Tom Watson hit a perfect tee shot to the middle of the fairway. And when he putted his two iron straight at the flag, golf’s version of the ‘running of the bulls’ began. The galleries burst over the ropes back up the fairway and headed for the green.
Darren Clarke was among the top golfers in the world just a couple of years ago. After a personal tragedy he has bounced back and now in contention to win the The Open Championship.
Lucas Glover is one shot back after the opening round at the Open Championship. Glover shot a 66, making him America’s best hope so far.
Steve Stricker is ranked in the top-ten of the world golf ratings, but he’s still waiting on his first major. The Open Championship could be his chance.
Lee Westwood is one of the world’s most consistent golfers. But he’s yet post a victory in a Major. The Open Championship could be his first.
The current top-ranked player has won the Open Championship only three times. The future champion is much more likely to come from the field.
Colin Montgomerie’s streak of consecutive Open Championships played may end at 21. He must finish at least fifth at this week’s Scottish Open to qualify.
Zach Johnson thinks of the John Deere Classic as a major. He makes his 10th appearance in the tournament this week. But to win it, he will have to play better than he has in past years.
Steve Stricker is the reigning two-time champion at the John Deere Classic. And while a third win is within the realm of possibility, it could lead to another letdown at the Open Championship next week.
Robert Garrigus turned pro in 1997. But it’s only recently he’s started to emerge. Garrigus tied for third at the U.S. Open, and is in contention at Aronimink this week .
Tiger Woods’ career hinges on the health of his left knee. He missed the U.S. Open and may skip the upcoming Open Championship. Some question whether Woods can make a successful comeback.
By Tuesday four players had pulled out of the AT&T National for various reasons. Tiger Woods is no longer associated with the event, and the quality of the field has lagged as a result.
Notes from the world of golf. Ryan Moore plays with misaligned clubs. Erik Compton gets to the Tour after two heart attacks. Brits occupy the first three spots in the World Rankings.
Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson has his best chance to win his first PGA Tour event since joining in 2004.
Henrik Stenson has had a rough time the last year and a half. He missed five of six cuts going into the U.S. Open and finished 23rd last weekend. But this week he’s leading the pack at the BMW International Open.
Scott Verplank is getting older and fighting the injuries that come with 25-year career. And his play has become erratic. He’s hoping for a return to form at the upcoming Travelers Championship, where he finished second last year.
Is Rory the next Tiger? The answer is “No.” Tiger was the greatest confluence of performance and persona golf has ever seen. But Rory is well on his way to becoming the next great player in the game.
Jason Day finished second to Rory McIlroy at this year’s U.S. Open. Although he was beaten handily, his score would’ve been good enough to win 109 times in the championship’s 111-year history.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy breaks all the records. Only two Americans break the top 10. Jason Day finishes second in his consecutive majors.
Notes from the U.S. Open. McIlroy soars while Mickelson struggles. Amateur Patrick Cantlay is settling in at his first Open. Second-place Yang benefits from McIlroy’s strong play.
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Camilo Villegas broke into the top 10 for the first time in 2011, tying for the third at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. His 6-under score was his best on the PGA Tour so far.
Rookie Keegan Bradley, who won two weeks ago at the Byron Nelson, is once again contending. His play shows he’s learning to deal with the pressures of the Tour.
Robert Karlsson’s biggest distinction may be that he is relatively tall for a golfer. But he doesn’t usually loom large on the leaderboard. All that could be changing.
Lee Westwood has never won a major tournament, but he’s been the most consistent contender the past few years. He ranks number 2 in the world, and a solid case can be made for him as a number 1.