Golf on Georgias Mind

By Win McMurryMarch 11, 2011, 6:15 am
Tuesday, I made a quick trip to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta to represent Golf Channel in celebrating “Georgia Golf Day.” This year, Georgia will bookend the grand slam events. The 2011 major championships begin with the year’s first men's major, the Masters Tournament in Augusta, and conclude with the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate proclaimed 2011 the “Year of Golf in Georgia” and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal lauded the game for its contributions to the state.

Golf is more than a $5 billion industry in the state of Georgia and is responsible for almost 57,000 jobs. In addition to providing employment, it is also a key source for tourism in the state as well as responsible for annual charitable donations in excess of $50 million.


I was joined by Joe Steranka, CEO of the PGA of America; Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation; and members of the Georgia Section of the PGA of America, the Georgia Golf Course Owners Association, the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the Georgia Chapter of the Club Managers Association as we took over the downstairs of the Capitol building. Bridgestone was on hand to do ball fittings, another bay was set-up where you could track your clubhead speed in addition to other statistics, and multiple other booths showcased the different ways golf is an important business in Georgia.

The highlight of the day for me was being able to lift the Wannamaker Trophy (which weighs 28 lbs.) as well as the FedEx Cup. Both were on display, in addition to other trophies that will be given out in the state this year, including the Tour Championship trophy, awarded at East Lake in Atlanta; the McGladrey Classic trophy, from Sea Island; and the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Classic, which is held in Athens.

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A few fun facts I learned while I was there: Did you know, 95 percent of the golf carts in the United States were manufactured in Georgia? And how about this, if you took the golf industry as a whole and put it all under one umbrella, golf would be bigger than the motion picture industry! Impressive.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.