, Brad Faxon, Jay Haas, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Craig Parry, Hal Sutton, Ian Woosnam.