Surrounded by stars in the city and on the golf course, Hahn turned in the performance of his life Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.
Coming off the worst season of his career, Brandt Snedeker’s mission was to become relevant again. He was eligible for only one major and none of the World Golf Championships, and he hated the idea of the world’s best players competing without him.
Casper, one of the most prolific winners on the PGA Tour who was overshadowed at the height of his career by the “Big Three,” died Saturday at his home in Utah.
For the third time in his last eight PGA Tour events, Tiger Woods got into a cart in the middle of his round and was driven to the parking lot because of back pain. Most troubling about Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open was he spoke only a week ago of feeling “great” physically, and this was only his second event of the year.
Tiger Woods never looked more lost on the golf course Friday on his way to an 82, the worst score of his career.
In his first appearance at the TPC Scottsdale in 14 years — and only his second tournament in six months — Woods couldn’t hit the green with three chip shots and was near the bottom of the leaderboard until two key shots on the back nine salvaged a 2-over 73.
Except for flu-like symptoms on Saturday, Woods said he went 72 holes without feeling any pain in his back. He had back surgery a week before the Masters, and then took off the last four months to strengthen his muscle structure.
Woods lost his voice overnight and had nausea on the practice range and the golf course. He felt slightly better at the end of his round when he made three straight birdies for a 69.
Woods is playing for the first time since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He took nearly four months off to strengthen his muscle structure, and during the time away, he hired a new swing coach. His swing looks fine. His short game does not.
Woods flubbed four chips, had only four birdie chances inside 20 feet and stumbled to a 5-over 77 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge.
Woods is playing in his Hero World Challenge, which starts Thursday in his old neighborhood of Isleworth. It will be his first competition since he missed the cut on Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He wanted to make sure his body was stronger.
“Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine. Phil seems to thrive on Ryder Cup competition, does well when he plays. He knows everything about the Ryder Cup, so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. We’ve had playing captains over the years, so why not in 2016?”