The world of golf since Tiger's last PGA Tour round

By Rex HoggardJune 25, 2014, 7:20 pm

BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods began his round on Wednesday playing like an 18 handicap, but finished like a guy who is ready to resume his pursuit of 18 major championships.

As soft openings go, Woods’ pro-am round on Wednesday at the Quicken Loans National was pretty much what one would expect, some not-so-pretty shots (like his opening effort at No. 10 that found a water hazard) followed by some keepers (he hit eight of nine greens in regulation to close his effort).

As is the case on most Tour Wednesdays, however, the only thing that was proven was that he can walk 18 holes and remain upright.

“Generally it feels good,” Woods said. “I hit some loose shoots today but I also hit some really good ones. (But) the back feels great which is a really good sign.”

There were shots from Congressional’s thick rough, long walks over hills and through valleys and plenty of chances to test a back that was surgically overhauled on March 31 for a pinched nerve.

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As far as his game, well, those answers will have to wait for Thursday’s opener and beyond. In fact, the first two days of Tiger’s return have felt more like orientation for a guy who has been disconnected from the Tour since he signed his card on March 3 at Doral.

With that in mind, we offer a CliffsNotes version of the last 4 1/2 months to help the former world No. 1 acclimate his way onto the circuit.

In the 15 weeks since Woods last walked a Tour fairway:

Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted two U.S. Opens on a dead golf course.

Ben Crane won the FedEx St. Jude Classic without making a birdie over his last 29 holes.

Kevin Streelman won the Travelers Championship without making a par over his last seven holes.

Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush was named a host venue of the Open Championship for the first time since 1951. In an unrelated item, caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan looped in back-to-back Opens and was born three years before that last turn at Royal Portrush.

Adam Scott became world No. 1, got married and, by the looks of his galleries, has only gotten better looking.

Phil Mickelson went from pursuing the career Grand Slam to facing a potential date with a grand jury.

Hideki Matsuyama won a playoff at the Memorial Tournament that Kevin Na is still playing.

TPC Sawgrass killed the grass on many of its greens and still hosted The Players.

Lucy Li was born and played in a major championship.

Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open and became the first major champion to twerk in her victory celebration.

Keegan Bradley went to a shorter putter.

Bradley went back to a longer putter.

Erik Compton needed 38 holes to qualify for the U.S. Open and 72 more holes to become the feel-good story of the summer.

Jack Nicklaus complained about how far today’s players are hitting the golf ball.

Nicklaus complained about how far today’s players are hitting the golf ball.

Nicklaus complained about how far today’s players are hitting the golf ball.

Patrick Reed became a father but not a top-5 player.

Woods didn’t play a hole and is still, narrowly, a top-5 player.

Martin Kaymer won a major (U.S. Open) and a faux major (The Players) and is not a top-5 player.

And the golf world has anxiously waited for Tiger’s return.

Welcome back.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.