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Jason Day Captures Accenture Match Play; Major Championship Next?

Jason DayAdd Jason Day to the list of top players that has yet to win a Major Championship.

Day won the Accenture Match Play from Dove Mountain on Sunday for his first World Golf Championships victory. The win is not a big surprise though. Day has been playing some great golf over the last year and has been routinely in contention to win Majors. In fact, he has been a favorite of to pick to win several tournaments that he entered. Continue reading

Cheyenne Woods Captures First Professional Win In Australia

Cheyenne WoodsWe’ve grown accustom to hearing the name Woods atop the world of golf. But for the first time there is another Woods that has won a professional tournament. Cheyenne Woods, the niece of No.1 ranked player in the world Tiger Woods, captured the Australian Ladies Masters over the weekend.

Woods, just 23 years old, carded a 4-under par round of 69 on Sunday at Royal Pines to win by two shots over Minjee Lee. Continue reading

2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Chock-Full Of Big Name Celebrities

Bill MurrayThe AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am is one of the fun events on the PGA Tour, and it gets going this Thursday. Looking down the list of notable names of celebrities that will be on hand competing, many of the typical players on in there.

It’s not often that we get to see some of our favorite movie stars, television actors and athletes doing things outside of their profession. But one thing that they all have in common is a passion for golf. This week at Pebble Beach they get the chance to play in competition in front of PGA Tour crowds at one of the greatest venues in all of golf. Continue reading

Tiger Woods Missed Secondary Cut At Farmers Insurance Open; Cause For Concern?

Tiger WoodsMany thought that Tiger Woods would come out and win the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open this past week. After all, he had won the event seven times before + Torrey Pines is a golf course that he loves to play.

After the first couple of rounds Woods was right around the cut line, needing a low third round to shoot back up into the conversation.

The opposite happened.

Woods needed an eight-foot putt on the 18th hole Saturday to stay-off an 80. That’s right, Woods carded a 79 during the third round. What’s more, is that Woods missed the secondary cut on the PGA Tour. A secondary cut is a cut made at the 54-hole mark when there are more than 78 players playing on the weekend. Those players still get paid for making a 36-hole cut, but do not get the chance to compete on Sunday.

Now of course the questions center on Tiger and his upcoming events. Woods was rather positive on his performance though. Rather than categorizing it as catastrophic with the big number 79, he merely said he was a fraction off. On a golf course like Torrey Pines’ South layout that can easily turn a 69 into a 79. But it is rather concerning considering the success the No.1 ranked player in the world has had.

I say let’s cut him some slack for this one. It’s one event. And not just that, it’s the first event he’s played in 2014.

If Woods puts up some more mid-70s rounds through February and March on into the Bay Hill, then around that time we can begin to seriously question what in the world is going on. But until that point comes, let’s just sit back and watch him get his year underway.

We probably won’t see Woods until the Accenture Match Play Championship, so that is not even a stroke play round. His next stroke play event will likely come at the Honda Classic near his home in Florida to open up the Florida Swing.

Another player who had difficulties this week was Phil Mickelson. Lefty admitted he had back pain during the tournament and had to get several treatments. This is the first time in his career that Mickelson has undergone back treatments. However, he is no stranger to playing in pain with the arthritis in his joints.

Woods and Mickelson aren’t getting any younger that’s for sure. But still I think we can expect these two to have some good years in 2014.

Tiger Woods And Phil Mickelson Ready To Take On Torrey Pines For 2014 Farmers Insurance Open

Tiger Woods And Phil MickelsonTiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to renew their rivalry with each other this week at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open. Ok, maybe it’s not a one-on-one situation in their minds, but fans sure like to make it that way. There’s no question that these two players are the most-popular in the sport. While the 2013-14 PGA Tour season has been underway since the fall, this is the first appearance for both in 2014. Continue reading

PGA Tour Begins West Coast Swing This Week

PGA TourThe two tournaments in Hawaii have concluded, with Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker taking home the titles. Now, the PGA Tour opens up with the West-Coast swing for the next month and a half spanning California and Arizona.

The opening event on the West-Coast Swing in the Humana Challenge. The field for this event isn’t the strongest, but there are definitely some headlining players. There will be three courses that anchor the tournament, with the first 54 holes players tackling a different 18 per day. Continue reading

Phil Mickelson 2014 PGA Tour Player Preview

Phil MickelsonPhil Mickelson won the tournament that no one (even himself) thought he could win, in 2013. Lefty’s victory at the British Open was huge on several levels. First, it took away the pain of losing the U.S. Open and recording a sixth runner-up finish at the event. Second, it brought Mickelson back to the forefront of the conversation as a champion rather than bridesmaid in Majors.

The 2013 PGA Tour season was a strong one for Mickelson. He won just two times (three less than Tiger), but the victories were significant. Heading into 2014 Mickelson appears ready to contend for Majors once again. Continue reading

Predicting Tiger Woods 2014 PGA Tour Season

Tiger WoodsWe’ve still got a bit of time until the 2014 portion of the new PGA Tour season gets underway. For this purpose, the focus will be on the No.1 player in the world Tiger Woods, and making a couple of predictions on where the direction of his season might go.

Let’s begin at the end, where Woods left off to close out last season. After taking the lead in the FedEx Cup Standings at the start of the playoffs, it was Henrik Stenson who captured the season-long championship. It was Woods however who won the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year. Woods won five times in 2013, including a World Golf Championships event. What was absent from the slew of victories was a Major Championship. Continue reading

Previewing The 2014 PGA Tour Season

PGA TourAll of the tournaments for the 2013 season (both PGA and non-sanctioned events) have been completed. This past week saw the Franklin Templeton Shootout team competition in Naples, Florida take place – won by Matt Kuchar and Harris English.

Now, players will get roughly three weeks of before the start of the 2014 portion of the season. But for the first time, the start in Hawaii will not be the official beginning. The new season began this fall and will overlap on the calendar year – different from in season’s past. That means that FedEx Cup points standings will not be at even when players tee it up at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday, January 3rd from Kapalua. Continue reading

Wild Finish At Northwestern Mutual Challenge Gives Zach Johnson Win Over Tiger Woods

Zach Johnson beats Tiger WoodsIt ain’t over until it’s over.

We’ve all heard that expression before, and never is there an arena that the phrase holds true than in sport. The 2013 Northwestern Mutual World Challenge gave us one of the most remarkable finishes that we’ve seen in some time.

In the final individual stroke play tournament of the season (non-official) Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson were tied going into the final hole on Sunday. Woods began the day with a two-shot lead looking for his sixth World Challenge title (for which he is the host). Continue reading