Hanover Evening Sun http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Phil Mickelson tells epic story involving Tiger Woods, Tony Romo http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/phil-mickelson-tells-epic-story-involving-tiger-woods-tony-romo/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/phil-mickelson-tells-epic-story-involving-tiger-woods-tony-romo/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:29:43 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/phil-mickelson-tells-epic-story-involving-tiger-woods-tony-romo/ The story involved one time that Mickelson got under Woods' skin at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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The first HBO “24/7” episode might not have won everyone over as “The Match” between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods gets closer, but there was at least one gem to take away from it.

The story involved one time that Mickelson got under Woods’ skin at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by mentioning that he had dinner the night before with Woods’ partner, Tony Romo.

The way Mickelson tells the story makes it that much better:

One thing that Mickelson didn’t mention in this clip is that he began that Sunday two shots behind Woods before firing a closing 64 to win the tournament. Woods shot 75 and ended up T-15.

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Fantasy golf expert picks: 2018 RSM Classic http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/fantasy-golf-expert-picks-2018-rsm-classic/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/fantasy-golf-expert-picks-2018-rsm-classic/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 19:17:36 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/fantasy-golf-expert-picks-2018-rsm-classic/ Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s RSM Classic?

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Need help with your fantasy-golf lineups for this week’s RSM Classic? Our fantasy-golf experts are here to help.

From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:

Brentley Romine

  • Projected champion: J.J. Spaun. Love his game and he not only was second last year at Sea Island, but he also is coming off a T-3 finish in Mexico.
  • Also like: Webb Simpson and C.T. Pan. Simpson is the top-ranked player in the field and has three top-12s here in his career. Pan was just T-16 at Mayakoba and has cracked the top 13 in both previous RSM starts.
  • Sleeper: Lucas Glover. In a weak field, not many may be sleeping on Glover, but it’s hard to overlook his three straight top-17s to begin the fall.
  • DraftKings bargain: Curtis Luck ($6,400). This is more of a gut pick, as Luck has missed three of his last four cuts. But I think Sea Island will give him a chance to rely more on his strong short game.
  • Fade: Peter Uihlein. Case of name being better than current form.

Dan Kilbridge

  • Projected champion: C.T. Pan. T-30 or better in each of his first four starts this season, and the results have improved each week. Finished T-6 here a year ago and T-13 in 2016. Seems like a good week for his breakthrough victory.
  • Also like: Harold Varner III. Three top-15s in the last month, including a T-6 last week in Mexico. Seems to be playing with a lot of confidence.
  • Sleeper: Bud Cauley. After suffering serious injuries in a car accident last summer, he’s back in the swing and finished T-10 in Vegas two weeks ago. Also had a T-8 at the RSM a year ago.
  • DraftKings bargain: Joel Dahmen ($7,000). Slightly worried about fatigue entering his sixth consecutive start, but he made the cut in each of the previous five and carded four rounds in the 60s last week in Mexico.
  • Fade: Zach Johnson. One of the biggest names in the field and finished T-8 a year ago, but last week’s missed cut at the Mayakoba was underwhelming.

Kevin Casey

  • Projected champion: Russell Henley. He’s definitely a fan of this place, considering he’s finished in the top 10 in three straight trips here. His form is coming back, too, as a top 30 in Mexico proved.
  • Also like: Chesson Hadley and Kevin Kisner. Hadley has never had a high finish here, but he enters this week with a T-2 and a T-7 amongst his last three starts. Kisner is almost the opposite, as his form has been rough following the PGA Championship but he’s a past winner at RSM and boasts two other top 5s here. Going to trust him as a course horse this week.
  • Sleeper: Jason Dufner. Last time he played here, he finished top 10. Dufner is also coming off a nice, solid top 25 in Mexico.
  • DraftKings bargain: Stephan Jaeger ($6,800). He has quietly posted a pair of top 20s this fall. His performance at the RSM Classic last year was pretty nice, too, as he finished T-29.
  • Fade: Jim Furyk. He might be tempting with a T-6 or better in two of his last three starts as well as three top-11 showings at this event. But Furyk has been pretty up and down of late (missed cut in Vegas, T-71 at PGA). At a high price, if he has an off week, Furyk could be a huge waste of money in fantasy.

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Kevin Kisner gives advice before The RSM Classic http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-gives-advice-before-the-rsm-classic/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-gives-advice-before-the-rsm-classic/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:48:02 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-gives-advice-before-the-rsm-classic/ Prior to The RSM Classic 2018, Kevin Kisner responds to a question about what advice he has for younger players.

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Kevin Kisner addresses his health before The RSM Classic http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-addresses-his-health-before-the-rsm-classic/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-addresses-his-health-before-the-rsm-classic/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:47:02 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/kevin-kisner-addresses-his-health-before-the-rsm-classic/ Prior to The RSM Classic 2018, Kevin Kisner talks about recent return to the PGA TOUR after resting an injury as well as his approach on the new tee on the Plantation course 10th hole.

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Prior to The RSM Classic 2018, Kevin Kisner talks about recent return to the PGA TOUR after resting an injury as well as his approach on the new tee on the Plantation course 10th hole.

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Wyndham Rewards Top 10 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/wyndham-rewards-top-10/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/wyndham-rewards-top-10/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:46:02 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/wyndham-rewards-top-10/ Starting with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Regular Season, players will vie for a chance to be part of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10, a new $10 million bonus that will be split among the Top-10 FedExCup Regular

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Starting with the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Regular Season, players will vie for a chance to be part of the Wyndham Rewards Top 10, a new $10 million bonus that will be split among the Top-10 FedExCup Regular Season finishers.

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J.T. Poston looks to build off rookie season http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-poston-looks-to-build-off-rookie-season/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-poston-looks-to-build-off-rookie-season/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:51:02 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-poston-looks-to-build-off-rookie-season/ After moving to the golf-haven that is Sea Island, Georgia, J.

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After moving to the golf-haven that is Sea Island, Georgia, J.T. Poston set out to make an impact in his 2017-18 PGA TOUR rookie season. He captured 6 top-25s, which booked him a spot in the 2018 FedExCup Playoffs, and has propelled him into his sophomore season on TOUR.

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J.T. Poston’s workout routine http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-postons-workout-routine/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-postons-workout-routine/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:50:02 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/j-t-postons-workout-routine/ PGA TOUR player J.

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PGA TOUR player J.T. Poston goes through his regular workout routine.

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HBO’s ‘24/7’ unable to light a spark in ‘The Match’ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/hbos-247-unable-to-light-a-spark-in-the-match/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/hbos-247-unable-to-light-a-spark-in-the-match/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:53:25 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/hbos-247-unable-to-light-a-spark-in-the-match/ HBO’s ‘24/7’ unable to light a spark in ‘The Match’ as it previews the big event scheduled for next week.

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HBO Sports’ “24/7” franchise has won 18 Sports Emmy Awards chronicling athletes’ preparations for major sporting events, including boxing title matches and preparations for hockey’s Winter Classics. HBO’s “Hard Knocks” is the gold standard of sports reality television, and “Real Sports” has done some fabulous investigative journalism.

Now the creative people at HBO and the powerful “24/7” franchise have been dispatched to follow Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as they prepare for the post-Thanksgiving golf cash bonanza in Las Vegas.

Deploying “24/7” and the theatrical narration of actor Liev Schreiber to preview the match – uh, excuse me, “The Match: Tiger vs. Phil” – feels like a reach. “The Match” doesn’t seem big enough for the “24/7” brand. It’s like sending an ESPN “30 For 30” crew to Yankee Stadium to chronicle an Old-Timers’ game.

But that won’t stop our heroes from playing along. There is a persistent effort by Woods, Mickelson and the crew to try to make viewers care about their Nov. 23 contest at Shadow Creek Golf Club. But that’s a mighty tough sell.

The camera crew follows Woods as he preps at Medalist Golf Club. He arrives at a par 3, where he envisions a closest-to-the-pin side bet with Mickelson. (Woods calls a “KP.” “I know ‘KP’ is weird because it’s actually closest to the pin, which is CP, but we always call it KP. I don’t know why,” he says.) So you’re expecting to see Woods stiff the iron shot and make the putt. Nope. He pulls the iron, blows the putt past the hole and settles for a boring par.

On another “highlight,” Woods went through a detailed description of how he would play a 7-iron approach, then mis-hit it into a swale left of the green. Correction: “The wind got it,” Woods said. On another approach, he hits it close, then misses a 4-footer.

In most documentaries, these forgettable moments would end up on the cutting-room floor. In this “24/7,” that’s all they’ve got. They have to fill 45 minutes, so mundane stuff like that ends up in the final cut.

Walking off a green, Woods said, “If we’re playing the next hole, I know we go long drive. Him being 48, I’m 42, I can get him on the next hole.”

I found myself imagining Tiger Woods, sitting in a rocking chair 40 years from now, telling anyone who will listen, “I remember when I blew it past Phil on the sixth hole at Shadow Creek. Oh, kids, you should have seen me…”

Mickelson had his own rocking-chair moment recalling a 2000 victory over Woods at the Buick Invitational. “That felt good … That was awesome,” Mickelson said.

That’s great. I’m sure Buick Invitational historians will be rhapsodizing about that moment for decades to come.

Here’s the thing: Good documentaries play out effortlessly because no manipulation is required. You just turn on your camera or your tape recorder and listen to your subject. Your biggest concern should be: How will I fit all of this great material into the time and space that I’ve been allotted?

That’s not a concern on this “24/7.” Woods and Mickelson work hard to build up the drama, to no avail. In one scene, which HBO’s publicity staff sent out to promote the show, Mickelson, doing his damnedest to make viewers care, recalled a Pebble Beach pro-am pairing with Woods that got “pretty intense.”

You read that correctly. Lord help any viewer who gets worked up over any pro-am pairing, regardless who is involved.

We, as fans, want to see great players compete on Sundays for major championships. But there’s a problem. Woods and Mickelson peaked more than a decade ago. Mickelson hasn’t won a major in five years, Woods a decade. At this point, we’re unsure how much they have left in the tank.

There’s another problem: They have nothing to lose. We care about sports because wins and losses have meaning for the athletes and, by extension, their fans. But what meaning is there in “The Match”?

At one point, Woods said, “It’s not only for the amount of money, but it’s also the fact that I’m able to take it off of Phil.”

News flash, Tiger: You’re not “taking it off of Phil.” Neither of you put up your own money. Instead, it’s just a couple of old warhorses milking gullible sponsors for a big payday.

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Rory McIlroy may quit European Tour membership in 2019 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/rory-mcilroy-may-quit-european-tour-membership-in-2019/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/rory-mcilroy-may-quit-european-tour-membership-in-2019/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:54:04 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/rory-mcilroy-may-quit-european-tour-membership-in-2019/ Rory McIlroy may quit European Tour membership in 2019.

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Rory McIlroy has dropped a few bombshells in his career, but the one he dropped on the eve of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship, Dubai will have sent shock waves through golf’s European Tour.

McIlroy claims he could quit his European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the PGA Tour. Not the sort of news European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley wanted in the final event of the 2018 season.

“I don’t know,” was McIlroy’s answer when asked if he would renew his European Tour membership for 2019. “I am starting my year off in the States and that will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess from there.

“I’ve got a couple of ‘pure’ European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August. I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week-in and week-out and for the most part of the season that is in America.

“If I want to continue to contend in the majors and to continue my journey back towards the top of the game, then that’s what I want to do.”

The European Tour responded to the PGA Championship’s new May date by switching its BMW PGA Championship to September from its old date in May. McIlroy has been a keen supporter of the Euro Tour’s former flagship event, taking the title in 2014. However, the new date means he doesn’t have to tee it up in Europe until just before the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

“It is the result of the changes. I don’t have to commit to anything until May, so I will not have played a European Tour event. I will play the WGCs and majors and events like that, but the true European Tour season does not start until July.”

The Omega European Masters is one of the two “pure” European Tour events McIlroy will play before the end of August. The luxury watch company is one of McIlroy’s long-time sponsors.

The former world number one is expected to play the Irish or Scottish Open in the run up to the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. His foundation no longer sponsors the Irish Open, and so McIlroy has no contract to appear at Lahinch two weeks before the Open Championship. Given his penchant for playing the week before a major, it means he might appear in the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club the week before he flies to Northern Ireland to try to win his fifth major in front of his home fans.

“Right now that is all sort of up in the air but if it were to be that I don’t fulfil my membership next year, it’s not a Ryder Cup year so it’s not the end of the world,” McIlroy said. “I am always going to want to play the Ryder Cup, so if that does happen so be it and I will try and make the Ryder Cup team with the year after it.”

McIlroy’s future Ryder Cup captaincy prospects will be in jeopardy if he sits out the 2019 European season. A new European Tour rule introduced last year states: “Players cannot be a European Ryder Cup captain or a vice-captain if they decline membership of the European Tour or fail to fulfil their minimum event obligation in any season, from 2018 onwards.”

European Tour players must compete in four “regular” European Tour events outside the majors and WGCs to fulfil membership requirements. Rest assured Pelley will working furiously behind the scenes to try to get his star attraction to tee it up in two of the late season tournaments to keep him in the European fold.

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CME Championship boosts 2019 purse to $5M, winner’s payout to $1.5M http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/cme-championship-boosts-2019-purse-to-5m-winners-payout-to-1-5m/ http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/cme-championship-boosts-2019-purse-to-5m-winners-payout-to-1-5m/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:24:43 +0000 http://eveningsun.sportstonews.com/2018/11/14/cme-championship-boosts-2019-purse-to-5m-winners-payout-to-1-5m/ 2019 CME Championship boosts 2019 purse to $5 million, winner's payout to $1.

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NAPLES, Fla. – When Terry Duffy calls, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan answers.

Duffy, CME Group Chairman and CEO, has a record of setting the bar higher in women’s golf. Duffy’s latest pitch: double the purse at the 2019 CME Group Tour Championship to $5 million and raise the winner’s paycheck to $1.5 million. And while it will remain a season-long race to qualify for the event, anyone in the field of 60 will be able to take home the record-setting prize.

“My kids see men walk off greens with $1.5 million dollar checks almost every week,” said Whan. “You never see a woman walk off the green with that. This a game-changer in terms of as Condoleezza Rice said to us at KPMG, ‘They’ve got to see it to be it.’ Terry is gonna let a few women see it.”

In the fall of 2009, Whan accepted the job of commissioner but asked not to start until January. He flew under the radar at the Tour Championship in Houston that year, where a field of 130 players competed for a $1.3 million purse with no title sponsor.

“To sit here and talk about $5 million, $1.5 million, and not to mention that my room is at the Ritz,” said Whan, “nothing against Houston, but pretty impressive week all in all.”

It’s no wonder that Whan refers to Duffy as one of the LPGA’s heroes.

“I want to be a leader,” said Duffy, who grew this event from a small pro-am tournament at Tiburon to one of the pillars of the tour. “From our standpoint, that’s what CME we’ve done our entire career. So we’re a leader, and we want to be a little bit of a trailblazer.”

Duffy asked Whan, “What’s the highest price on the LPGA?”

That would be the U.S. Women’s Open at $5 million. Duffy said he didn’t want to chase a number or get into a matching game with another tournament. What he did want to achieve, however, is getting others thinking about doing the same.

“It’s awesome,” said Brooke Henderson of the record prize. “I think a lot of girls on tour are really going to appreciate that. And I feel like even women around the world, when they see that, they’ll feel like we are getting closer to being level.”

Flying back from Asia last year, Whan looked at the number of LPGA players who made $1 million for the season. The number 17 looked a whole lot better than the eight from 2010. But then he Googled the PGA Tour’s 2017 money list: 102 millionaires.

There’s room to run, but what’s happening in Naples represents a significant step.

“The reality of it is if you’re one of the best 60, 50, 120 anythings in the world in your sport at a level that’s televised around the world, you shouldn’t need a rich uncle to help you cover travel expenses for the year,” said Whan. “This is an opportunity to say that financially, if I can make it to Naples and play good golf, I’m pretty secure financially not just for this year, but for next.”

This week at Tiburon, only 12 players have a mathematical chance of nabbing the $1 million bonus. Next year, all 60 players have a chance. Chella Choi likened it to winning the jackpot.

“I have a chance!” Choi said, pumping her fist.

Henderson is one of five players who can automatically claim the $1 million payout with a victory this week. It gets complicated crunching the numbers down the stretch at CME, making the new format much more fan-friendly.

The fact that anyone in the field can win the $1.5 million should not only strengthen the fall fields in Asia but the CME as well.

Duffy said CME’s partnership with the LPGA adds brand value to his company. It makes sense for him from a business side, but there’s a bigger picture at play as well.

For Duffy, it’s about the future of the country too.

“I think it’s an obligation not only as a CEO of a large institution, but others have that same obligation morally to do the right thing for young people,” said Duffy. “If you don’t get the young people at a certain age, they get to a certain time in their life and they’re lost. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just the reality of it.

“So I want to set an example where young girls can see this, and to Mike’s point, have aspirations to be a part of it. That’s how I look at it. It’s bigger than golf for me.”

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