Thursday, October 27

Skratch TV Presents 'Tiger Withdrawal Support Group'

"If you were saddened by Tiger Woods's decision to withdraw from the Safeway Open," Skratch TV wrote, "we invite you to share your feelings at the Tiger Withdrawal Support Group."

You know who you are. And you'll get through this. Hang tough.

Wednesday, October 26

Golf on TV: Powershares QQQ Championship, WGC-HSBC Champions, Sanderson Farms Championship, Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

By Golf Channel Communications


The PGA TOUR Champions will stage the Powershares QQQ Championship this week, the first of three events making up the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. Bernhard Langer and Miguel Angel Jimenez are atop the current standings leading a field of 71, with 54 advancing to the second leg of the playoffs at the Dominion Charity Classic in Virginia.

Powershares QQQ Championship
Dates: Oct. 28-30
Venue: Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday              5:30-8 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          5:30-8 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday            5:30-8 p.m. (Live) / Midnight-2 a.m. (Monday replay)

Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Joe Durant, Colin Montgomerie, Woody Austin, Kevin Sutherland, Gene Sauers, Scott McCarron and Billy Andrade.

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Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson headline an elite field at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, featuring 16 of the top-20 players in the world. 

WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: Oct. 27-30
Venue: Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Wednesday     11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday         11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday              11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday          11 p.m.-4 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Knox defends: Russell Knox defeated Kevin Kisner by two shots to claim his first career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas and Andrew Johnston.

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Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Oct. 27-30
Venue: Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern)
Thursday         2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday              2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday          2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday            2:30-5:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Malnati defends: Peter Malnati finished one stroke ahead of William McGirt and David Toms for his first PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Chris Kirk, Ian Poulter, Patton Kizzire, Sam Saunders, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, David Duval, David Toms, Robby Shelton and Charlie Danielson.

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World No. 1 Lydia Ko leads the field at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, along with World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia
Dates: Oct. 27-30
Venue: TPC Kuala Lumpur (East Course), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday         4-8 a.m. (Tape delay)
Friday              4-8 a.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday          6-8 a.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday            6-8 a.m. (Tape delay)

Korda defends: Jessica Korda finishes four strokes ahead of Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Shanshan Feng to earn her fourth career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, Shanshan Feng, Stacy Lewis, So Yeon Ryu, Anna Nordqvist, Gerina Piller and Suzann Pettersen.

Playing Clinic: Bobby Nichols

(Courtesy of
By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. Used with permission.

While interviewing golf legends for my book Playing with the Pros: Golf Lessons from the Senior Tour (1990), I arranged some of their answers into a separate chapter I called "Playing Clinic." Following are words of wisdom from some of the best players.

Bobby Nichols won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1964 PGA Championship and the 1974 Canadian Open.

Q: What’s the best way of getting the correct grip on a club?

NICHOLS: Put the left hand on the club first so that you can lift it with just the index finger and thumb. Close the fingers of the left hand around the club and place the left thumb slightly to the right side of the shaft, as you look down on it. You should now be able to see two knuckles on the back of the left hand. The V formed by the thumb and the index finger is pointing to your right shoulder. Next, position the right hand with the palm facing the target. The right-hand grip is kept in the fingers, not the palm. The right hand overlaps the left hand, and the right little finger fits into the groove between the left index finger and middle finger. The right thumb folds over to the left side of the shaft as you look down on it.

Q: How do I keep from topping the ball?

NICHOLS: Make sure your knees are flexed; that will keep you down on the ball.

Q: How can I calculate distance?

NICHOLS: All professionals walk the course before they play. Or their caddie does it for them. Today, almost every course has a 150-yard marker to the green. Learn what to hit from that distance, and you'll develop your feel of what to hit from other distances. And naturally, if you play the same course, you'll quickly learn all the distances and which club to hit.

More Playing Clinic:

John Coyne is a bestselling author of three golf novels and more than 20 other books. Pay him a visit at John Coyne Books.

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.