The List: Tiger fireworks and grilling out

By Golf GuyJuly 4, 2012, 1:00 pm

Welcome to The List, where the Golf Guy offers golf-related topics and useless items. Feel free to add your own 'list' in the comments section; just refrain from comments like, 'This guy gets paid for this crap?' I'm a sensitive guy. Anyway, this week's Fourth of July edition includes my top Tiger Woods firework moments as well as the my favorite things to grill:

All-time Tiger firework moments:

1. Sinking that insanely ticklish putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate en route to his 2008 U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines. One of the greatest moments in golf history. Pure Tiger. And his double-barreled fist pump was one for the ages.

2. Chipping in on the par-3 16th in the 2005 Masters. While the high-five with former caddie Stevie Williams was weak, the real-time, slo-mo of the ball falling into the cup will stand the test of time as one of the greatest highlights in sports history. The fact that he was looking at bogey and ends up making birdie en route to the title takes it over the top.

3. Bob May may have already drifted from our consciousness, but the duel that played out at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla was preposterous. Back and forth they went coming down the stretch and then into a playoff. When Woods walked his 20-foot putt into the cup on the first extra hole – pointing at it the last few feet – goose bumps grew on my arms ... as did the legend of Tiger (not on my arm).

4. 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational: The 72nd hole. Facing a 24-foot putt for the victory. At Arnie's place. Bam! Then the hat slam! Seeing Tiger get that fired up after big wins never gets old.

5. Granted, the 2000 edition of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC was already in the books – Tiger won the event by an eye-popping 11 strokes – but it was another case of Tiger closing the deal with fireworks. Almost literally. In drowning darkness, Woods' stuffed his final approach shot of the day to within a foot of the hole ... while fans still at the course held up their Bic lighters as if at a rock concert.

All-time favorites to throw on the grill:

Burgers: Is there anything better than a burger from the grill at a picnic, tailgating party or just with friends and family on the porch? And I like the three different burger combos – straight cheeseburger, the BBQ burger, and the burger with lettuce, tomato and Miracle Whip. Throw in a side of potato salad and you have yourself a party.

Sweet Italian sausages: I know most people are 'brat' fans, but I prefer the Italian sausage. Why? I have no idea. Well OK, maybe I do – the word 'bratwurst' sounds bad, and not as inviting as 'sweet Italian sausage.' With a little brown mustard and honey.

Filet mignon: A special treat for someone as poor as the Golf Guy. Rubbed lightly with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and served with some grilled onions, this is the equivalent of making back-to-back-to-back birdies. And yes, medium rare, please.

Chicken kabobs: Lathered in Italian dressing, and mixed with green, red and yellow peppers, the visual alone is scrumptious. Plus, the word 'kabobs' is fun to say.

Hot dogs: I have not had a hot dog in four years. I read the back of a package and was freaked out by the words 'mechanically separated meat from the bone.' That said, I loved hot dogs. And I love seeing people eat hot dogs. Whether at a baseball game, at the turn or even my dad as as he motors through an entire package – raw. I miss you, hot dogs.

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Lauren Thompson and a giant 'gator eating a turtle

By Grill Room TeamApril 19, 2018, 4:53 pm

Really, the headline says it all.

"Morning Drive" co-host Lauren Thompson was playing the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes on Thursday in Orlando, Fla., when her threesome turned into a foursome, with the appearance of a giant alligator. Techincally, it was a fivesome, as the 'gator had a turtle in its mouth.

Hey, it's a slow news week for Grill Room.

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Sources confirm Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Rex HoggardApril 19, 2018, 2:42 pm

Multiple sources have confirmed to that officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation.

Tournament officials scrambled this year after Dean & DeLuca ended its sponsorship of the event just two years into a six-year agreement, pulling together an assortment of local sponsors and renaming the event the Fort Worth Invitational.

Colonial’s status on the PGA Tour schedule became even more uncertain when the PGA Championship announced it would move from August to May, beginning in 2019 as part of a major overhaul of the circuit’s schedule.

According to the Dallas News, and confirmed by multiple sources at the club, officials plan to announce the new long-term agreement with Charles Schwab on Monday that will begin in 2019.

News of a long-term sponsorship deal would also suggest the event will remain in May in 2019 and beyond. The Tour has indicated it plans to announce the ’19 schedule at next month’s Players Championship.

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PNC Extends Title Sponsorship of PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2018 – IMG and NBC Sports today announced that The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has extended its contract as title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, the tournament that pairs the games’ legends alongside their sons, daughters and grandchildren.

PNC’s multi-year extension as title sponsor keeps the PGA Tour Challenge Event in Orlando reflecting the bank’s commitment to Central Florida. PNC has served as title sponsor of the tournament since 2012. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes will continue to play host to the PNC Father/Son Challenge. The 2018 PNC Father/Son Challenge will take place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, with television coverage on Golf Channel and NBC.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge long ago became one of my family’s favorite golf tournaments,” said 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. “I have had the pleasure of playing with my sons, and last year, partnering with my 15-year-old grandson GT was a thrill. I am delighted the event—a uniquely special one to us fathers and grandfathers, and perhaps to the many fans out there watching from home or outside the ropes—will continue for many years to come.”

“After our victory in 2016, I said that this win was as good as anything I have done in my career,” said former World No. 1 and major champion David Duval, who alongside his stepson Nick Karavites captured the 2016 title. “I felt blessed to have Nick inside the ropes with me and to have our family surrounding us all week. That’s what makes the PNC Father/Son Challenge so special, and I’m pleased to hear that PNC has extended its support of the event. This golf tournament means so much to all of us who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in this event.”

The tournament also holds three events in qualifier markets per year. This year they will be in Dallas, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge allows fans to see golf’s legends playing the game they love alongside those they love most,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman, IMG. “We are grateful for PNC’s ongoing support of this unique tournament and we look forward to returning to Orlando to celebrate golf and family for many years to come.”

Community support is a key aspect of the tournament and PNC’s sponsorship. PNC is committed to donating $150,000 annually to local non-profits over the life of its sponsorship. Across six previous years of title sponsorship, PNC has already donated $900,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to support the “Healthy Families Orange” program. Over the years, PNC has also had the opportunity through this tournament to co-host events for local women in business, to put on clinics and provide free access to the tournament for active military, and even provide a service dog for a local veteran.

"PNC's long-standing sponsorship of the Father/Son Challenge reflects the philanthropic values we share with the PGA Tour and the golf community, as well as our focus on strong relationships,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. “As PNC Bank continues to expand its footprint, the PNC Father/Son tournament helps us gain visibility with new audiences and to strengthen the relationships we enjoy today with more than 8 million retail, wealth, and corporate and institutional banking customers across the country.”

“NBC Sports is extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder for the Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events that closes out the calendar year on the golf schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports. “Our relationship with PNC Bank elevates this event each year as a must-attend and must-see event for players and fans alike, and we look forward to our continued relationship with PNC Bank for years to come.”

Past winners of the PNC Father/Son Challenge include some of the biggest names in golf including Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001), Jack Nicklaus (1999), Bernhard Langer (2005-06, 2014), Davis Love III (2012) and David Duval (2016).  Masters champion Angel Cabrera and his son, Angel Cabrera Jr. captured the 2017 title.

To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters, grandsons and one father – Justin Leonard’s dad, Larry – participate over the years.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.

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Fire damages National Golf Links of America clubhouse

By Will GrayApril 19, 2018, 12:55 pm

A fire broke out Wednesday at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., causing "extensive damage" to a portion of the historic course's clubhouse.

According to a report, an initial call was made to the Southampton police department about a fire on the roof of the clubhouse at 11:34 a.m. With the club's gates too narrow to fit a fire truck through, more than 100 firefighters from various departments helped douse the flames by transporting water up a hill to the east side of the clubhouse.

The fire was reportedly extinguished by 2:30 p.m., with no injuries requiring medical attention. According to a Golf Digest report, the club was undergoing construction on its outdoor eating area known as "the Birdcage" and that most of the club's historical documents reside on the opposite end of the clubhouse from where the fire broke out and was contained.

Opened in 1911, National Golf Links of America was designed by C.B. MacDonald and hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922. The biennial matches returned in 2013 to NGLA, which is often rated among the top courses in the U.S. and sits adjacent to Shinnecock Hills, site of this summer's U.S. Open.