Winsday Hot List

By Win McMurryApril 25, 2012, 5:16 pm

To say it simply, when you think golf, you probably aren’t thinking that there’s much “hot” about it. That is unless you’re referring to soaking through your sweaty shirt playing 18 holes in sweltering summer heat (for me, the memory of walking around Southern Hills in Tulsa for the 2007 PGA Championship in August comes to mind). Among the reasons: A-if there’s a country club sport that is sexy, it’s the one where you think Maria Sharapova and short skirts and; B-even in the 21st century, golf straddles the line between being a “game” and a “sport.”

Nonetheless, as a golf fan reading this post, you certainly can connect golf with the word “love.” You know that tingly feeling you get when you take the plastic off brand new clubs and hit them for the first time. You know the exhilaration when you pull off a shot that you really had no business pulling off (or maybe you did…and you feel that surge of justification for all the time, money and energy you've spent on this crazy game). But that’s not just love. That’s sexy as hell.

So in that spirit, it’s my goal to bring you the sexiest, hottest people, places and things in golf each week. Because even if it’s too hot to play outside, you still can get a good thrill.


Because he only has to change pee-pee diapers. True, but the Masters man is back in action this week in New Orleans and he’s as confident and smooth as I’ve ever seen him. There’s nothing sexier than confidence. Add to it he’s proactively trying to raise $1 million for the Bubba and Angie Watson Medical Center in Africa and you have not only a player, but ado-gooder too.

Luke Donald

Everyone loves an underdog. Okay, he’s not an underdog. But he is gunning to take back the No. 1 ranking in the world this week. He’s tops on my fantasy team as well as the name on the lips ofmany of the “experts” here at Golf Channel this week.

Classic Style

Payne Stewart did it in the 90s and women (as well as men) loved him for it. Props to the Zurich Classic for celebrating 100 years of golf style with a throw-back challenge to 1912, the birth year of the greats: Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson. While some guys looked better sporting the looks than others, the concept was completely cool.

(L-R) Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ben Crane, and Camilo Villegas

Acme Oyster House

Oysters are an aphrodisiac and they’re in prime form this week at the Zurich Classic. I visited the long-standing establishment in the French Quarter prior to this week’s event for 'Gone with the Win' and will vouch for their deliciousness. So will Tour players who flock to this spot this week. No comment on the aphrodisiac effect.  

Branden Grace

Because he has three. Granted his wins are on the European Tour, but you can’t argue with the talent and skill that brought him three trophies this year.

Jack Nicklaus

Not only does he have 11 more major titles than Arnold Palmer, he now too has a drink named after him. Arizona Beverages, the same company who makes the Arnold Palmer line of drinks, has released a line of lemonade beverages called “Golden Bear.” It is available in three flavors, regular lemonade with honey and ginseng, mango lemonade, and strawberry lemonade. The cans feature portraits of Nicklaus’ 1978 Open Championship victory, his 1978 PGA Championship win, and even a teenaged Nicklaus playing basketball for his high school team.

Sean O’Hair

$16.2 Million. The 29-year-old now leads the PGA Tour career money list of players under 30. Strong. Enough said.

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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.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.