March 20th, 2013 at 2:23 PM
By Sports Media 101
The days of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are far from over, but they don't come into majors with the same type of moxie as they used to. The PGA Tour has a huge youth movement, with some of the best golfers on the tour under the age of 25. With so many top young golfers, it should come as no surprise, a young gun will win at Augusta in April.
Top Five Young Guns Entering the Masters
1. Rory McIlroy
As a huge favorite for many golf experts, Rory is the favored young gun to win the Masters this year. He comes into the tournament as the top golfer in the world and his game is coming around. After a few stumbles early in the year, it seems as though he's worked out all the hiccups and is ready for a run at another Major title.
2. Matteo Manassero
It seems as though Manassero has been around for quite some time, but he's still a teenager. Manassero has played at Augusta before and is poised to break through in a big way. It wouldn't be surprising if he were at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 28th, 2012 at 2:07 PM
By Joe MacDonald
Keegan Bradley may be a Ryder Cup rookie, but he sent the message to U.S. Captain Davis Love that he's going to be a key player after a dynamic performance in his Ryder Cup debut.
Team Europe and Team USA split the opening four foursomes or alternate shot matches, each winning two.
Bradley made several key puts on the back nine to lead him and his partner Phil Mickelson to a 4 and 3 win over the European team of Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
But it was his enthusiasm and spirit that charged up the overflow galleries at Medinah Country Club as much as his fine play. And the magnitude of the moment was not lost on the young American.
“It was one of the most memorable days of my life", said Bradley
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson overcame a slow start to give the Americans a second point, winning 3 and 2 over Ryder Cup veteran Lee Westwood and rookie Francesco Molinari.
The Europeans got their first point of the matches from the all-Irish team of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. The Euros almost blew a three-up lead through 12 holes before winning it 1 up against Americans Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker, when Snedeker hit an errant tee shot on the 18th tee.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 28th, 2012 at 9:13 AM
By Joe MacDonald
Things are already a little contentious among the teams as the 39th Ryder Cup kicked off this morning at Medinah Country Club in Chicago.
Team Europe are the holders of the cup after their win in 2010 and Team USA will be looking to recapture the trophy on home soil.
With the crowd already into it, several American players including Zach Johnson, have been urging the crowd on to get even more excited.
In match number one, the tension was increased when U.S. veteran Jim Furyk contested a European request for relief from a green side sprinkler head. After the head referee was consulted, the request for relief was denied. The European team of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell went on to bogey the hole and Furyk and his partner Brandt Snedeker took a one-up lead when Snedeker made a six-foot par putt.
Keegan Bradley, maybe the Americans most emotional player, got his Ryder Cup career kick-started with a made birdie putt on the second green to give him and Phil Mickelson a one-up lead over Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
Lee Westwood and Francisco Molinari lead Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner 1-up after the American Duo failed to make par on number one.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 20th, 2012 at 10:51 AM
By Joe MacDonald
The general consensus of the golf media is that Rory McIlroy's four wins, that include the PGA Championship, have him as a lock for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award.
Unfortunately, the members of the golf media don't get to vote when the tour awards it's top prize later this year. That honor goes to the PGA tour players, and I'm wondering if a Tiger Woods' victory at this week's Tour Championship could change some of the voters' minds.
There's no doubt that McIlroy's run of good form over the last couple of months makes him a clear favorite. His major win will also be a big factor if he ultimately receives the honor. But a Woods' win at Eastlake could at least muddy the issue in some players minds.
A Tiger win at the tour finale would equal Rory for most wins on Tour this season with four. McIlroy would remain the Tour's leading money winner, no matter how the players finish – unless of course one or both decided to participate in some Fall series events, similar to what Luke Donald and Webb Simpson did last year.Read more... Join the Conversation...
September 16th, 2012 at 8:02 AM
By Joe MacDonald
Second round leader Jiyai Shin leads a group of four players left in contention as the third round of the Ricoh Women's British Open draws to a close at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Shin, fresh off an eight under par 64 on Saturday, is one-under par on her third round thru 15 holes and holds a four shot lead on three players – Australian Karrie Webb, Japan's Mika Miyazato (pictured below) and fellow Korean Inbee Park.
Webb, a three-time British Open champion and Miyazato are three-under par so far in the third round, while park is -2 thru 15 holes.
American Katie Futcher is fifth at -2.
The 4th round will begin immediately following the conclusion of round three.Read more... Join the Conversation...