Category: Darren Clarke

January 26, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Mallon to captain U.S. Solheim team; Rory gets his degree

Posted at 12:12 PM by Mick Rouse

It was announced this morning at the PGA Merchandise Show that Meg Mallon will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2013 as they look to extract revenge on the European side when they meet at Colorado Golf Club. 

Mallon is an 18-time LPGA winner, including four major championships, and played on eight U.S. Solheim Cup teams, sporting a 13-9-7 career record. She served as an assistant captain to the victorious 2009 team and also captained a winning American side at the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup. 

"It's an absolute honor to be selected as the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain," said Mallon. "I've participated in The Solheim Cup on nine occasions and each has been a proud moment for me, but to represent the United States as team captain definitely caps off my career. I look forward to working hard on getting the Cup back in U.S. hands." 

Back to school
Rory McIlroy, the scholar. That’s right, the U.S. Open champ is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. According to the Irish Times, McIlroy will be awarded a Doctor of Science degree for his contribution to golf. 

The university said: “Rory McIlroy has quickly established himself as a major force in international golf as a Major winner and Ryder Cup hero.” 

Compatriots Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke have also been honored by the university in the past. 

Other notables to receive honorary degrees from the University of Ulster this year include Manchester United skipper Sir Alex Ferguson, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody and actor Sir Ian McKellen, among others. 

Golf’s Oprah
Looking to build on a successful first season, Golf Magazine contributing writer David Feherty’s hit talk show, Feherty, will expand to a one hour time slot, beginning February 27. Due to viewer demand, Golf Channel has also ordered more episodes for season two and has pushed the original series back to the 10 p.m. time slot. In a press release, Golf Channel stated:

“We were blown away by the positive reaction our viewers had to this show and their appreciation for the truly heartfelt moments David was able to pull from each interview,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “People know David as funny and a bit irreverent, but they never knew how much emotion would come from this series. The one comment we heard repeatedly from viewers was ‘give us more’ -- so that’s exactly what we plan to do in season two.” 

If you can’t hold out an entire month for your weekly dose of Feherty, don’t fret. Before season two airs, viewers will be treated to a special from the Super Bowl with Feherty performing before a live theatre audience, armed with a slew of guests from the world of sports and entertainment. 

Additionally, Golf Channel will be airing bonus footage shot for two of the most popular Feherty episodes, including never-before-seen interviews with Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. The episodes will be re-aired in a one-hour format on February 13 and 20, respectively. 

Speed golf
Ben Crane isn’t the only one pumping out viral videos; rally driver and drifting champion Rhys Millen has teamed up with Hyundai to bring the largely underground world of Formula D to the golf course. Millen, who will race the 500bhp Hyundai Veloster in the US Rallycross championship, shows just how fast he really is, terrorizing the Purangi Golf & Country Club in New Zealand with his turbocharged golf cart. 


PGA Tour, take notice. We just solved your pace of play problem.

Tweet of the Day

January 19, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Darren Clarke gives up alcohol to focus on 2012 season

Posted at 12:53 PM by Jeff Ritter

Darren Clarke has never been known to turn down a pint. But now Ryan Ballengee at Golf Talk Central reports that 2011 British Open champion has given up alcohol in an effort to back up is 2011 British Open title with a strong season in 2012.

“My golf career has been extended somewhat by winning the Open Championship, and I just thought that enough is enough, and it was time to get myself into better shape,” Clarke wrote on his blog this week.

Clarke has hired Belfast-based trainer Jonny Bloomfield to get him back into shape. Bloomfield came at the recommendation of Lee Westwood’s trainer, Steve MacGregor.

The Ulsterman has shelved the Guinness with the hope of a great 2012 season, which begins this week in South Africa at the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt.

“Therefore, my alcohol consumption is taking a massive dint...currently down to zero! However, no pain, no gain, and I'm very excited about the route that we're going down - it's a long road, but I will give it my best shot,” he wrote.

Can this New Year's resolution possibly last? Stay tuned.

Kim ready to think less, play better in 2012
One of the more intriguing debuts this week at the Humana Challenge is that of 26-year-old Anthony Kim, who is coming off a disappointing season and is currently ranked 84th in the world. Kim told the press that a late-season surge in 2011 was driven not by mechanics but by a clear head, which he hopes to carry into 2012.

Q. You talked about what a difficult year last year was, was there a particular turning point and also anybody that helped you a lot in the learning process?
After Deutsche Bank, golf was so frustrating I didn't know where the ball was going. And I didn't know whether to go grind and practice or whether to take time off or whether to just put it away until the Humana tournament came around in Palm Springs and take three months off.

So I took a month off, I started practicing the day before I left for Asia, practiced in L.A. for one day, got on a plane, went to Korea, hit the ball as good as I've hit it all year.

And then went and played in China at the Shanghai Masters, and my game held up. I didn't know what to expect, but my game held up.

And I took a week off in Bali and didn't touch a club again, just kind of vacationed there and tried to think about what I could do to get better. And I realized that if I just let it go, my natural ability will take over and I'll be able to get the ball in the hole. That's what I'm good at. I need to just let it go, be free, and that's how I play my best golf. Some people need to think more, some people say I need to chip better, I need do this. I just need to let it go and be free. So that's what I'm going to be doing this year and hopefully it will work out and hopeful three will start this week.

Trick-Shot Video of the Day
Real of fake? You be the judge.

Tweet of the Day

December 21, 2011

The Top 20 Quotes of the 2011 Golf Season

Posted at 12:38 PM by Mike Walker

Listed in roughly chronological order...

Tiger-woods-spitting1. "It's disgusting what he's just done there. You look at his work ethic, and he's a credit to the game and an inspiration to all of us who are trying to be professional golfers, but some parts of him are arrogant and petulant. Somebody has to come on the green and maybe putt over his spit — it doesn't get much lower than that.” --Sky Sports commentator Ewen Murray after Tiger Woods was shown spitting on the green at the Dubai Desert Classic. Woods was later fined by the European Tour and apologized for the incident.


Barack-obama-quotes-of-the-year32. "I'm glad he's out playing golf. I happen to be a golfer. I think presidents deserve down time. And believe me, he is in constant communication with what's going on." --Former Vice President Dan Quayle, on criticism of President Obama for playing golf




Ernie-els-tiger-woods-quotes-of-the-year23. “Tiger was the dominant player. He won 14 majors. Think about it, 14 majors, in such a short period of time. Who is ever going to do that again? Who knows? That is pretty dominating. So for us, myself, Phil, Vijay, Davis, Fred Couples, guys like that to have played under a guy who was that good, we took a beating, not only from him, but from you guys, too. It's been a tough -- it was a tough 10, 12 years for us.” --Ernie Els at the WGC-Cadillac Championship


Ryo-ishikawa-quotes-of-the-year24. “As my social status in Japan is getting higher, I believe that is one of the responsibilities, to provide for those people who are in need." --Ryo Ishikawa, on his decision to donate all of his 2011 earnings to earthquake relief in Japan


Jack25. "I’ve gone back and putted that putt a hundred times since. … [and] it’s never broken left again." --Jack Nicklaus at the 2011 Masters on his birdie putt on 17 at the 1986 Masters 



Rory6. “I hate that word. It's just a terrible word. It's not something you want to be associated with -- worst thing you can be called in golf, apart from ‘cheat.’” --Rory McIlroy, on the c-word –- “choke” -- after his final-round meltdown at the 2011 Masters 


Nantz7. “I still can’t believe, with just 45 minutes left in that broadcast, how many people could have conceivably won it. It was so exhilarating because that’s what you want—to have the chance to keep people on the edges of their seats. I can’t tell you how many e-mails I got from people saying, ‘I couldn’t even go to the bathroom. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to miss anything.’ ” --Jim Nantz, on Sunday at the 2011 Masters


Kaymer8. "You could see it a couple of weeks ago at The Masters. Tiger was playing fantastic the first nine on Sunday but there wasn't really somebody who was scared of him any more.” --Martin Kaymer after the 2011 Masters



Na29. “How are we going to count all the shots? I can’t keep track.” --Kevin Na, on his way to a 16 at the Valero Texas Open





Fowler210. "Our hat policy is the same as Augusta’s. Turn your hat around.’” --Quail Hollow member to Rickie Fowler



Rory-US11. "His swing is definitely better than mine was at the same age. But in '99 my swing came together, and I had a pretty good next two years." --Tiger Woods, on Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open win


Clarke12. “I can't f***ing hit it. I'm f***ing useless.” --Darren Clarke, on the putting green the week before winning the British Open




Stevie13. "I've caddied for 33 years, won 145 times and this is the most satisfying win of my career." --Caddie Steve Williams after Adam Scott won the Bridgestone invitational



Bones214. “I don’t have any.” --Phil Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay after being asked how many wins he has



Utopia215. "I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again." --Roger Ebert, on the golf movie Seven Days in Utopia


Donald16. "I don't recall ever saying the Tiger era is over." --Luke Donald after The Daily Express published a story with the headline, "Luke Donald: The Tiger Woods Era is 'Over' "



Phil17. "If it were going to be banned, it should have happened 20-plus years ago. But now that it's been legal, I don't think you can make it retroactive." --Phil Mickelson, on belly putters






Miller18. "Almost every guy who finished at the top of the leaderboard was in the top five in greens hit and ball-striking. To me, that's the ultimate.That's pure golf, not a bunch of scrambling crap." --Johnny Miller’s defense of the Cog Hill redesign after criticism from Phil Mickelson and others


Disney19. “I feel like even if I went to HSBC and won, they’d find another event to add.” --Luke Donald, on learning that the PGA Tour decided to include the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai in the Player of the Year vote after Donald won the money title

Jack320. “No. I make sure I remain totally illiterate in that state." --Jack Nicklaus after being asked if he tweets




All photos from the Associated Press, except for Johnny Miller (Getty Images)


December 13, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Luke makes history, bad golf pants and Paula's stylin' hat

Posted at 12:40 PM by David Dusek

Priase for Donald
When Luke Donald locked up the European Tour's money title on the heels of winning the PGA Tour's money title a few weeks ago, congratulatory notes poured in from all over the world.








Never forgetting where they came from
If you win a major championship, it's likely you won't need to clip coupons again, but pros still love getting free stuff. Even little things make them happy. 



Bad pants never die ...
These days, you need to be careful when critiquing others, because any skeletons in your closet will surely come out.







In more fashion news, Paul Creamer was presented with a hat last week.



November 28, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Michelle Wie's pie, Ian Poulter's cut and Darren Clarke's loafers

Posted at 2:27 PM by David Dusek

Thanksgiving Tweets
Plenty of golfers gave thanks via Twitter for their blessings on Thursday. Here are three of the most unique messages.





The Prince's New Clothes
Chubby Chandler (@chubby6665) is Darren Clarke's (@DarrenClarke60) agent and close friend. Why he chose to take a photo of Clarke, whose nickname is The Prince, we don't know, but Christina Kim (@TheCristinaKim) seemed to like it.



Johnson fishes big too
Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) is known for being one of the biggest hitters in golf. Looks like he's a big hitter on the high seas too. 


Ian's injury
Luckily for Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter), his sunglasses will probably hide his shaving mishap. 

Major opportunity
When it's off-season for golfers, they tend to hit the slopes or the beaches, but when tennis star Andy Roddick's season is over, he heads to the course. A very nice course.  


September 19, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Cink gets a Heisman, Poulter's fish and Rory's swing in the buff

Posted at 1:27 PM by David Dusek

Golf's original king of Twitter, Stewart Cink (@stewartcink), did not qualify for last week's BMW Championship, but he still picked up a trophy.

Cink Heisman

Cink also enjoyed a night out on the town with his wife, Lisa (@lisacink), who clearly wasn't going miss a bite of her dinner.

StewartCinkSaladTweet Cink Salad

Luke is no fan of the Golden Dome...
Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) did compete in the BMW Championship, but the Chicago resident was not too pleased when he learned that because NBC planned to show a football game Saturday afternoon, he'd have an early-morning tee time.


... and his wife is no fan of the peacock.
His wife, Diane (@DianeDonald), also took exception to NBC's decision to cut away from the action in order to show the start of Notre Dame's football game against Michigan State.


Welcome to flying commercial
Fans assume that rich tour pros all fly on private planes, but plenty of golfers use commercial airlines. And that means headaches like the one Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) had to deal with last week.


Team bonding
Darren Clarke (@Theprincedc) enjoyed a big seafood dinner with his Vivendi Seve Trophy teammates last week, including his pal Ian Poulter (@ianjamespoulter). While the 2011 British Open champ couldn't help mentioning that Poulter soiled his shirt, Poulter was more fixated on the tasty looking chow.



She hopes it's spam
Before she arrived in Alabama for last week's Navistar LPGA Classic, Paige Mackenzie (@Paige_Mackenzie) got a disturbing message.


All in a day's work for Rory
Computers, high-speed cameras and other gizmos can help today's pros break down their swings in ways that would make Buck Rogers jealous. Last week, when he wasn't battling with Lee Westwood on Twitter, Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) got hooked up to the machines and shared a photo of the experience with his followers. Craig Connelly (@theweeman77), Paul Casey's caddie who is known on tour as Wee Man, couldn't help needling the U.S. Open champ.




September 13, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Luke Donald says Tiger Era is over

Posted at 1:00 PM by Michael Chwasky

It's official -- the Tiger Woods era is over, at least according to the world's current no. 1 player Luke Donald. It's hard to blame the English star for saying so as his fortunes and Tiger's have gone in opposite directions as of late. And while he's clearly not completely unsympathetic to El Tigre's problems, Donald didn't pull any punches with his assertion that the new breed of young players on the world scene are pushing the former World No. 1 out of the picture. Here's what Donald told the UK's Daily Express:

"When you get that combination of injury plus the scandal that went on, mentally that's quite scarring. It's a lot to take, even for someone with one of the strongest minds in golf. It's a confidence thing. Even though Tiger's only 35, there are a lot of young guys coming up now
-- Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley and a bunch of others. I tend to think a new era is upon us. The Tiger era is over".

Pretty strong words from a guy who has won three times on the PGA Tour, with no majors or significant wins besides this year's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Though the Tiger era very well could be over, it doesn't mean he won't be back in contention in the majors in 2012. I guess all of us, including Luke Donald, will have to wait and see. 

Clarke, Westwood headline Seve Trophy

In case you didn't know, Great Britain and Ireland are fighting it out with Continental Europe this week for bragging rights and the Vivendi Seve Trophy. A bit like a mini Ryder Cup, the Seve Trophy will be contested this year at Saint-Nom-la-Breteche Golf Club just outside of Paris, and captains Paul McGinley and Jean Van de Velde will lead their respective teams. While European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal is set to talk about his good friend Seve Ballesteros's legacy at a dinner Tuesday evening, GB&I captain McGinley has made it clear his side is taking the competition seriously, which is why he's counting on world No. 2 Lee Westwood and British Open champion Darren Clarke to get the job done.

"Lee and Darren are my lead pair, the aces in my pack, and they'll be first out and together. I feel it's important to lead with your top pairing. I'll show Darren, Lee and Ian Poulter plenty of respect given their experience in the Ryder Cup and will look to share ideas with them.

Some of the other players involved in the event for the GB&I team are Ross Fisher, Robert Rock, Ian Poulter and Simon Dyson. Notable Continental players include Anders Hansen, Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Manassero, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Francesco Molinari. The Seve Trophy begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Tweet of the Day: 


September 07, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Ex-Tiger mistress Uchitel to sue New York Post

Posted at 12:46 PM by Jeff Ritter

Of all the waitresses, club hostesses, party girls and porn stars who emerged into the spotlight during Tiger Woods's sex scandal, Rachel Uchitel is the one figure who's extending her 15 minutes of fame. Uchitel actually first came into the public eye in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, when her fiance was killed at the World Trade Center. ABC News reports that Uchitel is preparing to sue the The New York Post over the tabloid's recent interview with Uchitel about the 9/11 tragedy.

Rachel Uchitel isn't "almost happy" about how 9/11 killed her fiance.

The former night club hostess and Tiger Woods mistress is fuming about a story put out by the New York Post's Page Six Magazine that quotes her as saying she's "almost happy" her relationship with investment banker James Andrew O'Grady ended on 9/11 when O'Grady died in the World Trade Center attacks. She first made headlines in the days after 9/11, when the New York Post published a photo of her in front of Bellevue Hospital grieving for her fiance.

"I believe Andy was meant to die because he was too good," the magazine quoted Uchitel, 36, as saying. "I'm almost happy it ended the way it did because I've learned so many lessons from him. It would have been tragic if we got into fights and then divorced."

Uchitel's publicist told that the ex-VIP hostess was misquoted and plans to sue.

"They took Rachel's comments from another article wholly and completely out of context," Uchitel's publicist said in an email. "Rachel is demanding an apology and a retraction. She is seeking legal counsel to protect her rights and to make sure this does not happen again."

Asked to respond, a representative for the Post told, "We stand by our story."

Clarke cursed his putting stroke right before Open win
Next week, Darren Clarke will tee it up for the Britain and Ireland team in the Vivendi Seve Trophy, and the Irish Golf Desk blog has a hilarious story from Clarke's coach, Pete Cowen, who found his pupil completely out of sorts just days before this year's Open Championship, which Clarke went on to win.

The Ulsterman was certainly living up to his 'Prince of Darkness' nickname when Cowen caught up with him on the range at Sandwich:

"Darren walked up to me Tuesday morning at the Open, down the range near the Mizuno truck.

"And I said: 'Alright, Darren?'

'No, I'm f***ing not. I cant f***ing hit it. I'm f***ing useless. I've got no pressure on it, no flight, the f***ing spin is out of control, I'm hitting about that far behind it, I'm narrow on the downswing and I can't f***ing putt.'

'Oh. Okay. What are we going to do about that?'

'We'd better f***ing sort it, f***ing right out.'

"So two hours later he's hitting it great and turns around and says to me: 'I still can't f***ing putt!'

"I wish I'd had that tape recorder so I could play it back to him on the Sunday night [after winning] and say, 'Who's this guy?'”

J.B. Holmes recovering from successful brain surgery
Good news on J.B. Holmes, who is expected to be released from the hospital this week following brain surgery.

American J.B. Holmes had successful brain surgery last week and plans to return to the PGA Tour next year, his manager said Tuesday.

Holmes was diagnosed with Chiari malformations, structural defects in the part of the brain which controls balance, and had surgery at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital on September 1.

"The surgery was performed by Dr. George Jallo ... and he reports that J.B. did extremely well and his team of doctors is very happy with the results," Holmes's manager Terry Reilly said in a statement.

"J.B. is still recuperating in Baltimore. He will head home to Orlando, Florida, Thursday, where he expects to make a full recovery through rehab over the next few months. He looks forward to returning to the Tour in 2012."

For a mere $170,000,001 Doral Resort can be yours
After foreclosing earlier this year, Doral Resort will have a new owner. A group has agreed to pay $170 million, but Bloomberg reports that the property will be placed on the auction block to see if a higher bidder emerges.

The Doral golf resort's owner agreed to sell the Miami property for $170 million as part of a restructuring of a group of luxury resorts.

A joint venture that includes hedge fund Paulson & Co. took control of eight resort properties including the Doral through a foreclosure earlier this year. The Doral, which was put into bankruptcy, was then put up for sale.

The $170 million bid is subject to higher offers at an auction, according to a Sept. 2 court filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. Edward Sassower, a lawyer for the resorts, didn't return a phone call seeking information about the identity of the buyer.

Personally, I just want it to continue to host its annual PGA Tour stop -- it's a great event, and that place has history.

Tweet of the Day

From CBS Sports's Steve Elling:


September 06, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Luke's new look, Elk's cartoons and Mackenzie's reading list

Posted at 2:12 PM by David Dusek

Back from Labor Day vacation, it's's "Tweets of the Week" with a special Tuesday edition.

Luke's new look
It appears that No. 1 player in the world Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) is still recovering from his recent appearance on David Feherty's talk show. Last week he switched his Twitter photo to a Van Gogh-inspired image.


Scenic Wood
Last week's European Tour event took place in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Englishman Chris Wood (@Chris3Wood) couldn't resist pointing out that the scenery was spectacular.



Devil in the details?
The PGA Tour announced on Friday that it had reached new deals with NBC, CBS and the Golf Channel to continue golf coverage on the networks. However, several specific details about the deals were not released, prompting's Mike Walker (@michaelwalkerjr) to wonder why?


Sisters in swing
Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) won the LPGA Tour's Canadian Open while her friend, Stacy Lewis, came in second. In the days that followed, Lincicome was excited to see both featured in a Titleist ad.



Trend follower
Phil Mickelson switched to a belly putter last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, prompting his pal Darren Clarke (@Theprincedc) to send a note to his followers.

Elk's advice for Freddie?
Fred Couples recently announced that he will use one of his two Presidents Cup captain's picks to get Tiger Woods on the team. Steve Elkington (@elkpga), with the help of the folks at, has some humorous advice about who might be a solid second pick.


Required reading?
It's back to school time, and that means hitting the books, but Paige Mackenzie (@Paige_Mackenzie) has a question about one book's inclusion on the list?



August 22, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Feherty's jokes, Clarke's buzz and Poulter's new shoes

Posted at 11:37 AM by David Dusek

Luke laughs at himself
Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) hosted a charity event in Evanston, Ill., benefiting the First Tee Foundation last week. The world's No. 1 ranked player answered questions and chatted on stage with Jack Nicklaus and David Feherty (@Fehertwit). Afterward, the Englishman shared the line of the night.


Feherty's Solheim Cup advice
Continuing on the Feherty front, Rosie Jones announced the members of the United States Solheim Cup team on Sunday evening. But before she did, the CBS Golf analyst and GOLF Magazine contributor wanted to be sure she didn't make a mistake with one of her captain's picks.


Steve Elkington compares today and yesterday
PGA Tour veteran Steve Elkington (@elkpga) spent time last week contrasting how things on Tour have changed ... and taking a not-so-subtle jab at Tiger Woods.




No such thing as free time for Tiger
Since he missed the cut at the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) had some open time in his day-planner. Of course, it didn't stay open for long.

Clarke doesn't catch fish, but catches a buzz
Instead of shooting motion capture images for a video game after missing the cut at the PGA Championship, Darren Clarke (@Theprincedc) went on a fishing trip. The salmon weren't biting, but the winner of the 2011 Open Championship found a way to cheer himself up.




A shine for shoes
Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) was excited last week about a very special delivery.


Subscribe To Blog Headlines

Press Tent Archives

To view posts from a particular day,
simply select the date below.

December 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

<< Previous Months