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  4/19/2014 9:02:00 AM
In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider One. The golf world has lost five million players in the last decade, spurring a growing revolution to create alternative forms of the game.
 
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  4/18/2014 11:02:00 PM
Former Philly pro Gene Fieger wins on Senior PGA Natlional Championship. 
 
  4/18/2014 6:20:00 PM
GAP: College Corner: A lineup of locals playing college golf. 
 
  4/18/2014 2:06:00 PM
Cobb’s Creek Restoration Update: The Good, the Bad, the Realities. It has been almost a year and a half since Mike Cirba, the unofficial point man for a group calling itself Friends of Cobb’s Creek, went public with the dream of restoring the city-owned golf course in West Philadelphia to its original 1912 luster.

What has happened since then?

Nothing. Plenty. It depends on your perspective.

“I think we’ll know something in the next six months, good or bad,” Cirba said recently. “We are optimistic.”
 
  4/18/2014 7:17:00 AM
Magazine: Golf’s future after Tiger bleak. 
 
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  4/17/2014 11:40:00 PM
Frank DeFord: Despite everything, Tiger will always be No. 1. 
 
  4/17/2014 10:29:00 PM
Jersey shore courses putting winter behind them. 
 
  4/17/2014 7:12:00 AM
Atlantic City CC sold . 
 
  4/15/2014 7:30:00 PM
Some woman was crazy enough to let John Daly hit a golf ball out of her mouth. By Alex Myers On Friday of the Masters, the most impressive golf shot may have come from someone not in the field at Augusta National. Related: The top 25 viral golf videos from 2013...
 
  4/15/2014 7:11:00 PM
The 16th at Inniscrone GC: When is a hole too tough?. From the day Innsicrone GC opened in 1998, the 16th hole was the hole everybody talked about. Some people loved it. Some people hated it. Everybody scratched their head.

From the back tees on the 387-yard par 4, you were facing a blind shot into an uphill dogleg left, with upper and lower split fairways, separated by a dramatically sloped, unforgiving wall of gnarly rough.

Inniscrone GM and superintendent Tom Bolko decided it was too tough and that he had to do something. (Photo: 16th "Before")
 
  4/15/2014 5:14:00 PM
One chart that proves the Tiger Woods television effect is very real. By Luke Kerr-Dineen The Sunday afternoon Masters television ratings were released on Monday, and results showed that despite good play from Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, viewership numbers hit a ten-year low. In the last...
 
  4/15/2014 5:08:00 PM
Brandel Chamblee and a note of caution for Jordan Spieth. By John Strege The caution flag came out last week in the midst of Jordan Spieth’s race to immortality, the warning issued by Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. “The pitfalls of success coming early are...
 
  4/15/2014 4:46:00 PM
Fox tabs Joe Buck and Greg Norman to anchor U.S. Open coverage. By Alex Myers Joe Buck, Fox Sports’ lead football and baseball announcer, will head the network’s golf broadcast team, Sports Business Daily reported on Monday. Buck will work alongside Greg Norman beginning at the...
 
  4/15/2014 4:19:00 PM
The chickens#!* hits the fan in golf course dispute. By Peter Finch There’s no disputing golf is over-developed right now. This explains why so many courses have closed in recent years. Too much supply and not enough demand. But course closings are often...
 
  4/15/2014 4:05:00 PM
The Grind: Watson’s Waffle House run, geezers rule, and Augusta National mini-go. By Alex Myers Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we’re not at all surprised Bubba Watson went to a Waffle House after winning a second green jacket. Have you ever been to...
 
  4/15/2014 3:01:00 PM
Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose get to see what it’s like when the hole really is . By Ashley Mayo TaylorMade’s push to spread the word on the potential benefits of courses using 15-inch holes continued Monday when CEO Mark King, along with PGA of America president Ted Bishop, co-hosted a...
 
  4/15/2014 6:20:00 AM
Union League to vote on purchase of Torresdale Frankford CC. Union League leaders have called a Wednesday membership meeting to ratify the proposal to take over the 118-year-old golf course and its clubhouse, on 150 acres in Northeast Philadelphia, Joe DiStefano writes in the Inquirer.

The Union League hopes to offer "unlimited golf" to members who want it for $3,600 a year, plus pool, tennis, dining, and shooting.

That would raise total Union League fees for full golf members to about $8,000 a year; for TFCC, a Donald Ross design, it could mean salvation.
 
  4/14/2014 11:11:00 PM
Bubba and Jordan at the Masters. 
 
  4/13/2014 10:54:00 PM
Media: ‘[Bubba’s] lost his marbles’. By John Strege Experience counts at Augusta National, even for the broadcasters, none of whom has the wealth of it that Nick Faldo does. After Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot at the par-3 fourth...
 
  4/13/2014 10:11:00 PM
Masters: Green jacket ceremony at Augusta National that isn’t televised. By Ryan Hrrrington AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The best side show that nobody really pays much attention to is underway at Augusta National. I’m not talking about the battle for the green jacket going on...
 
  4/13/2014 4:33:00 PM
Masters: Bubba wins second Masters in three years. Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.
 
  4/13/2014 3:08:00 PM
5 things you can learn about Jordan Spieth from this Golf World profile. By Luke Kerr-Dineen Late last year, Jim Moriarty wrote this profile of Jordan Spieth for Golf World’s annual newsmakers issue. It’s certainly worth reading, but if you’re too filled with nervous excitement to sift though it now,...
 
  4/13/2014 11:40:00 AM
The 10 best unconventional gifts found at Augusta National’s merchandise shop. By Stephen Hennessey AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta National merchandise shop is always buzzing with hundreds of patrons, no matter what time of the day it is. The typical gifts -- Masters hats, golf shirts...
 
  4/13/2014 9:45:00 AM
Masters: Jordan Spieth, 20 going on 40, might be the next champion. Jordan Spieth, who’s 20 but acts 40, is on the verge of becoming the next Masters champion.
 
  4/13/2014 9:45:00 AM
Masters: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson share third-round lead . Jordan Spieth isn’t old enough to buy a beer at Augusta National but he carded a 70 on Moving Day to get 5-under and a tie for the lead with Bubba Watson. If Spieth wins tomorrow, he would be the youngest-ever Masters champion.
 
  4/13/2014 9:03:00 AM
Masters: Augusta National raises purse to $9M. It’s never about the money at the Masters -- at least not the prize money.
 
  4/13/2014 4:00:00 AM
The Masters: Live Chat With Dan Jenkins. Golf Digest’s Writer-at-Large Dan Jenkins, who is covering his 64th Masters and 221st major, answers questions about the 2014 Masters, as well as his new book, "His Ownself". This chat begins at 1:00 PM ET on April 13th.
 
  4/13/2014 1:21:00 AM
On Golf: Search for Tiger Woods’s Successor Skips a Generation. Youngsters such as Jordan Spieth may hold the key to the mystery of who will take over for the sport’s longtime king.
 
  4/13/2014 12:19:00 AM
Masters: Bubba Watson tied for the lead, even if it doesn’t feel like it. By Sam WeinmanAUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bubba Watson was tied for the lead in the Masters when he approached the 18th green on Saturday, but this wasn’t the vibe you got by looking at him. He...
 
  4/12/2014 11:49:00 PM
Masters: Jordan Spieth gets his chance to shine in a major . By Ron Sirak AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters and 18th major championship in 1986 at 46, a common refrain was that we would never see the likes of him...
 
  4/12/2014 11:15:00 PM
Overheard in the gallery Saturday at Augusta National. By Ashley Mayo AUGUSTA, GA. -- Welcome to Augusta National, where Jordan Spieth acted like anything BUT a Masters rookie. A complete Masters experience involves eavesdropping on spectator chatter. Below, some of the odd...
 
  4/12/2014 10:58:00 PM
Media: Chamblee lays out the day, Nantz the future (perhaps). By John Strege Early on, Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee laid out how the day would unfold at the Masters on Saturday, and later CBS’ Jim Nantz laid out how the future might unfold. “Psychologically what...
 
  4/12/2014 2:19:00 PM
Mickelson comes to terms with missed cut. After another inexplicable triple-bogey -- accomplished for the second day in a row without a penalty stroke -- Phil Mickelson was left to ponder the possibility of missing a 36-hole cut at the Masters for the first time in 17 years.
 
  4/11/2014 11:38:00 PM
Masters: Fred Couples is on the leaderboard again 54.. Can Couples win Masters? Defintely maybe
 
  4/11/2014 11:38:00 PM
Master: Bubba Watson’s five-straight back-nine birdies grabs lead. Looking to win another green jacket, Bubba Watson surged to the Masters lead with a spree of birdies on the back side Friday.
 
  4/11/2014 11:10:00 PM
Master: Tiger Woods effect? Masters TV ratings down. By John Strege The initial returns are in for what effect the absence of Tiger Woods might have on Masters’ television ratings, and they are not good. ESPN reported a 1.5 rating and 2 million...
 
  4/11/2014 9:50:00 PM
Masters: Overheard in the gallery Friday at Augusta National. By Ashley Mayo AUGUSTA, GA. -- Welcome to Augusta National, where Bubba Watson forgot this course is supposed to be difficult. A complete Masters experience involves eavesdropping on spectator chatter. Below, some of the...
 
  4/11/2014 7:10:00 PM
Masters: Oddsmakers make Bubba Watson huge favorite to win . By Luke Kerr-Dineen After making the turn on Friday in 36 (which included his first bogey of the tournament on the ninth), Bubba Watson started his back nine with two straight pars before rattling...
 
  4/11/2014 2:00:00 PM
Jim Nantz has his sights on calling 50 Masters. “I would say goodbye to the career on April 8, 2035,” he says. “That’s the second Sunday in April of 2035.”

In between that first and last Masters, if all goes as planned, Nantz, 54, will have worked as the play-by-play man for several Super Bowls and even more NCAA Final Fours. His resume will make him one of the supreme sports voices of his generation.

“It’s the one event which people relate with me the most,” Nantz says. “I might be talking to a football coach in August, and he’ll ask me, ‘What about Augusta?’ Fans at games ask me, ‘Who’s going to win the Masters this year?’ It’s the one event I think about all year long. The Masters is in my heart.”
 
  4/11/2014 1:24:00 PM
Masters: The early birds get the seats at Augusta National. By Ryan Herrington AUGUSTA, Ga. -- At 7:35 a.m. Friday, it was mission accomplished for Thomas Coleman and Clay Price. Nearly three hours after arriving outside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club, the...
 
  4/11/2014 7:40:00 AM
Masters: Haas leads by 1 over Scott, Bubba.  Bill Haas shot a 4-under 68 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Masters. Here’s the skinny on Round 1 at Augusta National.
 
  4/11/2014 7:40:00 AM
Masters: Struggling in the Amen Corner.  As it so often does, Augusta National’s most famous trio of holes got the best of the Masters field.
 
  4/11/2014 7:40:00 AM
NFL commissioner Goodell wearing green jacket at Masters.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is at the Masters Tournament, wearing a member’s green jacket.
 
  4/11/2014 7:40:00 AM
Masters: Big Three disagree on Eisenhower Tree replacement.  Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player disagree on if there should be a replacement for the fallen Eisenhower Tree.
 
  4/10/2014 11:03:00 PM
Media: The analytical Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples on...Twitter?. By John Strege One of the frustrations of opening day at the Masters is that when it finally arrives, the viewer is subjected to wait a while longer. Talk about your traditions unlike any other....
 
  4/10/2014 10:31:00 PM
Masters: Overheard in the gallery on Thursday at Augusta National. By Ashley Mayo AUGUSTA, GA. -- Welcome to Augusta National, where three honorary starters (Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus) kicked off the 78th Masters on Thursday. The sun was shining, the breeze...
 
  4/10/2014 6:16:00 PM
Masters: New blood on Bill Haas’ bag -- he fired his brother . Bill Haas changed caddies recently ... after firing his brother. How’s the new situation working out? Well, he’s leading the Masters after 18 holes, writes ESPN.com’s Gene Wojciechowski.
 
  4/10/2014 9:14:00 AM
Masters: Video of Arnie, Jack, Gary starting Masters. 
 
  4/9/2014 4:50:00 PM
Masters: Augusta National hasn’t decided to replace the Eisenhower Tree. By Geoff Shackelford AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne addressed the media Wednesday and said no decision has been made about replacing the 17th hole’s Eisenhower Tree."We do not yet have a...
 
  4/9/2014 4:10:00 PM
Woods’ back requires 2-week immobilization. Masters chairman Billy Payne says Tiger Woods has to be immobilized for two weeks after his back surgery.
 
  4/9/2014 4:03:00 PM
Never played Saucon Valley’s Old Course? Here’s your chance. 
 
  4/9/2014 12:16:00 AM
Masters: Payne: No big rule changes for ’14 Masters. The rules controversy that dominated the 2013 Masters while putting Tiger Woods at the center of the debate has not led to significant changes this year, according to club chairman Billy Payne.
 
  4/8/2014 11:43:00 PM
Masters: Hatfield, Pa., man tries to crash gate at Augusta National. 
 
  4/8/2014 6:20:00 PM
Masters: In every meaningful way, Adam Scott proves he gets it. By John HugganAUGUSTA, Ga. --  It’s one thing to be a champion, quite another to behave like one. In that respect the last 12 months have been kind to Adam Scott. Two days before his defense of...
 
  4/8/2014 5:52:00 PM
Masters: Fine-tuning sets for Masters has been underway for weeks. By E. Michael Johnson Prior to the start of the Shell Houston Open, Rory McIlroy was asked if he was making any equipment changes for the Masters. The Ulsterman’s answer was not only surprising, but...
 
  4/8/2014 5:28:00 PM
Masters: The 6 juiciest first-round pairings . By Luke Kerr-Dineen The Masters is here, and finally, so are the tee times for Thursday and Friday. Here’s a quick rundown of the ones worth watching during the first round:Group 7, 8:51 a.m....
 
  4/8/2014 4:25:00 PM
The Grind: Paulina’s cover, Lexi’s big splash, and a former Miss Idaho tour wife. By Alex Myers Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we’re not sure if we can handle all the excitement. The Masters is here and Paulina Gretzky is on the current cover of...
 
  4/8/2014 3:33:00 PM
Watson: If healthy, Tiger on Ryder Cup team. Tom Watson didn’t hedge when asked Tuesday about Tiger Woods and the U.S. Ryder Cup team. If healthy, Woods will be an at-large selection for the matches at Gleneagles in September.
 
  4/8/2014 2:35:00 PM
Mickelson: Masters feels ’weird’ minus Tiger.  As hard as it may be to believe, Phil Mickelson said Tuesday that he misses having Tiger Woods in the field at the Masters this week.

Woods is not playing in the tournament for the first time in 20 years due to March 31 back surgery.

"It’s a weird feeling not having him here, isn’t it?" Mickelson said..I hope he gets back soon. I mean, I hope he’s back for the other majors, and as much as I want to win and I know how great he is and tough to beat it ."
 
  4/8/2014 1:17:00 PM
Reilly: Nicklaus achieved balance Tiger needs. Tiger would have been better off learning from the life that Jack built, not his game
 
  4/8/2014 9:57:00 AM
Masters: Tee times. Masters tee times
 
  4/8/2014 8:53:00 AM
Nicklaus: Ailing Tiger still on track for record. Jack Nicklaus -- he of the record 18 victories in golf’s Grand Slam events -- still thinks Tiger Woods will eventually break that mark and get to his goal of 19.
 
  4/8/2014 8:50:00 AM
Masters: Augusta National’s official course tour . 
 
  4/8/2014 8:47:00 AM
Masters: Player bios . 
 
  4/8/2014 8:45:00 AM
Masters: Photos from Monday’s practice round. 
 
  4/8/2014 8:42:00 AM
Masters: Stadlers -- father and son -- embrace Masters history. 
 
  4/8/2014 8:23:00 AM
John Daly: I was young and dumb in the ’90s but I had a lot of fun. 
 
  4/8/2014
Masters: Spending time with golf’s most iconic ’trophy’.  Augusta’s green jackets are one of sports’ coolest traditions, They get their lore from each champ’s personal touch.
 
  4/8/2014
Masters: Lineup of Golf Channel’s Masters coverage.  Schedule of Golf Channel’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 2014 Masters Tournament.
 
  4/8/2014
In his own words, Steve Williams remembers Adam Scott’s historic Masters win. In his own words, caddie Steve Williams relives Adam Scott’s 2013 Masters victory.
 
  4/7/2014 4:35:00 PM
Masters: Reports of Augusta National damage were exaggerated. By Geoff Shackelford AUGUSTA, GA. -- A foggy morning has turned more ominous when a thunderstorm rolled through the area, forced Masters officials to close Augusta National to practice and patrons at 10 a.m....
 
  4/7/2014 3:02:00 PM
Golf Digest’s Paulina cover inspires hilarious pictorial spoof. By Luke Kerr-Dineen Photographer Cy Cyr, whose photographs have appeared in Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated and the Golf Channel among many others, was inspired by our Paulina Gretzky May issue cover."Photographer Walter Iooss is...
 
  4/7/2014 11:30:00 AM
Masters: Storms halt prep as Augusta closes. The first day of Masters week was a short one, as dangerous weather and storms forced the closing of Augusta National after just two hours followed by a later decision to not re-open to spectators.
 
  4/7/2014 9:03:00 AM
Masters: Masters trivia test. 
 
  4/6/2014 8:25:00 PM
Watch the incredible two shots that got Matt Jones into the Masters. By Alex Myers Johnny Miller dubbed them the two best shots of 2014. They’re certainly the two most memorable shots of Matt Jones’ career. Related: Our favorite Johnny Millerisms First, Jones holed a difficult...
 
  4/6/2014 6:41:00 PM
Thompson wins Kraft Nabisco for 1st major title. Lexi Thompson left Michelle Wie behind Sunday -- off the tee and on the leaderboard in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
 
  4/6/2014 2:01:00 PM
Scott on Masters: ’Determined’ to retain title. While Adam Scott’s days as reigning Masters champion may be coming to an end, the Aussie is not quite ready to give the green jacket back.
 
  4/5/2014 6:19:00 PM
Video: Jimmy Fallon’s charmed existence continues, holes bunker shot on camera. By Sam WeinmanThese are heady days to be Jimmy Fallon. The new host of "The Tonight Show" has nudged ahead of his competition with consistently strong ratings. And when he plays golf, he holes bunker...
 
  4/4/2014 1:06:00 PM
Masters: A couch potato’s guide to Augusta National. 
 
  4/4/2014 12:22:00 PM
Stacy Lewis: Paulina Gretzky on GD cover is frustrating.  News that Paulina Gretzky will appear on the cover of Golf Digest frustrates some of the LPGA pros at the Kraft Nabisco Championship this week.
 
  4/4/2014 11:17:00 AM
Union League to vote on Torresdale Frankford CC deal. 
 
  4/3/2014 11:48:00 PM
Golf Digest’s Cover Spurs Criticism From L.P.G.A. Pros. Golf Digest’s May issue features Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of the hockey great Wayne Gretzky, a decision that has frustrated some golfers on the L.P.G.A. Tour.
 
  4/3/2014 3:02:00 PM
Tiger’s bum back shrinks ticket prices for Masters. 
 
  4/3/2014 4:00:00 AM
Photos: Paulina Gretzky Cover Shoot. Exclusive photos of Paulina Gretzky from Golf Digest’s May 2014 cover shoot
 
  4/2/2014 10:36:00 PM
Deadspin calls out the Tiger Woods ’bull---’ machine. 
 
  4/2/2014 8:02:00 PM
Here come the first-time golf course buyers. By Peter Finch Sometimes it seems Donald Trump is the only guy buying golf courses. In fact, there are other buyers -- and quite a few of them are newbies to the golf business,...
 
  4/2/2014 5:17:00 PM
Golf’s decline in the UK and where have all the nicknames gone?. By John Strege Stories worth your time, in case you missed them: In 1983, there were 12 tournaments played in England and Wales, Derek Lawrenson notes in the United Kingdom’s Golf Today. Today there are...
 
  4/2/2014 4:08:00 PM
The Grind: A Tiger-less Masters, Rickie hangs with Lolo, and the ubiquitous Jim . By Alex Myers Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where Tiger Woods’ stunning announcement that he’ll miss his first Masters as a pro raises several questions. Who will everyone complain about not being...
 
  4/2/2014 4:08:00 PM
Meet the PGA Tour pro who isn’t talking about the Masters. By John Huggan With only eight days until the start of the Masters, most of the talk on the range at the Shell Houston Open inevitably veers to the prospects for -- and now...
 
  4/1/2014 9:00:00 PM
How will Tiger’s injury affect TV ratings at the Masters?. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that after undergoing back surgery the previous day, he’d be skipping the Masters for the first time in 20 years.
 
  4/1/2014 8:48:00 PM
Why Tiger Woods could miss all four majors in 2014. 

By Alex Myers

On Tuesday, Tiger Woods’ announcement that he had undergone successful back surgery and would miss the Masters for the first time as a pro led to two main questions: What is a microdiscectomy and how long will Woods be out of action?

 

  4/1/2014 5:47:00 PM
The Grind: A Tiger-less Masters, Rickie hangs with Lolo, and the ubiquitous Jim . 

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where Tiger Woods’ stunning announcement that he’ll miss his first Masters as a pro raises several questions. Who will everyone complain about not being able to watch during the tournament’s limited TV coverage on Thursday or Friday now? Will

 
  4/1/2014 9:17:00 AM
Tiger Woods has back surgery, pulls out of Masters. Tiger Woods will miss the Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months.

It will be the first time in 20 years that Woods will not play in the event.

Woods, 38, has been suffering from back spasms that were an issue during competition last fall and resurfaced again last month at the Honda Classic, where Woods withdrew during the final round.
 
  4/1/2014 4:00:00 AM
11 Things I Learned From Playing In My First PGA Tour Event. Ever wonder what it’s like to play in a PGA Tour event? One pro let us know.
 
  3/31/2014 8:39:00 AM
Congressional members vote to keep Tiger's event through 2020.  The membership at Congressional Country Club approved a proposal that would keep Tiger Woods’ Quicken Loans National at the Blue Course through 2020.
 
  3/31/2014 8:39:00 AM
Quotes of the Week: March 30, 2014.  From Tiger Woods discussing the state of his back injury and the Masters to Phil Mickelson having injury issues of his own at the Texas Open, here are the Quotes of the Week.
 
  3/31/2014 8:39:00 AM
Judge puts PGA Tour on the clock in Singh lawsuit.  Slow play is not limited to the golf course when it comes to the PGA Tour, and a New York Supreme Court judge put the circuit on the clock this week.
 
  3/31/2014 8:39:00 AM
McDowell clarifies Tiger comments on Twitter.  Graeme McDowell took to Twitter Thursday to clarify comments he made about Tiger Woods losing his "force field of invincibility."
 
  3/31/2014 8:36:00 AM
Masters: Scott Hoch reflects on missed putt that cost him the Masters. Scott Hoch reflects on the missed putt that cost him the 1989 Masters.
 
  3/31/2014 8:30:00 AM
Masters: Tour Confidential: What if Tiger and Phil can’t play?. After Phil Mickelson’s WD at the Valero Texas Open, it’s possible the game’s two biggest stars could miss the Masters. Our roundtable takes on a Masters without Tiger or Phil, whether majors should be played at all-male clubs and the game’s best-dressed players.
 
  3/31/2014 8:30:00 AM
Masters: Will Tiger Woods be forever stuck on major No. 14?. When Arnold Palmer put on his fourth green jacket 50 years ago, no one knew it would be his last major win, at age 34. Tiger Woods is stuck on No. 14, writes Cameron Morfit. Is history repeating?
 
  3/30/2014 9:46:00 PM
’Is it time to look beyond Tiger and Phil?’. 

By John Strege

SAN ANTONIO -- Google "Phil Mickelson" and "tinkering" and more than 69,000 results turn up. Mickelson tinkers with his swing, his putting stroke, his equipment, attempting to find the square peg that fits a round hole.

This time, at the Valero Texas Open, he was tinkering with a driver swing to take to the Masters, working on a custom fit for Augusta National’s generous fairway widths.

 
  3/30/2014 6:50:00 PM
Bowditch gets first Tour win at Texas Open. Steven Bowditch held on to win the Texas Open in windy conditions Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Masters.
 
  3/27/2014 9:09:00 PM
Bill Murray wears Pabst Blue Ribbon golf pants. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

At his annual Charity golf tournament on Thursday in Florida, Bill Murray continued to rule the golfing world. He showed up wearing a pair of Pabst Blue Ribbon golf pants, which he showed off in a picture with local news reporter Lindsey Boetsch.

 
  3/27/2014 10:07:00 AM
IGF worried over Rio Olympic golf course delays. Construction on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro remains way behind schedule, putting in jeopardy a planned test tournament next year, according to the head of the International Golf ’Federation.
 
  3/27/2014 12:04:00 AM
Masters: field almost full, Texas Open last chance to get in. This week’s Valero Texas Open is the last chance for players to crack the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot in the Masters. Richard Sterne is No. 53 and George Coetzee is No. 55 - except they’re not in the field at San Antonio. The only players at the Texas Open who can move into the top 50 are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Without any movement, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland (who won Dubai) is the only player who will have moved into the top 50 since the end of last year.
 
  3/26/2014 6:55:00 PM
PGA Tour Midseason Awards: Player of the (Half) Year, Best Shot, Biggest Letdown. That’s right. The new wraparound schedule pushed up the start of the year by three months, so even with the Masters a couple of weeks away, it’s time for Alan Shipnuck to hand out some hardware, like the season's 'Most Notable Body Part.'
 
  3/26/2014 6:55:00 PM
Golf writers booted off Hall of Fame panel. In sweeping changes announced Sunday, a 16-member panel with a majority of golf administrators now decides who gets in the Hall of Fame.
 
  3/26/2014 6:55:00 PM
2014 Masters field almost set as Tour moves to Texas. 

The Texas Open is the last chance for players to crack the top 50 in the world ranking and earn a spot in the Masters.

 

 
  3/26/2014 9:58:00 AM
R&A Golf Club asks for vote to allow women. In a potentially-historic move, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has asked its membership to consider admitting women members for the first time, with a vote scheduled for September.
 
  3/26/2014 8:20:00 AM
R.I.P. Bruce Parkinson, 86, golfer, GAP Distinguished Service Award winner. 
 
  3/26/2014 4:00:00 AM
Tiger Woods’ Uncertain Future. From the start, 2014 felt like it would be a big year for Tiger Woods in his quest to close in on Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 majors. His back injury only makes it seem more so.
 
  3/26/2014 12:47:00 AM
R.I.P. Golfweek writer Ron Balicki, 65. PGA Tour players, college golfers and their coaches alike took time Tuesday on Twitter to memorialize Ron Balicki, the only writer in the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Hall of Fame, who passed away Tuesday. PGA Tour players, college golfers and their coaches alike took time Tuesday on Twitter to memorialize Ro
 
  3/25/2014 3:03:00 PM
If bookmakers are right, then Tiger Woods will play in the Masters (and he’ll pr. By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Tiger Woods may be playing down his chances of playing in the Masters -- "It’s still a little too soon," he said in a press conference on Monday -- but the bookmakers aren’t buying it.

 
  3/25/2014 12:11:00 PM
Feherty: Out of Bounds with Jim Furyk.  Former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk was David Feherty’s second guest on Season 4 of "Feherty." Here’s are some Out of Bounds videos from the interview.
 
  3/25/2014 12:11:00 PM
Quicken Loans to sponsor Tiger's D.C.-area event.  Quicken Loans has signed on as the title sponsor for Tiger Woods’ Washington, D.C.-area event through 2017, it was announced Monday.
 
  3/25/2014 12:11:00 PM
WGHOF to use committees to determine inductees.  The World Golf Hall of Fame will now use a 20-person Selection Sub-Committee and 16-person Selection Commission to determine who will be inducted every two years.
 
  3/25/2014 11:44:00 AM
Back Creek GC is a U.S. Senior Open qualifying site. 
 
  3/24/2014 11:16:00 PM
Tour Confidential: Is Adam Scott still the Augusta favorite?. Will Adam Scott's stumble in the final round at Bay Hill affect him at the Masters? Our roundtable debates whether Scott is still the Augusta favorite, how ready Tiger Woods will be, Bubba Watson's allergy-related WD, and the greatest upsets in golf history.
 
  3/24/2014 11:13:00 PM
Tiger: 'Too soon' to know about Masters status.  Tiger Woods said Monday that it’s still “too soon” to know about his status for the upcoming Masters.
 
  3/24/2014
Heritage Creek Golf Club. When Heritage Creek GC opened six holes in 2011, I took a couple of laps around it and penned a story. Following are the first few paragraphs:

In recent years, the conventional wisdom in the golf industry has been that to grow the game, you’ve got to "think outside the box."

Say hello to Heritage Creek Golf Club.


 
  3/23/2014 3:30:00 PM
Getting into World Golf Hall of Fame just got tougher . By Ron Sirak

WGHOF-Montgomerie.jpgORLANDO -- The World Golf Hall of Fame is one of the best-kept sec
 
  3/22/2014 6:05:00 PM
R.I.P. Former USGA executive director Frank Hannigan. 
 
  3/22/2014 4:32:00 PM
Adam Scott builds 7-shot lead at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational. A day after he shot 62 to tie the course record at Bay Hill, Adam Scott rolled to a seven-shot lead with a 68 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The reigning Masters champion has the largest-ever lead at the tournament after two rounds.
 
  3/22/2014 4:32:00 PM
1955 U.S. Open champ Jack Fleck passes away at 92. 

Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open in a playoff with Ben Hogan, has died. He was 92.

The Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith said Fleck died Friday after a brief illness.

 
  3/22/2014 3:51:00 PM
Jim Furyk, not Kevin Na, ’probably the slowest player’. 

By John Strege

Kevin Na has become golf’s poster boy for slow play, but is he being unfairly targeted? Is he even the slowest player on the PGA Tour?

Brandel Chamblee and Arron Oberholser engaged in an interesting conversation on Golf Channel’s Golf Central Pregame Saturday morning and were in agreement on their answers.

 
  3/22/2014 10:51:00 AM
WGAP’s longtime executive director abruptly resigns on eve of season. The Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia (WGAP) has been left scrambling to prepare for the upcoming tournament season after its longtime executive director abruptly resigned March 11 in the middle of a board meeting.

The executive, Charlotte Barnhard, (left, in photo) had been executive director for 43 years and was WGAP’s only fulltime employee. WGAP’s only other paid employee, Barnhard’s part-time executive assistant, Mary Jane Littlepage, also resigned at the same time.

 
  3/21/2014 9:21:00 PM
Top Teacher: Guys who swing like Tiger don’t last. By Matthew RudyLike every top teacher, Dr. Jim Suttie has a take on Tiger Woods’ back trauma, and how it could be related to his swing. But Suttie is more than a Top 50 instructor...
 
  3/21/2014 4:06:00 PM
Fleck, winner of 1955 U.S. Open, dies at 92. Jack Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open in a playoff with Ben Hogan, has died. He was 92.
 
  3/21/2014 3:41:00 PM
Underrated moments in golf history: Sergio Garcia climbs a tree to hit a one-han. 

By Alex Myers

Most golf fans remember Tiger Woods won for the eighth time at Bay Hill in 2013. Yada yada, been there, done that. But what happened for a first time at the same tournament? Sergio Garcia climbed a tree to hit a one-handed backward shot.

 

  3/20/2014 9:23:00 PM
Foremost Bobby Jones’ authority donates research collection. 
 
  3/20/2014 4:24:00 PM
Former Minnesota golf coach calls sexual-bias case award ‘vindicating’. Nearly three years after Katie Brenny brought a lawsuit alleging the University of Minnesota had fired her as women’s golf coach after learning she is a lesbian, she was awarded a maximum of $359,000 by Judge Thomas Sipkins of Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis. Nearly three years after Kat
 
  3/20/2014 1:35:00 PM
Tiger has bulging disk in back, source says. Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday. Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday.
 
  3/20/2014 8:31:00 AM
Study finds sparks from titanium-coated golf clubs ignites fires. Golfers are urged to swing with care after scientists at the University of California, Irvine, proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause course-side vegetation to burst into flames.
 
  3/19/2014 6:44:00 PM
USGA’s Mike Davis takes skeptical LPGA members questions about twin U.S. Opens. By Ron Sirak

PHOENIX -- When the twin U.S. Opens were announced in 2009 it was all blue birds and butterflies. Having the men and women’s national championships played on the same course in consecutive weeks would be a great thing for golf.

But as the double feature at Pinehurst No. 2 this June grows nearer, the realization of all that also could go wrong looms larger -- and more real.
 
 
  3/19/2014 4:27:00 PM
Bay Hill’s biggest star? He won’t even hit a shot this week. Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings when someone orders an Arnold Palmer. Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings wh
 
  3/19/2014 3:41:00 PM
Plaintiff attorney: Tiger Woods ’smug,’ not a strong witness. 

By John Strege

The attorney for Gotta Have it Golf, the memorabilia concern that won its lawsuit against Tiger Woods’ company, ETW Corporation, last week was less than impressed with Woods as a witness.

 
  3/19/2014 2:14:00 PM
The coolest miniature golf hole in the world exists, and it lives in Oregon. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

It’s called the "Mission Impossi-Hole." The futuristic miniature golf hole is part of Portland’s Smash Putt course, an alternative golf experience being hosted in the city through the end of March.

 
  3/18/2014 5:02:00 PM
We filled out a March Madness bracket based on quality of golf. The winner is.... 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Whatever the year, whatever the formula, whatever the indications or the seedings, every year millions of people fill out "March Madness" brackets, and millions are proven wrong.

We took a slightly different approach this year. Car
 
  3/18/2014 4:08:00 PM
The Grind: Waiting on Na, fearing the Florida Swing, and reliving a nightmarish . 

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we . . . hold up a second . . . hang on a minute . . . just waiting for Kevin Na to hit his next shot. OK, we’re good to go. Look, we’d probably move a little slower if we knew millions of people were watching us work. Should we put a comma here? Do we need more of an explanation there? Can we mention Paulina Gretzky again? That kind of constant scr

 
  3/18/2014 3:12:00 PM
In naming Jay Monahan deputy commissioner, the PGA Tour appears to have a succes. 

By Ron Sirak

There are those who like to bash PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, and for the life of me I don’t get them. True, Tim is not Mr. Warmth and he can spin sentences that seem to have no beginning or end -- he is, after all, an economist, lawyer and politician by training -- but in my mind he has one of
 
  3/18/2014 2:30:00 PM
Tiger pulls out of Bay Hill because of back pain. 

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  3/18/2014 12:40:00 AM
Fact Check: Is playing with Kevin Na really unfair?. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Robert Garrigus’ caddie, Brent Henley, made news over the weekend at the Valspar Championship when he criticized Kevin Na’s slow play.

"It ain’t fair playing with Kevin Na," Henley  
  3/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
Inkster to be named 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup captain. By Ron Sirak

PHOENIX, Ariz. - With the United States experiencing the most lopsided beating in Solheim Cup history last August at Colorado Golf Club -- Europe winning for the first time on U.S. soil by a jolting 18-10 margin -- a no-nonsense captain seems logically to change the Americans’ fortunes. And it appears they will have just that. 

 
  3/16/2014 11:22:00 PM
Na a visceral reminder of golf’s slow-play issues. 

By John Strege

The laborious manner in which Kevin Na plods his way around a golf course can be akin to watching paint dry, preferably Valspar Paint, of course.

Valspar is the new title sponsor of the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay tournament, and Na had a brush with victory, before coming up a stroke short on a windy Sunday on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort.

Na, however, was trending, as th

 
  3/16/2014 4:40:00 PM
Are there gay players on the PGA Tour? Brandt Snedeker says odds are yes. By Sam Weinman

An openly gay athlete in the testosterone-filled world of male professional sports isn’t the radical thought it was even a year ago. The NBA’s Jason Collins, after coming out in a Sports Illustrated cover story last year, signed a 10-day contract with t
 
  3/16/2014 4:00:00 AM
Izett Golf in Ardmore -- Little Shop of Hope. Founded in 1937, Izett Golf is believed to be the oldest continuous custom-clubfitting company in the U.S., both a rich history and a state-of-the-art knack for helping golfers.

Sam Snead credits his custom-made Izett driver with his ability to split fairways, enabling him to win tournament after tournament. Jay Sigel, the legendary Philadelphia golfer, is another Izett true believer

Recently, Jeff Silverman visited the Izett shop on Haverford Road for Golf World to find out why their clubs and their fitting system are still special.
 
  3/15/2014 6:03:00 PM
Daly’s dirty dozen? Arnold Palmer had one, too. 
 
  3/14/2014 1:13:00 PM
A top public course, given up for dead, shows signs of life. By Peter Finch

The best news in golf this week--better even than the jury verdict in Tiger Woods vs. Gotta Have It Golf Inc.--came from Henderson, Nev.

The new owners of Lake Las Vegas Resort plan to reopen Reflection Bay Golf Club by the end of this year. Arnold Palmer Go

 
  3/14/2014 9:29:00 AM
Botched ’golf tee in butt’ stunt prompts model to sue Playboy. 
 
  3/14/2014 7:25:00 AM
Death of a golf course, Myrtle Beach-style. 
 
  3/13/2014 7:27:00 AM
Hate the long winter? So does the golf industry. "A long winter isn’t good for the golf business, but [by itself] it can’t hurt us too badly," National Golf Foundation President Joe Beditz told CNBC.

"Now if the bad winter weather extends into bad spring weather—then we have something to worry about from an equipment sales perspective."

About $2.9 billion is spent on greens fees during March and April combined. Rounds of golf are a highly perishable inventory, much like hotel rooms. Once the day is gone, the revenue potential for that day is gone forever.
 
  3/13/2014 1:11:00 AM
ShopRite to remain LPGA tournament title sponsor through 2016. By Ron Sirak

ShopRite-logoflag-300.jpgThere is more good news for LPGA commissioner Mike Whan and Jon Podany, his chief marketing officer who left the PGA Tour in 2010 to work with his former Miami of Ohio football teammate. The L
 
  3/12/2014 8:38:00 PM
Trump has more than tweaks in mind for Blue Monster. 

By Dave Shedloski

MIAMI - Kids say the darndest things. So does Donald Trump. God love him.
 
It was Sunday night on the 18th green of the revamped Blue Course at Trump National Doral, and the owner was holding court with a handful of local TV stations. The trophy had been awarded to Patrick Reed, the winner of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and Trump had joined Reed for an obligatory phot

 
  3/12/2014 4:58:00 PM
GAP: In 2014, White Manor to host Amateur, Applebrook to host Open. 
 
  3/12/2014 4:14:00 PM
Communications head Joe Goode to leave USGA. By Ron Sirak

Joe Goode, the managing director of communications for the USGA, will leave the organization later this year as part of an internal restructuring, sources told GolfDigest.com. Staff was informed of the move in an email from executive director Mike Davis, sources said.

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  3/12/2014 8:17:00 AM
U.S. Open could be headed to Torrey Pines in 2021.  An invitation to host the 2021 U.S. Open has been extended to Torrey Pines South, a source with the USGA confirmed Tuesday.
 
  3/12/2014 8:17:00 AM
USGA announces 12 sites for U.S. Open sectionals.  The USGA on Monday announced the 12 sectional qualifying sites for this year’s U.S. Open.
 
  3/12/2014 12:48:00 AM
2019 PGA, 2024 Ryder Cup headed to Bethpage Black . PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- In an unprecedented agreement between The PGA of America and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., one of the country’s most popular venues, has been selected to host the 101st PGA Championship in 2019, and serve as the site of the 45th Ryder Cup in 2024. With Gov. Cuomo in attendance, the dual announcement was made today at Bethpage State Park. Bethpage Black, the renowned gem of five public golf courses within the state park prop
 
  3/12/2014
Philadelphia: The often over-looked ultimate golf town. (Here’s a piece I wrote for Links magazine prior to last summer’s Open at Merion)

Call me a homer, but I submit to you that Philadelphia, site of the 2013 U.S. Open, is one of the great golf towns in America. Perhaps the ultimate golf town.

I know, you think I’m nuts. Your image of Philadelphia may harken back to the tough, blue-collar neighborhoods in Rocky, or the rowdy crowds on Monday Night Football, or perhaps you hold it against us that we once pelted Santa Claus with snowballs. (Photo: USGA)
 
  3/11/2014 9:09:00 PM
You’ll want to watch this incredible two-man golf trick shot over and over again. 

By Alex Myers

We don’t know anything about these two guys -- other than they’ve created the latest golf trick shot video to go viral. Uploaded to YouTube just two weeks ago, the clip already has nearly 600,000 views.

 

  3/11/2014 6:28:00 PM
Weird Golf News Of The Week: Did burglars steal a set of golf clubs linked to th. blog-oj-clubs-480.jpg

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

When burglars broke into the home of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom home on March 4, it wasn’t anyth
 
  3/11/2014 5:45:00 PM
Only in politics: State senator hosting ’virtual golf outing’. 
 
  3/11/2014 3:28:00 PM
The Grind: Patrick Reed’s new nickname, Donald Trump’s big week, and Tiger’s bad. 

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we are still trying to figure out why Patrick Reed’s comments caused such an uproar. A guy who has played as well as anyone since last summer thinks he’s currently one of the five best golfers in the world? How dare he! A guy who is great at what he does has the goal of being the best at his profession? The nerve! A guy not named Tiger Woods is bold enough

 
  3/11/2014 3:11:00 PM
Steve Williams is still talking about his breakup with Tiger Woods, says they ha. By Sam Weinman

Even when his new boss is the reigning Masters champion, it’s fair to say Steve Williams is still more of a draw as Tiger Woods’ spurned former caddie. At least that would explain his guest appearance on Australia’s Fox Sports’ Golf Show this week, in which the veteran caddie says he and the world No. 1 are still
 
  3/11/2014 1:33:00 PM
Torrey Pines in line to host 2021 U.S. Open. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

The 2021 U.S. Open looks to be heading back to Torrey Pines -- 13 years after Tiger Woods’ thrilling victory over Rocco Mediate in what many consider one of history’s most dramatic Opens. 
 
  3/11/2014 1:01:00 PM
Tiger being treated, intends to play Bay Hill. Tiger Woods aims to play next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he is the defending champion and has won eight times, despite back issues that have plagued him the past two tournaments.
 
  3/10/2014 12:41:00 AM
Video: Tiger’s lovely ladies. 
 
  3/10/2014 12:34:00 AM
Trump on tough Doral: 'Couldn't do any better'.  While assessments varied, most players considered the redesigned Blue Monster a work in progress following four windy days at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
 
  3/10/2014 12:34:00 AM
Reed becomes youngest WGC winner at Doral.  Patrick Reed held off a strong contingent of the world’s greatest players on Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac for his third PGA Tour title.
 
  3/10/2014 12:34:00 AM
Mickelson 'expected a little bit more' from redesign.  Phil Mickelson was critical of Gil Hanse’s work in redesigning Trump National Doral.
 
  3/10/2014 12:33:00 AM
Tour Confidential: Is the Woods/Mickelson era nearing its end?. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have had bad backs and no top 10 finishes this year, while the Tour’s young guns keep winning. Is the Tiger/Phil era coming to a close? Our roundtable on Patrick Reed’s big win, the redesigned Doral, and Ian Poulter’s angry tweet.
 
  3/8/2014 3:49:00 PM
Tiger surges up Doral leaderboard with 66. For the first time in 2014, Tiger Woods will enter the final round of a golf tournament with a legitimate chance to win.
 
  3/8/2014 1:23:00 PM
Rookie apologizes after Poulter’s Twitter rant. ideki Matsuyama apologized to Ian Poulter on Saturday morning, one day after the Englishman took to Twitter and called the Japanese star an "idiot" for apparently damaging a green by thrusting his putter into it at the 13th hole during the second round of
 
  3/7/2014 12:21:00 AM
Doral: Blue Course elicits blue language. 
 
  3/7/2014
Twilight of the Gods: Is This The End of The Line For Tiger And Phil?. The on-course struggles and health woes of Tiger and Phil might be mere early season hiccups. More ominously, they could be signs that their primacy is nearing its end, writes Sports Illustrated’s Gary Van Sickle.
 
  3/7/2014
Florida course facing gambling investigation.  A Tampa-area golf course is currently under investigation for the gambling that occurs during the weekly golf leagues it hosts.
 
  3/7/2014
The science behind Tiger Woods’ back spasms .  To be technically correct, the back spasms that prompted Tiger Woods to withdraw from last week’s Honda Classic were the result of an issue born from troubles with the world No. 1’s thoracolumbar fascia.
 
  3/7/2014
Golf Channel’s Arnie, The Definitive Film Covering The Life And Legacy Of A.  Golf Channel’s primetime television event, Arnie, begins with the questions: “How do you tell a story of a life that’s larger than life? How do you find a way to put together all the memories, all the accomplishments, all the impact? And do what a story is supposed to do? And ensure it lasts forever? Someday – even decades – maybe centuries from now, they’ll hear the name Arnold Palmer and they’ll want to know everything.”
 
  3/6/2014 7:44:00 PM
Underrated moments in golf history: Phil Mickelson turns a post-round TV intervi. 

By Alex Myers

Leave it to Phil Mickelson to make a replay of a spectacular shot even better than the shot itself.

Related: 15 signs you’re watching too much golf on TV

At the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Mickelson fo

 
  3/6/2014 5:26:00 PM
Tiger 2 over through 10 at suspended Doral. Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday -- this time because of the weather, not his back.
 
  3/6/2014 2:42:00 PM
Tiger’s porn queen ex-mistress a dead beat mom. 
 
  3/5/2014 3:48:00 PM
Exclusive: Ben Hogan’s 1953 clubs to be put up for sale, expected to sell for up. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

In an article Monday we posed the question: "Is this the golden age for golf collectors?" It turns out, we might not have been that far off.
 
  3/5/2014 12:42:00 PM
Video: Trailer for Arnie, 3-part documentary coming April 13. 
 
  3/5/2014 11:24:00 AM
For Dustin Johnson, turning 30, life at a crossroads. 
 
  3/5/2014 11:10:00 AM
The 17 Best Twitter Bios in Golf, Plus the Van Cynical Mailbag. It is not enough to simply enjoy things in our world. We must judge them, rate them, list them and rank them whenever possible,  Gary Van Sickle writes in his list of the 17 Best Twitter Bios. Plus, an all-new Van Cynical Mailbag.
 
  3/5/2014 7:44:00 AM
USGA: No anchor ban reprieve for amateurs. Amateurs will not get a reprieve when the anchored putting stroke goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
 
  3/4/2014 10:45:00 PM
Why Tiger Woods might not be wearing Nike in two years. 

By Alex Myers

Will Tiger Woods trade in the Swoosh for the stripes? It appears that way, but it’s not what you think.

No, the Nike pitchman since turning pro in 1996 isn’t about to leave a company that makes his own line of apparel. But when golf returns to the 2016 Summer Olympics, he could be required to wear (gasp!) Adidas.

 

  3/4/2014 3:46:00 PM
Grantland’s new mini-documentary on putt-putt is really good. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

We highly doubt Grantand’s newest mini-documentary on putt-putt will invoke the same controversy as another recent golf article, "Dr. V’s Magical Putter" (which they later apologized for), but cred
 
  3/4/2014 3:02:00 PM
Babe Didrikson Zaharias’ golf clubs sell at auction for $31,250. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Is this the golden age for golf collectors? We’re not really sure how to measure that, but if you do happen to have deep pockets and a penchant for golf memorabilia, the last few months have been a gold mine.

At a Los Angeles
 
  3/4/2014
As the injuries begin to pile up for Tiger Woods, so do the questions. The last time Tiger Woods quit in the middle of a round because of an injury, he won his next
 
  3/4/2014
On the verge of reasserting himself as golf’s next big name, Rory’s swing melted. No golfer is immune to pressure, not even 24-year-old two-time major winners, and Rory McIlroy’s comeback won’t be complete until he can close the door again when he has the lead, writes Gary Van Sickle.
 
  3/4/2014
Tour Confidential: Can Tiger Fix His Swing Before the Masters, and Is Rory Back?. After withdrawing from the Honda Classic with a bad back, a struggling Tiger Woods likely has just two starts -- or fewer -- before the Masters. Is that enough time? The Anonymous Pro joins our roundtable to talk Tiger, Rory and the Tour’s new young guns.
 
  3/4/2014
Golf Channel experts review the new Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami.  Golf Channel experts serve up their honest opinions of Trump National Doral Miami’s revamped Blue Monster on GolfAdvisor.
 
  3/4/2014
The enigmatic, unconventional Victor Dubuisson.  You know Victor Dubuisson as the escape artist who nearly won the Match Play. And ... that’s about it. Which is fine by him.
 
  3/3/2014 6:09:00 PM
Does Tiger Woods withdraw at an unusually high rate? Our rundown. 

By Alex Myers

Tiger Woods withdrew after the 13th hole on Sunday at the Honda Classic, citing a bad back. We’ve seen Woods, 38, walk off mid-round a few times in recent years, including twice during final rounds. But does he withdraw from events at a higher frequency than most or do we just notice more when it’s him pulling out? Overall, it was the sixth WD for Woods in 297 starts on the PGA Tour. Here’s how that stacks up

 
  3/3/2014 3:22:00 PM
Video: Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey’s golf swing. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar Sunday night for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club," good news not just because his performance thoroughly deserved it, but because he’s one of the most avid golfers in Hollywood.

 
  3/3/2014 3:09:00 PM
7 things Gil Hanse would have you know about the new Blue Monster. By Ryan Herrington

There was modest relief in Gil Hanse’s voice when the golf course architect chatted recently about the remodeled Trump National Doral’s Blue Course. He had already earned kudos from many within the golf cognoscenti when the overhauled course was previewed last month. He also received lavish praise from his boss, Donald Trump, who rewarded the work of Hanse and partner Jim Wagner by signing them to spruc
 
  3/3/2014 11:53:00 AM
Top amateur Rodgers to leave Stanford, go pro. Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, said Monday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue a professional career after this season.
 
  3/3/2014 6:12:00 AM
Tiger withdraws from Honda with back pain. Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on Sunday citing back issues, the same ones that bothered him toward the end of 2013.
 
  3/3/2014 6:02:00 AM
Henley wins four-man playoff to claim Honda. Russell Henley made good on his second chance at the 18th hole Sunday and won the Honda Classic in a four-man playoff.
 
  3/2/2014 5:03:00 PM
Brandel Chamblee: Tiger lacks firepower he once had. 

By John Strege

It always seemed unlikely that Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee would temper his analysis of Tiger Woods in the wake of the controversy he created last year with his grading Woods’ season an F and saying that he was "a little cavalier with the rules."

 
  3/2/2014 1:07:00 PM
Video: Paula’s Creamer’s 75-foot eagle putt to end victory drought. By Sam Weinman

There are putts you are trying to make, and there are the ones you are happy to get even remotely close. Paula Creamer’s eagle attempt in her second playoff hole on Sunday was supposed to be the latter.

The recently-engaged Creamer rolled in an improbable 75-footer against Azahara Mu
 
  3/1/2014 2:34:00 PM
There once were plans to demolish the Augusta National clubhouse. 
 
  3/1/2014 2:19:00 PM
The other Spieth can put the ball in the hole, too. 

By John Strege

Apparently, putting the ball in the hole is a Spieth family trait.

 
  3/1/2014 12:56:00 PM
College preview: LaSalle Explorers hope to continue momentum. 
 
  2/28/2014 12:09:00 PM
Philly Publinks: 2014 Tournament schedule released. 
 
  2/28/2014 5:40:00 AM
Wisconsin golf scene exploding with high-profile development.  Big changes are headed for the Wisconsin golf scene. On top of Erin Hills hosting the 2017 U.S. Open, Mike Keiser is planning a brand new golf resort while Herb Kohler is pondering a fifth course at the American Club.
 
  2/28/2014 5:40:00 AM
Woods, Mickelson reflect on loss of Eisenhower Tree.  Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both shared their thoughts Wednesday on the recent loss of the Eisenhower Tree at Augusta National.
 
  2/28/2014
McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links. When it opened in 2002, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the best new courses in the country.

Eleven years later, McCullough’s, which is owned by the township, is still going strong and still turning heads. Windswept and largely wide-open, McCullough’s likes to bill itself as a "taste of the British Isles at the Jersey Shore."
 
  2/27/2014 4:00:00 PM
15 Signs You Watch Too Much Golf On TV. Are you a TV golf addict? Then you’re probably showing some of these symptoms.
 
  2/27/2014 3:57:00 PM
Rory bounces back at Honda, leads with 63. On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.
 
  2/27/2014 12:28:00 PM
Head of Tiger Woods Foundation leaves to join the PGA Tour. Greg McLaughlin is leaving as head of the Tiger Woods Foundation after 14 years to join the PGA Tour.
 
  2/27/2014 11:18:00 AM
New sponsor likely for Tiger’s PGA event. 

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  2/26/2014 5:10:00 PM
Guaranteed way to ensure Tiger won’t play your event. 
 
  2/26/2014 3:10:00 PM
Scott to serve pavlova at Champions Dinner.  Adam Scott explained Tuesday that he plans to serve his mother’s pavlova recipe as part of his menu for the Masters Champions Dinner in April.
 
  2/26/2014 3:10:00 PM
Notes: Match Play changes; Spieth eyes Ryder Cup.  During a 7 1/2-minute chat with reporters on the Match Play Championship future, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem used the word ’change’ only once.
 
  2/26/2014 3:10:00 PM
Best moments from 'Caddyshack'.  In honor of Harold Ramis’ memory, Grill Room would like to pay homage to ’Caddyshack’ with this video montage of its most memorable moments.
 
  2/26/2014 10:00:00 AM
U.S. Open qualifying sites include Hidden Creek GC, Laurel Creek CC. 
 
  2/26/2014 7:40:00 AM
USGA recognizes African-American golf history, including Bill Bishop. 
 
  2/26/2014 7:17:00 AM
Elkington blasts ESPN’s coverage of Sam. Former PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam, ridiculing the former Missouri defensive end who recently announced that he is gay.
 
  2/25/2014 6:07:00 PM
Unfortunately, Steve Elkington is still saying stupid things on Twitter. 

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Surprise, surprise. Steve Elkington said something stupid on Twitter on Tuesday -- making a homophobic joke about the openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, who is participating in the NFL combine this week.

Just to put this i
 
  2/25/2014 5:34:00 PM
Tiger, Nicklaus, Hogan homes: Historical monuments?. 
 
  2/25/2014 5:15:00 PM
The Grind: Jason Day wins, Victor Dubuisson emerges, and Rory starts planning a . 

By Alex Myers

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we’re thankful for the match play refresher we received over the weekend. Some important lessons? 1. A golfer should always display good sportsmanship -- but not too much good sportsmanship; 2. No lead is safe, especially against Graeme McDowell; 3. Always expect your opponent to succeed. Even if his golf ball is lodged against a cactus in the desert. Eve

 
  2/25/2014 4:44:00 PM
False alarm, people. Furman’s men’s golf team won’t be disappearing, after all. By Luke Kerr-Dineen Just weeks after Furman University announced that its men’s golf team would be discontinued, the school has reversed the decision thanks to a group of alumni.The group -- which includes eight-time...
 
  2/25/2014 5:48:00 AM
What does this winter weather mean for grass, golfers?. 
 
  2/24/2014 1:51:00 PM
Health scare for Padraig Harrington. 
 
  2/24/2014 1:47:00 PM
Remembering Harold Ramis and ’Caddyshack’. 
 
  2/24/2014 1:12:00 AM
It’s now OK for Jason Day to say he wants to be No. 1. 

By John Strege

Jason Day has always been so long on potential that he had only a wedge left to fulfill it.

Even he thought so. He once took measure of his talent and concluded it was sufficient to "take him down," him being Tiger Woods. "My goal is to be the number one golfer in the world," he said then. He was 20. The backlash was immediate and immense.

 

  2/24/2014 12:29:00 AM
Watch Victor Dubuisson make the greatest back-to-back up-and-downs of all time. . 

By Alex Myers

You know Victor Dubuisson, the International Man of Mystery who crashed the final four of the WGC-Accenture Match Play? Well, apparently, he’s an International Man of Magic also.

After winning 17 and 18 to extend the championship match against J

 
  2/22/2014 6:03:00 AM
The Van Cynical Mailbag: Notah Begay on Golf Channel and Tiger Woods, and which . Notah Begay on the Golf Channel and Tiger, plus the best superhero golfer.
 
  2/22/2014 6:01:00 AM
Harig: Sergio Garcia shows his softer side. Sergio Garcia’s concession to Rickie Fowler at the WGC-Match Play likely proved expensive. In the end, though, the Spaniard’s actions showed a true appreciation for the sacred code of the game, writes ESPN.com’s Bob Harig.
 
  2/21/2014 9:02:00 PM
Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, and the weirdest ’good, good’ you’ll ever see. 

By Alex Myers

There’s good sportsmanship and then there’s, well, this.

Related: Why match play is still important

With Sergio Garcia’s third-round opponent, Rickie Fowler, facing a par putt of about 18 feet on the seventh hole,

 
  2/21/2014 5:33:00 PM
Gary McCord might lose course record to riparian habitat. 

By John Strege

Course records aren’t particularly meaningful, save for those that win PGA Tour events (see David Duval, 59 at the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West, 1999). But they are often interesting.

 
  2/20/2014 11:22:00 PM
Harris English dismisses No. 1 seed Rory McIlroy in Match Play upset. 

By Stephen Hennessey

MARANA, Ariz. -- It was two years ago that Harris English last teed it up with Rory McIlroy. Suffice it to say English feels like a different player.

 
  2/20/2014 1:25:00 PM - By Joe Bausch
The treasure trove of golf writing by A.W. Tillinghast. When Joe Bausch began to research the history of Cobb’s Creek GC, the city-owned gem with a rich history and pedigree, he made an unexpected and intriguing discovery: a treasure trove of golf writing by the well-known architect A.W. Tillinghast.

Tilly, it turns out, was a facile and profilic scribe who chronicled the city’s golf scene for two newspapers, The Public Ledger and The Record, from 1911 to 1918, in addition to his many articles for national golf magazines.

"Little did I know what I was getting into," writes Bausch, who spent countless nights pouring over microfilm at the Villanova Univeristy library. (USGA photo)
 
  2/19/2014 9:41:00 AM
Golden Bear still roars off the course. 
 
  2/19/2014 7:59:00 AM - By Seaview
Seaview to unveil Bay Course renovations. Highlighting the Bay Course renovations are new tee boxes on the fourth, fifth, 10th and 12th holes, which will add 150 yards in overall length to the golf course. Also, the creation of a new bunker complex between the fourth and fifth holes will further enhance the playing experience from the new back tee on hole number five.

Additional course refinements include the rebuilding of all existing tee boxes and tee surfaces on the Bay Course to create a better, more consistent playing surface for golfers.
 
  2/18/2014 9:29:00 PM
Vijay Singh gets key ruling in ’deer antler’ lawsuit against PGA Tour. 
 
  2/18/2014 8:28:00 PM
How the loss of Augusta National’s Eisenhower Tree could be a good thing. 

By Geoff Shackelford

When reality had sunk in that the Eisenhower Tree was no longer, we architecture wonks got excited. No, not at the site of a majestic specimen getting taken down by a silly ice storm. That’s sad.

 


 


 
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