Grill Room's running diary: PGA Tuesday

By Jason CrookAugust 5, 2014, 10:29 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – We’ve made it, folks. The Grill Room has officially arrived. We’ve been sent on assignment to cover our very first major; coincidence that it just so happens to be the one with the biggest trophy? … I think not. To commemorate this special occasion, I, Correspondent Crook, will be keeping a running diary, informing you of all the most important news and my relevant, and not-so relevant thoughts on it. Lucky you.

Tuesday

3:55 a.m. ET – First alarm goes off. I hit the snooze.

4:00 – Reluctantly, I roll out of bed. Yes, I’ve been excited about this opportunity for more than a month, but whose brilliant idea was it to leave at 5:25 a.m. and more importantly, whom do I owe a punch in the face to for making that decision? The tournament starts Thursday, correct? Just checking.

4:15 – My dog, my wife and I get in the car, and yes, in that order. My wife looks super excited; good thing we’re still in that honeymoon phase where she never, ever gets annoyed with the things I ask her to do … EVER. My dog, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier for the early morning drive.

5:27 – Boarding the flight. Wait a second … where the hell is Louisville? Before you say Kentucky, I know that much, but where the hell is Kentucky? I just know it’s in the central part of the U.S. and they play a lot of basketball there, right? This coming from a guy who occasionally gets lost on his way home. In my defense I’ve only lived at my house for a year. I’m aware I’m starting to sound like Channing Crowder. I do a quick Google Maps search. Only a 13 1/2-hour drive. I feel better.

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5:45 – Signing off for now, whole plane is pitch black anyway, except for the tech-savvy grandma to my left who keeps checking for Facebook updates. Keep doing you, Grandma. All you would hear from me at this point would be complaints about air travel, which comes in a close runner-up to your fantasy football team in the category of “Things No One Ever Wants to Hear About.”

8:00 – Boarding my second flight after a layover in Atlanta. Don’t worry, you guys missed absolutely nothing. Hey, look, it’s one of my bosses in first class. He asks me where we’re going to dinner since I’m paying, it being my first major and all. I tell him CiCi’s Pizza. (You’re welcome for the free plug.) He laughs a disapproving-of-CiCi’s-Pizza laugh. You know the one.

9:01 – Alternating between sleeping and SkyMall, because if you have a chance to read about a $1,000 decorative suit of armor for your home (the one I sometimes get lost on my way to), you’re not going to pass that up.

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9:05 – Not done reading. Take the SkyMall.

9:18 – Land in Louisville.

9:25 - Get off the plane, immediately snap a selfie with a Colonel Sanders statue.

10:31 – Arrive at Valhalla media center and check out the dining area.

10:32 – Realize lunch hasn’t been served yet because, you know, it’s 10:32.

11:34 - Walk past Rory McIlroy after his press conference. Rory McIlroy walks past me after his news conference. That's right, I said it. I'm kind of a big deal.

12:05 p.m. - Is this when they finally serve lunch around this joint? Didn't everyone get up at 4 this morning?

12:52 - Set out to get some interviews with kids for the Grill Room weekly show and to take some photos. Find out kids are shy and not great on camera. Correspondant Crook totally understands.

2:37 - Head back to the media center. Find out I have clearance for the players locker room, decide to stop in.

2:42 - Run into Colin Montgomerie in the bathroom. Well, not physically run into, we shimmied by each other managing to not make any contact. My grandfather from the other side of the pond is a big fan. Unsure of how impressed with this story he'll be, though.

3:13 - Found Jesus. He didn't save me right there on the spot, looked like he was in a bit of a rush to save someone else. Maybe next time.

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4:01 - Made it back to the media center in time for the J.B. Holmes-Michael Block back-to-back pressers. #Winning.

4:45 - Research some around-the-town type of ideas for tomorrow that you won't want to miss. I don't want to give too much away, because I know all 658 (and counting) of our Grill Room Twitter followers are probably waiting with bated breath, but I could possibly visit Trip Advisor's fifth-ranked attraction in all of Louisville, and try something grotesquely named a "Hot Brown."

5:30 - Leave the media center to get ready for a party at the Louisville Slugger Museum tonight. And as they say in Louisville, what happens here, we'll tell you about tomorrow. So, when in Rome.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

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

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Reportedly fake TIME covers


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Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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