AP’s Doug Ferguson gets PGA lifetime journalism award

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press will receive the 2019 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Ferguson is the 30th recipient of the PGA award, which recognizes members of the media for steadfast coverage of golf throughout a career. Ferguson has covered more than 500 golf events. Ferguson joined the AP as a news reporter in 1988 and became its full-time national golf writer 10 years later. He has covered 92 major golf championships, 11 Ryder Cups, 10 Presidents Cups, three Solheim Cups, two…

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John Swantek on the growth of PGA Tour Live, keeping his voice in shape, and that time he broke news of the NFL’s biggest trade

Golf fans are used to John Swantek’s presence across a variety of platforms, but they’re going to see and hear the longtime digital voice of the PGA Tour even more in 2019. As host of PGA Tour Live, the tour’s streaming video service that will more than double its hours of coverage this year across 28 tournaments, Swantek’s play-by-play duties have grown with the amount of live action available to consumers. And he’s eager to usher in this exciting new chapter of a career that began in radio in upstate…

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Stricker looking to play more on PGA Tour this year

HONOLULU — Steve Stricker came to Hawaii for two weeks of work, just like the old days, but with a twist. Instead of starting at the winners-only field at Kapalua and then going over to the Sony Open, he started at the Sony Open and heads to the winners-only field on the Big Island for the PGA Tour Champions opener. The question is how long he stays with players his own age. It’s a question Vijay Singh and Davis Love III have contemplated over the last few years. Stricker, who…

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Choi, social media sensation, gets sponsor invite to PGA Tour event

Get ready, golf fans … it looks like Hosung Choi is making his way to the PGA Tour! At least for a week that is. The 45-year-old Korean who became a viral star last June because of his absolutely insane swing that almost earned him an Asian Tour win and a British Open spot told Korean media on Monday that he had gotten a sponsor invite into next month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner confirmed with a PGA Tour official that Choi received the sponsor invite. Multiple…

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Viral sensation Ho-sung Choi to make his PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach

One of golf’s (suddenly) iconic swings will grace one of the game’s most iconic venues in February. Ho-sung Choi is coming to Pebble Beach to make his PGA Tour debut. Try to stay calm, people. The 45-year-old viral sensation told Korean media on Monday he has accepted a sponsor exemption into the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Feb. 7-10. RELATED: Read the petition to get Ho-sung Choi into a PGA Tour event “I never imagined this day would come,” Choi said, according to multiple reports. “I took up golf at the…

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All eyes on Justin Rose at PGA West

When Justin Rose pushes a tee into the California desert at PGA West in La Quinta Thursday and hits his first competitive shot of 2019, he not only will do it as the world’s top-ranked player, he will hit the ball with a new club and start a season that will be monitored like the stock market. The reason so many people closely will follow Rose’s every result is he and Honma Golf announced Jan. 1 that the Englishman signed a 10-club endorsement deal with the Hong Kong-based company. Since then,…

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Kuchar Two Ahead in Hawaii in Bid for Ninth PGA Tour Win

(Reuters) – Matt Kuchar went bogey-free again to earn a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam after the third round at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday. An inability to birdie the par-five 18th, where he hit a poor third shot, was the only minor complaint Kuchar had after a four-under-par 66 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. He recorded an 18-under 192 total, while Putnam drained a birdie at the last for a 67 to go 16-under. Fellow American Keith Mitchell matched the day’s best score, a seven-birdie 63,…

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Yang, 46, dreams of winning again on PGA Tour

HONOLULU – Y.E. Yang made a cameo on the Sony Open leaderboard Friday before capping his round with back-to-back bogeys to drop into the middle of the pack. Remember Yang? He was the last guy standing at the 2009 PGA Championship, when Tiger Woods blinked for the first time on a Sunday of a major championship. We all know how Woods’ career has progressed since that PGA. Yang’s path is no less cautionary. Yang has played 127 PGA Tour events since his major breakthrough, missing 49 cuts and managing to finish inside the top 10…

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Luke Donald posts a 69 in return to PGA Tour after long hiatus with herniated disc in his back

HONOLULU – A first-round one-under 69 on Thursday morning at Waialae Country Club was a rousing success for former world No. 1 Luke Donald in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Then again, not hurting himself when he brushes his teeth is a rousing success. Donald completed his first round on the PGA Tour in nine months and tried to not sound too relieved as he continued his comeback from a herniated disc in his back. The Englishman made his return to competitive golf in October at the Alfred Dunhill Links…

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Rodríguez crossed the Rio Grande to reach the U.S. and, finally, the PGA Tour

HONOLULU – With the setting sun dipping below Diamond Head, casting long shadows across Waialae Country Club, José de Jesús Rodríguez was easy to pinpoint. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Rodríguez looks more like a middleweight boxer than a professional golfer; but make no mistake, the 37-year-old can play golf, despite the longest odds one can imagine. Of the 21 rookies on the PGA Tour this season, Rodríguez’s story stands as a testament to the Mexican’s dedication to the single belief that to reach your dreams, however farfetched they may seem in…

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