Winsday Hot List: Memorial Day and Milkshakes

By Win McMurryMay 30, 2012, 9:52 pm

Across the country, American flags waved, cans of beer cracked and barefooted families frolicked along the beaches from sea to shining sea. Memorial Day ushered in the week at Muirfield Village and in the golf world the honor was not only given on tee boxes, but to those who serve this great country. From “thank yous” for our soldiers to golf news on another one of America’s great pastimes, here’s what’s hot on our list this week as we usher in…wait for it….SUMMER!

TaylorMade – Want to crush it like Dustin Johnson? We can’t help you there. But we can get you his gear, which is worthy of the hot list this week as both DJ and TaylorMade honor Memorial Day and wounded veterans.

The company released limited edition Stars and Stripes hats and headcovers, available on their website.

TaylorMade will donate $5 per hat and $10 per headcover sold towards rehabilitating combat-wounded veterans through golf. Donations will go to Salute Military Golf Association and Operation Game On. It’s hot to show your patriotism all year long, but remember July 4 is just around the corner as well.

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Google Plus – Tiger Woods follows Obama’s lead taking to the new technology to live chat with fans this week in advance of the Memorial Tournament. We’re not such big fans of cutting out the media pre-tournament, but we are fans of Tiger connecting more with his fans. He’s challenging the old guard way of doing things and there is certainly something to be said for going against the grain (even or maybe especially when it’s Tiger). He trail blazed the modern game in so many ways and this is an interesting extension of his influence.

Phil Mickelson

San Diego Padres – So what do baseball and golf have in common, other than being shared passions of many a MLB pitcher? How about a Phil Mickelson? The Padres may soon have a new owner. Mickelson has joined one of five groups trying to buy the team from John Moores.

'It’s something I’ve loved since I was a kid,” said Mickelson.

As for his role, it wouldn’t be day-to-day operations or running the organization.

'I want to have a personal relationship with the players and find ways to get them tied to the community, things of that nature.'

Fred Couples

Presidents Cup – Fred Couples returns in 2013 and Nick Price relieves Greg Norman of his two-time burden of trying to beat the Americans. The American vs. International team competition gets an additional boost this week in the headlines as Muirfield Village, site of this week’s PGA Tour stop, also hosts the Presidents Cup in 2015, making it the only venue to host a Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup.

Bubba Watson smiles after taking the lead at 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship

Bubba golf – Bubba Watson returns to action this week with talk about having his own 'Bubba School of Golf.' No question this would be unique, but is he serious? According to Bubba, it would consist of a building where he could invite customers to 'hit balls and just practice.'

'That's all I'd tell them,' he said. 'And then I'd ask for my money.' 

Luke Donald

Head (and shoulder) Doctors – Luke Donald is giving Dave Alred a lot of love this week following his win at Wentworth.

Who is Dave Alred? He’s a performance coach and sports psychologist who Donald says has helped him become aware of his posture and “how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness.'

Obviously it’s working for him.

'He's certainly always on at me again about keeping the shoulders back and not getting down on myself, staying positive not just mentally but physically and through my body position,' Donald said of Alred. 'It helps me send that message to whoever I'm playing with.”

Now if only Alred can help Donald get that elusive major.

Paul Lawrie

Paul Lawrie – Congrats to the 1999 British Open Champion who picked up his sixth top-10 finish this year (includes a win in Qatar), with his runner-up finish to Luke Donald last week in Wentworth. It means he is close to sealing the deal on a second Ryder Cup berth, his first in ’99 after his major victory.

Ironically (or not) he is paired in the first two rounds in this week’s Wales Open (at Celtic Manor, site of the 2010 European Ryder Cup victory) with Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

'I've never hidden the fact, this year the Ryder Cup is really the only big thing I am interested in doing,” said Lawrie. “I would love to play in that team.'

Muirfield Village milkshake

Milkshakes – I’m told the milkshakes served in the men’s grill at Muirfield Village are the best around. I’m going to take everyone’s word for it as long as I get one soon. Bubba apparently likes the birthday cake milkshake flavor. Seriously? Yes please!

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.