Azinger questions Koepka's love for playing in Ryder Cup
Tour Championship Golf Brooks Koepka hits from the tee on the third hole during second-round play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Atlanta. “If he doesn't love it, he should relinquish his spot and get people there who do love the Ryder Cup.”For Azinger, the Ryder Cup is personal. The Ryder Cup is different. “It’s so far from my normal routine.”Some of his comments reflected the thinking of Rory McIlroy, who has played every match since his first Ryder Cup in 2010. “Not everybody embraces it,” Azinger said of the Ryder Cup.wftv.com
At the Solheim Cup, a new definition of "pod" casting
Solheim Cup Golf From left, Bubba Watson, Jessica Korda, Ally Ewing, Megan Khang, Morgan Pressel and Nelly Korda approach the seventh green during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Toledo, Ohio. The five-time Solheim Cup veteran and three-time vice-captain figures that she approached 20-25 potential players at some point over the last two years, asking them to take a personality test. The goal, just as it was for 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger — who introduced the concept that three-time Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster adopted in 2015 — was to divide the group into compatible four-player pods that would spend the week eating, practicing, playing — and hopefully winning — together. Yet if that's all it took to win the Solheim Cup, the Americans would have dominated the biennial competition since its inception in 1990. It's why four-time Solheim Cup veteran Mel Reid will find herself on the first tee Saturday morning with Leona Maguire, the first Irish woman to compete in the Cup.wftv.com
Match Play field set with possibilities that remain for more
Then, Brian Harman shot 69 to tie for third at The Players Championship and went from No. Most curious is the case of Gary Woodland, the former U.S. Open champion and a Match Play finalist in 2015. Under the PGA Tour guidelines, he has to self-isolate for 10 days. THE BOUNCEIt didn’t take Collin Morikawa long to learn how to win on the PGA Tour. A year later, he won a playoff over Justin Thomas at Muirfield Village and a major at the PGA Championship.
Column: Woods comparisons aside, Morikawa on his own course
That was the longest such streak since Woods began his career making 25 in a row. Morikawa became a youthful footnote in history at Torrey Pines last year when he was in the same group with Woods. Most notable about his three-shot victory at The Concession against another stacked field was the 24-year-old Morikawa joined Woods as the only players to win a major and a World Golf Championship before turning 25. Rory McIlroy was 25 years and three months when he had two majors and a World Golf Championship, and then he won a third major the following week. He won the PGA Championship at Harding Park by changing his plan as the situation warranted, hitting driver on the reachable par-4 16th to 7 feet for eagle.
Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship
And there was a tribute to Tiger Woods, his golf idol growing up. “We don't say ‘Thank you’ enough,” Morikawa said, referring to how much Woods has raised the profile and prize money in golf. He finished at 18-under 270 and became the 24th player to win a major and a World Golf Championship title since this series began in 1999. Outside of a chunked chip on the second hole that made him scramble for bogey, Morikawa didn't miss a fairway the rest of the way and was rarely out of position. “If there was no Tiger Woods, I just the think the tour and the game of golf in general would be in a worse place.
Morikawa's late stumble gives Workday contenders a chance
Morikawa walked off the 12th hole with his seventh birdie in eight holes, stretching his lead to five shots with two par 5s still to play. He made bogey on both, shot a 5-under 67 and suddenly had four-time major champion Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel on his tail. “I didn’t play great the last six, but a lot to learn from heading into tomorrow,” Morikawa said. Horschel also had a late rally with an eagle on the par-5 17th hole and shot 69. “I just kept rolling in birdie after birdie.
Tiger Woods to play with 11-year-old Charlie in Father-Son
The PNC Championship announced Thursday that Woods will play with 11-year-old son Charlie in the tournament that has paired major champions with their sons since 1995, the year before the 44-year-old Woods turned pro. “I can't tell you how excited I am to be playing with Charlie in our first official tournament together,” Woods said. The PNC Championship is Dec. 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando in central Florida. It allowed Fuzzy Zoeller to play with his daughter, Gretchen, and Arnold Palmer to play with his grandson, Sam Saunders. Until deciding to play in the PNC Championship, it was thought Woods ended the year at the Masters.
Danielle Kang wins at Inverness in LPGA return to golf
Danielle Kang follows through on her drive on the fourth hole during the third and final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)TOLEDO, Ohio – Danielle Kang was away from the LPGA Tour for six months during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not to suggest she was without competition. It paid off Sunday when Kang closed with a 2-under 70 and held on for a one-shot victory over Celine Boutier in the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness, the first LPGA Tour event since February. “I made sure I played golf as much as I did normally, not because I had to but because I wanted to,” Kang said. The LPGA Tour stays in northeast Ohio next week for the Marathon Classic.
LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead
Danielle Kang hits her tee-shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, July 31, 2020. Kang finished in the early lead at six-under par. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
LPGA returns with Kang posting 66 at Inverness for the lead
Danielle Kang hits her tee-shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship golf tournament at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, July 31, 2020. The LPGA Tour’s much-awaited return from the COVID-19 pandemic brought an immediate sense of its new world. The LPGA Tour remains in northeast Ohio next week before heading to Scotland. The lone Korean among the top 10 -- a rarity given the country’s strength in women’s golf -- was Hee Young Park at 70. Definitely had a really good attitude, and it was really fun to be back.”The LPGA Tour is not allowing spectators, though that wasn’t a problem for Kang.
LPGA Tour to resume with plenty of testing, maybe some fans
The LPGA Tour was last played on Feb. 16 when Inbee Park won the Women's Australian Open. But I'm excited about what we have.Whan and his staff have been in constant contact with the PGA Tour, now in its sixth week back. The LPGA Tour is to resume July 31 with the LPGA Drive On Championship, a one-time event with a $1 million purse at Inverness Club in Toledo, site of next year's Solheim Cup. The turnaround won't be as quick as it is on the PGA Tour, which has a mobile lab on site. That compares with $75,000 for PGA Tour players who test positive.
TV production does its part in conservative return to golf
It was vastly different from any PGA Tour broadcast on network TV, said Greg Hopfe, executive producer of PGA Tour Entertainment. With so few cameras a typical PGA Tour event on network TV has about 20 cameras players at times were held in place to allow the cameras to get in position. It all was done with a conservative return to golf, following CDC guidelines and keeping contact minimal. Everyone who worked the event 28 people at Seminole, 23 people at PGA Tour Entertainment offices in St. Augustine were tested for the new coronavirus. It's roughly 1,000 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, to Fort Worth, and then 1,000 to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage, and just under 1,000 miles to Cromwell, Connecticut, for the Travelers Championship.
Tirico hosting live golf from 1,000 miles away
Tirico is one of many announcers who has had to trade the press box for a home office. Tirico will be in the corner of his office in Michigan, some 1,300 miles away. The soft return of golf includes testing for COVID-19, thermal readings, social distancing and limited access. Rich Lerner from Golf Channel is doing play by play, with NBC analysts Paul Azinger and Gary Koch. You could get a lot of people become Matt Wolff fans if he has the game he showed in Minnesota, Tirico said.