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Archive for April 2010

Maybe Phil Mickelson should get sick before every tournament

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Phil Mickelson loves being sick. Seriously, the guy thrives off having a bad head cold and nausea, knowing full well he has to play golf the following day.

Don’t believe me? Mickelson won the in 2001 at Torrey Pines and at Doral last year after fighting the flu before and during the aforementioned tournaments. There’s something about coughing and vomiting that brings out the best game in Lefty.

So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Mickelson’s name near the top of the leader board this week after hearing of the 48-hour bug he’d been dealing with that supposedly left him dehydrated and in need of an IV prior to Thursday first round.

“The last two times I’ve fainted and woken up in a pool of vomit, I’ve won,” Mickelson said after Thursday’s first round. “Laying there on the floor wondering where I am, a good omen came over me.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/30/2010 at 4:31 pm

Anthony Kim and his “Entourage” in a reality TV show? It’s a possibility

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PGA Tour brass have been clamoring for a product to entice a younger generation to watch the sport. While talk of micing-up caddies and adding a bit more controversy to the sport has been discussed, the tour could really use a name and face that today’s generation could associate with.

While Tiger Woods is a great golfer, the tour desperately needs a fresh face to lead the sport into the future. If ever there was a player that fit the “youthful exuberance” model, it would most certainly be Anthony Kim.

We all know the story of Kim’s confirmed drinking and partying escapades during his first year on tour. His after-round antics gave players and media members more gossip than they could handle. But things have since changed, as Kim turned his career around by employing some of his best friends to help him out in Entourage-esque fashion. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/30/2010 at 3:55 pm

Posted in Anthony Kim, Media, PGA Tour

Poor ball striking dooms Tiger Woods in opening round at Quail Hollow

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The saying “drive for show, putt for dough” is something every golfer has heard at one time or another while playing the game. While the saying is almost always true, there is something to be said for being able to hit the ball straight and keep it in play.

It really doesn’t matter how good you’re putting if you can’t reach the green in regulation. Tiger Woods found that out the hard way on Thursday, posting an opening round 2-over 74 that included knocking two balls into the drink on 17 and 18 (his 8th and 9th holes of the day).

Woods’ putting wasn’t the problem during his round (he currently ranks T30 with 1.667 putts per round); it was his accuracy that doomed him during an up-and-down round that had the world number one shaking his head when he was finished. Woods commented that he had no idea which way the ball was going for most of the day. You know that’s never a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/29/2010 at 2:18 pm

Michelle Wie’s McDonald’s commercial is exactly what LPGA needs

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Today’s opening round of the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, signaled the changing of the guard on the LPGA tour. The tour’s poster child, Lorena Ochoa, is playing in her last professional golf event as a full-time member. Where does the tour go from here without the face of the game? Nobody knows for sure. Quite honestly,the bigger question that needs to be answered is, who’s going to take the torch and become the new face of women’s golf?

The LPGA not only needs a recognizable face to go along with their sport; they also need someone who can win on a consistent basis. Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam did that. While she’s still young in her own right, the future of the LPGA most likely sits in the hands of one player — and that would be Michelle Wie. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/29/2010 at 11:03 am

Posted in LPGA, Media, Michelle Wie

Tiger Woods avoids near run-in with boo birds at Quail Hollow

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Tiger Woods’ Tuesday practice round dominated the headlines at Quail Hollow earlier today. But all that could have changed if Tiger had decided to screw some autograph seekers after his morning round.

PGATour.com’s Brian Wacker was on hand for the practice round. As Woods walked towards the locker room after his round, he momentarily forgot (I say this because we all know the new Tiger would never pass on signing after his round … right?) to stop and scribble his name on a couple of golf flags.

That’s when things appeared to take a turn for the worst. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/28/2010 at 4:49 pm

Anthony Kim and his injured thumb are nearing an inevitable impasse

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Quail Hollow holds a special place in Anthony Kim’s heart. Besides being the first PGA Tour event Kim ever won, the victory was even sweeter because of the field he had to hold off to win the event. Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink, Fred Couples; they were all there to witness Kim lap the field and win by five shots in 2008.

So when A.K. pulled up a chair inside the press tent on Tuesday prior to the first round, many would have figured his recent form in Houston and Augusta, or possibly his win in 2008, would have been the topic of the day. Far from it.

Instead, Kim spent almost 80 percent of the time talking about one of the hottest topics on tour at the moment: his injured left thumb. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/28/2010 at 4:09 pm

Questions abound over Quail Hollow’s PGA Tour commitment after 2014

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Quail Hollow is living on cloud nine at the moment. The course, which will be hosting the Quail Hollow Championship later this week (did you know it was sponsored by Wells Fargo?), has enjoyed amazing success since becoming a staple of the PGA Tour schedule.

Sports Illustrated golf writer, Alan Shipnuck, went so far as to proclaim the tournament the “fifth major” earlier today, a title that used to go to the Players Championship.

With a $6.5 million purse and a field that boasts Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and a host of other big name players, it’s easy to see why the Charlotte-based event is such a massive draw each year.

While the event has been a huge success, there is talk that Quail Hollow’s membership isn’t 100 percent behind the tournament. The Charlotte Business Journal did an intriguing Q&A with Quail Hollow Club President Johnny Harris, the man behind bringing golf back to the Charlotte area.

Harris understands the draw of playing the tournament at his club; but he also made it clear that tournament committee at the club will exhaust all option before they renew their contract with the PGA Tour after 2014.

Could the course, not the sponsor, walk away from a successful tour stop? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/27/2010 at 4:03 pm