Thoughts on the professional game, the people who play it, and the joy and anxiety that come with them both.
With a secure future and a standalone date in hand, the Sanderson Farms Championship has a chance to keep its novelty while also becoming more than just a novelty.
“I’d like people to take away that my emotions are pretty good starting out here,” Bhatia said. “If I have my A-game, I feel like I can win out here. This week, I had a C-game.”
In all the youth-heavy field at the Sanderson Farms Classic, you’d be hard pressed to find a more different pairing than Maverick McNealy and Braden Thornberry.
The Sanderson Farms Championship’s field strength more than quadrupled between 2018 and 2019.
The tension between preserving the Sanderson’s identity and attracting top-50 players isn’t going away. But for 2019, at least, that tension has been allayed.
Waking up at 1:30 a.m. to watch golf isn’t conducive to work, or anything else really. But it’s become my favorite TV viewing experience of the year.
Through its silence in the face of Donald Trump’s racism, the PGA of America is not merely acquiescent in his behavior — it is complicit.
Even in the age of contrarianism, it’s OK to accept that the consensus choice as America’s greatest publicly accessible golf course might actually be that good.
The fawning over Brooks Koepka’s “mental toughness” oversimplifies a complex skillset and underappreciates the difficulty of assembling it.
Three years ago, Robby Shelton finished 194th on the Web Tour’s money list. Now he’s won twice in three weeks and has the inside track on the tour’s season-long points race.
Golf is an allegory for life, and Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 Masters has something to teach us all.
Our hearts ache for the Masters unlike any other tournament, because for four days each year, it lets us grasp one more time at sand that long ago slipped through our fists.
The trajectory of Rickie Fowler’s career looks a lot like Fred Couples’ — probably an underachievement, but enough to sneak into the Hall of Fame.
Augusta National’s 18th hole is an anticlimactic finish for America’s greatest golf tournament. But it doesn’t have to be.
For as long as McIlroy plays three rounds in fifth gear and then spends Sunday on cruise control, everyone else will be on his heels until the end.
The two events occur more than 8,000 miles apart, but they share an unusual number of parallels.
If the Players’ claim to being a major doesn’t pass the eye test, then neither can the PGA Championship’s.
The turn of the calendar to March brings a definite change of tone to the pro golf landscape. The fields get consistently stronger. The courses get consistently bigger. Things are happening.
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