13 things we learned from Mahan's Reddit AMA

By Grill Room TeamFebruary 25, 2015, 11:40 pm

Hunter Mahan answered fans' (very good) questions Wednesday on a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). Here are 13 things we learned.

1. Matt Kuchar is really funny.
"He's pretty willing to say anything at any given moment, no matter the situation! Even if we're at a big event, or the US open, he can always lighten the mood in just the right way. And everyone is comfortable around him. He's a guy that makes everyone laugh, all the time."

2. The par-4 10th at Riviera is one of the toughest holes on Tour.
"I've played it for 10 years now, and I've seen sixes and sevens from world-class players with wedges in their hands, and guys hitting bunker shots back and forth, so I haven't seen the right way to play it. So I'll go through 4 rounds, try to play it even par."

3. The Memorial Tournament has some of the best food on Tour.
"The best food at the clubhouse is probably the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, and they have these 'buckeyes'- these little peanut butter like chocolate-covered treats they have for us, and they're pretty delicious, and it's hard not to grab 2 or 3 when you walk by 'em!"

4. Playing in the Masters is as awesome as you think it is.
"I think the fact that - soon as you're in the Masters, you know, you have the ability to go play there whenever you want. I'm going to go play there this weekend, this Sunday and Monday, so just the fact that I can call up and just show up and play - it's such a privilege and an honor. Every time I go to Augusta, I get excited to play golf."

5. If his wife ever goes into labor when he's playing the Masters ...
"Umm ... it depends on where I was in the tournament, I guess! If I'm playing the back nine, or if I'm just starting my round, or if I'm sleeping on it, most of the time I'd come home, unless I had just a few holes left - then I'd finish up and head out of there."

6. He has two swing thoughts right now.
"One swing thought, right now, is to have a steeper shoulder-turn on the way back, on my backswing. And pushing off my right foot and keeping my right heel on the ground on the downswing."

7. He has simple swing advice for amateurs.
"I would say - your setup is the most important part of your golf swing. Good posture, good setup, and good alignment are things you can control before you pull the club back. After that, I think rhythm and tempo are extremely important. And always trying to get to your finish in a very collective manner."

8. And it's advice he uses when staying calm under pressure.
"I try to remember 'this is the one shot that I'm playing right now. I can't win the golf tournament on this shot. I can only hit this shot as good as I can hit it.' I try to focus on good posture, and good alignment, and then trust the work that I've put into my game."

9. The Golf Boys have no plans to get together ... right now.
"It's very difficult to get 4 guys together who have 7 kids total, and competing schedules. It's tough to get us all together in the same place. So I see no plans at this given juncture.

10. He has a strict pre-round routine.
"Bulletproof coffee in the morning, get to the course 2-2.5h before the round, see my trainer for 30-minute warm-up and stretch, and then eat about an hour and a half before the round. I start out with putting, then short-game and then I head to the range before I tee off."

11. The broken Barclays trophy has been replaced.
"Well, luckily, Barclays was very nice about the trophy breaking, knowing it was an accident and not my fault, so they got a replica to me, and so it's safe and sound and perfectly in one piece."

12. He doesn't think the golf ball has made classic course obsolete.
"The technology of the grasses, and the fact that we can speed up the greens almost as fast as we want, it still requires great talent from core players. And I think classic courses - the older the golf course, the more I usually appreciate them and enjoy playing them. Riviera is one of my favorite golf courses on tour, and it's one of the oldest ones we get to play, and six-under, they did very little to make the course super-difficult."

13. If he could play one round with a celeb, it would be ...
"The great American patriot Tom Brady."

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.