Photos of the Week

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 28, 2010, 8:29 pm

Beatriz Recari poses prior to the start of the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)Arnold Palmer

A LEGEND HAS FANS OF ALL AGES: Arnold Palmer shares time with a young fan at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Morgan Pressel

THAT IS SUCH A STRETCH: Morgan Pressel poses prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer Invitational

THREE EXCLAMATION MARKS MEANS IT'S SERIOUS: A sign warns fans of foul weather Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Amanda Bulmenherst

YOU DEVIL: Amanda Blumenherst poses with her Duke head cover prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson

THINK HE CAN SEE ME?: A volunteer watches Phil Mickelson during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen

FAMILY CELEBRATION: Louis Oosthuizen celebrates his first European Tour win at the Andalucia Open with his wife, Nel-Mare, and new-born daughter, Jana. (Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer Invitational fans

THIS IS WHAT DAD'S ARE FOR: A young fan has the perfect view Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Ernie Els

JUST A ROUTINE BIRDIE: Chris Couch congratulates Ernie Els after he holed a 70-yard approach for birdie on the par-4 ninth Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Natalie Gulbis

CAUGHT YOU: Natalie Gulbis works out in the fitness trailer at the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Sam Saunders and Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer watches grandson Sam Saunders on the range at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)Christina Kim

POSER: Christina Kim poses prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Colin Montgomerie

WHAT'S UP?: Colin Montgomerie during the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Pernilla Lindberg

VERY SWEDE: Pernilla Lindberg during Round 1 of the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Justin Rose and Leo

SHOULD CHECK INTO CHILD LABOR LAWS: Justin Rose's 13-month-old son Leo plays with the flagstick at the Tavistock Cup. (Getty Images)

Zabrizio Zanotti

FLYING HIGH: A plane flies overhead as Zabrizio Zanotti exits a bunker at the Andalucia Open. (Getty Images)

Ben Curtis

BLUE, BLUE SKY: Ben Curtis hits a shot on a picture-perfect day in Orlando Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer Invitational

MINI ARNIE: The top of the trophy presented to the champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Cap Cana Championship

DON'T MAKE ME SHUSH YOU: A volunteer asks for quiet during Round 2 of the Cap Cana Championship. (Getty Images)

Michelle Wie

GO BEGGING: Michelle Wie begs for a chip shot to fall during the third round of the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)


THE TORTOISE ...: A tortoise crawls at the Andalucia Open. (Getty Images)


... AND THE HARE: A hare runs at the Andalucia Open. (Getty Images)

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Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same

By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 6:25 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Webb granted U.S. Women's Open special exemption

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 6:22 pm

Karrie Webb's streak of consecutive appearances at the U.S. Women's Open will continue this summer.

The USGA announced Monday that the 43-year-old Aussie has been granted a special exemption into this year's event, held May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Alabama. Webb, a winner in both 2000 and 2001, has qualified for the event on merit every year since 2011 when her 10-year exemption for her second victory ended.

"As a past champion, I'm very grateful and excited to accept the USGA's special exemption into this year's U.S. Women's Open," Webb said in a release. "I have always loved competing in the U.S. Women's Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country."

Webb has played in the tournament every year since 1996, the longest such active streak, meaning that this summer will mark her 23rd consecutive appearance. She has made the U.S. Women's Open cut each of the last 10 years, never finishing outside the top 50 in that span.

Webb's exemption is the first handed out by the USGA since 2016, when Se Ri Pak received an invite to play at CordeValle. Prior to that the two most recent special exemptions went to Juli Inkster (2013) and Laura Davies (2009). The highest finish by a woman playing on a special exemption came in 1994, when Amy Alcott finished sixth.

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Notah: Driver is Tiger's No. 1 pre-Masters concern

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 5:49 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a Sunday charge at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending shockwaves through Bay Hill when it looked as though he might finally claim PGA Tour victory No. 80.

But the charge came to an end at the par-5 16th, where Woods had missed wide-right three days in a row before going OB-left on Sunday en route to bogey.

Woods’ API performance featured just a handful of drivers each day, as firm and fast conditions allowed him to make frequent use of a 2-iron off the tee.

That strategy led to a second top-5 finish in as many weeks, but if Woods wants to win again, if he wants claim another major, he is going to sort out his issues with the big stick.

A guest Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, Golf Channel’s Notah Begay believes the driver will be a focus for Woods in his pre-Masters preparation.

“Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver. … Any time he has to turn a shot right to left with trouble on the left, he struggles a little bit,” Begay said.

“Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

“And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

“So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

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McIlroy trails only Woods in Masters betting odds

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

After rallying for victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy is once again among the betting favorites for the upcoming Masters.

McIlroy was available at 16/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook last week, listed behind six other players. But after his three-shot win at Bay Hill, his odds were trimmed to 10/1, leaving him behind only betting favorite Tiger Woods.

Next month will mark McIlroy's fourth opportunity to close out the final leg of the career Grand Slam by slipping into a green jacket. Here's a look at the current betting odds, with the first round only 17 days away:

8/1: Tiger Woods

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

14/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose

16/1: Jason Day, Jon Rahm

18/1: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

25/1: Paul Casey, Bubba Watson

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman

50/1: Alex Noren

60/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters

80/1: Branden Grace, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

100/1: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner