Backspin Highlighting 2010

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 13, 2010, 5:27 pm



Geoff Ogilvy

JANUARY:

The residual from Tiger Woods' Thanksgiving 2009 crash spilled over into 2010 and dominated most of the year. The first month of the year consisted mainly of questions: Where was he? When would he return? Exactly how many mistresses did he have?

Geoff Ogilvy, finally gave us some golf to talk about when he defended his title at the season-opening SBS Championship.

                                                                       
Twenty-two years after father Jay did the same, Bill Haas won the Bob Hope Classic.
                                                              
                                                                        

 


Tiger Woods

FEBRUARY:

One of the hottest topics early in the 2010 golf season was the grooves debate. Players like Phil Mickelson and John Daly used Ping wedges which had square grooves – illegal by U.S. Golf Association standards, save for that particular brand. Scott McCarron went so far as to call the use of such wedges 'cheating.'


While that fire eventually died down, the Tiger Woods saga was just heating up. Woods made his first televised appearance since his scandal broke the previous November, on Feb. 19, before a hand-selected audience in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

 



Ernie Els

MARCH:

Ernie Els ended a two-year winless drought on the PGA Tour by capturing both the WGC-CA Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.


A Jacksonville newspaper revealed John Daly's lengthy Tour rap sheet, which included a list of transgressions longer than Rapunzel's hair.

On the Tiger front, Woods announced he would return to competition at the Masters Tournament. He also gave his first interview of the year to Golf Channel's. Kelly Tilghman.

 




Phil Mickelson

APRIL:

Tiger Woods faced a packed press room at Augusta National and then tied for fourth at the Masters Tournament.
He followed that, however, with a missed cut at Quail Hollow.

Yani Tseng won her second career major championship at the Kraft Nabisco.

Phil Mickelson earned his third career green jacket by making birdie on four of his final seven holes, including the shot of the year – his second to the par-5 13th – en route to a three-stroke triumph over Lee Westwood.

 



Lorena Ochoa

MAY:

Lorena Ochoa, who announced her retirement in April, played her final event as a full-time LPGA member, finishing sixth at the Tres Marias Championship in Mexico.


Erica Blasberg, a 25-year-old LPGA professional, was found dead in her Nevada home May 9. Her death was later ruled a suicide.

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Players Championship due to an injured neck and split with coach Hank Haney.                                                                        Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa fired a 12-under 58 to win on the Japan PGA Tour.

 


Graeme McDowell

JUNE:

Lee Westwood earned his first PGA Tour win since 1998 when Robert Garrigus blew a three-stroke lead on the final hole of the FedEx St. Jude.

One week later, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell captured the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when Dustin Johnson blew a three-stroke lead in the final round. McDowell finished at even-par, with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson all coming up short.

Cristie Kerr won the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes for her second career major title.

 


Paula Creamer

JULY:

Paula Creamer became a first-time major champion, overcoming an injured thumb and a beast of a course in Oakmont to defeat Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi by four strokes at the U.S. Women's Open.


Louis Oosthuizen routed the field at the Open Championship at St. Andrews. The 27-year-old South African won the men's third major of the season by seven strokes.

Leading into the Open, Paul Goydos shot 12-under 59 in the first round of the John Deere Classic. He eventually finished second to Steve Stricker.

 



Dustin Johnson

AUGUST:

Dustin Johnson unwittingly grounded his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship. His bogey-5 was turned into a 7 and he missed a playoff by those two strokes. Germany's Martin Kaymer won the three-hole aggregate playoff over Bubba Watson.


Yani Tseng won her second major of the season at the Women's British Open.

Stuart Appleby became the second player of 2010 to shoot 59 on Tour, doing so in the final round to win the Greenbrier Classic.

 



Jim Furyk

SEPTEMBER:

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin filled out his team by using his wild-card selections on Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson.

Woods, who was officially divorced from Elin Nordegren the previous month, committed to instructor Sean Foley; though, he didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta.

Jim Furyk punctuated a thrilling FedEx Cup – and wrapped up P.O.Y. honors – with a $10 million-winning bunker shot on the final hole of the Tour Championship.

 


Ryder Cup

OCTOBER:

Led by captain Colin Montgomerie, Europe won back the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales, defeating the U.S., 14 1/2-13 1/2. The competition was plagued by rain, controversy
and a Monday finish, but concluded in dramatic fashion.

Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the Justin Timberlake SHO.

Matteo Manassero, who in April became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters, became the youngest player to win on the European Tour at 17 years, 188 days.

 



Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood

NOVEMBER:

It officially happened on Oct. 31, but Lee Westwood teed it up in November's WGC-HSBC Champions as the No. 1 player in the world, ending Tiger Woods' run of 281 consecutive weeks atop the rankings.


Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer announced that they would give up their PGA Tour memberships in 2011. Louis Oosthuizen said he would accept his Tour membership.

Robert Garrigus rebounded from a devastating defeat in May to win the PGA Tour season finale at Disney World.

 



Joseph Bramlett

DECEMBER:

Graeme McDowell put the finishing touches on a spectacular season by holing a pair of 20-foot birdie putts to win the Chevron World Challenge, and in the process deny Tiger Woods his first victory in over a year.


Maria Hjorth ended the LPGA season by winning the Tour Championship. Yani Tseng was crowned Player of the Year.

Joseph Bramlett, 22, became the first player of African-American heritage to earn his PGA Tour card since Woods, tying for 16th at Q-School.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.