The Social: Forget me not

By Jason CrookMay 23, 2017, 4:15 pm

The annual Tiger Jam event went on this past weekend without a certain special someone, Ian Poulter proved that nice guys sometimes finish ... second(?) and one fan had an interesting reaction to the Billy Horschel-Jason Day playoff at the AT&T Byron Nelson. All that and more in this edition of The Social.

If Tiger Jam goes on in Las Vegas but there's no Tiger Woods to be found, did it even happen?

Based on social media posts from the weekend, yes. But it didn't have quite the same feeling without Big Cat.

Don't get it twisted, there was plenty of star power in the building (and on the golf course). Kate Upton, Mark Cuban, Chris Paul, Kid Rock, Paige Spiranac, Daruis Rucker, Phil Hellmuth, Wesley Bryan and former Miss America Kira Kazantsev were among those in attendance.

Let's get the party started. #tigerjam

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What an amazing night seeing @dariusrucker in concert!! #TigerJam #dariusrucker #topgolf @twfoundation

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So great to see old friends and new faces tonight at the #TigerJam poker tournament!

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There was probably plenty of money raised for the Tiger Woods Foundation, and raising money for charity is never a bad thing, but part of the charm of Tiger Jam was (for lack of a better term) seeing Tiger let his hair down and make these incredibly goofy faces like he did last year.

Hopefully, we'll see Woods back at this event in 2018. If he makes it back to the PGA Tour, we'll consider it a bonus.

Ian Poulter may, or may not have played conservatively down the stretch of The Players in order to keep his status on the PGA Tour, depending on who you ask.

But the only reason he was able to finish T-2 and essentially secure his PGA Tour card for the 2017-18 season was because Brian Gay and his wife, Kimberly, ran the numbers and found some mistakes that allowed Poulter and Gay to keep their cards for this year.

Poulter didn’t forget the Gays after his tie for second at the Tour’s flagship event, and he spent some of that near-$1 million in prize money on a thank you gift.

Like him or loathe him, Poulter deserves some credit for this one.

What is it about professional golfers' kids that makes them all super cute? Whatever it is, it was on full display this weekend.

First, it was former LPGAer and current Golf Channel contributor Amanda Blumenherst, whose unbelievably relatable son just couldn't get his ball in the hole.

Some days, golf seems simple. This was not one of those days.

Billy Horschel's daughter sees that cuteness, fellow adorable toddler, and raises you.

Horschel, who was plenty emotional himself after securing his first win since 2014 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, was upstaged by his daughter, who celebrated with her dad while watching him on live TV.

PSA: Watch out for lions. Both those who live on land or in the sea.

You know those golf shoes that double as regular shoes, so you can transition seamlessly from your regular daily activities to the golf course?

Well that's what the University of Michigan head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, wears all the time, on all parts of his body.

On Monday, Harbaugh helped deliver a baby calf, wearing (what else) khakis and a Jordan Brand sweater. You read that right.

Michigan's head football coach spend Monday morning delivering a baby calf.

But the day was young and Harbough had an afternoon tee time.

If you think he changed, you don't know squat about Jim Harbaugh.

There's a solid chance Harbaugh spent the night sleeping over at a potential recruit's house in the same outfit.

Every big-time golf fan was tuned in to the Billy Horschel-Jason Day playoff for the AT&T Byron Nelson title on Sunday, but one guy took it to another level.

Keeping with tradition of most recent major sporting events, one member of the gallery just couldn't help himself, and went viral by ... rubbing his nipples?

That's not a question. Sorry for the question mark. Big congratulations to this guy, though. You made it.

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.