Stories by Garry Smits

Sunday, May 11, 2014

McIlroy says game is 'getting close'

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Rory McIlroy might have won The Players Championship going away this week if it hadn't been for the first nine holes of TPC Sawgrass.
By Garry Smits

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Greens grow tougher during third round

The early birds got the scores during Saturday's third round of the Masters Tournament since Augusta National Golf Club got faster, firmer and more unforgiving as the day unfolded.
By Garry Smits

Sunday, March 23, 2014

World Golf Hall of Fame makes changes to criteria

ORLANDO, Fla. - World Golf Hall of Fame eligibility will now be determined by a 16-member selection commission that will include some of the institution's most revered members.
By Garry Smits

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Marshall Morgan delivered for the Dogs at EverBank Field

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan has delivered time and again for the Dogs at EverBank Field, and that effort continued in Saturday's Gator Bowl.
By Garry Smits

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013

Stomach bug hits Georgia offense

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A stomach virus has hit a handful of Georgia players, three days before the Gator Bowl against Nebraska.
By Garry Smits

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Bulldogs defy odds, reach Gator Bowl

The Georgia Bulldogs defied the odds to finish the season at 8-4 and still reach the Gator Bowl.
By Garry Smits

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Quarterback a wild card for Dogs, Huskers in bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quarterback play will be the wild card when Georgia plays Nebraska on Jan. 1 at EverBank Field in the Gator Bowl.
By Garry Smits

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Oosthuizen ties birdie streak at Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Louis Oosthuizen tied The Players Championship record with six consecutive birdies on Saturday at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.
By Garry Smits

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Masters was last major without long-putter winner

Did anchoring help Adam Scott win the Masters and will it affect the propsed ban?
By Garry Smits

Monday, April 9, 2012

Who is Bubba Watson?

This year's Masters champion not only courts disaster, he drives it home.
By Garry Smits

Friday, April 6, 2012

Couples shoots 67 for clubhouse lead tie

Fred Couples is "shocked." Maybe the huge Augusta National galleries were too, but they enjoyed, as usual, his sprint to the top of the Masters leaderboard during Friday's second round.
By Garry Smits

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Putting keeps Howell in contention

ORLANDO, Fla. - Charles Howell said the swing changes he's been working on since October with former PGA Tour player and current teacher Grant Waite haven't all been put into play.
By Garry Smits

Friday, March 23, 2012

Howell playing pressure-free

In a sense, Charles Howell isn't trying to treat his first trip to the Masters Tournament since 2008 as that big a deal.
By Garry Smits

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Update: Daytona 500 still on for 7 p.m. start

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona 500 appears on target for a 7 p.m. start after the race was postponed Sunday for the first time in its 54-year history.
By Garry Smits

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012

Steady rain too much for Jet Dryers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The only vehicles allowed on Daytona International Speedway track Sunday puttered along at about 20 mph and blew hot air, not noxious exhaust.
By Garry Smits

Drivers turn to Twitter during delay

In the days before social media, drivers would pass the time during rain delays sleeping in their RVs or playing poker. Now, many of them Tweet … a lot.
By Garry Smits

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Former SEC stars come up short at Sea Island

Billy Horschel and Michael Thompson finished off the pace in the McGladrey Classic after contending earlier in the week.
By Garry Smits

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

Immelman ties Sea Island record with 62

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters Tournament champion, matched the Sea Island Seaside Course record with 62 to move into contention entering today's final round Of the McGladrey Classic.
By Garry Smits

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

Simpson tied for lead at Sea Island

Webb Simpson and Zach Miller both shot 7-under-par 63 to share the lead of the next-to-last PGA Tour event this season.
By Garry Smits

Crane's mind elsewhere

Ben Crane is having to play with an understandably distracted mind as his wife is back at their Texas home with the clock ticking on their third child's arrival.
By Garry Smits
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If Wednesday seemed particularly wet and dreary, you would be right. The day broke the record for the wettest Christmas Eve that Augusta has ever had.
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