Category: Doral


February 29, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Michelle Wie apologizes for cursing at event

Posted at 12:57 PM by Mike Walker

Michelle Wie apologized for her on-course behavior during the final round of the HSBC Women's Champions LPGA event in Singapore last week, according to Spencer Robinson of the Asia Pacific Golf Group.

To the embarrassment of dozens of men, women and children gathered around the tee-box at the Tanah Merah Country Club, Wie slammed her hybrid club into the ground after watching the shot veer way right. She then screamed out a four-letter expletive.

As she strode off the tee ahead of her playing partners Christina Kim and Singaporean Koh Sock Hwee, barely under her breath Wie muttered ‘f ___ing idiot’.

Following her round, Wie was contrite. She said: “I absolutely apologise for that. It’s unacceptable behaviour. Sometimes it’s just really frustrating and I was at the point where everything kind of boiled up. But you know, obviously I apologise. It was unacceptable.”

Wie finished the tournament 59th in a 60-woman field, shooing 22-over.  

Butch Harmon says Tiger Woods doesn't have the yips

ESPN's Rick Reilly talks to putting Daves, Pelz and Stockton, for a State of the Tiger column, but the most telling comment comes from Tiger Woods's former coach Butch Harmon.

I hate to even broach this, but is it possible we're seeing the start of the yips?

"I wouldn't say the yips, no," says Harmon. "But I definitely see nerves. It started at Augusta last year, on the back nine. He had a chance to win and he suddenly started missing short putts. They weren't on line, they didn't touch the hole. It's understandable with everything he's been through off the course. I'm not making excuses for him. He brought that on himself. But his confidence just seems gone on the greens."

It's happened to great players before: Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson, Ben Hogan. They were never the same afterward.

Gulp.

Meet the new boss: Trump to attend WCG-Cadillac Championship at Doral

"Rory, you're fired."

Anything's possible now that Donald Trump owns Miami's Doral resort, the site of next week's WGC-Cadillac Championship. The Miami Herald says that Trump is expected to attend the tournament:

Trump, an avid golf fan and golfer, will be hob-nobbing with some of the best golfers in the world because the Cadillac Championship begins its field by offering invitations to the top 50 golfers in the world — and seldom do any of them turn down a chance to play in this prestigious event.

One of the reasons for almost-universal acceptance to play at Doral: Money speaks, with the total purse being $8.5 million and the winner getting $1.4 million.

Padraig Harrington to give sponsorship money to cousin injured in accident

Good guy Padraig Harrington has come up with a creative way to raise money for the husband of his wife's cousin, Gerald Byrne, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. The Irish Times has the story:

“This is why I never want to complain about golf,” Harrington said in Palm Beach Gardens yesterday, where is playing alongside Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in this week’s Honda Classic on the US Tour. “Obviously Gerard will need a lot of assistance in his life – a wheelchair-enabled car, renovations to his home and other things – so my current sponsors have agreed to allow me to offer all the branding on my clothing and bag to the highest bidder for three tournaments in March and April.

“If somebody wants to have their branding on the front on my hat or if they want the golf bag or any other place, it’s up for auction for that three-week spell when I am playing the Shell Houston Open, the Masters Tournament and the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head."

If you're interested in contacting Harrington to advertise your new social media company, be prepared to pay.

"We already have a bid of €100,000 ($134,430) for the front of my cap and €50,000 for the space on my chest. I am auctioning all my spots for that period and all my sponsors have agreed to give them up. It’s all for charity.”

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February 27, 2012

Trump purchases Doral Resort for $150 million

Posted at 4:23 PM by Golf.com

It's official: The Donald is coming to Doral.

Donald Trump's $150 million bid for the property has been approved, ending months of speculation over whether the billionaire real estate developer's offer would prove to be enough to land the property. Trump plans to overhaul the resort, which is home to the Blue Monster and the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Below is an excerpt from Trump's announcement on Monday, and here is a Q&A with SI's Gary Van Sickle.

The Trump Organization today announced that it will purchase Miami's iconic Doral Hotel & Country Club for $150 million. Doral is legendary for its four championship golf courses, including the world-renowned Blue Monster; 700-room resort; vast ballrooms and meeting facilities; sprawling Pritikin spa; and the highly regarded Golf School and teaching facilities. The Trump Organization plans to make a major investment in the resort and golf courses with the intention of restoring Doral to its former grandeur. The TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™, the wholly owned hotel management division of The Trump Organization, will take over the management of the property and expects to assume operations by June 2012. The property will remain fully operational throughout the renovation, which is expected to conclude in Fall 2013.

"When Doral first opened, it was considered the best resort in the world," stated Donald J. Trump, chairman and president. "The combination of the property's incredible location in the heart of Miami and our very significant investment in upgrading the resort will enable us to return Doral to its former glory if not surpass it. When completed, Doral will be the finest resort and golf club in the country."

The Blue Monster, one of the most famous golf courses in the world, has been home to a PGA TOUR event every year since its opening, with the Doral Open from 1962 to 2006, and the highly regarded WGC (World Golf Championship) since 2007. The WGC invites only the world's top 75 tour professionals; past winners include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els.

The almost 800-acre Doral Country Club includes 700 hotel rooms across 10 lodges; four golf courses; more than 86,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 25,000-square-foot Ballroom; a 50,000-square-foot spa with 33 treatment rooms; six food and beverage outlets; extensive retail; and a private members' clubhouse.

"It would be impossible for a developer today to replicate a property of this size in Miami at any cost," noted Trump.

October 13, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Trump buys Doral Resort for $170 million

Posted at 12:21 PM by Jeff Ritter

The Doral Resort in Miami has been on the clearance rack since its previous owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February. Who better to step in and return the property to its former glory that America's most famous real estate mogul? That's right, Bloomberg reports that the Donald is ready to take over Doral.

Donald Trump agreed to pay $170 million for Miami’s Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a luxury property put into bankruptcy earlier this year by hedge fund Paulson & Co. and Winthrop Realty Trust.

The agreement will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York next week, and the transaction probably will be completed in the first quarter of next year, Winthrop Chief Executive Officer Michael Ashner said in a telephone interview.

“They pushed hard to get the deal done,” he said of the Trump Organization.

A spokesman said the resort will still be placed in a blind bidding auction to see if it fetches a higher price, but so far no new buyers have emerged. Trump -- surprise -- is confident that his price is a fair one.

“This wasn’t a discount price,” Trump said in a telephone interview. “We’re paying a very full price, especially in light of the fact of how much money we’ll have to spend to bring it back to its original grandeur.”

Trump will pay all cash for the transaction and expects renovations to take two years.

The developer and reality TV star has acquired at least nine golf properties in the U.S. after mostly steering clear of using his own money to buy real estate since 2005. Trump is seeking more golf deals, particularly in Florida, he said.

“We’re looking at other opportunities,” Trump said. “We’ve been buying a lot of properties. We have a lot of cash.”

Trump said that he intends to drop more than $150 million on renovations. Let's hope some of that money goes toward revamping the room service menu. I remember eating cold eggs when I stayed there during the tournament last March. Make it happen, Mr. Trump.

Tiger ends drought with win at putt-putt contest in mall parking lot
On his promotional tour for the Chevron World Challenge, Tiger Woods took on a group of fans in a putting contest. Here's the video:

Short Game
* Sure seems like a lot of PGA Tour events have been decided by a playoff this year, doesn't it? Turns out the Frys.com Open was the 17th playoff of the season, breaking a Tour record that has stood since 1991.

* In case you missed it, Golfweek's Sean Martin has an excellent Q&A with Rickie Fowler after the 22-year-old's win at last week's Korea Open.

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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 ABCNews.com 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 ABCNews.com, "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.

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March 12, 2011

What to Watch For: Sunday at Doral

Posted at 11:05 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Dj American Firepower
European players have been dominating the headlines for several months, especially with Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell in the top four spots in the world rankings. But heading into the final round at Doral, there are American flags next to three of the four names at the top of the leaderboard.

Dustin Johnson leads by two strokes after a 7-under 65 on Saturday. Johnson opened with two top 10s in 2011, but he's failed to crack the top 25 in his last four starts. With a win on Sunday, Johnson would capture his fifth-career title, further cementing his status as the best twenty-something on Tour.

Two shots back are Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney. Kuchar and Watney have notched four top 10s this season, tied for the most on Tour. A win would be mean more than another trophy and a big paycheck for both players. Kuchar is already heading toward his third-straight top-10 finish in a World Golf Championship event, and a win would position him as one of the favorites for Augusta and a possible challenger for the No. 1 ranking.

Watney, who was tied for the lead until a double bogey on 18, is likely going to record his seventh straight top-10 finish dating back to last season. But a win would be his third-career title, which would tie him with fellow twenty-somethings Sean O'Hair, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Aaron Baddeley and Hunter Mahan.

Luke's Finish
Donald, who is tied for second with Kuchar and Watney, is trying to win his second-straight WGC title after capturing the Match Play title last month. Donald would be in elite company if he were to pull out a victory at Doral. Only Tiger Woods has won back-to-back WGC titles (he's actually done it on six different occasions). 

But if Donald's going to win, he'll have to overcome his troubles on the tough par-4 18th, which played as the toughest hole in the third round. Donald has bogeyed the hole the last two days, and at 467 yards, the 18th will play much longer for Donald, who's been averaging 272 yards off the tee this week.

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

March 11, 2011

What to Watch For: Saturday at Doral

Posted at 11:57 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Mahan Down to the Wire?
Hunter Mahan, a three-time winner on Tour, leads by one stroke over Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari heading into the weekend. According to the PGA Tour, this is the first time in Mahan's career that he's held the lead after 36 holes. Mahan also has a chance to win wire-to-wire for the first time in his young career.

The opportunities couldn't come at a better time. Mahan is still trying to erase any scar tissue left by his painful loss to Graeme McDowell in the Ryder Cup. And it didn't help last month when he lost to Kaymer in the third round at the Match Play by doing the exact same thing he did against McDowell -- duffing a chip shot.

Mahan looked shaky coming in on Friday with bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16, but a 1-under 71 was about on par with the rest of the field. One guy who didn't look shaky was Kaymer, who carded one of only three bogey-free rounds on Friday. Mahan and Kaymer will meet again in the final group on Saturday.

Watney Watch
With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson struggling to find their respective games, an interesting debate has surfaced: Who's the best American right now? The favorite is Matt Kuchar. Coming off a great 2010 season, Kuchar already has four top 10s in six starts.

But a guy who is flying under the radar is Nick Watney. The Butch Harmon pupil didn't win in 2010, but he recorded eight top 10s, highlighted by strong showings at the Masters (7th), British Open (T7) and the Tour Championship (T4). 

He has four top 10s in four starts this season, and after two rounds at Doral, Watney is only two shots off the lead. It's only his third start at Doral, but Watney's already had plenty of success on the Blue Monster. In his first appearance in 2009, Watney lost a memorable duel against Mickelson.

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Live Blog: Round 2 at 2011 Cadillac Championship

Posted at 11:08 AM by Live Blogger

Golf Magazine's Mike Walker live blogged Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's second round at the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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March 10, 2011

Tweets of the Week: Stormy weather, Clarke goes bonefishing, Cink's Iguanas

Posted at 10:34 PM by David Dusek

Demolition at Doral
The powerful thunderstorms that went through Miami on Thursday morning did a number on the Blue Monster, as the players in the WGC-Cadillac Championship showed their followers on Twitter. Here's what Lee Westwood saw.

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Ian Poulter wrote:

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Geoff Ogilvy didn't know whether to laugh or cry as the storm hit ...

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Nature Lovers
Darren Clarke didn't qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which gave him a chance to do a little fly fishing for elusive bonefish.

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Meanwhile, Stewart Cink was busy competing in the Puerto Rico Open and hoping nothing decided to nibble his golf ball.

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Game On!
Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters and is one of the pros featured in the next version of EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour '12, which features Augusta National Golf Club as one of the courses you can play. He showed his followers some images of what he looks like in the game. (Because the picture is so cool, we'll forgive Zach's typo.)

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Remembering Frank Chirkinian
Peter Kostis, a long-time golf analyst on CBS and a contributing writer for Golf Magazine, shared several thoughts about Frank Chirkinian, the innovative executive producer and director for CBS's coverage of the Masters for 38 years, who passed away on March 4.

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Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Live Blog: Round 1 at 2011 Cadillac Championship

Posted at 12:00 PM by Golf.com

Golf Magazine's Mike Walker live-blogged Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's first round at the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Read about the round below, and come back here tomorrow at 12:54 p.m. Eastern for the second round live blog.

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March 08, 2011

Tiger, Phil paired together for first and second round at Doral

Posted at 2:02 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger_phil Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be paired together—along with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell—in the first and second rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Doral Resort in Miami on Thursday and Friday, according to PGATour.com.

The Woods-Mickelson-McDowell group will tee off at 11:51 a.m. EST on Thursday, and they will tee off at 12:54 p.m. EST on Friday. Golf Channel coverage of the tournament will begin at 2 p.m. and Golf.com will carry live updates of the match throughout the day.

According to the PGA Tour, the marquee first- and second-round groupings were determined by the Official World Golf Ranking order of the top 21 players.

Tee times for the first two rounds were released Tuesday, with the top 21 players in the Official World Golf Ranking grouped together in threesomes based on their positions in the rankings.

That means the top three players in the world — No. 1 Martin Kaymer, No. 2 Lee Westwood and No. 3 Luke Donald, who elevated to that spot thanks to his win two weeks ago at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship — are together for the first two days.

McDowell (No. 4), Woods (No. 5) and Mickelson (No. 6) followed in the World Rankings. For Woods and Mickelson, Thursday’s round will the 26th round in which they’ve been paired together at an official PGA TOUR event, and the first since the final round of last year’s BMW Championship.

Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker (Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively) are in another group, as are Matt Kuchar, reigning FedExCup champion Jim Furyk and Ernie Els (Nos. 10, 11 and 12, respectively).

The PGA Tour also has a cool list of the results when Woods and Mickelson play together. Mickelson has been winning the matchup lately, but Woods famously got the better of Mickelson when they were paired together with then-No. 3 Adam Scott in the first and second rounds of the 2008 U.S Open. Woods also played with Mickelson in the final pairing at the 2001 Masters, which Woods won after shooting a final-round 68 to Mickelson's 70.

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