Category: Colonial


August 14, 2013

End of a tradition: No more caddie races on tour

Posted at 11:58 AM by Scooby Axson

PGA Tour officials are now concerned about caddie races, banning the "event" from the tour because of the safety concerns.

The races were a big hit during tournaments at TPC Scottsdale and the Colonial.

Instead of watching caddies live out their Usain Bolt fantasties, tournament officials will offer an app fans can download so they can guess which golfer will reach the green the fastest on the par-3 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Sounds like seconds of fun.

"We have advised the folks at Colonial and out in Phoenix to discontinue the caddie races. It was a situation where we developed a little concern about caddies' safety," Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's executive vice president and chief of operations, said to the Golf Channel. Running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury. I had caddies come to me in Phoenix and at Colonial saying, ‘This is ridiculous, it's like we are a carnival show.'”

 

May 28, 2012

Final-round highlights from 2012 Colonial

Posted at 9:39 AM by Golf.com

Here are the highlights from Zach Johnson's victory at the Colonial, where Johnson hung on to win by one after a bizarre two-shot penalty on the final hole.

May 23, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Michael Phelps can't wait to play golf

Posted at 12:15 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Michael Phelps is getting ready for his final Olympic games before he hangs up his Speedo, and he already knows what he wants to do after he gets out of the pool. According to ESPN's Rick Reilly, Phelps is going to play a lot of golf.

The Human Fish is ready to try land.

"I want to play all the great (golf) courses," says the 26-year-old Phelps, who is even taking lessons from Hank Haney. "(Bowman) gave me a poster with the 100 greatest courses in the world on it, and every time I play one, I put a little pin in it."

How many pins so far?

"Zero."

Rory's Bobblehead
The U.S. Open is being held in San Francisco next month, and the Giants are planning to honor defending champion Rory McIlroy the only way baseball teams can -- with his very own bobblehead. Have a look ...

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Colonial Guide
There's plenty to do around the Dallas-Fort Worth area if you're in town for the Colonial, and Golf Channel's Win McMurry found a nearby putt-putt course with a unique hazard -- cow poop. (Fast forward to the 3-minute mark.)

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May 25, 2010

Truth and Rumors: Tiger to play Memorial, get some air

Posted at 11:36 AM by Michael Chwasky

Tiger Woods will return to competition next week at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Ohio, according to the Golf Channel. Tiger has evidently recovered somewhat from the neck injury that forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship on May 9th and will be defending the title that brought him a $1,080,000 paycheck in '09.

Air Tiger 
Woods's well-publicized injuries will soon be treated to a breath of fresh air. USA Today reports that Tiger has begun making some major additions to his 12-acre property on Jupiter Island, including a practice golf course, a number of pools and an oxygen therapy room. According to the story, Tiger says he has received oxygen treatment in a hyperbaric chamber before. The practice course, which will be designed by Medalist Golf Inc., will supposedly take up to a year to complete. 

The bottom line: I want a practice course, a bunch of pools and a hyperbaric chamber too. 

Mickelson gets emotional over Colonial
You might remember that Phil pulled out of the '09 Colonial in Fort Worth due to his wife Amy's breast cancer diagnosis. To support Phil, who won the tournament in '08, Colonial officials encouraged both players and fans to wear pink during the third round. Mickelson commented in the Dallas News that the "Pink Out" was "the nicest thing that was ever done for Amy and me," and that his wife was "moved to tears" when she watched the tournament. Mickelson says he will undoubtedly take part in this year's "Pink Out II" to support all women who battle breast cancer, including his own mother. 

"It'll be an emotional return for me. Having won in 2008 and not being able to defend the title, I'm looking forward to coming back and being a part of this year's Pink Out to support not only my wife but all 200,000 women who are diagnosed every year."

The bottom line: Phil's current public persona is diametrically opposed to Tiger's. 

May 30, 2009

What to Watch For: Sunday at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Posted at 8:00 PM by Damon Hack

About the only thing worse than being the best player without a major is being the best player without a PGA Tour victory. Tim Clark is that man, but maybe not for long. The South African leads Colonial by two shots over Steve Stricker, Steve Marino and Jason Day heading into Sunday's final round.

Clark has international wins on his resume and a runner-up finish to Phil Mickelson at the 2006 Masters, but he has six second-place finishes on the PGA Tour. The smallish Clark seems to have the perfect game for Colonial -- he's hit a million greens this week -- and I'm going to be watching his first few holes closely on Sunday to see if he wobbles early or starts quickly.

I'm not a huge fan of the long putter, but Clark has been on with his. After three calm days, though, the wind is expected to blow into Fort Worth on Sunday. Not only will that make club selection dicey, but it could make those short putts a little harder to coax in. Clark's long putter is almost as tall as he is (Clark is 5'7).

I'm also going to be watching 21-year-old Jason Day, one of golf's talented youngsters with a sweet swing. I keep getting Day confused with Sean O'Hair -- they have similar moves -- and like the rest of the New Kids on the Block he crushes the ball. I thought Day might stumble a little Saturday, but I was wrong. He was rock solid.

Day will be in the second-to-last group with Stricker on Sunday, an interesting pairing between an upstart looking for his first win and a veteran looking for his first win in two years. But if Clark keeps pounding those fairways like he has the first three days, he'll be handing off that title of best player without a PGA Tour victory.

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May 29, 2009

What to Watch For: Third round at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Posted at 9:26 PM by Damon Hack

Steve Stricker might be the nicest man on the planet, let alone on the PGA Tour. He's earnest, humble, and a friend to many on tour. (According to the oft-Tweeting Stewart Cink, Stricker was spending Friday evening at the TCU regional baseball game against Wright St. with Cink, Cink's caddie, Frank Williams, and David Toms's caddie, Scott Gneiser).

Stricker is in contention so often that you almost take it for granted, but he has occasionally had trouble closing out wins. I'm going to be watching to see if he can continue to take it deep at Colonial after opening with back-to-back 63s to stand at 14-under 126.

"I have had some opportunities to win," Stricker said. "I'm disappointed I haven't won one or two of them along the way. But I'm happy with the form that I've been doing, the play that I have been showing throughout the year. I would just like to finish one off. I know it's only halfway through."

Stricker will have some big footsteps behind him. Tim Clark (13 under), Vijay Singh (12 under) and Sean O'Hair (11 under) pose the greatest threats.

I'm always curious to see how young Australian Jason Day (10 under) handles being in contention. Colonial is Day's home course (he lives in Fort Worth).

"I feel comfortable out here," he said.

So far, yes. We'll see how he handles weekend golf on the PGA Tour. 

Chad Campbell injures leg, withdraws from Colonial

Posted at 6:24 PM by Damon Hack

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chad Campbell, a runner up in last month's Masters, injured his lower leg Friday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial while hitting a bunker shot on the 17th hole and withdrew from the tournament. He was taken to a nearby hospital for x-rays.

Campbell, who is from Andrews, Texas, and lives near Fort Worth, told a marshall at the hole that he heard "a pop" in his calf after hitting his ball. Campbell then tried to get up and walk, only to fall down. Medics then carted him to the clubhouse, from where he was driven to the hospital.

"We're still waiting on the doctor and the x-rays to come back," said Campbell's mother, Patsy, who accompanied him to the hospital. "We wanted to be cautious."

Campbell's injury comes more than a month after he lost the Masters in a playoff, along with Kenny Perry, to Angel Cabrera. Since then, Campbell has missed two cuts and finished no better than tied for 60th. The injury could jeopardize his appearance at next month's United States Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Campbell was not exempt for the championship in 2002, when Bethpage last hosted the Open.

 

May 28, 2009

What to Watch For: Friday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Posted at 9:25 PM by Damon Hack

Had Greg Norman made the cut at the Masters last month, it would have made for a really nice story. If Ian Baker-Finch makes the cut Friday at Colonial, in his first PGA Tour event in eight years, I think it would make an even better story.

After the 48-year-old CBS commentator opened with a two-under 68 on Thursday (with no sign of the swing demons that drove him from the game) Baker-Finch enters the second round five shots off the lead and tied for 24th.

Baker-Finch was candid about his emotions during the round. He admitted to having had a few negative thoughts, the kind that once led to a loss of confidence and off-the-planet misses. But he was able to beat back any bad vibes and keep his ball in play. Baker-Finch made five birdies and three bogeys.

I'll be watching to see if Baker-Finch, the '89 Colonial champ and '91 British Open champ, can string one more good round together and make it into the weekend. For the record, his 68 tied him with Jim Furyk, Luke Donald and Adam Scott. Not bad company.

I'll also be watching to see if Vijay Singh can keep the momentum from his opening 64, which put him a shot behind Woody Austin, Steve Stricker and Tim Clark. The 46-year-old Singh has been invisible this season. Can his putter remain steady enough to keep him in contention? I think the big Fijian has one more run in him.

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May 27, 2009

What to watch for: First round at Colonial

Posted at 3:40 PM by Damon Hack

My first order of business will be to watch Anthony Kim, who I visited a year ago in Dallas after his breakout win at Quail Hollow. When he followed up with a win at Congressional and stellar play for the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup team, he looked like he was settling in for a dominant run, especially with Tiger Woods on the mend.

The 2009 season, though, has been a downer, except for his record-setting 11 birdie day during the second round of the Masters. Kim has no wins, just one top 10, and he's missed three cuts. Colonial is Kim's last chance to contend in Texas this season (he finished tied for 71st at Valero and missed the cut at the Nelson). I'm expecting a better result this week.

I'm also going to be watching Ian Baker-Finch, the 1991 British Open champion and CBS commentator who has only played sparingly thanks to a mysterious loss of confidence. Baker-Finch, 48, last competed on the PGA Tour in 2001 at Colonial, missing the cut at the site of his first Tour victory in 1989. I remember asking Justin Leonard about Baker-Finch two years ago, and he told me that Ian was still a fine player during practice rounds with pals.

"With Finchy, it’s unfortunate that he couldn’t get it back," Leonard said then of Baker-Finch's confidence. "He’s still a wonderful golfer, but getting it out here inside the ropes, he’s kind of seen too many bad things to recover from.”

It'd be nice to see Baker-Finch bring it inside the ropes this week.

Most importantly, I'll be interested in feeling the vibe around Colonial, which will be without defending champion Phil Mickelson, whose wife, Amy, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The PGA Tour wives will take part in a "Pink Out" on Saturday in which they are asking players and wives to wear pink in support of Amy. Sounds like a wonderful gesture.

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