First round recap at Colonial (PGA Tour)

Thursday highlights from the Crowne Plaza Invitational (Golf)

Round one wrap-up (PGA Tour)

First round leaderboard (PGA Tour)

Second round tee times at Colonial (PGA Tour)

After losing last week in a playoff, David Toms holds a share of the 18 hole lead (Golf)

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald both won at the Volvo Match Play (Golf)

Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie both advance in the LPGA Tour Sybase Match Play Championship (Golf)

How to play golf Pt. 3 (Golf Digest)

The five best sudden death playoffs ever (Golf Digest)

Playboy magazine (they are still publishing?) offers their take on John Daly (Wei Under Par)

Dick Ebersol has stepped down as head of NBC Sports. What does that mean for golf? (Devil Ball)

Tiger Woods is going to fall out of the Top 10 for the first time since 1997 (Devil Ball)

How Jack Nicklaus created ESPN/Sports Center tradition (Devil Ball)

The Volvo Match Play explained (European Tour)

The 10th anniversary of the Casey Martin case (Geoff Shackelford)

Apparently Sean O’Hair is the problem, but I still blame Rory Sabbatini (Geoff Shackelford)

What would you rather be on Sunday: the Hunter or the Hunted? (Devil Ball)

“He’s got a lot of golf left in him. I promise you, he’s not done” (Devil Ball)

KJ Choi donates $200k to tornado relief (Devil Ball)

How about 12 hole rounds? (Devil Ball)

Matrin Kaymer is the latest golfer to get rid of his looper (Wei Under Par)

France was the save choice for the 2018 Ryder Cup (Geoff Shackelford)

Are Tiger’s better days behind him? (Golf Digest / Geoff Shackelford)

Rees Jones may be done altering US Open courses (Geoff Shackelford)

Jerry Kelly is the TCU mascot (Golf Digest)

To to play golf as a beginner (Golf Digest)

Rory McIlroy has a different career outlook after his Masters gag session (Golf)

Can Luke Donald become the World #1? (Golf)

First round tee times at Colonial (PGA Tour)

TOUR Insider (PGA Tour)


GOTCHA! For those eleventy of you who closely follow the goings on here at TunaGolf, you may know that I am SLIGHLY older than your average hipster here at the center of the golfing blogosphere. . These yungins here like to keep me around, as I am always available to be mocked about being old and out of touch. Little do they know that their lame “get off my lawn” taunts only deepen my resolve to bring serious game to this site, and show that because I’m older, it also means I’m smarter and better (insert smiley little happy face).

One of the favorite claims of the “Who’s Now!” generation is that Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the history of evah, much like how everything created since 1995 is automatically better than anything ever seen by man.  Even though golf has been played for 1,000 years, we suddenly have decided that the 34 year old phenom with bad hair and huge choppers playing now is the best ever, even if he has roughly 10-15 years left in his career (depending on knee surgeries and infidelity dramas). Because I am a bitter middle aged man, jealous of people completely inadequate when compared to me in (almost) every way, it REALLY bothers me how the athletes and entertainers of today make exponentially more than their counterparts of yesteryear. Somehow, Oscar Robertson earned $22,500 his rookie year in 1960, and retired in 1973 making $200,00. JaMarcus Russell managed to eat his way out of Oakland while at the same time causing mink to become an endangered species, yet earned $34 million in three seasons of epic failure with the Raiders.

Earlier, Spencer and I got into our weekly argument over which generation of players are better (guess who took what side), the name Notah Begay was brought up in conversation. For whatever reason, I decided to look up this inebriated Native American’s career, and, lo and behold, I saw that HE EARNED MORE FUCKING MONEY ON THE PGA TOUR THAN JACK W. FUCKING NICKLAUS!!  While it is obvious that inflation, television agreements, and the “Tiger Effect” have led to an astronomical escalation of PGA Tour purses, it has always bothered me that, in every sport, let alone golf, awful to mediocre athletes make so much more money than the greatest athletes from another era. They led the way, dealt with the racism, lack of interest and exposure, etc, and made NOTHING, while these unappreciating, pampered athletes of today come in like they are owed this fortune. (more…)

I’m conflicted because as much respect as I have for Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus (and believe me, I have a TON of respect for them) they need to understand that games evolve both on the course and in the realm of technology, and to hold today’s golfers to a standard that these fine gentlemen do in respect to their era is foolish and shortsighted, almost as foolish and shortsighted as toneypenna, but we’ll cross that bridge in the comments section.

But I’m just curious…these are incredibly smart, savvy, well read individuals who know the game of golf better than anyone.  These guys know that sports evolve and that things change as time goes on, I mean, hell, these three were catalysts for such expansive growth in golf that it’s really hard to understand where they’re coming from.  Why did Arnie complain about balls being stopped from the rough?  Why is Gary Player accusing pros of using performance enhancing drugs?  Why is Jack Nicklaus going through great pains to discredit today’s players through complaints about technology and strategy?

This is a different era of golf and it should be treated as such. (more…)

It’s THAT time of the golf season, again. This week the greatest major of them all will be held at the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Links, with a full cast of the Tour’s best players (oh wait, that’s right, a couple of them failed to qualify. oh well). All week long (and hopefully thru the weekend) Tuna Golf will provide a plethora of US Open material of the past and present to insure none one feels left out (I’m staring at you, old man). Because we’ll be damned if some worldwide futbol event ruins one of ‘Merica’s famous pastimes.

Spencer opened this week with a course review of one of the most difficult tracks I’ve yet to come across. This is surely fitting  since US Open courses are notoriously prepped with greens like concrete, 8′ deep rough, and lengthened to such a degree that only Magellan would truly appreciate the course’s layout.  So to kick things off, we’re going to briefly look at a couple circulating story lines regarding the hot topic and the 2000, 2002, and 2008 Open champ, Tiger Woods. (more…)

I’m sure you’ve already heard how Corey Pavin, the US Ryder Cup captain, said in a recent interview that Tiger Woods is not a lock to make this years team…  (more…)

Phil lines up a putt with his caddies in 2008

Phil gets a better read after another missed putt

It’s no secret at Augusta. If you plan on winning the green jacket, don’t win the Par-3 contest on Wednesday. Since it was first played in 1960, no Par-3 contest winner has gone on to win the Masters in the same week.

The Masters Par-3 Contest has a history and tradition of its own. The 9-hole, 1,060-yard, par 27 course plays host to the pre-tournament challenge and includes players in the field, non-competing past winners and honorary invitees. The holes range from 70 to 140 yards and some say “may be the most beautiful nine holes in golf.” Since Sam Snead won the inagural contest in 1960, there have been 67 aces and Art Wall (1965) and Gay Brewer (1973) share the course record of 20.

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