John Daly Had A Blast In His Champions Tour Debut That Included Smokes, Booze and Bobbleheads

John Daly made his long-awaited Champions Tour debut on Friday and he was treated to everything that John Daly loves. There was booze. There were cigarettes. There was cake. There were loud clothes. Most importantly, there was a whole lot of fun being had by everyone. The fun started even before Daly hit a golf ball. To kick things off, the first 1,000 spectators to the Insperity Invitational in Woodlands, Texas each received a special commemorative John Daly bobblehead doll and there were also prizes given away to some of those wearing Daly’s signature “Loudmouth” clothing line. [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images]Not to be outdone by any of his onlookers, Daly walked to the first tee box dressed in a turquoise blue shirt to go with his turquoise and red trousers, admittedly nervous about his big debut. “I feel good, I feel nervous. It’s a good nervous. I always feel a little nervous on the golf course and that’s a good thing.” Some of Daly’s nerves were certainly eased on that first hole as he was presented with a red and white sheet cake with the inscription “Welcome to the Champions Tour”. Naturally, the two-time major champion responded with a joke. “You want me to eat all this now? I’m worried what would happen about the fourth hole.” Daly wasn’t the only one with jokes. His playing partners for the day, former Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller and two-time Champions Tour major champion Peter Jacobsen, had some jokes of their own for Big John. Jacobsen offered Daly a lime green golf ball while making reference to one of his longtime habits. “You see this golf ball. It’s the color of John’s teeth (after all his cigarettes).” [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images]Daly took the rib in stride, responding with “Oh man. That’s tough.” It was then Fuzzy’s turn to jump in, which he did by referencing the $150,000 bet he made with his playing partner many years ago in which he said that John would never make it to 50. Daly said earlier in the week that he wasn’t going to hold Zoeller to the deal, but Fuzzy still wanted to give him something, which came in the form of a bottle of his namesake vodka, which he says should be enough. “There is it, I’ve paid my debt.” When it came time to get down to business, John Daly did what John Daly does. He crushed his tee shot some 80 yards past Jacobsen and Zoeller on the 516-yard, par-5 opening hole. He parred the first six holes, bogeyed the seventh and made birdies on eight and nine to go out in 1-under 35. He added birdies on 11 and 13 before giving one back on 14 and parred out for a 2-under 70. Daly is currently tied for 12th and is four shots behind leader Mike Goodes. For only playing twice this year, Daly said he was pleased with how he performed. [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images] “I was surprised how good I hit the ball. I hit a lot of fairways, and that one-iron was a blessing today for me. I mean, even when I didn’t hit it good, it was going in the fairway, and I gave myself a lot of chances.” Whether or not he’s the favorite to win the golf tournament, John Daly is certainly the crowd favorite. A security guard that walked with the group said that he’d never seen anything like it, including when he walked for five years with Arnold Palmer’s group. While many fans wore the aforementioned “Loudmouth” clothes, one fan wore a golf shirt with the Crooked Stick logo on it, which is where Daly first made a name for himself at the 1991 PGA Championship. The fan pulled Daly aside as he was walking off the second green. “Hey, John, you see this shirt. I wore it for you, to give you good luck today.” It’s not only the fans that are behind John Daly. His fellow competitors are with him as well. They know that Daly is a draw and can only help the Champions Tour. At least that’s what Woody Austin thinks. “They (fans) don’t want to come out and see me, a journeyman. I understand that. It’s important to have, what we call, needle movers, and that’s what John can do.” Even six-time major champion Lee Trevino made a rare appearance to watch John Daly in action. While complimenting Daly’s talent, he went ahead and threw a joke in at the end just to stick with the theme of the day. “I’ve known John since he was 18 years old and he likes people and his personality will draw out the crowd. He’s got the greatest short touch for a big man of anybody I’ve ever seen. I think he will grip it and rip and you can’t keep him out of the winners’ circle. Unless he throws his putter or his whole bag in the water on the 18th hole.” John Daly may not win this golf tournament, but he’s already accomplished what he set out to do this week. “It’s fun to play golf with friends again.” The Champions Tour just got a little more interesting. [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images]

Tiger Woods Announces Status For U.S. Open

Tiger Woods’ status for this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont has been in question for quite some time and the golf world finally has an answer. In a statement released on Tiger Woods’ official website, TigerWoods.com, the three-time U.S. Open champion finally revealed that he will not be playing at this year’s event, which will be held at Oakmont Country Club from June 16-19, and will also miss the tournament that Woods himself hosts, the Quicken Loans National, held at Congressional Country Club in the Washington, D.C. area the following week from June 23-26. “While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition. “I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week. “I will be hosting and attending my foundation’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.” [Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images] Related Articles Tiger Woods Writing New Tell-All Book To Be Released Early Next Year Golfing Legend Says That Tiger Woods Is Afraid Of Embarrassing Himself Davis Love III Says That Tiger Woods Wants To Make History At This Year’s Ryder Cup Tiger hasn’t played a competitive round in golf since tying for 10th place at August’s Wyndham Championship. Not having won a tournament since 2013, a year in which Woods won five times, the 79-time PGA Tour winner found himself in contention for the first time in a long time that weekend as he played Greensboro for the first time in his career in an attempt to get in the field for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He was tied for the lead heading into the weekend, but a missed putt on the 18th hole on Saturday kept him out of Sunday’s final pairing. While everybody else went low, Woods shot a 70 on Sunday to finish four strokes back of this year’s Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III. Woods will actually be a vice captain for that team this fall. Last September, Woods announced that he had undergone a second microdiscectomy surgery (he had his first in March of 2014 which caused him to miss four months of that season, including The Masters) on his ailing back and just a month later, Tiger announced that he also underwent a follow-up procedure, explaining that it was just something that he had to do and wasn’t able to give a timetable for his return. “It’s one of those things that had to be done. I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I’ll be back as soon as I can. “The last one, it took me awhile to get back. Some players on TOUR have done the same procedure, and to be back pain-free it took them over a year.” [Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]If it does end up taking Tiger that full year to return, that would also keep him from playing The Open Championship at Royal Troon from July 14-17 and the year’s final major, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol from July 28-31. Since turning professional, Tiger Woods has never missed all four major championships. This announcement will likely end up fueling even more retirement rumors and the golf world will have to continue to wait on what the future holds for Tiger Woods. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

Watch 2016 U.S. Open Live Online: Start Times, Streaming Video Links For The Entire Tournament

Golf fans can watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online and see who can emerge atop the field in one of the nation’s toughest courses. For the first time in nine years, the annual tournament will return to Oakmont Country Club, which is just outside of Pittsburgh. Notoriously difficult — USA Today noted that there isn’t a single hole that can be described as
“easy” — Oakmont is actually so unwieldy that the winning score in the 2007 U.S. Open played there was 5 over par. Jordan Spieth predicted it would be just as difficult this time around. “I don’t think anyone’s going to be in the red come 72 holes,” said Spieth, the defending U.S. Open champion. U.S. Open 2016 picks and predictions: Can Jordan Spieth go back-to-back at Oakmont? https://t.co/lHNzycDEAf via @sbnation — Cristina Gonzales (@GCristina42) June 16, 2016 Even a good performance is likely to net an above-par score at Oakmont, noted 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Oglivy. He said the combination of pressure of the tournament and the ultra difficult course (with some of the hardest greens in the nation) should make for an interested four days. “You’re going to see the best players in the world having the hardest time shooting good scores,” Ogilvy told USA Today. “You could play well and shoot 76. The U.S. Open messes with your brain. You can’t escape a day at the U.S. Open without some adversity. And you know that on the first tee. And you know you have to deal with the crazy greens. They make putting at Augusta seem quite easy. “We had perfect weather last time and 5 over won.” Fans who watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online could see quite a bit of stop-and-go in the early days of the tournament. The forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday, which could shorten the rounds and potentially soften the course up a bit. Oakmont is known for its fast greens, and a soaking may help even the odds a bit. A look at the weather forecast for the U.S. Open: https://t.co/gXT8bfHJaC pic.twitter.com/aUyXnIpRUo — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2016 But golf fans who watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online will be missing one of the sport’s most familiar faces. Tiger Woods announced earlier this month that he would not be physically ready to join the field at Oakmont Country Club. The three-time U.S. Open champion also announced that he wouldn’t be able to play in his own tournament, the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. “While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods announced on his official website. “I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.” For fans looking to watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online, here is a complete schedule of start times and streaming video links. Round 1 — Thursday Live online coverage from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on FoxSportsGO.com. Viewers can also watch streaming video of featured groups via USOpen.com. The groups include: Group 1
Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Danny Willett (8:24 a.m.) Group 2
Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau (8:35 a.m.) Round 2 — Friday Live online coverage from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on FoxSportsGO.com. Viewers can also watch streaming video of featured groups via USOpen.com. The groups include: Group 1
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia (7:51 a.m.) Group 2
Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott (8:35 a.m.) Round 3 — Saturday Live online coverage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on FoxSportsGO.com. Featured groups will be announced later and can be seen at USOpen.com. Round 4 — Sunday Live online coverage from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on FoxSportsGO.com. Featured groups will be announced later and can be seen on USOpen.com. Those who want to skip the rest of the tournament and just watch the end of the 2016 U.S. Open live online will also be able to catch the final holes at USOpen.com. [Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]

Wendy Honner: Shane Lowry's Wife In The Spotlight Amid His Unlikely Run In 2016 U.S. Open

Wendy Honner is a nurse from Ireland about to make her entrance on the big stage. The wife of golfer Shane Lowry has been gaining interest as her new husband continues his unlikely run through the 2016 U.S. Open, where he opened the final day in position to take home the trophy. The 29-year-old Lowry isn’t exactly among golf’s elite players. He made a name for himself in 2009 when he won the Irish Open as an amateur, but then has just one PGA Tour victory to go along with three on the European Tour. He has been at the doorstep in a handful of major tournaments, including ninth place finishes in the 2015 U.S. Open and The Open Championship in 2014. Lowry didn’t exactly come from nowhere. His father, Brendan, is an All-Ireland football medal winner and was on the powerhouse Offaly team in the 1980s, the Irish Times noted. It was actually a tour loss that led to one of the biggest moments in Shane Lowry’s life. As Heavy.com noted, he proposed to now-wife Wendy Lowry after a 2014 top five finish. Lowry got down on bended knee in Dubai at the end of 2014, after a fifth-place finish at the World Tour Championship. He chose the famous Atlantis Hotel overlooking Dubai’s Palm islands as the setting for the proposal. Shane Lowry and wife Wendy Honner made headlines in the U.K. earlier this year when the couple decided to cut short their engagement plans and head to New York to elope. The Irish golfer said as the wedding planning got bigger and bigger, they both realized that they didn’t want “the big white wedding” and instead headed to the Big Apple. “The guest list [was spiralling] and I get stressed very easily,” he told 2FM (via the Irish Mirror). “So we decided the big white wedding at home was not what we wanted. We cancelled plans a few months ago and told both our families, and as long as they were pretty happy, we were happy to go ahead.” ????????????❤️ pic.twitter.com/hmqEwhZPcN — Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) April 13, 2016 Shane Lowry and his new wife had a small ceremony, with their photographer actually serving as the witness for the ceremony. Though the couple has a relatively small stature on the international stage, both Shane Lowry and wife Wendy Honner were thrust into the spotlight during his run through the 2016 U.S. Open. Lowry, who came into the tournament as the 624th ranked golfer in the world, opened the final day with a four-stroke lead. He started on Sunday up two and quickly added as play resumed from the darkness-shortened round on Saturday, sinking an 11-foot putt for birdie on the 15th hole and a 7-foot putt for birdie on the 17th hole. But with the final group set to tee off at 3:30 p.m. ET, Lowry said he wasn’t getting ahead of himself. Happy birthday @ShaneLowryGolf ????????????❤️ pic.twitter.com/hGPpfTJQCP — Wendy Iris Honner (@wendyirishonner) April 2, 2016 “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These are the best golfers in the world behind me,” Lowry said Saturday (via ESPN). “I have to go out there and do what I’ve been doing all week.” Lowry added that he can’t let the pressure of the moment overtake him, the Irish Times reported. “No matter what happens, I just have to get up and play the next shot. I’m sure there are going to be little twists in the tale this afternoon, I will be expecting that, and we will just have to see how it goes. A few shot lead is obviously nice, but I’ll just have to go out and shoot the best score I can and see where that leaves me on the 18th green. If that’s good enough, I’ll be quite happy. If Shane Lowry can hold onto his 2016 U.S. Open lead, he and wife Wendy Honner may need to get used to being in the spotlight. [Image via Twitter/Shane Lowry]

Watch 2016 U.S. Open Final Round Live Online: Streaming Video Link For Sunday's Golf Major

Viewers can watch the 2016 U.S. Open final round live online and see if Ireland’s Shane Lowry can hold onto his lead and take home the first major of his career. The surprising Lowry held a four-stroke lead going into the final round of play, but Andrew Landry and Dustin Johnson are both within striking distance at four behind. It is leading to what could be an exciting finish at the 2016 U.S. Open, with the final group of Lowry and Landry teeing off at 3:10 p.m. A full list of tee times can be found here. The tournament finish will be missing some familiar faces, with Rory McIlroy missing the cut and Jordan Spieth out of contention. It left for a wide-open tournament on one of the most notoriously difficult courses, with some relative newcomers atop the leaderboard. We have a new leader and his name is @ShaneLowryGolf. #USOpen https://t.co/1lLR749PXt — U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 18, 2016 Lowry put himself in place atop the field thanks to a 5-under 65 in his round on Saturday, punctuated with a 6-foot par put on 18. “That’s one of the best rounds of my career right there,” Lowry said (via ESPN). “A 65 on this golf course, against this field, is pretty good.” But there is another potentially huge story brewing for those who watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online. Landry, who opened the day four shots Lowry, is the No. 624 player in the world and playing in just his first major tournament. “Who can’t be excited about that?” said Landry, who just got his PGA Tour card this year. “That’s what you always hope for and dream for. Who knows what can happen?” Will anyone be able to catch Shane Lowry? He finished his third round this morning and opened up a four-shot lead. pic.twitter.com/Hyd2EYCYNN — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 19, 2016 The below-par scores for both Lowry and Landry is even more incredible given the very difficult course at Oakmont Country Club. USA Today noted that the suburban Pittsburgh course doesn’t have a single hole that can be described as “easy,” and the winning score in the 2007 U.S. Open played there was five over par. The course is known for its hard and fast greens and many hazards, with PGA Tour players well aware of how difficult it is to break par. “You’re going to see the best players in the world having the hardest time shooting good scores,” 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Oglivy predicted before the tournament started. “You could play well and shoot 76. The U.S. Open messes with your brain. You can’t escape a day at the U.S. Open without some adversity. And you know that on the first tee. And you know you have to deal with the crazy greens. They make putting at Augusta seem quite easy. But Lowry may have cost himself a big chance at his first win in a golf major. In his seventh hole, Lowry was putting when the ball moved after he addressed it. The Irish golfer gave himself a one-shot penalty that led to a bogey, a stroke that could be costly as he moves into the final day. “I had a straightforward two-putt from 30 feet up the hill,” he said (via the USA Today). “I addressed the ball and the ball moved back. I had to penalize myself. It’s very frustrating in a tournament like that.” Lowry made up for it a bit by extending his lead early on Sunday morning, when he finished Saturday’s darkness- Live online coverage of the final round of the U.S. Open can be seen from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on FoxSportsGO.com. Featured groups can be seen on USOpen.com. Those who want to watch the end of the 2016 U.S. Open live online will also be able to catch the final holes at USOpen.com. [Photo by John Minchillo/Getty Images]

PGA Cancels Greenbrier Classic Tour Due To West Virginia Floods Affecting The Golf Course

Owing to heavy flooding in West Virginia, PGA has decided to cancel the Greenbrier Classic Tour – a major PGA event – scheduled to be played from July 7 to July 10. In the past few days, West Virginia has seen a record rainfall in the state and it has caused devastating floods. These floods have also affected The Old White TPC, the course at White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, which was supposed to host the Greenbrier Classic Tour. After examining the course, the PGA Tour officials came to a conclusion that it was beyond reasonable repair and wouldn’t be ready in time for the Greebrier Classic Tour. The Greenbrier County resort has been closed indefinitely until clean up work starts. Talking about the flooding, PGA Tour Commissioner, Tim Finchem said: “We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the terrible flooding. Cancelling The Greenbrier Classic is certainly the most prudent course of action as our foremost concern is the well-being of those who are having to live through this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.” He confirmed that the Tour will return to Greenbrier next year but he also added that it is of secondary concern now. “The priority is safety of the residents and their recovery from this disaster,” he said. Jim Justice, owner and CEO, The Greenbrier also had something to say about the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic Tour: “All of our focus needs to be on helping all of the people of our great State. So many have lost loved ones, their homes, and have no place to go.We love the PGA TOUR and our partnership with these fine people. All of us are united with only one common goal to help the people through this terrible time.” Greenbrier’s official account also tweeted that it is opening its doors for shelter to those who need it. In a press release, Jim Justice, said: “Due to all of the damage we received from the storm, we aren’t able to provide The Greenbrier experience that our guests expect, But we can certainly provide a comfortable room for those who are hurting and need a place to go.” The Greenbrier Opening Its Doors to Provide Shelter to Those in Need https://t.co/DieIHIgCzs pic.twitter.com/We3QLI0j6W — The Greenbrier (@The_Greenbrier) June 26, 2016 This decision was sort of expected because earlier, on Saturday, popular Pro Golfer Bubba Watson had visited the course and tweeted video of some of the holes that in the course showing the flooding. Hope @The_Greenbrier drys out soon!! #GreenbrierClassic #hole18-17-1 pic.twitter.com/n2HRUTYpw7 — bubba watson (@bubbawatson) June 23, 2016 Justin Ray, Senior Researcher with the Golf Channel, tweeted that the Greenbrier Classic Tour is only the third PGA Tour to be cancelled due to bad weather.The previous PGA Tour event cancelled due to bad weather was in 2009 at Sanderson Farms in Jackson, Mississippi. The Greenbrier Classic is just the 3rd PGA Tour event canceled due to weather conditions in the last 20 years ('09 S Farms, '96 Pebble). — Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 25, 2016 A total of 26 people have died due to the floods and 15 of them are from the Greenbrier County. More than 150 players had committed to play the Greenbrier Classic Tour. Pro Golfer Erik Compton said: “I was saying on the range, and a lot of players (were saying) we’re not really worried about the golf tournament.We’re more worried about the community. First-most, you’ve got to get the community back. There’s plenty of time for golf.” West Virginia has recorded up to 10 inches of rainfall in less than 24 hours resulting in rising of the creeks, streams and rivers, and consequently causing floods. As of Thursday, the devastating floods had forced 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties to declare a state of emergency. Also, the floods have left more than 60,000 homes and businesses without electricity. However, there were no flash flood warnings issued for West Virginia on Saturday and the cleaning work has started taking place as a result. [Image Via Darren Carroll/Getty Images]

Is Tiger Finished?: Woods Pulls Out Of PGA Championship, Will Not Play Again This Season

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since August 2015, when he finished tied for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC, due to a back injury. Woods has had three surgeries on his back since March 2014, the most recent coming last year. On Tuesday, the PGA Championship announced that Tiger had withdrawn from the final major of the season and would be replaced by Harold Varner III. This marks the first time in Woods’ career that he will miss all four majors in one season. The 2015 PGA Championship was the last major that Tiger played in and he missed the cut by posting a four-over par through the first two rounds of the tournament. Tiger Woods out of PGA Championship, marking first time he’s missed four straight majors. https://t.co/0TDoYRapr7 pic.twitter.com/OwwuoBKEwW — NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 19, 2016 Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg also announced in an email to the Golf Channel on Tuesday that Tiger will not play in another tournament the rest of the season. “Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA. Will not play in the ’15/’16 season and will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the ’16/’17 season.” Tiger Woods won’t return to the PGA Tour in 2016: https://t.co/ZCpmk1YljQ pic.twitter.com/oM9wYHVOrV — Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) July 19, 2016 Woods is currently second in PGA Tour career victories list with 79, trailing only Sam Snead’s 82. Tiger is also second in PGA Tour majors victories with 14, sitting behind Jack Nicklaus’ career record of 18. At one point, it not only seemed inevitable that Woods would break both records, but absolutely smash them on his way to the becoming the greatest golfer of all time. That all changed on Thanksgiving night of 2009 when Tiger Woods’ now ex-wife Elin Nordegren found out that Woods had been cheating on her for some time. Nordegren chased Tiger out of their Orlando mansion with a golf club and the ordeal eventually ended with Woods in the street, unconscious, bloody and snoring after crashing his Escalade, according to the New York Post. Since that fateful night nearly seven years ago, Woods has a total of eight PGA Tour wins and zero major victories. It seems as if as Woods’ personal life came crashing down, so did his golf game. Tiger never played with the same swagger or the same confidence that had come to be associated with his game after that incident. Tiger Woods withdraws from #PGA Championship, will not play golf in 2016 https://t.co/QICmRR1dVn — Denver Post Sports (@DPostSports) July 19, 2016 Despite the injuries and the off-the-course issues, Tiger said back in May that he believed that both the PGA Tour career victories and majors records were still “attainable,” according to The Big Lead. Maybe six or eight months go by, Woods completely heals, and comes back for one last dominating run, but that would seem to be a long shot, especially when he makes comments like he did earlier this year to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. Svrluga asked Tiger Woods if he could envision himself returning to Congressional as a host like Jack Nicklaus does at the Memorial. Tiger: “Mmmmm-hmmmm,” he said, lips pursed. “Yep.” Really? How and why? Tiger: “Ask me that question later this year,” he said. “I’ll have a different answer.” Huh? Tiger: “You’ll see,” he said, and he smiled. First of all, did Woods go to LeBron James’ school of cryptic sayings to the media? This little conversation with Svrluga leaves a lot to the imagination. It could certainly be construed as a guy who may be on the verge of retirement, but at the same time, Tiger could announce at any moment that he’s given up on golf, but he hasn’t. In short, it’s entirely possible that we’ve seen the end of Tiger Woods, but it’s also conceivable that he could return healthy next year. Either way, I don’t believe anyone on the planet, even Tiger, knows what the future holds for him on the golf course. [Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images]

Arnold Palmer: Golf's Greatest Legend, Dead At 87

Arnold Palmer, golf’s greatest ambassador and legend, is dead at the age of 87. He wasn’t just one of the best golfers of all time, he was a family man, philanthropist, businessman, airplane pilot, legend, inspiration and friend. Palmer passed away Sunday in a Pittsburgh hospital of complications from heart problems. He was admitted on Thursday for some cardiovascular testing and diagnostics before becoming weaker over the weekend. One of the things that made Arnold Palmer such a figure to be admired was his ability to relate to others. He was a man who was called a friend by celebrities and presidents, but never hesitated to stop and exchange a handshake and a few words with a fan. It didn’t matter if the person approaching him was a business mogul, politician or groundskeeper, Palmer was approachable and kind. Arnold Palmer, perhaps golf's greatest ambassador, dies at 87. 'https://t.co/v4exjFPVJo @dougferguson405 pic.twitter.com/C8ZeTkGYhV — AP Sports (@AP_Sports) September 26, 2016 Arnold Palmer was the first golfer ever to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Just prior to accepting it, he spent a few moments with President George W. Bush and even offered him a few golf tips in the East Room of the White House. Five years later he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and offered golf tips to some of the most important politicians in the country. He jokingly thanked the House and the Senate, saying that for once, they were able to agree on something. Without a doubt, they would all agree he will be greatly missed. After receiving those awards, the highest civilian awards ever given in the United States, he went outside and signed autographs for hundreds of people. Palmer was a man who never forgot where he came from or who helped him reach the pinnacle of his success. His day at the U.S. Capitol left a deep impression. House Speaker John Boehner, an avid golfer, sang his praises. “Arnold Palmer democratized golf, made us think that we, too, could go out and play. He made us think that we could really do anything, really. All we had to do was to go out and try. Arnold, you’ve struck our hearts and minds, and today your government, your fellow citizens are going to strike a gold medal for you.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Palmer, “Golf made you famous, but your tireless efforts to save lives, not your short game, will make you immortal.” Reid’s words were prophetic, in a sense, as his words were echoed in so many tributes already spoken in the hours since Palmer’s death. One of the famous “Big Three,” along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Palmer won 62 titles on the PGA Tour, the final one being the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. Four wins at the Masters, two at the British Open and one in the U.S. Open. The only major he was never able to win was the PGA Championship, but his other legendary victories led to his 1974 induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Many a young golfer began to dream of a future on the PGA Tour while watching him on television. He filled the screen with the substance legends are made of. One of those young golfers was Tiger Woods. “Arnold meant everything to golf. Are you kidding me? I mean, without his charisma, without his personality in conjunction with TV – it was just the perfect symbiotic growth. You finally had someone who had this charisma, and they’re capturing it on TV for the very first time. Everyone got hooked to the game of golf via TV because of Arnold.” Arnold Palmer was immortalized in paintings, most famously by Eisenhower, his friend, and Norman Rockwell. His name is on an airport, a golf tournament, hospitals, streets, charities, and even a drink. The Arnold Palmer is a combination of iced tea and lemonade and is served in bars and restaurants, and even sold in grocery stores. One of Palmer’s greatest claims-to-fame was his “Arnie’s Army,” a phrase coined by the Augusta local press, according to a report from USA Today. In 1960 at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, soldiers from nearby Camp Gordon followed Palmer. It wasn’t long before fans from all over the U.S. began to enlist in the armed services. Arnold himself served in the Coast Guard, according to NBC Sports. Arnold’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer grew from those beginnings to a highly successful charity. We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1 — USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016 Arnold Palmer’s father, Deacon Palmer, was perhaps the single largest influence on the man Arnold would become. Deacon worked at the Latrobe Country Club for 55 years. Arnold spent much of his childhood near the sixth tee of the club, and learned the ropes from his father. Beyond the mechanics of grip and swing, he learned sportsmanship, manners and respect. More than a balanced golfer, he was a well-rounded man, much to the credit of his father. Of all those grieving the loss of “The King,” as Palmer was known, one of those closest to him was arguably Jack Nicklaus. The”Golden Bear,” as Nicklaus was called, spent as much time on the course with Palmer as anyone. Their friendship and rivalry ran for decades, capturing the attention of their many fans. Nicklaus posted a tribute to Arnold Palmer on Twitter on Sunday. “Arnold transcended the game of golf. He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. He was a legend. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself.” I just got the news at about 8:45 that Arnold had passed. I was shocked to hear that we lost a great friend (continued) pic.twitter.com/skehUsQgww — Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 26, 2016 Arnold Palmer’s down-to-earth personality, desire to serve others, and his sense of humor will live on. “I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.” [Feature photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images]

Arnold Palmer: The Man Who Changed The Face Of Golf

On the fourth and final day of the 2016 PGA tour, the world of golf went into mourning. On Sunday, as Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore, Kevin Chappell and others vied for millions in prize money, links legend Arnold Palmer took his last breath at age 87 at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Within hours of the announcement that Palmer had passed, the internet was abuzz with tributes and memories of the man who lent a commoner’s touch to the country club sport of golf. If you want to read an obituary or postmortem tribute to “The King,” you’ll have plenty of chances to do that. The focus of this timely article is to teach the world a bit about who Arnold Palmer was and how his tenure as America’s greatest golfer changed the sport of gentlemen forever. Early life of Arnold Palmer Arnold Daniel Palmer was born to Milfred Jerome “Deacon” Palmer and his wife, Doris Morrison Palmer, on September 10, 1929 in the west-central Pennsylvania town of Latrobe. “Deac” Palmer, who’d survived a childhood bout with polio, was a greenskeeper and eventually a golf pro at the local country club. Palmer’s fortuitous paternity allowed him early access to the humble nine-hole course where he learned the game that would make him a sports star. Palmer’s dad gifted him with his first set of clubs when he was only 3-years-old. By the time he was 8, young Arnold’s talent at the centuries-old Scottish game was evident. By age 11, Arnold Palmer was caddying for the best players in Pennsylvania. Arnold joined the Latrobe High School golf team where he met his best friend, Bud Worsham, during their senior year. Palmer won three golf championships and three prestigious titles before graduating from high school with a golf scholarship to Wake Forest College in 1947. During their senior year at Wake Forest, Worsham was killed in an automobile accident. The mishap disturbed Palmer so much that he left school and enlisted in the Coast Guard. After leaving the service in 1954, Palmer settled in Cleveland where he sold paint and paint supplies to support himself and his golf habit. That same year, Palmer prevailed in the National Amateur tournament, prompting the 25-year-old duffer to go pro. A sponsorship contract with the Wilson Sporting Goods Company provided Palmer enough income to propose marriage to Winnie Walzer three days after meeting her while the pair were playing in an amateur golf tournament. Big wins and prestigious prizes Arnold Palmer pocketed his first substantial golf-related paycheck in 1955, when he won $2,400 at the Canadian Open. In 1956, Palmer won three more tournaments and four more the year after that, according to YourDictionary. The $28,000 Palmer pocketed in 1957 made him one of the best-paid moneymakers on tour. The following year, Arnold won his first Masters Tournament in Augusta, forever securing his place in the annals of golf history. Over the course of his long career, Arnold Palmer won dozens of tournaments and titles, including 29 PGA Tour events as well as securing victory at The Masters in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964. He was awarded the Vardon trophy for lowest scores four times and in 1967, Palmer became the first golf pro to earn $1 million playing golf. In 1971, Palmer purchased the Latrobe Country Club where he learned to play as a child. Arnold Palmer changed the face of golf Prior to the 1960s, golf was a game reserved for the most moneyed members of society. Once the plain-spoken Palmer joined the ranks of touring golf pros, public perception of the elite game loosened considerably. During his heyday, Palmer was dubbed part of the “Big Three” which also included Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. In 1969, it looked as if Palmer’s illustrious career would end when the sandy haired duffer suffered a severe hip injury. In typical Arnold Palmer fashion, the seasoned sportsman rallied, winning the Bob Hope Desert Classic and three other high-profile tournaments in 1971. Arnold Palmer played his 50th and final Masters tournament in 2004. That same year, Palmer became the first professional golfer to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2005, Palmer announced his retirement after being disqualified from participating in the U.S. Open. After 2005, Palmer did not play golf as a pro, but he continued to earn a nice living from endorsements, his ownership of the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, and his part ownership of The Golf Channel. The world remembers Arnold Palmer United States Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III told PGA of America the following about his old friend. “When I think of Arnold Palmer, I think of his natural ability to relate to people, the close bond he had with his father, and how when I first came on Tour, he made young professionals like me feel welcome. Like me, Mr. Palmer was born the son of a PGA Professional and was taught by his dad not only the fundamentals, but also how to give back to this great game. He leaves an impact on the game and on sports in America that is unmatched. Tonight our country lost a great sportsman, a great American. As we approach the Ryder Cup this week, our team will keep Mr. Palmer and his family in our prayers and will draw from his strength and determination to inspire us.” Golf Digest magazine offered the following remembrance of Palmer. “He looked like an athlete, a prizefighter, a middleweight. He opened golf’s windows and let in some air. He lifted a country-club game, balanced it on his shoulders, carried it to the people and made it a sport. He won big. He lost big. People who didn’t follow golf followed him. People who hated golf loved him. He was photogenic in the old newspapers. He was telegenic in the new medium. He was the most asked question called into the night desks on weekends: ‘What did Palmer do today?’” We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87. pic.twitter.com/iQmGtseNN1 — USGA (@USGA) September 26, 2016 Johnathon Voye was among the Arnold Palmer fans known as “Arnie’s Army.” After years of admiring the man from the gallery, Voye had a chance to speak with Palmer at the Quicksilver Classic in 1990. Upon hearing of his death this week, Voye reminisced. “It’s not often we meet our heroes. And it’s not often that they are more wonderful than you could ever have imagined. He was, and he made me feel special. Thank you Mr Palmer. Long Live the King. I’ll never forget you.” Look back: How Arnold Palmer invented the Arnold Palmer https://t.co/5KvJQIhJC6 pic.twitter.com/846wZ3u8Kw — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 26, 2016 RIP Arnold Palmer, September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016 [Featured Image by Iowa Daughter | Wikimedia Commons | Cropped and Resized | CC by-SA 3.0]

Hero World Challenge 2016 Live Stream, TV Schedule, And Tiger Woods' Leaderboard Results

The Hero World Challenge 2016 live stream online and televised coverage will continue from Friday through the weekend, as professional golfer Tiger Woods resumes his comeback. Woods has been away from his sport for months but now is finally back for this latest tournament in the Bahamas. He joined 17 other contenders including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson in this four-day event. After Thursday’s first round of action, how did Woods fare in the leaderboard results? As reported by PGA.com on Thursday, American golfer J.B. Holmes is the leader at the Hero World Challenge after the opening round. Holmes finished with an 8-under 64 in Thursday’s first day of action in Nassau, Bahamas. While Holmes ended up with the top spot, it looked early on like another guy by the name of Tiger might officially be back in business. Woods, who hadn’t competed in 466 days, had three-straight birdies and an early tie for the lead in the tournament. After the first round, J.B. Holmes sits atop the Hero World Challenge 2016 leaderboard. [Image via Christian Petersen/Getty Images] Several mistakes later, Woods found himself sitting at No. 17 on the leaderboard with a total score of 73. The only player trailing him as of this report was Justin Rose at a total score of 74. However, this is one of his first appearances in a tournament in some time, as he is working his way back towards the prominence he once had in the sport. Woods, a winner of 14 career majors, still seemed pleased with his return performance despite the issues that plagued him on the first day. “It could have been something really good. I got off to a nice, solid start and made a few mistakes there. I didn’t play the par 5s very well in the middle part of the round and consequently, got it going the wrong way…. But all in all, I feel pretty good. I’m looking forward to another three more days.” Tiger has been away from any PGA action since back surgery he had in September of 2015. That forced him out of the 2016 Masters Tournament in March of this year, and he missed all four majors in a year for the first time during his All-Star golf career. Now he’s back at it, at the age of 40. His comeback attempts have been compared to those of a basketball-starved Michael Jordan. After MJ retired from the Chicago Bulls, he eventually found himself needing to return to play the sport he loved for another shot at showing his greatness. Woods seems to have similar motivation as he’s taking on some of the new best players in the game since he’s been sidelined. Among them are U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson, PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, and Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson. Tiger Woods is currently at No. 17 on the leaderboard after some early brilliance and a batch of mistakes. [Image via Christian Petersen/Getty Images] However, Tiger still appears focused on an attempt to show he’s capable of putting on a performance to captivate the sports world. As USA Today mentioned in their report ahead of this tournament, he said he plans to try to win the event in his first action back in over a year. “I know that’s a tall order since I’ve been away from the game for so long and I’ve made a lot of different changes in my game, but the mindset’s still the same. That is to go out there and try to beat these guys.” While Tiger was right there with J.B. Holmes at the start of the Hero World Challenge 2016 event, he’s now near the bottom of the field. Meanwhile, trailing Holmes on the leaderboard is Hideki Matsuyama with a 7-under 65, and Dustin Johnson at 6-under 66. Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for fourth place at 5-under 67 heading into Friday’s second round action. The 2015 FedEx Cup winner Jordan Spieth is currently tied for seventh place with Rickie Fowler. Both players have a four-under 68 score ahead of the next round. Friday’s second day of the World Hero Challenge 2016 will resume on the Golf Channel with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET until 4:30 p.m. ET, and additional highlights coverage between 5 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET. Televised action will continue on Saturday and Sunday via NBC as well as the Golf Channel. There will be additional coverage on Monday, December 6, from 1 p.m. ET through 6 p.m. ET. To watch the World Hero Challenge 2016 live streaming online, cable and satellite viewers will need to have access to Golf Live Extra. The website and compatible apps are able to be used by cable or satellite customers with Golf Channel or NBC as part of their provider package. More details are available from the Golf Channel website. [Featured Image via Christian Petersen/Getty Images]