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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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.