March 6, 2017
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1. Well, that was fun. The World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship had quite the debut, with a star-studded leaderboard young and old, ridiculous hole-outs and a worthy champion in world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. What was your biggest takeaway from the week?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): That I can't wait to get back to Mexico City. This was the liveliest Tour event I can remember in a long time. The fans brought a great energy and Chapultepec was a very intriguing venue. Not to mention that another week in CDMX solidified it as one of my favorite cities on the planet.
Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: That's great to hear, Alan. Having been there, what was the vibe you got from the players? How did the Americans feel about being south of the border? Were they talking about Trump? I followed it, as people used to say, in the papers, and was stunned by the lengths the players were hitting their shots, in the thin air.
Jeff Ritter, digital development editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Group (@Jeff_Ritter): The excitement Alan experienced in person translated beautifully on TV. Big crowds, crazy shots, stellar leaderboard. The single biggest takeaway is probably that DJ solidified what could turn into a long run atop the World Ranking. But this tournament was a home run all the way around.Continue reading...
BY JOHN STREGE
Feb. 13, 2017
Jordan Spieth was not necessarily a forgotten man in recent months, but on a tour with a profusion of young winners the prevailing question they all face is this: What have you done lately?
What Spieth has done lately is to demonstrate that his slide from No. 1 to No. 6 in the World Ranking was largely illusory, an inaccurate reading of his standing in the game’s hierarchy.
What have you done lately? Spieth has finished first (in the Australian Open), third, third, ninth and first in his last five international starts, including a four-stroke victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.
It was easy to forget, in judging Spieth at 23 to an ostensibly unrealistic standard set by Spieth at 21 and 22, that even before his win at Pebble Beach he was still comparing favorably to a man who had set an even higher standard.Continue reading...
BY KEVIN CASEY
Feb. 6, 2017
Tiger Woods recently flamed out badly in Dubai, opening the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in birdie-free 77 and then withdrawing due to a back spasm. Just two weeks into his comeback to (official) competitive golf, some are already theorizing that the end is rapidly nearing.
Woods has dealt with some major injury issues in recent years – two back surgeries precipitated a 16-month layoff – and some psychological hurdles, specifically a case of the chipping yips that emerged in late 2014/early 2015. And yes, not playing competitive golf for over a year means it’ll take a little time for the performance to come back.
But this may be the most talented player of all time. What is really plaguing the 41-year-old?Continue reading...
By: Kevin Casey
January 15, 2017 10:17 pm
Here is a recap of Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii:
WINNER: Justin Thomas won. Shocker. What an absolutely dominant week from Thomas. Wire-to-wire win, but honestly that’s maybe the least exciting statistic we could list off. Thomas started the week by shooting 59, followed with 64 to break the PGA Tour’s 36-hole scoring record with 123, continued with a 65 to tie the Tour’s all-time 54-hole mark (188) and finished by beating the Tour’s historic previous low 72-hole total of 254 by doing one better.Continue reading...
The Associated Press
January 13, 2017
HONOLULU—Fresh of his victory on Maui, Justin Thomas became the seventh player to join the “59 Club” on the PGA Tour when he made a 15-foot eagle putt on his last hole Thursday at the Sony Open for an 11-under 59.
Thomas thought his hopes at a 59 were over when his drive on the par-5 ninth hole at Waialae Country Club was a foot from clearing a fairway bunker on the left and rolled back into the sand. He figured he couldn’t reach the green until realizing Daniel Berger hit 4-iron from the bunker onto the green.
Thomas figured “this wasn’t a time to lay up.”Continue reading...