Fantasy Island BMW Championship

By Rex HoggardSeptember 8, 2009, 11:00 pm
Before it was the third leg of the Playoffs, before it had been tweaked to U.S. Golf Association perfection by architect Rees Jones, the Tour’s Chicagoland stop was counted among the game’s major championships.

Although the Grand Slam designation has dropped away, Cog Hill has produced major-quality champions – Tiger Woods, Trevor Immelman and Jim Furyk – and life as a playoff event has not changed that truth.
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Pick a Foursome:
Must be the nip in the fall air or the call of deer hunting season, whatever it is Steve Stricker is becoming Mr. September on the PGA Tour. The two-time Comeback Player of the Year has pulled yet another Lazarus with his T-2/first start to the playoffs. “Strick” also has some baggage at Cog Hill, having finished third in 2007 thanks to a third-round 64.

As for Clark, he may not be the prototypical BMW pick, but the South African hasn’t finished worse than eighth in his last three BMW starts and could do some real damage on Cog Hills’ new putting surfaces.

Picks: Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Tim Clark

 Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
Salary Cap:
Lucas Glover has played his best golf this season (Bethpage, Torrey Pines, Quail Hollow and Congressional) on Open-like venues, which should make made-over and meaner Cog Hill right in his wheelhouse.

As for Heath Slocum, that Barclays victory may have been out of nowhere, but he’s made a career at Cog Hill having played there every year since he joined the Tour in 2002 without a single missed cut.

Picks: Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Heath Slocum, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover (Total: $9.838 million)

Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
Pick One:
Jim Furyk. If Cog Hill is as U.S. Open ready as they say, the 2005 Western Open champion should be the living litmus test, having won the last national championship played in the Second City and fresh from first top-10 since July.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardRex HoggardPadraig Harrington
Dial back the clock, remove a pair of crazy 8s from his scorecard and clear up some miscommunication with his swing coach Bob Torrance and those voting on Player of the Year would have a tough decision to make between Tiger Woods and the Irishman.$5,396,686
Jay Coffin Jay CoffinSteve Stricker

Why not? Haven’t picked the guy once this year and he now leads the FedEx Cup standings. He may not win, but a top-10 finish is highly likely.

Mercer Baggs Mercer BaggsPadraig Harrington
Sergio Garcia doesn't seem to want to play, Jim Furyk can't seem to put four rounds together and I'm out of Tiger Woods picks.$7,261,285
Erik PetersonErik PetersonJim FurykUtilizing his surgeon-like precision, Furyk will knife his way through the newly-renovated Dubsdread course.$6,716,372
Brian Koressel Brian KoresselSteve Stricker
I had him slotted for this week at Cog Hill even before last week's win. Back-to-back victories will be tough, but I really like his chances in Chicago.$7,940,073
dena_dDena DavisSteve Stricker
I'm a believer in Mr. September. And I like that he still gets emotional. Somebody needs to show some passion about winning the Playoffs.
Jerry Foltz Jerry FoltzSteve Stricker Stricker's the proven playoff machine. Or maybe I'm just jumping on the 'Super-Nice-Guy' bandwagon.$5,759,287

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

Watch the video below.

The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”

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But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”

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Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 9:52 pm

Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)

What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.

Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.

Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.

Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18