September 20, 2012 - 6:51pm
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John Holmes
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Rory McIlroy's house

Rory McIlroy has put his house in Northern Ireland up for sale, likely to help pave the way for him to relocate more permanently to the United States.

McIlroy’s house in Moneyreagh, a suburb in the hills above Belfast, has been listed for £2 million (about $2.5 million), according to a story by the Press Association, Britain’s newswire.

"I would say interest in the house will be extremely good, both locally and potentially worldwide," Michael Rodgers, a partner in the real estate firm handling the sale, told the Press Association. "We will have to wait and see."

The five-bedroom house, situated on 14 acres, also includes a gym in an adjoining refurbished stone barn as well as an extensive practice area with a putting green and driving range.

"I have really enjoyed living here. It is a really special place which has allowed me to relax and unwind -- when I get time," McIlroy was quoted in the house’s sales brochure. "With the privacy and seclusion of the location it is hard to believe the house is only 25 minutes from Belfast city centre and City airport.

"The space the house offers is bright and airy and there are views over the gardens and the pond from most rooms. The house has always been busy with friends and family and has suited us on all occasions."

McIlroy has said little about his future plans, but has been renting a house in Florida. His parents still live in his hometown of Holywood, Northern Ireland.

September 20, 2012 - 6:35pm
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Steve Eubanks
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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy
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A scene golf fans hope to see next week as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy congratulate each other after their opening rounds at The Tour Championship.
It’s way too early to make anything of it – just as it’s far too early be making any FedExCup projections, even though the networks are doing it anyway – but Captain Love has to be pretty darned pleased with how his team looks one week before the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies. 

Sure, Europe’s Justin Rose shot 4 under on Thursday to share the lead at the Tour Championship, and Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy slipped into the top 12 at 1 under, but Team America put on a show. 

Tiger Woods also shot 4 under to lead while Steve Stricker and Matt Kuchar finished the day a shot back at 3 under. Not only did Stricker and Kuchar play well, perhaps more importantly to Captain Love, they putted great. Kuchar said afterward, “It was a fantastic putting performance. I didn’t hit it my best, but thankfully my short game was great, and putting, in particular, was really strong.” 

Brandt Snedeker also putted like a fiend to shoot 2 under, while Phil Mickelson hit some of the best iron shots of his life en route to shooting 1 under. “I’m hitting my irons really, really well,” Phil told me behind the East Lake clubhouse after Thursday’s round. “I only hit one bad putt all day, but I misread a lot of them. Hopefully I can get that corrected, because I’m hitting them on the line I want.”  

Zach Johnson finished the day birdie-birdie to shoot 2 under, while Bubba Watson shot 33 on the back nine to get in at minus-1 along with Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson. 

The only American Ryder Cupper to shoot over par on Thursday was Webb Simpson. But Simpson had five birdies in his 1-over round.  

Again, it’s a long week and an even longer time until the first shot of the matches. But if being hot matters going in, the Americans have to like what they see.  

September 20, 2012 - 3:57pm
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T.J. Auclair
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13th Man
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Become a '13th Man' for Team USA.

 

Believe it or not, folks, the Ryder Cup starts next week.
 
The wait is finally over! U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will try to lead his 12-man squad to victory over a stellar European team led by Captain Jose Maria Olazabal at Medinah Country Club, just outside Chicago.
 
The U.S. is trying to win the Ryder Cup for the second time in as many tries on home soil, repeating the winning effort at Valhalla in 2008.
 
The PGA of America is inviting golf fans to become a, '13th Man,' for the 2012 Ryder Cup. The new program is meant to promote fan commitment to sportsmanship and to honor Team USA.
 
To learn more about how you can show your support for Team USA as a '13th Man,' click here.
September 19, 2012 - 6:57pm
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John Holmes
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Our friends at Sports Illustrated have just issued their second annual Twitter 100, in which they polled their staffers who are hard-core Twitter users. The question: Which feeds do they consider essential to their daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world. They received hundreds of worthy suggestions, but eventually whittled down the list to their top 100.

Here is their take on the six golfers who made the cut (listed in alphabetical order):

Paul Azinger: https://twitter.com/PaulAzinger
The 12-time PGA Tour winner isn't afraid to tweet what's on his mind in golf and beyond.
Sample tweet: "Name all things you CAN'T do while texting. Obviously driving a car's not one of them. #Epidemic"

Bob Estes: https://twitter.com/BobEstesPGA
The four-time PGA Tour winner has a great sense of humor, and responds often to followers.
Sample tweet: "What a difference a week makes--firm fairways & greens last week, soft fairways & greens this week. As usual, one good rain was all it took."

Christina Kim: https://twitter.com/TheChristinaKim
Funny, honest commentary through the eyes of a professional golfer.
Sample tweet: "Hopefully my putts will allez au chateau demain. That's Franglish to you all. I think."

Paige Mackenzie: https://twitter.com/Paige_Mackenzie
Mackenzie provides great tweets about her life on the LPGA Tour.
Sample tweet: "Overheard: 'I'm single. I call it playing the field, you might call it trying to find prostitutes.' #ToEachHisOwn."

Graeme McDowell: https://twitter.com/Graeme_McDowell
A devoted tweeter who interacts often with his 380,000+ followers.
Sample tweet: "How come you scrub your teeth like never before and dig out the floss, right before heading to dentist for cleaning/check-up?!#factsoflife."

Bubba Watson: https://twitter.com/bubbawatson
The self-deprecating Masters champion shares great behind-the-scenes stories from the Tour.
Sample tweet: "Missed the cut, the last 2 days was the worst I have played all year! Got to keep practicing & learn from this! #GolfIsHard."

Can’t disagree with any of the six on the list. Azinger is quite compelling, though his forays into politics seem to turn off as many fans as they turn on. Estes is as thoughtful as he is underrated, while McDowell and Watson can be counted on to always brighten your day.

Kim, for some reason, attracts a ridiculous amount of haters, and I admire her for staying true to herself -- and for staying on Twitter -- despite all the unwarranted criticism she receives. Mackenzie is very smart, and I mean this as no knock against her but there are several other quite interesting female players on Twitter who also deserve many more followers. In fact, I find it quite enlightening to follow the women players as a group and get their take on life on tour – or trying to make it on tour – when many of them aren’t really making a decent living off their winnings.

PGA.com, of course is quite active on Twitter – we have about 73,000 followers right now, and you can follow us at https://twitter.com/PGA_com

We also have created several lists of interesting groups of people on Twitter that you can follow. Our list of Tour Players includes players on all the recognized tours plus prominent amateurs. Our list of Equipment Companies features all the major equipment and apparel makers, as well as some of the most entertaining personalities within some of those companies. Our list of PGA Members focuses exclusively on PGA Professionals.

We also have lists of people in the Golf Media and Golf Organizations such as the USGA and Met Golf Association. We regularly update all these lists, and they’re a great way to see what’s going on at any given time in a specific slice of the industry.

And, of course, we have a rollicking presence on Facebook, where we talk about all kinds of things and often poll our friends and use their answers in PGA.com features such as “A Quick Nine.” We encourage you to join us on Facebook and get in on the fun.

September 17, 2012 - 11:03am
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John Kim
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Todd Anderson
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2010 PGA National Teacher of the Year Todd Anderson speaks at the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show

Todd Anderson is the PGA Director of Instruction at Sea Island Golf Club and renowned as one of the top golf instructors in the world. He was the 2010 PGA National Teacher of the Year and has a number of students playing at the highest levels including 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team member Brandt Snedeker and U.S. team captain Davis Love III.

Even more, he's a great and respected friend to many - has been to me and virtually everyone he's met and interacted with.

But most of all, he's a tremendous father.  And that's the reason - and the anguish - for this posting.

Todd's 19-year old son Tucker, a student at the University of West Florida where he was attending on a golf scholarship, was in a serious car accident a little over a week ago.  Until we knew a little more about his condition and/or prognosis, I really didn't want to publicize it more than the family was comfortable with.  Updates are now coming, mainly through Todd's Twitter account. and through Tucker's CaringBridge site.

Many in the golf world have reached out to offer their support and the Anderson family is grateful and touched by the overwhelming response. This post is to share the difficult news with those that may know Todd and his family but haven't yet heard of the accident, to encourage you to share your best wishes and thoughts with Todd on his Twitter account, the CaringBridge page or through his website; or simply to offer support and prayers in any way you can. 

Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the Anderson family.  Get well Tucker, we'll hold a spot for you on the first tee. 

 

September 17, 2012 - 7:42am
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T.J. Auclair
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PGA Junior League Championship
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A team from California captured the inaugural PGA Junior League Championship on Sunday.

 

A neat new tournament was contested for the first time in Chicago this past weekend at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.
 
The PGA Junior League Golf Championship featured six teams from around the country. It's a new team concept for aspiring young golfers, ages 7-13, and is similar to "Little League Baseball."
 
To read about the event, won by California, click here.