Hanson sets sights on Rory in Race to Dubai

By Ryan LavnerOctober 30, 2012, 4:35 pm

It may be a long shot, but Peter Hanson at least has the best statistical chance of thwarting Rory McIlroy’s attempt to win the money title on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hanson ascended to No. 2 in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai after his victory last Sunday at the BMW Masters, where he edged McIlroy by a stroke. But even the 35-year-old Swede admitted Monday, “The way (Rory) is playing at the moment, it will take a tremendous effort for someone to catch him.”

Hanson’s triumph in Shanghai hasn’t yet altered his end-of-season plans, though it soon might. He trails McIlroy by €812,272 ($1,053,498), which is a pretty sizable advantage considering the world No. 1 is planning to play three more European Tour events: The Barclays Singapore Open, UBS Hong Kong Open and season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Hanson said on “Morning Drive” that if he plays well this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, he would consider teeing it up the following week in Singapore. Otherwise, his plan is to return to the States for a few weeks – he lives in Orlando, Fla. – and return for the season finale in Dubai. By then, of course, his deficit could be insurmountable. 

He has risen to a career-best 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking, and the Swede described this season as “easily the best year of my career.”

Apparently, that was the source of his disappointment at the recent Ryder Cup. Though the Europeans staged an incredible rally on the final day to retain the cup, Hanson was still brooding over his Saturday benching, during which he reportedly got into a heated exchange with captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

“You try to qualify for a year and work really hard to get in form,” Hanson said, “and when you play on the same side as 11 of the world’s top players, it’s hard to get a spot. I just have to keep working on my game and try to improve, and hopefully I’ll qualify for another team in the future and play a few more matches.

“I tried to get as good as I possibly could, and that good play spilled out in Holland (also won last month’s KLM Open) and last week as well.”

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.