By: John Boyette on March 27, 2015 - 10:15am - Add new comment

What are the chances of a couple of former Westminster classmates getting paired together in the Valero Texas Open pro-am?
If you’re Charles Howell and Hudson Hooks, then the odds are pretty good.
The two were paired together earlier this week in San Antonio, and the team with Augusta ties won first place with a score of 16-under 56.
Howell, of course, is a veteran PGA Tour member. Hooks is now an apartment developer in Atlanta. The two grew up in Augusta and attended Westminster, where Hooks was two years ahead of Howell.

By: John Boyette on September 23, 2014 - 3:41pm - Add new comment

Remember the days when a United States victory was a foregone conclusion in the Ryder Cup? Yes, it’s been a while.

As the golf world turns its focus to Scotland this week for the 40th edition of the biennial matches pitting the United States vs. Europe, it’s easy to forget that the Americans lead the overall series 25-12-2. More recently, Europe has won five of six since the Americans made their famous rally to win in 1999 at Brookline.

By: John Boyette on July 18, 2014 - 11:22am - Add new comment

It's hard to believe it's been five years since Tom Watson nearly won the British Open.

At age 59, it would have been the greatest feat in golf history. (Yes, that's right. It would have surpassed my favorite moment, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters.)

Watson is now 64, and he's still proving he has the game to contend on the links courses. He opened the tournament with 1-over-par 73 at Hoylake, and he was 1-over halfway through his second round.

By: John Boyette on October 6, 2013 - 12:11am - Add new comment

Two surprises emerged from Columbia on Saturday night, and neither involved how Kentucky almost came back to beat South Carolina.

The first was when the Gamecocks announced Jadeveon Clowney would not dress out for the game because of bruised ribs. That was a surprise because, even though he missed Thursday's practice, the team said he was still likely to play.

The second came in the postgame press conference when South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was frank about his All-American defensive end's decision to not play.

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2013 - 4:08pm - Add new comment

ARDMORE, Pa. -- I came to Merion to see history, and to see history be made.

So far, so good.

Anyone who loves golf, and its history, should try to visit Merion Golf Club at least once. I figured coming to the U.S. Open would be my best bet.

No other course has played host to more U.S. Golf Association events, and the club's history is chock full of great champions and great moments.

By: John Boyette on January 21, 2013 - 11:36am - Add new comment

Golf's all-time greatest player celebrates a birthday today.

Jack Nicklaus is 73. It's not a milestone birthday or a round number, and in golf terms it's not even a good score for a player of the Golden Bear's caliber.

But after a week of weird (Manti Te'o and his fake girlfriend), disappointing (Lance Armstrong's interviews with Oprah) and sad (deaths of baseball legends Stan Musial and Earl Weaver) news in sports, let's start this week off on a positive note.

By: John Boyette on October 16, 2012 - 10:34am - Add new comment

Augusta businessman Paul Butler competed in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii over the weekend.

Note that this was a full Ironman: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. Butler's company, ESi, is the title sponsor of the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, a half-Ironman event that was held last month.

Butler, 70, finished 16th in his age group with an overall time of 16 hours, 11 minutes and 56 seconds.

Arnold Barrett, Butler's friend, took video from the event.

By: John Boyette on October 11, 2012 - 12:51pm - Add new comment

Gene Sauers wasn’t quite sure how he would be received when he joined the Champions Tour at the end of August.

After all, the Savannah native hadn’t been on golf’s radar for quite some time. A bout with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare and painful skin disorder, had left doctors puzzled and Sauers frustrated until he finally got a proper diagnosis.

But when he teed it up in the Boeing Classic outside of Seattle, Sauers found he was still one of the guys.

By: John Boyette on September 8, 2012 - 9:27pm - Add new comment

Is there a quarterback controversy at South Carolina?

I don't think so.

Steve Spurrier, who is no stranger to juggling quarterbacks in his coaching career, could see this one coming from miles away Saturday. After Dylan Thompson stepped in for injured Connor Shaw and lit up East Carolina's secondary, Spurrier did his best to downplay any potential controversy.

"We'll do it like we did this week. We'll get Dylan ready. If Connor is 100 percent to practice Wednesday or Thursday, Connor will be the starter."

By: John Boyette on August 9, 2012 - 12:46pm - Add new comment

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C.  -- Play in the 94th PGA Championship is under way, and three golfers share the early lead at 5-under-par on The Ocean Course.

You've heard of Rory McIlroy. Probably heard of Carl Pettersson if you follow golf at all. But who is Joost Luiten?

For starters, here's how you pronounce his first name: It rhymes with toast.

The golfer from The Netherlands is 26, has one European Tour victory and enjoys long walks on the beach. OK, I made that last part up, but Luiten does seem to be enjoying Pete Dye's creation along the Atlantic.

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