January 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
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Matt Craig
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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is considering at the possibility of a combined event with the LPGA Tour at Hawaii's Tournament of Champions.

The possibility of a joint PGA/LPGA event has been passed around and talked about quite a bit in recent months. But a quote from new PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan indicates the idea could become a reality.

In an interview with the Golf Channel that will air Monday, Monahan spoke about his efforts with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan to bring a combined event to Hawaii. "You could see men and women here at the Tournament of Champions...that is something we are thinking about and talking to Mike and the LPGA about. We would like to see that happen. We have some interest from sponsors."

While no specifics were given as to how the tournament would be presented, the mention of sponsor support has to be a good sign for those that are working to make this event happen.

This is the latest development in a push for combined events that began in March with a "strategic alliance agreement" between the PGA and LPGA.

Here's another quote from Monahan on the value of the venture:

“We are spending more time talking about how do we drive more people to the game, both men and women, girls and boys. Can we potentially get men and women into the same field of play? Again, another thing that no other sport can do, and then looking at media. Are there some shared efficiencies with how we present our tours to the world at large?”

 

PGA Tour commissioner considering LPGA joint event in Hawaii
January 6, 2017 - 1:45pm
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After nearly losing his life in a horrific car accident in February of 1949, Ben Hogan returned to competitive golf 11 months later at the LA Open. Post-accident, Hogan would go on to win six of his nine major titles.

Today marks a special anniversary in the annals of golf history.

On this day 67 years ago -- Jan. 6, 1950 -- Ben Hogan returned to competitive golf at the Los Angeles Open, 11 months after a near-fatal car accident.

On Feb. 2, 1949, Hogan and his wife, Valerie, narrowly survived a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus in Texas. In a successful attempt to save his wife's life by throwing himself in front of her, Hogan likely also saved his own life since the steering column punctured he driver's seat.

Hogan, 36 at the time, suffered a double-fracture of the pelvis, a fractured collar bone, a left ankle fracture, a chipped rib, and near-fatal blood clots: he would suffer lifelong circulation problems and other physical limitations.

Fifty-nine days after the accident, Hogan was out of the hospital and by November of that year, he resumed golf activities.

In that LA Open return, Hogan was outstanding, eventually losing a playoff to Sam Snead.

Post-accident, Hogan would win 11 more times on the PGA Tour, including six of his nine major championships. One of those majors was the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion, site of his iconic 1-iron shot, just a little more than a year after the accident.

Hogan, a captain of three Ryder Cup USA teams, would end his career with 64 PGA Tour victories, which is fourth all time. 

Ben Hogan returned to golf from near-fatal car accident 67 years ago today
January 6, 2017 - 1:03pm
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Davis Love III
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Davis Love III will miss 12 weeks of action after breaking his collarbone in a snowboarding accident.

Davis Love III, who captained Ryder Cup USA to victory at Hazeltine in October -- the team's first victory in the event since 2008 -- is expected to miss up to 12 weeks of action due to injury.

Love was scheduled to start his 2017 schedule at next week's Sony Open in Hawaii, but will have to miss it after breaking his collarbone in three places after a snowboarding accident in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was hitting the slopes with son, Dru.

According to Golf Channel, "Love was flown to Birmingham, Ala., where surgery was performed on Thursday by Dr. Lyle Cain at the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center."

Mac Barnhardt, Love's manager, said the 1997 PGA Champion and 21-time PGA Tour winner is recovering after having a plate and eight screws put in his collarbone.

"Davis said, 'I committed the cardinal sin of following Dru down the mountain,'" Barnhardt said to Golf Channel.

The report said Love should be able to swing a club again in about six weeks.

Davis Love III sidelined after snowboarding injury
January 4, 2017 - 6:46pm
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Charles Howell III
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Here's a look at five players -- all PGA Tour winners -- who are underrated, perhaps under-appreciated -- and who you might just see hoisting some hardware in 2017, including Charles Howell III.

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and more. They're the stars of the PGA Tour and, understandably as well as deservingly, steal most of the headlines.

But, the Tour is pretty darned deep.

Here's a look at five players -- all PGA Tour winners -- who are underrated, perhaps under-appreciated -- and who you might just see hoisting some hardware in 2017.

Charley Hoffman
PGA Tour victories:
4
Career earnings/all-time ranking (through 2016): $20,917,085/57th
Notes: Known most notably for his "Hulk Hogan" flowing blonde locks until chopping them off in recent years, Hoffman deserves credit for his play on the course. He's a streaky player, but certainly not one to be overlooked. When he's in a position to win, he cashes in evidenced by his four Tour wins. From 2013-15, Hoffman collected 17 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He had just one in 2016... but if you're only going to have one, it was the one you want to have -- a victory in the Valero Texas Open. Expect more highlights than lowlights from Hoffman in 2017.

Sean O'Hair
PGA Tour victories:
4
Career earnings/all-time ranking (through 2016): $20,943,883/56th
Notes: It's almost hard to believe that O'Hair is only 34 years old. He's been around forever, it seems. He's experienced the highs and the lows and looks to be on the comeback trail now. O'Hair's breakout season came in 2009, when he won the Quail Hollow Championship and finished No. 5 in the FedExCup standings. That, it turned out, would be his last Tour Championship appearance until this past September, where he ended the 2015-16 season in 27th. Things could be looking up again for O'Hair.

Ryan Palmer
PGA Tour victories:
3
Career earnings/all-time ranking (through 2016): $20,949,477/55th
Notes: A three-time PGA Tour winner, Palmer has enjoyed a solid, solid career on the PGA Tour. Though he's only made two Tour Championship starts (2010 and 2014), Palmer has seven consecutive seasons in which he's made no less than $1.5 million, highlighted by his $2,924,300 in earnings in 2014 when he recorded eight top-10 finishes.

Bill Haas
PGA Tour victories:
6
Career earnings/all-time ranking (through 2016): $26,417,450/34th
Notes: Winning six times on the PGA Tour is no joke. But much like his father -- Jay, a 9-time Tour winner with 16 major top 10s -- the younger Haas has had a highly successful, highly under-appreciated PGA Tour career up to this point. He's a quiet gentleman who doesn't show a lot of outward emotion on the course, but has proven he can put a dagger in your heart with shots like the one he hit from the water on the 17th hole at East Lake on his way to winning the 2011 Tour Championship and FedExCup. Perhaps the reason Haas flies under the radar is because of his lack of production in the majors. In 29 major starts, Haas's lone top 10 was a T19 in the Open Championship last summer.

Charles Howell III
PGA Tour victories:
2
Career earnings/all-time ranking (through 2016): $31,294,095/23rd
Notes: If I told you Howell has just two victories in his PGA Tour career and hasn't won since 2007, I wouldn't blame you for calling me a liar. It seems unimaginable for a guy who has banked over $31.2 million -- inside the top-25 in career earnings -- doesn't it? Yet that's where we stand with Howell. Hard to feel bad for the guy, I know, but something's got to give in the win column, right? 

5 underrated golfers to watch out for in 2017