DUBLIN, Ohio – Lucas Glover had to know Thursday that no matter his score in the opening round of the Memorial Tournament, he was going to walk off Muirfield Village Golf Club and be greeted by a curious media contingent. So why not shoot a 5-under 67 and put the focus on his golf game?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The entire field at the U.S. Women’s Open has had to come to grips with uncertainty—and a little bit of chaos—this week at Shoal Creek. The thunder, lightning and 4½-plus inches of rain left the course closed all of Tuesday and the first half of the day Wednesday. Several players got in
Back in the 1960s, an Ohio kid checked in on the construction of what would become the highest-ranked course in the state. The design was The Golf Club, and the kid was Jack Nicklaus—a curious observer to the work being done by Pete Dye. Nicklaus, who by 1966 was a Grand Slam winner, would sign
It was easy to figure out how the final day of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship was unfolding at Karsten Creek Golf Club. All you had to do was listen. When the roars started to cascade around the Tom Fazio course as the hot, sticky May afternoon played out, it was clear that the
The Pacific Coast of Oregon and the middle of nowhere Wisconsin wouldn’t seem to have too many similarities. But in discussing why great golf works at Bandon Dunes, and how David McLay Kidd took inspiration from his successful breakthrough course more than 20 years ago, you arrive in tiny Nekoosa, Wis. Kidd’s Mammoth Dunes at
Justin Rose captured his second PGA Tour win of the season without much fuss or bother at the Fort Worth Invitational on Sunday. He grabbed the 36-hole lead with rounds of 66 and 64, then polished it off with two more ho-hum rounds 66 and 64, bogeying the last hole but still winning by a
From the minute Tiger Woods showed up on the Mike Douglas Show hitting balls as a 2-year-old in 1978, his natural talent was formidable and obvious. But a big part of what has made Woods the dominant player of the last 25 years is his combination of talent and relentless drive to get better. Hank
MASON, Ohio—To a journalist, math skills are about as useful and reliable as a pizza-parlor napkin. That’s why the following computation had to be confirmed by a precalculus teacher. Yes, really. TaylorMade has a new program where you can go online and customize one of its popular Spider Tour putters. There are plenty of options,
Can you be the No. 1-ranked men’s golf team in the country and still have a chip on your shoulder? When Oklahoma State takes on Alabama to decide the 2018 NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club on Wednesday, the Cowboys will be the favorites by most any measure you choose. They have won nine
DUBLIN, Ohio — The PGA Championship shifts to mid-May starting next year, causing a jumble to the PGA Tour schedule in the fifth month that includes the Players Championship, the tour’s flagship event, returning to a March date. The Memorial Tournament, however, will remain in its contractually guaranteed slot two weeks before the U.S. Open.
You’re hitting driver great, scoring well, then somewhere in the middle of the back nine you spray a couple tee shots. That’s all it takes to ruin a round. Were they mental errors from getting tight or nervous? Only you know the answer. More likely your body just got a little tired. That’s when every
If you’re regularly popping up tee shots or the ball isn’t rolling very far once it lands in the fairway, you’re hitting down on the ball too much. That’s OK for an iron shot off the turf, but not if you’re swinging a driver. A telltale sign your downswing is too steep is if you’re
There’s a reason we’re called amateurs, and in golf that extends beyond mere playing ability. Many of us make mistakes regarding the things we have—and don’t have—in our golf bags. Whether it’s clubs, accessories or the bag itself, here are 10 things that you should have—or get rid of—in your bag. Immediately. A Sharpie to
Exactly one year ago the golf world woke up to the shocking news of Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest after Florida police found him asleep at the wheel of his car on the side of the road in the early hours of the morning. Soon after came the startling video of Woods struggling to answer questions
My first year as a head pro, I gave a clinic one afternoon on chipping. After we finished, a student came up to me and said, “I didn’t like that. You never told us what club to hit on those shots.” Even though I was a novice teacher, I got it right that day. I
There is little doubt who’ll have the biggest cheering section on Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club. As expected, host Oklahoma State easily qualified for the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship, posting the low 72-hole score (even-par 1,142) in stroke play, much to the satisfaction of the hometown fans in Stillwater. There’s also no
In his last start of as a college golfer, Augusta’s Broc Everett got his wish. No, it wasn’t to claim the NCAA individual championship. It was simply to win a tournament. Of course, that it was the biggest title in men’s college golf makes the accomplishment all the more sweet. When the redshirt senior from
When I get students who complain about poor chipping, here’s where I go first: How far are they standing from the ball? If you’re more than a foot away, you’re adding variables that just aren’t necessary. The biggest issue is, the club will tend to swing around your body, with the face fanning open (above).
The legend of Karsten Creek Golf Club proceeds itself. Annually ranked among the best college golf courses in the country, the host site of the 2018 NCAA Championship is also considered one of the toughest. Good scores are earned, not gifted, as seen when the course hosted nationals in 2003 (won by Clemson with a
Not all wins are created equal. Consider: At Colonial Country Club this week Kevin Na shot a 62 on Thursday and a course record-tying 61 on Sunday. And yet he finished alone in fourth place, a half-dozen shots back of the winner. Brooks Koepka carded a pair of 63s, including one in the final round.
Justin Rose was the big winner at Colonial Country Club, taking the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational title in a runaway. His six-under 64 in the final round allowed him to cruise to a three-stroke victory over Brooks Koepka in the swelter Texas sun. With the win, Rose moved into second place in the FedEx Cup
If his play at Colonial is any indication, Justin Rose has made himself one of the favorites to win a second U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in three weeks time, if he wasn’t already. The Englishman has been a machine, carding rounds of 66, 64 and Saturday’s four-under 66 to take a commanding four-shot lead
VIRGINIA WATERS, England — There have been times over the course of his already storied career when Rory McIlroy has been described as a “dangerous” competitor. But perhaps never before has that description carried more veracity than during day three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Three shots clear of the field after 36
David Cannon Lee Westwood of England is showing signs of life at the BMW PGA Championship. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) VIRGINIA WATER, England. — You heard it here first: Beating balls is overrated. So is playing golf. For Lee Westwood anyway. On the back of one range session, a two-day corporate event in Japan
There are plenty of smooth swingers on the PGA Tour, but maybe no one has a better rhythmic move at the ball than Justin Rose, who found himself lurking at the Fort Worth Invitational after an opening-round 66. On Friday at Colonial, the Englishman went even lower, cruising to a six-under 64 to grab a
Golf season is in full swing and summer is (almost) officially here. As you bring out your warm-weather clothes and finally venture out of the house without a jacket, you’re probably realizing you need an apparel refresh, stat. It might be hard, but take a look at your closet and toss any stained, faded, torn
VIRGINIA WATER, England — The European Tour didn’t get his surname right on the caddie bib—an extra ‘e’ intruding in the middle—but not much else went wrong for Sam Horsfield on Friday at the BMW PGA Championship. The Englishman with the strong American accent (his family emigrated to Florida when Sam was 5) added a
He stands 6-foot-3 and is fairly soft-spoken, so it’s easy to see where Thomas Pieters might have a gentle giant persona. But the 26-year-old native of Belgium gets upset like the rest of us. And when it happens, well let’s just say you don’t want to be a golf club when Pieters starts running hot.
VIRGINIA WATER, England — They formed quite the threesome. Not once on day two of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth did Lee Westwood, Alex Noren or Rory McIlroy drop a shot to par, between them making 14 birdies. Half of those were compiled by McIlroy, the undoubted star of this already distinguished show. Even
ABOUT During their six-year run starting in 2004, Tiger Woods and Hank Haney made for one of the most successful player-teacher pairings of all time. Woods won 37 times, including six majors, in that span, often with Haney walking every step of the way behind the ropes. In this six-video series, you’ll hear Haney explain