January 8, 2017 - 7:01pm
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After a rollercoaster week, SBS Tournament of Champions defending champ Jordan Spieth was able to clean up his scorecard on Sunday.

It was quite a week for Jordan Spieth. On one hand, he was a walking birdie machine pouring in 26 plus one eagle. But on the other he recorded several loose holes including five bogeys, two doubles and a triple. Friday's round was itself a rollercoaster.

But in Sunday's final round, Spieth showed why he was the defending champion of the event, carding a seven-under 65. And most importantly, he did so without a single bogey.

He was dialed in with his wedges, to the point where he wasn't even satisfied with this short approach on the 14th to about four feet.

 

Spieth even had a chance for the low round of the week after reaching the par 5 finishing hole in two, but settled for birdie.

 

The strong finish left Spieth at 16 under for the week, good for a top three finish.

After his round Spieth chose to focus on all of the positives in his interview with Golf Channel. "I certainly take a lot of confidence off this round going into next week." Spieth will tee it up at next week's Sony Open, also in Hawaii on Oahu.

Jordan Spieth avoids bogeys, shoots 65 in final round at Kapalua
January 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
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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 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