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Tiger Woods commits to Players and AT&T National; what about the Memorial?

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Golfers, like most athletes, tend to be creatures of habit. They’ll wake up at the same time each morning during a tournament week (unless your name is Anthony Kim); roll the same putter for years if it’s working for them; and play courses they’ve historically had success on.

Tiger Woods is a creature of habit. Everyone figured that out when he committed to the Quail Hollow Championship last week, a course he’s had success on in the past. Golf World’s Ron Sirak noted yesterday that Woods would most likely go back to his old schedule after Quail Hollow. And he did, announcing earlier today that he’d be entering the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the AT&T National, a tournament Woods used to host when he was an AT&T sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/21/2010 at 4:37 pm

Callaway docs come to Mickelson’s rescue prior to Masters victory

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If Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters triumph is ever turned into a feel-good Lifetime movie, what transpired prior to the first major of the year will definitely need to be chronicled and put on the silver screen.

As GolfDigest.com’s Mike Johnson first reported yesterday, Mickelson cracked the crown of his Callaway FT-9 TA driver at the Shell Houston Open. Like the putter in his bag, Mickelson is very particular with his driver specs.

Instead of calling Callaway and requesting a new stick, Lefty decided to make things a bit more difficult on Callaway, asking the company to repair the cracked face, while also keeping the rest of the club intact. To say that’s an easy fix would be the equivalent to calling Mickelson’s miraculous shot on 18 easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/14/2010 at 5:38 pm

Just how bad is Anthony Kim’s thumb injury?

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You wouldn’t know if from the way Anthony Kim was lashing at the ball for the last two weeks, but the 10th ranked player in the World Golf Rankings has a thumb injury that’s been bothering him for almost 16 months.

Given his stellar play in the final round of the Masters, coupled with his victory the week before in Houston, one would have to assume the injury isn’t hampering his game. But if Kim’s comments over the weekend are any indication the injury — what Kim called a “torn ligament in my left thumb” — is definitely something that’s on his mind.

“It’s definitely uncomfortable and something I didn’t want to talk about,” Kim said. “I’ve had plenty of injuries and they have been well documented and I don’t want another one to talk about. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/13/2010 at 11:31 am

One green jacket and a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut to go, please!

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If Wheaties is the “breakfast of champions,” then what would you call Krispy Kreme doughnuts? I’m going with the greatest cure for a massive hangover, but that’s just me.

Regardless of what category Krispy Kreme falls in for you, it looks like Phil Mickelson has a special place in his stomach heart for the greasy treat.

The three-time Masters champ was spotted at a Krispy Kreme this morning, Masters jacket in tow. The best part of the photo has to be the fact that he’s wearing the Masters jacket the day after the tournament. Mind you, this is a guy who already has two of them, so he’s had the rush of victory at Augusta before. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 3:37 pm

2010 Masters: Phil Mickelson final round video recap

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OK, so I know highlights from Phil Mickelson’s final round have been played out more times than a Top 40 Lady Gaga song, but this video was pretty damn impressive.

This recap of Mickelson’s fourth round at the Masters gets checks in all the right boxes. Great music score? Check. Well-done highlight reel? Double-check. Mickelson winning his third green jacket? Triple-check. But I may be a little biased with the last check.

And did I mention the video comes sans comments from CBS’s on-course crew? Not sure what comes after the triple-check, but this was the one that clinched it for me.

Even though I’m pretty sure all of you could recall these highlights in your sleep (or am I the only one with this particular problem?), I still figured it was worth sharing with the rest of the class.

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 3:08 pm

Just another reason why Ryan Moore is the coolest golfer on the planet

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Ryan Moore is one cool customer, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s his trademark golf attire or his ability to play golf with a carefree attitude, the Washington native never gives you the feeling that he’s nervous or out of sorts.

While Fred Couple may be the coolest customer in the sport, Moore could be the second-coming of Freddy, based on the way he plays the game. Moore decided to up his style factor last week when he donned a tie-cardigan-buttoned get-up during the Masters that had many in the golf world talking.

Instead of just making the trip to Augusta a chance to show off his latest look, Moore proceeded to ace the 16th hole on Sunday in the get-up — only increasing his already sky-high golf cred. But the ace on Sunday, and a solid T-14 finish, only pale in comparison to what he did with the flatstick.

What you may have missed while admiring Moore’s get-up is the fact that he also lead the tournament in putting average (1.51 putts), besting Tiger Woods, Bill Haas and Fred Couples for the honors.

Now, we all know how difficult Augusta National can be when you get on the green, so Moore’s feat should definitely be recognized. However, what makes it ever better is the story behind the putter he used to lead the tournament in putting. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 1:14 pm

Mickelson’s victory leads to free Callaway drivers for a lot of happy golfers

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Sometimes it pays to take a gamble every once in a while. As Phil Mickelson was taking gigantic gambles on the golf course late into Sunday’s final round, a group of golf fans were watching the television, hoping their gamble on Mickelson paid off.

Mind you, these golfers weren’t rooting for Mickelson to win a wager; rather, they were hoping Mickelson could finish off the tournament with a victory to secure a free Callaway driver for all of those crazy enough to sign up for Golfsmith’s “Win with Phil” promotion.

If Phil Mickelson won the Masters, Golfsmith promised to give a full refund to anyone crazy enough to buy a Callaway driver prior to the start of the Masters. Unlike Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade’s unsuccessful attempt to capitalize on the same promo last year, Callaway and Mickelson hit a grand slam with it at the first major of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/12/2010 at 12:24 pm