November 16, 2012 - 10:59pm
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Belen Mozo
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No doubt, Belen Mozo will be more careful in her choice of transportation on Saturday.

Put this one down as a moving violation. After the second round of the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders on Friday, Belen Mozo tweeted that she’d received a two-stroke penalty for riding on the wrong shuttle.

The Titleholders is being played for the first time at the Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla., which like so many Florida tracks is laid out amidst a residential community. There are long distances between several of the holes, and players are riding shuttles between nine different greens and tees. And, as she found out, riding on a shuttle not specifically designated for the players is a big no-no.

Here are Mozo’s Twitter entries describing the situation:

‏@BelenMozo: Not a good day for me;(. I was hanging in there despite my poor game until I got 2stroke penalty for riding on a wrong shuttle.

‏@BelenMozo: This week we have 9 shuttles from green-tee. I took a ride from shuttle that was driving my 'inside the ropes' group, who were tired.

@Belen Mozo: After that I finished w/ 2 bogeys. A lot to learn. But never giving up on keep working hard! I'll bounce back from this.

Mozo’s penalty turned her par on the 16th hole into a double bogey, and that, followed by those two closing bogeys she mentioned, gave her a 77. If there is a consolation, it’s that she wasn’t close to the lead -- she’s tied for 49th place, 14 shots behind leader Ai Miyazato.

And if Mozo was miserable, she’s got company – her penalty might not even have been the most unusual one of the day. Sun Young Yoo – who was near the top of the leaderboard – received a one-shot penalty after her round because her arm wasn’t high enough when she made a penalty drop after her ball had gotten lodged in a bush on the 14th hole.

Yoo, one of three first-round co-leaders, thought she was only two shots back when she walked off the course. She was quickly approached by rules officials, who pointed out that her arm was not shoulder-high when she took her drop.

"I didn't try to cheat. I didn't think about my arm's height," said Yoo, who will enter the third round three shots off the lead. "It's my mistake. … I'll learn from this mistake, and next time I won't make it."

She'll tee off Saturday tied for third, three shots behind Miyazato.

UPDATE: Now the Belen Mozo situation is much clearer. She returned to Twitter on Saturday to clarify that she hopped a ride on a shuttle with her 'inside the ropes' group on a hole where the players were supposed to walk to the next tee box.

"We have 9 holes w/ shuttles & I took a ride on a hole W/O a shuttle," she tweeted. So it was my fault however; the shuttle was an official shuttle but not for players. They told me to ride w/ them & I didn't think twice."

 

 

 

 

November 16, 2012 - 12:46pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Jamie Sadlowski, Gary Williams
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Jamie Sadlowski will not be invited to test out too many other simulators.

Jamie Sadlowski, former two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion (2008, 2009), stopped by the set of Golf Channel's, "Morning Drive," on Friday with the show's host, Gary Williams.

During the segment, Sadlowski and Williams were supposed to have a long-drive contest on the golf simulator in the studio. Unfortunately -- or, actually, "incredibly" -- the contest was pretty much over before it even got started.

Williams let Sadlowski play first since he was the visitor. Salowski took a mighty swipe and smashed the golf ball right through the net that protects the simulator's projection screen and then the ball traveled right through the projection screen as well.

Sadlowski and Williams both laughed in disbelief, then Williams informed the audience, "Ladies and gentlemen, this contest is over! He just broke our simulator!"

For the record, Sadlowski's personal best drive traveled a monstrous 445 yards.

Must see video: Long-drive champ smashes simulator
November 15, 2012 - 2:19am
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Golf's charitable impact
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2011 was another great year for golf to have a significant charitable impact

 

Today, GOLF 20/20 - the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry - announced that golf's charitable impact in the year 2011 reached $3.9 billion dollars. 
 
The amazing part of that statement is not just the sheer amount of money - but also the consistency that golf provides, every year, to charity.
 
From the release:
 
Today, GOLF 20/20 - the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry  - released a statement highlighting the amount of money golf raised for various charitable causes in 2011.  
 
From the release:
 
"(ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA.) - GOLF 20/20 -- the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry - today announces golf's charitable impact of $3.9billion in 2011.
 
According to a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation, golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated:
 
  • 12,000 golf facilities(75 percent of U.S. total)
  • 143,000 events
  • 12 million participants
  • $26,300 average per function
 
"Regardless of the economic climate, golf is a key driver of charitable giving in the U.S.," says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. "As a major focus of the golf industry, working with organizers of philanthropic events helps improvemillions of lives."
 
Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, environmental and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally.
 
More than 85 percent of organizations conducting golf events find them important because, in addition to raising significant funds, they are easy to organize and provide exposure and networking opportunities among supporters.
 
The charitable impact findings are based on qualitative callsand data collection from a coast-to-coast sampling of public and private golf facilities, and non-profit organizations producing golf events.
 
Donations, including those from professional golf tournaments, are a significant part of the golf industry, which is comparable in size to the motion picture and video industries."
 
We'd all like to encourage you to share how golf has helped your charitable endeavours.  You can join the social discussion at http://twitter.wearegolf.org or visit www.golf2020.com
November 14, 2012 - 10:30am
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Padraig Harrington
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Ireland's Padraig Harrington sports his impressive Movember mustache.

You may or may not be familiar with "Movember." During November each year, men take part in this movement where they cleanly shave their respective faces on Nov. 1, and then spend the rest of the month growing out a mustache (or "moustache" if you prefer) to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives.

Geoff Ogilvy, Johnson Wagner and Rickie Fowler have all taken part and three-time major champ Padraig Harrington is the latest golfer making the "misplaced eyebrow" famous.

Well, at least one group of golfers has taken this all a step further.

According to The Mustache Open website, "Clifton S. Waterbury III, also known as Mr. Mr. and Mr. Leisure, is the founder and President of The Mustache Open Enterprises. An American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and golfer. He is known for throwing the best mustache golf tournaments around the world."

In an effort to raise money for a number of charities, here is what The Mustache Open does:

"The Mustache Open is holding tournaments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is your chance. Float like a butterfly, stache like Burt Reynolds. Register today to play in the world's greatest two man scramble ever. Each mustachioed competitor has a chance to showcase their skills and their stache to qualify for a free trip to Las Vegas to play in the Tournament of Champions. The winning two man team will be crowned The Mustache Open Champions and be presented with the coveted Mustache Open Leisure Robes. This is an opportunity unlike any other. It's bragging rights to your friends. It's a legacy you can pass along to your children's children's children. Win fame. Get the girl. Get the guy. Get the girl to get the guy to get you a sandwich. But first, get your mustache and swing in shape, because the competition is bound to get hairy."

The No. 1 rule of The Mustache Open? You must have a mustache.

And, their motto?

"Golfing with a mustache... It's just plain funner!"

To learn more about The Mustache Open, visit the website here.

November 14, 2012 - 9:13am
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The most historic and prestigious event in senior golf -- the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid -- is set to tee off at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis for the first time May 21-26, 2013.

The PGA of America has announced that tickets for the 74th playing of the championship are on sale now. And, if you choose to buy tickets now, there's an added bonus.

"Ticket purchasers will have the added value of priority to purchase tickets for the Centennial PGA Championship when golf comes to Bellerive in 2018," said General Chairman Bob Cox in a press release. "Championship golf in St. Louis is back and now is the best time to act -- prior to the holiday rush."

With the 2013 Senior PGA Championship, Bellerive will become only the third club in the United States to host all four traveling men's professional major championships: PGA Championship (1992), Senior PGA Championship (2013), U.S. Open (1965) and the U.S. Senior Open (2004).

Tickets for the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid can be purchased for as little as $15.

To check out all the ticket packages now available, click here. 

To buy your tickets now, click here. 

November 13, 2012 - 3:34pm
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John Holmes
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Matt Kuchar at the UBS Hong Kong Open
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Matt Kuchar launched a ball out over the Hong Kong skyline as part of his warm-up for the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The PGA Tour closed up its official ship for the year on Sunday at the Children’s Miracle Network Hopsitals Classic at Disney World. Charlie Beljan struck a blow for all of us anxiety-ridden golfers by winning the trophy despite suffering from severe symptoms of what he called a panic attack for the final three rounds. And Tim "Lumpy" Herron struck a blow for all of us not-so-svelte-anymore golfers by rallying to secure his playing privileges for 2013 by squeaking into the top 125 on the final money list.

Seriously, I cannot imagine how Beljan actually won. If he was feeling anywhere near as shaken-up as he looked on Friday – and judging from his comments afterward, he was – his second-round 64 has to be one of the greatest displays of mental golf I’ve ever seen.

Beljan’s amazing victory would be an appropriate way to close out the year in golf – except that the year is nowhere near being finished. In fact, this is one of the busiest weeks on the global golf calendar.

--On Monday, Justin Rose and Peter Hanson held off their Ryder Cup rivals Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley to win the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. That event will be televised Dec. 29-30 on NBC.

--Today, three-member teams from the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour are battling it out in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge at Rio Secco Golf Club out near Las Vegas. That event will be televised Dec. 10 on the Golf Channel.

--Also, today is the beginning of the Champions Tour Q-School finals at TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla. The four-day event concludes Friday, and the field of 78 includes one major champion – 1996 U.S. Open winner Steve Jones – and a bunch of familiar names, including Bobby Clampett, Bruce Vaughan, David Peoples, Esteban Toledo, Anders Forsbrand, Jeff Brehaut and John Inman. Also competing are putting guru Stan Utley and longtime loopers Damon Green (Zach Johnson’s caddie) and Lance Ten Broeck (Jesper Parnevik’s caddie).

PGA Club Professionals are also well-represented in the field, with 2008 PGA Professional Player of the Year Sonny Skinner of Georgia, two-time Senior PGA Professional National Championship winner Kirk Hanefeld of Massachusetts, and three-time PGA Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Chris Starkjohann of California leading the charge.

Speaking of PGA Club Professionals, Tim Thelen of Texas is carving out quite a career for himself on the European Senior Tour. Last weekend, Thelen won the Fubon Senior Open in Taiwan by five strokes for his third victory of the season. That ensured him a top-four finish on the money list and a spot in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open, and made him the first American to win three times in a season since John Grace in 2000.

Thelen was a college teammate of Colin Montgomerie at Houston Baptist, then spent a couple decades establishing himself among his fellow club professionals. He twice won the PGA Professional National Championship, then qualified for the 2011 European Senior Tour by winning Q-School. He finished 24th on the money list to retain his card for this season. What a tremendous "second career" for a well-deserving guy.

Also on tap this week are:

--The CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla., which is the season-ending event on the LPGA Tour. This is the second year for the curtain-dropper, and its first at the TwinEagles Club. Stacy Lewis locked up the Player of the Year award last week at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, but she and Inbee Park are in an almost dead heat for the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. Park has a big lead in the money race, but Lewis could catch her if she wins and Park finishes poorly.

--The UBS Hong Kong Open is the next-to-last event on the European Tour schedule, with only the season-ending DP World Championship in Dubai remaining. Rory McIlroy clinched the money title last week at the Barclays Singapore Open, but the field is still very strong. McIlroy is playing, and will be joined by the likes of Matt Kuchar, John Daly, Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang, Paul Lawrie, Paul Casey, Jose Maria Olazabal and last week’s winner, Matteo Manassero. 

--The Australian Masters kicks off the southern hemisphere’s summer season at spectacular Kingston Heath in Melbourne. Ian Poulter, Europe’s catalyst at the Ryder Cup and who also recently won the WGC-HSBC Champions, is the defending champion. He’s joined in the field by Graeme McDowell and an Australian contingent that includes Adam Scott, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby. Kingston Heath, one of Australia’s great Sandbelt courses, is widely considered among the top 20 or 30 courses in the world.

--The South African Open is the world’s second-oldest national championship, behind only the British Open, and is by far the biggest event on southern Africa’s Sunshine Tour. The 102nd edition will include Charl Schwartzel, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace and two-time champion Tim Clark, among others. Veteran Hennie Otto is the defending champion, and the event will be staged at Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate for the second straight year.

All four of these events will be televised on the Golf Channel, and you can see the TV schedule here. And, of course, PGA.com will provide coverage of all of them as well.