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Topic - Van Pelt
Ted Potter Jr. didn’t care about the so-called Par-3 Contest jinx. In his first Masters appearance, Potter worked his magic, sinking birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 in sudden death, beating Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson in a two-hole playoff to hoist the crystal trophy.
Ian Poulter obviously did a lot more than just fuss over his wardrobe and trendy apparel line during a long break before the Match Play Championship.
The Sony Open is known for the royal palms that blow gently in the Pacific breeze, the endless ocean, the rolling surf behind the 16th green and along the 17th hole, and the lady on No. 9.
Nick Watney missed a chance for a 59 on Sunday in his CIMB Classic victory, closing with a course-record 10-under 61 at The Mines despite a bogey at the 18th.
Bo Van Pelt missed a chance for a 59 on Saturday when he closed with a double bogey in the third round of the CIMB Classic.
Bo Van Pelt should feel right at home this weekend.
Rory McIlroy made back-to-back birdies late in the third round of the PGA Championship, opening a three-shot lead at the start of what should be a long day at Kiawah Island.
Phil Mickelson won't have to spend the next three weeks wondering if he'll be in the Ryder Cup.
Rory McIlroy dressed the part as golf's next star and played like it, too.
Tiger Woods watched the flight of his tee shot until he could see it drifting too far right, and he hung his head slightly as the ball tumbled off the green. Already with three bogeys in seven holes, it looked as though nothing was going right for him in the PGA Championship.
Congressional Country Club's Blue Course limped away from the U.S. Open at about this time last year, its claws filed down by a 22-year-old Northern Irishman named Rory McIlroy and 19 other golfers who broke par.
The sixth AT&T National is in the books, yet we still don't feel well-acquainted with the tournament or its host.
Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods because he can do things with a golf ball that few others can. So the gallery, which returned to Congressional Country Club in full force Sunday, buzzed when his ball came to rest at the base of a tree left of the 12th fairway during the fourth round of the AT&T National.
Professional golf tournaments, like every sporting event, have certain customs that give them life. The traditions established and upheld by fans provide the flair and so much of what makes these competitions special.
Tiger Woods stepped out of the clubhouse at Congressional and into a strange new world of quiet Saturday. No one called out his name. No one pushed against the ropes and held out a cap for him to sign. No one was there.
"Congressional can stand on its own two feet," Van Pelt said. "If you'd have played here two weeks ago, you probably could have had a U.S. Open if you wanted to. You know that coming in, and guys either like that and want to come play here, or they take this week off."
Two years ago, his son Trace got to putt at the end of the Par-3, and this year Olivia wanted to, Van Pelt said.