The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: ????

By Bailey MosierMarch 3, 2013, 7:10 pm

Everything in the world seems to be exactly as it should when Tiger Woods is winning golf tournaments. His 74th career PGA Tour victory highlights this week's edition of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

The Good

Tiger Woods

1. Woods' waterlogged par save

I'll admit, I've never hit my ball out of a water hazard. 

2. Boo squelches mass hiss-teria

It's a large enough feat to tame the Bear Trap at PGA National and post a first-round 66, but towering mammals were the least of Boo Weekley's concerns Thursday at the Honda Classic.

A small water moccasin, about 18 inches long and poisonous, was found near the fifth green on Day 1. As marshals were calling on the radio for help – hoping someone could bring out a shovel or something to use to remove the snake – Weekley came to the rescue. He scooped up the snake with the end of his driver and deposited it into a canal.

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2. Chamblee: There's no comparison in the Tiger vs. Rory comparison

Rory McIlroy walking off the course midway through his round in a Florida event is just the latest similarity between him and Tiger Woods (2012 Doral, 2012 Players.....Woods withdrew in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac with Achilles heel pain last year. He withdrew from Players in 2011 with pain in his left knee. He WD’d from The Players in 2010 with a neck injury). While we (the media) have been trying to aniont McIlroy as the next Woods, the following graphic shows there's really no comparing the two.

During Thursday night's edition of Golf Central, analyst Brandel Chamblee spoke strictly about the numbers, saying '????????????????????'

Paula Creamer


The Bad

Yani Tseng

1. Camilo Villegas

Camilo Villegas goes from cloud nine to ?? After posting a first-round 6-under 64 and jumping out to the 18-hole lead, he posted a 7-over 77 the following day to miss the cut by one. Villegas lost his fully exempt status on Tour in ?? and did not make it through Q-School last year. Having won the Honda Classic in 2010, he was exempt this week as a past champion. but has only posted one top-10 since (???)


The Ugly

AT&T storm damage

Violent, tornado-like storms pummeled across the mid-Atlantic region and the eastern U.S. this past Friday, taking lives, causing power outages and knocking down trees.

The storm blew through the Washington D.C. area late Friday and littered Congressional Country Club with limbs, fallen trees and debris. Roughly 10 full-time tournament staffers, the Congressional maintenance crew and a small cast of others worked through the night to make the course ready for the 80-man Saturday field at the AT&T National. But in the interest of safety for fans and volunteers, tournament officials decided to close Congressional to spectators and volunteers for Saturday’s round.

In total, reports estimate 13 lives were taken and 3 million are left without power across the entire mid-Atlantic region.

What’s more, is that The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, host to next week's Tour stop, the Greenbrier Classic, was also hit by the storm.

Approximately fifty 200-year-old trees are down on the Old White TPC course and a number of skyboxes, spectator areas and camera towers were destroyed in the storm.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

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.