Winsday Hot List: Memorial Day and Milkshakes

By Win McMurryMay 30, 2012, 9:52 pm

Across the country, American flags waved, cans of beer cracked and barefooted families frolicked along the beaches from sea to shining sea. Memorial Day ushered in the week at Muirfield Village and in the golf world the honor was not only given on tee boxes, but to those who serve this great country. From “thank yous” for our soldiers to golf news on another one of America’s great pastimes, here’s what’s hot on our list this week as we usher in…wait for it….SUMMER!

TaylorMade – Want to crush it like Dustin Johnson? We can’t help you there. But we can get you his gear, which is worthy of the hot list this week as both DJ and TaylorMade honor Memorial Day and wounded veterans.

The company released limited edition Stars and Stripes hats and headcovers, available on their website.

TaylorMade will donate $5 per hat and $10 per headcover sold towards rehabilitating combat-wounded veterans through golf. Donations will go to Salute Military Golf Association and Operation Game On. It’s hot to show your patriotism all year long, but remember July 4 is just around the corner as well.

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Google Plus – Tiger Woods follows Obama’s lead taking to the new technology to live chat with fans this week in advance of the Memorial Tournament. We’re not such big fans of cutting out the media pre-tournament, but we are fans of Tiger connecting more with his fans. He’s challenging the old guard way of doing things and there is certainly something to be said for going against the grain (even or maybe especially when it’s Tiger). He trail blazed the modern game in so many ways and this is an interesting extension of his influence.

Phil Mickelson

San Diego Padres – So what do baseball and golf have in common, other than being shared passions of many a MLB pitcher? How about a Phil Mickelson? The Padres may soon have a new owner. Mickelson has joined one of five groups trying to buy the team from John Moores.

'It’s something I’ve loved since I was a kid,” said Mickelson.

As for his role, it wouldn’t be day-to-day operations or running the organization.

'I want to have a personal relationship with the players and find ways to get them tied to the community, things of that nature.'

Fred Couples

Presidents Cup – Fred Couples returns in 2013 and Nick Price relieves Greg Norman of his two-time burden of trying to beat the Americans. The American vs. International team competition gets an additional boost this week in the headlines as Muirfield Village, site of this week’s PGA Tour stop, also hosts the Presidents Cup in 2015, making it the only venue to host a Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup.

Bubba Watson smiles after taking the lead at 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship

Bubba golf – Bubba Watson returns to action this week with talk about having his own 'Bubba School of Golf.' No question this would be unique, but is he serious? According to Bubba, it would consist of a building where he could invite customers to 'hit balls and just practice.'

'That's all I'd tell them,' he said. 'And then I'd ask for my money.' 

Luke Donald

Head (and shoulder) Doctors – Luke Donald is giving Dave Alred a lot of love this week following his win at Wentworth.

Who is Dave Alred? He’s a performance coach and sports psychologist who Donald says has helped him become aware of his posture and “how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness.'

Obviously it’s working for him.

'He's certainly always on at me again about keeping the shoulders back and not getting down on myself, staying positive not just mentally but physically and through my body position,' Donald said of Alred. 'It helps me send that message to whoever I'm playing with.”

Now if only Alred can help Donald get that elusive major.

Paul Lawrie

Paul Lawrie – Congrats to the 1999 British Open Champion who picked up his sixth top-10 finish this year (includes a win in Qatar), with his runner-up finish to Luke Donald last week in Wentworth. It means he is close to sealing the deal on a second Ryder Cup berth, his first in ’99 after his major victory.

Ironically (or not) he is paired in the first two rounds in this week’s Wales Open (at Celtic Manor, site of the 2010 European Ryder Cup victory) with Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

'I've never hidden the fact, this year the Ryder Cup is really the only big thing I am interested in doing,” said Lawrie. “I would love to play in that team.'

Muirfield Village milkshake

Milkshakes – I’m told the milkshakes served in the men’s grill at Muirfield Village are the best around. I’m going to take everyone’s word for it as long as I get one soon. Bubba apparently likes the birthday cake milkshake flavor. Seriously? Yes please!

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.