Kel Nagle Dies at Age 94
1/30/2015
Hall of Fame golfer Kel Nagle, who won at least one pro tournament for 26 straight years, including the 1960 British Open, died on Thursday at age 94 in Sydney, AustraliaNagle defeated Arnold Palmer by a single stroke at the 1960 British Open, stopping Palmer’s bid for winning three straight Majors...
Golf Birthdays: January 26-29
1/30/2015
Here’s a closer look at golfer celebrating birthdays this week.January 26Australian Paul Sheehan, a three-time Japan Golf Tour winner, turns 38.American Dave Rummells, who finished fifth at the 1989 PGA Championship, turns 57. Rummells played nine seasons on the PGA Tour and finished second at the...
Dessert Classic
1/29/2015
Tournamet Preview Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will try to win an unprecedented third straight Omega Dubai Desert Classic title beginning Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.Gallacher won the 2013 title by three strokes over Richard Sterne, then defeated Emiliano Grillo by one shot last year. ...
GB&I Walker Cup Team Announced
1/27/2015
The Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup initial 20-man squad has been announced this week. The final squad will take on the US at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s in September.The all amateur squad will be sorted and filed between now and August when a 10-man squad is finalized in hopes of gaining re...
Weekly Winners Climb Rankings
1/26/2015
Qatar Masters winner Branden Grace jumped 35 spots in the latest Official World Golf Rankings, while Humana Challenge champion Bill Haas moved up 18 spots in the latest release.Haas defeated five players by a single stroke to claim Humana, moving from 41st to 23rd in the rankings.Grace, who staved...
Grace Prevails at Qatar Masters
1/25/2015
Brendan Grace won his sixth European Tour title and second of 2015, edging Marc Warren by a single stroke to win the Qatar Masters on Saturday.Grace entered the day tied for first with Warren and Bernd Wiesberger. The Austrian shot himself in the foot early with a pair of bogeys in the first three...
Branden Grace Up to 3rd in Race to Dubai
1/25/2015
Branden Grace rose to third in the latest Race to Dubai standings following his win Saturday at the Qatar Masters.Grace has 629,654 points, just behind England’s Ross Fisher at 641,062. England’s Danny Willett is the overall leader with 939,270.The top 60 players will qualify for the year-end “post...
Second Witness Disputes Allenby’s Kidnapping Claim
1/24/2015
A second witness has given testimony that Robert Allenby fell and hit his head, rather than be abducted last weekend in Honolulu.Chris Khamis, a 47-year-old homeless man, told the local Hawaiian newspaper that Allenby passed out and hit his head on the pavement, rather than being abducted and getti...
Lee Westwood Plays Hero in Barbados
1/22/2015
Already a hero to many on the golf course, now Lee Westwood is one in real life, too.While vacationing in Barbados, Westwood rescued British millionaire Colin Davies from almost drowning.Davies, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, felt his legs give out as he entered the water for a swim.“As soon...
Golf Birthdays: January 21-22
1/22/2015
January 21Former PGA pro Bobby Cochran turns 44. Cochran played 30 PGA events in 2000, making nine cuts and finishing in the Top 25 once, tying for 13th at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic by shooting a final-round 62.The greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, turns 75.Nicklaus won 18 Majors i...
Qatar Master
1/21/2015
21/01/15, Wednesday The UK’s Oliver Fisher fired three straight birdies to end his first round at 7-under, good for a one-stroke lead.Fisher was 5-under through 12 before suffering his lone bogey of the day. He turned it around with the three straight birdies to take a 1-stroke lead on Spain’s Rafa...
Golf Birthdays: January 19-20
1/20/2015
Here’s a look at professional golfers celebrating birthdays on January 19-20.January 19Doug LaBelle turns 40. LaBelle has two Web.com wins in his career, and is in his third straight year on the PGA Tour.January 20Fredrik Andersson Hed turns 43. He plays mainly on the European Tour, winning his lon...
Abu Dhabi Winner Stal Soars 254 Spots
1/19/2015
The historic comeback, the defeat of two of the European Tour’s premier players, even the paycheck paled in comparison to the impact on his ranking that Sunday’s win had for Gary Stal.The 22-year-old Frenchman leapt 254 spots in the latest Official World Golf Rankings from No. 357 to No. 103 with h...
Stal Takes Abu Dhabi as Kaymer Crumbles
1/18/2015
Martin Kaymer blew a 10-stroke lead Sunday, and 22-year-old Gary Stal of France took advantage of it to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by a single stroke.It was Stal’s first career title, and he won it by one stroke over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, a player Stal called his idol.Kaymer ranke...
Race to Dubai Points Update: January 18
1/18/2015
Gary Stal’s unexpected win at Abu Dhabi on Sunday shook up the early season Race to Dubai points standings, as the young Frenchman soared up to No. 3 in the standings.England’s Danny Willett and Ross Fisher are still 1 and 2 in the standings, with Willett already up to 939,270 in just three tournam...
Who is Gary Stal?
1/18/2015
In a top five patrolled by Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, little attention was paid to France’s Gary Stal at Abu Dhabi until the 22-year-old Frenchman posted a 65 to win the tournament by a stroke over McIlroy and two over the fading Kaymer.Here’s a look inside the life of Sunday’s surprising succ...
Abu Dhabi Race
1/15/2015
15/01/15 , Thursday 2014 US Open champion Martin Kaymer raced to an early lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Thursday, firing an 8-under 64 to lead the field by one stroke.It was no surprise to see Kaymer’s name atop the leaderboard, he won this tournament in 2008, 2010, and 2011, and...
Golf Birthdays: January 11-13
1/13/2015
Here’s a closer look at golfers blowing out their candles on January 11-12.January 11Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw turns 63. After winning three straight NCAA titles for the University of Texas, he turned pro in 1973 and became just the second player to win the first event of his career –...
McIlroy Signs on for Dubai
1/12/2015
Trying to focus more on golf and less on his ongoing legal dispute, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has announced he will compete at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic January 29 – February 1.McIlroy has his first pro win at Dubai five years ago.“I’ve got great memories of Dubai and it will be fun to get back...
Golf Birthdays: January 7-8
1/11/2015
Here’s a look at the golfers who are getting just a bit older on January 7 and 8, 2015.Camilo Villegas, the 2008 FedExCup champion, turned 33 on January 7.He has four PGA wins under his belt, none more significant than victories at the BMW Championship and The Tour Championship in 2008 that propell...
Golf Birthdays: January 9-10
1/11/2015
A look at professional golfers celebrating birthdays on January 9 and 10. Rod Curl, the first Native American to win a PGA event, turns 72. Curl played regularly on the PGA tour from 1969-1978 and had 42 top 10 finishes. His crowning victory came when he defeated Jack Nicklaus by a single st...
Clock Ticking for Anchored Putters
1/10/2015
As the 2015 season truly gets underway Friday with the start of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, we are less than a year away from the ban of the anchored putter by the USGA.Such luminaries as Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley have used the anchored putter, and are among those who will have to wean...
McIlroy Makes “Top Bachelors” List
1/10/2015
For all his golf honors of late, the fact that Rory McIlroy is a good-looking and once-again single man isn’t going unnoticed either.McIlroy was recently named to Town & Country Magazine’s Top 50 Bachelors on the planet list.The mag lists McIlroy’s natural habitat as “Gym.Golf.Repeat” but lists...
Golf Birthdays: January 3-6
1/6/2015
Here’s a look at what golfers are blowing out the candles between January 3-6. Charlie Wi turned 43 on January 3. The native of South Korea has seven Asian Tour wins and 1 European Tour victory, and finished tied for 9th at the 2008 PGA Championship. David Toms turned 48 on January 4. Tom...
South African Open Championship
1/6/2015
Tournament PreviewThe 2015 European Tour resumes beginning Thursday with Ernie Els playing host and ambassador for the 104th South African Open Championship, played at Glendower Golf Club in Ekurhuleni.In addition to Els, the big draw for the tournament is Charl Schwartzel, currently ranked No. 32...
Luke Donald’s New Year’s Eve Was Awesome
1/3/2015
Chances are you had a good New Year’s Eve last week, maybe even something you’re still talking about a few days later. Hopefully, it was better than mine, considering the babysitter canceled and we ended up watching One Direction over and over on Dick Clark’s show.However, no matter how much fun yo...
Nickalus Has Two Horses in NCAA Chase
1/1/2015
Jack Nicklaus likes his chances of seeing a team he loves playing for the NCAA National Championship in 12 days; but the rub is that both his favorite teams might be playing each other.Nicklaus is in Los Angeles today for the Rose Bowl, pitting Oregon against Florida State, where his grandson, Nick...