Few times in life does something with high expectations actually exceed those expectations. That was the case with the PGA Tour’s return last week. It was a major-like leaderboard, which matched our anticipation going into it. Now you’re telling us we have this for the next three months? That’s almost too good to be true.
“Holy s&*#, that was unbelievable,” McIlroy said. (To which we would say the same thing about McIlroy’s response.) Admittedly impressed by DeChambeau’s added length, McIlroy stopped short, however, of saying he’s ready to follow the Bryson path to added yardage. Asked specifically if he could add 20 miles per hour of ball speed by gaining
The Change Driver Men’s Polo | Pre-Order Now: $84The Change Driver Women’s Polo | Pre-Order Now: $84 Rhoback’s relationship with Valentine started about a year ago, which led to ongoing discussions about the challenging financial barriers for players attempting to find success in professional golf. Valentine currently plays on the PGA Mackenzie Tour in Canada
Another month, another change for Justin Rose. A few weeks after parting ways with equipment sponsor Honma, the Englishman has split from his longtime swing coach Sean Foley. They were together 11 years. The Telegraph first reported the news on Tuesday. “I spent the past three months working on my game at home,” Rose told
There are a lot of new normals on the PGA Tour these days, from nasal swabs to no fans or grandstands and to the missing post-victory embrace greenside with wife or girlfriend. Welcome to pro golf in the COVID-19 era. But there’s been another, perhaps unexpected, new normal that actually isn’t so new at all:
Editor’s note: In celebration of Golf Digest’s 70th anniversary, we’re revisiting the best literature and journalism we’ve ever published. Catch up on earlier installments. The National Golf Links on New York’s Long Island was the first great American course to engage in massive tree removal, circa 1990. But it wasn’t until Oakmont near Pittsburgh started
Welcome news emanated from LPGA headquarters Tuesday morning, when the tour announced that it will resume its season next month with back-to-back tournaments in Northwest Ohio, one of them a new event. The new addition is the LPGA Drive On Championship, a 54-hole tournament scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 at the storied Inverness Club in
You wouldn’t confuse the space in Golf Digest 50 Best Teacher Bernie Najar’s basement or back yard with the positively majestic location he usually occupies in his teaching center at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore. But it’s a credit to Najar that the race is far closer than you might think. When the start
In celebration of Phil Mickelson’s 50th birthday, we offer our 50 favorite examples of why the five-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Famer is one of the most unique golfers—and people—of this or any time. How many classic “Phil being Phil” moments have there been over the years? Come join us as we
When it was announced that next month’s Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, would be the first PGA Tour event to allow spectators after the Tour resumed its season last week in Fort Worth, many might have expected that every tournament to follow would do the same. On Monday, 3M Open tournament director
Fitters across the country have employed detailed methods that involve social distancing, hand sanitizers and almost constant club wipedowns. But it’s the latter aspect that got one of golf’s most innovative clubfitters thinking about a better way. Wondering if wiping down grips is the most efficient—and least damaging—method for keeping clubs free of any possible
What constitutes a win? If it’s public sentiment, the medalist is Jordan Spieth, his long-awaited revival the light that sparked weekend excitement at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Should publicity be the barometer, it was captured (and bench-pressed) by Bryson DeChambeau. For those of literal interpretations, the spoils belong to Daniel Berger, who put on the
How was that for a comeback? At the beginning of the week, just having live golf to watch was a win in itself. For the live golf to deliver a 10-out-of-10 on the entertainment scale was an added bonus. After a wild day of lipped-out putts, clutch shots and a number of lead changes, Daniel
Xander Schauffele had the look of a winner all day Sunday at Colonial Country Club. He was playing steady golf and making a good number of lengthy putts as he anchored himself near the top of the leader board at the Charles Schwab Challenge. And the short putts, well, the four-time PGA Tour champ was
FORT WORTH – The last silhouette on the putting green Saturday belonged to Harold Varner III. He was a man making amends. Sweat beaded on his arms. It was nearing 5:30 p.m. He rolled ball after ball from short distances. He sent a text. Bruce Sudderth had just completed a lesson with one of the
Moving day at Colonial was as entertaining as you’d expect. That 36-hole leader board wasn’t going to have it any other way. Sunday’s final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge will almost certainly be more of the same. But before that madness gets rolling, here are our five takeaways from Saturday’s third round at Colonial.
Harold Varner III finds himself in uncharted territory this weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge. For the first time in 129 PGA Tour starts, the 29-year-old from Gastonia, N.C., held the 36-hole lead, having shot a career best 11-under 129 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Should he hold on and pull out his
With each day that passes at Colonial Country Club, the Charles Schwab Challenge comes closer to resembling what we remember to be a typical PGA Tour event. Naturally, it was going to take some time for players and caddies to become acclimated to “the new normal” as the tour implemented numerous healthy and safety procedures
The long-term consequences of golf courses sitting fallow for extended periods of time was a very real concern this past spring, as people around the world retreated indoors into quarantine. The thought of courses being abandoned en masse, out of hardship, was not on my mind in January, however, when I walked the site of
FORT WORTH – After three months away from competitive golf, the players in the Charles Schwab Challenge came to Colonial with the same question. Did their games come too? Round One was the day for judgment. Answers were offered. But let’s be clear: There was more going on Thursday than finding one’s swing or stroke.
The field for next week’s RBC Heritage didn’t just attract a star-studded field unseen at Harbour Town. It rivals nearly anything seen for a regular PGA Tour event in a couple of decades. The participants for next week were finalized on Friday, and of the 154 players currently listed, 114 have won at least one
Frustration has been the inspiration for golf inventions for all the centuries the game has been played, from the rut iron of the 1830s to Gene Sarazaen’s extended flange that created the sand wedge in the 1930s to Karsten Solheim’s more forgiving putters of half a century ago to the oversized drivers still being perfected
Due to the strength of the field and the fact the PGA Tour has been away for 91 days, this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge has the look and feel—at least on paper—of a major championship. Apparently, it’s being bet like one, too. As the Action Network’s Darren Rovell first reported, the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge
Cobra’s latest new clubs, a black finish on its genre-altering King MIM wedge line and a utility iron styled and powered on the chassis of its hollow-body King Forged Tec irons, continue to show the brand’s mission to not merely think outside golf equipment’s traditional box but create its own kind of box. Both the
Devereux is a men’s apparel company known for quality activewear and stylish on-course offerings. For Father’s Day, the company is running a promotion to outfit dad without breaking the bank. The Active Bundle includes a pair of versatile shorts, a crewneck t-shirt and a pullover for $99 (originally $198). The Oasis Active Short (originally $60)
At the 2020 Travelers Championship, it’s much easier to look at what has remained the same instead of trying to list the many things that have changed. To start with, the tournament’s spot on the annual golf calendar – June 25-28 – remains unchanged from last year. Considering the impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic
With the PGA Tour re-starting this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, it also served as a re-start for the tour’s road warriors—those who work out of the equipment vans that go from tournament to tournament servicing the equipment needs of their respective players until the opening tee shot on Thursday. As with everything in
Marcia Chambers was never much of a golfer, but she became the voice of reason on all of golf’s serious issues pertaining to the law and discrimination during an important period of change—the late 1980s and 1990s. I met Marcia in 1982 when she was dating Stan Wheeler, a sociology professor at Yale Law School.
The way 2020 was going, Brooks Koepka needed something to happen. When he arrived at TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship, he had played just three tournaments in the calendar year: T-43, T-47 and a missed cut. He was struggling with a nagging knee injury, one which required surgery last fall, and felt like he
Brooks Koepka has already made his feelings known about the idea of September’s Ryder Cup being held without fans. He doesn’t like it. Wednesday, he took things a step further. Asked at the Charles Schwab Challenge if he could see a scenario in which a player protests no spectators at Whistling Straits by opting not