Truth & Rumors: Stricker and Johnson went out to watch Tiger match

Truth & Rumors: Stricker and Johnson went out to watch Tiger match

They're not just PGA Tour players — they're Tiger Woods fans, too.
As Woods's second-round match against Nick Watney at the Accenture Match Play Championship made its way to the 18th hole, some PGA Tour players joined the crowd around the 18th green. Karen Crouse of the New York Times has the details:

As Woods examined his last putt, all activity on the practice green between the 18th hole and the clubhouse ceased. Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a couple of tips on the greens when they played a practice round Tuesday, gingerly made his way into a patch of cactus so he could get a better look at Woods’s putt.
Dustin Johnson, who had joined Stricker in the Round of 16, is 6 feet 4 inches but was not tall enough to see above the crowd ringing the back of the green, so he stood on the seat of a golf cart.

Woods missed the putt and lost the match, of course. Johnson and Sticker remain alive in the tournament. Jupiter, Fla., replaces Orlando as center of the golf universeJupiter, Fla., probably became the capital of professional golf when Tiger Woods moved to nearby Hobe Sound last year, but it's official now that Rory McIlroy is coming to town. From's Steve Elling:

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, 22, has rented a home in the Jupiter area, through the Players Championship in May, and said he will be spending his time in the States working out of the Bear's Club, the place Nicklaus designed a few years back which serves as his Florida home base.
McIlroy said he will play three straight events starting this week at the Accenture Match play, followed by the Honda Classic and Doral, two events within a few miles of his new South Florida abode. He will take the next three weeks off before playing the Masters.

Other pros who play at the Bear's Club: Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Camilo Villegas. Northern Ireland getting first new links course in 100 yearsBushmills Dunes announced plans this week for a new links course on Northern Ireland's northern coast, according to a statement from the proposed resort:

The first golf links course to be built in Northern Ireland for almost one hundred years has been given the green light by Minister Alex Attwood.
Plans for the £100 million ($159 milllion) Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort & Spa which will create approximately 360 direct jobs and an estimated further 300 ancillary jobs through suppliers and construction were approved today. It will be located just outside the village of Bushmills.
An 18-hole championship golf course designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd will be supported by environmentally sensitive accommodation provision including a 120 bedroom world-class hotel and 75 garden residences. A golf academy and a unique eco sensitive clubhouse with full restaurant and bar will also be provided, together with conference facilities catering for up to 400 delegates.
David McLay Kidd is famed for his designs which include The Castle Course at St Andrew’s, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon, the TPC in San Francisco Bay and Macrihanish Dunes across the Irish Sea in Scotland.

Famed British golf broadcast Peter Alliss called Bushmills Dunes a "very exciting project," according to the BBC.

"I'm always excited when a new project, a new course of quality, is about to happen," Mr Alliss said. "Because of various regulations over the years, opportunities to make a golf course in that kind of spectacular area are very few and far between."

SI Golf Group's Damon Hack wins Golf Writer's AwardSpots Illustrated senior writer Damon Hack won the Golf Writers Association of America award for "Non-Daily Features" for his SI Golf+ profile of Tommy Gainey, "The Legend of Two Gloves".  
Here are the complete award results:
The following is a full list of the winners, including honorable mentions. There were 492 entries in the contest. (Note: *Category with fewer than 10 entries had first place only.)
DAILY COLUMNS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Remembering Seve; 2, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Wild final round at the Masters; 3, Ron Green, Jr, Charlotte Observer, McIlroy handles Masters collapse with grace. Honorable mention: Dave Anderson, The New York Times, Seve Ballesteros’ death; Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sherri Steinhauer pushes on after her mother’s death; Dave Hackenberg, Toledo Blade, USGA setup as soft as the conditions at U.S. Senior Open.
DAILY NEWS – 1, Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, A Toast to Darren Clarke; , Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Mystique eroding, Tiger goes on like nothing has changed; 3, Adam Schupak, The New York Times, U.S. wins The Presidents Cup. Honorable mention: Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McIlroy makes U.S. Open look easy; Hank Gola, New York Daily News, Keegan Bradley wins PGA; Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News, McIlroy wns U.S. Open going away.
DAILY FEATURES – 1, Steve Adamek, The Record, Stacy Lewis overcomes scoliosis 2, Tim Cronin, Southtown Star, Legally blind golfer on varsity; 3, Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Steve Stricker searches for major. Honorable mention: Doug Ferguson, Associated Press, Money games Phil Mickelson plays; Hank Gola, New York Daily News, The state of American golf; David Westin, Augusta Chronicle, Masters caddie Carl Jackson celebrates milestone.
DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Scott Michaux, Augusta Chronicle, Team Mickelson revisits 2010 Masters. I
INTERNET NEWS – 1, Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM, Masters winner calm amid the chaos; 2 (tie), Dave Shedloski, Golf World Monday, Internationals searching after U.S. wins Presidents Cup again; Jason Sobel, GOLFCHANNEL.COM, The Rory McIlroy Era. Honorable mention – Mick Elliott,, Yani Tseng wins LPGA Championship; Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM, Cabrera jumps into contention at the Masters; Cameron Morfit,, McIlroy cruises to first major title.
INTERNET COLUMNS – 1, Gene Wojciechowski,, The slowest player on the planet; 2, Dave Kindred,, Rory’s remarkable growth captured in a single shot; 3, Alan Bastable,, Open letter to Rory McIlroy from the media. Honorable mention: Jeff Babineau,, Phil Mickelson’s exciting adventure in opening round of the U.S. Open; Michael Bamberger,, Seve tribute; Cameron Morfit,, An obit for Tiger’s aura.
INTERNET FEATURES – 1, Gene Wojciechowski,, Rory McIlroy Goes Home; 2, Jay Flemma,, Dan Jenkins goes into the World Golf Hall of Fame; 3, Jeff Ritter,, Gallery guards at Augusta National. Honorable mention – Rhonda Glenn,, Remembering Babe Zaharias; Dave Shedloski,, Ken Venturi recalls his 1964 U.S. Open victory; Mike Walker,, The Siller brothers remember their firefighter brother.
INTERNET SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Mercer Baggs,, Revisting New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina; 2, Ron Whitten,, Augusta National through the years; 3, Mike McAllister,, 40 years later: Alan Shepard’s moon shot. Honorable mention: Mercer Baggs, Bailey Mosier,, A year with three mini-tour players; Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell, Jason Sobel,, Death of Seve Ballesteros; Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell,, A primer for the year’s first major
NON-DAILY COLUMNS – 1, John Feinstein, Golf World, Athletes need to remember they are accountable for what goes on in their lives; 2, David Feherty, Golf Magazine, The sorcerer from Santander: Seve Ballesteros; 3, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Rory McIlroy establishes himself as the anti-Tiger. Honorable mention: ; John Huggan, Golf World, Saying goodbye to Seve. Mike Purkey, Global Golf Post, Australia kicks John Daly out; Mike Purkey, Global Golf Post, Steve Williams goes racist; Steve Rushin, Golf Digest, Obama vs. Boehner: A wedge issue.
NON-DAILY NEWS – 1, Damon Hack, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Tommy Gainey and his two gloves; 2, Bill Fields, Golf World, Death of Seve Ballesteros; 3, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Darren Clarke wins British Open. Honorable mention – Jim McCabe, Golfweek, Who is Keegan Bradley?; Jim Moriarty, Golf World, McIlroy wins U.S. Open; Alan Shipnuck, Sports Illustrated, Bill Murray wins at Pebble.
NON-DAILY FEATURES – 1, Chris Millard, Golf World, Profile of Verne Lundquist, who delivered the call on Nicklaus’ putt at 17 in 1986; 2, Jim Moriarty, Golf World, Roger Maltbie; 3, Cameron Morfit, Golf Magazine, Erik Compton new shot at life. Honorable mention: Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest, Tiger’s swing evolution; John Garrity, The Memorial, Nancy Lopez reflects upon a Hall of Fame career; Steve Rushin, Golf Digest, Police, firemen and golf.
NON-DAILY SPECIAL PROJECTS – 1, Ron Sirak, Golf World, Professional golf expands into Middle East; European Tour deepens roots there; 2, Brian Hewitt, Vartan Kupelian, Lewine Mair, Mike Purkey, Art Spander, Global Golf Post, The Five Greatest U.S. Opens; 3 (tie) John Garrity, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus, Hebridean villagers restore Old Tom Morris’s “ghost course; Dave Shedloski, Golf World, Jack Nicklaus’ 1986 Masters victory recounted. Honorable mention: Beth Ann Baldry, Gene Yasuda, Golfweek, Blackwelder building U.S. women’s golf; Mike Cullity, Bill Fields, Geoff Shackelford, Golf World, Golf’s rules; Mike Purkey, John Steinbreder, Global Golf Post, The Two Irelands. Tweet of the Day Shoshtweet

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