Apparently the PGA is just as impressed with Tiger Woods' 2013 season as we are. Last week, Woods was given the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year Award for the 11th time. Out of 16 tournaments, he won 5 along with finishing in the top 10 in three others.
His tournament wins came from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Farmers Insurance Open, Players Championship, Cadillac Championship, and the Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods has won the award more than anyone since it first started being handed out in 1990. The two men tied for second-most aren't even close to Woods, as they have both been given the award twice (Fred Couples and Nick Price). Woods commented on his accomplishment.
"I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing."
Woods hopes to carry his momentum into the 2014 season.
Former President George W. Bush hosts The Warrior Open, a competitive golf tournament kicking off today at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas. ClubCorp is also sponsoring this event which features and honors post–9/11 U.S. Armed Forces members who were wounded in combat. In addition to honoring those who serve our country, the Warrior Open also honors the many organizations that support the military and their families.
Pre-tournament events began yesterday with The Warrior Open Pro-Am where professional golfers including Justin Leonard, Paul Stankowski, David Graham, Finley Ewing, Chris Parra, Joe Ogilvie, Ryan Palmer, Martin Flores, Jim Holtgrieve and JJ Henry, played alongside the warriors, caddies and military organizations. This was an opportunity for the players to warm-up, enjoy themselves and chat with President Bush, who rode around to every hole visiting the players and taking pictures with family members.
After a color guard ceremony, the national anthem and remarks from President Bush, the 24 players will take to the course to begin their first day of golf. The Warrior Open is not open to the public, but you can follow the action through The Bush Center’s website, leaderboard and Twitter account, @TheBushCenter.
David Carr, the PGA Director of Instruction at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento, CA, has been named Player of the Year by the Northern California Professional Golfers’ Association (NCPGA).
Carr's consistency throughout the 2013 season is evident as he finished in the top 7 in 11 of 13 events. Some of his more notable performances are when he finished 4th at the Stroke Play Championship, 3rd at the Match Play Championship, and tied for 1st at Pro Series 1 where he shot a 66.
Along with the Player of the Year title, Carr earned two exemptions into two PGA Tour Events during the 2013-2014 season. The first exemption occurs October 7 at the Frys.com Open at Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin, California., the second at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links in February.
We are only one day away from the start of the Bridgestone Invitational! As you gear up for the event, have you ever wondered how the players qualify to play?
Eligible players are:
- Playing members of the 2012 U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams. NOTE: In even-numbered years, playing members of the last-named U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams shall replace the last-named Ryder Cup teams.
- The top-50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 22, 2013, and Monday, July 29, 2013.
- Tournament winners, whose victories are considered official, of tournaments from the Federation Tours since the prior year's Bridgestone Invitational (with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more).
- The winner of the following tournaments from each of the following Tours: Japan Golf Tour Championship (2013) and Bridgestone Open (2012) from the Japan Golf Tour; Australian PGA Championship (2012) from the Australasian Tour; Dimension Data Pro-Am (2013) from the Southern Africa Tour; and Thailand Golf Championship (2012) from the Asian Tour.
74 players are eligible for the premier golf event, however one man chose to set golf aside as he and his wife celebrate the wonderful gift of new life. Hunter Mahan announced his withdrawal from the tournament Monday following the birth of his first child, Zoe.
“I have elected to officially withdraw myself from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational so that I can take the opportunity to spend this precious first week at home with Zoe,” he said in a statement. “I would like to thank the PGA Tour for supporting my decision not to play this week."
Jordan Spieth made history on Sunday as he became the first teenager to win a PGA event since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. 19 year old Spieth sunk a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation to send him into a playoff with David Hearn and the defending champion, Zach Johnson. The intensity grew hole after hole, leading up to Spieth's grand finale in the 5th round. Spieth set up for a 26-inch putt on the 18th green, and nailed it. Along with a smooth $828,000 prize check, Jordan Spieth also earned a spot in next week's British Open in Scotland.
Oh, and did I mention Spieth is a Dallas native and member of our very own Brookhaven Country Club? Spieth attended Jesuit College Preparatory school in Dallas, TX and moved to Austin to begin his college career at the University of Texas. Making a name for himself early on in is time at Texas, Spieth won three events and lead the team in scoring average during his freshman year. He was also named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, selected to the All-Big 12 Team, and named a first-team All-American.
Aside from his accolades, Jordan Spieth shares something in common with previous teenage PGA victor, Ralph Guldahl. Guldahl was also a Dallas native as he attended Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1931, Guldahl entered the Santa Monica Open during his rookie season at age 19 and came out on top. He went on to win 15 additional PGA events throughout his career before retiring in 1959. After his professional career came to an end, Ralph Guldahl became a golf instructor at ClubCorp's own Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA.
We wish Jordan Spieth the best of luck as he competes in the British Open. If nothing else, he can now say he's accomplish something Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Roroy McIlroy never did.
The ClubCorp family is proud to show off two members who were recently honored by various sections and chapters of the PGA:
Hollytree Country Club’s very own Director of Golf John Sikes was recently named 2012 Teacher of the Year by both the Northern Texas PGA Section and the East Texas Chapter.
Sikes started golfing when he was six years old.
"Golf, and all the great character traits it teaches you, has meant so much to me," Sikes said.
Sikes has won chapter awards for several consecutive years and will now be able to add a section award to the lineup.
"People who really love their job dont need awards," Sikes said. "Its enough that you get to do what you love so when you get an award you are really honored."
As far as teaching goes, Sikes said it's something special to instill confidence and help people do something they want to do without being embarrassed.
The Northern Texas PGA Section Awards Banquet is scheduled for February 24, 2013.
Because of her lifetime of dedication to the game of golf and its future, Cathy Harbin, ClubCorp Vice President, Golf Revenue, was inducted into the North Florida PGA Hall of Fame earlier this year.
When Harbin joined ClubCorp in early 2012, she brought more than 20 years of quality experience to the company.
Harbin accepted her plaque at the 2012 PGA Championship on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Get Golf Ready is a PGA initiative supported by ClubCorp that gives beginning golfers the instruction they need to play the game in just 5 affordable lessons. To get set up with Get Golf Ready sessions at a ClubCorp club, call the club's pro shop or visit the PGA's website at getgolfready.com. Here are the second of two great videos about the program: