Monday, May 31

Lying Four: 'Why Is Phil Mickelson Popular?'

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YOU MIGHT ENJOY A CONTRARIAN VIEW on Phil Mickelson, the first 50-year-old major champion. You might even agree with a lot of it.

A week ago in a post titled "Why is Phil Mickelson popular?", Lying Four wrote:

For one thing, Mickelson's victory at the 2021 PGA Championship — the sixth major championship of his career, and the first for any 50-year-old — cements his place as the second-greatest player of his generation, and as perhaps the most durable of the all-time greats. His stature in history, at this point, is nearly impossible to overstate.

For another thing, Mickelson is not a nice guy. He has skirted federal law, flirted with murderers, lamented the burden of multi-millionaires, and humiliated his peers. And that's all just in the past decade — which, in a pro career that now spans nearly 30 years, is saying something.

Phil has made most of us cringe, right? And he certainly has done some bad things. Other players (like Matt Kuchar, as Lying Four mentions in the piece) have lost their nice-guy status and popularity over lesser offenses.

So why does Phil get away with it? Why is he so likable?

The comments section is open if you want to chime in.

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PGA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Jason Kokrak 'Grinded It Out' Against Jordan Spieth to Win at Hogan's Alley

JASON KOKRAK WON THE CHARLES SCHWAB CHALLENGE at Hogan's Alley (Colonial Country Club) in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Kokrak's second victory of the season after going 233 starts without a win on the PGA Tour.

Kokrak shot an even-par 70 in the final round to beat runner-up Jodan Spieth (73) by two strokes. The final holes were a grim march to the clubhouse. Neither man looked comfortable with their games coming down the stretch, although Kokrak made a few clutch putts while Spieth later said he didn't know what to expect from his golf swing.

"We grinded it out," Kokrak said about he and Spieth not having their "A game." The crowd favorite was the Texan, Spieth, so Kokrak also faced that added challenge.

The Charles Schwab Challenge returned to its usual spot on the calendar and featured a field that included Justin Thomas, defending champion Daniel Berger and PGA champion Phil Mickelson (who missed the cut). 

Past winners at Colonial included Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner and Justin Rose.

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Saturday, May 29

LPGA Elects Mollie Marcoux Samaan As New Commissioner

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – The Board of Directors of the LPGA has unanimously elected Mollie Marcoux Samaan as its next Commissioner. Marcoux Samaan, currently Ford Family Director of Athletics at Princeton University, will become the ninth Commissioner of the LPGA since its formation in 1950. She will succeed Commissioner Mike Whan who notified the LPGA Board late last year of his intent to step down in 2021. Whan was recently announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of the USGA. Marcoux Samaan will be working with the LPGA Board and the University to transition to her new role in the months ahead.

"Our selection of Mollie Marcoux Samaan as the LPGA's next Commissioner is the outcome of an extensive and deliberate search process. The position attracted a diverse group of outstanding internal and external candidates, all passionate about the LPGA. We concluded that Mollie is the right leader to guide the LPGA’s next chapter of growth, impact and achievement," said Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Directors and the Search Committee.

"Mollie understands the power of golf to change the lives of girls and women. As a values-centered leader, she's known for her skills in collaboration, managing through complexity and building a winning team culture. In every role, she's had an outstanding record of performance in navigating change, forging lasting partnerships, and seeing – and seizing – new opportunities," Gulyas said.

"The LPGA Commissioner role is one of the best jobs in sports today and the opportunity of a lifetime. I'm passionate about the game of golf and have been an LPGA fan since I was a little girl. I appreciate the LPGA's history and the tenacity of its 13 Founders. I'm truly inspired by our Tour players and teaching professionals. I'm excited to dive into the LPGA initiatives to impact women and girls in the game at every age and ability. And, to learn about and contribute to all aspects of the LPGA's business," said Mollie Marcoux Samaan.

"I believe passionately that sports have the power to change the world. And in this moment in time – with the positive energy around women's sports, women's leadership and society's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – I believe the LPGA has an incredible opportunity to use our platform for positive change.

"I've devoted my career to developing character, confidence and opportunities through sports. My mission and the LPGA's mission are fully aligned: providing women and girls the opportunity to achieve their dreams through golf.

"Under the leadership of Mike Whan and the executive team, the LPGA is strongly positioned for continued growth and impact. I'll look forward to working with Mike and the leadership team to meet the many people and organizations that have been so integral to the LPGA's success. With its committed sponsors and fans, talented players and members, and exceptional staff and Board, my role will be to continue the positive momentum and increase opportunities, awareness, impact and respect for the LPGA worldwide," Marcoux Samaan said.

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Thursday, May 27

Q&A: Beverly Bell, Author of 'The Murder of Marion Miley'; the Tragic Death of the Amateur Golfer Was Front-Page News Around the World

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ABOVE: Bridget Newell (left) and Marion Miley compete in a match at the 1936 British Women's Amateur.

By Elizabeth Short

Beverly Bell is a writer, pleasure golfer and author of The Murder of Marion Miley, which was a finalist for the Herbert Warren Wind Book Award, the USGA's top literary prize. Bell was also a consultant on a Marion Miley documentary made by Kentucky public television.

Bell's book recounts the tragic September 1941 murder of 27-year-old internationally-known amateur golfer Marion Miley, a Kentucky native who garnered a reputation on and off the golf course thanks to her outstanding game and magnetic personality. Bell sat down with Armchair Golf Blog to share about Miley's story and her experience telling it. 

Q: What made you gravitate toward Miley's story? 

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BEVERLY BELL: A couple of things attracted me to it. First of all, when I first became aware of Marion, I was in my late twenties -- there was this connection in terms of our ages [Miley was 27 when she died]. The second thing was I had taken up the game five years earlier. I had just moved back to Kentucky from Arizona, where you can play a lot of golf, so I was very energized by coming from that environment. The third thing was I had started some freelance writing work on the side. 

When I came back to Kentucky, my late father-in-law knew about each of these things: I had taken up the game and I was writing. He said to me one day, "I've got a story for you." He went on to tell me about this golfer I'd never heard of. Her murder had occurred when he was a teenager. If you know anything about teens, you know they can get very imprinted by events. I felt like even when he talked about Marion -- even though he wasn't a golfer -- that he had been imprinted by the experience of her very brutal death. He had latched on to that story and then he shared it with me. That's how it started, one step after the other. And I'll tell you, it didn't take long before I was really hooked. 

Q: How can you communicate, in today's terms, how well-known Miley was? I'm surprised more people don't know about her. 

BELL: I think all you need to say in terms of the breadth of her celebrity, was that the story of her very unfortunate death at the age of 27 made the front page -- above the fold -- of The New York Times. How often does that happen? 

When someone young dies, it seems to always catch us off guard. It doesn't matter how many times it happens. It is an affront to the way we think the world is supposed to work, which is that the old die first. Even though we've seen it happen time and time again, it always shocks us, shakes us. So in trying to understand what it was like at that time when Marion died and what the impact was, it's significant that the story hit all over the world. It wasn't just the United States. It was in Europe, Mexico, Australia. You can see how well known she was by looking at the newspapers that were reporting on it. 

Marion was very effective in reaching out to people, in connecting with people. That's one of the things that I came to learn. I think it certainly fed into how her death was reported, as well as the extent of that reporting. 

Q: Marion was an internationally known female golfer, which seems especially significant for the time. How was this possible, and what did it mean?

BELL: There are a couple reasons for that, I think. Women's golf was really, really big. In my understanding of the women's game, it really came into its own in the 1930s. That was attributed, for the most part, to when Bobby Jones decided to retire from golf in 1930. It created this little ebb, and at that point, women who played the game stepped in to fill the role. They provided this game -- some would say this exciting game -- to people who were interested. 

Another factor, in terms of the popularity of the game during that time, was that America was in the Great Depression. People were looking for opportunities for entertainment -- something that didn't cost a whole lot, something to enjoy, where you could attend something and push away the rest of life. I think that was definitely a factor. When you see photographs of some of those games, some of those matches, and you see how many people were attending a woman's match, it's just kind of startling. It was just this unique opportunity of a circumstance presenting itself and a group of women stepping in. 

Marion was one of a large group. I certainly don't want to leave the rest of those women behind because they were very important. She was popular, and she was a woman, and she was a golfer, and had these other circumstances happening in the world. It came together for this perfect picture. 

Q: Hearing you expand on the significance that way illustrates another dimension to the tragedy of her death. Golf was supposed to be this carefree, escapist activity, but the reality of the world we live in comes to meet her smack in the middle of that in a really unfortunate way. 

BELL: The fact that it happened in a beautiful place, at a country club -- these things just are not supposed to happen, like you said, surrounded by this lovely game. How in the world could this happen? There were so many things that came together for that crime and resulting deaths and you just think if we could run back the clock and play it again, it might just take one alteration of something and you change the outcome. But that's not the way life is.

Q: What was the thing that made Marion's story stick with you and haunt you? Would it be that tragic inevitability?

BELL: I couldn't get over how fundamentally unfair it was. I just couldn't get over it, and I carried that for years. I continued to gather pieces of the story, do an interview with someone else, and I had no idea where this was headed. I wrote one small magazine piece years ago, but I knew that was just one thing that I was going to do. Every time I would think about it, that's the thing I always got caught on, that this is so wrong, so unfair.

I'll tell you one other thing that kept me hooked. I was never disappointed when I dug under another rock. I continued to find surprising things that I would literally go, "Are you kidding me? Really?" 

I remember talking to a friend about it and I said, "You know why I keep at this story? Because it just keeps rewarding me. It just goes well, you thought you knew this, but how about this." Something else would happen. I can't even tell you how many times that happened.

Q: You said you didn't know where the story was going. Was that one of the challenges for you of figuring out how you want to tell the story? Is that why you ultimately decided to do a book about it? 

BELL: I ultimately decided to do a book because, one, I was tired of this thing around my neck. I had carried it around for so long wondering what to do with it. I knew that I was gathering this body of information and details of the story that it had to go somewhere. Part of it was me going, "I have got to do something with this." And honestly at the very beginning, I needed to push it off of me, because it had been pushing in on me for so long. I just had to do something with it.

It was when I started getting up early in the morning to start writing the book before my regular job -- I think it was maybe the next year after that -- then I became aware that the state public television network here in Kentucky was going to be doing a documentary on Marion. They put this call out. They were so stuck. Their main program was photographs and materials they could use as part of their visuals because there was no video of Marion anywhere except for one small clip. So they put this call out looking for help and I answered this producer. And I said I know some things about this, and actually I have been collecting photographs for years, so I have a big library. 

I was already working on the book and then the documentary came in and I was a consultant on the documentary. Maybe sometimes things just happen at the right time and place. 

Q: I think a lot of writers can relate to your sentiment about having to tell the story. 

BELL: It was interesting because I was getting up very early, the sun wasn't up, and I was in my little dark place with a couple of lamps on or whatever, no sunlight. All the time I had this thought, "Well, it's just me and this little book." Just like, who's really going to be interested in this? 

I was burning up with it but I didn't have any delusions and just felt like it was just me and this little book. Me and Marion, I'm just going to tell her story. 

When asked what she was working on next, Ms. Bell said:

You can only tell a story once. So I usually don't talk about what I'm working on. I will tell you that it's two story lines. One takes place in the 1960s, one in the 1990s, so I am actually getting closer to real time.

Elizabeth Short is a writer who lives in Woodstock, Georgia.

Tuesday, May 25

The Superpower That Made Phil Mickelson a Major Champion at the Ripe Old Age of 50

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WHILE THE WORLD IS MOVING ON, I'm still processing Phil Mickelson's historic victory at the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island.

Unfortunately, I didn't see much of it. Or I'd say fortunately because I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Atlanta. (It's wonderful to reconnect with family and travel again.)

Through the years my standard comment on Phil Mickelson is that he always surprises us. Most of them are good surprises. Some are not. The PGA Championship was probably the best surprise of all. Oldest major winner and on and on and on.

On Sunday evening when I was trying to find my way to Breaks Interstate Park on the Virginia-Kentucky border, my phone started chirping. Texts, photos and emails arrived as Phil walked up 18 at the Ocean Course and completed the task of becoming the first 50-something to hoist a major championship trophy. Late that night I opened my laptop and watched the highlights.

Mickelson's win was surely inspirational. And not just for older people, as Twitter affirmed. Phil showed us what's possible at 50 in golf, but I think he has also learned a lot about himself recently, based on his comments and things I've read.

He still loves the game. He still loves to compete. Apparently, he has worked very hard (maybe harder than ever) to stick around and be relevant. He can't coast on talent or experience or his other-worldly short game. It's not nearly enough against today's crop of elite players.

Arguably most important of all, Phil decided he could win another major. At 50. He believed. That's the ultimate superpower. May his achievement spur on others in their small and large endeavors.

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Wednesday, May 19

Golf Course Architect Arthur Hills Dies at 91

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BROOKFIELD, WI – American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Past President Arthur Hills, ASGCA Fellow, died May 18, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. He was age 91.

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A graduate of both Michigan State University (science) and the University of Michigan (landscape architecture), Hills excelled at golf as a member of the MSU Spartan golf team. He formed his golf course architecture firm in the 1960s. Today, Hills * Forrest * Smith, Golf Course Architects continues to, as their website states, "create golf course designs that stimulate the senses, display creativity, and honor the hallowed traditions of the game as they relate to strategy, shot values and aesthetic character."

Hills designed more than 200 new golf courses around the world and renovated more than 150 other courses. His new designs include: Bonita Bay, Naples, Florida; The Golf Club of Georgia, Atlanta; Bighorn Golf Club, Palm Desert, California; Keene Trace Golf Club, Lexington, Kentucky; and Hyatt Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas. Hills-designed courses have hosted a number of distinguished amateur and professional tournaments, including U.S. Opens and the Ryder Cup.

An environmental pioneer, Hills designed the first Audubon Signature Sanctuary courses in the United States, Mexico and Europe. ASGCA Past President Pete Dye dubbed Hills "the Mayor of Naples" for the number of private country club courses that he designed in and near that coastal Florida location.

ASGCA Past President Steve Forrest said, "He started the business by placing an ad in the Toledo, Ohio, Yellow Pages under 'Golf Course Architect' while operating a landscape contracting business. I had the great privilege of learning all aspects of golf course architecture from a distinguished professional practitioner and humble gentleman over 42 years. Arthur became a father-like figure to me who was a mentor, an instructor, exhorter and admonisher while always trying to improve his own skills and increase his personal knowledge every day."

Hills has been inducted into both the Ohio and Michigan Golf Halls of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

He became an ASGCA member in 1971. Hills served as ASGCA president in 1992-93 and achieved Fellow status in 2003.

How to Watch the 2021 PGA Championship: TV and Streaming Details and Schedule

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THE 2021 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS on Thursday at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Collin Morikawa is the defending champion.

Following are the broadcast and streaming details and schedule. All times Eastern Time.

Tune in on ESPN and CBS TV:

Thursday, May 20
1-7 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, May 21
1-7 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, May 22
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN)
1-7 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, May 23
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN)
1-7 p.m. (CBS)

Stream at ESPN+ and Paramount+:

Thursday, May 20
7 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Featured Groups: All day (ESPN+)
Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18): 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Friday, May 21
7 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Featured Groups: All day (ESPN+)
Featured Holes (16, 17 and 18): 8:15 a.m.-7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, May 22
8-10 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Round 3 CBS TV Coverage: 1-7 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
Featured Groups and Featured Holes (15, 16 and 17): All day (ESPN+)

Sunday, May 23
8-10 a.m. ET (ESPN+)
Round 4 CBS TV Coverage: 1-7 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
Featured Groups and Featured Holes (15, 16 and 17): All day (ESPN+)

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Monday, May 17

PGA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: K.H. Lee Bags First Tour Win at AT&T Byron Nelson

SOUTH KOREAN K.H. LEE got his maiden victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his 80th start on the PGA TOUR. It came after a long weather delay at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

The 29-year-old Lee shot a 66 on a soggy Sunday to finish 25 under, good for a 3-stroke victory over Sam Burns.

"I (didn't) want to look on the leaderboard," Lee said after the long round. "I'm very excited and happy."

In a sense, Lee came out of nowhere. He was 137th in the Official World Golf Ranking coming into the tournament and had only contended once this season at Phoenix.

Now Lee will head to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to play in his first PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday.

Played at TPC Craig Ranch for the first time, the tournament included Dallas native Jordan Spieth back in action after a month off. He finished T9.

Spieth won the Valero Texas Open in April, his first victory since 2017.

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Sunday, May 16

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Tuesday, May 11

6 Little-Known Historical Facts About Torrey Pines Golf Course, Site of the 2021 U.S. Open

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By Julio Sanchez

WITH THE U.S. OPEN RETURNING to Torrey Pines this June, I thought it would be fun to take a deeper look into the little-known history of this Californian golfing gem.

For those of you that may not know, Torrey Pines Golf Course is located in La Jolla, California, in the Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve, a gorgeous coastal setting. The bluffs overlooking the Pacific offer the most stunning ocean views. If you are planning a vacation, this course is definitely worth a visit and the area offers some of the nicest ocean view vacation rentals in California.
It has quite an interesting history and has gone through some changes before becoming the great golf course we know today. Here are some facts you may not know about the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
1. It is named after a rare type of pine tree.
The name Torrey Pines comes from the rare pine trees that grow in the state reserve. In all of North America they can only be found here and on Santa Rosa Island south of Santa Barbara.
The trees are remnants of a prehistoric mountain range that got submerged in the Pacific. The Torrey Pines Reserve is on the south end of the mountain while Santa Barbara is on the north end of the submerged mountain.
2. It was first a military base.
Before the birth of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the area was first a military training center named Camp Gallan. The military camp opened in January 1941 and operated until 1945 when it was declared surplus, less than three months after the Japanese surrendered in August 1945.
During the time the camp was operational the area had become like a small city of 15,000 people with paved streets and nearly 300 buildings.
3. It was also used as a racing track.
After the military base closed, the buildings were sold to the city of San Diego and removed from the site but the streets remained. Races were usually held at Del Mar but a last minute disagreement with the Del Mar organizers left racers without a place to race in, and so, the Torrey Pines Race Course was born in 1951.
In 1955 the city of San Diego decided to build a 36-hole golf course on the site of the track. The last race was held in January 1956.
4. The city credited the wrong architect for its design.
Near the Torrey Pines golf shop, there are a series of plaques that honor the ones responsible for the present day course. One of them honors “William P. Bell Son” as the original architects. But the course was actually designed only by the son, William F. Bell. The father had been dead for four years when the design started.
The misconception comes from the fact that the city of San Diego first signed a contract in 1950 with the “William P. Bell and Son” co-partnership for the design of an 18-hole golf course to be constructed on the city-owned land in the Torrey Pines mesa. Due to a series of delays including his father's death in 1953, William F. Bell didn't manage to receive approval for his final design, which included 36 holes, not 18, until 1955.
Out of respect for his father, Bell didn't change the name of the company so the plaque got the name of the company right but not the one of the actual designer.
5. It was not a very good course initially.
The Bell family was a very popular choice when it came to designing golf courses between the 1920s and the 1950s. William P. Bell had worked on the Bel-Air, Riviera and Los Angeles CC layouts, alongside the legendary George C. Thomas Jr. But, as the father focused on quality, the son instead focused on quantity, mass producing courses efficiently and inexpensively after the death of his father. However, the quality of the courses built by William F. Bell is superior to the ones his father built.
6. It underwent multiple renovations.
The Torrey Pines Golf Course went through a series of renovations to reach its present state. The most recent one was in 2019-2020 when it was prepared for the 2021 U.S. Open.
In 1968 the San Diego Open moved to Torrey Pines and was renamed the Andy Williams San Diego Open. It was ranked among America's Top 100 Most Testing Courses by Golf Digest. But in reality it wasn't -- it was just not in the best shape. When the pros played there it was wet and windy, and its greens were nearly impossible, soaking wet in front, and rock hard on the back edges.
By 1973 the city of San Diego realized the course had to be rebuilt, and the contract went to local designer Billy Casper who had a design partnership with the golf architect David Rainville. It took them four years to redo all 36 holes while keeping the course open to the public.
Most of Rainville's renovation was swept away by the 2001 remodeling of the course by Rees Jones. But there is one contribution that remained untouched: the pond in front of the 18th green.
The Torrey Pines Golf Course surely is a special course with a unique history and I think that everyone is eager to see what this year's U.S. Open will add to the course's collection of memorable events. If it is anything like the previously hosted 2008 U.S. Open, won in dramatic fashion by Tiger Woods, it will most definitely not fail to impress.
Julio Sanchez is the owner of Cardiff Vacations, a luxury vacation rental business in Encinitas, California. 

Monday, May 10

PGA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Rory McIlroy Satisfied to See Work Is Paying Off After Winning Wells Fargo Championship for Third Time

RORY MCILROY SHOT A 68 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish 10 under and win by a stroke. It was his third Wells Fargo victory (2010, 2015 and 2021) and 19th title on the PGA TOUR.

Abraham Ancer (66) finished second.

It was like old times. The Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow, which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, featured large galleries on Sunday that cheered McIlroy to victory. Rory loves playing in Charlotte and winning on Mother's Day was a sweet bonus.

He said, "Ever since I first set eyes on this golf course, I loved it from the first time I played it, and that love has sort of been reciprocated back. I've played so well here over the years."

It had been 553 days since Rory's last tour win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, according to PGATOUR.COM.

He added: "I felt good about my game coming in here, but I wasn't expecting to come and win first week straight out again. It's satisfying to see the work is paying off, but it's just the start. There's so much more I want to achieve and so much more I want to do in the game."

McIlroy will soon have a major chance to build on his success. The PGA Championship begins on May 20 at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, where Rory won his first of two PGA titles in 2012.

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Thursday, May 6

Golf Digest Cover Story and Interview: 'Who Is the Real Patrick Reed?'

PATRICK REED SAT DOWN WITH GOLF DIGEST to answer questions about his image, his critics and more.

When asked if he felt like the media had treated him unfairly, Reed said, "I do. I think a lot has been miscontrued, unwarranted."

As for explaining himself as a player and a man, he told Golf Digest

There are three types of players on tour. The chatty guy who's always smiling and waving because that's how he plays his best. There's the guy who wears emotion on his sleeve, lets everyone know when he’s playing well and throws clubs when he’s not. The third guy has tunnel vision and blocks out everything around him. That's how I’ve tried to be, and this ability to flip the switch and focus is why I've been successful. But it's led to this false narrative that I don't interact with other players.

Wednesday, May 5

MOVIE TRAILER: 'Walking With Herb'; New Film About Golf and Second Chances in Theaters May 7

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The uplifting, new film WALKING WITH HERB takes audiences on an 18-hole rollercoaster ride as one man discovers how the impossible can become possible through faith, family and second chances . . . and with the help of God’s motorcycle-riding messenger. In theaters nationwide on May 7, WALKING WITH HERB will inspire and entertain audiences. 

WALKING WITH HERB features global star Edward James Olmos and comedy legend George Lopez.

"It was one of the best experiences I've ever had working on a film," said Olmos, who plays the lead character, and is an executive producer. "An amazing script and an excellent cast combine for a heart-warming, funny story about golf, belief and second chances."

In addition to Olmos (Academy Award® nominee, Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner, Battlestar Galactica, STAND AND DELIVER) and Lopez (George Lopez show), WALKING WITH HERB stars Kathleen Quinlan (Academy Award® nominee, APOLLO 13).

"This is Edward James Olmos' best performance since STAND AND DELIVER," said Sid Ganis, former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. 

Joe Amable-Amo is a bank executive and former amateur golfer struggling with his faith after an unexpected tragedy. Faced with doubts about himself, his purpose and his belief in God, Joe is stunned when God tells him that he’s been chosen to inspire the world and play in a world championship golf tournament. Guided by God’s eccentric personal messenger, Herb, Joe learns that the seemingly impossible is possible…through faith, family and second chances.

WALKING WITH HERB premieres nationwide May 7. Find tickets at

Produced by Optimism Entertainment and Rio Road Entertainment, WALKING WITH HERB is directed by Ross Kagan Marks and written by Tony® winner and Academy Award® nominee Mark Medoff. 

WALKING WITH HERB is based on the book of the same name by Las Cruces, New Mexico, banker and golfer Joe S. Bullock. It was filmed in Las Cruces.