Rickie Fowler Should Have Been Penalized Today

I like Rickie Fowler. He's a crowd favorite, especially with kids. He's one of the best pro golfers on the PGA Tour and in the world. Rickie also is a Christian who attends regularly the PGA Tour Bible Study. When he played in the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year, the next day I was eating breakfast in a restaurant with my son Michael and his family. Michael saw Rickie paying his bill at the checkout. So, I went over and met Rickie for the first time and told him I was a co-founder of the … [Read more...]

Matsuyama Repeats at Phoenix

Today, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour at the TPC in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the second year in row on the fourth role of a sudden-death playoff. He had tied Webb Simpson, who won the U.S. Open in 2012. Today, Simpson rallied with three birdies on the final four holes in regulation play while Matsuyama parred into the clubhouse. Both men had a 72 hole total of 267, 17 under par.On the 72nd hole, Simpson was finished when Matsuyama, with a … [Read more...]

Justin Thomas Sets New Record

Yesterday, Justin Thomas even bettered his blazing hot streak by setting a new, 72-hole scoring record of 253 for the PGA Tour while winning its Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was 27-under par since par at Waiale is 70. The previous 72-hole record on the PGA Tour was 254 shot by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Texas Open. Thomas, a 23-old Kentuckian, won the SBS Tournament of Champions last week to make it two wins in a row.Justin Thomas started the final round, … [Read more...]

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...]