Billy Horschel is your 2014 TOUR champion. Horschel won the tournament in Atlanta, Georgia and was met with a mix of cheers and boos – presumably from fans of other SEC schools. Horschel, who attended Florida, broke out a celebratory Gator Chomp. This is the opposite of Jonathan Papelbon saluting Phillies’ fans.
Jamie Donaldson missed a putt at the Omega European Masters tournament in Switzerland earlier today, and he was not profoundly psyched about it. This clip serves as the occasional reminder that golf can be quite awful at times for everybody who plays.
Tiger Woods has, somewhat unsurprisingly, withdrawn himself from consideration to be on the upcoming U.S. Ryder Cup team. He announced the decision in a statement on his web site:
I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.
I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.
I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.
I wouldn’t say the nail is in the coffin as far as Tiger’s ability to win major tournaments is concerned, but it continues to feel increasingly less likely that he will ever return to his previous dominant form.
Golf, gym and win. Thats Rory McIlroy’s daily schedule since breaking it off with former girlfriend and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. After winning his second straight major at the PGA Championship on Sunday, some might believe that the uptick in production has coincided very neatly with the breakup of his former love. So it was natural that the media would equate the events and even ask about it. What’s relatively surprising, though, is that McIlroy essentially affirmed the narrative with his response before the third round of this weekend’s tournament. Via ESPN UK:
“I think what happened has been for the better in terms of my golf,” McIlroy replied when asked about what has been the catalyst for the transformation.
“I’ve put a bit more time into it and it has refocused me. I mean, what else do I have to do now?
“I go to the golf course, I go to the gym and it’s just my life at the minute.
“I worked pretty hard before but the past couple of months I’ve really just buried myself in my game. It obviously works pretty well, so I am going to keep doing it.”
It does seem natural that a 25-year-old would throw himself into his work to fill the void — both emotionally and time-wise — of an ended relationship. A lot of us have been there. Still, McIlroy appears to have a genuine personality and I hope that we all can appreciate it.
Since breaking up with Wozniacki, the resurgent 25-year-old has won two majors—The Open Championship and the PGA Championship—and stormed back to the become the No. 1 golfer in the world after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational a week before his PGA title.