The Match II; Champions for Charity COVID-19 Relief PDF Print E-mail


Phil, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Tiger pose after The Match at Medalist


Hobe Sound, Florida - Mother nature wasn't in a cooperative mood with

a weather system soaking all of South Florida, but the four titans of sport

slogged along in an effort to raise money for COVID-19 relief. The golf was

as sloppy as the weather, but between Tiger striping it all day, Mickelson

chirping in Trevino-esque fashion and the QB's pitching in (Brady actually

did hole out a wedge on the par 5 seventh) it made for some entertaining

live action for a change.


The front 9 was hard to watch, with more penalty strokes and lost balls than

pars, but surprisingly, the inward nine which consisted of modified alternate

shot was a far better watch. Everyone contributed, Manning seemed to own

the par 3 holes - hitting it to 17 inches on the 16th. Even Brady who struggled

throughout, made a 15 foot eagle put on the driveable eleventh hole for an

eagle 2, after Mickelson drove the green. 3 down at the turn, Mickelson and

the new QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began to gel down the stretch and

somehow got the match to the home hole as the gloomy Hobe Sound evening

was turning to darkness. When Tiger Woods lag putted to gimme range, the

match was over. In the end, 20 million dollars was raised for COVID-19 Relief

and a second consecutive weekend of live golf had been witnessed. It was a

Win/Win for all.


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Seminole Shines in TaylorMade Drive For Relief PDF Print E-mail
By Len Ziehm
It was, at the very least, a good start. Live televised sports competition returned on Sunday, and the TaylorMade Driving Relief event didn’t look much like the golf played by Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at the last PGA Tour event on March 12.

On Sunday the players all wore shorts, carried their own bags, cleaned their own clubs and were allowed to use range-finders. Caddies weren’t allowed, and neither were spectators at Seminole Golf Club, a storied Donald Ross-designed layout in Juno Beach, FL. Only PGA Tour staffers were allowed to touch the flagsticks or rake the bunkers.

NBC staffers were largely absent as well. Telecast host Mike Tirico was at his home in Michigan and conducted long-distance interviews with President Trump, Bill Murray and Jon Rahm. Analysts Paul Azinger and Gary Koch watched the broadcast from PGA Tour headquarters in St. Augustine, FL. Only on-course reporters Steve Sands and Jerry Foltz were at Seminole.

All that was in done in an effort to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other requirements to help COVID-19 relief efforts.

After a nine-week layoff the players’ games weren’t always sharp. Johnson hadn’t been on a course between the March 12 cancellation of The Players Championship and a practice round at Seminole this week.

The four players are all on the TaylorMade staff, and they donated their services. McIlroy and Johnson played in the two-man skins competition for the American Nurses Foundation and Fowler and Wolff represented the Center for Disease Control Foundation. Those organizations were the main beneficiaries as $5.5 million was raised from the Sunday event through corporate sponsorships and outside donations made during the telecast.

There was no wild cheering, due to the absence of fans, and the players couldn’t even give high-fives – all part of the social distancing effort. Only a few TV cameramen and PGA Tour officials, many riding in carts, accompanied the players around the course. Still, the event didn’t lack drama. The McIlroy-Johnson team earned $1,850,000 and the Fowler-Wolff team $1,150,000.

No skins were earned in the final six holes, so the match went an extra hole – to a closest-to-the-pin contest on a 120-yard hole. McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 golfer, won on the last shot of the day. His shot was slightly closer than Wolff, who was the surprise of the day.

Fowler-Wolff, both former Oklahoma State golfers, weren’t accorded much of a chance against the game’s No. 1 and No.5-ranked players but Wolff, a 21-year old PGA Tour rookie with a quirky swing, earned some surprise bonus points by winning two long-drive competitions.

McIlroy and Johnson are two of the longest hitters in the game, but Wolff did better on Sunday. He was the NCAA individual champion last year and won in only his third start on the PGA Tour.

“There were probably a lot of people asking why I was in it,’’ said Wolff, “but I wanted to prove to them that I can play with the best in the world.’’

“It was an awesome day,’’ said McIlroy, whose father Jerry is a Seminole member. “It was nice to be back on a golf course and get back to some kind of normalcy.’’

Another potentially lucrative charity exhibition is on tap for next Sunday, featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and legendary quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. They’ll play at Medalist Club, another South Florida facility.

That’ll set the stage for the PGA Tour’s return to tournament play on June 11, at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, TX. That event, along with the next four tournaments on the schedule, will be played without spectators.

“The Tour is obviously taking it very seriously,’’ said Fowler. “They’re taking all the measures needed to make sure when we do Colonial that it’ll be the safest environment possible.’’

“We miss competing,’’ said Johnson. “It’s been nice to be at home and enjoy time with the family, but I’m ready to get back out there and play.’’

18th at Seminole






Marion Hollins To Be Inducted Into World Golf Hall of Fame PDF Print E-mail





ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (April 17, 2020) – Marion Hollins, one

of the only female golf course developers in history, will be inducted into

the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2021. Joining Tiger

Woods, who was announced last month, Hollins was selected through the

Contributor category for her impact as a visionary golf course architect

and pioneer of the game.

Winner of the 1921 United States Amateur and captain of the first American

Curtis Cup team in 1932, Marion Hollins’ influence on the game stretched

beyond the fairways of competitive play. One of history’s few female golf

course developers, she took a lead role in developing the Monterey

Peninsula into a golf mecca, which is now home to some of the biggest

tournaments in play.


“When you start reading about Marion Hollins, you realize what a trailblazer

she was,” said Annika Sorenstam. “In her era, she didn’t have many

resources with the status of women in sports and golf. To be that kind of

trailblazer with that kind of enthusiasm and energy and get into course

development and design is very inspirational. She was an advocate for

women and changed the landscape of the game.”


Credited with being the first woman to conceive and build a planned unit

development with a golf course as a central feature, she played a major

role in the founding and formation of two of golf’s most iconic courses,

Cypress Point and Pasatiempo. Hollins was a collaborator with Hall of Famer

Alister MacKenzie on multiple projects; he credited her for the design of the

16th at Cypress Point. She also developed a friendship with the legendary

Bobby Jones and influenced the development of Augusta National when she

traveled there on MacKenzie’s behalf.

Hollins is the second Inductee in the Class of 2021, joining Tiger Woods,

who was announced last month. The additional members of the 2021 Class

will be announced in the coming days.

“Marion Hollins is most deserving of this honor,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO

of World Golf Foundation. “She was a principal force of the game, the

visionary of some of today’s greatest courses, and I am grateful that her

contributions will be celebrated as part of the 2021 Class and thereafter

in the World Golf Hall of Fame.”


About World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates golf and honors the legacies of

those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame opened in Pinehurst,

N.C. in 1974 where a total of 71 members were inducted before moving

to its current location in St. Augustine, Florida in 1998. The World Golf

Hall of Fame currently recognizes 160 Members. The Hall of Fame is a

501(c)(3) nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and

international golf organizations, including the European Tour, LPGA,

the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and

USGA. To learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame or to lend

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Hatton Wins at the King's House PDF Print E-mail


Tyrrell Hatton celebrates in his new red cardigan after winning at Bayhill

Orlando, FL - Tyrrell Hatton outlasted an impressive field in stage two

of the windy Florida Swing to capture his first PGA Tour victory.  The

King's house played as tough as it has in recent memory, Arnie would

have appreciated the U.S Open that broke out on his layout this week.


The 28 year old Englishman was one of only four players to break par

for the week, finishing at 4 under par after a final round 74. Four inch

rough, baked out greens and constant 20+ mph wind gusts made the

field look silly at times. So much so, that World No.3 Brooks Koepka

shot the highest score of his career - 81 on Saturday. Looking to gain

momentum after 36 holes, he moved out of contention completely.


Ecstatic after tapping in for his maiden triumph on U.S soil (by one

stroke over 2017 API Champion Marc Leishman), Hatton said, "To hold

on and win here at such an iconic venue, I'm over the moon."


Last week's Honda Classic winner Sungjae Im finished two shots back

after a 73 on Sunday. World No.1 Rory McIlroy was just two shots back

after 54 holes, but struggled to a final round 76, finishing at even par.


















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