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)

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

“He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''