Player profile: Steve Marino

By May 30, 2012, 1:44 am

DUBLIN, Ohio - After four months away from the PGA Tour, Steve Marino is excited to be competing this week at the Memorial Tournament after suffering a bizarre injury.

'Nine holes into the pro-am at Sony [Open in Hawaii], my knee had swelled up,' Marino said Tuesday at Muirfield Village. 'I couldn't even squat down to read my putts.'

He played two more events in pain before returning home. After seeing several doctors and undergoing multiple tests over three weeks, Marino was diagnosed with a bone contusion on the tip of his tibia and femur in his left leg. He was also suffering from avascular necrosis, a lack of blood flow to the area, which impacted his joints.

'It hurt to walk,' he said. 'I didn't know what was going on. I originally thought I was going to miss one or two weeks and be back for L.A. (at the Northern Trust Open). It just took forever for it to heal.'

Four months felt like an eternity for the active Marino. He has averaged 28 starts on the PGA Tour since 2007.

Three weeks ago, Marino got the all clear to return to practice – news he said was 'a weight off (his) shoulders.' 

After a false start to the year, Marino feels like he gets to begin anew this week. He has been welcomed back. Since arriving to Muirfield Village, Marino has been like the kid returning to school after a bout with the chickenpox.

“A bunch of guys have come up and said, 'It's great to have you back,' and that made me feel good,” he said.

Marino chose Jack Nicklaus' event as his first event back because he could play and still receive a major medical exemption. The exemption, whose exact length hasn't yet been determined by the PGA Tour, should carry into next season. However, the cushion of the exemption is not on his mind.

'This is one of the best tournaments we play on the Tour,' he said. 'The course is great. It's Jack's tournament. It's just awesome. I missed all these big events and this, to me, is the last real big event left in the year (aside from the majors and FedEx Cup playoffs).'

There is little time to waste. The 32-year-old is entering the prime of his golfing life, but remains winless in his PGA Tour career, earning him the moniker of 'best golfer never to have won on the PGA Tour.'

'I know my game is good and I know that if I play my game, I'll eventually win a tournament out here,' Marino said.

Marino hopes to get back into a groove eventually, but has no illusions of grandeur this week.

“I've made a lot of cuts, and I got on streaks where I'll have a lot of top-20, top-10 finishes in a row,” he said.  “I'd like to get on one of those streaks, but I've been out for so long, I don't know what to expect.”

The week's real test will come Monday when he attempts to earn a spot in the U.S. Open through 36-hole sectional qualifying in Columbus.

'That'll be a good test to see how the knee holds up,' he said. 'That might be a little too much, too soon. I'm just playing it by ear, seeing how the knee feels.'

Unclear on his schedule heading into the summer, Marino is choosing to focus on the present.

'I just kind of want to go out and enjoy it,' he said. 'I've learned to appreciate what I have. I'm just going to go out and have fun.'

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.