A pair of shoes Arnold Palmer wore in winning the 1958 Masters has sold at auction for $66,000, with the winning bid settled on Saturday in the auction conducted by Texas-based firm Heritage Auctions.
Palmer wore a pair of FootJoy wingtips for that win, the first of four consecutive Masters wins in even-numbered years, and eventually gave the shoes to one of his pilots. Palmer signed the shoes in 2004.
The original estimate placed the value of the shoes at $15,000, so the $66,000 sales price is somewhat shocking, despite the value of Palmer memorabilia increasing substantially after his death last September at the age of 87.
Another Palmer item sold for dramatically more than expected. An original 1974 LeRoy Neiman painting of Palmer by sold for $144,000 in the auction, $44,000 more than the estimated price.
It doesn’t seem like anyone, including Tiger Woods, is really clear on what his future is in golf for this year or beyond. What the public knows right now is that Woods is on the shelf until further notice.
Jack Nicklaus is just as befuddled as the many of you. When talking about Woods on Sunday in the NBC broadcast booth during the final round of The Honda Classic, the 18-time major winner seemed confused about where Woods is physically and mentally.
“And now, I don’t know about Tiger,” Nicklaus said. “That is the biggest puzzle to me that I know. I just don’t know where he is and where his mind is. I don’t know.”
Woods started the 2017 year with an ambitious schedule of four events in a five-week span. After missing the cut with 76-72 at Torrey Pines, he flew to Dubai to shoot a birdie-free 77 in Round 1 of the Dubai Desert Classic before withdrawing prior to Round 2, citing “lower back spasms” for the fourth
The World Golf Championships kick off for 2017 in a new location, with a new tournament. The WGC-Mexico Championship starts Thursday from Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City, with a 77-player field taking on a free payday in the no-cut event.
Played at an elevation of nearly 7,800 feet, the ball will go far this week as players take on a classic, tree-lined layout.
Here are our top five players for this week:
1. Dustin Johnson — He’s the best player in the world, and this place could be a pitch and putt for him.
2. Jordan Spieth — Spieth has been brilliant all year, and the course isn’t long enough to give him any kind of trouble.
3. Rickie Fowler — Fowler finished off a big lead at Honda, and he’s been strong throughout the season. Keep it going.
4. Hideki Matsuyama — Matsuyama is now fourth in the world, and he should thrive this week at a place that demands great tee-to-green ballstriking.
It wasn’t particularly pretty on Sunday, but Rickie Fowler picked up his fourth PGA Tour win at The Honda Classic.
For the first time in four tries in his PGA Tour career, Fowler converted a 54-hole lead, maintaining the four-shot edge he had to start the final round at PGA National’s Champion Course. In the end, Fowler bogeyed the final hole to shoot 1-over 71 at cap off the win at 12-under 268.
The final round didn’t get off to a great start for Fowler, who, after a birdie on the par-5 third then dropped a shot at the following hole. Two holes later, Fowler’s tee shot found the water hazard left and led to a double bogey. However, Fowler steadied the ship, managing to not drop another shot on the front side. A par at the 10th hole kept his edge at two.
Back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes were the sealing circles on the card, scored with a 39-foot putt followed by a 24-footer.
Jason Day has withdrawn from the WGC-Mexico Championship, pulling out on Sunday in citing dual ear infections and the flu.
“I’m truly disappointed to announce that I won’t be able to play in next week’s World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship,” Day said in a release through his agent, Bud Martin. “I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year.”
Not only do the dual ear infections make the prospect of flying sound pretty miserable, but Day also has a history of vertigo, which is a function of the inner ear. Add in the flu, and there’s not much incentive for Day to travel to Mexico City to take on the first WGC-Mexico Championship.
Bryson DeChambeau ended 2016 looking for answers with his putting. He came up with the sidesaddle approach and stroke, believing it would be easier for him to make more putts.
After debuting the stroke and a self-fashioned putter at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December, the transition has not been a fruitful one. Before this week, DeChambeau had missed three consecutive cuts, then suddenly withdrew from the Genesis Open, into which he was invited on a sponsor’s exemption, after just 28 holes and citing a hand injury. Fellow Web.com Tour graduate Grayson Murray called out DeChambeau for backing out at Riviera.
This week, DeChambeau came to PGA National putting conventionally. It didn’t work either, with
Rickie Fowler will carry at least a share of the 54-hole lead into a PGA Tour final round for the fourth time in his career on Sunday at The Honda Classic. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Fowler has never converted a 54-hole lead into a win.
Back on the good column, Fowler carries a four-shot edge into the Sunday finale at PGA National after a third-round, 5-under 65 brought him to 13-under 197. After the round, Fowler copped to his recent issues in finishing off the Saturday night lead on the PGA Tour, but he also didn’t seem discouraged by those defeats so much as resolved to give himself that opportunity more frequently.
“I definitely need to put myself in this position more often, which is just going to lead to me winning more often,” he said. “I’m not going to be able to take a 36- or 54-hole lead every time and win, but the more times you put yourself there, the more trophies I get to hold on Sunday.”
In an effort to avoid making nothing at The Honda Classic, Shawn Stefani stripped down to almost nothing.
Stefani’s drive on the sixth hole at PGA National found a water hazard, but the water was shallow enough for him to try to hit the ball and escape by avoiding a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. Stefani got down to his underwear, got in the ankle deep water and took a cut. He advanced the ball 45 yards out of the hazard, leaving a mid-iron up-and-down to make par.
This was a choice rooted in the odds.
“I was just trying to make the cut,” Stefani said. “If I had taken a drop, I would have had to do it in the rough, 20 or 30 yards back. I would have been hitting a long iron into a green where you can’t stop the ball.
“All I was trying to do was make the best decision, and I think it was the best play. I fought hard until the end. It’s a tough golf course, but I never quit. I never gave up.”
Rory McIlroy took to Twitter on Friday to defend his decision to play golf with President Donald Trump on the prior Sunday.
McIlroy, who has been out of action since injuring a rib at the South African Open in January, got the invitation to play with President Trump at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla., late Saturday. The four-time major winner accepted the invitation to play with Trump and two others in an 18-hole round that White House staff originally billed as Trump playing just a few holes. Unbeknownst to McIlroy, in revealing his round with Trump to No Laying Up, he forced the Trump White House to revise their story.
However, McIlroy could well have known the backlash that was coming from those who do not support Trump, his policies or rhetoric. And, he got it in spades. After five days of hearing criticism that got personal and, in McIlroy’s view, went too far, he felt it important to explain his
On this episode of “The 19th Hole Golf Show,” we dig into Pat Perez’s comments about Tiger Woods, why he was shouted down for having an opinion and the comparison in reaction to him voicing his views as opposed to the reaction to Steven Bowditch’s DUI arrest.
PGA Tour winner Pat Perez is not a man who holds back on sharing his thoughts. In fact, over the years Double P has been the guy willing to say what other people are thinking.
He did that again on Thursday at The Honda Classic.
Perez, who won the OHL Classic last November for his second PGA Tour win, unleashed on Tiger Woods and his future.
“He knows it,” Perez said this week on his SiriusXM show “Out of Bounds.” “The guy shot 77 [in the first round in Dubai]. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Ah, my back’s gone. He knows he can’t beat anybody! I told you!
“He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly. I said this how many months ago? He’s not going to do it for a long time.”
Perez was skeptical about Woods’ ambitious schedule to start the year, which included four planned starts in five weeks. Of a possible total of 16 rounds, Woods will have played three.
The Florida Swing kicks off this week at The Honda Classic, and you can catch the action live on Yahoo Sports.
Yahoo will be streaming PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage of all four rounds from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on our Golf page. Coverage will run from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.
Adam Scott, coming off a tie for 11th last week at the Genesis Open, has enjoyed much success on the Champion Course at PGA National and is back to defend his title. Other stars in The Honda Classic field include Rickie Fowler, last year’s runner-up Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Luke Donald.
Inbee Park makes her return to the LPGA Tour this week, ending a six-month absence from the circuit with her first 2017 start at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Park struggled throughout 2016 with a left thumb injury that forced her to withdraw several times and shoot uncharacteristic high scores when she was able to play. She gutted it out to make it to Rio to represent Korea in the 2016 Olympics, and she won the gold medal, besting Lydia Ko for the honor. The seven-time major winner didn’t make another start the rest of the way, saving her return for this week.
“I took a lot of time off. I didn’t touch a club after the Olympics for about maybe four months,” Park said Wednesday. “I started practicing in December and until now I slowly got now practice time a little longer and longer.”
Park says she’s back into her normal routine, hopefully portending good things for her season, if she can remain confident that her
The PGA Tour moves from the West Coast to the Sunshine State for the start of the Florida Swing (with a pit stop in Mexico next week) and The Honda Classic. Once again, PGA National’s Champion Course and its infamous Bear Trap stretch will challenge an international field of top-ranked players as the stretch run to the Masters begins.
Adam Scott won here last year, and he’ll be tailed by the likes of Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.
Here are our top five players for this week:
1. Adam Scott — Scott got off to a great start in his 2017 PGA Tour campaign with a T-11 at Riviera. He’s got a good record at PGA National as he eases into his season in typical fashion.
2. Rickie Fowler — Fowler is playing very good golf this season … just not much of it. Fowler is a big fan of PGA National, and that’s a good combo this week.
3. Sergio Garcia — Garcia is a good pick even though he was disappointing at Riviera. He won
Dustin Johnson won for the 10th consecutive season on Sunday, cruising to a five-shot win in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club to become the 20th player in golf history to assume the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Johnson played 36 holes on Sunday, lapping the field in the third round with a 7-under 64 that effectively put the tournament out of reach. He reached 20 under par in the final round, which is the long-standing tournament scoring record belonging to Lanny Wadkins. However, Johnson retreated in the final 10 holes, playing in 3 over par. Nevertheless, the walk up the 18th fairway was a care-free one as Johnson notched his 13th PGA Tour victory with a final-round 71 and a 17-under 267 total.
Are you a PGA Tour golfer on the disabled list? Preferably a major winner? Then President Donald Trump is interested in playing golf with you on the weekends in Florida.
A weekend after Ernie Els was unable to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a neck injury and wound up playing with the 45th President, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who is on the shelf for a few more weeks with a rib injury, played with Trump at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to No Laying Up.
McIlroy, who rode in a cart for all 18 holes of the round, said afterward, “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s!”
Adam Scott is making his 2017 PGA Tour debut this week at the Genesis Open, but he’s already thinking about his schedule come late summer, when he might be taking a week off during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Scott and his wife, Marie, are expecting their second child in August, and the delivery may coincide with The Northern Trust, formerly known as The Barclays and the first event of the PGA Tour’s postseason.
“Hopefully I can play well enough to afford it,” said Scott.
The Aussie has made it through the FedEx Cup playoffs and to the Tour Championship in six of the last seven seasons.
In 2015, Scott skipped the Tournament of Champions to prepare for the birth of his first child, a daughter born in February of that year.
Tiger Woods may be on the sidelines of his professional golf career right now, but he’s making moves elsewhere in the sport — and he’s doing it in part with entertaining legend Justin Timberlake.
Woods and Timberlake, along with property developer Tavistock Group, own a company called Nexus Luxury Collection, and that entity has purchased partial ownership of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour.
HJGT claims to be the largest “grass roots” junior golf tour, running more than 900 tournament with more than 30,000 participants since its inception in 2007.
“The success of junior golf is an important element in growing the game,” Woods said in a statement. “Helping boys and girls compete, and be involved in golf, will benefit the kids and help strengthen our sport.”
Timberlake said, “I have always been a committed supporter of junior golf, and through the Hurricane Tour we can continue to help grow the game amongst