August 19, 2016 |
MR. 58 TEES OFF at 8:10 a.m. Thursday. Eagles punter Donnie Jones, the oldest player on the team, will be in Pittsburgh on Thursday preparing for a preseason game. Still, he will be following what Jim Furyk does at the Wyndham Championships. So will the rest of the golf world. Because, the last time he played, Furyk shot the lowest score in the history of the PGA Tour. "Golll-eee, man!" said Jones, a Louisiana native. "I've never even shot even par! My best golf day was probably the day I shot 76. Jim Furyk, if you're listening: That was a hell of a round, man. " Among the four major American sports, kickers and punters tend to be the best golfers.
August 1, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - Lightning followed by steady, heavy rain Saturday forced officials to suspend the third round of play in the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. A gloomy forecast for Sunday raised the possibility that the season's final major might have to be extended to a fifth day. Play was suspended at 2:14 p.m. because of lightning in the area. Of the 86 players who made the 36-hole cut and advanced to Saturday's play, only 37 completed their rounds. Ten contestants, including co-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, did not tee off and faced the possibility of going 36 holes Sunday.
July 1, 2016 |
AT THE 2011 Masters, Australian Jason Day closed with two birdies to finish tied for second, two behind South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes. And two months later he got another second at the U.S. Open, eight in back of runaway winner Rory McIlroy. The previous August, Day had tied for 10th at the PGA Championship in his second major. But that April in Augusta, most people still didn't really know who the then-23-year-old was or what he might have in him. Golf is littered with guys who do something and are mostly never heard from again.
June 20, 2016 |
OAKMONT, Pa. - A varied collection of challengers each would like to be the one coming out to the 18th green at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday evening to collect the trophy for the U.S. Open championship, but there's plenty of work to be done before that happens. With U.S. Golf Association officials continuing their efforts to try to get back on schedule after a stormy Thursday, the Open ended another day with a round left incomplete, requiring 25 players to return to the course at 7 a.m. Sunday to finish up the third round.
June 19, 2016 |
OAKMONT, Pa. – As unusual days at the U.S. Open go, this one was pretty strange. Dustin Johnson, who went two rounds and 36 holes Friday at Oakmont Country Club and got in just before dark, was at the same 4-under-par figure as a relative unknown, Andrew Landry, who struck one shot all day – a 12-foot birdie putt that hit the bottom of the cup and finished off a first-round 66. Landry, a PGA Tour rookie who ranks No. 624 in the world this...
June 3, 2016 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - You see golfers getting hugged all the time as they celebrate moments on this green or that. This one was different. This was an international event, the Solheim Cup, where it's usually just teammates hugging teammates. This was a husband hugging his wife, and doing it in rural Germany, instead of, say, Jason Day embracing Ellie at Sawgrass. This wife, Gerina Piller, had just made a crucial putt for the United States that staved off defeat and paved the way for an epic comeback; this wife, who had come from golf's deepest shadows to bring her country glory.
October 5, 2015 |
Industrial Valley Bank and the local PGA Tour event that bank once sponsored are both defunct now. But for a brief period, from 1969 through 1980, those two entities found themselves enmeshed in a war that ultimately transformed the face of . And as a rich and powerful vanguard of the future stormed the gates of tradition, the losing side's last defense was a delete button. Difficult as it now may be to imagine, with nearly the entire world corporately branded, there was a time not long ago when a wall separated sports and business.
July 16, 2015 |
WE INTERRUPT this particularly dead time in our collective sports calendar to bring you the latest adventures of Donald Trump - a man who, when he isn't hosting a reality show, is one. I know: It's like feeding Canada geese, writing about this guy. It just produces more . . . well . . . mess. Trump is testing the limits of free speech and his own financial tolerance of it with this latest grab for attention, running for the nomination of a party that is already clearly running from him. He's like a human minesweeper for the Republicans, publicly testing out polarizing views that popularize Facebook pages but - even among a consortium of loose-cannon candidates - seem self-defeating for any serious presidential bid. By Trump's own admission, his insulting and inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants - "bringing drugs . . . crime . . . they're rapists" - have already cost him millions.
July 3, 2015 |
DONALD TRUMP has become like a skunk at a picnic. Everyone's trying to get as far away as possible. Yesterday, Macy's cut the cord with Trump's menswear line, and said in a statement, "We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture . . . In light of statements made by Donald Trump, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship. " As the type of guy who when dumped by a woman, yelled back, "I dumped you first!"
June 19, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - There is no NBA rule to make LeBron James self-deprecating. The NFL cannot force Marshawn Lynch to be a good sport, and Major League Baseball could never convince Barry Bonds to be pleasant. The same is true with Tiger. Neither the PGA Tour nor the USGA nor the legions of fans who follow him can coerce the most important golfer in history to be genuine or forthcoming about anything but the mechanics of the game. As he resumes his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus today at the U.S. Open, Woods becomes further diminished by the play and the personalties of his peers.