Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Nine

Sergio survives, Rory rallies, and Ariya arrives (again).

Hittin' the LinksThe off the course developments this week were almost as interesting as the competition on the course.

Tiger Watch 2016 may be longer than expected after he looked stiff at a media event and dunked three straight wedge shots in the water at Congressional. Maybe we won’t be seeing him in Dublin in a little over a week for the Memorial.

Elsewhere, Mickelson reached an agreement with the Feds. A former European Ryder Cup Team captain (McGinley) indicated that a former European Ryder Cup Team member (McIlroy) has issues between his ears. (Wonder if his thoughts have changed after Sunday.) And the membership of an Open Championship venue put up the sign “No gurlz aloud.”

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Eight

Jason Day, ladies and gentlemen. Jason. Day.

Hittin the LinksJason Day outlasted the best field in golf to take home the crystal at the Players Championship, shooting a Sunday 71 to cap off a dominant week. Day opened with 63-66, and didn’t take his foot off the pedal, even as the conditions worsened over the weekend. The win at TPC Sawgrass is Day’s seventh in his last 17 tournaments.

We also take a look at Rory’s continued (relative) struggles, get an update on Olympic golf, and sneak a peek into the continued awkwardness of Tiger’s post-Thanksgiving life.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Seven

Still no end in sight for Tiger Watch ’16.

Hittin' the LinksTiger Woods did not register for next week’s Players Championship, so that means the next most likely even that he’ll be part of is the Memorial the first week of June. His camp has apparently made housing arrangements for both the Memorial and the U.S. Open. We’ll see if Tiger comes out to play.

Elsewhere, the rumors we’ve been hearing for months are true. Adidas is looking to sell TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth. The leading candidates to purchase at least TM are rumored to be Under Armour and New Balance, but that could all be conjecture.

In the meantime, next week will bring a Dye-abolical time in Ponte Vedra. It’s always a good time, probably more so for us watching than those playing.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Six

Tiger Watch ’16 continues.

Hittin' the LinksSpeculation continues at a fever pitch for when we will next see Tiger Woods playing competitive golf. The deadline to enter Quail Hollow has passed, but rumor has it that Team Woods has made lodging arrangements for both the Players and the Memorial. That could mean he believes he’s ready to play again, or it could mean that he has more than enough to be willing to risk a few security deposits just in case he’s ready by then.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Five

Happy birthday, Lydia!

Hittin' the LinksLydia Ko turned 19 Sunday. She has 12 professional wins, including two majors. Had she won in San Francisco, it would have been her third consecutive win at the Swinging Skirts. Instead, she had to settle for 6th.

Speaking of great golfers, Tiger Woods is back in the news, and he may or may not be finished. We might or might not see him in action as soon as Quail Hollow. If we do see him, will he or won’t he be able to compete again? Questions remain.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Four

I took a six on a par 3 this weekend in support of Jordan Spieth.

Hittin' the LinksWith Masters weekend past, all of the major tours were in action this weekend giving the golf fan plenty to watch.

Jason Bohn returned to play for the first time since his heart attack, and made the cut; celebrities and those with deep pockets gathered in Myrtle Beach for the annual Monday After the Masters golf tournament/party; and those bitten by bad luck or bad play at Augusta licked their wounds while the media and fans pondered what it all means. And most importantly to me personally, Spring found the Midwest again and the golf was good!

Let’s hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Three

Why would you go at a right pin on #12 with a lead?

Hittin' the LinksFor seven straight rounds over two years, Jordan Spieth led the Masters. Then over less than 60 minutes, he dropped six strokes (and two balls into Rae’s Creek). The safe play to #12 has always been the middle of that green, especially when playing with a lead on Sunday in the Masters. So did he really flare it that badly or was he shooting at the pin and wiped it?

Either way, an uncharacteristic series of mistakes by Jordan Spieth helped a charging Danny Willett emerge victorious for his first major and first win in the United States (he has four previous wins in Europe). Willett shot a bogey-free 5-under 67, that bested runners-up Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes. The last player to arrive in Augusta this year, Willett is a new father of less than two weeks, and the expected due date was to be Sunday, April 10. Right date, different coming out party.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Two

Yes, sir!

Hittin' the LinksDespite the fact that it snowed here in Central Ohio this weekend, Spring has arrived. I know, because the Masters starts on Thursday.

The annual Drive, Chip, and Putt contest kicked off the week at Augusta National, giving us a first look for the year at those Georgia pines and beautifully manicured grounds. The anticipation is just going to build until those ceremonial tee shots fly Thursday morning.

The women held their first major of the year in California and the same teenager who won the last one picked up where she left off.

Let’s hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-One

Jason Day is really having his, well, day.

Hittin' the LinksAustin Country Club had a good showing at this week’s WGC Dell Match Play. The short holes worked well in the format, and there were some ridiculously long downhill drives. As is typically the case with match play, big names fell at the hands of not so big names, but in the end the player on the hottest streak won.

We’re two weeks out from the Masters. Just a quick stop in Houston to go before that annual rite of Spring tees off on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Golf’s big three are playing well, as are a number of other top names. It’s going to be fun.

Let’s hit the links.