Michigan: More than Great Lakes

By Lauren ThompsonSeptember 9, 2010, 8:58 pm

I had never been to Michigan before, and when it comes to mind, I general think snow, and a lot of it! But, head to Michigan in the summer, and trust me, you'll be wearing flip flops and shorts throughout your trip! This 'Great Lakes State' was absolutely beautiful! As far as Michigan being on our list for GolfNow? You're in for a treat! Celebs, food, adventure and golf galore (what more could you ask for, right?)!

We visited the Motor City, and I'm so glad we did. To take a trip to this diverse state and skip Detroit is a cardinal sin in my book. To show me around the area, I was super lucky to have Duke Fakir (that's right: from the Four Tops!) as my guide. He is an older gentleman now, but to hear about Detroit and the way it was when he was a little boy was nothing short of magical. From Duke's perspective, no other city could have provided him with the musical motivation that this city did. Who knows? If he was from any other town, we may have never been blessed with classics like 'I Can't Help Myself' (a.k.a. 'Sugar Pie, Honey Bun'), Baby I Need your Lovin,'' 'Same Old Song,' 'Reach Out' and many, many more.

Now, speaking of the music, Duke also gave me a first-class tour of the Motown Museum. You can not go to Detroit without making a stop here! You'll see everything from backstage and behind-the-scenes pictures on the walls, original Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson stage costumes and gear, and of course, Studio A which is still the same as it was then! This is where virtually all of the Motown hits that we know and love were created. Pretty much the Holy Grail for Motown Music! Duke and I wrapped up our day at Slows BBQ in Detroit. You know how I love my BBQ. And trust me, this place will satisfy. :)

Another celebrity that we met up with for some golf also showed us a little treasure of his own in Chelsea, MI. Jeff Daniels (from State of Play, Dumb and Dumber, Something Wild, etc.) brought us to the Purple Rose Theatre, which he started back in 1991 as a creative home for theatre artists. This is a place for emerging talent and seasoned professionals to learn more about and to practice their craft. As a seasoned veteran of acting himself, this was Jeff's way of giving back and creating an outlet for new actors. Check out www.PurpleRoseTheatre.org for a list of current shows and times.

As you can already see, Michigan has so much for you to do! Here are some recommendations for your trip to the Great Lakes State!

Favorite Golf Course: Arcadia Bluffs was just breathtaking. It is a world-class, daily fee, links-style course and is open to the public 7 days a week—even for guests of all golfing abilities!

The Must-do Activity: I loved the dune buggy ride along Lake Michigan. Trust me, you have to do this! You can't beat the view, and this fast-paced, family fun activity isn't something you can do just anywhere, so take advantage (just don't be afraid to get a 'little' sandy. Oh, and keep your mouth closed while along for the ride!)!

Best Time To Go: Spring and Summertime are perfect. This is Michigan after all, so it would make for a tough golf trip in the snow.

The Guest List: All of your thrill-seeking, road trip buddies. You'll want to cover many parts of the state, so bring some people who are all about multiple activities: Golf, fishing, dune-buggy riding and more!

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."


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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."