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January 23, 2019Can Tiger take another major step forward?

Tiger Woods returned to golf as a serious contender in 2018. This year the question is whether he can add to his career total of 14 major victories.

January 22, 2019The Super Bowl's Super Villains

Alex Myers discusses what makes the Patriots' latest title run extra tough to watch for non-New Englanders.

January 22, 2019Tiger plans to make use of new flag rule

Tiger Woods plans to take advantage of a new rule that allows players to leave the flag in the hole while putting, the former world number one said ahead of his first start of the season at Torrey Pines this week. The U.S. Golf Association implemented a host of new rules this year designed to speed up the pace of play and Woods said there were situations where leaving the flag in would help. quot;Some of the putts where the hole is kind of visible as it comes up over a rise ...

January 23, 2019CBS' Peter Kostis on his pivotal role in Tin Cup, Tiger Woods' softer side, and why he chooses to carry that TV monitor around his neck

Peter Kostis is one of the rare people who have ascended to the top of golf in two different arenas. Already one of the game's top instructors, Kostis has continued to teach while also becoming one of golf's most erudite voices on TV the past three decades. With the CBS analyst returning to the airwaves for this week's Farmers Insurance Open, we caught up with Kostis on the Golf Digest Podcast to discuss how he unexpectedly — and spontaneously — began his broadcasting career.

January 23, 2019McIlroy unsure if Choi is deserving of Pebble Beach invitation

Rory McIlroy has what is widely considered one of the game's most fundamentally sound golf swings, and what he sees in Ho-Sung Choi's action is, "technically," a good swing. “I'm not sure a golf shot should mean that much to you that you're doing that after you hit it, like it's just trying a little too hard,” McIlroy said with a laugh Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open. Choi is poised to make his first start on the PGA Tour in two weeks after receiving a sponsor exemption into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

January 22, 2019Tiger Woods' 2019: Golf insiders agree multiple wins, including majors, within reach

A year ago as Tiger Woods prepared to tee off in his first PGA Tour event of 2018, few projected he would skyrocket up the World Ranking, seriously contend in two majors and win his first tour event in more than five years. Now, though, as Woods prepares for another return at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the stakes have been raised. After playing a full schedule, reporting no ill effects to his surgically repaired back and displaying enough of the ball-striking prowess and short-game mastery of his prime, Woods likely won't be content just showing up.

January 23, 2019Montgomerie afraid of snakes, but likes 'Monty's Pythons' idea

Be on the lookout for “Monty's Pythons. That's the name of the segment that the five European Tour stars pitched during the “Content Committee” video that debuted on the European Tour's social-media channels last week. Henrik Stenson suggested a clip of Colin Montgomerie talking about some of the biggest snakes he's seen during his years on tour.

January 23, 2019Even with simpler rules, golf remains sports' ultimate democracy

In the wake of what many pundits are dubbing the worst non-call in the history of the National Football League during the NFC Championship between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams, the blowback, which includes a lawsuit seeking to force the NFL to grant New Orleans a “do-over,” reinforces golf's status as sports' undisputed – and undefeated – democracy. You are what your record says you are, and golf tournaments are never decided by what an official may or may not have seen. Some have dismissed the outcome of the NFC Championship.

January 23, 2019Tiger: Putting with flagstick in 'kind of weird'

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior golf writer for Covered golf for more than 20 years Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana University SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods said that he's known nothing else, that "my entire life it's been two strokes,'' and that getting used to putting with the flagstick in while on the green and not being penalized will take some time. But Woods also said he's been experimenting with the idea at home, believes there are instances where leaving the flagstick in could help, and that, for now, he might try doing so on longer putts where he'd normally not have the pin tended. "On some of the longer putts, I like having [caddie] Joey [LaCava] there as a

January 23, 2019Wide = Far: How to get more out of your full-swing shots

Older sib Moriya picked up her first LPGA Tour victory, while Ariya won the U.S. Women's Open title, was LPGA player of the year and moved to the top of the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. One of Moriya's favorite drills to hit it higher and farther is as simple as it gets. Take any full-swing club and set up to the ball normally.

January 22, 2019Woods diving again, another sign he's back at full strength

SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods is feeling stronger than ever with his fused back, and the evidence goes beyond the speed of his swing or how hard he can go after a shot out of deep rough. Woods says he is diving again. He says he was doing free dives and spearfishing during his time off, and even went diving with a tank, which he had not done in years. "I just can't afford to have that weight on my back and compressing my disk, and my disk was already screwed up," said Woods, who had fusion surgery in April 2017. "So whenever you put any weight on it, it made it worse. I (hadn't) tank dove in years, and to be able to do that again, to be able to get in the water and free drive, put the fins on and load

January 23, 2019Nicklaus' son set to make PGA Tour Champions debut

A Nicklaus will tee it up in the PGA Tour Champions' first full-field event of the season. Gary Nicklaus, Jack's son who recently turned 50 years old, accepted a sponsor exemption to compete in the Oasis Championship, which will be played Feb. 8-10 at the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Fla. This is something I've been thinking about for several years,” Gary told

January 22, 2019After considering retirement, Erik Compton's closing in on a big opportunity

With one round to go at the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, Compton has a share of the lead after a two-over 74 on Tuesday that left him tied with Willy Wilcox and John Oda. Should Compton go on to win, it would be the second victory of his career (the 2011 Mexico Open on the then-Nationwide Tour being the other). It would also go a long way toward getting back to the PGA Tour.

January 23, 2019Bridgestone's new Tour B XW-1 wedges built with the better player in mind

Bridgestone has enjoyed a hot streak on the PGA Tour with players like Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau and Matt Kuchar finding the winner's circle with the brand's ball. On Wednesday Bridgestone revealed the new Tour B XW-1 collection of wedges, a set constructed with better players in mind. “Low-mid handicappers are going to love the control and feel that our new Tour B XW-1 wedges deliver,” said Zack Kupperbusch, golf club marketing manager at Bridgestone Golf.

January 22, 2019A Teen Scientist Helped Me Discover Tons of Golf Balls Polluting the Ocean

Plastic pollution in the world's oceans has become a global environmental crisis. Many people have seen images that seem to capture it, such as beaches carpeted with plastic trash or a seahorse gripping a cotton swab with its tail. As a scientist researching marine plastic pollution, I thought I had seen a lot. Then, early in 2017, I heard from Alex Weber, a junior at Carmel High School in California. Alex emailed me after reading my scientific work, which caught my eye, since very few high schoolers spend their time reading scientific articles. She was looking for guidance on an unusual environmental problem. While snorkeling in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary near the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea,

January 22, 2019Golf pro Sergio Garcia: Success isn't all about winning

Golf pro Sergio Garcia has enjoyed an illustrious two-decade career, much of it in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking. But despite earning pole position in more than 30 international tournaments, the 39-year-old Spaniard insists that winning is not his main measure of success. "Obviously winning is important, but it's not the main thing," Garcia told CNBC Make It at the 2019 SMBC Singapore Open.

January 22, 2019Tiger Woods heads into 2019 with fellow PGA Tour players backing him to add to 14 majors

Tiger Woods tees off his competitive year on Thursday with the majority of his PGA Tour colleagues believing he will win at least one major in 2019. The 43-year-old's return from multiple back surgeries in 2018 - which featured Woods claiming his first victory in five years – led to him on Tuesday picking up the Ben Hogan Award, given to a player who has overcome a physical handicap or serious injury to remain active in golf. And now Woods has enjoyed a proper close season to work on his game - and, just as pertinently, his body - most of his rivals can envisage a famous return to the sport's most notable winner's enclosures.

January 23, 2019First Mizuno balls finally to hit the U.S. market after being rumored for years

Mizuno has been a sporting goods company for nearly 113 years, with a core foundation in precise engineering processes in everything from its forged irons to its rain gear. It seems a philosophy that would naturally lend itself to the golf ball, yet it's the one product in the game the company has kept out of its global portfolio. Of course, it probably comes as no surprise that when Mizuno decided to bring golf balls to the U.S. and the rest of the world, those new products would offer a technology focused on the most intricate of performance characteristics.

January 22, 2019Is Acushnet Holdings Corp.'s (NYSE:GOLF) Balance Sheet Strong Enough To Weather A Storm?

While small-cap stocks, such as Acushnet Holdings Corp. (NYSE:GOLF) with its market cap of US$1.7b, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. Evaluating financial health as part of your investment thesis is essential, as mismanagement of capital can lead to bankruptcies, which occur at a higher rate for small-caps. Here are few basic financial health checks you should consider before taking the plunge.

January 23, 2019This Little Kid Laughing At His Dad's Golf Swing Just Made Our Day!

Nobody likes to hear somebody laugh at their golf swing – unless it's coming from this little guy, who got a kick out of watching his dad in action. This little kid laughing at his dad's golf swing made our day! His laugh is contagious!

January 22, 2019Farmers Insurance Open: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

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January 22, 2019New Golf Music App Helps Develop Perfect Tempo & Rhythm By Timing Your Swing To Music

Golf BPM music was created so a player of any skill level can develop the same perfect tempo by simply timing their swing to our original music. Thoroughly tested with a wide range of players, from tour level to beginner, junior to senior, and the results overall have been nothing short of dramatic. There is one fundamentally common element to every top professional's golf swing. Rhythm. No two golf swings are alike. But regardless of variables like grip, speed, stance, or weight transfer, every professional in the world moves at an almost identically even tempo, on every swing. That perfect muscle-memorized cadence is the central building block of every great golf swing. PGA Class A member Doug

January 22, 2019Li accepts spot in Augusta Women's Amateur

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior golf writer for Covered golf for more than 20 years Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana University American Lucy Li is among the players announced Tuesday as accepting invitations to the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur, which will have its final round staged at the home of the Masters on April 6. Li, 16, who was the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, is among 66 players to accept a spot in the field that will be comprised of winners of various women's amateur events as well as those selected from the Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 54-hole tournament that was announced during last year's Masters

January 23, 2019Johnny Miller to call final broadcast on Saturday at Waste Management Phoenix Open

Johnny Miller will call his final broadcast next Saturday (Feb. during NBC Sports' live third round coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, following nearly 30 years spent as the network's lead golf analyst. The broadcast will celebrate Miller's three decades in the 18th tower through special tributes and reflections during third round coverage from the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.

January 23, 2019NBC Sports Group Announces Partnership With Full Swing Simulators

NBC Sports Group and Full Swing Simulators today announced a multi-year partnership designed to promote the use of indoor simulation technology to golf courses around the world as a complementary option to the traditional round of golf. Riding recent momentum created by a successful return to competitive golf in 2018 by Full Swing Simulators Ambassador Tiger Woods, as well from users of the technology like three-time golf major championship winner Jordan Spieth and NBA superstar Stephen Curry, Full Swing Simulators products now will be promoted by the international salesforce of NBC Sports Group's GOLFNOW throughout North America, Europe and Australia.

January 22, 2019DeChambeau has world domination in mind at Dubai Desert Classic

Bryson DeChambeau returns to the Dubai Desert Classic three years after his debut as the top-ranked player in the field at world number five, but the American has made it clear that he is far from satisfied with his meteoric rise. The 25-year-old, popularly referred to as the 'Mad Scientist' because of his use of scientific methods in trying to improve his game, was the leading amateur and shot 12-under par on his first Dubai appearance in 2016. However, he is one of the hottest players in the professional game right now, having won four times on the PGA Tour last year, including three in his last eight starts.

January 23, 2019Wilson Golf goes old school with forged Staff Model blade irons

A 2011 television commercial for Wilson Golf had an everyday player asking the bag-room attendant to, “Bring the blades … and the backups.” Although not many players actually take a set of backup irons on the course, the message was clear—muscle-back blades are fairly difficult to hit for most everyday players. With that in mind, Wilson is introducing is Staff Model irons—a forged, muscleback blade iron, a modern version of a classic blade iron. Aficionados instantly will recognize the bore-thru “Fluid Feel” hosel, which dates back to Wilson's heyday in muscleback irons.

January 23, 2019Lee Westwood stopped caring about how he played golf—and started playing better

Exactly one year ago, Lee Westwood missed the halfway cut in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. In the 12 months since, the 45-year-old Englishman has failed to play on the weekend at only two more European Tour events. More impressively, Westwood recorded a 24th victory on his home circuit when he finished first at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa last November.

January 23, 2019Cool stuff at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show

The 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, golf's yearly feast of golf products of all shapes and sizes, is upon us, showcasing the latest innovations in our industry—from clubs, to swing aids, to apparel, to gadgets, to … well just about anything. After combing the range at Orange County National on Tuesday, Golf Digest editors are on the floor of the Orange County Convention Center Wednesday through Friday for the freshest and most intriguing new products that golfers should know about. While push carts continue to make inroads both technologically and socially as a better way to experience a walking round of golf, unpacking your push cart can be as cumbersome and unwieldy as packing up your baby stroller on a jet bridge just as the boarding door is about to close.

January 23, 2019Rafael Campos becomes first Puerto Rican Tour winner

Rafael Campos won The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic in 25-mph wind Wednesday to become the first Puerto Rican champion in Tour history. Campos closed with a 2-under 70 at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay for a one-stroke victory. The 30-year-old former Virginia Commonwealth player finished at 7-under 281 and earned $108,000.

January 23, 2019Campos is 1st Puerto Rican to win event

Associated Press GREAT ABACO, Bahamas -- Rafael Campos won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic in 25 mph wind Wednesday to become the first Puerto Rican champion in Tour history. Campos closed with a 2-under 70 at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay for a one-stroke victory. The 30-year-old former Virginia Commonwealth player finished at 7-under 281 and earned $108,000. Vincent Whaley was second after a 72. Paul Imondi (70) was another stroke back, and Tyler McCumber (73), John Oda (76) and Willy Wilcox (76) followed at 4 under. "This first win means a lot," Campos said. "For me, for Puerto Rico, for the kids to understand that I'm a kid from the island that worked my butt off and won a tournament.

January 23, 2019LPGA players confront the biggest change to the Rules of Golf that nobody is talking about

Lewis is referring to the new rule 10.2(b)4 that prohibits caddies from standing behind a golfer once the player has begun to address their ball in preparation of taking a stroke. The practice of caddies helping align players before hitting a shot had been common in women's pro golf for several years, drawing the ire of critics who felt it was a step too far in the assistance that players should be able to receive. Not to mention, the pace of play issues that it often created.

January 22, 2019Dallas, Phoenix Teams Win NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic Finals at Pebble Beach

PR Newswire PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Jan. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Two, four-person teams bested the competition at the National Finals of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Konica Minolta Golf Classic, held January 18-20 at the legendary Pebble Beach Resorts in California. In the Handicap Index Division, the winning foursome from Dallas, TX included David Martin, Marlen Vogt, Kelly O'Bannon, and Ty Miller. The first-place team shot rounds of 61-63-65 for a three-day total of 189 (-27 par) in the four-person scramble. They qualified for the National Finals by winning their local NKF Konica Minolta Golf Classic at Royal Oaks Country Club. In the Gross Division, a team from the Phoenix tournament

January 23, 2019Sanford Health to host World Scientific Congress of Golf in 2021

Golf Science has selected Sanford Health to host the tenth World Scientific Congress of Golf 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Leaders from Sanford Health and the Sanford Sports Science Institute will present at the conference and share their state-of-the art lab and teaching facilities with presenters from around the world. Golf Science has selected Sanford Health to host the tenth World Scientific Congress of Golf 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The conference is scheduled for September of 2021. Presentations, workshops and keynote addresses centered on golf science and research will take place throughout the Sanford Health campus including Great Shots and the Sanford Sports Science Institute