World Golf Hall of Fame: Meet the class of 2012

By Randall MellMay 7, 2012, 1:49 pm

A look at the members of the newest World Golf Hall of Fame class, which was inducted Monday night in St. Augustine, Fla.

Peter Alliss – Known today for his clever delivery and distinctly British take on the game as a BBC commentator, Alliss was also an accomplished player. He began his broadcasting career with the BBC at the 1961 British Open won by Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale, but before that he won 23 times as a professional in the 1950s and ‘60s, with three British PGA titles. He was selected for induction through the lifetime achievement category. Introduced by Terry Jastrow, a seven-time Emmy Award winning television producer who worked with Alliss.

Dan Jenkins – An award-winning reporter and author, Jenkins grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where like Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson before him, he was runner-up in the city amateur championship. Jenkins went on to chronicle the careers of Hogan and Nelson for Fort Worth’s daily newspaper and then took his talent national, writing for Sports Illustrated and later Golf Digest and authoring more than 20 books. He introduced a biting humor to the game’s storytelling that won him a legion of fans. He was selected for induction through the lifetime achievement category. Introduced by Jerry Tarde, editor-in-chief at Golf Digest.

Sandy Lyle – Winner of 29 worldwide titles, the Scotsman broke through to win his first major in 1985 at the British Open at Royal St. George's. He became the first international winner of The Players Championship in ‘87 and the first British winner of the Masters in ’88. He was selected via the international ballot. Introduced by European Tour broadcaster Renton Laidlaw.

Phil Mickelson – With 48 worldwide victories – 40 on the PGA Tour – Mickelson’s resume includes four major championships – three Masters (2004, ’06 and ’10) and a PGA Championship (’05). With a terrific short game, and a derring-do style, Mickelson has staked his Hall-of-Fame claim as one of the most entertaining players in the game’s history. At 41, he will be inducted via election through the PGA Tour ballot, garnering 72 percent of the vote, most since Greg Norman made it in with 80 percent of the vote in 2001. Introduced by Steve Loy, his agent and his college coach at Arizona State.

Hollis Stacy – Claiming 18 LPGA titles – four of them major championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens (1977, ’78 and ‘84) – Stacy was a factor in so many of the biggest events in the women’s game in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She also won three consecutive U.S. Girls’ Junior titles (1969-71). She was selected for induction through the veterans category. Introduced by her younger sister, Martha Leach, winner of the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.

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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.