Category: Doral


March 14, 2013

Ivanka Trump stalker posed as reporter at Doral

Posted at 10:20 AM by Mike Walker

Trump_200Homeless stalker or golf journalist? Sometimes it's so hard to tell.

John Enabnit was arrested after being kicked out of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral for using a forged press pass. Police later realized that Enabit, a New Yorker, was prohibited from the grounds of the resort for allegedly stalking Ivanka Trump. Ivanka's father, Donald Trump, owns the Doral resort in Miami and both Trumps attended the golf tournament. The New York Post has the details:

Ivanka Trump’s homeless stalker traveled to Florida and conned his way into the VIP area of the famed “Blue Monster” golf course by pretending to be a reporter, cops said.

John Enabnit — who was busted in New York last month for allegedly stalking the Trump heiress — was picked up more than 1,000 miles away at her family’s Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa after he was kicked out of a golf tournament Saturday while wearing a forged press pass.

Enabnit, 32, told cops he was dead-set on making Trump see his point of view.

“He said he was in love with her and he was going to continue to do this so they can work it out. Once she talks to him, she will see it his way [and fall in love with him],” said Doral Police Chief Richard Blom.

According to police, Enabit is being held at the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center and could face felony criminal contempt charges in New York.

Enabnit was arrested last month for stalking and harassment after crashing Ivanka’s perfume launch.

“You’re going to need an order of protection against me!” he screamed as he was hauled away.

Photo: Ivanka Trump and Tiger Woods at Doral on Sunday (Getty Images).

March 08, 2013

Rory McIlroy playing his way out of slump at Doral

Posted at 7:21 PM by Cameron Morfit

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DORAL, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy spotted his mother, Rosie, on the back nine of his second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday, and was in such a good mood he decided to poke some fun at himself.

"I'm in red numbers!" he said, as if he were shooting under par for the first time.

In fact he was: McIlroy's second-round 69, which left him at 2 under for the tournament, 11 strokes behind playing partner Tiger Woods, was the young Irishman's first under-par score of 2013. That's hard to believe considering McIlroy, 23, is the number one player in the world, but he's had a rough start to the year, consisting of a missed cut, a first-round loss at the Match Play, and a WD at the Honda Classic last week.

Friday was different: One day after he hit only three of 14 fairways in round one, leading to a 1-over 73, McIlroy -- buoyed by a late range session after the round -- hit eight of 14 fairways in round two.

"I had a couple three-putts," McIlroy said, "but that's not what I'm focused on right now. It's about the ball-striking, and that part is getting there."

(Related Photos: Rory McIlroy Life in Pictures)

McIlroy took only 28 putts Friday but three-putted the fourth and 18th greens. Even that final hiccup, on his last hole, couldn't sour his mood after the round. Asked if he worried about jinxing himself by noting his under-par status mid-round, he joked that since he was 3 under he figured he was probably safe.

"Rory played all right today," Woods said. "He made some nice swings and holed a few putts. Certainly he's trying to work his way through making some changes in his swing. It's not easy, especially at this level on difficult courses. It's tough. But he's put in some time this past weekend, this past week, and you know, from what I can see, it certainly is improving. He still has got a lot of time until Augusta, so he's on the right track."

"I'm pleased with today," McIlroy said. 

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

March 07, 2013

Video: Watch Phil Mickelson make birdie from cart path

Posted at 8:29 PM by Mike Walker

Don't try this at home.

Phil Mickelson displayed his short-game wizardry on the par-4 17th hole of the Doral Blue Monster course the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday. After hitting his drive way right, Mickelson had about a 50-yard wedge shot from the cart path.

See how he played it (video from PGATour.com):

Then hear how he did it, in Mickelson's own words:

Phil Mickelson checks out changes to 14th green at Augusta National

Posted at 9:14 AM by Mike Walker

Mickelson_augusta_2012_300Phil Mickelson and his pal and Ryder Cup partner Keegan Bradley snuck up to Augusta National on Tuesday for a pre-Masters practice round, and Mickelson came back to Doral on Wednesday with a full report on the new changes to the 14th green at Augusta.

Q. Can I ask you about the 14th green at Augusta, you played yesterday; what is the change there?

PHIL MICKELSON: You honestly wouldn't even notice it, if you had not had years of knowing that green. But the difference is the pin position that I've holed out in 2010 in that little low section to the left, behind it, there's a backstop now whereas before, it would take the ball directly to the right behind the hole 12 feet. Now, it's pitched a little bit more back where it will bring it back to the hole. Which means that it's very possible that you might see more hole‑outs to that pin position. If you go long, though, I don't think you can get it close, because of the pitch from back to front now is more severe on those last four feet.

Mickelson won the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010, but on Wednesday he sounded like he was going to have his hands full with Doral's Blue Monster this week. The rough on the course, Mickelson said, is thicker than he's ever seen here.

Q. How's your game, how are you feeling about Doral here?

PHIL MICKELSON: I'm a little unsure how it's going to go. I've had two weeks off. The first week I didn't touch a club and this last week I've been practicing pretty hard. And I've had some good rounds and I'm optimistic but just never know until you get in competition, and today at Doral, this is playing as tough as I've seen this golf course play. The rough is thicker and denser than I've seen, and longer, and it's going to have a premium on getting the ball in the fairway. In years past, we would get flyer lies out of the rough where you could advance it to the green but it would be difficult to get on the green, and now, it's thicker than it has been to where you can't always advance it down to the green.

Q. Almost like the U.S. Open?

PHIL MICKELSON: I wouldn't go that far. I wouldn't say it's that thick, but it's certainly tougher than we've had in years past.

Photo: Phil Mickelson at the 2012 Masters Tournament (Getty Images).

Tiger Woods: Nothing prepares you for pressure of No. 1 ranking

Posted at 9:03 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_doral_300When Rory McIlroy talked Wednesday about the pressures of being the World No. 1, Tiger Woods understood. Woods first became the No. 1 player in the world on June 15, 1997. He traded the ranking back and forth with Greg Norman, Ernie Els and David Duval for the next couple years. Then, on Aug. 15, 1999, Woods began a run of 264 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Asked about McIlroy's admission that he was putting a lot of pressure on himself, Woods said that he had to adjust to the pressures of being the world's top player.

Q. If you can go all the way back to when you first ascended to No. 1 Rory talked about the pressure he put on himself to try to back it up and how he found that essentially that resulted in what happened to a degree on Friday. What's the pressure on a newly‑crowned No. 1, what prepares you for that?

TIGER WOODS: Nothing. Nothing prepares you for that. It's just one of those things wherefore me, it happened at 21 years old and I was pretty young, just fresh out of college the year before. And it happened very quickly for me. I won some tournaments, won the Masters, had a pretty good season in'97. For me, it wasn't necessarily the pressure of being No. 1. It was more the scheduling. I had never played that much golf, playing around the world. We have our seasons in college, but we were only playing 12 events during an entire school year. Out here, we are playing 20‑plus events. That was a big, big change for me to be able to play that many tournaments. It didn't take me for‑‑ but probably until '99 that I may an adjustment on scheduling and finally got it right and had some pretty good years after that.

Q. When you got to No. 1 at such a young age, how long did it take for to you realize that everything that you were saying and doing was under an intense spotlight and how long did it take you to stop reading [what was written about you]?

TIGER WOODS: It wasn't when I was No. 1. It happened the first week I turned pro. That was‑‑ that week in Milwaukee was pretty hectic. The weeks subsequent, following that, they weren't exactly easy, because I was are trying to get my card at the time, too, and dealing with a whole new life. You know, I wasn't in college at the same time‑‑ well, could have been playing college golf; I'm playing professional golf and trying to get my card and dealing with a lot of things I've never dealt with before. So that part, when I was No. 1, even after winning the Masters, I think that when I first turned pro in '96 was a little bit more difficult.

Woods also said that he hadn't paid much attention to the hubbub surrounding McIlroy walking off mid-round at the Honda Classic last week, but that he suspected that the media gave it to McIlroy "pretty good."

Q. Following up on Rory, answered every question this morning from the media and took full responsibility and apologized; do you think that the scrutiny was too harsh on him for the reasons that he pulled out last week?

TIGER WOODS: I don't know. I really haven't read much. I've seen a couple things on the ticker, but I've been watching other sporting events. I know he's gotten a little bit, but to the extent that you're saying, I don't know how much. I'm sure that most of you guys have taken it to him pretty good.

Woods had his own mid-round withdrawal at Doral last year when he felt tightness in his left Achilles. On Wednesday, Woods said he feels healthy and he doesn't have to worry about my Achilles or my knee anymore."

Q. When you had to leave last year, was there any fear at the time, here we go again with the injury, were you scared?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it was a point that if I kept going, then, yeah, I could have pushed it to that point, just like when I came back and tried to play the Players. So I learned my lesson from the Players and I didn't do it, and consequently I was able to go on and win the next tournament I played in, which was Bay Hill.

Q. Have there been any issues since, or is it something that you have to keep in the back of your mind?

TIGER WOODS: No, I'm actually able to do everything. I don't have to worry about my Achilles or my knee anymore. I can now actually train instead of rehab. I've made some pretty significant gains in my strength, and it feels nice to be able to, as I said, be able to train and not go out there and do the little bitty knickknack rehab things.

Q. How much difference has that made in your game?

TIGER WOODS: That's one reason why I'm hitting it further. I have my legs underneath me and that's where our power is. It's nice to be able to have that and I'm moving the ball out there to where ‑‑ that I know I can again, which is nice.

Photo: Tiger Woods during a practice round at Doral on Wednesday (Getty Images).

 

March 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Caddie goes nuts over Casey's ace at Doral

Posted at 1:35 PM by Mick Rouse

In his first event of the season following a snowboarding accident, Paul Casey highlighted his final round at Doral with a hole in one on the par-3 15th, prompting his caddie to believe that he had won the Cadillac on display and doing his best Peter Griffin impersonation

 

Unfortunately, the Cadillac was on display for the 13th hole, not No. 15, and Casey’s caddie’s downturn from complete elation to total disappointment might be one of the saddest things I have seen since the Big East Championship game. 

Sergio's 12

Even professional golfers are prone to an on-course meltdown every now and then (see Kevin Na, Gary McCord, John Daly) and Sergio Garcia is no exception, racking up a 12 on the par-4 3rd. 

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Following his round, Garcia could only muster this gem, according to the Belfast Telegraph:

"I don't have the energy today, sorry guys."

What's worse? TaylorMade didn't even get the right number on Sergio's new hat.

Rick Reilly vs. Norm Macdonald: A Twitter throwdown 

During the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, comedian and Saturday Night Live-alum Norm Macdonald live-tweeted all the action from Doral for his 356,000 plus followers. One of those followers just so happens to be Rick Reilly and he was not a fan of Macdonald’s commentary. Thankfully, Deadspin documented the entire tirade for all our entertainment: 

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Norm's timeline begins to be flooded with Reilly attacks.  Norm then retweets a Reilly "joke."

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Norm then puts it into full troll mode. He starts retweeting users wondering aloud if Reilly is a racist, among other things.

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And perhaps worst of all, for a writer of words and "comedy," Norm goes in for the kill.

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Australian golfers offer support to Lyle 

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of leukemia prior to the birth of his first child, Lusi Joy. Set to begin chemotherapy treatments Monday, Lyle, who spent nine months in the hospital with acute myeloid leukemia as a 17-year-old prior to becoming a PGA Tour professional, has the support of his peers, according to Ben Everill and Melissa Woods of the Sydney Morning Herald

Close friend and fellow Australian golfer Robert Allenby, who befriended Lyle during his first stint with cancer, was shocked. 

"It's a complete tragedy," Allenby said. 

"But I told him he has beaten it before and he can beat it again. 

"He has a big fight on his hands but he has the motivation of being the father and husband he wants to be which will give him strength. 

"My heart goes out to him and his family and we all need to get behind him and support him." 

2011 Australian Open winner Greg Chalmers also gave his support to Lyle in a statement: 

"All Jarrod needs to know is everyone over here on this side of the world are thinking about him and wishing him well.” 

Backing Allenby and Chalmer’s sentiments, Adam Scott voiced his own support to his fellow countryman: 

"My thoughts go out to Jarrod and his family. He is a tough bloke and I wish him all the best in his fight. We all do." 

Lyle matched his best finish on the PGA Tour three weeks ago at Riviera, where he missed a playoff by two shots and tied for fourth.

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Videos from Round 4 at WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 11:37 AM by Golf.com

Here are the highlights from the final round at Doral, where Justin Rose fended off Bubba Watson by one shot.

Paul Casey recorded an ace on the par-3 15th...and his caddie thought it was good for a free car. He was wrong.

March 11, 2012

Tiger Woods withdraws from Doral with Achilles' tendon injury

Posted at 5:04 PM by Golf.com

Tiger-woods-injury-cart-cadillac_350Tiger Woods withdrew on the 12th hole of his final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship with an injury to his left Achilles tendon.

Woods was taken off the course in a golf cart and was seen limping from the cart to his car in the players' parking lot. Overhead cameras showed course attendants delivering ice packs to Woods through his car's driver-side window before the car left the premises. As he drove out of the parking lot, Woods told a press officer that it was an injury to his left leg.

Glenn Greenspan, a representative of Woods, later issued this statement on his behalf.

"I felt tightness in my left Achilles when I was warming up this morning, and it got progressively worse throughout the day. After hitting the tee shot at 12, I decided to withdraw. In the past I might've decided to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary."

Woods, who is currently scheduled to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks and the Masters in the first week of April, said he would get the "Achilles evaluated sometime early next week."

Woods has suffered several injuries to his left leg through the years, most recently at the 2011 Masters, when he hurt his knee and Achilles' tendon. That injury forced Woods to withdraw from the Players Championship in May, and he missed several months and two majors while rehabbing.

He has had a total of four surgeries on his left knee, the most recent occurring after the 2008 U.S. Open, which he won while playing with a torn ACL and two fractures in his lower leg.

Sunday's withdrawal came after a 321-yard drive into the rough on the 12th hole at Doral. He attempted to hit a cut, and he was clearly grimacing. He then turned to his playing partner Webb Simpson and said, "I'm done."

Woods has not won a major title since that 2008 U.S. Open, and his last full-field victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2009 BMW Championship. Two months later, news of his sex scandal hit the press.

Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP

March 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Man arrested for smuggling 40,000 fake Viagras in golf bag

Posted at 2:01 PM by Mick Rouse

Kil Jun Lee, a 71-year-old former Korean law enforcement officer who now lives in Los Angeles was arrested for trying to smuggle nearly 40,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills worth $700,000 in his golf bag. 

Lee's arrest comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at LAX discovered more than $700,000 worth of phony erectile dysfunction pills in his luggage when he returned from a trip to Korea Feb. 25. Specifically, the criminal complaint states that Lee's luggage contained 29,827 counterfeit Viagra tablets, 8,993 counterfeit Cialis pills and 793 phony Levitra tablets, all concealed in aluminum foil wrapped packets.

According to the complaint, when HSI agents at LAX questioned Lee about whether the medication was for his personal use, he said if he used all of the pills it would kill him because he had a heart condition. 

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Call me crazy, but I think 40,000 fake Viagra’s would kill you, regardless of any prior heart conditions. Maybe we should run a Facebook contest: How many fake Viagras can you fit in your golf bag? Winner gets the new Callaway RAZR Fit driver sitting at my desk? Please feel free to make your own jokes in the comments below. 

I want to mini golf all night… 

If you’re looking for a killer golf deal, look no further than the KISS by Monster Mini Golf on the Las Vegas strip, set to open next Thursday. For $14.95, you not only get a round of 18 on the unique, rock ‘n’ roll-themed mini golf course, but you’ll have the chance to rub shoulders with the band, who will be in attendance for the grand opening. 

"Our challenge is to continue to find ways to weave KISS into the very fabric of Americana," said Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. "We'll be there to celebrate the first-ever KISS By Monster Mini Golf grand opening in Las Vegas. This is miniature golf KISS style and another part of our KISS world. We've big plans for this, and in this case what happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas." 

"This venue is perfect for Las Vegas,” added bassist Gene Simmons. “Where else can you go play a round of Kiss By Monster Mini Golf and then renew your wedding vows in an official KISS 'Hotter Than Hell' Wedding Chapel? Only in Vegas." 

More information on the grand opening event can be found here

Hanse’s busy schedule 

If you aren’t familiar with the name Gil Hanse, it’s time to start doing your homework because it’s a name you will be hearing a lot in the next few years. Yesterday it was announced that the American architect has been selected to design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro, beating out the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player. 

Teaming up with Hall of Famer Amy Alcott, Hanse gave a sneak peek via his website of what we can expect from their collaboration come 2016.  Rio! 1400

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The Olympic course design isn’t the only thing on Hanse’s plate, though. Beginning after the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Hanse will head the redesign effort of the Blue Monster, now owned by Donald Trump, according to Rex Hoggard

“It needs a lot of work. It’s a little tired, but that’s OK,” said Donald Trump, whose organization purchased Doral for $150 million last month and plans a $200 million renovation of the entire property, including the golf course and resort. 

Among the highlights of Hanse’s proposed redesign is additional length across the 7,334-yard layout and the creation of a peninsula green at the par-4 16th hole.

“What we thought to do was to stretch it to its maximum distance, which would be about 7,600 yards,” Hanse said. “We’ve talked to Tour officials who have talked to Tiger (Woods) and Geoff (Ogilvy). We’ll try to talk to Phil (Mickelson) today to get an idea what they feel is appropriate.” 

“Doral can be the absolute best,” Trump said. “The bones of the place are phenomenal. It was laid out brilliantly.” 

The refashioned course will be tested for the first time when the PGA Tour heads to Doral in 2014.

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Donald Trump has HUGE plans for Doral

Posted at 12:21 PM by Ryan Reiterman

DonaldDORAL, Fla. -- Donald Trump says he has friends who like to garden. He does, too, just in a much bigger way.

Trump, along with his daughter, Ivanka, and golf course architect Gil Hanse, met with the media Thursday morning to discuss his plans for renovating the Doral Resort and Spa, which the Donald recently purchased for $150 million, which is practically a steal considering Morgan Stanley bought the property for $501 million in 2007.

After the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship is complete, Trump said they'll close the course for six months and begin renovating the Blue Monster.

"I only buy if it's either the best or can be the best," Trump said. "And this is an example. I mean, Doral can be the absolute best."

The Doral name will be kept, but will Trump add his name to the resort?

"When we have spent the money, and when it's at the highest level of luxury, and the highest levels of golf ... then we are going to make the decision," Trump said.

Translation: Are you kidding me? Of course!

 Hanse, who was also selected to design the 2016 Olympic course in Brazil, will try to bring back the original design elements to the course that have been made obsolete by today's power players.

"We'll try to create a golf course where angles are relevant again, and where it's important to get to a proper side to score as opposed to just hitting it as far as you possibly can," he said. "I think if you talk to a lot of players, that seems to be the strategy, or lack thereof, on this golf course now is to try to overpower it."

In addition to the Blue Monster there are four other courses at Doral. Trump said at a minimum he plans to fix them all up, and he even teased that he might do something bigger.

"It's possible that we'll make them into one great course at some point down the road," he said.

More on Trump taking over Doral: Detailed map of Hanse's plans | Q&A with Trump

(Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP)





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