NBC and Golf Channel will broadcast 150 hours devoted to THE PLAYERS Championship

By Travis Duncan A fifth major? Not quite, although THE PLAYERS Championship has the highest total purse at $12.5 million dollars in Golf, it’s not a major. But it’s a pretty big deal due to the field which includes every top golfer in the world. As expected the Golf Channel and NBC are going all in on coverage. Between NBC and the Golf Channel, the two networks will have 22 hours of live tournament coverage and 150 total hours devoted to the tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The goal in moving THE PLAYERS from May to […]

Justin Thomas is probably right but is wasting his time criticizing the USGA

By Travis Duncan Justin Thomas has become one of my, and about everyone else’s, favorite golfer on Tour.  He’s got a down to earthness to him, a quality that has made pro golfers famous for many decades.  In general we like guys we can relate to in some fashion, or in some cases admire. I first saw Thomas at the BMW Championship in Indiana and he was just different, no arrogance, no country club air about him. Just a regular dude beyond the sense of about every other golfer on the tour, not excessive in really anything. Then you find […]

Doing too much: The legend of Ho-Sung Choi continues

Rory McIlroy, probably one of the more honest superstars in the world of golf, was asked Wednesday his thoughts in internet sensation Ho-Sung Choi. Choi has gained some notoriety for his unusual post-swing finish, known as the “Fisherman swing” to the amazement of millions of viewers on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Ho-sung, the South Korean native is 45-years old who turned pro late in life on the Asian tours. When McIlroy was asked for his reaction Wednesday leading up to this week’s Farmers Insurance Open he smiled and laughed “I’m not sure a golf shot should mean that much to you […]

Here’s to hoping Phil Mickelson’s run at the Desert Classic is a sign of things to come in 2019

  Congratulations to Adam Long. His birdie Sunday on the eighteenth green at the Desert Classic to win his first PGA Tour event in six starts was nothing short of remarkable. Everything was riding on a birdie putt for the 31-year old, exemptions the biggest payday of his life and more. He nailed it. Not so for Phil Mickelson who could only stand back and watch on the 18th finishing T2. If Mickelson had won Sunday at PGA West, it would merely be just another victory, his 47th worldwide. A win at a tournament that is mostly sentimental, not on […]

Phil Mickelson goes low at the Desert Classic

  Phil Mickelson shot 60 Thursday at the opening round of the Desert Classic at PGA WEST in La Quinta, California. He went 12-under, including an Eagle at the Par-5 sixth, to take a three-shot lead. He tied his PGA Tour low of 60 shot twice at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson was playing on the Nicklaus Stadium course for his low round Thursday. Mickelson is a man of many surprises, as always. Thursday was no different, even Phil admitted he didn’t expect it. Here’s what Phil said after the round: “I really didn’t think that this was going to be a day that […]

Rory McIlroy to play Farmers Insurance Open

  Rory McIlroy announced this week that he will play the Farmers Insurance Open next week, beginning January 24th at Torrey Pines in San Diego. It’s a big move for Rory as he shifts his focus to a mostly American golfing schedule as he let known during the winter. It’s a big win for Golf, in general, to get Rory on the national stage early in the calendar year at an American event. The idea is, of course, the always tricky scheduling to get one’s mind and body and game ready for the Majors. For Rory, it’s about winning the majors.  He’s […]

Dustin Johnson is on the cover of February’s Golf magazine

  Golf magazine was purchased in 2018 from Time Inc. by Howard Milstein. The magazine gets a facelift in its February 2019 issue featuring Dustin Johnson on the cover. The print copy is out now, and the most noticeable thing is the dimensions of the magazine are a little bit larger now, coming in at 9 inches wide and 11 inches tall and a side stripe on the left side giving it more of a booklet, catalog feel. Golf magazine also owns golf.com and is under the footprint of a new company 8AM Golf, which also is now the parent […]

Still hope after 40, Kuch wins in Hawaii, a win for the old guys

  40 is not old. Let’s start with that. But in terms of the PGA Tour it seems like it is. The young players on tournament can hit longer than anyone in history or course architects ever imagined, and they are winning a lot. Of the 10 winners on the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, starting with the Safeway Open in October, six players were born in the 90s, two in the 80s. Sunday in Hawaii at the Sony Open, Matt Kuchar, joined Charles Howell III as the second winner on Tour this season born in the 70s. At 40, (Howell III […]