Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.
Mark Herrmann became Newsday's national golf writer in 2002 and writes a twice-weekly column called LI Golf Beat, appearing in the newspaper on Thursdays and Sundays.
The usual late-afternoon tee times will be scrapped tomorrow at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. A bad forecast for the afternoon in Akron has prompted tournament officials to announce that everyone will tee off between 7 and 9 a.m.
Both the first and 10th tees will be used to start golfers, who will go out in threesomes, rather...Read more »
Tiger Woods will tee off with two fellow former PGA champions, Davis Love III (the U.S. Ryder Cup captain) and Padraig Harrington in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship next week at Atlanta Athletic Club.
That trio will begin at 8:35 Thursday morning. The PGA's traditional pairing of the season's previous...Read more »
AKRON, OHIO—Other guys would be satisfied just to be here, playing in an exclusive tournament after having missed nearly three months to an injury. To that, Tiger Woods said, “I’m not other guys.” He is not in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational for exhibition purposes. Even though he showed...Read more »
AKRON, OHIO—Arjun Atwal, the former Long Islander, had a solid first round in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational: 2 under par. Only he knows how close he came to having a terrific round. Atwal, the native of India who went to Clarke High School...Read more »
AKRON, OHIO—Rory McIlroy was only joking during the awards ceremony at the U.S. Open when he said he liked it so much on this side of the pond that he might move here. Or was he? The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland said, in response to a question toward the...Read more »
Tiger Woods got through his first nine holes of practice at Firestone Country Club with no problems. His left leg seemed to give him no problems, walking or swinging. It was hard to draw any conclusions from his play. His tee shots went left, but not wild enough to go into the trees.
The most intriguing part about it was the scene. It was unusual, to say the least. There are no spectators...Read more »
Tiger Woods will be back next week.
He announced on his website Thursday that he will play in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. It will be his first competition since May 12, when he withdrew from The Players with what were diagnosed as knee and Achilles injuries.
Woods has since said he would not return until he felt 100...Read more »
Annie Park's successful season took another major step forward Thursday when she scored a sudden-death victory at the Lessings Classic, one of the big events on the American Junior Golf Association tour.
Park, 16, of Levittown, was tied with Cindy Ha of Demarest, N.J. at 4 over par through 54 holes at SkyView Golf Club....Read more »
Colin Dolph learned years ago, as a child in Michael Hebron’s youth golf school at Smithtown Landing, there is one basic fundamental: Golf is interesting. That is the point Hebron still is trying to make every day, including yesterday, as he handed the trophy for the Michael Hebron Amateur Championship to Dolph, now 23. “If...Read more »
Rob Labritz, the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Westchester, is showing that his 5 under par 66 yesterday was no fluke. During his second round of the New York State Open, he has reached 9 under par on the Black Course.
Nothing official, but reports say that Matt Dobyns, the Deepdale assistant who also shot 66 yesterday,...Read more »