Monday, March 11, 2019

Molinari clutch at Arnie's place
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Francesco Molinari picked up his 3rd TOUR win in his last 12 starts. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Teeing Off

Fantastico Francesco!

Folks might want to keep an eye on Francesco Molinari this week at THE PLAYERS. Just sayin’. The nerves-of-steel Italian once again conquered an extremely difficult course on a huge stage to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. His sterling 8-under 64 on Sunday will go down as one of the best rounds of the season considering Bay Hill’s tough conditions. He drained putts from everywhere, including a stunning birdie from 44 feet on the 18th hole. Molinari earned 500 FedExCup points, $1.6 million and the Arnold Palmer-inspired red cardigan sweater. And in a show of class, Molinari offered a toast to the late, great Arnold Palmer after his press conference. And what was in the cup? An Arnold Palmer, of course.

Remembering arnie

It was a special week for golf as the remembrances for Arnold Palmer were everywhere at Bay Hill. From his signature red alpaca cardigan and trademark umbrella, to his lifestyle brand and Arizona iced tea, we honor golf’s greatest ambassador, both on and off the course. Pros like Rickie, Rory and Sam Saunders (Palmer’s grandson) were all spotted reppin’ the iconic logo at Bay Hill. 

Friendly competition

What do golf, hockey and baseball have in common? Backyard golf (duh). After a win at the Desert Classic, Adam Long joined former NHL star Jeremy Roenick and World Series champion David Wells for a friendly competition on a backyard par-3, three-hole course. This isn’t your typical backyard course, either. Things got heated, naturally. Speaking of competition, Lefty encountered a rather interesting obstacle in the first round of API… a netted fence. Rather than give up, Phil attempted to hit the shot (right-handed, for the record), but it didn’t go as planned. However, we did get to see his impressive high-kick ability.

Beware the ides of March

The Florida Swing continues as the pros make the quick trip to Florida’s First Coast for THE PLAYERS Championship. The TOUR’s flagship event returns to its March roots with a different look and some rye overseed. Nothing gets more attention, though, than the infamous 137-yard, par-3 17th island green. A total of 54 balls (or victims) hit the water last year … so beware the ides of March.
DJ, Rory, Brooks, Rose and all the big names are looking for their first PLAYERS title, while Tiger, Day and Rickie look to notch another win on their golden belt.
And the Featured Groups are as star-studded as it gets. Will defending champ Webb Simpson become the first to win back-to-back at THE PLAYERS? Only time will tell. Oh, and let’s not forget … the winner will receive 600 points (!!!) in the FedExCup standings and a brand spankin’ new trophy.

Video Of The Week


The Turn

mic check

“This tournament feels like he’s still here very much so in person.” - Justin Rose on Arnold Palmer's lasting legacy.

by the numbers

28 - Number of holes that Molinari played bogey-free to close out his win at Arnie's place.

131 - Molinari charged up the FedExCup standings moving from 151st to 20th.

- Eight of the nine toughest rounds at THE PLAYERS since 1995 have come in March. Overall, the Stadium Course played almost a full stroke tougher in March than in May.
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