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Ron Green Jr.

Ron Green Jr.

Ron Green Jr. is a senior writer for Global Golf Post. He has covered golf for more than 30 years including nearly 90 major championships. He is the incoming president of the Golf Writers Association of America and a regular contributor on SiriusXM radio’s golf coverage.

Articles by Ron Green Jr.

The Soul Of Jim Nantz

Rarely a day goes by, Jim Nantz says, that someone doesn’t want to talk about the Masters with him. It could be November in Green Bay, Wis.; or July in Pebble Beach, Calif., where he lives. The Masters is like his eternal flame. With what would have been Masters week coming up, our Ron Green Jr. has the story in a long-form piece originally published on April 8, 2018.

Pioneer Lee Elder Will Be Back Where He Belongs

Lee Elder will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player next April as an honorary starter at the Masters and, as Ron Green Jr. reports, the Augusta National also will fund two scholarships in his name at Paine College, a historically black college less the 5 miles from the club.

Another Step On A Long Road

When Cameron Champ wore one black shoe and one white shoe while playing the BMW Championship just outside Chicago last week, he gracefully and forcefully reminded everyone that golf can’t sit out what’s happening in our country. The subject of racial and social injustice doesn’t go away where golf tournaments are being played. This isn’t someone else’s fight. It’s everyone’s responsibility. Champ has worn one black and one white shoe before but not when he was playing in a FedEx Cup playoff event approximately 100 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the shooting by police of Jacob Blake had further stoked the social discontent that has burned through this uneasy summer. Champ – one of a very few Black players in professional golf’s highest levels – went one step further, writing Black Lives Matter on his shoes along with the names of his grandfather Mack “Pops” Champ and Breonna Taylor. It could not have been easy because golf, like so many other parts of our society, isn’t comfortable with conflict. It’s not part of the game, not like it is in boxing or football or political campaigns. Golf is played in hushed tones but the world is bellowing now and it’s not going to stop any time soon. “It’s a conversation that’s uncomfortable, sensitive for our country, but if we’re not willing to have those, I don’t think we can move forward as a country,” Tony Finau said. This is not about politics. It’s about human rights and human lives and just because an overdue national discussion began in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death doesn’t mean things have changed. The PGA Tour has done great things in raising and distributing more than $3 billion in charity dollars, but players have been reluctant to directly engage in social activism. When Kirk […]

Memorial Tournament Started When Tiger Teed Off

On the 473-yard, par-4 first hole at the Memorial Tournament, the same place where big bang artist Bryson DeChambeau had launched a 423-yard tee shot earlier in the wind-rustled day, Tiger Woods played his first truly competitive hole in nearly five months. Our Ron Green Jr. has the story.

Fan-Free Memorial Marks Biggest Event Of 2020

Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau played a practice round Wednesday, and they headline a star-studded field at the Memorial Tournament. Our Ron Green Jr. has the story.

‘Where Are We?’

How Harbour Town And Post-Pandemic Tournament Golf Have Changed

Harbour Town Golf Links should be bustling with fans this week. Instead, writes our Ron Green Jr., still another PGA Tour tournament is being played sans grandstands.

Joint Announcement Confirms Schedule Changes

After weeks of uncertainty and collaboration among golf’s leading organizations a restructured schedule has been cobbled together that will allow for three of the year’s four major championships and the Ryder Cup to be played this year.

This Is A Pinehurst Perfect Time Of Year

Yes, Pinehurst Resort has absorbed a coronavirus-related body blow. But the iconic resort is helping the people who make Pinehurst what it is by offering Pinehurst itself in an online auction. Ron Green Jr. has the story.

Renee Powell Still Setting An Example

Renee Powell will receive the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award in April, given to a professional for contributions to the betterment of society. It is one more honor in a life filled with recognition for the work she has done, quite simply, by being herself. Our Ron Green Jr. has the story.

Rory McIlroy Roars Back To The Top

What a convenient bit of timing it is that this week when the calendar year’s first superpower convention takes place at the Genesis Invitational at timeless Riviera Country Club, Rory McIlroy has supplanted Brooks Koepka as the top-ranked golfer in the world, ending a run of 38 consecutive weeks at No. 1 for Koepka. Ron Green Jr. analyzes McIlroy’s return to the top from Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour An Avenue For Dreams

The Advocates Professional Golf Association tour is an aspirational mini-tour whose mission is to bring greater diversity to golf through events, player-development programs and mentoring initiatives. Our Ron Green Jr. has the story.

Spieth Seeks To End Spiral

To watch Jordan Spieth work his way around Torrey Pines this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, it’s like nothing has changed. Then you glance at the world ranking and he’s all the way down at 45th, a former No. 1 chasing what’s been eroded by time, technique or too much noise rattling around upstairs. Our Ron Green Jr. has the story from La Jolla, California.

Aye Aye, Captain

Tiger Woods Has The Support Of His Presidents Cup Team

Tiger Woods, who has been criticized in the past for not caring sufficiently about playing golf for his country, embarks on his first U.S. team captaincy at next week's Presidents Cup, where he also will compete for the U.S. side. Woods has built his captaincy around honest exchanges with his charges, who in turn are relishing their chance to play for - and alongside - a golf legend, writes Ron Green Jr.

Rahm Caps Big Year

Jon Rahm, who has won in his past two starts, is defending his title at this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas before heading home to Spain to get married. It’s a big finish to a big year with perhaps bigger things to come, writes our Ron Green Jr.

Phil Of Arabia: A Controversial Choice

Phil Mickelson’s decision to play in the Saudi International in late January brings golf and politics together in an uncomfortable way. Ron Green Jr. weighs in on Lefty's move and other matters in the latest rendition of Green in Regulation.

Major Winner

Maj. Dan Rooney Has Done Wonders Through Golf

Maj. Dan Rooney, the world’s only PGA professional/F-16 pilot, is the heart and soul behind Folds of Honor, an organization that funds scholarships for spouses and children of military personnel killed or seriously injured in the line of duty – a calling that has raised more than $130 million since Rooney launched it in his garage 12 years ago. Our Ron Green Jr. profiles Rooney.

The Soul Proprietor

Dedman Carries On Legacy At Pinehurst

Bob Dedman Jr. is the smart, influential and bold owner of Pinehurst Resort, which is hosting the U.S. Amateur this week. Our Ron Green Jr. examines Dedman’s enlightened stewardship of what can fairly be called the home of American golf.

Soul Proprietor

Dedman Carries On Legacy At Pinehurst

Bob Dedman Jr. is the smart, influential and bold owner of Pinehurst Resort, which is hosting the U.S. Amateur this week. Our Ron Green Jr. examines Dedman’s enlightened stewardship of what can fairly be called the home of American golf.

USGA Wins One For The Gipper

The USGA and the U.S. Senior Open are stepping outside the box a bit this week with the event being played at the Warren Course at the University of Notre Dame. Yes, that Notre Dame. Rockne, Touchdown Jesus and the gold football helmets. And in a clever move, the USGA and tournament officials are making the most of where they are, reports Ron Green Jr. from the Notre Dame campus.

Moral Support

Varner Goes Extra Mile For Cancer-Stricken Friend

For Harold Varner III, the early part of Wells Fargo week is about his buddy Daniel Meggs, who has been in a life-and-death struggle with cancer for a while now.

RBC Heritage Keeps Chugging Right Along

The RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., is unassuming and quaint by modern PGA Tour standards. Spanish moss, alligators and bicycle riders are part of the scene. And it is the perfect event in the perfect place for the week after the Masters. Our Ron Green Jr. explains why.

‘Here I Am’

Masters Sunday Dawns Early With Woods At Center Stage

Standing behind the Augusta National clubhouse late Saturday afternoon, a drop of sweat hanging off the bottom of his chin, Tiger Woods looked toward the 18th green and the big white scoreboard in the distance. Three days down, one storm-threatened Sunday to go.It was easy to wonder if Woods was looking back or looking forward. Back to where he’d come from or forward to where the closing 18 holes might lead. Sunday, writes our Ron Green Jr., we find out.

Destination Imagination

The Masters Once Again Pulses With Possibility

Of all the captivating elements about Augusta National and the Masters – from the spellbinding scenery to the greatest gathering of golf course logos in the world – the best may be the irrepressible notion of imagination. It pulses like blood through this place and it feels almost as essential. The magic of Augusta National and the Masters isn’t about what can’t happen. It’s about what can happen, our Ron Green Jr. notes in his essay covering Friday's play and the weekend's potential.

Coat Tales

Imagine winning the Masters for the first time. There are no more shots to hit, no more putts to study, no more interviews to give. It’s that moment when the achievement begins to settle in. There’s a green jacket and a place in history that comes with it. We asked several Masters champions to share their moments with us.

Money Driving PGA Tour Gambling Train

GGP+ Special Report (Part 1 of 2)

Soon, golf and gambling will become a marriage of sorts, wagering on professional golf having been sanctified by a Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down a federal law prohibiting legalized sports gambling. Within five years, legalized sports betting is expected to be a familiar piece of the national landscape and the PGA Tour will be a part of it. Perhaps more to the point, the PGA Tour wants to be part of it. Staff Writer Ron Green Jr. examines the story.

Rahm’s Players Postmortem

In the latest rendition of Green in Regulation, Ron Green Jr. writes – among other things – that Jon Rahm took one step forward and one step back at the Players Championship.

Worry Time

Is Spieth's Slump Cause For Concern?

Since finishing third at the Masters last April, Jordan Spieth’s only top-10 finish was a tie for ninth at the Open Championship, where he could have won last July at Carnoustie. Since then, Spieth’s golf has blurred further, a mash-up of inconsistencies of every form. Our Ron Green Jr. tries to answer the question of what's wrong with Jordan Spieth?

Twenty Years Later

Remembering The Win That Made Duval No. 1

Twenty years on, the glow remains for David Duval. In a confluence of fate, family and fortune, Duval and his father, Bob, won golf tournaments on the same early-spring Sunday, David capturing the Players Championship while his father won the PGA Tour Champion’s Emerald Coast Classic about 350 miles south. Ron Green Jr. recalls the magic weekend.

Unforgiving finish

No. 17 Draws All The Eyeballs But No. 18 Is Tougher

“Be the right club, today,” Sutton said 19 years ago on the 18th fairway of the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course. His 6-iron approach was just that, but every shot on the often-overlooked final hole is fraught with danger. The Post's Ron Green Jr. surveyed players about the final hole on the eve of the Players Championship.

Players Back Where It Belongs

March. This is where the Players Championship belongs on the golf calendar, writes The Post's Ron Green Jr. He's in Ponte Vedra Beach with early observations from the Stadium Course.

Inside The Arnold Palmer Experience

The new, 4,000-square-foot Arnold Palmer Experience, which debuted last week at Bay Hill, offered visitors a look at Palmer’s life.

King’s Heir

Saunders Becomes Face Of Bay Hill Tourney

Sam Saunders has become, in some ways, the face of his grandfather Arnold Palmer's PGA Tour event at Bay Hill. He is the unofficial host even as he goes about the business of playing in the tournament. He accepts well wishes, shakes hands, and does his best to concentrate on playing competitive golf. GGP+ Correspondent Ron Green Jr. writes about the experience.

Commissioner Puts Kibosh On Rules Kerfuffle

Green In Regulation this week: Ron Green Jr. writes that the bubbling back and forth between professional golfers and the game’s rulesmakers has been a bad look all around. Green writes that it is time to clean it up and move on, which is what PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s memo to players on Monday was intended to do.

The Shot Of The Season

Tiger's 9-iron slice from bunker in Mexico a modern-day splendor

When Tiger Woods rip-sliced a 9-iron around a tree last week in Mexico, landing his ball on the green 20 feet left of the hole then pulling it back with vicious side spin so that it settled to a stop 11 feet below, he had pulled off the shot of the season. Ron Green Jr. asks several sources to break it down for GGP+.

Dustination Greatness

Ron Green Jr. opines that Dustin Johnson, a truly exceptional player, may not be receiving the admiration he deserves for what he's accomplished in his career.

Worst Secret, Best Choice

New U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker’s Gentle Demeanor Belies The Fire Inside

Steve Stricker may have teared up at the news conference introducing him as Ryder Cup captain, but don’t think the new American Ryder Cup captain is a softie, at least not when it comes to golf and what will happen 19 months from now at Whistling Straits, writes Ron Green Jr. in his analysis of Stricker's selection and the future of the American team.

Old Friends Say Goodbye To Gene “The Machine” Littler

Now that J.B. Holmes has finally finished and the overblown Matt Kuchar/caddie kerfuffle has been put to rest, let’s take a moment to appreciate Gene Littler.

His Father’s Son

When PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan decided to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the first time this year, he asked his father, Joe, to be his caddie. That’s a big ask – lugging a bag around at an age more commonly associated with the early-bird special. But the scenery, the excitement and the chance to spend all that time together made it a natural decision for the Monahans.

Clarification Of Caddie Rule Welcome Relief

USGA CEO Mike Davis, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Davis Love III react to the prompt clarification of the caddie alignment rule in a report from Pebble Beach by Ron Green Jr.

Scientist With A Heart

The Method To DeChambeau’s Madness Bears Fruit

Ryszard Stroynowski, professor of experimental physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, admits to being slightly disappointed in his former student Bryson DeChambeau. Like others at SMU, Stroynowski is happy for DeChambeau’s success as a golfer, the 25-year-old having climbed to fifth in the world ranking, but there’s a twinge of regret about the road not taken. “I was hoping he would become a scientist,” Stroynowski says. Dr. Roberto Vega, associate professor of theoretical physics at SMU, agrees. “He could have been successful in physics,” Vega says. “He’s a serious thinker. He was a serious student. He wanted to know. He wanted to understand.” Physics’ loss is golf’s gain. While stretching convention and doing his best to turn the imperfect game of golf into a scientific equation, DeChambeau has propelled himself into arguably the hottest player on the planet, having won four times worldwide since the middle of last August. Among his many strengths, DeChambeau’s greatest may be his resolute will to play golf his way rather than mold to the way it’s always been done. Single-length irons, a blocky, full body swing and reducing every shot to a calculation down to the effect of the day’s air density on ball flight, DeChambeau isn’t simply marching to a different beat. He’s drum major in a one-man band. He is a scientist. Give him the time and DeChambeau can explain in detail why he plays golf the way he does. Why all of his irons have 37-inch shafts. Why his grips are oversized. Why it can take him one minute, 20 seconds to hit what looks like an ordinary wedge shot, a tendency that has drawn deserved rebukes from some of his colleagues. Every detail is important to DeChambeau and it’s all based on data he has accumulated through his years […]

The Last Word

This will be Johnny Miller’s final weekend in the television tower and it will be an abbreviated visit. He will sit with his longtime NBC Sports broadcast partner Dan Hicks on Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and say his public farewells then, ceding the Sunday seat to Paul Azinger, who will succeed him.

Tiger’s Torrey – A Nostalgic Return To Site of His Last Major Triumph

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA | Like the hang gliders and the hypnotic views from the cliffs that frame the Pacific Ocean, Tiger Woods is part of the scenery at Torrey Pines. Every year that he comes to the Farmers Insurance Open, he tells the story of this being the place he saw his first PGA Tour event, walking with his father, Earl, getting an up-close look at the game he would soon change.

No Reservations: Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka is done for the day in Hawaii, a gym session and a practice round having been checked off his to-do list, as he settles into a chair in the players’ dining area at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

McCarron’s Mulligan

As the PGA Tour Champions begins its 40th season this week at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii, it starts with at least two recurring themes.

Stricker Still Feels PGA Tour’s Pull

HONOLULU, HAWAII | Steve Stricker is hearing voices. He has been for a while. In one ear, he’s hearing friends and colleagues tell him it’s time to concentrate fully on the PGA Tour Champions. He’ll turn 52 in February and there’s guaranteed money playing against his peers, not to mention no cuts and free carts. In the other ear, he’s being urged to play the PGA Tour as long as he can. Pick his spots. Play where it fits his game. Follow the path of Davis Love III and Vijay Singh. The reality, for Stricker anyway, is there are no wrong answers. “I talked to Tom Kite at the Ryder Cup this last year about my position a little bit. Everybody has been different. He gave me the idea like I should be on the Champions tour. Take advantage of this opportunity. You have a short window, all this kind of stuff. I’m like, yeah, you know what? You’re right,” Stricker said. “Then you talk to somebody else and they say, the number of years are winding down for you on the regular tour. Stay out there as long as you can. Enjoy the tournaments. I’m like, you know, you’re right. “I don’t know which way to go still. I think bottom line is I’m just doing what I feel like doing.” That’s why Stricker showed up at the Sony Open in Hawaii, taking advantage of his one-year Tour exemption by virtue of his place among the top 25 career money winners. It doesn’t hurt that the Champions tour starts its 2019 season this week a couple of islands over but Stricker’s intention is to play with the young guys as much as he can this year. “I’m optimistic and that’s why I’m out here.” – Steve Stricker It was […]

Thompson’s Treat

HONOLULU, HAWAII | All those years on back roads, the shared car rides through the night, the paychecks that couldn’t cover expenses and those evenings wondering if playing mini-tour golf could ever be the highway to heaven were still with 42-year-old Chris Thompson as he stood on the edge of Waikiki Beach this week and looked around.

Being Brandel

LAHAINA, HAWAII | Brandel Chamblee stood with his light blue golf bag slung over his left shoulder outside the Plantation Course clubhouse at Kapalua, an hour from his pro-am tee time, and laughed at how he got here.

Glass Half Full: Monahan Sees The PGA Tour’s Future And It Is Good

LAHAINA, HAWAII | From where PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stood inside the open-air clubhouse at Kapalua’s spellbinding Plantation Course last Saturday morning, the view seemed almost limitless. And the scenery wasn’t bad either. As 2019 comes to life and Monahan begins his third year as Tour boss, there is a sense of both renewal and freshness. The schedule has been condensed and reshuffled with the FedEx Cup season set to end one month earlier and before football’s takeover of the sports landscape at Labor Day. Tiger Woods is healthy, Rory McIlroy has committed himself full time to the PGA Tour and it feels as if the Tour’s furniture has been rearranged. “I think it’s going to be a phenomenal year coming off a phenomenal year,” Monahan said, talking with a small group of reporters in what has become an annual January roundtable question-and-answer session. Monahan didn’t drop any unexpected news – he began by announcing the Tour donated $190 million to charity in 2018 – and his focus was clearly on the future. Amid the lingering tingle from Woods’ season-ending victory at the Tour Championship last September, Monahan sees his responsibility as positioning the Tour to be proactive in a changing sports environment. There are no big headaches at the moment. Negotiations on new television deals (the current ones expire in 2021) have not begun, the expanding legalization of sports betting in the United States is still in its infancy and it’s a Presidents Cup year, which is always important to the PGA Tour. Looking for a resolution to an unresolved question? How about whether world ranking points will be awarded to players at the Tour Championship, where the field will be seeded with the points leader starting ahead of everyone else. “I can imagine that … If I […]

Woodland Edging Closer To Being The Complete Package

LAHAINA, HAWAII | When the tournament Gary Woodland had led for so long finally was complete and Xander Schauffele was being congratulated for winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the wings of his closing 62 on Sunday, Woodland put aside his disappointment for a moment. Woodland, who played college basketball and has a linebacker’s build, saw Schauffele in the scoring area and quickly stepped toward him, giving the winner a playful shove on the shoulders before congratulating him. “He knows he could kick my ass if he wanted to,” Schauffele said later. It was a week that provided yet another lesson in how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour. And Woodland became the face of that lesson. He shot 67-67-68-68 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua to finish at 22-under par. No one played the par-5s better than he did. As good as it was, it wasn’t good enough. “The competitor in me knew I needed to do one better and, unfortunately, I didn’t get it done,” Woodland said. It’s been a decade since Woodland joined the PGA Tour and it’s been a lucrative career in terms of money and lifestyle, thanks to more than $22 million in on-course earnings. When Schauffele birdied the 72nd hole to win on Sunday, it was his fourth victory in a Tour career less than three years old. That’s one more victory than Woodland, who first played the Tour in 2009. Woodland, a 34-year-old Kansas native, is a familiar name on leaderboards and he’s a familiar presence on the golf course but the sense is that he’s not yet the complete golf package. That may be changing. Though he didn’t win at Kapalua, Woodland played well enough give himself the chance. It took Schauffele shooting 62 on Sunday to beat […]

The Journey Of David Duval

Eighteen years ago, Duval won the Players Championship, a hometown star claiming one of the biggest trophies in the game, doing it in the same relentless, stone-faced style that made him the best player in the world while Tiger Woods was in his ascendance.