Full Coverage of the 2011 Players Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 15, 2011, 2:27 pm
The Players Championship

May 15, 2011
Jason Sobel: Choi's Boys
PGA Tour: Players Choi-ce
PGA Tour: Notes: Glover crumbles on Day 4, Day joins eagle club
Shag Bad: McDowell comes unglued in final-round 79
PGA Tour: Choi tops Toms in Players playoff
Randall Mell: No Tears, Just Hope
Shag Bag: Goydos makes another Players run
Shag Bag: Sergio looking happier on and off course
Shag Bag: Hoffman's double dunk costly at 17th
Shag Bag: Day bound for Texas, not Australia
Shag Bag: No. 17 no heaven for Stroud
Shag Bag: Sergio channeling old Sergio
Shag Bag: Old-timers day at The Players
Shag Bag: Jason Sobel's Live Blog from The Players
Shag Bag: The Players: 'No lead is safe'
Shag Bag: Finchem once again denies pressuring Tiger
Shag Bag: McDowell holds 54-hole lead at The Players
Shag Bag: McDowell leads Toms, Choi by one after 54 holes
Video: Playing out the Players drama
Video: Working his way to victory
Video: Miller and Hicks wrap up Choi's triumph
Video: John Hawkins: Thoughts on the 2011 Players

May 14, 2011
 Notes: Mother Nature does damage; Sunday Forecast
Rex Hoggard: A Long Sprint to the Finish
Shag Bag: Golf Channel Sunday programming for The Players
Shag Bag: Poulter sprints to Saturday finish
Shag Bag: TPC storm larger than forecasted
Shag Bag: After 4 1/2 hour delay, restart planned at TPC
No big move on a rain-shortened day at Sawgrass
Shag Bag: Cabrera’s finish delayed by storm
Shag Bag: Jason Sobel's Live Blog from The Players
Shag Bag: Finchem denies Woods was pressured to play
Shag Bag: Hear the Beard
Sabbatini, O'Hair clear the air on dispute
Video: Maintaining the Momentum
Video: The Perfect Combination
Video: Rex Hoggard on the Course

May 13, 2011
Notes: Unfortunate missed cuts and withdrawals
Shag Bag: Glover's luck looking up
Shag Bag: Plugged lie ‘great break’ for Watney
Shag Bag: Fishing clubs out of the water
Rex Hoggard: Back in the Thick of Things
Toms leads at halfway mark of The Players
Shag Bag: Toms’ lonely lob wedge
Randall Mell: On His Way Back
Rex Hoggard: Cut Line: Sawgrass Sights, Sounds
Shag Bag: Jason Sobel's Live Blog from The Players
Shag Bag: Catching up with the ‘other’ injured at TPC
Shag Bag: Toms has special motivation
Shag Bag: Vengeance is Lefty's at 13th
Shag Bag: The Players Live Chat with John Hawkins
Video: Web-exclusive: Hawkins wraps up Round 2
Video: Breaking down Mickelson's spotty play
Video: Hawk's video blog: Hall of Fame worthy?
Video: 'Live From' Wrap from Round 2
Video: Leading the Best Players

May 12, 2011
Watney fires 64, leads Players Championship
Shag Bag: Funny bounces with Ben Crane
Rex Hoggard: Another Detour for Tiger
A timeline of Tiger Woods’ injuries
Woods withdraws from The Player Championship
Shag Bag: Dufner trying to fulfill prognostication
Shag Bag: Jason Sobel's Live Blog from The Players
Shag Bag: Woods off to horrendous start at The Players
Shag Bag: The Players: Live Chat with John Hawkins
Punch Shots: Tee shot at 17th at TPC Sawgrass the most pressure-packed shot in tournament golf?
Woods withdraws from The Players after nine holes
Shag Bag: Waiting game for Woods
Punch Shots: Should Tiger Woods play in the U.S. Open?
Randall Mell: Talking With His Clubs
Crane's lucky 17, Glover's beard has FB page
Shag Bag: Duval's homecoming starts well
Shag Bag: O'Meara's Still Got It
Shag Bag: G-Mac back on track
Video: Live From crew discusses Woods' WD from The Players
Video: Sobel's thoughts on Woods' shortened Players
Video: John Hawkins reacts to Tiger Woods' Players WD
Video: Walker and Hawkins break down Round 1 action
Rich Lerner: Hooks and Cuts: Sawgrass Storylines

May 11, 2011
Jason Sobel: Prognosticating The Players
Golfers arrive for Ballesteros' funeral
Shag Bag: Around the horn at TPC Sawgrass
Shag Bag: Bones shares Mickelson's theatrical flair
Shag Bag: Feels like the first time
Punch Shots: Is The Players missing something without Westood and McIlroy?
Golfers, family gather for Ballesteros funeral
Shag Bag: Miller: 'It's an affront' Westwood and McIlroy are skipping The Players
Manassero looking for more power
Rex Hoggard: Bend It Like Bubba
Shag Bag: Kim going back to the basics
Shag Bag: Maggert withdraws from Players
Shag Bag: An island unto itself at Players Championship
Video: Silver anniversary: Spagnolo's 66 on 17
Video: Tiger back in action, answers many questions
Video: Assessing young Italian star Matteo Manassero
Video: The crew breaks down the conditions at TPC
Video: Attributes of a great closer broken down
Randall Mell: Confidence Run Amok
Miller not ruling out Tiger this week
Travel Blog: Where to play golf around TPC Sawgrass

May 10, 2011
Woods weighs in on Watson's comments
Jason Sobel: Tiger ready to shake off the rust
Randall Mell: Competing Against Any Generation
Video: Questions ... And Answers
Video: Opting Out
Video: Angelo Spagnolo: America's Worst Avid Golfer
Video: Tee to Green: TPC Sawgrass - Hole 4
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 6
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 9
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 10
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 11
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 12
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 13
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 14
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 16
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 17
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 17 green
Video: Tee to Green - TPC Sawgrass - Hole 18
Shag Bag: Goydos still adored at The Players
Shag Bag: Is Westwood right skipping The Players? U.S. Open may be the gauge
Shag Bag: Mickelson in position to move to No. 1
Punch Shots: Which non-major event would you most like to win?
Shag Bag: TPC's 17th: An island hole primer
John Feinstein: The Infamous Move to May
Fantasy Island: The Players Championship

May 9, 2011
Power Rankings: Donald lead the way at TPC Sawgrass
Video: The Golf Fix: The Players Championship Special
Video: Dot-com Extra: Martin's World
Video: Sprint 4G Speed Round: The Players Championship
Video: Dotcom Extra: The Missing Two

May 8, 2011
Shag Bag: Clark: I'll play The Players

May 6, 2011
PGA Tour: Woods to return for The Players

May 4, 2011

Hoggard: Missing Players
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.