• Gary Woodland explains WGC-Match Play withdrawal
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    Gary Woodland explains WGC-Match Play withdrawal

    Gary Woodland withdrew from the WGC-Dell Match Play last week. Gary Woodland took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to explain why he withdrew from last week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Texas. Initially, Woodland cited a personal family matter when he pulled out, and he has now explained more in depth, sharing the difficult reality that he and his wife, Gabby, have lost one of their two twins during pregnancy.

  • Power rankings: Shell Houston Open
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    Power rankings: Shell Houston Open

    The Shell Houston Open is the last opportunity for a player to earn a berth into the Masters. The Golf Club of Houston is a great host, set up to look and play as much like Masters host Augusta National as humanly possible. 1. Jordan Spieth — Spieth came out flat in his first match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and that was that, basically.

  • #AskAlan: That time I went toe-to-toe with Ernie Els
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    #AskAlan: That time I went toe-to-toe with Ernie Els

    At the 2004 U.S. Open, I wrote what I think is one of the better game stories of my career, largely about the complicated dynamics between Els and his countryman Retief Goosen. Els shot a final round 80 at Shinnecock and got smoked by Goosen, and my story captured his frustration. Els’s wife Liezl was unhappy with the story and, being a dutiful husband, Ernie got in my face on the practice putting green at the ensuing PGA Championship.