McIlroy Top Vegas Pick for Masters
2/28/2015
Even though last year’s eighth-place finish was the best Rory McIlroy has ever done at The Masters, that isn’t stopping Las Vegas oddsmakers from installing him as the overwhelming favorite to wear the green jacket six weeks from now at Augusta. Even after missing the cut at the Honda Classi...
“Pissed” McIlroy Will Likely Miss Honda Cut
2/28/2015
The fact that he has a couple of extra days at home doesn’t sit well with Rory McIlroy this weekend, largely because he’s getting the break due to some sub-par golf.McIlroy followed up his 73 on Thursday with a 74 on Friday, falling to 7-over par, a number which will likely miss the cut, which will...
Joburg Open
2/26/2015
Tournament PreviewWhile the bigger names might be across the pond this week for the Honda Classic, there’s plenty at stake at the Joburg Open in South Africa, starting Thursday at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.For England’s Andy Sullivan, a win would mean exemptions to the major...
Golf Birthdays: February 26-28
2/26/2015
 Famous golfers celebrating their birthdays this week, and making lots more money than you. February 27Current PGA Tour member Ryan Armour turns 39. An All-AMerican at Ohio State University, he first earned his way onto the PGA Tour in 2007, and finished 40th at the Web.com Finals last se...
New World Golf Ranking
2/23/2015
James Hahn vaulted up to 86th in the world from 297th a week ago in the latest Official World Golf Rankings which were released on Monday.Hahn outdueled Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff to win the Northern Trust Open.Meanwhile,  Hero Indian Open winner Anirban Lahiri rose another fiv...
Golf Birthdays: February 23-24
2/23/2015
February 23New Zealand’s Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 US Open, turns 46. Campbell has 15 professional wins, including eight on the European Tour. Not even in the top 10 of the Open leaderboard after a day in 2005, Campbell crept up to 1-under and a tie for fourth on Friday, but was still ther...
Anirban Lahiri 2nd in Dubai Standings
2/22/2015
In less than a month, Anirban Lahiri has gone from “Who?” to “Wow!” on the European Tour.By rallying to win the Hero Indian Open over countryman SSP Chawrasia on Sunday, Lahiri rose to No. 2 in the current Race to Dubai standings with 687,444 points in four tournaments played.He trails only England...
Golf Birthdays: February 21-22
2/21/2015
Your humble author turns a horrifying 41 on Saturday. Who else is blowing out the candles this weekend? February 21Three-time European Tour winner Pierre Fulke turns 44. The Swede took the 1999 Trophee Lancome, the 2000 Scottish PGA Championship, and the 2000 Volvo Masters. He also finished se...
Golf Statistics of the Week: February 18 Edition
2/19/2015
As the Hero Indian Open and Northwest Trust Open ramp up for tomorrows’ first tee offs, here are a few statistics to keep you talking golf for the next 24 hours.0-for-16: Jim Furyk‘s success rate on putts outside of 10 feet during the final two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am th...
Golf Birthdays: February 19
2/19/2015
A quality foursome of golfers celebrate birthdays on February 19.Ernie Gonzalez, who won the 1986 Pensacola Open, turns 55. He was the first left-handed golfer to win a Tour event in 12 years. He  still plays the occasional Tour exemption and Nationwide Tour event.Australia’s Richard Green, a...
Hero Indian Open
2/18/2015
Tournament Preview The world’s second-most populated country gets its chance to shine this week at the Hero Indian Open, which will welcome home Anirban Lahiri, its first native-born Tour event champion in seven years.Lahiri won at Kuala Lumpur, riding a third-round 62 to the top of the leaderboard...
Els, Garcia Committ to Irish Open
2/17/2015
What does being No. 1 in the world mean? You have a lot of influence.Rory McIlroy showcased some of said influence on Monday when he announced via Twitter that Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els have joined the ranks of players who have committed to the Irish Open, which McIlroy’s charitable foundation is...
Jaidee Joins Dubai Top 10
2/17/2015
He didn’t win the Thailand True Classic, but his runner-up spot vaulted Thongchai Jaidee into the Top 10 of the latest Race to Dubai standings.Jaidee has 344,391 points, which ranks ninth in the standings. Thailand winner Andrew Dodt is up to 12th in the rankings, despite playing just two events.Da...
Snedeker Back in Top 50 after Win at Pebble Beach
2/17/2015
Brandt Snedeker’s first win in 18 months means good things all around, including a 32-spot jump in the latest Official World Golf Rankings to No. 31 in the world.Thailand True Classic winner Andrew Dodt soared 154 spots from 281st to 127th.Things in the top 20 stayed at status quo, although Dustin...
Adam Scott, Wife Welcome Baby Girl
2/17/2015
Adam Scott might not be No. 1 in the world rankings anymore, but there’s no doubting his priorities took a big shift on Sunday.Scott’s wife, Marie Kojzar, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Bo Vera Scott, in Australia.The pair got married last April just after the Masters in a...
Golf Birthdays: February 16-18
2/16/2015
It’s not just Presidents celebrating this week, here’s a few golfers who blow out the candles between February 16-18.February 16Former PGA member and current Champions Tour member John Morse turns 57. Morse won the 1995 United Airlines Hawaiian Open with a 19-under 269.  In 1996, he finished f...
Golf Birthdays: February 13-15
2/13/2015
It’s a tough couple of days for golf birthdays. Either you’re deemed unlucky for having one fall on Friday the 13th, or largely ignored because it’s the same day as Valentine’s Day. Here’s a look at some of the candle-lighters for February 13-15.February 14Clark Dennis, who finished tied for sixth...
Allenby Case Update
2/12/2015
Nearly a month after the confusing story of Robert Allenby’s robbery, and maybe kidnapping/assault, police in Honolulu, Hawaii, have made an arrest in conjunction with the case.A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree robbery and fraudulent charges on credit cards. The man...
Golf Birthdays: February 11-12
2/11/2015
Here’s today’s (and Thursday’s) installment of golf birthdays.February 11Italy’s Edoardo Molinari turns 34. Molinari has the unique claim of having won tournaments on four different continents – Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. He has nine total pro victories, two of those on the European T...
True Thailand Classic
2/11/2015
Tournament Preview Some $2 million in prize money will be on the table for the inaugural True Thailand Classic, being played February 12-15 at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin.Built in 2007 by architect Phil Ryan, the par-72, 7,359-yard course, is a devilish mix of lengths that was named one...
McIrloy Ex Wozniacki Stuns in SI Swimsuit Issue
2/10/2015
Let’s face it, Rory McIlroy came out looking like the clear winner in last year’s enormous break-up between he and WTA star Caroline Wozniacki.McIlroy proceeded to win the British Open and PGA Championship, along with the Race to Dubai and has been No. 1 in the world ever since.Wozniacki won a coup...
Golf Birthdays: February 10
2/10/2015
Here’s a look at golfers celebrating birthdays on February 10.Australian Bradley Hughes turns 48. Hughes holds the Australian masters record of 24-under par (268) set in 1998, and the largest winning margin on the Asian Omega Tour – 12 strokes at the Players Championship in 1996. His best Major fin...
The History of Indian Pro Golfers
2/10/2015
Indians are passionate about golf, but that has rarely meant great success on either the European or PGA Tours, as evidenced by the numbers behind Anirban Lahiri’s victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.Consider, if you were to construct a “Mount Rushmore” of Indian Euro Tour winners, Lahi...
How the Official World Golf Rankings Work
2/10/2015
Before I came over to GolfBlogger, I covered professional tennis for a long time. It took me about a year to figure out the way that sport’s ranking system works and another year after that to accept it as fact – my low point being in 2010, when Kim Clijsters defeated Venus Williams to win the US O...
Race to Dubai Standings
2/9/2015
To no one’s surprise, Anirban Lahiri and Bernd Wiesberger joined the Race to Dubai’s Top 10 list after finishing first and second at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.Wiesberger, who fell apart down the stretch and finished one stroke back of the lead, is now fifth in the standings, and has been...
Fedex Cup Update
2/9/2015
Jason Day jumped from obscurity to the Top 10 in the latest FedEx Cup standings thanks to his win at Farmers Insurance Open.Day, who has played just three events on the PGA this year, jumped from 53rd to 7th in the latest standings released on Monday.Jimmy Walker continues to lead the overall chase...
New Golf Ranking
2/9/2015
Jason Day’s big win at the Farmers Insurance Classic saw the Australian rise to No. 4 in the world, making him the highest-ranked player from Down Under, edging past countryman Adam Scott.It was a pretty major movement week in the Top 10, as Jim Furyk also moved up a spot to No. 6, bypassing Sergio...
Golf Birthdays: February 9
2/9/2015
Golfers celebrating birthdays on February 9.New Zealand’s Mark Brown turns 40. Brown plays on the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Web.com Tour and the European Tour and has three professional wins, including the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic.Former PGA Tour member Paul Claxton turns 47. Still active on...