Winsday Hot List: Quail, gators and fried donuts

By Win McMurryMay 2, 2012, 5:26 pm

We’ve traded out Bourbon Street for a Southern favorite this week as the PGA Tour hits the Queen City, Charlotte, N.C. The tournament is heralded annually as one of (if not THE) best regular Tour stops outside of the majors. As a born and bred Tar Heel, I readily agree.

The Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow is definitely HOT! The fans show en masse, but are always quick with a “sir” or “ma’am.” The girls – the finest you’ll find – accent the course in their best spring sundresses (yet practical footwear). And of course, there’s the course. From the welcoming grand clubhouse to the challenging test Quail Hollow affords one of the top fields in golf, it’s among the best – and tops this week’s Hot List.

Wells Fargo Championship:

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. They’re all here. And as I write this I’m wondering why I’m not as well, but I have a reason (see final list entry).

The Big Miss

The (not so) Big Miss:

Believe it or not, Hank Haney’s book reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list last month for combined print and e-books. For hardcover nonfiction it sat at No. 2 on the list for two weeks. This week it’s ranked No. 5 with 228,000 copies now in print. Think Tiger still wishes he and agent Mark Steinberg had made such a ruckus about the book?

Ernie Els at the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Ernie Els:

No special exemption needed, thank you! After his playoff loss at the Zurich Classic, Els moved to No. 40 in the world rankings. The top 60 as of May 21 are in for the U.S. Open at Olympic Club this June, meaning the Big Easy is now a lock.

Patrick Cantlay


The top-two ranked amateurs will tee it up in the Travelers Championship. Patrick Cantlay (above) and Patrick Rodgers were granted exemptions. Strategic move by tournament director Nathan Grube, who hopes these young guns will return the favor one day when they strike it big.

Rex Hoggard

Golf Media:

Tiger’s move to field questions from fans by video on his website (in lieu of a formal news conference at Quail Hollow) certainly boiled the blood in many a golf reporter. While some may be hot on this issue, fans and other players, including Dustin Johnson, aren’t critical of the move. Johnson tweeted, “People love or hate Mr. @TigerWoods – I like that he’s taking to the internet to reach his fans!! Not every time, but it’s OK!! #ItsTheFuture”

Jason Dufner and Amanda

Jason Dufner:

If Dufner EVER gets pumped up, I’m pretty sure this has to be the week. The guy captures his first PGA Tour win and follows it up by saying “I do” during the span of a week. If you measure hot by a sweaty forehead, there is no better week for Dufner to make the list.

Fried Donut

Fried Donuts:

I haven't tried them, but I’m jumping out of my skin to get a taste! Served in the men’s locker room at the Quail Hollow Club, Paul Goydos raved about them on “Morning Drive” and Robert Allenby tweeted about them. From beignets to fried donuts … you can’t go wrong. 

Donald Trump 

The Donald:

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. will be awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. The formal announcement is to be made Thursday; however, it’s hardly been a secret (recall presser at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral).


The Alligator:

The gator strikes again, this time at Lake Ashton Golf & Country Club in Lake Wales, Fla. A 75-year-old golfer went to retrieve his ball from shallow water at the 15th hole … and chomp! He grabbed the man’s knee and tried to drag him into the water. Luckily, the golfer was saved by friends and is OK.

Bandon Dunes

Bandon Dunes:

The golf resort opens its 13-hole par-3 this week. The goal, according to Bandon Dunes creator Mike Keiser, is to “attempt to elevate everyone’s concept of what a par 3 is.” I’m sold! That’s my kind of golf.


Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club:

Last, but top-of-mind for me this week, is this Discovery Land hot spot with an 18-hole course located on the Sea of Abaco in the Bahamas. This week, voted it “favorite golfing destination” and this weekend the Tom Fazio design will contest its member-guest, “The Buccaneer,” in which I’m pumped to be invited to participate. There’s not much hotter than packing a bikini in your golf bag!

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.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.