25 years later: The shot that might have launched the legend of Tiger Woods, and changed golf forever
In addition to the storyline of it likely being Tiger Woods' first tournament since a car accident, this year also marks the 25th anniversary of his first Masters and major tournament win that forever changed the game of golf.
A pandemic, a plan and a return to golf with no interruption
Kevin Kisner tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is ready for golf to move ahead a year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sport. He remembers a tough week one year ago that began with the tour announcing a multi-billion dollar media rights deal and ended with the tour shutting down for three months. The tour got a big boost from a mobile testing site and cooperation from its players to put health and safety first. Since the return in June, the PGA Tour has played 33 out of 36 weeks in 18 states and four countries without having to shut down.
Golfer drowns while searching for ball at Florida country club
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A 74-year-old man was found dead after police say he drowned while searching for his golf ball at a country club in Florida. According to officials from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the tragedy took place at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club, Sunday morning, where 74-year-old Hermilo Jazmines was playing golf with a friend. “Jazmines ‘teed off near the third hole’ and ‘was last seen looking for his ball near the green,’” says the sheriff’s office. They later dispatched their dive team, which “located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter.”AdJazmines was pronounced dead at the scene. In a press release released by the sheriff’s office, friends of the golfer say he enjoyed searching the golf course for lost balls.
LA sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash 'purely an accident'
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County sheriff on Wednesday characterized the crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods as “purely an accident" and appeared to rule out any potential criminal charges even as authorities were still investigating. The crash caused “significant” injuries to his right leg that required surgery, according to a post on the golfer's Twitter account. Justin King, a personal injury attorney in California, said that if investigators prove the road is unsafe and contributed to Woods’ crash and others, the municipality that controls it could be held liable. The crash this week was the latest setback for Woods, who at times has looked unstoppable with his 15 major championships and record-tying 82 victories on the PGA Tour. He was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
Locals in Jupiter express sadness and hope after news of Tiger Woods car crash
JUPITER, Fla. – The news of Tiger Woods’ frightening car wreck has touched many across the country. In Jupiter, where many consider Woods not just the greatest of all time but also a local, people were stunned at the news of the crash. The talk of the town has been filled with concerns and questions about Woods’ future. “We are waiting for the facts to see what happens, but I hope he’s going to be ok,” said Woods fan Ted Janeczek. Many of his fans and neighbors in Jupiter are taking what happened, and questions about Wood’s future in his golfing career, very personal.
Reactions pour in as Tiger Woods is hospitalized after California crash
FILE - Tiger Woods smiles during a winner's ceremony after winning the Zozo Championship PGA Tour at the Accordia Golf Narashino country club in Inzai, east of Tokyo, Japan, in this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, file photo. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)Reactions and prayers from colleagues, friends, loved ones, and fans are rolling in for golfer Tiger Woods after a serious car crash in California on Tuesday. Woods’ former girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, tweeted, “Praying for TW right now.” The Olympic skier dated the golfer for about three years before they split in 2015. Praying for TW right now 🙏🏻 — lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 23, 2021Tuesday afternoon, professional golfer Justin Thomas tweeted, “Sick to my stomach right now. We know TW is a fighter.
Tiger Woods has surgery after California car crash
Golf star Tiger Woods was in surgery Tuesday after a one-vehicle rollover crash in California, authorities and Woods’ agent confirmed. “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said in a statement. Woods, who lives on Florida’s Jupiter Island, just north of Palm Beach County, has been sidelined from competition recently after undergoing back surgery. Man, I just hope he’s all right.”This is the third time Woods has been involved in a car investigation.
Southwest Ranches teen golf phenom gets opportunity to tee it up with LGPA Tour pros
But now, as a 14-year-old, the Southwest Ranches girl is playing with the pros. Katherine qualified to play in the LPGA Tournament of Champions Pro Am in Orlando, and she played very well. She rolled in a birdie while playing with tour pro Georgia Hall and Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. Later, she buried an eagle putt alongside LPGA pro Celine Boutier. Getting that taste of life as a pro has only made Katherine hungry for more.
Augusta National in November? 5 reasons why this year’s Masters will stand alone in history
If you’re clicking around on the remote control while watching TV this weekend, odds are, you’ll stumble on som sights of Augusta National Golf Club. Yes, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, that will be the case for the first time in the history of the illustrious tournament. Paul Casey of England plays a shot on the second hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 09, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith) (Getty Images)One of the reasons the Masters is often the most-rated golf tournament is the stunning sight of azaleas and other flowers throughout the course. No fansThis won’t be any different from any other golf tournament or major sporting event this year.
Here’s why an albatross is the rarest achievement in golf
While a birdie is 1-under par on a hole and an eagle is 2-under par, a step better than that is an albatross, which is 3-under par on a hole. In the four major tournaments, it has only happened 18 times since 1870, according to GolfLink. An albatross has happened the most times at golf’s oldest major, the British Open, which has seen an albatross occur eight times in its history. The U.S. Open and PGA Championship were the last to see three, by Nick Watney in 2012 and Joey Sindelar in 2006, respectively. Maggert has two of the 18 albatrosses at major tournaments, collecting one at the 1994 Masters and one during the 2001 British Open.
Never golfed, and not sure where to start? 11 notes that will make you feel more at ease
Are you ever flipping around on TV and you come across some sort of golf tournament? Golf looks pretty fun, and somewhat less strenuous than some of the other professional sports. Plus, golfing seems like an enjoyable group activity or a bucket-list item for a scenic vacation.
Davies Tyler Strafaci wins prestigious U.S. Amateur golf title
BANDON, Ore. Tyler Strafaci of Davie won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday at foggy Bandon Dunes, overcoming a big deficit and surviving another tight finish to beat Charles Ollie Osborne 1-up. Strafaci joined grandfather Frank Strafaci, the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public winner, as a USGA champion. He became the second straight Georgia Tech winner, following Andy Ogletree last year at Pinehurst.
Need to burn your kids’ energy? Try golf -- as in, real golf
But if you’re in need of more ideas, how about this one: Have you tried taking your kid golfing? Depending on which part of the country you golf, other wildlife such as deer and alligators can also easily be present on a golf course. On a side note, you don’t have to have your kid hit EVERY shot. Golf courses know the value of introducing the game to youngsters, and thus, will often offer heavy discounts for kids to play, if they even charge them at all for a round. Some golf courses also will offer discounts for families who want to play.
Golfing on a Jewel: 5 reasons why playing this course on Mackinac Island is an experience like no other
Here are five reasons why a round of golf on Mackinac Island’s Jewel Golf Course is an experience like no other. The ferry rideSome ferry rides to Mackinac Island will take you underneath the Mackinac Bridge. Spectacular viewsViews from the Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island. The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island. The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island.
Caddyshack turns 40: Heres where they filmed it in South Florida
DAVIE, Fla. If youve been to a golf course, youve either said, heard or beat to death a quote from the movie Caddyshack.The comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray was released 40 years ago Saturday, and locals may remember that much of the movie was filmed here in South Florida. The golf scenes were shot at what is now Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, which had been called Rolling Hills, during the fall of 1979. Ramis later said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that We kind of picked it by default. The cocaine business in South Florida was mammoth, and everyone was doing everything, Ramis recalled. Scenes were also filmed in Fort Lauderdale, at Plantation Country Club, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Key Biscayne Yacht Club and the Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Key Biscayne, according to the movies IMDB entry.
5-year-old Broward golfer building young reputation after hole in one
SUNRISE, Fla. His friends at the golf clinic call him "Will the Thrill." At only 5 years old, William Kelly has a mean golf swing, and a new reputation to uphold. On Friday, Kelly hit a hole in one during his golf clinic at The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club in Sunrise. Roughly 68 yards from the tee box to the pin, Kelly chose to use his 7 iron at hole #13. "Some people play golf their whole lives and never get a hole in one.
Sportsbooks are dark and odds are long in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Nobody would have given odds on this. Inside the glittering casinos that line the Las Vegas Strip, the slot machines were turned off and the sportsbooks were dark. Oddsmaker Jay Kornegay would be in the middle of it all at the Westgate Las Vegas, one of the most popular sportsbooks to watch March Madness. But the massive hotel, like all others in Las Vegas, is closed because of the new coronavirus and the huge televisions in the sportsbook are dark. Oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said it didn’t make much sense to offer betting online when only obscure sports in faraway places are available to wager on.
Caddie goes beyond training to save golfer's passport
Going beyond the call of duty — and probably any sort of caddie training he might have had — Benji Thompson went through great lengths to retrieve Lexi Thompson’s passport after she left it behind, according to The Caddie Network. Benji and Lexi Thompson are not related. Benji Thompson said the saga began following last week’s Evian Championship in France when Lexi Thompson sent a text message to him around 9 p.m. Sunday following the tournament’s final round. “Dude, we might not get outta here,” Lexi Thompson reportedly texted to him. Benji Thompson found the passport but then had to begin the arduous task of fitting all the golf bags back in the van.
5 reasons why British Open will be among best ever
The British Open, or as it's more affectionately called in the United Kingdom, The Open, tees off Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Here are five reasons why this year’s British Open could be one of the best in the event's storied history. So, why hasn’t Portrush hosted the Open since 1951, the only other time the tournament was played outside England and Scotland? A big reason was civil strife that broke out in Northern Ireland that plagued the region for nearly 30 years from 1969 to 1998. One side wanted Northern Ireland to remain a part of the United Kingdom, while the other side fought to have Northern Ireland disband from the UK and join the Republic of Ireland as one united country.
Golf not a Paralympic sport? It's true, but that could change
It took more than 100 years for golf to be successfully reinstated as an Olympic sport. Despite golf becoming fully entrenched as an Olympic sport starting with the 2016 Rio de Janerio games, the same can’t be said of the Paralympics, which has not recognized golf as a sport for its event. He said having golf in the Paralympics could give adaptive golf a huge platform to which sponsors can jump on board and possibly help alleviate those costs. A lot of people, this is their vacation.”Beyond providing further awareness to adaptive golf, getting the Paralympics to welcome golf as a sport can further showcase what amputees can do in athletics. Kellie Valentine, a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been competing at adaptive golf tournaments for more than 20 years and knows what the Paralympic stage would mean.
'Playing through' adversity: 'I'm lucky I'm alive and only lost two legs'
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – NOTE: This is the first of two articles on adaptive golf. After having his left leg amputated below the knee and being fitted with a prosthetic leg, Bell found out about adaptive golf tournaments and the United States Adaptive Golf Association. A softball player who had never taken up the game of golf, Valentine heard about the adaptive golf circuit and decided to give it a shot, although the idea was met with resistance from her dad. Marty Ebel, a 60-year-old Houston resident who grew up in suburban Detroit, said he’s played adaptive golf for 15 years. I’m lucky I’m alive and only lost two legs.”Valentine, one of four women competing in the tournament, still vividly remembers her life-changing accident.
Samuel L. Jackson proves he's one of us at Celebrity Ryder Cup
Samuel L. Jackson has made plenty of people laugh throughout his acting career, but he also made people crack up for a different reason Tuesday. Competing in the "Celebrity Ryder Cup," Jackson stood on the first tee and did what so many average golfers do on a daily basis: Duff one in embarrassing fashion. Fortunately for Jackson, the day turned out to have a happy ending for him and the rest of his American teammates. Who knows what will happen when the actual Ryder Cup tees off Friday, but the USA already scored one victory over Europe at a surrounding event Tuesday. On the same Le Golf National course that will be the site of this weekend’s Ryder Cup, the “Celebrity Ryder Cup” was held, with 10 celebrities from America and 10 from Europe competing for bragging rights.
Jack Nicklaus says grandson's hole-in-one at Masters means 'everything'
Player is heard on the video saying "You're going to love it" to Gary Nicklaus as the shot was taking place. Listen in as @garyplayer narrates Gary Nicklaus Jr.'s hole-in-one on No. #themasters pic.twitter.com/9NTARoy3gE — Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 4, 2018Not a bad deal to have your first hole-in-one be at Augusta National during Masters week. @espn pic.twitter.com/n7wgLOSLoZ — Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 5, 2018So what's next for the teen? But after what took place on Wednesday on arguably golf's biggest stage, Gary Nicklaus, Jr. already seems like a rock star.
Tiger Woods commits to playing 2017 Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods, who just returned to competitive golf after a 15-month hiatus, announced he has committed to play in the 2017 Honda Classic. "It felt great to compete again," Woods said. "It's so great to see Tiger Woods back swinging a golf club and competing again," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "He has been such a big part of the growth that we have experienced at The Honda Classic since he moved to Jupiter Island. The 2017 Honda Classic, which will be held at the PGA National Resort & Spa, will be played Feb. 20-26.
Golfers exchange punches in fairway fight
GOLDEN, Colo. – Who knew golfers had it in them? In a supposed gentlemanly sport with a rule book as thick as the Manhattan yellow pages (remember them? ), two golfers were caught on video exchanging blows on a Colorado golf course. But just when things started getting interesting, the action died down and the fight came to a listless end. However, the two combatants shook hands to show that when it comes to golf, haymakers and birdies don't always fit.