Category: WGC-Cadillac Championship


March 12, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Rose's victory, Tiger's injury, TaylorMade uniforms

Posted at 4:07 PM by Jillian Whalen

Rose wins Doral
Justin Rose got a few shout-outs for his win at this past weekends WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Hurt Woods
Tiger's Achilles injury, which forced him to withdraw from the final round at Doral just after teeing off at No. 12, has several folks concerned.

Sweet 16
Lexi Thompson sat down for an interview to try to prove that she's just as normal as any other 16-year-old. Check out the video clip below.

 

Team RBZ
Johnson, Garcia, and others showed off their new TaylorMade uniforms this past weekend.

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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.

Tweet of the Day

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

Round 2 Live Blog: 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral

Posted at 8:32 PM by Ryan Reiterman

Golf Magazine's Mike Walker is live blogging the second round of the Cadillac Championship. Follow all the action below.

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2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral: Round 1 Live Blog

Posted at 4:56 PM by Golf.com

Golf.com live-blogged the opening round at Doral. Read all about what happened below.

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January 02, 2012

Top 10 Golf Tournaments to Watch in 2012

Posted at 8:24 PM by Golf.com

Not counting the majors and the Ryder Cup, here are the top 10 tournaments to watch in 2012.

1. Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 26-29

Officially replaces Torrey Pines as the unofficial start of the 2012 golf season now that Tiger's playing, although the field would still be pretty strong without him. Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel and Jason Day will all make the trip to the desert this year.

2. AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Calif., Feb. 9-12

There’s been a lot of buzz that Tiger Woods is considering adding Pebble to his 2012 schedule. If he does show up, he’ll be the third-biggest star here, after the course and a former greenskeeper who became the pro-am champion last year.

3. Accenture World Match Play Championship, Manana, Ariz., Feb. 22-26

March Madness comes early for golf fans. Last year, Luke Donald announced his candidacy for world’s best golfer with a dominating performance. Match play always creates some compelling drama, especially in a Ryder Cup year.

4. WGC-Cadillac Championship, Miami, Fla., March 8-11

The best players in the world are all together in a stroke-play event for the first time all year. The golf season might start at Kapalua, but it gets serious at Doral.

5. Arnold Palmer Invitational, Orlando, Fla., March 22-25

The King's tour stop is one of the crown jewels of the PGA Tour: great field, great atmosphere and great history.

6. Kraft Nabisco Championship, Rancho Mirage, Calif., March 29-April 1

Do you think having the world’s most dominant athlete in any sport (Yani Tseng) and a teenage phenom who’s won twice before even becoming an official LPGA member (Lexi Thompson) could create some stirring battles at the 2012 LPGA major? Yeah, us too.

7. Wells Fargo Championship, Charlotte, N.C., May 3-6

Less than 10 years old, the Wells Fargo Championship is already one of the most important regular events on the schedule. Wells Fargo is back in the tournament name after a couple of years as the Quail Hollow Championship. Let's hope the Michael Jordan-Tiger Woods pro-am pairing returns as well.

8. The Players Championship, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., May 10-13

Forget what the doubters say -- this is still the fifth major, and the finishing holes are as recognizable as any in the game. When Rory McIlroy was at home tweeting during last year’s Players Championship, you could tell he wanted to be there. He’ll be back this year.

9. BMW PGA Championship, Surrey, England, May 24-27

The best final round of 2011 that didn't happen in Augusta, Ga., was the playoff duel between Luke Donald and Lee Westwood at the European PGA Championship with the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on the line. We can't wait for the rematch.

10. The Barclays Championship, Farmingdale, N.Y., Aug. 23-26

The USGA doesn't sound too keen on returning the Bethpage Black any time soon, so this year's Barclays Championship will be your best chance to see America's greatest municipal golf course, unless you want to sleep in your car.

The Big Ones:

The Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga., April 5-8

U.S. Open, Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif., June 14-17

British Open, Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Lancashire, England, July 19-22

PGA Championship, Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, S.C., Aug. 9-12

The Ryder Cup, Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill., Sept. 28-30

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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Westwood Photo

Ian Poulter wrote:

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Ian Poulter Photo

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

Geoff Ogilvy Tweet

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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Darren Clarke Fishing.jog

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

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Stewart Cink Photo

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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 Zach Johnson EA Sports Masters

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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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.

(Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

March 07, 2011

Tiger Woods set to move into Jupiter Island dream home

Posted at 2:42 PM by Mike Walker

Sorry Mickey, but Orlando is about to lose its most famous resident.

Tiger Woods said Monday that he is almost ready to move from Orlando to his new Jupiter Island, Fla., mansion, according to his blog post on TigerWoods.com.

Pretty soon, I'll be moving into my new home in Jupiter, Fla. I'm excited about that and even more excited about my new practice facility. It's phenomenal. Working with my team, I designed the short-game facility and oversaw its construction. It features four greens, six bunkers with different depths and kinds of sand, a video center and a putting studio. If no wind is blowing, the longest club I can hit is a 7-iron. It's also set up so I can hit shots out of my second-story studio.

Woods will play at the WGC Cadillac Championship at the Doral resort in Miami this week, his first event since losing in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson last month. In his blog, Woods said that his poor drive on the first playoff hole against Thomas Bjorn wasn’t the only reason he lost.

Obviously, it was pretty frustrating to lose to Thomas Bjørn on the 19th hole in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. People focus on the bad tee shot I hit, but that's not the only reason I lost. I hit two terrible pitch shots on the back nine and have worked hard to change my release with my chipping. We'll see if it pays off at Doral.

Woods has good memories at Doral, where he’s won six times, most recently in 2007. He said that he is looking forward to playing this week, but he is still working on his new swing with coach Sean Foley.

As I've said, my swing is still a work in progress, and it takes time to get comfortable with everything. It's hard to implement all these changes. I just have to keep moving forward. I'm light years ahead of where I was at the end of last summer. The biggest thing is understanding what shot to hit and how to adjust my ball flight. Thanks to Sean Foley, I have a much deeper understanding of how to do this than ever before.

When will I win again? Whenever it happens, it happens. I'm just going to keep trying to progress.





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