Rory McIlroy Wins It All

Just minutes ago, the 27-year old Irishman Rory McIlroy won the PGA Tour's Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia. He won on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Kevin Chappell and Ryan Moore. By virtue of this win, McIlroy simultaneously won the FedEx Cup. It fattened his bank account. Rory won $3 million in the Tour Championship and $10 million in the FedEx Cup. That's the biggest payday in pro golf history.All three players finished the regulation 72-hole tournament … [Read more...]

Langer Ties Trevino’s Record

Yesterday, 59-year old, two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer tied Lee Trevino's second-place record of most wins on the Senior/Champions Tour with 29 wins by winning the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Washington, near Seattle.Langer won with a birdie four on the 18th hole, which was the first extra hole in a three-man, sudden-death playoff with Woody Austin and Kevin Sutherland. Both Langer and Austin have won four times this year on the Champions Tour. And Langer won the day after his … [Read more...]

Si Woo Kim Wins His First PGA Tour Event

Today, twenty-one year old Si Woo Kim won his first PGA Tour tournament--the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of the youngest PGA Tour winners ever, he was just little older than when current superstar Jordan Spieth won his first Tour event. Kim had been knocking at the door. Seven weeks earlier, he lost in a playoff to Aaron Baddeley in the┬áBarbasol Championship.Kim shot 60 the second round to take a three-shot lead. On the back nine in his … [Read more...]

Americans No Long Dominate Golf

Even though golf started in the old country--Scotland--the U.S. has been the most golfing nation in the world after the twentieth century got under way. And this was always proved by Americans dominating the sport in competition, especially in professional tournaments. But no more.Case in point: in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio last week, golf was re-introduced for the first time in 108 years. The format was individual competition in a standard tournament format of four rounds, thus 72 … [Read more...]

Unofficial Status of Some PGA Tour Tournaments

I used to have two official wins and one unofficial win on the regular PGA Tour. I once blogged about how the unofficial status of this one win, the 1972 PGA Team Championship, was changed forty years later to official status. That tournament had been official for several years, starting with its inception in 1965. Then the Tournament Policy Board made it unofficial for two years, which included the year 1972 when my close friend Babe Hiskey and I won that tournament. I had never known of such a … [Read more...]

Jim Furyk Shoots 58

Jim Furyk--the balding, 46-year old pro golfer with seventeen PGA Tour wins, one of them being the 2003 U.S. Open, who owns such a loopdy-loop golf swing that you wouldn't wish on your mother-in-law and prefer it only over that combination dipsy-doodle plus mid-course hesitation swipe-at-the-ball monstrosity that belongs to a fella with a Big Mouth named Chas. Barkley--shot a blistering, PGA Tour record 58 yesterday in the last round of the Travelers Championship held at the TPC River Highlands … [Read more...]

Why Did Nike Dump Golf?

Nike, Inc., announced today that it is abandoning its making and selling of golf equipment. That is a major financial decision because there is a lot of infrastructure required in order to make golf clubs and especially golf balls. Nike, named after the Greek "goddess of victory," apparently hasn't been scoring many victories lately at the cash register with sales from its golf equipment. I wonder why.First and foremost is that golf is losing ground, to make a pun. Golf real estate is … [Read more...]

Jimmy Walker Wins His First Major Golf Championship

Yesterday, Jimmy Walker--a slender, 6 foot 2 inch, 37-year old, Baylor graduate, and bearded native Texan--won his first major, the PGA Championship. It was the last of the four majors this year and was held at the famed Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. To do so, Jimmy defeated defending champion and #1 world player Jason Day by one stroke. He then lifted the 37-pound, crystal, Wanamaker trophy at the end of a grueling and tense day of golf.The tournament had been plagued with … [Read more...]