Phil Mickelson Takes Three Shot Victory At Pebble Beach Pro Am

21 May 19
GolfBlogger Golf Blog

2019 Charles Schwab Challenge Preview Dates: May 20-26, 2019 Where: Fort Worth, Texas Course: Colonial Country ClubPar/Yardage: 35-35—70/7,209 yardsDefending champion: Justin RosePurse: $7,300,000 ($1,314,000/winner); FedExCup: 500 points to the winnerField size: 122 Format: 72-hole stroke playTwitter: @CSChallengeFW; Facebook: CharlesSchwabChallenge; Instagram: Charles_Schwab_Challenge Things to Know Charles Schwab takes over sponsorship of the longest-run event on the […]

20 May 19
News Archives Uk

An encapsulated chip and a bogey on the first hole of the fourth round by the clear third-round leader and defending champion. Brooks Koepkagave the chases a little encouragement. It was a sign that there could only be one few annoying It was bubbling under that cast-iron, calm exterior, and it turned out to be […]

08 May 19
Glass Houses

There’s Horses for Courses. There’s the preview. You can get to both from here. This is the superintendent at Trinty Forest Golf Club. Make good choices this week! Not firm and fast pic.twitter.com/VwPqnI37qw — Kasey Kauff (@KaseyKauff) May 8, 2019

01 May 19
Glass Houses

Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte annually ranks as one of the toughest tracks on TOUR and checked in No. 1 in 2017 and No. 5 last year. Jason Day returns to try and do what 15 previous winners have not: defend the title. The defending @WellsFargoGolf champion @JDayGolf's fine-tuning his swing. pic.twitter.com/HT5EgYpDM1 — PGA TOUR […]

15 Apr 19
East Bay Times
Crazy to think it’s been 19 years since Tiger Woods blew our minds at the 2000 U.S. Open, blitzing the field from start to finish for a staggering 15-shot victory. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5995246,5996163″]Even crazier to think he will return in June with expectations of an encore. Woods’ Masters renaissance has brought new life to Tiger Mania. While Augusta National suits his game far better than Pebble Beach, you can already feel the expectations building. Tiger came to the Del Monte Forest with similar expectations a decade after his 2000 blitzkrieg — and things didn’t quite come together. Two little-knowns stole the show, as 30-year-old Irishman named Graeme McDowell held off a Frenchman named Gregory Havret by one stroke. Woods was in the hunt on Sunday after carding a 5-under 66 on Saturday, but was done in by a final-round 75, tying for fourth with Phil Mickelson. (Fun footnote: A 25-year-old Dustin Johnson also carded a 66 on Saturday to take the Sunday lead before crashing and burning immediately with a triple bogey on No. 2.) What follows is Carl Steward’s 2010 look back at Woods’ scintillating performance a decade earlier. Whatever happens two months from now, the magic of that performance will only grow more mythical over time. * * * The symmetry was unmistakable. The 100th U.S. Open coinciding with Tiger Woods’ 100th professional golf tournament in the year 2000. What had the makings of an epochal event turned into just that: The coronation of Eldrick The Great. When Woods arrived at Pebble Beach Golf Links in June 2000, he was on the march toward world golf domination. Still just 24, he had only two majors in his pocket. But he had won 11 of his previous 20 tournaments, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier that year. His game had been supremely fine-tuned under the guidance of Butch Harmon. His mental focus was steeled solely toward the sport. Distractions were limited to the occasional ill-timed camera click. It was all on display in an almost ethereal performance over four days at Pebble Beach. Woods blitzed the field by 15 strokes and served notice to golf’s legends that he was headed places perhaps even they couldn’t comprehend. “That was the best golf anybody has ever played in history,” said NBC commentator Johnny Miller, who himself once shot a final-round 63 at a U.S. Open. Starting with an opening-round 65 in which he required just 24 putts, Woods put on a flabbergasting show of power and precision. He built the largest Open lead ever after 36 holes (six strokes) and 54 holes (10 strokes), and his victory margin was the largest in major championship history. Woods had zero three-putts the entire tournament. Jim Furyk, Woods’ playing partner the first two rounds, has noted that Woods “made eight-footers like they were two-footers.” He played the first 22 holes without a bogey, as well as the final 26. He bogeyed just six holes all told — his lone disaster was a third-round triple — but countered it with 21 birdies. His final-round 67 served as an exclamation point. Ernie Els, the 2000 runner-up and Woods’ playing partner in the final round, walked to the first tee Sunday feeling like a beaten man. “I could have played out of my mind and still lost by six or seven,” Els said. “Before we went out, I knew I had no chance.” Woods became the first man to win a U.S. Open by double-digits under par, and he did it in a tournament where nobody else even broke par. His victory check made him the PGA Tour’s all-time leading money winner. He would affirm his status over the next year, using the Open rout as a springboard to victories in the next three majors. A decade later, he’s back at the scene of the slaughter. But Woods is a different guy, more Tiger the Tormented than Eldrick The Great. Woods has 14 major wins now, but, at 34, hasn’t won one in two years. He is winless in 2010, with only four tournament appearances, one in which he missed the cut and another in which he withdrew. His game isn’t horrible — he did finish fourth at the Masters. But he can’t control his driver. His putting is streaky. He can’t seem to will himself into that special zone that ignites his own confidently competitive engine while sapping the fuel out of others. So much has changed since 2000. His personal life has been under scrutiny since the Thanksgiving night car crash — the errant tee shot to all-encompassing turmoil. Does he have too many problems to have a realistic shot at winning, or will the fumes from his resounding Pebble Beach triumph snap him from his deepest funk? Remember, Woods won by 15 shots on a course he reveres in a tournament he holds second to none. Even a one-stroke victory this time would be monumental and potentially revitalizing. “I really believe,” Miller said, “he needs to — every night — watch the U.S. Open in the year 2000 at Pebble and just copy that swing and forget the Haney stuff.”
15 Apr 19
The Mercury News
Crazy to think it’s been 19 years since Tiger Woods blew our minds at the 2000 U.S. Open, blitzing the field from start to finish for a staggering 15-shot victory. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5995246,5996163″]Even crazier to think he will return in June with expectations of an encore. Woods’ Masters renaissance has brought new life to Tiger Mania. While Augusta National suits his game far better than Pebble Beach, you can already feel the expectations building. Tiger came to the Del Monte Forest with similar expectations a decade after his 2000 blitzkrieg — and things didn’t quite come together. Two little-knowns stole the show, as 30-year-old Irishman named Graeme McDowell held off a Frenchman named Gregory Havret by one stroke. Woods was in the hunt on Sunday after carding a 5-under 66 on Saturday, but was done in by a final-round 75, tying for fourth with Phil Mickelson. (Fun footnote: A 25-year-old Dustin Johnson also carded a 66 on Saturday to take the Sunday lead before crashing and burning immediately with a triple bogey on No. 2.) What follows is Carl Steward’s 2010 look back at Woods’ scintillating performance a decade earlier. Whatever happens two months from now, the magic of that performance will only grow more mythical over time. * * * The symmetry was unmistakable. The 100th U.S. Open coinciding with Tiger Woods’ 100th professional golf tournament in the year 2000. What had the makings of an epochal event turned into just that: The coronation of Eldrick The Great. When Woods arrived at Pebble Beach Golf Links in June 2000, he was on the march toward world golf domination. Still just 24, he had only two majors in his pocket. But he had won 11 of his previous 20 tournaments, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier that year. His game had been supremely fine-tuned under the guidance of Butch Harmon. His mental focus was steeled solely toward the sport. Distractions were limited to the occasional ill-timed camera click. It was all on display in an almost ethereal performance over four days at Pebble Beach. Woods blitzed the field by 15 strokes and served notice to golf’s legends that he was headed places perhaps even they couldn’t comprehend. “That was the best golf anybody has ever played in history,” said NBC commentator Johnny Miller, who himself once shot a final-round 63 at a U.S. Open. Starting with an opening-round 65 in which he required just 24 putts, Woods put on a flabbergasting show of power and precision. He built the largest Open lead ever after 36 holes (six strokes) and 54 holes (10 strokes), and his victory margin was the largest in major championship history. Woods had zero three-putts the entire tournament. Jim Furyk, Woods’ playing partner the first two rounds, has noted that Woods “made eight-footers like they were two-footers.” He played the first 22 holes without a bogey, as well as the final 26. He bogeyed just six holes all told — his lone disaster was a third-round triple — but countered it with 21 birdies. His final-round 67 served as an exclamation point. Ernie Els, the 2000 runner-up and Woods’ playing partner in the final round, walked to the first tee Sunday feeling like a beaten man. “I could have played out of my mind and still lost by six or seven,” Els said. “Before we went out, I knew I had no chance.” Woods became the first man to win a U.S. Open by double-digits under par, and he did it in a tournament where nobody else even broke par. His victory check made him the PGA Tour’s all-time leading money winner. He would affirm his status over the next year, using the Open rout as a springboard to victories in the next three majors. A decade later, he’s back at the scene of the slaughter. But Woods is a different guy, more Tiger the Tormented than Eldrick The Great. Woods has 14 major wins now, but, at 34, hasn’t won one in two years. He is winless in 2010, with only four tournament appearances, one in which he missed the cut and another in which he withdrew. His game isn’t horrible — he did finish fourth at the Masters. But he can’t control his driver. His putting is streaky. He can’t seem to will himself into that special zone that ignites his own confidently competitive engine while sapping the fuel out of others. So much has changed since 2000. His personal life has been under scrutiny since the Thanksgiving night car crash — the errant tee shot to all-encompassing turmoil. Does he have too many problems to have a realistic shot at winning, or will the fumes from his resounding Pebble Beach triumph snap him from his deepest funk? Remember, Woods won by 15 shots on a course he reveres in a tournament he holds second to none. Even a one-stroke victory this time would be monumental and potentially revitalizing. “I really believe,” Miller said, “he needs to — every night — watch the U.S. Open in the year 2000 at Pebble and just copy that swing and forget the Haney stuff.”
10 Apr 19
The Sun
TIGER WOODS, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose will be among the stars going for victory at Augusta National when The Masters gets underway on Thursday. But while the favourites to take the coveted green jacket are up there with the biggest names in sport, even their fame is eclipsed by some of the celebrities who call themselves golf fans. Jessica Alba is one of the stars who loves playing golf Here The Sun Online takes a look at the Hollywood stars, pop singers, and political heavyweights who make up golf’s amateur hall of fame… Alice Cooper Ageing rocker Cooper might be best known for a life of outrageous stage shows and heavy-metal tendencies. But the 71-year-old has long made time for the more gentle pleasure of a round of golf. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is not just an excellent amateur, playing off a reported handicap of 5.3, but he also claims the sport saved his life as it helped him overcome alcoholism. He once said: “I traded one addiction for another. But golf is the crack of sports. “Once I took it seriously I loved it. It absolutely saved my life.” When he’s not playing to sold-out arenas, Alice Cooper enjoys a quieter life on the course It even prompted him to write a book: ‘Alice Cooper: Golf Monster – A Rock ’n’ Roller’s 12 Steps To Becoming a Golf Addict’. There are certainly worse things to be addicted to. Bill Murray As the face of one of the biggest events on America’s PGA Tour, Bill Murray has become part of the furniture on the pro-am golf circuit. The funnyman hosts the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which each year draws the great and the good to the famous venue on California’s shores. Bill Murray’s love of golf has seen him star in a cult classic and launch his own clothing range Murray’s love of golf extends into his working life – he once starred in a cult golf movie, 1980’s Caddyshack, and even has his own range of clothing for the course. Jessica Alba The Sin City actress takes her golf very seriously and once teamed up with John Daly at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in China. Jessica Alba once partnered John Daly in a pro-am competition Her handicap is reported to sit around the 22 mark, but more impressive is the fact she can drive the ball 200 yards. Daly is famous for his length off the tee too, but he has a little more weight behind his shots… Donald Trump When he’s not busy running the most powerful country in the world or tweeting to his multi-millions of followers, Donald Trump can be found on one of his many exclusive golf courses. The 45th US President and real-estate mogul began developing courses in 1999 and now reportedly owns 17 of the things. There are reports Donald Trump might be a little less than honest when he plays golf As President, Trump is known to enjoy regular rounds, playing with politicians and foreign leaders as he works on them with his famous deal-making. But there are also reports he might not be the most honest of golfing buddies, with a new book branding him the ‘Commander-in-cheat’ on the course. Kim Jong-Un He might be one of Trump’s chief rivals, but the North Korean leader shares something in common with the US President – a love of golf. The two strongmen supposedly discussed playing a round together at their historic meeting in Singapore last year, although the outing never happened. King Jong-Un and Donald Trump were reportedly going to play golf together It’s not known how good Kim is, but if the stories are to be believed then he had plenty of opportunity to learn from the best. His dad, former leader Kim Jong-Il, apparently shot a 38-under in his first ever round. That included a staggering five holes-in-one. Of course, no one in North Korea is going to disagree with that… Clint Eastwood Most golfers need a decent slice of luck off the tee, but Clint Eastwood is probably sick of the jokes whenever he stands over a drive. The Hollywood legend’s iconic line of ‘do I feel lucky’, from 1971’s Dirty Harry, is one that runs through many an amateur’s head before they tee off. Clint Eastwood is a keen golfer and plays in Bill Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Eastwood has taken part in Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. This year, he had three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo on the bag for the Celebrity Challenge on the Wednesday before the main event. With a caddie of that calibre reading his putts, it’s little surprise Team Eastwood came home with the top prize. Bill Gates Only a select few can wear Augusta’s famous green jacket without actually winning the first major of the season – Microsoft founder Gates is one of the them. The multi-billionaire is one of the 300 members at Augusta National who get to don the iconic jacket when on club premises. Bill Gates is one of a select few members at Augusta National However, Gates could probably do with spending some of his estimated $99.7 billion (£73.4bn) on a swing coach. He’s reported to play off a handicap in the mid-20s. Eva Longoria The Desperate Housewives star is a long-time golf fan and at one point fronted a campaign by club maker Calloway to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Eva Longoria fronted a campaign by golf kit manufacturer Calloway Like other big names in Hollywood, Longoria is a staple on the celebrity golf circuit. She even once even combined gymnastics with golf when she did a flip on the green in a tournament to benefit the George Lopez Foundation. Samuel L Jackson When he’s not starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, L can usually be found on the golf course. It’s even said he has the option to play golf twice a week written into his film contracts. Samuel L Jackson was at Le Golf National to support America in last year’s Ryder Cup He’s called golf ‘the perfect game’ and was in Paris last year to witness Team USA’s defeat by Europe at the Ryder Cup. But while the American pros might have suffered an historic loss to their European rivals, Jackson was still on a winning team that week. He partnered Kurt Russell to victory in the celebrity warm-up match. Does a call-up for Whistling Straits in 2020 await? Justin Timberlake Timberlake has a claim to being music’s biggest golf fan. He’s renovated his childhood course, plays off a handicap of 6, and even saw his name adorn a PGA Tour event for five years. Justin Timberlake created one of America’s most environmentally-friendly clubs The former NSYNC star was the celebrity host of The Justin Timberlake Shriners Open between 2008-12. He also bought the course in Memphis on which he learnt to play before turning it into one of America’s most eco-friendly clubs. Cameron Diaz Hollywood beauty Diaz was apparently introduced to golf by her former hubby Timberlake. Her breakthrough role in Hollywood saw her character hitting balls on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Cameron Diaz was scene on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ She has even been involved in a sporting crossover on US telly, taking on The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon in a game of ‘roller golf’. Niall Horan He’s used to playing gigs in front of millions of screaming teens, but One Direction’s Horan loves the peace and quiet of the golf course. The 25-year-old has been playing since he was a kid and says he finds the sport relaxing – which must mean he has a handy short game. Niall Horan was once on the bag for this year’s Masters favourite Rory McIlroy With 1D currently on hiatus, Horan has had plenty of time to work on his swing. He’s also founded a golf agency and even started a tournament back home – The Northern Ireland Ladies Open. As a mate of Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, Horan will have his eyes on Augusta this week. And who can forget his slip in front of the cameras when caddying for McIlroy at the event’s Par 3 Contest back in 2015? [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Masters 2019 news” term_id=”14491″ posts_number=”6″ /] Chris Evans Evans is such a golf nut he married a professional. His wife Natasha Shishmanian is a pro-golfer, which gives him something of an advantage when it comes to the pro-am circuit. The host of Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show once fronted a golf-themed TV Series – TeeTime – which saw him tour the world’s greatest courses. Virgin Radio Breakfast Show host Chris Evans is a long-time golf fan The presenter later found himself in trouble at the home of golf when he was accused of inflating his handicap at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He won the St Andrews event alongside Nick Dougherty but was reportedly later barred from the competition for life. Evans denied the claims and joked he’d set up a rival tournament – the Dung Hill Cup. Pep Guardiola He has one of the best brains in football and Man City boss Guardiola is known to love the mental test thrown up by golf. He also said he loved the sport because there are no referees to ruin it with controversial decisions. Pep Guardiola says he likes the fact there are no referees involved in golf The Spaniard was on the golf course last year when his Sky Blues won the Premier League title with five games to spare after runners-up Man United lost to West Brom. He’ll probably being paying a little more attention at the business end of this season… [bc_video video_id=”6023800742001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Golf legend Phil Mickelson prepares for The Masters 2019 by holing amazing double putt on his green at home “]
10 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
TIGER WOODS, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose will be among the stars going for victory at Augusta National when The Masters gets underway on Thursday. But while the favourites to take the coveted green jacket are up there with the biggest names in sport, even their fame is eclipsed by some of the celebrities who call themselves golf fans. Jessica Alba is one of the stars who loves playing golf Here The Sun Online takes a look at the Hollywood stars, pop singers, and political heavyweights who make up golf’s amateur hall of fame… Alice Cooper Ageing rocker Cooper might be best known for a life of outrageous stage shows and heavy-metal tendencies. But the 71-year-old has long made time for the more gentle pleasure of a round of golf. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is not just an excellent amateur, playing off a reported handicap of 5.3, but he also claims the sport saved his life as it helped him overcome alcoholism. He once said: “I traded one addiction for another. But golf is the crack of sports. “Once I took it seriously I loved it. It absolutely saved my life.” When he’s not playing to sold-out arenas, Alice Cooper enjoys a quieter life on the course It even prompted him to write a book: ‘Alice Cooper: Golf Monster – A Rock ’n’ Roller’s 12 Steps To Becoming a Golf Addict’. There are certainly worse things to be addicted to. Bill Murray As the face of one of the biggest events on America’s PGA Tour, Bill Murray has become part of the furniture on the pro-am golf circuit. The funnyman hosts the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which each year draws the great and the good to the famous venue on California’s shores. Bill Murray’s love of golf has seen him star in a cult classic and launch his own clothing range Murray’s love of golf extends into his working life – he once starred in a cult golf movie, 1980’s Caddyshack, and even has his own range of clothing for the course. Jessica Alba The Sin City actress takes her golf very seriously and once teamed up with John Daly at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in China. Jessica Alba once partnered John Daly in a pro-am competition Her handicap is reported to sit around the 22 mark, but more impressive is the fact she can drive the ball 200 yards. Daly is famous for his length off the tee too, but he has a little more weight behind his shots… Donald Trump When he’s not busy running the most powerful country in the world or tweeting to his multi-millions of followers, Donald Trump can be found on one of his many exclusive golf courses. The 45th US President and real-estate mogul began developing courses in 1999 and now reportedly owns 17 of the things. There are reports Donald Trump might be a little less than honest when he plays golf As President, Trump is known to enjoy regular rounds, playing with politicians and foreign leaders as he works on them with his famous deal-making. But there are also reports he might not be the most honest of golfing buddies, with a new book branding him the ‘Commander-in-cheat’ on the course. Kim Jong-Un He might be one of Trump’s chief rivals, but the North Korean leader shares something in common with the US President – a love of golf. The two strongmen supposedly discussed playing a round together at their historic meeting in Singapore last year, although the outing never happened. King Jong-Un and Donald Trump were reportedly going to play golf together It’s not known how good Kim is, but if the stories are to be believed then he had plenty of opportunity to learn from the best. His dad, former leader Kim Jong-Il, apparently shot a 38-under in his first ever round. That included a staggering five holes-in-one. Of course, no one in North Korea is going to disagree with that… Clint Eastwood Most golfers need a decent slice of luck off the tee, but Clint Eastwood is probably sick of the jokes whenever he stands over a drive. The Hollywood legend’s iconic line of ‘do I feel lucky’, from 1971’s Dirty Harry, is one that runs through many an amateur’s head before they tee off. Clint Eastwood is a keen golfer and plays in Bill Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Eastwood has taken part in Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. This year, he had three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo on the bag for the Celebrity Challenge on the Wednesday before the main event. With a caddie of that calibre reading his putts, it’s little surprise Team Eastwood came home with the top prize. Bill Gates Only a select few can wear Augusta’s famous green jacket without actually winning the first major of the season – Microsoft founder Gates is one of the them. The multi-billionaire is one of the 300 members at Augusta National who get to don the iconic jacket when on club premises. Bill Gates is one of a select few members at Augusta National However, Gates could probably do with spending some of his estimated $99.7 billion (£73.4bn) on a swing coach. He’s reported to play off a handicap in the mid-20s. Eva Longoria The Desperate Housewives star is a long-time golf fan and at one point fronted a campaign by club maker Calloway to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Eva Longoria fronted a campaign by golf kit manufacturer Calloway Like other big names in Hollywood, Longoria is a staple on the celebrity golf circuit. She even once even combined gymnastics with golf when she did a flip on the green in a tournament to benefit the George Lopez Foundation. Samuel L Jackson When he’s not starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, L can usually be found on the golf course. It’s even said he has the option to play golf twice a week written into his film contracts. Samuel L Jackson was at Le Golf National to support America in last year’s Ryder Cup He’s called golf ‘the perfect game’ and was in Paris last year to witness Team USA’s defeat by Europe at the Ryder Cup. But while the American pros might have suffered an historic loss to their European rivals, Jackson was still on a winning team that week. He partnered Kurt Russell to victory in the celebrity warm-up match. Does a call-up for Whistling Straits in 2020 await? Justin Timberlake Timberlake has a claim to being music’s biggest golf fan. He’s renovated his childhood course, plays off a handicap of 6, and even saw his name adorn a PGA Tour event for five years. Justin Timberlake created one of America’s most environmentally-friendly clubs The former NSYNC star was the celebrity host of The Justin Timberlake Shriners Open between 2008-12. He also bought the course in Memphis on which he learnt to play before turning it into one of America’s most eco-friendly clubs. Cameron Diaz Hollywood beauty Diaz was apparently introduced to golf by her former hubby Timberlake. Her breakthrough role in Hollywood saw her character hitting balls on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Cameron Diaz was scene on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ She has even been involved in a sporting crossover on US telly, taking on The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon in a game of ‘roller golf’. Niall Horan He’s used to playing gigs in front of millions of screaming teens, but One Direction’s Horan loves the peace and quiet of the golf course. The 25-year-old has been playing since he was a kid and says he finds the sport relaxing – which must mean he has a handy short game. Niall Horan was once on the bag for this year’s Masters favourite Rory McIlroy With 1D currently on hiatus, Horan has had plenty of time to work on his swing. He’s also founded a golf agency and even started a tournament back home – The Northern Ireland Ladies Open. As a mate of Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, Horan will have his eyes on Augusta this week. And who can forget his slip in front of the cameras when caddying for McIlroy at the event’s Par 3 Contest back in 2015? [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Masters 2019 news” term_id=”14491″ posts_number=”6″ /] Chris Evans Evans is such a golf nut he married a professional. His wife Natasha Shishmanian is a pro-golfer, which gives him something of an advantage when it comes to the pro-am circuit. The host of Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show once fronted a golf-themed TV Series – TeeTime – which saw him tour the world’s greatest courses. Virgin Radio Breakfast Show host Chris Evans is a long-time golf fan The presenter later found himself in trouble at the home of golf when he was accused of inflating his handicap at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He won the St Andrews event alongside Nick Dougherty but was reportedly later barred from the competition for life. Evans denied the claims and joked he’d set up a rival tournament – the Dung Hill Cup. Pep Guardiola He has one of the best brains in football and Man City boss Guardiola is known to love the mental test thrown up by golf. He also said he loved the sport because there are no referees to ruin it with controversial decisions. Pep Guardiola says he likes the fact there are no referees involved in golf The Spaniard was on the golf course last year when his Sky Blues won the Premier League title with five games to spare after runners-up Man United lost to West Brom. He’ll probably being paying a little more attention at the business end of this season… [bc_video video_id=”6023800742001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Golf legend Phil Mickelson prepares for The Masters 2019 by holing amazing double putt on his green at home “]
10 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
TIGER WOODS, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose will be among the stars going for victory at Augusta National when The Masters gets underway on Thursday. But while the favourites to take the coveted green jacket are up there with the biggest names in sport, even their fame is eclipsed by some of the celebrities who call themselves golf fans. Jessica Alba is one of the stars who loves playing golf Here The Sun Online takes a look at the Hollywood stars, pop singers, and political heavyweights who make up golf’s amateur hall of fame… Alice Cooper Ageing rocker Cooper might be best known for a life of outrageous stage shows and heavy-metal tendencies. But the 71-year-old has long made time for the more gentle pleasure of a round of golf. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is not just an excellent amateur, playing off a reported handicap of 5.3, but he also claims the sport saved his life as it helped him overcome alcoholism. He once said: “I traded one addiction for another. But golf is the crack of sports. “Once I took it seriously I loved it. It absolutely saved my life.” When he’s not playing to sold-out arenas, Alice Cooper enjoys a quieter life on the course It even prompted him to write a book: ‘Alice Cooper: Golf Monster – A Rock ’n’ Roller’s 12 Steps To Becoming a Golf Addict’. There are certainly worse things to be addicted to. Bill Murray As the face of one of the biggest events on America’s PGA Tour, Bill Murray has become part of the furniture on the pro-am golf circuit. The funnyman hosts the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which each year draws the great and the good to the famous venue on California’s shores. Bill Murray’s love of golf has seen him star in a cult classic and launch his own clothing range Murray’s love of golf extends into his working life – he once starred in a cult golf movie, 1980’s Caddyshack, and even has his own range of clothing for the course. Jessica Alba The Sin City actress takes her golf very seriously and once teamed up with John Daly at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in China. Jessica Alba once partnered John Daly in a pro-am competition Her handicap is reported to sit around the 22 mark, but more impressive is the fact she can drive the ball 200 yards. Daly is famous for his length off the tee too, but he has a little more weight behind his shots… Donald Trump When he’s not busy running the most powerful country in the world or tweeting to his multi-millions of followers, Donald Trump can be found on one of his many exclusive golf courses. The 45th US President and real-estate mogul began developing courses in 1999 and now reportedly owns 17 of the things. There are reports Donald Trump might be a little less than honest when he plays golf As President, Trump is known to enjoy regular rounds, playing with politicians and foreign leaders as he works on them with his famous deal-making. But there are also reports he might not be the most honest of golfing buddies, with a new book branding him the ‘Commander-in-cheat’ on the course. Kim Jong-Un He might be one of Trump’s chief rivals, but the North Korean leader shares something in common with the US President – a love of golf. The two strongmen supposedly discussed playing a round together at their historic meeting in Singapore last year, although the outing never happened. King Jong-Un and Donald Trump were reportedly going to play golf together It’s not known how good Kim is, but if the stories are to be believed then he had plenty of opportunity to learn from the best. His dad, former leader Kim Jong-Il, apparently shot a 38-under in his first ever round. That included a staggering five holes-in-one. Of course, no one in North Korea is going to disagree with that… Clint Eastwood Most golfers need a decent slice of luck off the tee, but Clint Eastwood is probably sick of the jokes whenever he stands over a drive. The Hollywood legend’s iconic line of ‘do I feel lucky’, from 1971’s Dirty Harry, is one that runs through many an amateur’s head before they tee off. Clint Eastwood is a keen golfer and plays in Bill Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Eastwood has taken part in Murray’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. This year, he had three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo on the bag for the Celebrity Challenge on the Wednesday before the main event. With a caddie of that calibre reading his putts, it’s little surprise Team Eastwood came home with the top prize. Bill Gates Only a select few can wear Augusta’s famous green jacket without actually winning the first major of the season – Microsoft founder Gates is one of the them. The multi-billionaire is one of the 300 members at Augusta National who get to don the iconic jacket when on club premises. Bill Gates is one of a select few members at Augusta National However, Gates could probably do with spending some of his estimated $99.7 billion (£73.4bn) on a swing coach. He’s reported to play off a handicap in the mid-20s. Eva Longoria The Desperate Housewives star is a long-time golf fan and at one point fronted a campaign by club maker Calloway to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Eva Longoria fronted a campaign by golf kit manufacturer Calloway Like other big names in Hollywood, Longoria is a staple on the celebrity golf circuit. She even once even combined gymnastics with golf when she did a flip on the green in a tournament to benefit the George Lopez Foundation. Samuel L Jackson When he’s not starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, L can usually be found on the golf course. It’s even said he has the option to play golf twice a week written into his film contracts. Samuel L Jackson was at Le Golf National to support America in last year’s Ryder Cup He’s called golf ‘the perfect game’ and was in Paris last year to witness Team USA’s defeat by Europe at the Ryder Cup. But while the American pros might have suffered an historic loss to their European rivals, Jackson was still on a winning team that week. He partnered Kurt Russell to victory in the celebrity warm-up match. Does a call-up for Whistling Straits in 2020 await? Justin Timberlake Timberlake has a claim to being music’s biggest golf fan. He’s renovated his childhood course, plays off a handicap of 6, and even saw his name adorn a PGA Tour event for five years. Justin Timberlake created one of America’s most environmentally-friendly clubs The former NSYNC star was the celebrity host of The Justin Timberlake Shriners Open between 2008-12. He also bought the course in Memphis on which he learnt to play before turning it into one of America’s most eco-friendly clubs. Cameron Diaz Hollywood beauty Diaz was apparently introduced to golf by her former hubby Timberlake. Her breakthrough role in Hollywood saw her character hitting balls on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’. Cameron Diaz was scene on the driving range in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ She has even been involved in a sporting crossover on US telly, taking on The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon in a game of ‘roller golf’. Niall Horan He’s used to playing gigs in front of millions of screaming teens, but One Direction’s Horan loves the peace and quiet of the golf course. The 25-year-old has been playing since he was a kid and says he finds the sport relaxing – which must mean he has a handy short game. Niall Horan was once on the bag for this year’s Masters favourite Rory McIlroy With 1D currently on hiatus, Horan has had plenty of time to work on his swing. He’s also founded a golf agency and even started a tournament back home – The Northern Ireland Ladies Open. As a mate of Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, Horan will have his eyes on Augusta this week. And who can forget his slip in front of the cameras when caddying for McIlroy at the event’s Par 3 Contest back in 2015? [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Masters 2019 news” term_id=”14491″ posts_number=”6″ /] Chris Evans Evans is such a golf nut he married a professional. His wife Natasha Shishmanian is a pro-golfer, which gives him something of an advantage when it comes to the pro-am circuit. The host of Virgin Radio’s Breakfast Show once fronted a golf-themed TV Series – TeeTime – which saw him tour the world’s greatest courses. Virgin Radio Breakfast Show host Chris Evans is a long-time golf fan The presenter later found himself in trouble at the home of golf when he was accused of inflating his handicap at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He won the St Andrews event alongside Nick Dougherty but was reportedly later barred from the competition for life. Evans denied the claims and joked he’d set up a rival tournament – the Dung Hill Cup. Pep Guardiola He has one of the best brains in football and Man City boss Guardiola is known to love the mental test thrown up by golf. He also said he loved the sport because there are no referees to ruin it with controversial decisions. Pep Guardiola says he likes the fact there are no referees involved in golf The Spaniard was on the golf course last year when his Sky Blues won the Premier League title with five games to spare after runners-up Man United lost to West Brom. He’ll probably being paying a little more attention at the business end of this season… [bc_video video_id=”6023800742001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Golf legend Phil Mickelson prepares for The Masters 2019 by holing amazing double putt on his green at home “]
08 Apr 19
Glass Houses

SURPRISE. Enjoy reading and enjoy the week. .@TigerWoods is among the competitors who arrived at Augusta National and headed out for some practice on Sunday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/EN4dFOmo7L — Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 7, 2019

07 Apr 19
Infotainment Factory

// Anyone who has followed golf in the last 25 years surely knows the name: Phil Mickelson. The five-time major champion’s golf resume speaks for itself but in the last year, the legend of ‘Lefty’ has grown tenfold and now he’s winning a whole new generation of fans. It started sometime last year and right […]

21 Mar 19
Golf Daily Tips

Editor’s note: In the April issue, in the last story Dan Jenkins did for Golf Digest before his death at 90, he introduced our Greatest of All Time Invitational—The GOAT. The top 32 in the mythical event advanced from stroke-play qualifying at Augusta National to match play at venues around the world. In the May […]

20 Mar 19
Glass Houses

Tom Petty said the waiting was the hardest part. Not much longer now. It’s not easy at the Copperhead Course. That’s why the pros love it. The @ValsparChamp is inching closer and closer. Will you be attending this year? PC: @2skiandgolf #Innisbrook #SalamanderExperience pic.twitter.com/QlQ514xR3w — Innisbrook Resort (@Innisbrook) February 24, 2019

18 Mar 19
Golfweek

[jwplayer KogRHOua-9JtFt04J] Sure, there are plenty of great golf holes on the PGA Tour. But there are a handful of holes on public-access courses – mostly resorts – that jump off the television screen each year, screaming out for every golfer to give them a shot. These are the holes that, when a player might […]

13 Mar 19
GolfBlogger Golf Blog

The PLAYERS Championship Preview 2019 Dates: March 11-17, 2019Where: Ponte Vedra Beach, FloridaCourse: THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC SawgrassDefending champion: Webb Simpson Purse: $12,500,000 ($2,250,000/winner) FedExCup: 600 points to the winnerField size: 144 Format: 72-hole stroke play Notes on the field 50 of the top 50 in the FedExCup standings 50 of the top […]

06 Mar 19
The Amateur Hour Golf Podcast

Each week, our panel of writers will be asked a question about the game of golf.  Topics will range from their predictions for the Tour season to what they would order from the concession stand at Augusta National Golf Club.  No subject is off limits for this esteemed group. We all have our favorites on […]

04 Mar 19
Golfweek

[jwplayer LfGey16s-9JtFt04J] Tiger Woods was a skinny lad all of 15 years old when he first met “The King” a few days ahead of the 1991 U.S. Junior Amateur at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando. It didn’t take long for the teenager to fall in love with the place and come to admire […]