Billy Horschel has always been a likable guy on Tour, but he's not afraid to speak his mind. Horschel, who will tee it up at the Zurich Classic this week, the site of his first career PGA Tour win in 2013, has long been one of the most outspoken players in the game. The 2014 Fed Ex Cup champion recently sat down for an exclusive interview with GOLF.com's Ryan Asselta ahead of the Zurich Classic.
In 2011, Garcia and Harrington buried the hatchet to hold a panda together. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington hadn’t gotten along for nearly a decade, dating back to Harrington souring on the Spaniard when he pipped him for two of his three major titles in a 13-month span back in 2007 and ’08. Harrington didn’t like Garcia’s attitude toward losing — a somewhat bitter, some melancholy mixture that was frankly unappealing.
Three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo is the latest to chime in on golf's ongoing rules discussion, and he stressed the importance of a level playing field for all competitors. In short, some players are more susceptible to video review if they are on camera more than others. "The problem we have, if you're out at 8 in the morning and there's no TV cameras and nobody watching you, and if you're on television at 4 and 5 in the afternoon, the rules are different," said Faldo on Monday, during a media call promoting this summer's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Associated Press Steve Stricker always thought it was a long shot, and he recently was reminded that the USGA is tight when it comes to special exemptions for the U.S. Open. "I wrote them quite a while back and asked for one, and they politely called me and declined," Stricker said. The U.S. Open will be played in Wisconsin this year for the first time -- June 15-18 at Erin Hills, a little more than an hour east of where Stricker lives in Madison. Stricker is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour who reached as high as No. 2 in the world. He didn't think that was enough to warrant a special exemption, but his brother-in-law and agent, Mario Tiziani, told him it was worth a shot. The U.S. Open gave
Topgolf will offer free five-minute lessons Wednesday with a golf professional at all U.S. venues excluding the Las Vegas location. Erik Anderson, co-chairman and CEO of Topgolf Entertainment Group, said he’d be happy if the company provided 3,000 lessons to exceed the number given away last year on National Golf Day. “We feel we’ve been the beneficiary of a lot of folks who have been great stewards of the game, obviously the PGA (of America), PGA Tour, USGA, all of the organizations,” Anderson said. “And the ability to take it forward, introduce young people and get more people involved in the game, is of meaningful interest to us, and we think it’s important. It’s a great way for us to give
Here is a recap of the American Athletic Conference Championship at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., which concluded Tuesday: FULL RESULTS: Team | Individual TEAM CHAMPION: South Florida never trailed, shooting 5-over 857 and winning by 15 shots over Houston and Cincinnati. South Florida’s Cristian DiMarco, son of former PGA Tour player Chris DiMarco, led the way for the Bulls by finishing second at 1 under. South Florida also got a T-3 finish from Florida Southern transfer Jimmy Jones, son of the late Dawn Coe-Jones, who played on the LPGA and died last November. The Bulls have now won three of the past four AAC titles, including two straight. The victory also continues
I'm always entranced by stop-motion videos, and this one of Jack Nicklaus winning the 1970 British Open over Doug Sanders is a gem. It took 90 holes as both men finished at 5 under that year at St. Andrews before Nicklaus clipped Sanders by one in an 18-hole playoff. One of the cooler, more underrated parts of this video is how the town of St. Andrews was built up around the famous final green (recently voted the best finishing hole in Scotland). Watch it next to the actual video of Nicklaus sinking the putt at St. Andrews, and be amazed by how realistic it looks. Also, beware of flying putters when Nicklaus wins a major championship. That part was also captured perfectly. The win was Nicklaus'
With the death of Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods's absence from competition, and a series of embarrassing rules controversies at the sport's highest levels, the last year hasn't been completely smooth sailing for the golf industry. The report showed that the number of beginner golfers in 2016 reached a record high of 2.5 million (this is defined as people who played on a golf course for the first time). Thanks to innovative ways to participate in the game that may not include a traditional golf course, like Topgolf, overall participation in the game is up.
Who doesn't love a good gator fight? These two beasts went at it at Panthers Run at Ocean Ridge Plantation in North Carolina this week, and somebody named Derek Reed documented it on YouTube. At one point, somebody watching says, "There's a lot of blood in the water." The gator that appears to be most injured slinks away at the very end, clearly defeated. The first 40 seconds are pretty interesting, and then it gets good again at the 2:35 mark. Thankfully Ian Poulter (RBC Heritage) and Cody Gribble ( Arnold Palmer Invitational ) were not harmed in the making of this film. Wink of the CBS eye to Golf Channel
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