Fifty Questions for 2002

By Rich LernerJanuary 2, 2002, 5:00 pm
Whats next for Phil Mickelson?
 
Will Tiger have a year like last year with five wins, or another monumental year like he had in 2000, or something altogether different?
 
Will Sergio win a major?
 
Will Ty Tryon win a tournament?
 
Will Charles Howell win a tournament?
 
Will Ernie Els win a tournament?
 
Will Retief Goosen continue to make his case as South Africas best player?
 
How will Matt Kuchar fare in his first full year?
 
Will Luke Donald become the factor many think he can be?
 
Will Boo Weekly be more than an amusing story?
 
Is there a piece of equipment that will generate the same kind of manic buzz that the Pro V1 did in 2001?
 
How will the manufacturers respond to the USGAs new ball and club standards?
 
If and when Tiger makes the move to Nike irons, how big will the impact be?
 
Could it possibly be nice weather two years in a row at Pebble?
 
Will the World Match Play restore its lost luster with the return to LaCosta?
 
Will the legendary Bob Hope make an appearance at his own tournament?
 
How much harder will Augusta National be with some 300 more yards added to it?
 
Will any of the Ryder Cuppers go into a damaging slump?
 
Will someone whos not on the team play so well that it would seem crazy that theyre not going to the Belfry?
 
Will Tom Lehman make a statement this year?
 
Will David Toms win another major this year?
 
Will Mike Weir win his first major?
Will David Duval rival Tiger?
 
How intensive will the September 11th reflection be when the U.S. Open goes to Bethpage Black in the New York area in June?
 
Will Fuzzy Zoeller energize the struggling Senior PGA Tour, or are their problems too deep to overcome?
 
Will the pros deem the Rees Jones-renovated Torrey Pines, site of The Buick in San Diego, U.S. Open worthy?
 
Will someone shoot 58?
 
Will John Daly qualify for the Masters?
 
Will Daly win the Masters if he gets in?
 
Will Seve give up?
 
Will Monty win a major?
 
Will Shingo show up somewhere in 2002?
 
Will a Japanese player repeat the feat of Shigeki Maruyama at Milwaukee last year?
 
Will Nick Price win again?
 
What kind of factor will Ben Crenshaw be on the Senior PGA Tour?
 
How will Lanny do in Venturis seat?
 
How satisfying will it be to watch all 18 holes of Sunday TV coverage at The Masters this year?
 
Will Annika come close to the kind of season she put together in 2001?
 
Are there any young American women in their early 20s who could possibly introduce themselves to the golfing public?
 
Will another Ty Tryon or Morgan Pressel or some other very young prodigy burst onto the scene this year?
 
How many other players will adopt Chris DiMarcos claw putting grip?
 
Will Jack compete at a Senior major, as he did at the U.S. Senior Open last year?
 
Will Jack compete at the Masters for at least a round or two?
 
Will Hal Sutton win again?
 
Will Freddy win again?
 
Will Lee Westwood find his game?
 
Will we hear from Aaron Baddely this year?
 
Will Justin Rose take the next step?
 
Will Paul Casey, Europes Rookie of the Year in 2001 and former Arizona State star, become a force?
 
Does Greg Norman have one last stand left in him?
 
What questions do you have for the upcoming season?
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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.

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Wie takes shot at LPGA dress code in crop top

By Grill Room TeamDecember 10, 2017, 5:33 pm

The new LPGA dress code got mixed reviews when it was announced in July, and Michelle Wie is taking full advantage of her offseason with no restrictions.

The 28-year-old former U.S. Women's Open champion is keeping her game sharp while back in her home state of Hawaii, but couldn't help taking a shot at the rules while doing it, posting a photo to Instagram of her playing golf in a crop top with the caption, "Offseason = No dress code fine."

Offseason = No dress code fines #croptopdroptop

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Wie isn't the first to voice her displeasure with the rules. Lexi Thompson posted a similar photo and caption to Instagram shortly after the policy was announced.