Tiger Woods entered the NBC broadcast booth on Saturday for a post-round interview with Dan Hicks and David Feherty after a third round 70. Much like the rest of the week, it was a round that featured many highs and lows, but there was definitely more positive than negative to discuss considering the sixteen months that have gone by since he last teed it up. At one point during that round, he sat just two shots back of the leaders but by the end of the day, he was eleven shots behind thanks to a few loose swings and some great play by Hideki Matsuyama. Ultimately, Matsuyama would go on to win the event by two shots over Henrik Stenson, with Tiger finishing fourteen shots back in 15th place.
Well, here we are again.
In a few days, Tiger Woods will (hopefully) make his most recent long awaited comeback at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The tournament is a small 18-man field that benefits Tiger’s foundation and features some of the best players in the world, along with a good sized purse of $3.5 million and OWGR points up for grabs. It’ll be the first time that anyone has seen Tiger on the course in a competitive tournament in sixteen months, as he last teed it up at the 2015 Wyndham where he finished tied for tenth.
He begins his latest comeback attempt on Thursday, paired with Patrick Reed with a tee time of 12:00 PM ET. Below, I’ve answered some questions on his return and what we should expect this week and beyond.
We’re nearing the end of November, which means that golf isn’t exactly top of mind for a lot of people. Sports is really at its peak at this time of year, with important and entertaining games happening in basketball, football, hockey and soccer. Golf, especially in their “offseason”, just can’t compete week in and week out with that kind of firepower.
However, I’m here to tell you that this week is a little different. The World Cup of Golf, a 72-hole stroke play team event with both foursome and fourball play, is happening this week from Kingston Heath in Australia, and you should absolutely make some time for it.
Hideki Matsuyama won the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions event in China last night, finishing at 23-under par and cruising to a seven shot win over Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger. It’s Matsuyama’s tenth win as a professional, and third on the PGA Tour after wins at the 2014 Memorial and 2016 Waste Management. Full highlights of Matsuyama’s final round are below.
We’re only a couple days out from the start of the 2016 Ryder Cup, and everything has started to take shape. Here are three questions for each team as we get ready to watch Europe and the USA go head to head.
The best event in golf is finally back, as Team USA and Team Europe are at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Here are ten predictions before the first ball is in the air on Friday morning.
Below, you’ll see records for all twenty-four players competing this week at the 2016 Ryder Cup. I’ve split out the records into five categories:
- Ryder Cup Singles: How each player has fared in the Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup
- Ryder Cup Team: Records for each player in both the fourball and foursome format at the Ryder Cup
- Overall Singles: Records across all competitions in singles play (ie. WGC-Match Play, Volvo Match Play, etc.)
- Overall Team: Fourball, foursome and greensome records in all team competitions
- Overall Match Play Record: Everything combined into one overall record.
As always, you can click on each player’s name to get a full record with exact details on the matches.
It goes without saying that the Ryder Cup is one of golf’s premier events, and there’s an argument to be made that it’s actually number one on that list. Being Canadian, I don’t have an actual rooting interest in who wins it every other year, but it’s so much fun that I can honestly say that even without my own national pride on the line, I think it’s actually the event that I look forward to more than any other.
We all know the reasons behind why it’s so good, but I think one of the underrated aspects of it is that we get to see newer faces each time out playing for their country and you really do get to see a whole different side to them that you don’t get to see on a weekly basis. There’s a passion for this event that is truly unrivalled in the game, probably best exemplified by players like Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter, who make it must watch TV. Now, while Davis Love has so far declined to introduce any new players to his roster (much to the chagrin of the entirety of Golf Twitter), Darren Clarke’s European side will feature six rookies in Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Chris Wood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Thomas Pieters, with all but Pieters qualifying on their own via the two European points lists. If it feels like there’s a changing of the guard here, that’s probably accurate and not just for Europe. It’s very easy to see that the American side, despite players like Reed, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, is looking a little on the aged side.
One thing has become obvious over the past few weeks as it relates to the Ryder Cup captain’s picks for Davis Love III and Darren Clarke: they don’t really have it easy. In Clarke’s case, he had the good kind of problem where a bunch of players were playing well for his three final slots and he had to make a tough call, while Love seems to be dealing with the opposite. His four picks, three of which he made on Monday with one more coming after the Tour Championship, are coming from a pool of players who have underwhelmed for the vast majority of 2016.