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Sunday at Augusta (Anything can happen)

As Jordan Spieth looks to record his first major championship, we have to look back at some of the greatest moments to ever happen on a Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Jack in ’86. Need I say more.


Tiger with arguably the greatest shot ever in 2005.


Lefty finally gets it done in 2004.


Adam Scott brings the jacket Down Under.


Norman crumbles


Rory learns to fail before succeeding 


Crenshaw grieves his way to victory


Faldo wins his 2nd major


Well Bubba


Mize takes the title from Norman 


Photo by: (David Cannon/Getty Images)


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Honda Classic Preview

Event Name:   Honda Classic
Course: PGA National
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dates of the event: February 26- March 1
Course Yardage: 7,241
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Russell Henley
Purse:  6,100,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Russell Henley will return to PGA National defend the title that he won last season in a four man playoff. One of the players, Rory McIlroy, will be making his first PGA Tour start of the 2015 season. He has been on the European Tour where he picked up a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season.

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Justin Rose
Charl Schwartzel Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka
Ernie Els Matt Every Stewart Cink
Keegan Bradley Luke Donald Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia Lucas Glover Ryo Ishikawa
Zach Johnson Hideki Matsuyama Francesco Molinari
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Mark Wilson
Lee Westwood Jhonattan Vegas Vijay Singh
Patrick Reed Ian Poulter Billy Horschel
Russell Henley Harris English Paul Casey
Sang- Moon Bae Robert Allenby Jason Dufner

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Russell Henley -8
T2 Rory McIlroy
  Ryan Palmer
  Russell Knox
5 Billy Hurley -7

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T8 Sergio Garcia -5
T12 Adam Scott -4
T33 Zach Johnson -2
T46 Lee Westwood E
CUT Phil Mickelson
CUT Martin Kaymer

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Jason Day outduels J.B Holmes to win the Farmers

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The Farmers Insurance Open was nothing but exciting to the last stroke of the tournament.

It came down to the second playoff hole where Jason Day was able to par the 16th to clinch to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

With the win he is now ranked fourth in the world. This was he fourth PGA Tour victory.

You can view next weeks AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am here. 

Day and Holmes were able to salvage birdie to force the second playoff and eliminate Scott Stallings and Harris English.

Jason Day nearly put his third shot on the par 5 18th in the drink. He was able to get up and down to shoot a 70.

Holmes couldn’t make his birdie putt on 18 to clinch the tourney.

Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Jason Day -9
T2 J.B. Holmes -9
  Scott Stallings
  Harris English
T5 Charles Howell III -8
  Alex Prugh
T7 Nick Watney -7
  Jimmy Walker
  Martin Laird
  Shane Lowry

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -6
T19 Bill Haas -4
T41 Keegan Bradley E
T53 Angel Cabrera +3
T61 Rickie Fowler +4
Cut Justin Rose
Cut Jordan Spieth
Cut Dustin Johnson
Cut Luke Donald
Cut Phil Mickelson
WD Tiger Woods

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1039
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 756
5 Sang-Moon Bae 757

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Preview

Event Name:   AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Course: Pebble Beach

Monterey Peninsula CC

Spyglass Hill

Where: Pebble Beach, CA
Dates of the event: February 12-15
Course Yardage: PB 6,816

MPCC 6,838

SH 6,858

Par:      PB & SH 72

MPCC 70

Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  6,800,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

CBS (Saturday & Sunday)


The PGA Tour returns to three of the most beautiful courses on the tour as they travel to Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Monterey Peninsula CC.

Last season, Jimmy Walker nearly squandered a six-stroke lead in the final round. He was able to scramble and make par on the par-5 18th hole of Pebble Beach.

“I made it a little more dramatic than it needed to be,” Walker said.

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker Jordan Spieth Brandt Snedeker
Kevin Stadler Patrick Reed Vijay Singh
Ian Poulter Nick Watney Sung Joon Park
Ryan Palmer K.J. Choi Jason Day
John Daly Sang-Moon Bae Ernie Els
David Duval Billy Horschel Jim Furyk
Fred Funk Seung-Yol Noh Davis Love III
Dustin Johnson Charles Howell III Matt Jones

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T19 Phil Mickelson -3
T35 Jim Furyk E
T52 Russell Henley +2
MDF Jason Day
Cut Chad Campbell
Cut Brandt Snedeker
Cut Charley Hoffman
DQ D.A. Points

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Koepka wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Brooks Koepka was able to shoot a 66 en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first tour victory.

Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to send the tourney to a playoff, but missed his left-to-right breaking putt. However, he did record a fairway eagle on the first.

Martin Laird was tied with Koepka after his birdie on the par 5 15th, but he stumbled into the clubhouse as he recorded a bogey on the drivable 17th and he doubled on the 18th after driving into the drink.

The shot of the tournament had to go to Francesco Molinari who recorded an ace on the signature 16th hole.

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Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Brooks Koepka -15
T2 Bubba Watson -14
Ryan Palmer
Hideki Matsuyama
T5 Jon Rahm (a) -12
T5 Martin Laird

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Zach Johnson -10
T17 Keegan Bradley -8
T30 Boo Weekly -5
T40 Patrick Reed -4
76 Bill Haas +8
Tiger Woods CUT
Phil Mickelson CUT
Robert Allenby CUT
Sang-Moon Bae CUT
Jason Dufner CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 957
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 757
5 Sang-Moon Bae 721

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Farmers Insurance Open Preview

Event Name:   Farmers Insurance Open
Course: Torrey Pines South
Where: San Diego, CA
Dates of the event: February 5-8
Course Yardage: 7,569
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Scott Stallings
Purse:  6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday/Friday)                                   CBS (Saturday/Sunday)

One of my favorite tournaments on the PGA Tour is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. The course is beautiful and quite challenging.

Dustin Johnson returns to the PGA Tour after taking the last five months off because he wanted to seek professional help for personal challenges. He has won at least one event each year since 2008. You may expect him to come out hot but he may some rust to knock off.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Dustin Johnson Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson Jimmy Walker Hideki Matsuyama
Rickie Fowler Camilo Villegas Davis Love III
Jordan Spieth Luke Donald Ryo Ishikawa
Justin Rose Ryo Ishikawa Angel Cabrera
J. B. Holmes K.J. Choi Stewart Cink
Jason Day Jeff Overton Seung Yul Noh
Marc Leishman Padraig Harrington Bill Haas
Charley Hoffman Sung Joon Park Rory Sabbatini
John Senden Harris English Brandt Snedeker
Scott Stallings Nick Watney Mike Weir

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Scott Stallings -9
T2 K.J. Choi -8
Graham DeLaet
Jason Day
Pat Perez
Marc Leishman
T7 Charley Hoffman -7
Ryo Ishikawa
Will MacKenzie
T10 Seung-Yul Noh -6
Russell Knox
Justin Thomas
Brad Fritsch
Gary Woodland

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T16 Keegan Bradley -5
T19 Jordan Spieth -4
T43 Bill Haas E
T47 Hunter Mahan +1
MDF Tiger Woods
CUT Jimmy Walker
CUT Rickie Fowler
CUT Vijay Singh
WD Phil Mickelson

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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Humana Challenge Preview

Event Name:   Humana Challenge
Courses: Arnold Palmer at PGA West- Host Course

Jack Nicklaus at PGA West

La Quinta Country Club

Where: La Quinta, CA
Dates of the event: 1/22-1/25
Course Yardage: Palmer: 6,950

Nicklaus: 6,924

La Quinta: 7,060

Par:      All three courses are par 72
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Welcome back Lefty! Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of the season at the Humana Challenge. This is his first start since the Ryder Cup. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in 2015 because his 2014 season was awful. Lefty had twelve top 25 finishes. The highest finish he had was second at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlory.

Defending champ, Patrick Reed will look to become the first repeat champion since Johnny Miller did it in 1975-76. At this event last season he became the third player to win this event wire-to-wire.

Players in the field:

Phil Mickelson

Patrick Reed

JJ Henry

Kevin Streelman

Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Billy Horschel

Matt Kutcher

Francesco Molinari

Tim Clark

Ben Crane

Charley Hoffman

Kevin Na

Jhonattan Vegas

Scott Stallings

Luke Donald

D.J. Trahan

Paul Casey

Chad Campbell

Stewart Cink

John Daly

Ryo Ishikawa

Ryan Moore

Sung Joon Park

Rory Sabbatini

Mark Wilson

Scott Piercy

Ryan Palmer

Retief Goosen

Lucas Glover

Mike Weir

Scott Verplank

Brandt Snedeker

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Jerry Kelly

Charles Howell III

Bill Haas

Jeff Overton

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño


Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Patrick Reed 1 -28
Ryan Palmer 2 -26
Zach Johnson T3 -25
Justin Leonard T3
Brian Stuard 5 -24
Bill Haas T6 -23
Brendon Todd T6
Chad Collins 8 -22
Stuart Appleby T9 -21
Charlie Beljan
Ben Crane
Charley Hoffman

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Jerry Kelly T13 -20
Keegan Bradley T18 -19
Webb Simpson T23 -18
Ryo Ishikawa T25 -17
Rickie Fowler T44 -16
Kevin Na T48 -14
J.J Henry T82 -7

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Tiger Who?

TIger Woods swinging his driver.
TIger Woods swinging his golf club.

The 2013 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday at East Lake Golf Course.  Henrik Stenson fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory.  With the win Stenson also won the $10 million Fed Ex Cup prize.  He had a great year, but the story is not about him.

This year, Eldrick ”Tiger” Woods won five big tournaments at courses that the previously played well at.  Woods always plays well at Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Firestone Country Club, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, and Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Yes, the five wins are remarkable and they still may win him the 2013 Player of the Year Award.  Tiger Woods, however, has made it no secret that he only cares about major championships.  Since Tiger was a child he has always had a dream of surpassing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.  With 14 majors it appears that Tiger may not catch Jack.

Why has Tiger not passed Jack?

Is it because of Tiger’s alleged cheating scandal?

NO! Tiger won tournaments prior to getting married, and he has won after the divorce, but he has still yet to win a major.    He has moved on to Lindsey Vonn.  Woods has appears to be happy with his relationship with Vonn.  He has been smiling.  Too much, well that’s a different story.

Is he to likable now?

Tiger used to be this intimidating figure that scared his opponents.  Those days are long gone.  Tiger now walks alongside his playing partners and have conversations.  Tiger is now a good friend of Rory McIlory, the future of the PGA Tour.  He never did this with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, or even Sergio Garcia.  No one is afraid of him.

Did the talent surpass Tiger?

Maybe.  Yes, players are better.  However, no one can match Tiger.

So, what is the missing piece to the Woods puzzle?

The only thing that makes sense is Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie.   Steve Williams carried Tiger’s golf clubs from 1999- 2011.  In that span Tiger Woods won 14 major championships, which is more than anyone else in that span.

In 2011, Tiger and Steve decided to go there separate ways.  It may not be obvious, but Tiger is missing Stevie.  Williams kept Tiger focused.  He didn’t let Tiger self-destruct.  He was the only guy Tiger spoke to on the course.

TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.
TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.

Who is Tiger Woods?  That is a question that is being debated by every fan he has.  Is he this adulterer that won major after major.  He was hated by some, but loved by many because he won a lot.  Is Tiger this guy that wants to be liked on the course because his skill set is dwindling?  Is he a sex addict that is not being truthful to himself?  Maybe he needs “extra attention”.   If that is who he is would the real Tiger Woods please stand up.  If not, Eldrick Woods can go home.