After a blistering performance from Jordan Spieth last weekend, the PGA Tour is off and running with it’s second Hawaii Tournament this week with the Sony Open. Brandt Snedeker holds the 36-hole lead, but there was plenty more that happened earlier this week in the world of golf. We’re here to fill you in.
The no. 1 player in the world finished off an 8-stroke blowout of the field at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions just days before signing a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola. The deal is rumored to be one of the biggest the beverage company has signed with an athlete. Oh, and Spieth met NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.
Our lovely franchise of ladies was released for the third year, with a few veterans (Holly Sonders, Blair O’Neal) mixed in with a bunch of gorgeous rookies. For those names, you’ll just have to check it all out.
Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck profiled Kevin Na in the most recent issue of the magazine, unleashing a bevy of anecdotes from Na’s career. The story includes bits about Na clashing with caddie Steve Williams and Tiger Woods being a wingman.
Langley is the first golfer to sign a deal with Fantex, a company that allows trading of athletes as quasi-stocks. Langley joins one pitcher and nine football players with Fantex, receiving $3.06 million up front for 15 percent of his future earnings. It will be months before Langley’s stock is expected to go public.
Once Spieth won in Kapalua, the comparisons to Tiger Woods started to take off once again. Spieth won for the seventh time in his young career, matching just Woods and Horton Smith as previous pros to accomplish that type of success before turning 23. Spieth dispelled the comparisons as premature, but he has Butch Harmon’s backing.