Golf Guy Grill Room welcomes Annika

By Golf GuyFebruary 9, 2012, 8:00 pm

As Tiger and Tour head back to the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the LPGA begins its season Down Under, the Golf Guy is lucky to welcome a special guest to the Grill Room. And as always, rum and Cokes are on the house.

Happy Hour Special Guest – Annika Sorenstam!

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was kind enough to pull up a stool at the bar and answer some unimportant questions – which are the kind we here in the Grill Room want answered:

Favorite all-time movie: Gladiator (no real shock there)

Funniest fellow golfer: JoAnne Carner (some love for Big Mama!)

Favorite meal: Pasta bolognese (Golf Guy honestly thinks that means pasta with cut up bits of bologna)

Favorite all-time band: U2 (I wholeheartedly concur)

Favorite thing about golf: The challenge (precisely where Annika and I drift apart)

Grill Room Annika appetizers: 10 major championship victories; 72 career LPGA wins; eight Solheim Cup appearances with an overall record of 22-11-4; eight LPGA Player of the Year awards; crossed over golf and sports boundaries with her appearance at the 2003 Colonial – the first female golfer to play a PGA Tour event since 1945; enjoyed a stretch from 2001-2006 in which she played 24 majors, won eight and had seven other top-5 finishes; and my favorite ... fired a 59 at the Standard Register Ping at Moon Valley CC in Phoenix in 2001. Upon announcing her early retirement in 2008, Annika offered this up about her career, 'To single a few things out: shooting 59; my performance at the Colonial; winning 10 majors.'

The Masters 


In a recent poll, we asked, 'Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or a major championship winner?'

The result: Major champion winner hovered around a resounding 80 percent.

Granted, we are a golf website, so result may not have been so surprising. But really? I voted Super Bowl winning QB.

But then I thought, 'What if the question was specific: Would you rather be a Super Bowl winning QB or winner of the Masters?'

That would have altered my answer. Instantly. It would have become a no-brainer. In fact, I would say that it would be my top choice in all of sports – Masters champion. A return trip to Augusta National every year, the green jacket, and, of course ... a seat at the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National.

 Name of the Week

Australian Katelyn Must: As in ... after shooting a 10-over 83 in the opening round of the Women's Australian Open ... Katelyn Must think about spending more time on the driving range.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.