Give Pinehurst Resort credit. They've taken a situation that certainly doesn't help business - and turned it into a way to celebrate an icon and their venue.
With a snow storm blasting many areas of the Southeast, Pinehurst was covered in a somewhat rare but still significant snowfall. So what'd they do? They shared a great photo of their most celebrated champion, Payne Stewart.
— Pinehurst Resort (@PinehurstResort) January 29, 2014
Pinehurst Resort has been great at sharing their news and images via their blog. You can check it out here.
The question I have been asked the most - by far - in my career in golf has been, "How can someone with no real background, connections or particular talent to play, also get a good job in golf?"
Since I fit that description quite well, you'd think it'd be an easy answer for me. But it seemed to me that it was a combination of timing, luck and persistence. That's a hard formula to replicate, much less advise as a route to follow. And even more, I always leave out what might be the most important quality of all - you have to love golf. I mean, really love it.
So enter my good friend Harry Arnett, the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Callaway Golf. He and I often joke we're the same person (very similar backgrounds: Atlanta raised, huge Falcons fans, picked up game late, etc.). His latest blog on the Callaway Golf website proves (as does his title, paycheck, golf game, etc...) that's we're actually kind of different and that he's way cooler than I am.
Harry's latest entry on his Callaway Golf blog gives a GREAT account on not only how he, a golf "outsider" became one of the most respected names in the industry, but also how chasing the golf dream means more than just making the winning putt at a major championship. He was not the first to go down this road, but his ability to turn his avocation into his career is one that we can all (golf or not) learn from as we all chase our dream jobs.
From his endless hours in golf shops to bookstores to visits (announced and unannounced) to famous golf courses, read how his passion for the game (including a part-time job in a bag room) ultimatley led to his position now. And don't just read it, think about how it can apply to your dreams. It's a good read, it's a good lesson. No matter what your dream job might be.
Just for fun this morning, I ran a quick Twitter search using the hashtags "#augustanational" and "#masters" hoping to find a cool photo with something -- anything -- at Augusta National covered in snow.
As usual, Twitter didn't disappoint.
Here are a couple of photos I stumbled upon of the entrance to Magnolia Lane covered in a beautiful dusting of snow.
— Miller Coop (@kingofcoop) January 29, 2014
— RICHARD ROGERS (@RRNEWS12) January 29, 2014
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It's going to be the rowdiest of weeks on the PGA Tour schedule this week, as the PGA Tour heads to Arizona for its annual stop at the frat party that is TPC Scottsdale and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Scenes like the one below, where Tiger Woods "raised the roof" after a hole-in-one on the famous par-3 16th hole:
Tiger won't be in the field this week, but a stellar field that includes defending champ Phil Mickelson (pending the condition of a sore back) will be.
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is about the most fun you can have on a golf course. Whichever players can embrace the enthusiasm of the crowd and harness their emotions (and make tons of birdies) will contend.
Here are five players to keep an eye on:
5. Charley Hoffman
Best finish in 2013: T3 at Valero Texas Open
Reason to watch: For starters, he's sponsored by Waste Management, so that's got to count for something, right? Well, not really. But this does count for something: Hoffman is 6-for-6 in cuts made for the 2014 season. On three occasions -- including the last two weeks -- he's finished inside the top 10 (T9 at Humana Challenge and T7 at the Farmers Insurance Open). Hoffman's only real solid finish at TPC Scottsdale was in 2009 when he lost in a playoff. But, he's playing great now and I expect that trend to continue this week.
4. Bubba Watson
Best finish in 2013: 4th at Travelers Championship
Reason to watch: Remember that point about players who embrace the crowd's enthusiasm? That fits Bubba to a T. This is the same guy who wound up the crowd on the first tee at Medinah in the 2012 Ryder Cup. As if that wasn't enough of a pressure cooker with dead silence, Watson encouraged the fans to "get loud" while he was hitting his opening tee shot. They'll have no problem getting loud at TPC Scottsdale. Watson has two top 10s at TPC Scottsdale in the past. He finished 15th there a year ago.
3. Ryan Moore
Best finish in 2013: 4th at Waste Management Phoenix Open
Reason to watch: Moore's fourth-place showing at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last year was his best of the season. So far, 2014 has been far better. Moore already has a win in the bank -- the CIMB Classic back in December -- and comes in fresh having not played since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he finished alone in 10th. The good form and the nice break should serve Moore well this week.
2. Ryan Palmer
Best finish in 2013: 4th at FedEx St. Jude Classic
Reason to watch: It's been a mixed bag for Palmer in Phoenix. He tied for second in 2006, finished fifth in 2013 and had some missed cuts in between. This week, he arrives at Phoenix riding high on confidence. His last two starts -- Sony Open and Humana Challenge -- yielded a tie for eighth and a runner-up finish, respectively. Palmer can be a birdie machine -- see last year's final round at TPC Scottsdale, a 9-under 62.
1. Keegan Bradley
Best finish in 2013: 2nd at HP Byron Nelson Championship
Reason to watch: Hard to believe, but Bradley hasn't won since the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He's always around the first page of leaderboards. And, like Watson, he gets fired up easily -- a great way to get the crowd behind you at TPC Scottsdale. So far in the 2014 season, Bradley has made four starts. His best finish? Tenth at the CIMB Classic. His worst finish? A T18 at the Humana Challenge. As you can see, Bradley's worst was still pretty darned good. He's a win waiting to happen.
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