The Social: Hair today, gone tomorrow

By Jason CrookMarch 21, 2017, 4:30 pm

Jordan Spieth meets the Godfather, Father Time looks like it's catching up with Tiger Woods and Grayson Murray landed himself a hot date for the Masters, now he's just got to get there. All that and more in this edition of The Social.

Woods made the media rounds on Monday to promote his new book about the 1997 Masters, appearing on both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” And while we were treated to a vintage fist pump after Tiger beat Michael Strahan in a putting contest, it was a different vintage look that set social media on fire – the lack of hair on top of the 14-time major winner’s head.

And Twitter, as it always does, had jokes. This is why we can't have nice things, Twitter.

Of course, Woods isn't a huge social media guy, so it's possible he missed out on the roast session entirely, that is, until ESPN's Scott Van Pelt just said what everyone was thinking right to his face.

Guys, this is a very special occasion. The Godfather himself has decided to grace us with his presence. This is his damn house. He sleeps 20 feet away.

OK, maybe not that last part, but the immortal words of Bernard “Beanie” Campbell ring as true today as they did 14 years ago. Why was Luke Wilson at the WGC-Match Play draw on Monday? Maybe it's because he's got business ventures in Austin. Or maybe he is still looking for true love. It is hard to find after all.

But whatever the reason he was probably really glad and proud to be there. And hopefully Frank's dad made it out, too.

The golf gods can only give so much before they start to resent you. Adam Hadwin found that out the hard way on the 17th hole Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, hitting what should have been a hole-in-one. Instead, this happened:

Hadwin kept his sense of humor about him (a win and a 59 on the year will do that to you).

And … cut to a live shot of Hadwin sulking in the corner cause he had to settle for a regular ol' birdie:

Oh, that’s right, he’s getting married this week. Something tells me these two are gonna be alright.

Two weeks till we recreate this moment at the altar #gooooointothechapel (: @malonesinclaire )

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A live-action reboot of Foghorn Leghorn? Is nothing sacred anymore?

This is the biggest damn chicken I've ever seen in my life!! WILD!!!

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But seriously, that's a big chicken.

Wayne Gretzky once famously said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

I'm pretty sure this is exactly what he was talking about.

PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray asked model Lindsey Pelas on Twitter Monday to be his Masters Par 3 Contest caddie should he qualify for the tournament.

She said yes, because, who says no to that? But making it into the field will be tough for Murray. His only chance is to win the Shell Houston Open next week, a tall task for anyone, let alone someone who has made just four cuts in 11 tries this season and missed five in a row.

Should he pull it off, he will be rewarded with her caddieing services for nine holes at Augusta National. If he doesn't, it wouldn't be a total shock to see someone else in the field slide up in them DMs.

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After 18 consecutive missed cuts, Matt Every made the cut and tied for 62nd last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Was it playing at Bay Hill, where he's won twice before that broke him out of his slump? Or perhaps it was the fact that he went on the No Laying Up podcast?

Steven Bowditch, who's mirred in a slump of his own, is buying the latter, firing off this hilarious tweet after shooting 79-79 to miss his 11th cut in 12 starts this year.

Simple answers for a simple game.

Just some folks answering life's most important questions in the comments this week. Doesn't get any better than that.

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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

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Green jacket tour

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

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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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