New York Daily News http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:37:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Paul McGinley questions Rory McIlroy’s commitment to European Tour http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/paul-mcginley-questions-rory-mcilroys-commitment-to-european-tour/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/paul-mcginley-questions-rory-mcilroys-commitment-to-european-tour/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:12:22 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/paul-mcginley-questions-rory-mcilroys-commitment-to-european-tour/ "It's quite extraordinary that Rory's not going to play just two more events to fulfill his European Tour membership next season.

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When Rory McIlroy brought up the possibility that he would play just two European Tour events in addition to the majors and WGCs, and thus surrender his European Tour membership, Paul McGinley was among those who were left scratching their heads.

McGinley, who takes over Irish Open hosting duties from McIlroy next year, penned a column for Sky Sports in which he questioned McIlroy’s commitment to the European Tour.

“It’s quite extraordinary that Rory’s not going to play just two more events to fulfill his European Tour membership next season,” McGinley wrote. “It’s very disappointing and it is obviously a blow for the European Tour. I’ve been racking my brains wondering how that can be. Obviously, Rory sees it in other ways and has got his own rationale for that, although I’m finding it hard to understand.”

The European Tour rules require members to play 12 events. McIlroy, who is expected to play in all four majors and four WGCs next season, would need just four other starts.

McIlroy said Tuesday in Dubai that he likely wouldn’t play a non-major, non-WGC European Tour event until July, and that he could even skip the Irish Open. He’s already committed to play in September’s Omega European Masters, but appears OK with skipping the rest of the European Tour season, even if the revamped PGA Tour season ends in August.

“Is Rory going to play in those (PGA Tour fall events) rather than play in Dubai, where he has had unbelievable success and offers the exact same prize money as those events?” McGinley wrote. “Or is he just not going to play at all over the last four months?”

McGinley, who won three Ryder Cups as a player before captaining the 2014 European team (which McIlroy was on) to victory at Gleneagles, also brought a new European Tour rule requiring future Ryder Cup captains to have never forfeited their membership on the European Tour.

“I don’t think Rory is worried about what is going to happen in 20 years, which is what he would be looking at if he was going to become Ryder Cup captain or vice-captain,” McGinley wrote. “At this moment, he is worried about his golf and focused on what he’s doing in the next 12 months.”

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Ernie Johnson to handle play-by-play for Tiger Woods – Phil Mickelson match http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/ernie-johnson-to-handle-play-by-play-for-tiger-woods-phil-mickelson-match/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/ernie-johnson-to-handle-play-by-play-for-tiger-woods-phil-mickelson-match/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:55:24 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/ernie-johnson-to-handle-play-by-play-for-tiger-woods-phil-mickelson-match/ Ernie Johnson to provide play-by-play for Tiger Woods vs.

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By now, you know that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will face off in a $9 million, pay-per-view, 18-hole match on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas at Shadow Creek.

What you don’t know, until now, is who will be calling the action for Turner Sports.

TNT's Ernie Johnson will broadcast the PGA Championship from Oak HIll.
Ernie Johnson has handled PGA Championship duties for Turner for more than 20 years.

The live, play-by-play coverage will be led by Sports Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Johnson, who has been Turner’s  primary anchor for its PGA Championship coverage since 1995

The 2011 Open Championship champion Darren Clarke, Peter Jacobsen of NBC Sports and Golf Channel, Shane Bacon of Fox Sports and LPGA veteran Natalie Gulbis will be providing commentary and analysis throughout the broadcast.

The cost to watch the winner-take-all match – complete multiple side bets and lots of snark – will be $19.99. The event begins at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Turner will also produce a pre-match show beginning at 2 p.m. It will offer a peek in to the preparation for the event – including footage of the combatants on the putting green and driving range.

Woods and Mickelson have won a combined 19 majors and 123 PGA Tour event. And while these two may have seen better days on the golf course, it’s unlikely viewers will be bored given the rampant in-match wagering and gobs of trash-talk that will take place.

And if this hype video doesn’t get you excited, you might want to reconsider your life goals.

Unless you’re Rory McIlroy.

Then, we’ll give you a pass.

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Prior to the opening round of The RSM Classic 2018, Fred Albers and Jane Crafter from PGA TOUR Radio describe the course conditions and weather forecast and what to look for in the afternoon. 

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2018 RSM Classic: Round 1 live blog http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/2018-rsm-classic-round-1-live-blog/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/2018-rsm-classic-round-1-live-blog/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:00:40 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/2018-rsm-classic-round-1-live-blog/ A first-round live blog of the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga.

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The first round of the RSM Classic takes place in Sea Island, Ga.

Stay here for live coverage throughout the day Thursday.

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Top 5 recent game-changing recruits in men’s college golf http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/top-5-recent-game-changing-recruits-in-mens-college-golf/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/top-5-recent-game-changing-recruits-in-mens-college-golf/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:42:51 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/15/top-5-recent-game-changing-recruits-in-mens-college-golf/ Junior golfers around the country will be signing their national letters of intent during the early signing period, Nov.

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Junior golfers around the country will be signing their national letters of intent during the early signing period, Nov. 14-21.

Golfweek has been and will continue recording all of the signings here.

With those signings underway, it reminded us just how much a single recruit can impact a golf program or college golf in general. Putting that in mind, here’s a look at the game-changing male recruits that have surfaced in recent memory:

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Jordan Spieth

Texas wasn’t exactly in despair before Spieth arrived on campus, as the Longhorns had reached nine of the previous 10 NCAA Championships. Still, their last top 10 at nationals had come back in 2004 and they hadn’t won a national title since 1972.

In came Spieth, who dominated his freshman year (2011-12) on the way to a No. 2 individual national ranking by season’s end. His brilliance continued at 2012 NCAAs, with Spieth downing Justin Thomas in a 3-2 Texas triumph over Alabama to win the national title.

Spieth was also an electric presence who brought more exposure to college golf, even if he only stayed for a year and a half. Considering his pro record, we all know how that decision turned out.


Justin Thomas

Even with that finals loss to Spieth, Thomas helped usher in an era of Crimson Tide dominance.

Alabama hadn’t won a national title prior to Thomas’ arrival and had just one top-10 finish at NCAAs in the previous 35 years. Then Thomas came aboard, and as a freshman he won the Haskins Award and led Alabama to being the top-ranked team in college golf.

The Crimson Tide reached the 2012 NCAA Championship final, and the next year won it all for the program’s first national title. Thomas would leave after his sophomore season (2012-13), but the foundation had been laid and Alabama went back-to-back in 2014.


Bryson DeChambeau

Dechambeau made headway in college golf for his success proving eccentric methods can work.

The SMU player’s presence exploded when he won the 2015 NCAA individual title and the U.S. Amateur later that summer. It helped that he did so embracing his different style – upright and single-plane swing, same-length irons and intense scientific approach to golf.

Some have made their comments since, but DeChambeau’s success has certainly translated to the pro ranks. The proof his methods were sustainable, though, first gained notoriety at SMU.


Braden Thornberry

Braden Thornberry and Matt Wolff

There’s never been a shortage of unique swings at any level of golf, but a firm reminder of that is sometimes necessary.

Ole Miss’ Braden Thornberry and Oklahoma State’s Matt Wolff have proven again that what matters are the results a swing produces, not how it looks. Wolff and Thornberry have been open about criticisms regarding their unique motions, with Wolff noting that those telling him his swing would never work “scared me at first.”

They’ve even joked on Twitter about past comments.

But Thornberry’s swing led him to the NCAA individual title and the Haskins Award in 2017. Wolff isn’t far behind, as the reigning freshman of the year is currently No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings for 2018-19.

Both players and their swings have gained notoriety in the process and made it possible for potential future college golfers to fret even less about owning a unique swing.

Of course, Thornberry and Wolff have made huge impacts on their programs with their phenomenal play. But their steadfast belief in their swings may prove to have a positive trickle down effect.


Brad Dalke

The man who secured Oklahoma a national title in 2017 was fitting. Brad Dalke came from a family of Sooners and committed to the program at 12 years old.

Yes, 12.

Oh yes, was there criticism at the time. Local sports talk radio had a field day mocking Dalke’s early commitment and plenty wondered about the pressure put on the young lad.

Dalke, though, was determined and didn’t worry about the comments. He had to wait, but seven years later his closing out of a national title finally proved once and for all that the critics had been dead wrong.

Dalke’s commitment and presence was a big factor in Oklahoma securing its first national title in nearly 30 years. But his journey to this point has also been a nice reminder to recruits to follow the path they wish, and don’t worry about the critics.

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The Saints can’t wear home jerseys Sunday because Sean Payton lost a golf bet http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/the-saints-cant-wear-home-jerseys-sunday-because-sean-payton-lost-a-golf-bet/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/the-saints-cant-wear-home-jerseys-sunday-because-sean-payton-lost-a-golf-bet/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:59:05 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/the-saints-cant-wear-home-jerseys-sunday-because-sean-payton-lost-a-golf-bet/ New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson are ready to settle a golf gambling score Sunday.

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Thanks to one of the more creative golf wagers we’ve seen around these parts, the New Orleans Saints will be forced to wear their road white jerseys while hosting the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at the Superdome.

Apparently Saints coach Sean Payton got paired up with Eagles coach Doug Pederson during an annual golf outing at the NFL owner’s meetings in Orlando, and they wanted to make things interesting.

According to an ESPN.com report, they settled on uniform selection for the stakes.

“We wanted to liven up the match, and we decided to bet and we chose jersey colors,” Pederson said. “Three holes into it, ended up beating him, and that was it.”

The home team always gets to pick its jersey color and most weeks the Saints go with black at the Superdome, but it’s not all all that unusual to see teams wearing home whites from time to time.

The best part about this bet is the fact that it became public knowledge. Few would have thought twice about seeing the Saints in white and the Eagles in green Sunday, but now everyone in New Orleans knows the reason.

Their beloved Saints are wearing the more passive home jerseys because their coach couldn’t get it done on the golf course. They’re the hottest team in football at 8-1 and recently emerged as a legit Super Bowl favorite, but Pederson is the superior golfer and Payton’s players will suffer the indignity as a result.

New Orleans enters the game as a 9-point favorite in most books, and we’ll see if Payton can redeem himself with a victory on the field come Sunday.

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NAPLES, Fla. – Tiffany Joh saw a need and rallied her fellow tour players to respond. Joh read on Facebook that the parents of JaNae Rhodes, one of the LPGA’s physical trainers, lost everything they own in the Camp Fire that has devastated California.

Joh shared a GoFundMe page on Twitter that Rhodes’ husband had created.

“Apparently her parents are in the Northern California area that was affected by the Camp Fire and literally just escaped with the shirts on their backs,” said Joh, whose own San Diego home is under extreme watch.

“I don’t have a huge social media following, but I feel like I’m friends with people that do.”

Jane Park retweeted Joh’s note, pledging to donate $20 for every birdie she makes at this week’s CME Group Tour Championship and asked if any other players wanted to join. Azahara Munoz jumped on board, and Paige Spiranac said she’d match Park’s donation.

Rhodes’ GoFundMe page has almost reached the $5,000 goal in only two days, with a number of LPGA pros such as Cheyenne Woods and Jessica Korda chipping in.

“A lot of the time I see stuff like that on the news or I hear about friends that are in trouble and I don’t feel like I can do anything,” said Joh, “but we’re in a position that we can.”

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Winning on the LPGA has never been more difficult http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/winning-on-the-lpga-has-never-been-more-difficult/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/winning-on-the-lpga-has-never-been-more-difficult/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:24:54 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/winning-on-the-lpga-has-never-been-more-difficult/ There have been 25 different winners in 31 events this season, the most since 1995.

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NAPLES, Fla. – Ariya Jutanugarn’s three victories in 2018 might not seem spectacular on their own. It’s nothing like the 13 titles Mickey Wright won in 1963, or the 11 Annika Sorenstam snagged in 2002. Not like the 21 titles Lorena Ochoa amassed from 2006 to 2008 or even the five Jutanugarn claimed in 2016.

The efforts that clinched Jutanugarn’s second Rolex Player of the Year title were more of the subtle, consistent variety. In 27 starts, the big-hitting Thai star with the soft hands racked up 16 top-10 finishes. She leads the tour in money, scoring, putting, birdies and total rounds played.

Jutanugarn, even without using a driver, owns the most complete game on the LPGA.

But winning on the women’s tour has never been more difficult.

There have been 25 different winners in 31 events this season, the most since 1995. Of those players, 10 won for the first time.

Here at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, where Jutanugarn won in 2017, only 12 players can mathematically win the $1 million CME Race to the Globe bonus. The overall tournament champion, however, has never been trickier to predict.

“I feel like anybody can win on any given week,” said Brooke Henderson, a two-time winner in 2018. “They just need that special something.”

The LPGA’s global growth has been well-documented since the early aughts. But from the South Korean explosion grew unprecedented worldwide interest in the sport. Seven South Koreans account for nine victories on the LPGA this year, the most of any country.

But three different Thai players account for five victories. Jutanugarn became the first Thai player to win on the LPGA three years ago.

Players from 10 different countries found their way into the winner’s circle this season. Last week in China, Gaby Lopez became the second player from Mexico to win on the LPGA, joining her hero, Ochoa.

Nasa Hataoka, a seemingly fearless 19-year-old, won twice this year and lost in a playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She stepped into the void left by the beloved Ai Miyazato just in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

There are players on this tour from India to Iceland who could hoist a trophy. Maria Torres, the first player from Puerto Rico to earn full status on the LPGA, is in the field this week at Tiburon as a rookie. The dimply-faced University of Florida grad turned heads at the Evian Championship this fall, holding a share of the lead midway through in France.

It’s no longer simply about the number of different cultures and languages represented on the LPGA. These trailblazers aren’t just happy to be here – they expect to win.

Karen Stupples competed on the LPGA as the tour turned global and now has a front-row seat to the depth of talent as a Golf Channel analyst. Going back to 2000, Stupples points out that 20 players had a scoring average of less than 72. Not a single player averaged below 70.

This season 83 players have scoring averages below par, and three are sub-70. In 2017, a record 12 players posted scoring averages in the 60s.

“That’s why you see so many players able to win out here now,” said Stupples.

And why the former Women’s British Open champ calls Jutanugarn’s season “sneaky” good.

Such depth makes all-out domination for a prolonged period of time more challenging than ever.

Which begs the question: Could a Sorenstam still in her prime dominate on the modern tour?

“I think she’d find a way,” said Stupples.

The great ones always do.

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Davis Love III talks about longevity before The RSM Classic http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/davis-love-iii-talks-about-longevity-before-the-rsm-classic/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/davis-love-iii-talks-about-longevity-before-the-rsm-classic/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:15:02 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/davis-love-iii-talks-about-longevity-before-the-rsm-classic/ Prior to The RSM Classic 2018, Davis Love III talks about trying to play injury free for a season and chronicles his history of shortened seasons.

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Mark Wahlberg swings for St. Jude at CME Championship, chips in $52K http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/mark-wahlberg-swings-for-st-jude-at-cme-championship-chips-in-52k/ http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/mark-wahlberg-swings-for-st-jude-at-cme-championship-chips-in-52k/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:13:59 +0000 http://nydailynews.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/mark-wahlberg-swings-for-st-jude-at-cme-championship-chips-in-52k/ Mark Wahlberg swings for St.

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NAPLES, Fla – Actor Mark Wahlberg took part in a “Beat the pro” competition on Wednesday morning at the CME Group Tour Championship, joining major champs Brittany Lincicome and Mo Martin in a closest-to-the-pin competition.

The contest yielded $52,000 in donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Wahlberg matched it, bringing the total donations to $104,000.

“It’s fantastic,” said Wahlberg. “What St. Jude’s is able to do for every single family, never denying anybody, taking care of everything. It’s just nice to know that the kids out there have a place like St. Jude’s.”

NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Mark Wahlberg (center) talks with LPGA golfers Mo Martin (left) and Brittany Lincicome during the CME Group charity event to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital prior to the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 14, 2018 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Actor Mark Wahlberg chats with LPGA golfers Mo Martin (left) and Brittany Lincicome during an LPGA charity event in Naples, Fla., Wednesday (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy announced major upgrades to the season-ending event in 2019, doubling the purse to $5 million and awarding a record winner’s check of $1.5 million.

The season-long charity component for CME has evolved too, as the CME Group Cares Challenge – Score 1 for St. Jude was announced.

Wahlberg helped kickstart the new initiative, in which CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA in 2019. There will be a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude, helping to assure that families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.

“I think the most heartbreaking thing in the world is to see a child that’s sick,” Duffy said.

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