Golfer in Lead Quits Tournament for Wife's Labor: On Saturday, Hunter Mahan was on top of the leaderboard at the Canadian Open when his wife Zoe unexpectedly went into labor. He left the tournament, giving up a chance to win $1 million, and Brandt Snedeker won the event. "Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker said. "I can't thank Kandi enough for going into labor early."
Gary Player to Pose Nude: If you ever wanted to see the 77-year-old golfer naked, but you didn't want to buy him drinks first, your day has arrived.
England's Rose take U.S. Open: Justin Rose shot an even-par 70 Sunday, capping it with one of the loveliest pars he ever has made, to win the U.S. Open by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old became the first English player to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.
Tiger Woods Wins Player's Championship: Tiger Woods won the Player's Championship Sunday after Sergio Garcia put two shots into the water on the 17th hole, the infamous island green on TPC Sawgrass outside of Jacksonville, Fl. Woods and Garcia were tied for the lead prior to Garcia's quadruple bogey. Woods, 37, finished at -13 ahead of three other players for his fourth tournament win of 2013. It's the fastest he's ever won four tournaments in a year. He won this event previously in 2001.
Adam Scott Wins the Masters: Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters golf tournament, defeating 2009 winner Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. After a putt by Cabrera stopped an inch from the hole, Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt to win. This was the first victory in a major for Scott, who won the Player's Championship in 2004.
Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop: Tiger Woods turned himself in for an illegal drop after the second round of the Masters and has been assessed a two-stroke penalty. "At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules. I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules," Woods explained on Twitter. "Their initial determination was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty." Before a 2011 rule change, such a penalty would have resulted in his expulsion from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard. Woods falls to five strokes off the lead.
Tiger Woods Nike ad causes a stir with “winning takes care of everything” message: The company that sponsors Woods proclaimed, in his own words, “Winning takes care of everything.” It’s a phrase he often uses when talking to reporters about himself and other golfers. But because this is Tiger Woods, Nike’s swaggering post is also being perceived as a reminder of his not-so-positive, womanizing past.
Tiger Woods Climbs Back to No. 1 Ranking: Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitation at Bay Hill Monday, a milestone for at least three reasons: The win is his eighth at Bay Hill (tying Sam Snead for most wins in a single tournament), his 77th in the PGA (putting him behind only Snead with 82) and puts him back at golf's No. 1 ranking, passing Rory McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy Struggles Since Switching to Nike: Rory McIlroy quit the Honda Classic eight holes into the second round on Friday, marking three disappointing tournaments in a row since he switched from Titleist to Nike equipment. He was seven over and had just put his second shot on the ninth in the water. "A tough day made impossible by severe tooth pain," he wrote on Twitter. "Was desperate to defend title but couldn't play on. Gutted."
Bode Miller Hits Wife in Face with Golf Drive: U.S. ski racer Bode Miller struck his wife Morgan Beck Miller near her left eye with an errant golf drive, leaving her with a gruesome facial injury that required 50 stitches. Bode's description of what happened is less than clear: "[The drive] wasn't really errant, I was trying to not hit the tree she was hiding behind, and I didn't."
Tom Watson Returns as Ryder Cup Captain: Tom Watson, the last American to captain a Ryder Cup champ on foreign soil, will lead the U.S. team again in 2014. He has a big challenge ahead of him. The U.S. has lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. In 1993, he was captain for the U.S. victory at The Belfry in England. "Tom knows what it takes to win, and that's our ultimate goal," said Tiger Woods. "I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States Team."
New Golf Rule Would Ban Anchor Putting: The United States Golf Association and the UK's Royal & Ancient have proposed a new rule to put the kibosh on anchoring putters. Under the rule players can no longer anchor a putter on their body. Fifteen percent of the players on the PGA Tour used an anchored putter this year, 11 percent last and 6 percent from 2006 to 2010, said USGA director Mike Davis. "We believe a player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely, whether it's a putt, a chip, a pitch, a bunker shot, an iron shot, a recovery shot or a shot played from the teeing ground," Davis said. "We think this is integral to the traditions of the game."
Golfer Disqualifies Himself 6 Days After Tourney: After advancing out of the first stage of the Q School, Blayne Barber realized he'd penalized himself one stroke instead of two for brushing a leaf in a sand trap while making a shot. He turned himself in for signing an incorrect scorecard, causing his disqualification and letting six players tied in 19th place advance to the next round because they moved up to the cutoff at 18th. "I knew I needed to do the right thing. I knew it was going to be disqualification," Barber said. "Doing the right thing and doing what I know is right in my heart and in my conscience is more important than short-term success."
Ryder Cup 2012: Medinah miracle comes to pass for Europe: Unbelievable collapse by the Americans with, once again, Mr. T. Woods leading the way. From the scoreline: "T Woods: Played 4 Won 0 Lost 3 Halved 1"
Augusta National adds first 2 female members: For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.
Ernie Els Rallies to Win British Open as Adam Scott Collapses: Adam Scott was four shots ahead with four holes to play but bogeyed them all allowing Ernie Els to claim the championship. Tiger Woods shot a triple-bogey on the sixth hole and finished at 3 under.
Tiger Woods Wins Memorial: With three birdies on the final four holes, Tiger Woods won the PGA Memorial tournament Sunday and tied Jack Nicklaus at second place in career tour victories. His 73rd tour victory included a chip shot on 16 described by Nicklaus as "one of the most incredible golf shots I think you will ever see played." Sam Snead leads them both at 82.
Mistake Nearly Costs Zach Johnson Some Coin: A rules violation caught by a CBS Sports broadcaster cost Zach Johnson a two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole of the Colonial Sunday. Johnson, who went on to win the event, re-marked his ball because it was in Jason Dufner's putting line. As Peter Kostis noticed, Johnson forgot to put it in the original position before finishing the hole. "The normal protocol is that when a player moves his coin, for the other player to ask if he replaced it. Jason Dufner did not do that," Kostis said. "I don't think wearing a media hat absolves you from your responsibility as far as the spirit of the competition." Johnson was told of the violation right before signing his card, avoiding a potential disqualification.
CBS Golf Writer Mocks Overweight Players Championship Fan: While covering the first round of the Players Championship Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl., CBS Sports golf columnist Steve Elling calls a fan following Tiger Woods around "300 pounds of cottage cheese stuffed into a 200-pound sack" and posts seven more insulting comments about her on Twitter. Is this acceptable?
Times Reporter Wishes She Could Boycott Masters: New York Times golf reporter Karen Crouse wishes she could skip the Masters. "If it were left to me, which it seldom is in the power structure of writer versus editor, I'd probably not come cover this event again until there is a woman member," she told Golf.Com. "More and more, the lack of a woman member is just a blue elephant in the room." Her editor Joe Sexton called her comments "completely inappropriate and she has been spoken to."
The second weekend in April: means only one thing to a golf fan - it's Masters time. Tiger Woods won two weeks ago at Bay Hill and is the 5/1 favourite. Mark O'Meara likes what he has seen of him in practice. Rory McIlroy threw it away last year, but is second favourite this time out. Faldo thinks Donald has got what it takes. Hunter Mahan cursed himself by wining last week. Big Phil's playing well, and even Harrington thinks he might have something to show. Martin Kaymer has yet to make the cut in four starts, but skipped one over the water into the hole at 16 in the practice round, so maybe this is his year! Let the jacket fight commence!
PGA Tour Eliminating Qualifying Tournament: The PGA Tour is dropping the National Qualifying Tournament, which awarded tour cards to the top 25 finishers, and putting the top Nationwide Tour players and bottom PGA Tour players into a three-tournament series where 50 PGA cards will be earned. The final qualifying tournament could be the Jacksonville Winn-Dixie Open played at TPC Sawgrass. "A player coming out of college can't go through Q-School and get his card," said golfer Martin Laird, who reacted positively to the idea. "But if he's that good, I'm thinking that he's going to be just as good one year delayed."
Tiger withdraws from tournament: The future of Tiger Woods takes another turn not far from the Masters.
Tiger Seal: Tiger Woods was considering abandoning golf and joining the Navy SEALS, former coach Hank Haney has claimed.
Mickelson's Ball Ends Up in Fan's Shorts: Phil Mickelson's errant tee shot at 15 in the Northern Trust Open Saturday ended up in a spectator's shorts. When Mickelson approached, the man was lying prone on the ground. "I thought for sure I took him out," he said.
Mickelson Erases 6-Shot Deficit in 6 Holes: Phil Mickelson turned a six-shot deficit into a two-shot lead in only six holes at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Sunday, winning over third round leader Charlie Wi. In the second-to-last group with Tiger Woods, Mickelson ended up beating him by 11 shots. Woods shot a final-round 75, worse than his amateur playing partner Tony Romo. "In one of the most shocking rounds we've seen from him since his first-round implosion at the 2011 PGA Championship, Woods completely lost it at Pebble Beach," writes Jonathan Wall of Yahoo's Devil Ball Golf.
Golfer Stabbed with Broken Club During Course Melee: A golfer in Texas was stabbed by a broken golf club during a Jan. 27 brawl that began over slow play at Resort Golf Club on Eagle Mountain Lake, suffering a punctured femoral artery and massive blood loss. Clay Carpenter, 48, was in a threesome that confronted a slower foursome ahead of them to play through. He said a club was swung at his head and he broke it, then was stabbed in the groin by the same man. A member of the foursome called 911. "He's passed out once already," he said. "We've got his artery clamped with our hand."
Woods Leads U.S. to Presidents Cup Win: Tiger Woods beat Aaron Badderly 4&3, giving the U.S. the 18th point it needed to clinch the Presidents Cup. "It feels good," said Woods, bouncing back from a biggest-ever loss in round one. "I hoped it wouldn't come down to my point."
Woods, Stricker Destroyed in Presidents Cup: Facing Adam Scott and K.J. Choi, Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker didn't make a birdie, didn't win a hole and were done after 12 holes -- matching the record for the biggest loss in Presidents Cup history. Woods shook hands with jilted caddie Steve Williams -- now serving as Scott's bagman -- at the first tee and was gracious in his comments: "I know he probably looks at it differently than I do, but, hey, life goes forward. I'm very happy with what we did in our career together."
Steve Williams explains why Adam Scott's victory at Bridgestone Invitational was best of his career: Asked what the celebration was all about, the 47-year-old New Zealander said: 'It was my aim to shove it right up that black a**ehole.'
Norman: Tiger Poor Pick for Presidents Cup: Greg Norman, the international team captain for November's Presidents Cup tournament in Australia, disagreed with Fred Couples' decision as captain to put Tiger Woods on the American team. "I think Keegan Bradley was much more deserving," Norman said. "I can understand the name of a Tiger Woods and his history of what he's done on the golf course. But I pick the guys who I think are ready to get in there and play and have performed to the highest levels leading up to it. ... I just don't think he's swinging the golf club the way he used to when he won all those major championships. He's a different player out there nowadays."
According to Forbes' Fab 40: Tiger Woods still has the richest brand among athletes...and still by a very wide margin. The Yankees surpassed Man U as the richest team brand and the most valuable overall brand in sports is the Super Bowl. No word on whether the BAR (brand above replacement) advanced stats were used in this analysis.
Tiger back on top: ... of the second page of golf's World Rankings. After 780 weeks in the top 50, Woods drops to number 51 in the world. He will play this week in a 2nd tier event in California, fulfilling one of his recently added "goals for 2011" of playing in a tournament he hadn't played in before.
College Golf Team Suspended for Nude Photo: The Bethany College men's golf team in Kansas has been suspended from three tournaments because of a team picture in which all 15 members posed nude, wearing nothing but the head of their golf clubs over their private parts. Team captain Jack Hiscock said that the team was trying to copy a similar picture taken by the UCLA team.
American Wins Golf Major: Down by five strokes after a triple bogey on 15, Keegan Bradley beat Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff to win the PGA Championship. Bradley, the 25-year-old nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, becomes the first American to win a major since Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters.
McIlroy to BBC Commentator: Shut Up, You 'Failed Golfer': After Rory McIlroy played three-over on the back nine to finish at 70 in the Irish Open first round, BBC golf commentator Jay Townsend said on Twitter that McIlroy's course management was "some of the worst I have ever seen beyond under-10's boys golf competition." McIlroy's response, also over the service: "shut up.... You're a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!"
Woods and Williams part ways: After 12 years and 13 majors, Tiger Woods has let caddie Steve Williams go. Williams expressed "shock" on his web site and will now continue full-time with Adam Scott. Woods has not yet named a replacement.
Joe Sakic Earns $1 Million Playing Golf: Retired Colorado Avalanche player Joe Sakic sank a hole-in-one Sunday at the 17th hole of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, earning a special $1 million prize for the feat. "That's a shot you never imagine hitting," said Sakic. "I've never even been close before." Video.