January 8: The Best Of This Week’s Issue

As we launch our newly redesigned Global Golf Post, take a look inside for this week’s top stories.

  • There was a time not too long ago when players feared Tiger Woods each time he entered the field. Now they are excited to see him and hoping for his first full season on the PGA Tour since 2013. Read Ron Green Jr.’s report on Woods’ early-season plans and the enthusiasm on Tour surrounding his return.
  • It appears everyone is a bit split on Rickie Fowler’s untucked Hawaiian shirt look he pulled off last week in Kapalua for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. We know one thing: Magnum P.I. would be proud. Read the QUICK 9 for last week’s most buzzworthy happenings.
  • The shot of the week was easily Dustin Johnson’s drive on Sunday at the par-4, 12th hole. He reduced the 433-yard hole to a simple pitch and putt, rolling his ball down to mere inches. What clubs did he use to do it? Read what was in DJ’s bag.
  • If ever a course was built for Johnson, it would be Kapalua. The massive fairways. The relatively slow and flat greens. It’s a perfect paradise for the world No. 1. Read Ron Green Jr.’s column on what this runaway win means for him.
  • If you thought Jim “Bones” McKay was all done caddying, you were incorrect. Mickelson’s former looper will be on the bag this week for Justin Thomas, the first time McKay has caddied at the Sony Open since 1992. Read all of this week’s PGA Tour notes. 
  • The game’s heartbeat is alive and well at the President’s Putter in Rye, England. Read the column from John Hopkins describing this unique event.
  • Nathaniel Crosby, son of Bing Crosby, has a decorated amateur career that includes a U.S. Amateur victory and a Walker Cup triumph. Now he will get the chance to win another one, this time as captain. Read Steve Eubanks’ column on Crosby.


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