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As I started to watch today's TV coverage for the 2011 Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club, a couple of things came to my mind. I knew that we would get a healthy amount of Tiger Woods. This was Tiger's first tournament since the PGA Championship.
This past Monday, I played at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois - the venue for the BMW Championship and second-to-last event of the FedExCup Playoffs on the PGA Tour. I then came to CordeValle to represent my country and my association in competing in my fourth PGA Cup.
This past week's Deutsche Bank Championship was a clinic in great golf. Big names such as Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Luke Donald were among the leaders all week - as were up and comers Chez Reavie, Jason Day and now champion Webb Simpson.
Nothing like Mother Nature throwing a couple of curve balls at the guys on the PGA Tour this week and everyone else along the East coast for that matter.
One of the most talked about storylines coming out of Adam Scott's impressive four-shot win at the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational was of course, about his caddie Steve Williams.
Local boy Webb Simpson finally recorded his first win on the PGA Tour and as the statistics show, it was just a matter of time.
I had a unique opportunity while at this past week's Greenbrier Classic. For the third roud, I was an honorary observer and allowed to walk inside the ropes with the pairing of Trevor Immelmann and Michael Leitzig, both in second place going into the round.
It's official. There is a Youth Movement in golf and it is being lead by Rory McIrloy. In the past 5 majors, the 5 different winners were all 30 years old or younger!
Wow! Another playoff! What's that... like 137 this year! Actual I think it's 11, with 16 being the record for a season. Congratulations to Harrison Frazar for his first PGA TOUR victory! Well done!
Before we talk about what we can learn from this week's golf action, let's take a moment to remember two special people.
So this week we saw PGA Tour player Kevin Na shoot 80 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open. A tour pro shooting 80 is surprising, but not unheard of. But Na shot 80 after he made a 16 – yes, a 16, on the par four ninth hole.
No one can argue that the PGA Tour’s Florida swing can provide great drama due to some exciting – and difficult – finishing holes. Starting with the Bear Trap at PGA National to the Blue Monster at Doral, the Tour players need to be on the top of their
In the 75 years that there has been a Masters, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that had more drama and excitement among such a large group of players as this past one.
This week, "A Lesson Learned" focuses on how Gary Woodland made a series of small changes that created great progress and led to his first PGA victory.
What a great show this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The incredible play of Luke Donald was as impressive as you could ever hope to see in such a format. Donald only played 89 holes total, he led after 81 of them and never trailed to an opponent all week!
There were so many great storylines and lessons that all golfers could take from this past week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
What an awesome event golf on the PGA Tour was this past week. The drama and action were tremendous and seeing Bill Murray show some flashes of golf brilliance in addition to the levity he brings was quite a treat.
Well first of all, congratulations to Mark Wilson. Two wins in three starts this year! How's that for a pretty good percentage? He overcame a tough field under tough conditions to win. A well-deserved kudos to one of the good guys on Tour.
For those that might have been engrossed in the football playoffs on Sunday, you missed another great playoff - this one on the PGA Tour. Jhonattan Vegas won a three-man playoff, including winning on the second playoff hole after hitting a ball into the water!
Congratulations to Jonathan Byrd on opening the 2011 PGA Tour season with a great playoff win.
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