June 23, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - Roar. Roar. Roar. As Jordan Spieth ticked off the second leg of what has become his Grand Slam quest and Dustin Johnson added another chapter to his legacy of disappoinment, the largest grandstand in U.S. Open history hardly could have asked for better theater. Six thousand had seats to one of the more thrilling finishes in major championship history. Louie Oosthuizen posted a 4-under with a sweet birdie putt ( ROAR ) . . . right about the time Spieth drooped from 6-under to 4 with a double-bogey on 17. Spieth then launched his second shot to the par-5 18th, straight and true; it rolled onto the green, up the back slope and swept by the right edge, leaving him 15 feet for eagle and two putts for the lead ( ROAR )
June 19, 2014 |
IT'S NEVER fun when an airline misplaces your luggage. But it's an entirely different matter when you're Rory McIlroy and your clubs go missing. McIlroy, who finished tied for 23rd at the U.S. Open last weekend, arrived in Ireland on Monday. But his clubs didn't. To make matters worse, he is scheduled to play in the Irish Open, which begins tomorrow in Cork. That caused the anxious youngster to fire off this tweet to United Airlines yesterday: "Hey @united landed in Dublin yesterday morning from Newark and still no golf clubs . . . Sort of need them this week . . . Can someone help!
August 13, 2013 |
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Two years ago in Atlanta, Jason Dufner was leading the PGA Championship by four with as many holes to play. He still wasn't able to close things out and went down in a playoff with Keegan Bradley. A lot of guys never get over that kind of flameout. This time, the 36-year-old, self-described Ben Hogan junkie was up two in the season's final major heading to the back nine at Oak Hill Country Club. This time, it would remain that way all the way to the celebration.
July 18, 2013
DID YOU KNOW? * Eleven of the previous 13 majors have been won by players who had never won one before. * Eighteen of the previous 19 majors have been won by different guys. The only one with two in that span is Rory McIlroy. * Non-Americans have won the previous four majors. * The record for low score at the British Open is 267, by Greg Norman in 1993 at Royal St. George's. * Eight players have shot 63 in this major: Mark Hayes (1977, Turnberry), Isao Aoki (1980, Muirfield)
April 29, 2013 |
GREG NORMAN said golf's anti-doping procedures are "disgraceful" and blood testing needs to be instituted as soon as possible. "You only have to look at what happened to Vijay Singh just recently to know the drugs issue is there," Norman told The Australian newspaper. Singh acknowledged in a magazine interview in January that he had used deer antler spray, which contains a muscle-building hormone banned by the PGA Tour. It can be detected only by blood tests. "How deep it is [the problem]
April 10, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - You can't hit this shot. You don't know anyone who can hit this shot. You probably don't know anyone who would even try to hit this shot. Bubba Watson snapped a 52-degree wedge out of a dirty lie on needles, deep in a pine and magnolia forest, around bushes and trees and a TV tower, 150 yards forward and 50 yards right, up a hill, to within 10 feet of the pin. That par-4 on No. 10 at Augusta National in a sudden-death playoff won last year's Masters.
April 11, 2009 |
A smile and tip of his baseball cap wasn't enough to show Gary Player's gratitude. So, with fans around the 18th hole standing and applauding, just as they had done on all the other holes during his last stroll around Augusta National, Player knelt at the edge of the green and pressed his hands together. After 52 years, he was done. "I'm not sad," the three-time Masters champion said yesterday. "You cannot be greedy in life - I've had more than my share. " Player took a few extra seconds to fish the ball out of the cup after his final putt, then walked off to one more round of applause.
April 9, 2009 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Has anyone ever deposited more of a blood trail on any golf course than Greg Norman at Augusta National? The evidence is downright gory. There was 1986, when he came to the 72nd hole, after making four consecutive birdies, and mailed a 4-iron shot way wide of the green. He couldn't save par, and finished one behind some 46-year-old legend named Jack Nicklaus. Nobody remembers the four birds. The following April, the Great White Shark got into a sudden-death playoff with Augusta native Larry Mize, who has never done anything before or since.
March 12, 2009 |
They came to Resorts casino, first and foremost, for the celebrities. Who could resist the draw of New Jersey's beloved crime family - Steve Schirripa, Frank Vincent, Vinny Pastore, and Dan Grimaldi, otherwise known as Bobby Bacala, Phil Leotardo, Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero, and Patsy Parisi from The Sopranos? OK, so Tony and Carmella weren't there. Not even Christopher or Uncle Junior. But two-and-a-half years after The Sopranos ended, even the supporting cast is still an attraction, especially in Atlantic City.
July 25, 2008 |
Four days after nearly making history at the British Open, Greg Norman labored to a 4-over 75 yesterday in the opening round of the Seniors British Open, to finish seven shots behind co-leaders Bruce Vaughan and Eduardo Romero. In sunny conditions at Troon, Scotland, Norman bogeyed six of the first 10 holes and was 6 over before he finally birdied the par-4 13th. He birdied the final hole with a pitch to 3 feet. "Things just weren't going my way early on," Norman said. "I just had to hang in there and gut it out the best I could.