Photos of the Year - Part I

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 24, 2009, 3:54 am

LIVING THE DREAM...FOR A MOMENT: Tom Watson celebrates a birdie putt during the Open Championship at Turnberry. (Getty Images)

Omega Mission Hills World Cup 

COLORS OF THE WORLD UNITE: A close-up of a multi-national tee marker at the World Cup in Shenzhen, China. (Getty Images)

A patron wearing a Masters shirt 

SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE: A patron wearing a Masters shirt is seen during the first round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Getty Images)

Paula Creamer of the USA who has played three Solh

A-OK: Paula Creamer poses for the camera after helping the USA win the 2009 Solheim Cup. (Getty Images)

A spectator waits under an umbrella

NOT GIVING UP HIS SEAT: A spectator waits under an umbrella in a grandstand during the first round of the 109th U.S. Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York. (Getty Images)

A golf fan waits at the front gate 

BORDERELINE NUT: A golf fan spotted at the matches during the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods - Isleworth

BIG HOUSE, BIG MESS: An overhead view of Tiger Woods' mansion [center] in Isleworth Country Club. (Getty Images)

The Open Championship Trophy with the Lighthouse

HISTORIC DUO: The iconic claret jug sits in the foreground of the lighthouse built on the remains of Robert the Bruce's Castle on the Ailsa Course in Turnberry, Scotland. (Getty Images)

The yardage book of Phil Mickelson

BIBLE STUDY: The yardage book of Phil Mickelson during the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. (Getty Images)

Robert Allenby

SHORT MAN ... OR VERY TALL GRASS?: Robert Allenby waits to putt during the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. (Getty Images)

Australian Open 

BARGING IN ON THE FUN: Players putt out on the 13th green at the New South Wales Golf Club in Sydney, Australia. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk mark their golf balls 

MARKED MAN: Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk mark their golf balls during the third round of the Quail Hollow Championship at the Quail Hollow Club. (Getty Images)

Members of the Navy are seen on the 18th hole

MILITARY MIGHT: Members of the Navy are seen on the 18th hole during a military tribute prior to the start of The Players Championship. (Getty Images)

The colourful trousers of John Daly

GUESS WHO?: The colorful trousers of John Daly during the second round of the BMW Italian Open. (Getty Images)

Pablo Larrazabal of Spain plays into the 13th gree 

Pablo Larrazabal of Spain plays into the 13th green as Peter Lawrie of Ireland jokes behind his back during the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. (Getty Images)


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Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 7:31 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.