He Said/She Said: Fearless forecasts for 2012

By Bailey MosierJanuary 6, 2012, 2:30 am

The Golf Guy and Birdie Bailey Mosier come out swinging in the opening week of the golf season, offering up thoughts on some of the top players in the game in this edition of He Said/She Said:


Geoff Ogilvy: Yes, he has a major to his name. And yes, it was completely gift-wrapped from Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie. That said, Aussie Ogilvy should have another major to his name. If not two or three more. Stop with the mustache musings and get back to being the most talented golfer on the planet not named Tiger or Rory.

Robert Garrigus: Another PGA Tour victory would be nice, but what I want is more Hunter S. Thompson-esque stories from the Tour back in the '80s and '90s.

Jason Day: He is currently ranked eighth in the world. He will be in the top three by year's end. I'm using this moment to proclaim him the 'Official Golf Guy ... Golf Guy.' I hope he can handle that kind of pressure.

Michael Whan: Hopefully wishing that the LPGA commissioner can squeeze out every last ounce of momentum the LPGA has to offer. I don't care where the great players come from – Taiwan, South Korea, the United States – the LPGA is a great product and needs to figure out its niche.

Ian Poulter: Love him or hate him, the game is more interesting if he becomes a major player. A major with him in the mix – and a possible win – will make Darren Clarke's post-British Open win look like a kid's party.

Phil Mickelson: I have no idea when it will happen, but it looks like there will be only one major a year when Lefty will contend. Hopefully two. Well, hopefully three. I'd love four, however. Mickelson in the hunt at a major is like having cake and ice cream for your birthday dinner.


Adam Scott: Here’s hoping 2012 brings Adam Scott’s first major victory. Scott added the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to his previous seven PGA Tour victories and had seven top-10 finishes in 2011 – the most since his 10 in 2006. With a swing that looks like Tiger circa 2000 and with Woods’ former caddie on the bag, my New Year’s forecast is that Scott has just the right recipe to get the job done. 

Sergio Garcia: It’s no new news that Sergio Garcia is one of the best players without a major. After two near misses in 2007 (Open Championship) and 2008 (PGA Championship) followed by his two-year slump, the Spaniard resurfaced late in 2011 and won back-to-back titles in his home country at the Castello Masters and the Andalucia Masters. This momentum is definitely an ego boost and he may finally convert in 2012, but there is one thing that could give him a slight edge. His New Year’s wish? Golf’s governing bodies move a major championship to Spain.

Bubba Watson: The big hitter struck out in 2011 when he lamented about rowdy fans at the French Open and spouted off his layman's descriptions of Paris’ most celebrated landmarks. Bubba recounted visiting 'that big tower' (the Eiffel Tower), the 'building starting with an L' (the Louvre) and 'this arch I drove round in a circle' (the Arc de Triomphe). The resolution I hope he’s made for 2012? A backpack tour through Europe that includes overnight stays in hostels, drinking cheap beer, sneaking rides on the Eurostar train and days without showering. No Ritz, no filet, no complaints. He may come out a more cultured man when it's all said and done.

Rory McIlroy: McIlroy roared onto golf’s main stage in 2011 with his Sunday Masters meltdown, record-shattering U.S. Open victory, courtship with female tennis world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, split with manager Chubby Chandler and public Twitter spat with on-air analyst Jay Townsend … to name a few. At the mere age of 22, McIlroy exudes maturity, confidence and talent unparalleled by his peers. This kid’s future is bright and 2012 will undoubtedly bring more pressure, greater expectations and a brighter spotlight. My New Year’s advice? Remember your roots. Remember where you came from, Rory. In case you don’t know that’s Holywood – the town in Northern Ireland – and not the celebrity-packed, appearance-obsessed, La La land nestled in the heart of Southern California.

Luke Donald: Come Feb. 2 every year, groves of people populate Punxsutawney, Pa., festival grounds waiting for a groundhog to emerge and tell them whether spring will come early or if they should expect six more weeks of winter. After a record-setting 2011 where Luke Donald ascended to world No. 1, won both the PGA Tour and European money titles and his wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, it’s safe to say Luke Donald wouldn’t be opposed to a few more weeks of win-ter. My New Year’s advice? Luke should rent the 1993 Bill Murray flick “Groundhog Day” and envision himself repeating many things about 2011 ... over and over and over again. And then follow it up with another popular Murray favorite – Caddyshack – because, well, does one ever need to justify that?

Tiger Woods: For Mr. Woods I’m going to offer bad habits I hope he breaks in 2012 (in no particular order).

1. Be nicer to the media. Give us interviews and thoughtful, respectful, well-crafted answers. You know what we want. Please just give it to us. Thank you.

2. Break your winless streak (I’m not counting his victory at the 18-man Chevron field as an official win).

3. Take care of your body and your health. A very large majority of people want to see you break Jack Nicklaus’ record, but with every year you age and every injury you incur, the task becomes less and less attainable.

4. Quit searching and find peace. In your golf game, your confidence, your personal life, your decision-making. In every realm of your life, I hope 2012 is the calm after the long and tumultuous storm.

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Koepka looking to make hay on Horrible Horseshoe

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 10:26 pm

The Horrible Horseshoe - Nos. 3, 4 and 5 at Colonial Country Club - annually ranks as one of the toughest three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

Consider Brooks Koepka undeterred.

Last year's U.S. Open champ has played the stretch 2 over this week but knows that if he's going to have any chance at catching Justin Rose on Sunday, he's going to need take advantage of the par-5 first and then find a way to pick up shots on the Horseshoe.

"I feel like just need to get off to a good start on this golf course," Koepka said after a third-round 67 Saturday. "If you can get 2 or 3 under through six holes, I think you'll be right there."

Koepka will start the final round four behind Rose, as he looks to win for the first time since his maiden major victory last year.

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The big-hitter missed nearly four months this year with a wrist injury and is progressing quickly in his comeback despite dislocating his wrist on two different occasions over the last two months.

Koepka missed the cut with partner Marc Turnesa at the Zurich Classic in his competitive return before following up with a tie for 42nd at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for 11th at The Players Championship.

Now, thanks to a closing birdie Sunday, he finds himself playing alongside Rose in the final group on Sunday.

"I feel like my game is coming around," he said. "[At Zurich], I was five days into touching clubs. I am finally finding a rhythm and feel like I'm getting really close. ...

"Just want to get off to a good start [tomorrow]. That's really all I am trying to do. You put together a good solid round tomorrow, you never know what can happen. The important thing is we were just trying to get in that final group. I thought the putt on 18 was kind of big to get in that final group and play with Rosey."

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Rose leads Koepka, Grillo by four at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 26, 2018, 9:06 pm

On the strength of a 4-under 66 Saturday, Justin Rose will take a four-shot lead over Brooks Koepka and Emiliano Grillo into the final round of the Fort Worth Invitational. Here's where things stand through 54 holes at Colonial Country Club.

Leaderboard: Rose (-14), Koepka (-10), Grillo (-10), Corey Conners (-8), Jon Rahm (-8), Louis Oosthuizen (-8), J.T. Poston (-8), Ryan Armour (-8)

What it means: The fifth-ranked player in the world is 18 holes from his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second this season. Up one to start the third round, Rose extended his lead to as much as five with birdies on four of his first six holes. Through 54 holes, Rose has made 17 birdies and just three bogeys. The 2013 U.S. Open winner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist has a history of winning at iconic venues - Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional - and now looks to add Colonial to the list. He'll be chased on Sunday by Grillo, the young Argentinian who won his first Tour start as a member in 2015, and Koepka, last year's U.S. Open winner who continues to impress in his injury comeback despite ongoing wrist issues.

Round of the day: Corey Conners and Ted Potter both turned in 7-under 63. Potter was bogey-free and Conners came home in 6-under 29 on the back nine.

Best of the rest: Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Brian Harman and Michael Thompson all signed for 64. Rahm called his six-birdie start the best 10 holes he's played so far this year.

Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth has finished second-first-second in the last three years at this event, but he's yet to find his normal Colonial form through three rounds. Spieth, who said Friday he was capable of shooting "10 or 12 under" over the weekend, shot even-par 70 Saturday. He sits in T-38 at 3 under for the week, 11 back.

Shot of the day: Rory Sabbatini closed out his third round Saturday with this eagle holeout from 134 yards at the 18th.

His colorful scorecard featured three bogeys, two birdies, a double bogey and that eagle. It added up to a 1-over 71. 

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.