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September 17, 2013

Tiger tops PGA Tour money list for first time in four years

Posted at 12:44 PM by Coleman McDowell

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(Tiger shares a laugh with tournament host Arnold Palmer after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlanda, Fla. in March. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tiger Woods is back!

Back atop the PGA Tour's money list leaders, that is.

With $8,407,839 added to his bank account in 2013, Woods has locked up the No. 1 spot on the money list for the 10th time in his career. Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson trail by almost $3 million and currently sit at $5.48 million and 45.30 million banked this year, respectively, with one event left to play. And Woods did it playing a lighter tournament schedule (15 events) compared to Kuchar (22) and Mickelson (20).

The winner of this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta will pocket $1,440,000, but Woods has built up too big of a lead to be jumped. In a majorless-year marred with injuries, rules infractions and one-too-many photo albums on Facebook with his girlfriend, Tiger's five wins have fallen by the wayside as quietly as five wins possibly could. (The only players with multiple Tour wins are Kuchar, Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Adam Scott, each with two victories.) 

But the bank accounts don't lie. This will be the first time for Woods to lead the tour's money list since his $10.51 million 2009 campaign where he won six events, but no majors. Does this mean he's back? Considering the Player of the Year debate is still being entertained given Woods' season, probably not. But it is a step

Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Kuchar each had a year on top of the money list in Woods' absence. McIlroy stands at 39th on the 2013 money list, while Donald is currently 41st. How quickly things change. Donald was the World No. 1 just two years ago and led the Tour with $6.68 million earned, while Tiger toiled in a winless 2011 season. Now, Tiger is back atop the money list, and Donald missed the cut at half of this year's major tournaments. 

The only two other players to displace Woods from No. 1 since 1997 are David Duval in '98 and Vijay Singh in '03, '04 and '08. 

August 25, 2013

Barclays leaders Kuchar and Woodland have bond formed in China

Posted at 10:29 AM by Joe Passov

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Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland at the 2009 World Cup at Mission Hills, China (Getty Images).

Nearly two years ago, I took some time over the Thanksgiving holiday to catch a few hours of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. Over time, the event had morphed into something barely a notch above a glorified exhibition, but year after year, it seemed to produce compelling team competition. The 2009 event in particular, was sensational, when the Molinari brothers brought a surprising win home to Italy, edging the Irish team of McIlroy and McDowell and the Swedes -- Stenson and Karlssson -- by one shot. The Americans hadn't won one of these since 2000, when Tiger Woods and David Duval (remember him?) took the crown in Argentina. There was no reason to think things would be any different for the Americans in 2011.

A funny thing happened on the way to the title. Matt Kuchar, a quality champion but not yet a superstar, picked as his partner the mostly unheralded Gary Woodland, a bomber with exactly one win on Tour. Not exactly Nicklaus-Palmer in terms of scaring their competitors, but that didn't seem to matter. Kuchar and Woodland hammered home a well-earned victory. Also-rans included the English team of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, and the heavy favorites, Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

I had tuned in primarily to see Asia's newest and toughest tournament venue, Mission Hills' Blackstone, a Brian Curley design on Hainan Island. This beautiful brute stretched 7,800 yards, splashed with bunkers everywhere and framed by black volcanic lava rock, making recoveries next-to-impossible. The pros praised the layout as tough but fair -- and was not one that I thought would surrender a 24-under-par winning score. Woodland's power and Kuchar's consistency proved the perfect combination in the alternate-shot format, allowing the duo to birdie all four par-5s on Sunday on their way to an impressive 5-under 67.

"We really clicked," said Woodland.

Added Kuchar, "When I got selected to represent the United States in the World Cup, I also got to choose my partner, and I knew it was going to be a great honor to come here to play for my country. I thought if I picked the right partner, I'd have a real shot at winning the title. And I chose Gary Woodland, thinking that he would team up well with me. He played fantastic this week. I have no doubt that he was the best player in the field."

Since 2011, Kuchar has enhanced his status as one of the Tour's prime-timers, while Woodland has overcome a disastrous 2012 to win again in 2013. He'll feel the nerves, but the guess here is that based on the recent past, both men will bring out the best in the other -- with the edge to Kuchar.

Barclays Golf Round 4 Live Blog With Tiger, Phil

Posted at 10:01 AM by Golf.com

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October 17, 2012

Tiger Woods's tournament gets new sponsor, star-studded field

Posted at 3:09 PM by Mark Dee

The field is set for Tiger's tournament.

The 2012 World Challenge will feature 18 of the world's top 28 players and will be sponsored for the first time by Northwestern Mutual, according to a statement released online by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the charity the event benefits.

Thirteen Ryder Cuppers will be in the field gunning for the $1 million first prize. There's no cut, so even last place takes home $120,000. Not a bad weekend, spent playing for a good cause: Proceeds go toward "the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation."

The tournament itself takes place from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Tiger Woods is your defending champion, which shouldn't come as a surprise: Last year was his fifth win at the World Challenge.

Joining Woods in the field will be Americans Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan, and Rickie Fowler; Europeans Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell; and Australian Jason Day.

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October 16, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tour will require Tiger and Rory to play Frys.com in next three years

Posted at 10:56 AM by Mark Dee

On Sunday, Sweden's Jonas Blixt, the 75th-ranked golfer in the world, clipped Jason Kokrak (205th) and Tim Petrovic (421st) to win the Frys.com Open by a shot.

But, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he'll have some stiffer competition defending his first Tour win.

As Ron Kroichick reports, all eight players who skipped the Frys.com in favor of playing the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals last week will be required by the Tour to head to the Bay Area sometime in the next three years to make up for the event they skipped.

That means some high-profile names could battle Blixt as soon as next year, when the Frys becomes the opening event of the PGA Tour's new calendar. Among them: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan -- all players ranked in the top 20. This year, only two in the top 50 teed it up at CordeValle.

Woods alone is a big boost: According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Frys drew 75,000 fans in 2011, when Tiger played. This year, the tournament president said, the total numbers will not even match the 35,000 who came in 2010.

Next year's incarnation will be played Oct. 7-13, one week after the Presidents Cup. No rest for the world's best.

October 10, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Rory McIlroy 'lost interest' in Turkey match

Posted at 9:57 AM by Mark Dee

Every golfer knows the feeling: You hit one in the water, and throw the towel in after it.

Of course, out on the muni there's rarely a chunk of $5.3 million in play.

But, the urge to pack it in was impossible for Rory McIlroy to resist on Tuesday, when, after splashing one on the 15th hole, he "lost interest" in his match against Matt Kuchar.

At least that's what Kuchar himself told James Corrigan on the Daily Telegraph. And McIlroy seemed to admit as much himself:

The Northern Irishman was level with Kuchar - another member of the losing Ryder Cup team at Medinah 12 days ago – on the 15th when his own seven caused his challenge to implode, as he dropped seven strokes in three holes.

Kuchar said he believed his opponent “lost interest” after chopping around in the trees on his way to a triple bogey and McIlroy admitted as much. “I was playing pretty well until the 15th, then I hit it into the hazard on 16 and was just trying to get the round done,” he said.

With both McIlroy and Tiger Woods falling in round one, some of the sparkle may fall from the inaugural Turkish event. Woods won his second-round match Wednesday morning, but McIlroy lost again and now the No. 1 player in the world has no chance of advancing to the semifinals once his match with Woods is complete. McIlroy and Woods will face off Thursday morning.

September 25, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter roundup: Best tweets from players, WAGs and celebrities

Posted at 9:44 AM by Golf.com

Players from both teams enjoy the days before competition begins:

Many of the players wives and girlfriends (WAGs) will be in attendance this week:

Celebs and fellow golfers share their Ryder Cup excitement and show their support:

Fans arrive to the course for practice rounds and the U.S. Past Captain/Celebrity Scramble:

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Both U.S. and Europe team members express their excitement for the week as they arrive in Chigago:

Everyone on the plane to Chicago for RYDER CUP........... Yeh #Avit t.co/cf5XmPOr

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 24, 2012
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Let's go USA! So pumped for the Ryder Cup. Out at Medina right now!

— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago. Enroute to team hotel. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Team get together this evening. #itbegins#Europe

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago!! #RyderCup

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy looks back at his favorite moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup:


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July 24, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Els wins British Open; Woods still in No. 1 spot

Posted at 11:11 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 14 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote 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 (118, 8, 1) - Last three finishes: T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (110, 5, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, British Open; T52, Scottish Open; 9 U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

3. Webb Simpson (91, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

4. Jason Dufner (86, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Luke Donald (69, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open; MC, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

6. Graeme McDowell (64, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France; T16, Irish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

7. Zach Johnson (48, 0, 5) -  Last three finishes: T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic; T64, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Adam Scott (39, 0, NR) - 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National; T15, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Lee Westwood (30, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10. Matt Kuchar (23, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T9, British Open; T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 9

 

Others receiving votes:
Hunter Mahan (17)
Bubba Watson (17)
Rory McIlroy (15)
Dustin Johnson (14)
Y.E. Yang (9)
Rickie Fowler (7)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Louis Oosthuizen (4)
Fred Couples (1)
Padraig Harrington (1)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)


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 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: LeBron James names newest Nike shoe after Arnold Palmer

Posted at 12:48 PM by Mark Dee

Who is LeBronold Palmer, you ask? It's actually a "what." Specifically, it's a shoe, according to Jonathan Wall at Yahoo's Devil Ball Golf blog. That's right: King James's new Nike basketball shoe, the "LeBronold Palmer 9 low" is a shout out to The King, Arnold Palmer. Or, at least, a shout-out to a certain delicious canned beverage that shares a name with a professional golfer (an image of the beverage is emblazoned on the insole). Unclear which. LeBron tweeted out a picture of the shoe earlier this week. Drink it in, folks:

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A lot about this is hazy, but one thing here is clear: it's impossible to see those shoes and not hear Jan Hammer's synth-y theme to Miami Vice pinging in your head. Welcome to 1986, Miami, prepare to ride a New Wave. Our current over/under on how many pairs Pat Riley will purchase: seven.

Fairway Feud
The Casta del Sol golf course in Mission Viejo, Calif. is usually a quiet place to play the game of kings. Most courses are. But on Thursday things went Royal Rumble in the 18th fairway, as ABC 7 of Los Angeles reports. According to police, that's where Michael Payne picked a fight with the entire foursome ahead of him. The cause? Payne allegedly claimed they were stealing the golf balls he couldn't find:

Investigators accuse the 46-year-old Payne of punching one golfer in the face, then attacking Chambers' friend with a golf club, bashing him on the wrist as the victim tried to leave in a golf cart.

"He got in the cart to go get the marshal and go get help, and then he was chased down by the golfer with a golf club," said Chambers.

Payne then allegedly ran to the hillside.

The wrist looks like the worst injury. His playing partner put it in terms sure to horrify anyone who loves the game: "It's bad enough that he's not going to be golfing here anytime soon."

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