Golf Articles

Ball-striking is the term that's commonly used to describe the quality of contact between the clubface and the ball at impact. In pitch shots — and in all shots, for that matter — there's an important distinction between striking the ball and...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
2011 Golfer Countdown BORN: Oct. 17, 1969, Johannesburg, South Africa FEDEX FINISH: 9 2010 PGA TOUR EARNINGS: $4,558,861 WORLD GOLF RANKING: 11 (as of Feb. 12, 2011) GOLF CHANNEL’S BRANDEL CHAMBLEE GIVES HIS TAKE: Ernie Els will turn 42...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago
“Fore right!” Phil Mickelson yelled after sailing his second shot long and right at the 72nd hole of the British Open Championship at Royal St. Georges. “Who did it hit? Who did it hit?” Lefty asked upon reaching the grandstands behind the...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
A sample of post-British Open commentary: • “I have 294 messages, and the writing is far too small for me to look at them in this state, so I may look at them tomorrow at some stage and figure them out.” — Darren Clarke, after a night of...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
Need evidence of Tiger Woods' continuing hold over sports media types, even while he's sidelined with injury? Tiger tantalized us when word of a mysterious announcement leaked via Twitter. Comeback? Retirement? Surgery? Scandal? Nope. None of the...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
Parity, in the post-Tiger Woods era, is alive and kicking. Not counting the season’s first two majors, 10 straight PGA Tour events have been decided by one shot or in a playoff. The difference between a two-year exemption and obscurity could be...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
“I couldn’t ask for much more, and I’m just so happy to be holding this trophy. I know how good Tiger was in 2000 to win by 15 in Pebble. I was trying to go out there and emulate him in some way. I played great for four days, and I couldn’t be...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
The U.S. Open is not what it used to be — that is, the hardest test that the players faced each year. It is now more democratic in its punishments. In the last five years the winner has averaged right at 34th in fairways hit and a little better...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago
Irishman Graeme McDowell will try and defend his title this week as Congressional Country Club will play host to the U.S. Open for the third. Here is a breakdown of all 18 holes of the 7,574-yard, par 70 Blue course. Ken Venturi won in 1964, and...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago
It's Open Season For folks in the D.C. area, the arrival of U.S. Open week provides a nice break from Weinergate and more bad economic news. For a week, anyway, the focus is on golf, and there’s no shortage of storylines heading into this year’s...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago
David Toms is the hottest golfer on the planet at the moment, and we happen to have access to the guy who helped him get there, childhood friend and longtime swing instructor Rob Akins. Over the years, Rob has helped Toms win 13 Tour titles,...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  Random thoughts after a compelling Players Championship weekend: • The Tank lived up to his nickname. Players champion K.J. Choi was steady and solid, constantly moving forward, obstacles be damned. Next up for Choi: winning a major. He’s...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy won’t be teeing off this weekend at golf’s so-called “fifth major” championship, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. The tomcat 14-time major champion, the Brit who’s ranked No. 1 in the world...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
  Here’s a random sampling of thoughts from players heading into the PGA Tour’s flagship event, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Tiger Woods On his current drought: “I’ve gone through periods like this in my entire career. There...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
No one thinks putting is easy. But this guy proves that acting like a complete jackass on the green isn't easy, either.
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
  Maybe we loved him because we could identify with him. We were often hitting out of the woods, from bunkers, from parking lots, just like he was. The difference? Seve Ballesteros would often make a birdie from the woods, or the bunker,...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  I pity the poor AP writer who had to bang out a recap of the madness that was this Masters Sunday. At times during the wildest final round in memory, visions of a seven-man playoff were dancing in Jim Nantz’s head, so much so that they...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  Much like the 1,600 azaleas that line the 13th hole at Augusta National, Phil Mickelson’s game is in full bloom just in time for golf’s most prestigious gathering. Lefty went low this weekend, shooting 63-65 to win the Shell Houston Open by...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
Newly minted Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Martin Laird sounded like he had just survived a stint as a POW rather than winning a golf tournament. “That was a hell of a day,” Laird said after a final-round 75 at a too-tough-to-tame Bay...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago
  Here’s your amazing stat of the day: Transitions Championship winner Gary Woodland did not miss a putt inside 20 feet on Sunday. He struck 17 such putts, and all 17 found the bottom of the cup. That will win you some golf tournaments. And if...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  U-S-A! U-S-A! After months of bemoaning the decline of American golf and watching the Euros climb to the top of the world rankings, I’m gratified to report that American golf’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. At a World Golf...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  At times at this weekend’s Honda Classic, as players trudged around the windswept PGA National Champion course, it seemed that a U.S. Open had broken out. The Bear Trap, the Nicklaus-toughened 15-17 stretch, took its toll, and Rory Sabbatini...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
  Luke Donald had cultivated the reputation of a British Adam Scott — an insanely talented underachiever content to cash the big checks and live the lifestyle but failing when it mattered most. Turns out that Donald is more driven than we...
Rob Doster
3 years ago
The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play — the PGA Tour’s answer to NCAA March Madness — teed off Wednesday morning and die-hard golf fans from around the country have already seen their brackets busted thanks to a few unexpected upsets...
Nathan Rush
3 years ago
2011 Golfer Countdown BORN: April 24, 1973, Worksop, United Kingdom FEDEX FINISH: n/a  2010 PGA TOUR EARNINGS: $3,399,954 WORLD GOLF RANKING: 1 (as of Feb. 23, 2011) GOLF CHANNEL’S BRANDEL CHAMBLEE GIVES HIS TAKE: Lee Westwood is the...
Corby Yarbrough
3 years ago

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