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June 13, 2013

Tiger gives Rory little brother treatment at U.S. Open Champions Dinner

Posted at 2:13 PM by Coleman McDowell

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We rarely get to see the lighter side of Tiger Woods. When we do, it's awesome.

At last night's U.S. Open Champions Dinner, Tiger was caught flicking fellow Nike compadre Rory McIlroy's ear, much to the delight/surprise of last year's champ Webb Simpson.

Did a tousle of Rory's hair follow?

(Photo: Darren Carroll / USGA)

November 28, 2012

Pros at Tiger's tournament react to ban on anchored putting stroke

Posted at 3:51 PM by Jessica Marksbury

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Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury tracked down several pros, including U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, right, during pro-am day at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Here's what they had to say about the proposed anchoring ban that was announced today:

Keegan Bradley: "I'm just going to go along with what the USGA says. They're making the rules. I don't agree with it, but I understand that they're trying to protect the game the best they can. I'm going to go with the flow. [The ban] is not going to take place for another three years, so I've got some time to adjust."

Mark O'Meara: "I've always felt like it was probably a little bit of an advantage when you can anchor a putter somewhere against your body, so it's almost like a teaching aid, so I don't have a problem with [the ruling]. I think it's probably the right call. But I don't know about [the three-year grace period]. I'd put it in effect right away. If you're going to make a call, let's not go with a 'fiscal cliff' deal. Let's just make the call. Maybe a one-year grace period, but not three years."

Dustin Johnson: "I don't care. It really doesn't bother me one way or the other. I'll putt with a short putter."

Bo Van Pelt: "It's tough, just because so many guys have used anchoring for a long time, and to go back in retrospect and change something that's been allowed. I use the short putter, but there was a period in my career where I did use the belly putter and kind of went away from it, so I think you just kind of wait back and see. There are a lot of opinions and talk out there right now, and until they put something in stone, it's not going to affect me. I'm using a short putter now for the rest of my career, so it will be interesting to see what comes forward."

Webb Simpson: "I knew it was coming, and I don't feel any different than what I've been saying this whole time. It is what it is."

Bubba Watson: "My reaction is: three years from now? Some of the people are probably going to be retired by then. ... I don't understand. They make a rule, but [it goes into effect] three years from now. If they make a rule, why wouldn't it be immediate? It's just funny how it is. But a lot of people have some disagreements about it. But they changed the grooves and now they're changing the anchoring. If they make the rule change, then it's what they do, you know?"

Jason Day: "I haven't really thought about it. I can see it from both sides. I mean, some people think it might be a training aid, but you still have to putt the ball. It doesn't matter, you still have to hole the ball. I don't know where I'm at on it. Indifferent, really. I'm just staying out of the picture because a lot of guys use it, and I don't want to piss anyone off, so I'm staying out of it."

Hunter Mahan: "I guess I've never been a fan of anchoring. It kind of defeats the purpose to some of the game, and what the purpose of putting is, because putting is all about pressure and it's all about feel and it's all about handling adversity, handling things. With the anchoring in there it kind of takes that out of play, so I think it just kind of defeated the purpose. And I think the fact that kids or anyone just starting the game was starting with the belly putter was the main issue, so I think they had to act. You feel bad for guys who have never used a short putter before. I know guys like Keegan and Webb haven't used [a short putter] much in their whole careers, so I think that's unfortunate. But I think it's for the betterment of the game to make this ruling the way they did. And there's plenty of time, three full years. And I know Webb's putted with short putters before, and most all the guys that use a belly putter have used a short putter before, so I don't think it's going to be a drastic change for them. They're good players; they know how to adjust to things."

Jim Furyk: "We as a Tour were given a heads-up that something may be coming, so right now I think I'll go with what the Tour stated, that we really need to look at what they're trying to do and see how it affects us as a Tour, how it affects the game, and how it affects the players on our Tour and kind of figure out what we want to do from there. It would be kind of foolish for me, because of being on the board and because I represent all the players of the PGA Tour, to go out there and give you my personal opinion, just because I represent something much bigger and greater than that."

Brandt Snedeker: "I think that they're doing what they think is right. I'm 100 percent supportive of them. I've been against the belly putter for the last couple of years, and I think they're doing what they think is in the best interest of the game of golf in the long run, not what's in the best interest of the game of golf right now, but in the next 20 years of where they see the golf game going. I think we, as players, are kind of short-sighted, for the most part. We see how it affects us and what we do for a living, but the USGA has a responsibility to the bigger part of the game to make sure that we're heading in the right direction for the future of golf, and I support them 100 percent."

Graeme McDowell: "I thought they were very careful and very considered in their statements. They came up with the only verdict that they could have, really. Something had to be done. The integrity of the putting stroke had changed, and it's important going forward that they nip it in the bud, and I don't think anyone is surprised by what they've come up with. It's important it was done, and I think it's good for the game going forward."

(Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

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 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.

 

October 01, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter Roundup: The morning after

Posted at 10:34 AM by Golf.com

The Europeans celebrate their victory:

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The Americans react to their loss:

The European WAGs are enjoying the victory as well:

September 25, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Snedeker jumps to No. 3, McIlroy still No. 1

Posted at 3:26 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 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.Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: T10, TOUR Championship; 1, BMW Championship; 1, Deutsche Bank Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2.Tiger Woods (113, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T8, TOUR Championship; T4, BMW Championship; 3, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

3.Brandt Snedeker (85, 0, 14) - Last three finishes: 1, TOUR Championship; T37, BMW Championship; 6, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

4t.Jason Dufner (55, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T20, TOUR Championship; T28, BMW Championship; T18, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

4t. Dustin Johnson (55, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T10, TOUR Championship, T6, BMW Championship; T4, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

6. Keegan Bradley (36, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T23, TOUR Championship; T59, BMW Championship; T13, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

7. Phil Mickelson (33, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T15, TOUR Championship; T2, BMW Championship; T4, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 16

8. Luke Donald (28, 0, 11) - Last three finishes: T3, TOUR Championship; T28, BMW Championship; T26, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 3

9. Bubba Watson (27, 0, 17) - Last three finishes: T5, TOUR Championship; T12, BMW Championship; MC, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 7

10t. Sergio Garcia (22, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T15, TOUR Championship, T24, BMW Championship; T3, The Barclays
- Official World Golf Ranking: 19

10t. Webb Simpson (22, 0, 15) - Last three finishes: T5, TOUR Championship; T51, BMW Championship; T18, Deutsche Bank Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 8

Others receiving votes:
Ernie Els (19)
Justin Rose (19)
Lee Westwood (17)
Graeme McDowell (11)
Louis Oosthuizen (10)
Nick Watney (10)
Jim Furyk (7)
Steve Stricker (7)
Matt Kuchar (5)
Vijay Singh (4)

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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September 04, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy unanimous No. 1

Posted at 1:33 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 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. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, Deutsche Bank Championship; T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (114, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: 3, Deutsche Bank Championship; T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (87, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Keegan Bradley (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T13, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

5. Sergio Garcia (49, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

6. Ernie Els (46, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (35, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T20, Deutsche Bank Championship; 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 20

8. Luke Donald (31, 0, T8) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

9. Louis Oosthuizen (28, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 2, Deutsche Bank Championship; T5, The Barclays; T21, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

10. Webb Simpson (26, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Graeme McDowell (23)
Bubba Watson (18)
Adam Scott (14)
Dustin Johnson (13)
Brandt Snedeker (13)
Lee Westwood (10)
Zach Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (4)
Steve Stricker (4)
Jim Furyk (1)

August 28, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Garcia, Watney enter Top 10

Posted at 9:15 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 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. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (102, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (80, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Sergio Garcia (65, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

5. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Ernie Els (54, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (43, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 19

T8. Luke Donald (37, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

T8. Graeme McDowell (37, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

10. Webb Simpson (27, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Bubba Watson (22)
Lee Westwood (15)
Adam Scott (13)
Zach Johnson (10)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Steve Stricker (2)
Paul Lawrie (1)
Louis Oosthuizen (1)

August 21, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy holds top spot, Garcia fails to make Top 10

Posted at 5:48 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 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. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (103, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (74, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

4. Jason Dufner (72, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Ernie Els (68, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 18

6. Graeme McDowell (55, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

7. Webb Simpson (47, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T22, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship; T7, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

8. Adam Scott (44, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Luke Donald (27, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T32, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T19, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T23, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

Others receiving votes:
Zach Johnson (23)
Sergio Garcia (11)
Justin Rose (11)
Steve Stricker (10)
Lee Westwood (9)
Matt Kuchar (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (2)
Ian Poulter (2)
Jim Furyk (1)





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