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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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

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

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

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

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
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.