Who is the best player without a PGA Tour title

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 10, 2010, 8:12 pm

Who now holds the moniker 'best player without a PGA Tour title?' Senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell offer their takes.


By REX HOGGARD

Tim Clark, a perennial choice for the moniker “best player without a PGA Tour title,” proved on Sunday that the line between underachiever and fulfilled expectations is as thin as some of the tee shots hit at TPC Sawgrass’ 17th hole.

The South African went 205 Tour starts without a victory and was asked when he would end the drought almost as many times. Graeme McDowell is next in line to assume the unwelcome title.

McDowell’s futility is nowhere near that of Clark’s, but in just 63 Tour events he’s finished inside the top 25 nearly one-quarter of the time (15) and, like Clark, seems to perform best on the largest stage.

He’s missed the cut just twice in his last dozen Grand Slam starts, tied for sixth this year at Doral and was 10th at last year’s PGA despite a Friday 75.

More importantly McDowell knows how to win, having collected multiple titles on the European Tour to say nothing of his 2-1-0 record at the 2008 Ryder Cup. It’s a body of work that others vying for their first title, Rickie Fowler and Co., are lacking. And why the Northern Irishman takes over for Clark. Whether he likes it or not.

By RANDALL MELL

Bubba Watson steps up on the hot seat now.

Watson, 31, is the most gifted player on the PGA Tour who has yet to win.

For the record, he’s 0-for-120 in starts.

This guy’s no sideshow freak whose appeal is limited to the fact that he can reach California from Florida in two shots. He’s a power player, but he’s not your classic bomb and gouge tactician. Watson is a shot maker. He can and does work the ball and will play a variety of shots. He’s as enamored with shaping shots as he is launching drives from one zip code to another.

In his fifth season on Tour, Watson has tied for second four times, including the terrific test at Quail Hollow last year. He’s finished fifth or better 10 times and contended at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont before tying for fifth.

As a ball striker, the game’s there. Watson’s 14th in scoring average this season, 18th in hitting greens in regulation and a respectable 50th in putting average. Of course, he’s No. 1 in driving distance. For Watson to break through, he needs to get that quirky mind square and elevate his short game.

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.



The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.