Pro Golfer Thomas at It Again

Justin Thomas is now the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour. He won last week at the SBS Tournament of Champions. And Thursday, he opened the first round at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii--one of my favorites venues on Tour when I used to play--with a record-tying 59. Yesterday, he didn't back off, shooting 64 for a new record 36-hole score of 123 in the entire history of the PGA Tour. Long-hitting Gary Woodland is five shots back in second place starting today's third … [Read more...]

Thomas Wins SBS

Justin Thomas, of Knoxville, Tennessee, won the SBS Tournament of Champions golf tournament on the PGA Tour today by three strokes over sole runner-up Hideki Matsuyama at the beautiful Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort in Lahaina on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The star-studded, limited field in this special event consists of all tournament winners on the PGA Tour the previous year. The views at this venue are spectacular with high elevations overlooking big blue--the Pacific … [Read more...]

Duval and Karavites Win Father/Son Challenge

Today, David Duval and his stepson Nick Karavites won the PNC Father-Son Challenge at Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. They shot a 10-under par 62 to win to shoot 21-under par and win by one stroke. This is a special golf tournament that features mostly Hall of Fame winners and their sons.It was a special win for David and Nick. Although they were long shots to win, David told his wife and Nick's mother shortly before the tournament that he thought they had a good chance to win. And David … [Read more...]

Matsuyama Wins and Tiger Is Back

Yesterday, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan won the limited-field Hero World Challenge golf tournament by two strokes over Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas. Matsuyama is on a roll, since it was his fourth win in his last five tournaments he has entered. He is now the most likely player in the world to win a major golf championship who has so far not won one. But then, he's only 24 years old.The main story was that Tiger Woods--after 466 days of no tournament golf … [Read more...]

Will the R&A Thump Turnberry Due to Trump?

Ten years ago, billionaire real estate mogul and now U.S. president-elect Donald Trump started a project of building a world-class golf resort, which would have two 18-hole golf courses, in Balmedie in northeast Scotland near the city of Aberdeen. Trump International Golf Links is located amidst 4,000 year-old, pristine sand dunes that some Scots regard as a national treasure. It overlooks the North Sea with its deep sea oil reserves that have made some citizens of Aberdeen wealthy. But Trump's … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. to Stay with Trump

The United States Golf Association has decided to continue with its plan to stage the world's premiere women's golf tournament--the U.S. Women's Open--at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 13-16, 2017. On October 14, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" Eight days later I posted, "U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women's Open." Before that, on June 2, I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?"The latest development in this Trump-pro golf saga … [Read more...]

U.S.G.A. Under Pressure to Move U.S. Women’s Open

On October 14 I posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the U.S.G.A.?" I previously posted, "Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?" Now the pressure is increasing on the U.S.G.A. to move its U.S. Women's Open out of Bedminster, New Jersey, where it is scheduled for July 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club.Today, on MSNBC's "Dateline Extra" news program, the U.S.G.A. was criticized for not already having moved this flagship women's golf tournament out of another Trump property because of The Donald's … [Read more...]

The PGA Tour’s Brenden Steele Redeems Himself at Napa

Yesterday, Brenden Steele won the PGA Tour's first tournament that launched its new season at the Safeway Open. Steele came from four strokes behind starting the last round. He birdied the last three holes to shoot 65 and win by one stroke over Patton Kizzire. It was Steele's second win since he won the Texas Open in his rookie year and then went winless for 141 starts.In doing so, Steele overcame the negative memory of his collapse in this tournament last year.┬áHe had led it starting the … [Read more...]