Monday Marquee: It Is Little Early In The Week, But Freddie, Tiger And JT All Sending Roars Around Augusta

On Monday, it was just shy of 3 p.m. afternoon, this was the time the featured of day grouping headed to the 1st tee. However, the fans that were thinking heading for the exits, worn out after hours in the sun, reconsidered as Justin Thomas, Fred Couples, and Tiger Woods moved from the range to the course.

For past few years now, Augusta National itself has been the point of attraction at the Masters, and on Monday it happened. Fans came there were amazed to check out the mostly-empty property all morning. It was a kind of national park, but with more craft beer and pastel clothes.


Bryan Wins Heritage From Donald

Wesley Bryan won the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on 16th April. He carded 67 to complete at 13 under par 271 on Hilton Head Island, Harbour Town Course.

Bryan has made it to great heights by becoming the 1st South Carolina champion since its formation in 1969. Luke Donald, the Englishman finished one stroke back and missed a great chance towards the end. He had no other option but to settle for the 5th runner up finish at 68 at the event. This American golfer played college golf in his early life at South Carolina University that made him win two events.

Bryan made it to PGA Tour victory and Jonathan Coachman shared his views on this great achievement of Bryan. As per him, Wesley Bryan is best known as a trick shot champion and hence he seldom got an opportunity to be a legitimate golfer. However, he has shown the whole world that his trick shot journey is far behind and a great career on the PGA Tour is waiting. (more…)



Jason Dufner, who in the past won a PGA Championship, has gotten used to people following his every move and being pelted with questions by fans and reporters.

However, he was greeted with a different crowd and environment on Monday afternoon when he visited the Grace Place for Children and Families in Golden gate.

This time, the crowd was not aware of who he was or what he does for a living. The 39-year old pro golfer had stopped by the non-profit organization where he helped to dish out meals for the children as part of the after-school program being carried out by the organization.

He was surrounded by different kindergartners and children in elementary school as he worked at the table just as another helper, lining the table with little cartons of chocolate milk and trays of chicken patties, rolls and mashed potatoes.

“They didn’t ask me a lot of questions; they don’t know what’s going on with golf, I don’t think,” Dufner said. (more…)


Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar, an American professional golfer, currently plays in the PGA Tour and formerly played for the Nationwide Tour.  He has seven PGA Tour wins to his name including the most prestigious The Players Championship in 2012 and The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2013.

Kuchar graduated from the Seminole High School in Sanford and later attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he was the two time first-team All American for the Yellow Jackets golf team. He became a professional in 2000 and got his first success on the PGA Tour at Honda Classic in 2002.

Kuchar lost his tour card in 2005 after briefly enjoying a slump period and going down 159th position on the money list. He played on The Nationwide Tour in 2006 and won the Henrico County Open. He later regained his tour card for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 by finishing 115th and 70th on the money list respectively.

Matt Kuchar won his 2nd PGA Tour tournament seven years after his first win at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. He made a cut into the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2010 and took the eighth and last merit position.

Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy and was awarded the Byron Nelson Award in 2010 for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list. His best performance in a major championship was at the Masters Tournament in 2012 where he finished tied third. His biggest tournament win was at The Players Championship in 2012 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Next year he won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.

Matt Kuchar won his 7th tournament on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in 2014. He has career high 5th rank in the World Rankings and has stayed inside the top 10 for more than 40weeks.


Steve Stricker still can be a part of the US Ryder team

The US captain Tom Watson this week named a six member squad for the Ryder cup this year. The Ryder cup is all set to begin from September this month and will see the US and the European team fight for the ultimate glory. The current six member squad of US has some injury concerns and that is one of the biggest concerns for Watson. There are speculations on many players in the top 6 suffering from injury. Despite of the injuries the players have been selected for the championship. A team must have in total top 9 players in the squad and currently only 6 have been selected keeping a place for more 3. Watson holds the right of choosing the remaining 3 members for the squad as the wild cards. Steve Stricker was named as the third assistant captain of the team along with Watson this week.

Stricker was made the third deputy captain a week ago and it has all the chances of been selected as the wild card entry to the US team for Ryder cup. Steve deserves to be selected for the team as his current performance in the PGA championship is remarkable. He currently is 5 points beyond the leader Rory Mcllroy. The 47 year old Stricker has made all the progress in the three rounds and beaten almost all his rivals in the championship. His performance has been a noticeable one and if now his captain avoids him in selection as a wild card then for sure Steve may never get a call for the Ryder’s cup. The positive point that will work for Stricker is that the Ryder’s Points gets doubled in the PGA week and this can easily help him qualify for the Ryder’s team because of his great form.


Matt Kuchar withdraw from the PGA to increase Watson’s problems

Tom Watson was named as the captain to lead the US squad in this year’s Ryder’s cup in Scotland starting in this month of September. The moment he was selected as the captain of the squad a series of problems came down on him. The list of problems is increasing everyday as by every passing moment a new player is reported injured. The current squad announced in the previous week had only 6 players in the team and the last 3 were to be announced on 2nd September. These 3 players that will be selected will be selected by the captain using his rights. With all the speculations the final decision will be taken after the PGA championship tour.

The biggest disappointment came at the start of the PGA at Valhalla, when Matt Kuchar pulled out of the championship. His decision of pulling out from the championship came in the last moment and it was surprise for many. Apart from a surprise it was a shock for the US team captain as it raised more problems for him. Previously Kuchar withdrew from the last stage of the WGC- Bridgestone. After his withdrawal he practised and seemed to be fit from the back injury but his sudden withdrawal took Watson with a surprise and it raised an alarm in the US camp. Though there was good news as Tiger Woods reportedly was fit and was playing in the PGA tour. This was a great sigh of relief for team US but again Woods is out of practise and it will be a tough task for the team if Kuchar stays unfit for the Ryders cup and withdraws from it even. This will surely be the last thing that the US captain will be hoping to face before the Ryder cup.


Jim Furyk signs sponsorship deal

Constellation Energy has made an announcement to the local media on Tuesday that it has come to an agreement over a three year sponsorship deal with American golfer Jim Furyk, a former champion at the US Open and the golfer has put pen to paper to the new deal after agreeing the terms. This new deal will see Furyk wear the logo of Constellation Energy on his sleeves during any and every golf tournament he takes part in around the world. Moreover, he will also be the face of the company and will make appearances in the promotional materials of the company as well as the company events from now to the end of 2015.

However, the overall terms of the deal were not given in detail either by the company or by the representatives of the golfer who brokered the deal for the 42 year old. Constellation Energy is based in Baltimore, United States of America and is a wholly owned subsidiary group of the Exelon Corp. which is based in Chicago, Illinois. The deal that they have signed with Jim Furyk is ground breaking without a doubt and with the 42 year old being one of the most well known golfers on the circuit, a partnership with him will also earn them a lot of fame, if that is what they are looking for.

Jim Furyk won his first and so far, only major title when he won the US Open back in 2003, one of the four major championships in golf and was named as PGA Tour Player of the Year as well as the PGA Player of the Year in2010.

Constellation Energy also serves as the title sponsors of the PGA Senior Players’ Championship which will be held at the Fox Chapel Golf Course in 2013 and 2014.


Steve Stricker Drops Hint

While playing at Kapalua, Steve Stricker has told the reports that he would probably not come back the rest of the year, or in other words, a semi-retirement. He has decided to participate only in the majors and World Golf Championships being held at America. He is an earner of $25 million in PGA Tour and he has earned them all in six-year-long professional career. After making a comeback in the course really after he was shunted to the list of probable players who needed to make a comeback for consecutively two years, he does not wish to put any more focus on the golf all his life. As evident from his statements, he wants to give his family more time, fetching his kids to school and other things.

When already in a rank as number 2 according to the official world golf rankings, Steve Stricker had been thinking of signing off for good. But things were not easy back then, now that he has buckled up to face his decision with full determination, he is quite light-weighed right now. It is not that this decision has taken shape due to drought in his victory throughout his career, he had loads of win and won the Tournament of Champions only last year that marked the 12th win in his professional career, it is just that he never wanted to be a golf devotee.

Steve Stricker will not be facing the top four players at Kapalua namely Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald and Justin Rose because they are not attending the same. After the Kapalua, he will be engaging himself in a bit of philanthropy with American Family Insurance aimed at lending out a helping hand to the adolescents. He will donate the award money received from Payne Stewart Award and playing on the Ryder Cup team.


Tiger Woods gets his 8th win

Tiger Woods was in such good form at Torrey Pines for so long that it did not even matter that how bad it wnet at the end. It was an incredible end to an exasperating and long week, with Tiger having built an 8-shot lead with 5 holes to play till he lost his patience with slow play and begun losing strokes.

In spite of 2 bogeys and a double bogey, he finished with an even-par seventy two for a 4-shot win in Farmers Insurance Open.

After that game, Woods said that he is excited the way he played throughout week. He hit the ball quite well, did everything right and made himself a good little cushion. There were some mistake at the end, but his good plays earlier allowed him to afford those failures.

Tiger was odds on to win the tournament, according to online betting firm Unitbet, who have the latest odds here).

In his PGA career, he grabbed the title for the seventy fifth time, 7 behind the record that is held by Sam Snead. Tiger won this event for the 7th time, and held a PGA Tour record by snatching a win at Torrey Pines for 8th time, including US Open in the year 2008.

Golfer Nick Watney, who got within 5 shots of Tiger, said that he did not know whether anyone would have defeated him this week.


Kuchar and Michael Phelps share in mutual admiration

Michael Phelps, who snatched his 22nd Olympic medal this year, caught the eye of some eager eyes as he donned a golf gear instead of his swim-wear at the pro-am golf tournament that took place in China. He also attracted some golf players.

When some players spend long time to perfect their game, the Olympic champion seems to have all the needed skills to be a professional golfer. He learnt golf from Hank Haney, the coach of Tiger Woods.

The Olympic told that he had scope to speak with Matt Kuchar coming down to the seventeenth and they talked about it. Matt told him that Michael has a smooth and good swing. For the Olympic, it is all about learning how to hit the right shot at a perfect time and getting muscle memory. Michael Phelps added that he would see a lot more results when he will spend a lot of time in the range.

But Michael’s new found love have not kept him out of the water for very long as the Olympic champion took some time to teach swimming to his fellow US golfer Matt Kuchar’s kids at the Mission Hills Resort located at an tropical island Hainan.

In the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am event, Michael was joined by several other acting and sporting legends like Darren Clarke, Pat Cash, Stephen Hendry, Ronaldo, Yao Ming, Minka Kelly, Adrien Brody, Ryan Reynolds and Andy Garcia.