Sergio Garcia and David Lingmerth had a conversation had a good conversation following the conclusion of play at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday. Got a caption for what was said? Leave it in the comments below and, as always, play nice and keep it clean.
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(From left) Mike Hill, Gary Player and Lee Trevino share a laugh prior to the first round of the Demaret Division at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf on Monday in Savannah, Ga. Their group, which also featured Jack Nicklaus, owns a combined 129 TOUR victories, 33 majors and 76 Champions Tour victories.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- -- EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14:The Masters Historic Edition have shipped in North America and will be available worldwide starting on March 29. Both editions pay homage to golf’s rich history and legendary golfers through an all new game mode, Legends of the Majors featuring six different eras of golf and period specific equipment, night golf and for the first time in franchise history the chance to go for the Grand Slam by playing historical events in all four majors.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 has generated early accolades by enthusiast press. According to Gamer Magazine, "EA clearly isn’t resting on its laurels, despite the knowledge that it’ll sit atop the leaderboards for another year." The game is available on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, including support for the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move.
“We wanted to celebrate the world of golf in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 and give gamers and golf fans a chance to learn about the amazing legacy of the sport of golf through legendary players and iconic moments in majors history,” said the game's executive producer, Brent Nielsen. "We are excited for gamers to start taking down legends and earn their seat at the table of golf’s greatest players."
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 also features 20 on-disc championship courses, over 35 playable golfers representing both the PGA TOUR and LPGA, deep and innovative online connected experiences and a host of community-driven gameplay enhancements that closely mirror what a PGA TOUR golfer sees out on the course.
In addition to all the content available in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 1, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition allows gamers to step back in time and experience the 1934 layout of famed Augusta National Golf Club, its famous Par 3 Course, Augusta National Golf Club’s Tournament Practice Facility, an authentic Green Jacket Ceremony, as well as four additional championship courses for a total of 25.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14 is developed in Orlando, Fla., by EA Tiburon and will retail for $59.99 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition will be available for $69.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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Tiger Woods got caught up in the Bear Trap on Saturday at PGA National when his tee shot on the par-3 17th settled in some nasty rough, never to be found. Got a caption for this photo of the search effort? Leave your best ones in our comments section below and please, keep it clean.
The PGA TOUR got its taste of the match play format this week at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Whereas most weeks are contested over 72 holes of stroke play with the lowest score winning, the Accenture champion went through a series of six match play contests in which the goal was to simply win more individual holes than his opponent.
There are not many tournaments in professional golf that use the match play format and it is for that very reason that events like the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship so intriguing to watch. This week’s event at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona was no different. Some wicked weather patterns changes from snow to perfect days to chilly high winds accounted for lots of birdies and eagles, just as many balls in the desert and out of play, and a fair share of upsets. The event was a spectators’ dream and it certainly offered us all some great viewing in addition to plenty of opportunities to learn from the world’s top 64 players.
Not many of us get to play competitive Match Play but I do have a few observations from this week’s event that can equip you mentally for if and when you do:
• Momentum – A big deal in Match Play: As is always the case, there were numerous matches where a competitor was handily up against his opponent but a long putt or a crooked bounce or a timely birdie switched the flow of the match completely. The most notable example of this was in the Stricker/Poulter semi-final. Stricker birdied the first to clinch a 1-up lead. Poulter won the second to square the match but then Stricker hit a magnificent 5-iron to six feet on the third, a tough downhill par three. Poulter hit the green but faced a wild forty-footer with multiple breaks. Andvantage Steve Stricker. Incredibly, Poulter holed the birdie putt and it completely took the wind out of Stricker’s sails. He missed the short birdie attempt to halve the hole and Poulter seized the momentum and the match (indeed he admitted in a post-round interview that the putt was indicative of the nature of match play and it turned the momentum of the match). He went on to pitch in for birdie at the sixth and eagle the par-five eight to take a commanding lead which he never relinquished. The take-away from this anecdote is that no matter the state of the game, you should keep your head as the momentum can change and the favor can switch with one stoke. The key is to use a sound approach and good decision-making to keep yourself in the game so when that momentum-swinging event happens, you are either in position to take advantage of it, or in position to not let it affect you adversely.
• Strategy: The best way to ensure success is to study the course and adopt a strategy that will best maximize your strengths whilst disguising your weaknesses. Once you have that strategy, be disciplined and stick to it. Realize also that successful match-players keep the pressure on their opponents at all times. Commit to memory that pressure is telling and it is bound to uncover a player’s weaknesses, no matter how good that player is. Keep the pressure on a player by positioning tee-shots so that you hit your approach shots to the green first. There is nothing more difficult than to top an approach shot that is already on the putting surface, and continually having to do so puts added pressure on a player. Also, do not give putts too early or too freely. Make your opponent mark the ball and wait and make him/her putt everything outside of two feet. You will be surprised at the results. Not to mention the fact that you will probably get into his/her head with your approach.
• Every dog has its day: The very nature of Match Play lends itself to results that are unexpected. The match is over 18 holes at the most, and it is against one player and not a full field of players. That being said, if you are the underdog, remember that everything about the format of play lends itself to surprises. At the Accenture Match Play this week there were, by my count, 23 (of 64) matches where the higher seed was beaten. That equates to nearly 36 percent of the games. In other words, just more than one out of three matches were upsets. So take note and write this on your competitive heart. If you are the favorite, don’t go to sleep on your opponent; don’t drop your guard and focus intently on every shot! If you are the underdog, play your game and keep pressing; focus intently and remember that the nature of an 18-hole match play game allows for anything to happen.
John Rollins needed to chat with a rules official to get a ruling on the 17th hole during the third round of the Northern Trust Open. Got a caption for this photo? Leave it in our comments section below and, as always, please keep it clean.
Alright, football fans. The season may be over, but we've got one last treat for you. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly stopped to have a chat during last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Got a caption for this photo of a conversation between the runner-up coaches at the NFL and NCAA levels? Leave it in our comments section below and, as always, please keep it clean.
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Michael Letzig and his caddie synched up their element evaluation routine during Round 3 of the Sony Open in Hawaii. Got a caption for this photo? Leave it in our comments section below and please, keep it clean.
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Bubba Watson got an assist from caddie Ted Scott as they had some fun with the windy conditions Sunday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Got a caption for this photo? Leave it in our comments section below and please, keep it clean.
Bud Cauley's six top-10 finishes in 2012 did not go unnoticed. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
With the 2013 PGA TOUR season about to begin, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Monday’s question: Which player will break through with his first career TOUR win?
• It amazes me that Seung-Yul Noh flew under the radar last year. This kid missed only four cuts -- as a rookie. Great putter and driver = deadly combination. -- Ryan Smithson, Producer
• The key to winning is giving yourself enough opportunities and Bud Cauley posted six Top-10 finishes in 2012. The law of averages dictates a victory in 2013. -- Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
• Seung-Yul Noh. Thirteen top 25s, including three top 10s, in nearly half his starts as a rookie was remarkable. More impressive: No real holes in Noh's game. He hits it far, finds a lot of greens, is a good putter and ranked eighth in birdies in 2012. He's too good not to win. -- Brian Wacker, Producer
• Seung-yul Noh: The 21-year-old from South Korea collected 13 top 25s in 28 events, finished 25th in the all-around ranking and 37th in the FedExCup standings during his 2012 rookie campaign. Has already won on the European Tour and it’s just a matter of time before he wins here. -- Bill Cooney, Producer
• Harris English. Although he had just three top-10 finishes in his rookie season, he finished between 11th and 19th on six other occasions. Gotta like a guy who keeps giving himself chances on the weekend. -- Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
• Matt Every showed what he can do over a full season in 2012: two-time co-runner-up, a T3 and three other top 10s. Led the TOUR in birdies or better on par 4s, too. -- Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert
• Bud Cauley proved he could handle pressure when he earned his TOUR card in just eight starts straight out of college. He made it to the BMW Championship in his first FedExCup season, collecting six top 10s along the way. It's only a matter of time until he breaks into the winner's circle. -- Anne Szeker, Producer
• Three worthy candidates -- Bud Cauley, Matt Every and Jimmy Walker -- each had six top-10s last year. But I'm going with the veteran in Walker who had three of those in his last six starts of 2012 and has made steady progress over the last three years. -- Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
• No one made more birdies in 2012 than Brendon de Jonge, and at the end of the season he racked up three top 5s including a runner-up in Las Vegas. Sooner or later he's going to blitz the field at a go-low event. Humana Challenge, perhaps. -- John Schwarb, Producer
Coming Tuesday: Which veteran who went winless in 2012 will bounce back with a win in 2013? Join the discussion in the TOUR Report.