Golf Buzz

May 19, 2015 - 4:13pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Adam Scott
USA Today Sports Images
Adam Scott is the defending champion at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Can he make it two in a row this week?

The PGA Tour is in Fort Worth, Texas, this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational -- one of the true classic course layouts and an old stomping ground of legend Ben Hogan, who won the event five times.

Colonial is one of the few shorter courses left on the PGA Tour... which seems strange to write considering it still measures just a shade of 7,200 yards. That said, it is most certainly a shotmaker's golf course.

At Colonial, it's all about positioning. Here are the five players you'll want to keep an eye on this week at the course affectionately known as, "Hogan's Alley."

RELATED: Colonial tee times | McIlroy leads generational change | Enjoy Colonial, A-Z

5. Robert Streb
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: Streb, somewhat quietly, is enjoying a fantastic season on the PGA Tour. Along with his victory early in the season way back in October, Streb has compiled five other top-10 showings, including a T4 just last week at Quail Hollow. That may have been just the shot of confidence Streb needed to get his stellar season back on track after having missed four cuts in six starts prior to that T4.

4. Chris Kirk
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 at the McGladrey Classic
Reason to watch: Kirk showed everyone what he and his game are capable of in stretches with his performance in the FedExCup Playoffs last fall, where he finished second to champion Billy Horschel. I really thought that might be the start of huge things for the former Georgia Bulldog. While he has been solid at times this season, he hasn't done anything sensational. Maybe he's turning a corner now. Following a T8 at the Masters, Kirk recorded a T17 in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and a T13 at the Players Championship. Maybe that will help him to turn the corner. He's got three top-20 finishes at Colonial, the best of which was a T5 in 2012.

3. Zach Johnson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Seventh at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: Over the course of an impressive 11-win, PGA Tour career, Johnson has been spectacular at Colonial, where he won in both 2010 and 2012. Along with the victories, Johnson also had a T9 in 2009; a fourth in 2011 and a third in 2013. Talk about a horse for a course. It's been a mixed bag for the 2007 Masters champ in recent months, so surely this return to Colonial is a welcome one. He's got a shot at picking up a Colonial hat-trick this week.

2. Jordan Spieth
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won Valspar Championship and the Masters
Reason to watch: It's simple... because you've got to watch him every time he tees it up now. That's the type of player Spieth has become. I bet he's also excited about getting back to action in his home state after a missed cut at the Players -- one of just two missed cuts this season. We saw last weekend how dominating Rory McIlroy is. I'm not going to say Spieth is on that level, because he's not, but he can get going good in stretches like his four consecutive starts between the middle of March and the middle of April when he went: win-second-playoff loss-win. Then, honoring his commitment to the RBC Heritage after the Masters win, Spieth finished T11. He's a special talent with two top-20 finishes at Colonial.

1. Adam Scott
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T4 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: At the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational -- his first start since becoming the No. 1 player in the world at the time -- Scott did what you'd expect a No. 1 player to do and won the tournament. Since then, it's been a struggle for the 2013 Masters champ. It's hard to believe that in eight starts this season, Scott has just one top-10 to show for his efforts. Down to No. 11 in the world now, Scott is one of those players you'd expect to be a top-10 mainstay. Maybe this week he gets back on track.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow:

5. Webb Simpson -- T2
4. J.B. Holmes -- Missed cut
3. Jim Furyk -- Missed cut
2. Rory McIlroy -- Won
1. Bill Haas -- T68 

Justin Thomas
PGA Tour/YouTube
Justin Thomas watches the flight of his ball on the 13th hole Sunday at Quail Hollow.

Justin Thomas thought he had an ace at Quail Hollow's 13th hole Sunday but the flagstick had other ideas.

Check out this tee shot:



You can hear Justin begging for it to go in. Tap-in birdie? That's nice, but an ace is definitely much more memorable. Sort of like this shot later in Thomas' round, perhaps:



That's one heck of a breaker, but the ball tracks right at the hole the entire way.

Colt Knost
PGA Tour via YouTube
Colt Knost needed a late birdie to make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship – and made an ace instead.
At the point when Colt Knost lumbered up to the 17th tee box at Quail Hollow this afternoon, only seven people had made birdies on the 227-yard par 3 all day long. Knost was below the cut line, and in desperate need of birdie of his own. 
He didn't get one, though – instead, he got a rare ace on the middle hole of Quail Hollow's vaunted "Green Mile" closing stretch.
Knost got a little lucky – not because he made a hole-in-one, but because his ball was motoring speedily along when it collided with the flag, popped up and dropped into the hole. Had it not hit the pin so square, it likely would have bounced several feet away. 
Sadly, the burly Texan didn't moonwalk like Miguel Angel Jimenez did earlier today when he made an ace in the Spanish Open, but he did let out a mighty roar. According to the TV announcers, his ace was the tournament's first on any hole at Quail Hollow since Jay Williamson got one on No. 6 in 2008.
Buoyed by his big shot, Knost went on to birdie the 18th to complete a 4-under 68 and get to 1-under 143 through 36 holes. Several players are still out on the course, but he now looks safely into the weekend.
Here's his ace – and be sure you turn your volume on:
May 15, 2015 - 2:42pm
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Arizona State
We've already seen the "over-the-shoulder" shot. Now, behold the "backwards, over-the-shoulder" shot. Incredible.

OK. So a few weeks back, I came across the Instagram page of Arizona State golfer Mathias Schjoelberg from Norway.

As you may recall, Schjoelberg has the ability to hit some ridiculous trick shots, the likes of which I'd never seen before.

RELATED: Arizona State golfer wows with over-the-shoulder trick shot | More tricks

Like the rest of you counting down the minutes until the weekend begins, I decided to procrastinate a bit and head back over to Schjoelberg's Instagram page, just to see if there was anything new.

Lucky for me -- and now you -- there was this:


Should have picked the easier shot . #golf #golfer #golfgods #golfgrinders #golfballed #galfapp #whistlesports

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on


It's similar to the others we saw back in April, but what separates this from those other ones is just the speed in which Schjoelberg hits the shot. There's no delay whatsoever -- he just gets down and thrashes at it. Plus, instead of "over-the-shoulder," Schjoelberg goes "over-the-head" with this effort.

How the heck does he do it?

There was also this cool video of Schjoelberg juggling a golf ball... while holding his camera phone near his face so we can see his perspective.


Taking a break from studying to my finals #golf #golfer #golfgods #galfapp #golfgrinders

A video posted by Mathias Schjoelberg (@mathiasschjoelberg) on


May 15, 2015 - 11:17am
Posted by:
T.J. Auclair
tj.auclair's picture
Miguel Angel Jimenez
European Tour/Twitter
Some people win money or a fancy new car for a hole in one. On Friday, Miguel Angel Jimenez won 288 beers for his European Tour record-tying ninth ace. And he did a moonwalk after it dropped.

Just when you thought Miguel Angel Jimenez couldn't get anymore interesting, he walked away with one of the most interesting hole-in-one prizes I've ever seen on Friday.

Playing the par-3 eighth hole at Real Club de Golf El Prat in the Open de España on Friday, Jimenez matched Colin Montgomerie's all-time European Tour record with his ninth ace in competition.

Typically, anyone who scores a hole-in-one has to buy drinks (a rule I always thought was a little backwards). Jimenez, who never has a problem buying drinks, likely will not have to buy any this time around.

RELATED: Behind the "Most Interesting Man in the World" comparison | Jimenez, Bradley argue

For his hole-in-one, Jimenez collected a prize of 288 bottles of beer. That number represents the four-round par total at the tournament (Real Club de Golf El Prat is a par 72).

Check out video of the ace below and pay attention, as the announcers mention how a few years ago, Jimenez won 100 bottles of wine for an ace in Portugal.


I love the moonwalk to celebrate the ace. You wouldn't expect that from anyone... except Jimenez.