Photos of the Year Part II

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 25, 2010, 11:54 pm



Mean Golf Ball

THE BOGEYMAN: A fan wears a mask as he watches play during the second round of the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club on July 2, 2010 in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)


Miguel JimenezSPANISH STYLE POINTS: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning in a play - off on the 18th hole after the final round of the Open de France ALSTOM at the Le Golf National Golf Club on July 4, 2010 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)

 

139th Open Championship

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!: A sign cautioning fans is on display during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)


Seve Ballesteros 

AT ST. ANDREWS IN SPIRIT: Seve Ballesteros fans pose during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 14, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)



Tom Watson & Arnold Palmer DR. OF GOLF: Tom Watson (L) and Arnold Palmer receive Honorary Degrees from Scotland's oldest university, University of St. Andrews prior to the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

  Old Course at St. Andrews

GOLF IN THE KINGDOM: Alejandro Canizares of Spain walks with his caddie Loren Duncan on the 18th hole during the third round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 17, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Getty Images)

 

Senior British Open

LONELY AND FEELING BLUE?: A lone spectator sits in the grandstand during the second round of the Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard played at Carnoustie on July 23, 2010 in Angus, Scotland. (Getty Images)



Mike Weir fansINSERT JOKE HERE: Mike Weir fans watch a shot off the 11th tee during round two of the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at St. George's Golf and Country Club on July 23, 2010 in Etobicoke, Canada. (Getty Images)

 


PGA Championship

GOOD LUCK GETTING THAT IN THE HOLE: A fan waits for autographs during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 10, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Getty Images)







Pauls Creamer

G.I. PAULA:
Women's US Open Champion Paula Creamer stands in front of an F-16 after flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on September 9, 2010 at the Air Force Reserve Base in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)

 


Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

DRUM PLAYING FOR THE AGES: Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson attend during the photo session ahead of the PGA Champions Tour - Posco E&C Songdo Championship at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on September 8, 2010 in Incheon, South Korea. (Getty Images)

 


BMW Championship leaderboard

NUMBER CRUNCHING: Daily scores are posted on a leaderboard during the second round of the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on September 10, 2010 in Lemont, Illinois. (Getty Images)




Jose Manuel Lara
 

AHH THE PERKS OF VICTORY: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain with the winners trophy and two hostess from Botarin after winning in a playoff against David Lynn of England after the final round of the Austrian golf open presented by Botarin at the Diamond country club on September 19, 2010 in Atzenbrugg near Vienna, Austria. (Getty Images)

Ceremony
KEEPING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE: The color guard partakes in the opening ceremonies prior to the start of the first round of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty Images)


 
Ryder Cup ball

WASHED AWAY: In this photo illustration a golf ball is seen sitting in standing water after play is suspended during the Morning Fourball Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 1, 2010 in Newport, Wales.(Getty Images)

 

Fans at 2010 Ryder Cup

A DOUBLE-FISTING GOOD TIME: Europe and USA fans mingle during the rescheduled Afternoon Foursome Matches during the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 2, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Getty Images)

 


Cup

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH: A view of the damage done to the hole on the 16th green after Anthony Wall of England's tee shot landed in the hole before jumping back out again during the final round of the Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course on Oct. 17 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Getty Images)


Palm Tree WHY UNPLAYABLE LIES WERE INVENTED: A golf ball is found stuck in a palm tree during the second round of the Castello Masters Costa Azahar at the Club de Campo del Mediterraneo on October 22, 2010 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain. (Getty Images)

 


Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island

SCARY TEE SHOT: Jason Gore, far right, hits a drive as a hole marshal dressed in a halloween costume stands at the 18th tee box during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)


Halloween costume at Daniel IslandCARL SPACK-TACULAR: Hole marshal Zak Allmand is dressed as greenskeeper Carl Spackler from the movie Caddyshack during the third round of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island Club on October 30, 2010 in Daniel Island, South Carolina. (Getty Images)


WGC-HSBC Champions

CROUCHING TIGER, PHIL THE WARRIOR?: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods receive a Tai Chi lesson with swords during the 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions Photocall at The Peninsula hotel on The Bund, Shanghai on November 2, 2010 in Shanghai, China. (Getty Images)

 


Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

BAHAMIAN GOLF: General view of the 11th green during the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship Practice Round at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on November 26, 2010 in Great Exuma Island, Bahamas. (Getty Images)



Golf balls

NO WONDER THE PROS ARE SO GOOD: 
Practice golf balls are seen on the range during a practice round prior to the start of the LPGA Tour Championship at the Grand Cypress Resort on November 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Getty Images)

 

 
South African Open 

THEY GO BANANAS FOR GOLF: Monkeys are seen on the course during round three of the South African Open Golf Championship at the Durban Country Club on December 19, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Getty Images)

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McIlroy 'happy to be back', can 'empathize' with Tiger

By Associated PressJanuary 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – After a long layoff from golf, Rory McIlroy has some newfound sympathy for Tiger Woods.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman is making a comeback at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after ending his season early last year. He has not played a round since the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Oct. 8.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has slipped to No. 11 in the world rankings, last won the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September 2016. He injured a rib in his first outing of 2017 – at the South African Open – and felt its after-effects throughout the year.

McIlroy, who has seven top-five finishes in his last eight starts in Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday he felt mentally low because of his physical issues.

''Honestly, I was excited to be done. I could have shut it down after the PGA Championship very easily and taken the rest of the year off, but I didn't. I played six events after that, played OK and had a chance to win one of them,'' McIlroy said. ''But I was just excited to take that time off and get myself just sort of a re-set.''

Last week, McIlroy also revealed that he has a minor, non-threatening heart condition that needs regular check-ups.

''After that 3-plus months of a re-set, I'm very happy to be back. I felt like I needed it physically and mentally. I just felt like it was a little bit of a sabbatical. I've been out here for 10 years, and I want to get ready for the next 10.''

McIlroy compared his situation to what Woods has been going through.

''I've only been through, maybe, not even 5 percent of what he's had to go through. And you can tell from where he was to where he is now mentally, because of physically where he is ... he's a totally different person,'' McIlroy said. ''Of course, I empathize with him, and I know he was in a dark place there for a while. It's just so great to see him out of that and back and excited to be playing golf again.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship will be the first of back-to-back events for McIlroy, who is also playing next week in Dubai.

''I think the next two weeks will be a big learning curve, just to see where I'm at,'' McIlroy said. ''I'm obviously coming into the events trying to play as well as I can and trying to compete and trying to win, but I think there will definitely be things I'll have to work on going into that stretch in the States.''

The tournament, which starts Thursday, has attracted some big names, including top-ranked Dustin Johnson, No. 6 Justin Rose, No. 9 Henrik Stenson, No. 14 Paul Casey and No. 15 Matt Kuchar. No. 18 Tommy Fleetwood is the defending champion.

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Pre-tourney caution be damned: Stenson rides camel

By Grill Room TeamJanuary 16, 2018, 3:29 pm

If you were under the impression Henrik Stenson's days of engaging in pre-tournament hijinks at HSBC-sponsored events were over, then you don't know the Swedish Superman.

Ahead of this week's HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the 2016 champion golfer of the year decided to have some fun riding (and pretend-spanking) a camel:

If you can't imagine any reason Stenson wouldn't get on a camel, we will point you to the WGC-HSBC Champions back in October, when Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Hideki Matsuyama took place in this hire-wire act:

Two weeks later, Stenson revealed a rib injury, and a report from the U.K.'s Telegraph stated "that not only was the Shanghai caper to blame, but that Stenson is annoyed about being persuaded to do it in the first place."

Stenson brushed back at that report in this Instagram post, saying that his "comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal."

I’m disappointed to have to pre-emptively withdraw from the Nedbank Golf Challenge Hosted by Gary Player, I was looking forward to this important year-end event on the European Tour. At this point I am back home in Orlando waiting to do a scan on my ribs and get the necessary rest. I am still hoping for a quick recovery and have not ruled out playing in Dubai next week at this point. My comment about not being Superman was a sarcastic way of saying that I am susceptible to injury like any other athlete and sometimes these things happen when you least expect them. I was pleased to help promote the HSBC Champions and to continue my string of success at the event and I was never forced to do anything. HSBC is a great sponsor to golf worldwide and I am not happy to see them being made responsible for my withdrawal. The plan as of now will be to participate in the DP World Championship if my body is back to 100%. H

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And it would appear he genuinely meant those comments, at least enough to get on a camel.

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Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

“I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.