The Social: Players in vacation mode

By Jason CrookApril 18, 2017, 6:00 pm

The #SB2K17 boys did their thing in the Bahamas, but they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation last week. Plus we’ve got trick shots gone painfully wrong and an interesting victory dinner decision by a new PGA Tour champ in this edition of The Social.

The highly-anticipated #SB2K17 has come and gone, and in terms of sequels, it was “The Hangover Part II” of buddy trips. Sure, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman had their fun playing golf shirtless and enjoying all that Baker’s Bay has to offer, but for all of us golf vacation connoisseurs out there, we’d seen it all before and were left wanting something a little different.

Their vacation is, after all, about us, not about them.

#SB2K17 is on #BakersBay follow on @Snapchat RickieFowler15 JLThomas34 Smylie_Kaufman

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Live on course action...you know where to find more SnapChat RickieFowler15 JLThomas34 Smylie_Kaufman

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@smyliekaufman10 missed his tee time...sneaky 2 shots! @justinthomas34 @jordanspieth #SB2K17 #WinningDrive

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Luckily, they weren’t the only golf crew on vacation this week. Masters runner-up Justin Rose (who has life pretty much all figured out by living where his peers vacation) had some friends down to the Bahamas for something he called #SBJR17. It may not have been as highly-publicized as #SB2K17, but it did include swimming with sharks and some platinum-selling recording artist named Niall Horan, maybe you’ve heard of him?

Some short game work! #SBJR17

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Bahamas Squad!! #SBJR17

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The vacation caught the eye of one Justin Thomas, who took some time out of his own Bahamas vacation to have some fun with Rose and Horan in the Instagram comments.

Looks like we could be in for dueling vacations again next year.

Bahamas not your style? How about a trip to Duck Bottom Plantation in South Carolina, where several PGA Tour players, including Kevin Kisner, Boo Weekley and Scott Brown gathered for #redneckSB2K17. Seriously.

In case you couldn’t guess from that hashtag, there were horseshoes on the river bank, hunting, fishing and plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Happy Monday! #redneckSB2K17

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Little horseshoe on the river bank #redneckSB2K17 @k_kisner @scottbrowngolf @hug_hay13 @the.boo.yah @jtillerygolf

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And because we don't want to leave anyone out, Jimmy Walker also took a spring break golf trip with his buddies, while new Masters champ Sergio Garcia visited the Swiss Alps with his fiancée.

#SB2K17 With my boys. Great guys trip. Enjoyed the two days.

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Poor Gary Player. Would someone please send the man an invite?

Happy Easter everybody!

So plenty of guys took last week off, but what about the ladies of the LPGA? Well, they were hard at work, or at least as hard at work as you can be when your place of business is the tropical paradise of Hawaii.

Cristie Kerr got her 19th LPGA win at the Lotte Championship, but plenty of the field found some time to enjoy the sandy beaches and beautiful scenery in their down time. And they shared the pictures because, of course they did.

Hawaii lovin

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Well, you knew it was coming. Someone went and attempted the stupidest trick shot of all time, and wouldn’t you know it, things didn’t work out so well.

The good folks from the Barstool Sports “Fore Play” podcast shared the video below, of a man volunteering his groin area as a tee for another man who is swinging for the fences. If you haven’t had a good cringe today, go ahead and hit the play button.

Vasectomy by driver

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While there’s no topping that video for a number of reasons, this next one gives it a run for its money.

Remember kids, always keep your head on a swivel.

Less studying more golf @marcusotmar @totalgolfmove_

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Wesley Bryan's meteoric rise from trick-shot artist to PGA Tour winner hit him as he stood on the 71st hole Sunday at the RBC Heritage, when he admitted, “Honestly, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. And I was like, shoot, I guess this is what nervous feels like.”

And the best part of that quote? It may not have been the only time Bryan barfed on Sunday, after stopping for his victory dinner at Taco Bell.

Bryan’s run for the border is something of a victory tradition for the 27-year-old, but, everyone knows the consequences of fourth meal going in. It’s just the price you pay for the always delicious Taco Bell.

Hey, at least he got a response from the fast food giant for thinking outside the bun. Did someone say endorsement deal?

You tell 'em Anne. Internet message boards are no place for negativity.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


Masters victory


Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative


Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket


Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief


Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018


Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm