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October 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tiger's Turkey tournament on schedule despite escalating violence

Posted at 1:35 PM by Mark Dee

Officials for the Turkish World Finals say that the increasingly hot confrontation between Turkey and neighboring Syria won't affect the golf tournament, which has Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the field, according to Tony Jimenez of Reuters.

Sunday marked the fifth straight day of fire exchanged between the Turkish military and forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who have been fighting rebels through northern Syria, just across the border from Turkey, according to Jimenez's report.

But, tournament officials said Monday that the World Finals, which is held in Belek, far from the Syrian border, will continue as planned with Tuesday's first round.

The $5.3 million dollar purse has a first prize of $1.5 million. Woods and McIlroy will be joined in the eight-man field by Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel.

 

September 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Davis Love's Ryder Cup picks too personal?

Posted at 11:27 AM by Mark Dee

We know how this works by now. Davis Love picks four of the best American golfers in the world. We cry doom and injustice that he didn't pick one of the other best American golfers in the world. Then, we watch the Ryder Cup: If his guys win, Love's a golfing Bill Belichick; if they lose, he's Josh McDaniels.

Until then, though, let the rampant and unchecked speculation begin.

The most curious cry coming across the interwebs is this: Did Davis Love pick with his heart and not with his head? John Feinstein at The Golf Channel and ESPN's Michael Collins seem to think so. Both allege cronyism.

Feinstein, immediately after prefacing his thought by saying no one should accuse Love of "playing favorites," does just that, questioning the pick of Brandt Snedeker:

No one would ever accuse Love, one of the game’s good guys, of playing favorites but it’s worth pointing out that Snedeker and Love are both represented by the same company. Snedeker is part of what is known on Tour as the “Sea Island mafia,” – players like Love, Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jonathan Byrd who all live in Sea Island, Ga.

Another Golf Channel guy, Rex Hoggard, whose article features some great in-the-war-room color, quotes assistant Captain Mike Hulbert as saying that Love was thrilled to make his last phone call to Snedeker. "“He was most excited for Snedeker,” Hulbert told Hoggard. “Davis was pacing around the room he was so happy for him.”

Of course, it would be more fun to call a guy you picked than the five or six you didn't. According to Hoggard, Love called everyone in consideration: Hunter Mahan, the last man left on the bubble, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Bo Van Pelt…all the way down to Robert Garrigus. All of this happened late in the game, too: Love, according to Hulbert, was still 50/50 on his last pick until 6:45 on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Michael Collins is skeptical of another pick. He (quite adamantly) thinks that Love's selection of his friend Jim Furyk -- a surprise pick to many golf fans, based on his recent poor performances under pressure -- was the example of heart-clouding-head.

"Congratulations Captain Love, you made three really solid picks," Collins said on ESPN.com. "But one of them? You made a mistake. You chose a friend, over business, and that may cost us the Ryder Cup."

Collins makes his case in the video below:

I'm sure all parties involved will have a great time asking and answering questions about this over the next few weeks. The Ryder Cup hype machine is motoring along at full bore. And sorry, FedEx, your Cup is going to get caught in its long shadow.

Photos: The U.S. Ryder Cup Team | The European Team
Related: 2012 Ryder Cup Preview

July 17, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger remains No. 1, Johnson rises to No. 5

Posted at 9:16 AM by Golf.com

SI-Golf-RANKINGEach week, 14 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (131, 11, 1) - Last three finishes: MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National; T21, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

2. Webb Simpson (117, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

3. Jason Dufner (107, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Lee Westwood (87, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open; 1, Nordea Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

5. Zach Johnson (61, 0, NR) -  Last three finishes: 1, John Deere Classic; T64, Travelers Championship; T41 U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

6. Luke Donald (59, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T16, Scottish Open; MC, U.S. Open; 12, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

7. Rory McIlroy (53, 0, 6)  - Last three finishes: T10, Irish Open; MC, U.S. Open; T7, FedEx St. Jude Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

8. Matt Kuchar (34, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open; T26, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
-Official World Golf Ranking: 8

9. Bubba Watson (30, 0, T8) - Last three finishes: T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Ranking: 6

10. Hunter Mahan (29, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T8, AT&T National; T11, Travelers Championship; T38 U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

Others receiving votes:
Rickie Fowler (17)
Graeme McDowell (11)
Padraig Harrington (9)
Dustin Johnson (6)
Justin Rose (6)
Louis Oosthuizen (4)
Jim Furyk (3)
Adam Scott (2)
Steve Stricker (2)
Fred Couples (1)
Branden Grace (1)


July 11, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch Bubba Watson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Posted at 12:50 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba Watson is in Los Angeles for Wednesday night's ESPY awards. And, as folk heroes are allowed to do, he stopped by The Tonight Show for a quick interview with Jay Leno. By now, we know what to expect from a Bubba interview: nods to his family, his General Lee, and a near-tear moment for good measure. The takeaways? Watson isn't that different from the rest of us. Just like you, he knew golf was his game when he shot a 62 at age 12; just like you, he shot 66 on his first date with his future wife, and, well, "Who doesn't wanna be in a boy band?" Watch the two-part interview below:

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Watson is nominated for two ESPYs: Best Male Golfer, and Best Moment (for winning that sports coat he's always wearing...)

Jason Day to skip British?
All these young pros. They can't time a baby for their lives. First, Webb Simpson pulled out of the British Open to welcome a new human into the world. Now, Jason Day might skip the major after his first child (Dash Day!) was born earlier this week. As The Australian reports:

Day's wife Ellie gave birth to Dash James Day in Ohio and, although both mother and child are doing well, the world No 21 is yet to decide whether or not he will make the trip to the UK so soon after the birth.

The Queensland product says family comes first and he may well give up his spot at Royal Lytham and St Annes to be with his new family.

Day, ranked 21st in the world, is having a tough season on tour. He's currently 103rd in the FedEx Cup standings, and, unofficially, hasn't won since he grew his hair past his shoulders.

Top architects design mini-golf course at DC museum
There's finally a museum worth visiting in Washington, D.C. Not only is that National Building Museum actually a thing, but according to Business Insider it also has mini-golf inside.

The museum just opened an exhibit featuring a 12-hole mini-golf course with holes designed by leading local architects, landscape architects, and contractors.

The one-of-a-kind course will be open through Labor Day, and games cost $5 for non-members and $3 for members. If you like golf and air-conditioning, this exhibit's for you.

Oh, Business Insider, you get me. As we learned from at the AT&T National, golf outside in the DC area can be a hazardous proposition. If you're not trudging through a boiling mist of humidity, you're ducking for cover from the flying branches and brimstone that accompany summer storms. So this is good. Also, the pictures in the article make it look, well, pretty cool...

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July 10, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger Woods still No. 1, Simpson No. 2

Posted at 9:38 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (146, 11, 1) - Last three finishes: MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National; T21, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

2. Webb Simpson (127, 4, 3) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

3. Jason Dufner (113, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Lee Westwood (92, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open; 1, Nordea Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

5. Luke Donald (63, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: MC, U.S. Open; 12, Memorial Tournament; 1, BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

6. Rory McIlroy (62, 0, 6)  - Last three finishes: T10, Irish Open; MC, U.S. Open; T7, FedEx St. Jude Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

7. Matt Kuchar (50, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open; T26, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
-Official World Golf Ranking: 8

T8. Graeme McDowell (33, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T17, ALSTOM Open de France; T16, Irish Open; T2, U.S. Open
- Official World Ranking: 11

T8. Bubba Watson (33, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Ranking: 6

10. Hunter Mahan (32, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T8, AT&T National; T11, Travelers Championship; T38 U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

Others receiving votes:
Rickie Fowler (16)
Padraig Harrington (14)
Jim Furyk (10)
Adam Scott (8)
Dustin Johnson (7)
Justin Rose (7)
Marc Leishman (5)
Louis Oosthuizen (4)
Fred Couples (1)
Branden Grace (1)
Bo Van Pelt (1)

July 03, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger Woods replaces Webb Simpson at No. 1

Posted at 10:52 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (149, 14, 4) - Last three finishes: 1, AT&T National; T21, U.S. Open; 1, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

2. Jason Dufner (114, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

3. Webb Simpson (114, 1, 1) - Last three finishes: T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

4. Lee Westwood (99, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T10, U.S. Open; 1, Nordea Masters; T33 BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

T5. Luke Donald (61, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: MC, U.S. Open; 12, Memorial Tournament; 1, BMW PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

T5. Rory McIlroy (61, 0, 7)  - Last three finishes: T10, Irish Open; MC, U.S. Open; T7, FedEx St. Jude Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

7. Matt Kuchar (46, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open; T26, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
-Official World Golf Ranking: 7

8. Graeme McDowell (38, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T16, Irish Open; T2, U.S. Open; MC, FedEx St. Jude Classic
- Official World Ranking: 11

9. Hunter Mahan (32, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T8, AT&T National; T11, Travelers Championship; T38 U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

10. Bubba Watson (31, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open; MC, Memorial Tournament
- Official World Ranking: 6

Others receiving votes:
Rickie Fowler (17)
Padraig Harrington (15)
Jim Furyk (12)
Dustin Johnson (9)
Adam Scott (8)
Marc Leishman (5)
Justin Rose (5)
Louis Oosthuizen (4)
Zach Johnson (2)
Fred Couples (1)
Branden Grace (1)
Bo Van Pelt (1)

June 19, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Webb Simpson wins 2012 U.S. Open

Posted at 11:38 AM by Jillian Whalen

Webb Simpson expressed his gratitude, and some fellow pros sent their congratulations:

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Simpson sent a picture of the 'Jungle Bird' as well:

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Amateur Beau Hossler finished tied for 29th at the U.S. Open, but the best thing that happened to him last week might just have been the proposal below:

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Father's Day was also a common theme on Sunday:

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June 05, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger rockets to No. 3

Posted at 11:44 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 15 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com vote for their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Luke Donald (136, 4, 2) - Last three finishes: 12, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; 1, BMW PGA Championship; 6, The Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Jason Dufner (126, 6, 1) - Last three finishes: 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship; T68 The Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

3. Tiger Woods (122, 5, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; T40, The Players Championship; MC, Wells Fargo Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

4. Matt Kuchar (72, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T26, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; T15, HP Byron Nelson Championship; 1, The Players Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 6

5. Rickie Fowler (60, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T52, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; T5, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; T2, The Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 18

6.  Rory McIlroy (59, 0, 3)  - Last three finishes: MC, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; MC, BMW PGA Championship; MC, The Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

7. Bubba Watson (49, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: MC, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; T18, Zurich Classic of New Orleans; 1, Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

8. Zach Johnson (46, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: 1, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; T2, The Players Championship; T69, Wells Fargo Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 16

9. Hunter Mahan (42, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T19, Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance; T37, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial; MC, The Players Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

10. Lee Westwood (40, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T33 BMW PGA Championship; T61, The Players Championship; T5, Wells Fargo Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3


Others receiving votes:
Phil Mickelson (34)
Justin Rose (22)
Dustin Johnson (11)
Branden Grace (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (2)
Ben Curtis (1)
Bill Haas (1)

June 04, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Tiger ties Jack, Ben Crane busts a move

Posted at 3:20 PM by Jillian Whalen

Tiger Woods won the Memorial Tournament this weekend for his 73rd PGA Tour win, tying Jack Nicklaus for the second-most wins in PGA Tour history. (Sam Snead won 82 times on the PGA Tour.)

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Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic this weekend. It was her second victory of 2012.

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Take a look at the cool kicks the pros are wearing

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We all know Ben Crane for his hilarious videos. Check out his latest impromptu dance solo and maybe you'll pick up some moves.

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May 30, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Watch the Golf Boys at Bubba Bash

Posted at 11:49 AM by Mike Walker

They're back!

The Golf Boys -- the "musical" group of Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson -- performed their hit "Oh, Oh, Oh" Tuesday night at Bubba Bash in Columbus, Ohio.

Watson's Bubba Bash is a Christian rap concert that raises money for a medical clinic in Kenya.

5-year-old makes hole-in-one in Wisconsin
Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel posts an item that will make you laugh or cry, depending on how long you've waited for your first ace:

YOUNG ACE: Max Frieseke of Glendale smacked a drive and watched his ball soar toward the green, bounce onto it and roll into the cup for a hole-in-one. Good for him, but what's the big deal? Well, Max is 5 years old and is finishing K-4 at Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay. He used the driver from his starter set to ace the 53-yard third hole at Lake Park Golf Course while playing recently with his parents, Bob and Beth Frieseke. "Beth and I were going crazy," Bob said. "We were more excited about it than Max was. In his mind, he thought it was like a hole-in-one in mini-golf."

Montgomerie might set his sights on the 'senior grand slam'
After failing to qualify for this year's U.S. Open, 49-year-old Colin Montgomerie said he might turn his attention to the 'senior grand slam' when he turns 50 next June, according to Martin Dempster of The Scotsman.

“I may as well come clean and say I am tempted by the idea of a ‘senior grand slam’,” admitted the eight-time European No 1. “A tall order, I know, but golfing dreams are not solely the preserve of the young.

“I turn 50 a month ahead of the 2013 Senior Open and I will see how I enjoy the camaraderie that week. I’m beginning to suspect I will like it a lot. I will be in the class of ’63 that includes Vijay Singh and Davis Love."

Montgomerie is our choice for best player to never win a major -- sorry, Luke -- and we look forward to seeing him on the senior tour.

UPDATE: Tiger's niece to play in Wegmans LPGA Championship

Golfweek.com reports that Tiger Woods's niece Cheyenne Woods will make her debut as a professional at the Wegmans LPGA Championship on June 7.

Cheyenne Woods, a recent Wake Forest graduate, will play her first tournament as a professional June 7-10 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. It’s the second major of the LPGA season.

Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, will play Wegmans on a sponsor exemption. She also played this event in 2009 as an amateur but missed the cut. That was her first start in a professional tournament.

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