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In an effort to avoid making nothing at The Honda Classic, Shawn Stefani stripped down to almost nothing.
Stefani’s drive on the sixth hole at PGA National found a water hazard, but the water was shallow enough for him to try to hit the ball and escape by avoiding a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. Stefani got down to his underwear, got in the ankle deep water and took a cut. He advanced the ball 45 yards out of the hazard, leaving a mid-iron up-and-down to make par.
This was a choice rooted in the odds.
“I was just trying to make the cut,” Stefani said. “If I had taken a drop, I would have had to do it in the rough, 20 or 30 yards back. I would have been hitting a long iron into a green where you can’t stop the ball.
“All I was trying to do was make the best decision, and I think it was the best play. I fought hard until the end. It’s a tough golf course, but I never quit. I never gave up.”
While he found the green with his third shot, he didn’t make the save from 10 feet. He finished at 2 over par, two shots outside the cut.
“Hopefully, my wife wasn’t disappointed,” Stefani said. “But I was out there fighting for my family. I was fighting to make the cut.”
Rory McIlroy took to Twitter on Friday to defend his decision to play golf with President Donald Trump on the prior Sunday.
McIlroy, who has been out of action since injuring a rib at the South African Open in January, got the invitation to play with President Trump at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla., late Saturday. The four-time major winner accepted the invitation to play with Trump and two others in an 18-hole round that White House staff originally billed as Trump playing just a few holes. Unbeknownst to McIlroy, in revealing his round with Trump to No Laying Up, he forced the Trump White House to revise their story.
However, McIlroy could well have known the backlash that was coming from those who do not support Trump, his policies or rhetoric. And, he got it in spades. After five days of hearing criticism that got personal and, in McIlroy’s view, went too far, he felt it important to explain his decision — and perhaps humanize it.
On this episode of “The 19th Hole Golf Show,” we dig into Pat Perez’s comments about Tiger Woods, why he was shouted down for having an opinion and the comparison in reaction to him voicing his views as opposed to the reaction to Steven Bowditch’s DUI arrest.
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PGA Tour winner Pat Perez is not a man who holds back on sharing his thoughts. In fact, over the years Double P has been the guy willing to say what other people are thinking.
He did that again on Thursday at The Honda Classic.
Perez, who won the OHL Classic last November for his second PGA Tour win, unleashed on Tiger Woods and his future.
“He knows it,” Perez said this week on his SiriusXM show “Out of Bounds.” “The guy shot 77 [in the first round in Dubai]. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Ah, my back’s gone. He knows he can’t beat anybody! I told you!
“He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly. I said this how many months ago? He’s not going to do it for a long time.”
Perez was skeptical about Woods’ ambitious schedule to start the year, which included four planned starts in five weeks. Of a possible total of 16 rounds, Woods will have played three.
Woods has not offered an update on his plans and future schedule.
Thomas Pieters was co-champion of the B-flight on Sunday at the Genesis Open, finishing tied for second with Scott Brown and five shots behind new world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
However, while the up-and-coming Belgian had a great week at Riviera, he didn’t hit every shot perfectly. In fact, one wayward shot could have gotten him in a little trouble on the homefront.
In the final round, Pieters hit a tee shot that wound up striking a fan…and that fan was his girlfriend. A spectator took footage of Pieters learning that he had hit his girlfriend.
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The Florida Swing kicks off this week at The Honda Classic, and you can catch the action live on Yahoo Sports.
Yahoo will be streaming PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage of all four rounds from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on our Golf page. Coverage will run from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.
Adam Scott, coming off a tie for 11th last week at the Genesis Open, has enjoyed much success on the Champion Course at PGA National and is back to defend his title. Other stars in The Honda Classic field include Rickie Fowler, last year’s runner-up Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Luke Donald.
Inbee Park makes her return to the LPGA Tour this week, ending a six-month absence from the circuit with her first 2017 start at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
Park struggled throughout 2016 with a left thumb injury that forced her to withdraw several times and shoot uncharacteristic high scores when she was able to play. She gutted it out to make it to Rio to represent Korea in the 2016 Olympics, and she won the gold medal, besting Lydia Ko for the honor. The seven-time major winner didn’t make another start the rest of the way, saving her return for this week.
“I took a lot of time off. I didn’t touch a club after the Olympics for about maybe four months,” Park said Wednesday. “I started practicing in December and until now I slowly got now practice time a little longer and longer.”
Park says she’s back into her normal routine, hopefully portending good things for her season, if she can remain confident that her thumb won’t get reinjured.
“The most important thing is that I can’t be scared of my injury,” she said. “If I still have that feeling inside me my swing is going to change. So I am trying to get that fear off me, and that has been working pretty well.”
The PGA Tour moves from the West Coast to the Sunshine State for the start of the Florida Swing (with a pit stop in Mexico next week) and The Honda Classic. Once again, PGA National’s Champion Course and its infamous Bear Trap stretch will challenge an international field of top-ranked players as the stretch run to the Masters begins.
Adam Scott won here last year, and he’ll be tailed by the likes of Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.
Here are our top five players for this week:
1. Adam Scott — Scott got off to a great start in his 2017 PGA Tour campaign with a T-11 at Riviera. He’s got a good record at PGA National as he eases into his season in typical fashion.
2. Rickie Fowler — Fowler is playing very good golf this season … just not much of it. Fowler is a big fan of PGA National, and that’s a good combo this week.
3. Sergio Garcia — Garcia is a good pick even though he was disappointing at Riviera. He won convincingly in Dubai, and last week in L.A. was pretty odd. Don’t get scared on him.
4. Justin Thomas — JT landed with a thud in Phoenix, but he was a respectable T-39 in Los Angeles. He was T-3 here last year after a missed cut in his first try.
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Dustin Johnson won for the 10th consecutive season on Sunday, cruising to a five-shot win in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club to become the 20th player in golf history to assume the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Johnson played 36 holes on Sunday, lapping the field in the third round with a 7-under 64 that effectively put the tournament out of reach. He reached 20 under par in the final round, which is the long-standing tournament scoring record belonging to Lanny Wadkins. However, Johnson retreated in the final 10 holes, playing in 3 over par. Nevertheless, the walk up the 18th fairway was a care-free one as Johnson notched his 13th PGA Tour victory with a final-round 71 and a 17-under 267 total.
This marks the 10th consecutive season that Johnson has won on the PGA Tour, the longest active streak. He joins a select company of seven players who enjoyed streaks that long to start their careers.
“I believe in myself, I think I’m a great player,” he said. “The best in the world, I mean until now I probably wouldn’t have said I was the best in the world, but now I can say it.
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Are you a PGA Tour golfer on the disabled list? Preferably a major winner? Then President Donald Trump is interested in playing golf with you on the weekends in Florida.
A weekend after Ernie Els was unable to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a neck injury and wound up playing with the 45th President, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who is on the shelf for a few more weeks with a rib injury, played with Trump at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to No Laying Up.
McIlroy, who rode in a cart for all 18 holes of the round, said afterward, “He probably shot around 80. He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s!”
Joining McIlroy and Trump were Nick Mullen from International Sports Management, McIlroy’s one-time representation firm, and Trump friend Rich Levine. McIlroy and Trump also posed for a picture with former New York Yankees player Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer.
— ClearSports (@ClearSportsLLC) February 19, 2017