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April 29, 2015 - 10:18am
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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods took to Twitter on Wednesday morning and made some announcements regarding his playing schedule for the summer of 2015. Good news: We'll be seeing a lot more of him.

Tiger Woods took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce his schedule for the summer.

Based on the tweet, his game seems to be in shape, as he'll be playing quite a bit:


Woods announced last Friday that he'd be playing in the Players Championship, which tees off next week. He won that tournament in 2013 and was unable to defend a year ago as he recovered from back surgery.

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The list of events Woods announced he will be playing in on Wednesday morning isn't surprising. They're all events he's played in before and -- with the exception of the Greenbrier Classic -- has won multiple times. What was surprising is that Woods announced all of them at the same time, as he typically waits for the PGA Tour's Friday deadline to commit to the following week's tournament (rules are different for the majors).

We don't suspect that this is the complete schedule for Woods this summer, as it only brings us to August 2, the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The PGA Championship is notably missing from the tweet. That takes place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, August 13-16. Also not on the list is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where Woods is an eight-time champion -- presumably because he is not yet eligible for that event, which requires a tournament win in the last year, or a top-50 world ranking one week and two weeks prior to the event.

Woods, currently, is ranked No. 116 but will have plenty of time to improve on that given how much he'll be playing.

April 29, 2015 - 9:43am
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T.J. Auclair
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There are some weird/hilarious golf commercials out there. Does this one top the list?

As I'm prone to do during a late-night feeding for my 1-year-old son, I had the iPhone in hand last night scrolling through my Facebook timeline, while he sucked down a bottle while rocking in my lap.

As I was perusing, an old high school friend had a post linking to a golf blog that had an embedded video for the "HammerX" -- a driver put out by "6-time World Long-Drive Champion and Master Engineer Jack 'The Hammer' Hamm."

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The photo on the post features Hamm, golf shirt completely unbuttoned, rocking a gold chain and a blonde mullet -- he looks like a blonde David Hasselhoff. As my friend noted on his post, "Marketing Brilliance!!"

See what I mean?:

Anyway... back to the video on the post.

Check it out here:


Could you even imagine playing with a guy screaming, "POW!" or "WHAM!" after hitting tee shots?

Seems like that would be an awesome strategy to apply this week in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

I'm not proud to admit this, but when I was much younger, I actually owned the original version of this driver, called, "The Air Hammer." It whistled when you swung it, which was great for some laughs with playing partners.

The promise of adding 50 yards to my tee shot? That didn't really pan out and none of my drives found their way piercing through the sky alongside a rocket like in the video.


So, no, this video isn't new by any means, but I was reminded of just how hilarious it was last night.




April 28, 2015 - 3:09pm
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April 28, 2015 - 1:52pm
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As we've seen before, Bubba Watson likes to sing. Now he's featured in a song on a Christian hip-hop album.

OK -- so if you didn't get enough of two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson on the mic with the "Golf Boys" or as "Bubbaclaus," then feel free to check out this single by Christian hip-hop artist KB called, "Ima Just Do It" featuring Watson.

"Ima Just Do It" is the third single off KB's "Tomorrow We Live" album, which was released on April 21.

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Speed ahead to the 3-minute mark to hear Watson spitting his rhymes (?).


Here are Watson's lyrics in their entirety:

Lemme talk about how I'm supposed to be at a Christmas party right now, but y'all keep keeping me in here

My wife's not gonna let me be on fleek, if y'all don't hurry up

Bubba Watts on the mic now
Can a golfer spit a rhyme?
Not a gangsta rapper, but my caddie got a nine
KB need a verse?
I told him, "Ain't nothing to it"
Everybody ask me why, I just look 'em in the eye and say, "(Ima just do it)"
Country boy from the panhandle
Country boy from the panhandle
No golf lesson, just God's blessing
Nuthin' He can't handle
Left-handed, funny swing
Driver's pink, ain't nothing major
Got two Masters, no double major
But one Master, I praise and thank Him
I do it

So what do you think?

April 28, 2015 - 11:04am
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Is this the week Dustin Johnson bucks a poor trend at the Match Play Championship? T.J. Auclair thinks so.

One of my favorite events on the PGA Tour takes place this week with the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The event has a new name, a new venue (a spectacular one at that) and a new format.

Unlike past years where the tournament featured a lose-you-go-home format from the start, this year will be different, with each of the 64 players in the field assured three matches apiece in the 16-group round robin.

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The player with the best record after group play will advance to Saturday's Round of 16.

TPC Harding Park, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2009 and will host the 2020 PGA Championship and 2025 Presidents Cup, takes over as the home of the Match Play Championship, which had been played at Dove Mountain in Tucson since 2009.

Here are the five players you'll want to keep an eye on at TPC Harding Park this week.

5. Paul Casey
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 at Northern Trust Open (playoff)
Reason to watch: Casey has steadily been rising in the Official World Golf Ranking this season, entering this week at No. 37. A runner-up in 2009 and 2010 at the Match Play, Casey is riding the confidence of consecutive top-10 finishes, including a T6 at the Masters, this week. In group play, Casey will square off against Chris Kirk, Adam Scott and Francesco Molinari. I like Casey to come out on top of that group and perform well on the weekend.

4. Henrik Stenson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Reason to watch: Stenson won the Match Play in 2007 and finished third in 2008. Since then, however, the towering Swede has struggled mightily in this particular event, making it to the second round just once since 2008 (in 2014). Stenson should embrace the new format. This will be Stenson's first start since his T19 at the Masters, where he fought off the lingering effects of the flu the first couple of days. Presumably healthy now, Stenson heads into this week having finished in the top 4 in three of his last four starts. The only thing he's missing this year is a win. This could be the week. Stenson gets John Senden, Brendon Todd and Bill Haas in group play. (UPDATE: Reports out of San Francisco from say Stenson has dropped 20 pounds and still recovering from a second bout of the flu after returning home from the Masters. He hadn't picked up a club since the Masters until this past weekend.)

3. Patrick Reed
Best finish in 2014-15 season: Won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Reason to watch: Ever since his outstanding individual performance in an otherwise forgettable 2014 Ryder Cup for the U.S. -- Reed, a rookie, went 3-0-1 -- I've been fired up to see Reed in the match play format again. Well, this is the week. Andy Sullivan, Ryan Moore and Danny Willett will square off with Reed in group play. Moore -- a former U.S. Amateur champ and two-time U.S. Amateur Public Links champ -- could be a problem. Assuming Reed advances through his group, who wouldn't love to see this on the weekend?


2. Jason Day
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Farmers Insurance Open
Reason to watch: The defending champ after outlasting Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in an epic final a year ago, Day has been outstanding thus far in the new season, racking up four top-10 finishes in eight starts, highlighted by his win at Torrey Pines. Before his win a year ago in the Match Play, Day finished third in 2013. Charley Hoffman, Zach Johnson and Branden Grace are all standing in Day's way for group play. It certainly won't be a walk in the park to get through, but if he does -- look out.

1. Dustin Johnson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: In the prior Match Play format -- and it's almost impossible for me to believe -- Johnson played on six occasions, making it out of the first round just once when he was eliminated in the Round of 16 in 2012. Like Stenson, I have a feeling Johnson will embrace this new format. With his mind-blowing power, you'd think Johnson would do better in this format, which demands one take chances. With top-10 finishes in five of his eight starts this season, I love the way Johnson is playing these days. The biggest issue I see in group play for Johnson is Dubuisson (he'll also face Matt Jones and Charl Schwartzel). As we saw in 2014, Dubuisson can be Seve Ballesteros-like when his back's against the wall.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:

5. Billy Horschel -- T48
4. Justin Thomas -- T12
3. Seung-Yul Noh -- W/D
2. Dustin Johnson -- T43
1. Justin Rose -- Winner 

April 26, 2015 - 4:06pm
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D.H. Lee
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D.H. Lee turned 28 earlier this month.

There's something about Louisiana that seems to bring out the best in D.H. Lee.

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The 28-year-old South Korean finished in a tie for second in the Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open back in March, and on Sunday in the final round of the Zurich Classic, used a hybrid to record this ace on the Par-3, 210-yard 17th hole.

Just watch:



This is Lee's first PGA Tour start of the season. And that's one good way to debut.