The Golf Scene

By: David Westin on March 16, 2012 - 6:17pm - Add new comment

You might be aware that Ernie Els, who has played in 18 consecutive Masters Tournaments, is not in next month's event and it's doubtful that he'll qualify.

Els, who has finished as a Masters runner-up twice (2000 and 2004) and has six top-10 finishes, is ranked 68th in the world. He needs to be in the top 50 after next week's Arnold Palmer Invitatoinal to get in the Masters.

Or he has to win this week in Tampa (he is in the top 20 after rounds of 70-67), Bay Hill or Houston.

By: David Westin on March 15, 2012 - 5:47pm - Add new comment

Saying "it's not going to happen," Masters Tournament champion Charl Schwartzel said on Wednesday that he won't be grilling out at the annual Tuesday night Champions Dinner, as he had hoped.

Schwartzel had asked Augusta National if he could grill out on the back of the clubhouse (facing the course). He hoped to personally cook lamb chops, steaks, and traditional South African braai.

By: David Westin on March 11, 2012 - 2:39pm - Add new comment

That was some seriously bad timing.

Sergio Garcia was among the players who endorse TaylorMade golf equipment to wear a shirt in the Cadillac Championship on Sunday with the number 17 on the back. The number refers to the average yards the company's newest 3-wood is supposed to carry.

A double-digit number is last thing Garcia needed to have on his back Sunday.

The Spaniard made 12 on the par-4 third hole in a round of 76 at TPC Blue Monster. It was his highest score since he made 11 in Memphis last year - also on the third hole.

By: David Westin on March 10, 2012 - 8:25pm - Add new comment

Jason Day has only played in one Masters Tournament, but he appears to be well-versed in Augusta National Golf Club-speak.

At this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, Day was asked about his Masters debut, where he finished tied for second place.

"The patrons are great. They are very respectful," Day told reporters at one point.

Augusta National has got to love that. The club  never refers to the the gallery as fans or spectators. It is always patrons.

I wonder if Day also knows it's the "second cut" at Augusta National, not the rough.

By: David Westin on March 9, 2012 - 7:21pm - Add new comment

Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer, who hasn't made a Masters cut in his four starts, flashed his sense of humor about his struggles at Augusta National after Friday's second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in Miami.

Kaymer switched up his schedule by taking three weeks off leading into the Masters last year, hoping the change would help him.

The results weren’t any better (78-72), but he’s doing it again this year.
“So far, it hasn’t worked in Augusta,” he said with a laugh.

By: David Westin on March 8, 2012 - 6:20pm - Add new comment

After this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, the next time you'll see Rory McIlroy will be at Augusta National Golf Club for the 76th Masters Tournament.

The world's No. 1-ranked golfer said after opening with 73 at Doral on Thursday that he would skip the next three weeks to get ready for the Masters, as he did last year.

"I feel like it worked well last year; I got some really good practice in," McIlroy said. " And to be honest, I feel like my first event back usually is my best, first or second. "

By: David Westin on March 7, 2012 - 5:20pm - Add new comment

Phil Mickelson said after his news conference Wednesday at Doral that he was supposed to have played with Tiger Woods at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday in a friendly pre-Masters round, but that Woods didn't show.

"I guess it was the intimidation," Mickelson joked as he headed out the door.

Woods' name came up during the news conference when Mickelson, who did not play in last week's Honda Classic, had watched the tournament live on Sunday when Woods was shooting 62 to tie for second place.

By: David Westin on March 6, 2012 - 5:04pm - Add new comment

Hunter Mahan practically scoffed at the notion Tuesday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral when he was asked  if Rory McIlroy, the new No. 1-ranked player, would soon create a rivalry with Tiger Woods.

Woods is winless on the is the PGA Tour since Sept. 2009, but is regaining his game after tying for second last week to McIlroy in the Honda Classic, where he closed with 62.

Said Mahan, who won the Match Play Championship two weeks ago:

By: David Westin on March 2, 2012 - 5:07pm - Add new comment

Georgia is well represented so far in the PGA Tour's Honda Classic, which halfway through the second round, with four players with Georgia ties among the top eight.

First-round leader Davis Love III is 1-under through 11 holes and in third place, one shot off the lead.

Evans' Vaughn Taylor (68-66) is tied for fourth, as is Savannah's Brian Harman, whose 61 on Friday broke the course record at PGA National's Champion course by three shots.

And former Georgia golfer Harris English (66-69)  is tied for seventh.

By: David Westin on February 29, 2012 - 10:35pm - Add new comment

Everyone who follows golf probably knows about Tiger Woods' displeasure about the questioning on Wednesday at the Honda Classic about former instructor Hank Haney's soon-to-be-released book about his time with the ex-world's No. 1 player.  The first question of the news conference was about the book. Tiger said he had nothing more to add about the subject than he had previously (which was that he was disappointed Haney wrote it).


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