2016 Outlook: Rory McIlroy
12/31/2015
It would have been pretty amazing if Rory McIlroy has continued the pace he put forth in 2014 into the following year – two Major victories, the win at the Race to Dubai, and leading both the PGA and European Tours in money earned.Surely one guy would be better in 2015, but two? Yes, McIlroy ended...
European Tour Preview: January
12/30/2015
In an effort to take a slightly longer look at what’s developing on the PGA and European Tours this year, we will begin presenting monthly previews of what’s coming up on the calendar on the two tours. Individual previews of the big tournaments will also continue in this space.Month: JanuaryTournam...
Rules Limit Top Entrants in ’16 Olympic Golf
12/29/2015
Next summer in Brazil, golf will rejoin the Summer Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years, predicating, among other things, a shift of the start date of the PGA Tournament.The International competition will feature the top 60 men and top 60 women in the world, although that status is a bit d...
Schwartzel Wins 4th Dunhill Title
12/29/2015
Employing the strategy that made Tiger Woods practically unbeatable for a decade, Charl Schwartzel built a huge read and played conservative golf the rest of the way to take the Alfred Dunhill Championship title for a fourth time on Sunday.His second consecutive 70 got Schwartzel to 15 under, enoug...
Golf Birthdays: December 28 – January 3
12/29/2015
December 29Two-time Nike Tour winner Carl Paulson turns 45. Paulson wrote “Rookie on Tour” about his experiences on the PGA Tour in 1999 and was the Nike Tour’s Player of the Year that season.December 30Tiger Woods, the most dominant golfer of the last 30 years, turns 40. Woods has won 14 Majors, s...
European Tour Year in Review: Part II
12/28/2015
This is the second of two blogs recapping the year that was for the European Tour in 2015. This blog will cover tournaments played between July 2015 and November 2015. For coverage of the Majors, see the PGA Year in Review blogs.JulyAlstom Open de France – Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger picked up his t...
Euro2016 Season Starts at Dunhill
12/24/2015
For all the European Tour players who wanted to get the bad taste of the 2015 season out of their mouths, good news: the 2016 season starts tomorrow.The Alfred Dunhill Championship kicks off at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, on Thursday, one of four Sunshine Tour events co-sa...
Golf Birthdays: November 23-30
12/24/2015
November 23Jerry Kelly, three-time PGA champion, turns 49. Kelly won the Sony Open in Hawaii and Advil Western Open in 2009, then went seven years without a victory before taking the Zurich Open in 2009. He finished in the Top 10 at two Majors, both in 2007: fifth at the Masters and seventh at the...
McIlroy Narrows Gap in Top 3
12/23/2015
Rory McIlroy started the DP World Tour Championship in third place in the overall world golf rankings, and he’s still No. 3 after winning it.?But my, how that gap has closed.With the 2015 European Tour officially over, McIlroy is averaging 11.3198 points per start. He’s 0.4448 points behind No. 2 J...
McIlroy Wins DP Title, Dubai Crown
12/23/2015
Rory McIlroy wasn’t going to let permutations and possibilities decide his fate in the Race to Dubai, he just decided to be better than everyone else. The four-time Major winner rallied from behind to win the DP World Championship, taking the Race to Dubai title along with it, by firing a ...
Kisner Takes FedEx Cup Lead
12/23/2015
Kevin Kisner rode his win at the RSM Classic to the top of the FedEx Cup leaderboard as the PGA Tour takes a break for Thanksgiving week.Kisner has 888 points through four events with one win and two top 10 finishes. He’s just ahead of Scotland’s Russell Knox, who has 876 points through five events...
McIlroy Tops 4.7M Points in Final Dubai Tallies
12/23/2015
Rory McIlroy racked up 4.727 million Race to Dubai points in the final standings released Monday, a truly remarkable total considering he played just 12 events on the qualifying tournament schedule this year.He wound up outdistancing second-place Danny Willett by more than 1 million points. Willett...
European Tour Year in Review: Part I
12/23/2015
This is the first of two blogs recapping the year that was for the European Tour in 2015. This blog will cover tournaments played between December 2014 and June 2015. For coverage of the Majors, see the PGA Year in Review blogs. DecemberNedbank Golf Challenge – Danny Willett began the mos...
McIlroy Third on Euro Career Earnings List
12/23/2015
He’s still just 25 years old, but Rory McIlroy is already up to third on the all-time European Tour career money list.McIlroy pulled in €4.727 million for the 2015 season which ended on Sunday. That total moves him to €28.212 million for his career.He trails Ernie Els by just €164,000 and overall l...
Tabuena Into Top 225 With Win
12/21/2015
Miguel Tabuena, who won the Philippine Open on Saturday, rose 141 spots to No. 216 from No. 357 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings.The rankings will hold through the end of the year, as the Philippine Open was the last tournament of the big three Tours for 2015.The victory made Tabuena the...
Golf Birthdays: December 21-27
12/21/2015
December 23 John Bickerton, three-time European Tour winner, turns 46. His three wins came between 2005-2008 and include the Open de France and the Alfred Dunhill Championship. December 26 Ryan Howison, a three-time Web.com winner, turns 49. December 27 Charley Hoffman, three-time PGA winn...
Phillipine Open
12/20/2015
20/12/15, Sunday Canada’s Lindsay Reynolds shot a second-round  68 to maintain his lead at the Philippine Open on Friday.He had to stay sharp to stay ahead of Australia’s Scott Barr, who fired a 66 and trails by one stroke.Barr’s 66 was the best round of the day. He did the bulk of his damage...
Rome Awarded 2022 Ryder Cup
12/18/2015
The first-ever Ryder Cup played in Italy will call Rome’s Marco Simone Golf and Country Club home in 2022.“I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup,” said new European Tour commissioner Keith Pelley.&n...
McIlroy Gifts Wahlberg New Driver
12/9/2015
Rory McIlroy gifted American actor Mark Wahlberg a new driver as the two lunched at Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin recently.Wahlberg and American comedian Will Ferrell were in Ireland to promote their new movie, Daddy’s Home.Wahlberg, a 7 handicap, and Ferrell, an avid sportsman despite his goofy...
Golf Birthdays: December 8-14
12/8/2015
December 8Steve Elkington, the 1995 PGA Championship winner, turns 53. A native of Australia, Elkington won 10 PGA Tour titles and 17 titles overall, all between 1990 and 1999. He was four strokes back at the turn of the Major in 1995, and fell to six strokes behind Ernie Els at the end of 54. Elki...
Leishman Runs Away with Nedbank Crown
12/7/2015
Australia’s Marc Leishman put the petal to the medal on Sunday, firing a 67 to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa on Sunday.Leishman was the only player to shoot under 70 in all four rounds, compiling a 19-under 68-68-66-67 – 269 to win by six strokes over Henrik Stenson (-13)...
Stenson Early Leader in Race to Dubai
12/7/2015
He didn’t win the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, but Henrik Stenson’s continuing strong start to the 2016 European Tour season has him as the early leader in the Race to Dubai standings.Stenson is picking up right where he left off at the end of the 2015 season, as he finished tied for sixth at...
Nedbank Challenge
12/4/2015
04/12/15, Friday Henrik Stenson just missed a pair of huge victories during the Final Series last month. He’s started off the 2016 European Tour season trying to take a lead from wire to wire.Stenson, ranked seventh in the world, is tied with South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl for first place at the Nedba...