New York Times: ‘Tiger Woods and the Art of the Optimistic Comeback’

Embed from Getty Images OPTIMISM IS IN THE AIR and on the golf course. It’s reportedly pain-free and long off the tee. Tiger Woods, as you may have heard, is set for another comeback. Tiger will tee off with Justin Thomas at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday in the Hero World Challenge. It will be his … Read more

The Ego Boost and Burden of Being World No. 1

DUSTIN JOHNSON IS ON A TEAR that has made him the world’s top-ranked golfer for the first time in his career. Johnson is the 20th player to sit on top of the mountain.  How is DJ handling it? So far, so good. He won in Mexico to widen the gap between him and World No. … Read more

DJ Conquers LA and the World

DUSTIN JOHNSON IS THE MAN. No longer an underachiever, DJ has checked off another accomplishment on the list, even if it wasn’t a goal but rather a byproduct of winning. With a dominant victory at Riviera yesterday in the Genesis Open, Johnson has moved to the top of the golf world. From Karen Crouse of … Read more

New York Times: ‘Studio Aims to Hook Hipsters on Golf’

QUEENS MIGHT NOT BE A GOLF MECCA, and, as we’re often told, younger generations have little interest in the game. But there’s a golf intructional studio on the edge of Brooklyn that’s doing something different, according to the New York Times: Nick Teodosio pointed to the retro-style brown wall paneling at Brooklyn Greens, his new … Read more

U.S. Women’s Open: Brittany Lang Wins in Playoff After USGA Penalizes Anna Nordqvist

AS YOGI BERRA FAMOUSLY SAID, it was “deja vu all over again” for the USGA at the U.S. Women’s Open. A late penalty was assessed on a player who had a chance to win the trophy and the USGA president botched the award ceremony. Brittany Lang hoists the trophy at the U.S. Women’s Open. (Copyright USGA/John … Read more

A Mother’s Love and Jason Day

WITH JASON DAY CONTENDING AT the Players Championship, I’m pointing you to a Karen Crouse feature story on Day that published ahead of the Masters in the New York Times. Consider it a belated Mother’s Day tale. (No pun intended.) Jason Day is leading the Players Championship. (Keith Allison) Day’s background and journey to world … Read more

Mutual Admiration: Phil Mickelson and Harper Lee

WHAT DO A HALL-OF-FAME GOLFER and a literary icon have in common? Karen Crouse tells us in her New York Times story, “Phil Mickelson Never Met Harper Lee, but the Admiration Was Mutual.” Lee’s father, a lawyer, introduced her to golf. “Playing golf is the best way I know to be alone and still be … Read more

New York Times: Jordan Spieth Leading New Youth Movement

IS WORLD NO. 1 RORY MCILROY an old 26? Maybe so with 21-year-old Jordan Spieth now leading the charge in golf. Karen Crouse of the New York Times filed this story: ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The bespectacled, white-haired journalist from The Surrey Advertiser, on hand to chronicle his 37th consecutive British Open, cocked his head … Read more

Calvin Peete: Remarkable Overachiever

CALVIN PEETE, A BLACK MAN with a crooked left arm, hit the golf ball straighter than any PGA Tour player of his generation. Peete died on Wednesday in Atlanta. He was 71. The son of a vegetable picker, Peete didn’t try golf until he was 23. He didn’t turn professional until the age of 32. … Read more

Remembering Harry Vardon: The Isle of Jersey Caddie Who Mastered the Game

HARRY VARDON WON THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP a record six times. Only one other player has won a major golf championship six times. His name is Jack Nicklaus. There’s the famous Vardon grip. Trophies that bear Vardon’s name are awarded each year by the PGA Tour and European Tour. Harry the Great The influence of a … Read more