1. Collin Morikawa and Katherine Zhu get engaged
Collin Morikawa may have lost his five-shot lead on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge and pushed back his opportunity to become World No. 1, but it was still a week to remember for the 24-year old. Morikawa got engaged to longtime girlfriend Kat on November 30th and shared the news via Instagram.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kat, here are some fun facts about her:
a) She’s Canadian! Kat is from Vancouver, but will hopefully root for Team USA in the Presidents Cup. Only time will tell.
b) She’s a REALLY good golfer. Kat played golf at Pepperdine University, where she maintained a scoring average of 76.54. Check out her swing:
c) She and Collin have a REALLY cute dog named Koa. They even have an Instagram account for their pup, who appears to be living quite the life.
The guy’s had it all in 2021: a major championship victory, a Ryder Cup win and … someone to personally curate his playlists for him. And a silver lining for the future Mr. and Mrs.: there’s no question what the highlight of young Collin’s week was. Congrats, you two! And shoutout to Keith Pelley for respecting the proposal embargo.
2. The latest TaylorMade shoot post
Attend a major. Play a few top courses. Tee it up overseas. Make an ace. These golf bucket list items are good, but I have set my heart on something even better (and significantly less likely to happen). I want to attend a TaylorMade shoot, and I’m about to convince you why you should, too.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall here! First off, the TaylorMade staff is stacked — Tiger, Rahm, Rory, Morikawa, DJ, the list goes on. Watching these guys yuck it up in a no-pressure situation is the dream of every golf social manager. And if last year’s TaylorMade Christmas card won’t convince you … well then, I don’t know what to tell you.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, from #TeamTaylorMade! pic.twitter.com/2ec6Z71EVX
I can’t wait to see what Team TaylorMade came up with for this year’s card.
3. Viktor Hovland at the airport.
There are a handful of things in this life I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand: fax machines, trigonometry and, most pressingly, Viktor Hovland’s social media presence. He’s not on Twitter, but his Instagram is equal parts confusing and hilarious.
Anyway, I stumbled across this tweet last week and didn’t think much of it… until he won the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.
It’s incredible how down to earth Twitterless Victor is. Just saw him at Nassau airport. The girl behind hm asked what he did.
Hovland: ‘I live in Oklahoma and play a bit of golf’.
Come on! You are actually the world No9!!!#HeroWorldChallenge
Viktor Hovland, four-time PGA Tour winner, plays “a bit of golf!” I love it. He’s now the No. 7 player in the world. That’d be like Taylor Swift saying she writes “a bit of music.” Or Leo DeCaprio saying he “does a little bit of acting.”
The fact Viktor went out and won the event a few days after this happened makes it even better.
4. Kisner and JT’s college football bet
I love when pro golfers get into sports rivalries on Twitter. Alabama played Georgia on Saturday, which meant one thing: Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner would have some type of bet going on. When Georgia lost in 2018, Kisner had to wear an Alabama jersey during the Sony Open. This year’s bet was a little more tame, but still entertaining:
The pros are just like us when it comes to college football! (Well, not like me because I don’t really follow it, but lots of other people do.)
5. Tiger (duh!)
More Eldrick content! After months of silence from him, it’s a treat to see (and hear!) so much of him over the last week. From his press conference to his driving range exploits, Golf Twitter has exploded over his every move. Dissecting a golf swing isn’t my forte, so I’ll stick to what I know best: social media posts.
First, let’s take a look at these photos from Long Drive pro Martin Borgmeier earlier in the week and then Tiger on Sunday.
He’s jacked! The man has come a LONG way in terms of recovery. He went from being unable to walk to being able to swing in a matter of months, but he’s also come a long way in terms of style and I’d like to highlight that here.
Now, I’m no fashionista (particularly not after working from home for the last 20-something months), but I do think it’s safe to say there’s been a lot of growth here. He’s gone from the ultimate baggy dad-fit (nothing wrong with that!) to a trimmer, more tailored fit, which makes him look younger and more stylish. Bravo.
And finally, I’ll leave you with this post. I have no idea what to make of it, but it feels worth sharing. I’d love to know what DJ and Usain discussed at this event. Anyways, I’ll see you all next week.
Rory McIlroy says he hopes he can inspire like Tiger Woods at the …
On his Dubai debut in 2006, McIlroy took the opportunity to follow Woods around the course after completing his own round; Watch the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic live on Thursday from 4am on Sky Sports Golf.
Rory McIlroy is hoping to provide young fans with the same inspiration he took from watching Tiger Woods on his Dubai Desert Classic debut in 2006, as the Northern Irishman seeks a third title at the Emirates Golf Club this week.
After playing his opening round on his debut at the tournament as a 16-year-old, McIlroy returned to the course in the afternoon, armed with a camera, to watch his idol Woods.
Sixteen years on, and with the 2009 and 2015 titles under his belt – along with six other top-10 finishes at the tournament – McIlroy is hoping to recreate some of the magic Woods provided that day.
“I had a better view than most, being able to get inside the ropes and have a media credential,” McIlroy said ahead of the tournament, which begins on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.
“Tiger hit a five-iron out of the right rough on 10 and landed on the green and stopped it on the green – and to this day it was one of the best golf shots I’ve ever seen. Just sticks out in my mind and I was right there for it.
“But it’s cool. I watched a lot of golf events as a teenager, and went to Mount Juliet for the World Golf Championships, went to The Open at Troon, went to the World Match Play at Wentworth a bunch of times.
“I loved getting up close and watching those guys play and trying to learn something from them and get inspiration. If there’s young kids running around this week, they can feel the same way or feel the same things as what I thought back then, then that’s a pretty cool feeling.”
McIlroy had to birdie the 18th to make the halfway cut on a mark of three over par last week in Abu Dhabi, but he surged through the field over the weekend and was just two shots off the lead after 13 holes of the final round.
Three bogeys in the last five holes meant the 32-year-old had to settle for a tie for 12th as former Ryder Cup partner Thomas Pieters went on to lift the title.
“It was a good weekend, a disappointing finish on Sunday but I felt some of the golf I played over the weekend was very encouraging,” McIlroy added.
“I guess (I need) just more of the same, maybe just try to refine a few things here and there.
“But it’s early in the year, and all I can ask for is getting myself into contention, trying to hit shots under pressure when it matters and hopefully I get another chance to do that this week.”
Want a better way to practice? This is how Tiger Woods found ‘eureka’ moments
Trevor Immelman had heard the Tiger Woods practice stories. And, for the most part, the legends were true.
“When you read a lot of the stuff, he would say, OK, 4:30 a.m. workout — I don’t know how true that is — but then it would be like, nine holes, chip balls, putt, play another nine, have lunch,” Immelman said. “So he would do all of that stuff.”
But this? This was different. Or the same, perhaps more accurately.
This week, as he was dishing for just about two hours on Barstool Sports’ Fore Play podcast (which you can — and should — listen to in full here), Immelman was asked what “a legitimate, hard-core practice session” looks like. The 2008 Masters champion flashed back to when he and Woods became closer in the early 2000s.
And this was both legitimate and hard core.
“What he at times, which I found fascinating because I wasn’t doing anything like that at that moment — this is like 2005, 2006 — he at times would dedicate like a day or two days to one part,” Immelman said on the podcast. “And so like he would putt for two days.
Or he would chip for two days. Because he thought that he needed to go into an aspect of the game and just get lost for a long period of time, and that’s when he would find the little things that could give him an edge.”
“Just putting for like eight, nine hours a day,” Immelman continued on the podcast. “And then he would do it again the next day. Wouldn’t go and hit a drive. Wouldn’t go and hit a chip. Just putt. Just putt. Get lost in the art of putting, figure stuff out.
“And that’s how I think he would own it back then. He owned it. I never did that until then. I learned that from him.”
And what did Immelman learn from learning it?
“Where I also think it’s smart is a couple reasons,” he said on the podcast. “First of all, what he explained to me was you could get lost in it and maybe have like a eureka moment where you’re just like, that, that’s it, this is it.
If I just feel this, then I start them where I want, or I get the right speed, or hit in the middle, whatever it may be.
“And then the other thing, it builds that kind of endurance for him. And I think, it’s not like we’re Navy SEALs or running into brick walls or anything like that, but it gives you that toughness, where if you just stand up there and you’re like, I’m going to make 50 in a row and I’m not going to leave until I’ve done that; I’m going to make 100 in a row, whatever it is, from 5 feet or 3 feet, whatever.
“That toughness to complete the task, keep failing until you get it done, those are the sort of things you can rely on when you’re out on your own, coming down the stretch in a tournament, and you’ve got this putt on like the 17th hole or the 18th hole, and as you’re coming out of your crouch from reading the putt, you’re like, man, for every day for the last two months, I’ve made 50 of these in a row. Like, I’ve put the work in. This is it, I’m making this.”
Not long after the revelation, Immelman won his Masters.
“He’s got an incredible golf mind,” Immelman said of Woods.
Tiger Woods gives biggest update yet on 2022 comeback with special insight on rehab
Tiger Woods has uploaded a clip on him in the driving range as he boosts he recovery from a terrible car crash in May. The golf legend has not featured on the tour since November 2020.
Tiger Woods has shared the most significant update on his golf comeback since his horrific car crash. The 15-time major winner was rushed to hospital after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles back in February.
Emergency crews found an SUV upside down in a wooded area, located around 30 feet from the main road.
Woods suffered serious leg injuries when his car hit a kerb and then a tree before rolling several times on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
Horrific images from the crash site have been broadcast across US networks and shows the front windscreen of the vehicle appears to be smashed and the front bumper of the car crushed.
Nine months later, the golf legend posted a short clip of him on the driving range taking a full swing of the club through the ball.
The 45-year-old’s right leg was wearing a protective gear on his right leg as he practiced his swing while making a gradual recovery from the shocking accident.
Woods gave the video the simple caption of: “Making progress”, which was liked over 105,000 times on Twitter.
He has not played in a PGA Tour event since November last year when he featured in the rescheduled 2020 Masters, but was then ruled out for the remainder of the year and beginning of 2021 through injury.
Initially the 15-time major champion was expected to return to the Tour at some point this campaign, however after being involved in the vehicle accident in February of this year his absence has now stretched to a year.
Earlier this month, American Ryder Cup star Justin Thomas gave a fresh update on Woods, who he meets with two or three times a week when he is at home.