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behalf of the Bridgestone Global Group of companies, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. This premier event features the world’s best professional golfers at the historic and challenging Firestone Country Club, South Course. We’re confident that this year, as in past tournaments, we will see the “best of the best” demonstrate excellence and a passion for the sport in this unparalleled stroke-play championship. More than 100 years ago, The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded here in Akron by Harvey Firestone. Eighty-two years ago the Bridgestone Tire Company was founded in Japan by Shojiro Ishibashi. And 25 years ago, in 1988, these two great companies were joined… with that merger, Bridgestone Corporation became the world’s largest tire and rubber company. We believe our founders would be proud of how our company has become a global leader in our industries… through hard work, a focus on “Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that is, delivering unsurpassed products and services to our customers, and a commitment to improving the communities we call home. Whether it is world-class tires, golf equipment, roofing materials or even seismic isolation rubber, we are passionate about being the very best. Our participation in the World Golf ChampionshipsBridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club is a perfect complement to our business, bringing our two strong brands, our proud heritage and our shared spirit together in a very special place.
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As a proud member of the Akron community for more than a century, we are privileged to again serve as the sponsor of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. We thank the PGA TOUR staff, the Firestone Country Club team and the great volunteers for their assistance and hospitality during this tournament week. A special thank you goes to all the fans whose support allows the Bridgestone Invitational to generate funds for deserving charities and help improve communities in the Northeast Ohio area. We hope you enjoy the excitement and energy of the Bridgestone Invitational!
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURS The Executive Directors and Commissioners of the International Federation of PGA Tours-World Golf Championships Operating Committee: - Asian Tour - European Tour - Japan Golf Tour Organization - PGA Tour of Australasia - PGA TOUR - Sunshine Tour
behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours-World Golf Championships Operating Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, held once again at historic and challenging Firestone Country Club. The Bridgestone Invitational is a true global summit of golf, where the world’s best players test their skills against each other, providing us with thrilling competition each and every year. In 2012, Keegan Bradley edged Jim Furyk for his first World Golf Championships title. It was a memorable finish to say the least; Bradley’s first lead of the week came on the 72nd hole, and he sank a gutsy 15-footer for par to secure the win. This year mark’s 60 years of professional golf at Firestone Country Club. Walking through the clubhouse and strolling along the lush fairways at this remarkable facility, players and fans alike all glimpse the significance of the history at Firestone Country Club. The course’s list of champions – flush with World Golf Hall of Fame members – shows just how Firestone Country Club has stood the test of time and why it remains one of the favorite stops each year for the world’s best players. The Federation would like to express its gratitude to our title sponsor this week, Bridgestone, and the other umbrella sponsors of the World Golf Championships series, Accenture, Cadillac and HSBC. Bridgestone’s brand aligns perfectly with the World Golf Championships, and our partnership with this iconic name continues to elevate this already prestigious event. We would also like to recognize Kohler and Rolex as Official Sponsors. Additionally, our appreciation goes out to the staff at Firestone Country Club, as well as the hundreds of volunteers whose tireless efforts make an event of this magnitude possible. Because of that support – as well as the support of fans just like you – the total charitable impact from this event and the World Golf Championships as a whole has topped $39 million since the series began in 1999.
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The World Golf ChampionshipsBridgestone Invitational is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar. But in addition to the exciting play you’re sure to witness this week at Firestone Country Club, the Bridgestone Invitational is a fanfriendly social event for spectators as well. Here is a guide to everything you need to know about the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS* Wednesday, July 31: Practice Round -- Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, August 1: First Championship Round -- Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Friday, August 2: Second Championship Round -- Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3: Third Championship Round -- Gates open at 7 a.m. Sunday, August 4: Final Championship Round -- Gates open at 7 a.m. *All times are subject to change.
ON THE COURSE
BEST VIEWS OF GOLF
Here’s a quick list of spots that offer great views of this world-class event: • If you get there early, the spectator mounds behind the par 3, 12th green provide perfect views of multiple groups. Not only can you see all the action on the 12th, but the 8th tee box and 7th green are all within view. • The fifth green is a par 3 tucked in the southeast corner of the course. If you make the walk out to this challenging hole, you are sure to see some great shots. • Reachable in two shots for most players, the par 5, 2nd hole is sure to give up a lot of birdies and a few eagles. Players take on the most undulating green on the course that features deep bunkers and a false front. The possibilities of witnessing cool shots on this hole are endless. • The 16th hole is Firestone’s most famous. The longest hole on the PGA TOUR at 667 yards was dubbed “The Monster” by Arnold Palmer during the 1960 PGA Championship. Catch a glimpse of the tee shots that roll down the massive hill. If you want a seat in the bleachers by the green, get there early for this popular spot. • The par 4, 3rd hole features a pond short of the green. Tucked behind the driving range, you have prime viewing as players negotiate the tall oak trees and water hazard that make this downhill, 442-yard hole a challenge.
SEE AND BE SEEN? The 18th green is a favorite of many spectators. With the most bleacher seating on the course, this is a great place to watch the entire field come through. With both a hole-by-hole leaderboard and LED scoreboard, you can keep tabs on what is going on throughout the entire course without leaving your prime location. The No. 1 tee is your chance to be seen by friends and family – and possibly a worldwide television audience. Be part of the crowd when the best players in the world tee off and you just might make the Golf Channel or CBS broadcast.
ON THE COURSE
WANT AN AUTOGRAPH? While we can’t discount the ultimate strategy for getting tons of autographs – be a cute kid and say “please” – these tactics will definitely increase your chance for success, no matter your age. • Hang out at the driving range and near the practice putting green at 18. All day on Wednesday and after competition rounds the rest of the week, these locations are where players tend to stay until the last request is satisfied. On Wednesday, players are much more apt to stop and sign in these areas as opposed to when they’re out on the golf course. • During the practice rounds, follow the same group for a couple of holes. Rather than the Johnny-Come-Latelys who just show up with the mob of autograph hounds, players will often reward those dedicated fans who have stuck with them for an hour or so; you’d be surprised how often a player will make a point to thank you for following along all day. • Make a statement (a good one, of course). Wear a “Phil is my Phavorite” t-shirt or dress up in total Ian Poulter gear and spike your hair. Just be respectful, creative and bring a Sharpie.
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Please SILENCE your mobile phone. Calls only permitted in designated areas. NO video recording allowed at any time. NO photographs after Wednesday. Violations will result in confiscation of mobile device or removal from the tournament. Be respectful of play. See full terms and conditions @PGATOUR.com.
ON THE COURSE
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AWAY FROM THE COURSE
Stepping away from the action at the Bridgestone Invitational, we encourage spectators to take in the sights and sounds of Downtown Akron and the abundance of things to do during tournament week. Whether you’re looking for family fun or want to catch a performance by your favorite band, Downtown Akron offers so many entertainment options!
From casual eats to upscale dining, you’ll find delicious food and great atmosphere when you choose to dine Downtown. With more than 50 restaurants, choices range from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and sushi. The Northside district is home to unique dining experiences. Enjoy Akron’s legendary pizza and late night Italian fare at Luigi’s Restaurant, or explore DBA – Dante Boccuzzi Akron - with an elegant dining space, great cocktails, late-night bar menu and a spacious, comfortable patio. Downtowners also love 3 Point, Bricco, Cilanto, Crave, House of Hunan and the Lockview. When it comes to shopping, Downtown retailers are a must-add to your list. Purchase city-style clothing, handcrafted art and much more at one of Downtown’s unique retail stores. Visit Akron Glass Works for beautiful hand blown glass and glass blowing demonstrations. Stop in Zeber-Martell Studios for exquisite art and jewelry. Head Downtown for a night out and choose from a variety of nightlife options. You’ll find everything from neighborhood pubs and rooftop patios to sports bars and dance clubs. Enjoy the Towpath Trail – the gateway to Cuyahoga Valley National Park – and explore the urban Downtown corridor as it connects to miles of wildlife. Rent a bicycle or walk the historic trail into natural wonder. The heart of Downtown is a 10-minute walk from encounters with deer, beaver, herons, coyote and more.
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KEEGS! STUNNING WIN FOR LASER-FOCUSED BRADLEY by Craig Dolch
Standing on the 18th tee, Keegan Bradley knew he faced a formidable task. He was a shot behind Jim Furyk in last year’s World Golf ChampionshipsBridgestone Invitational. It was basically a match-play situation against one of the world’s grittiest golfers, and Bradley was spotting Furyk that precious shot. It didn’t help that on this same Firestone course 12 months earlier, Bradley had seen his lead on the final nine slip away quickly as he faded to 15th place. To make matters worse, on this day, his souped-up 9-iron from 165 yards plummeted into a greenside bunker at No. 18, leaving him with a fried-egg lie. Even though Furyk also had missed the green, everyone was going “uh-oh, game over” because of Bradley’s lie and that one-shot margin. Everyone, that is, but Bradley. He didn’t see a fried-egg; he saw an opportunity to win. “When you win, you just have a great attitude,” Bradley said afterward. “And first I saw it plugged, and then I saw the shot immediately kind of going up that hill. The way I’ve been putting, I just wanted to give myself a chance. I hit a really spectacular shot from the bunker.” Furyk opened the door when his third shot cleared a greenside bunker but stopped in the rough just short of the green. Furyk’s fourth shot rolled 5
feet past the cup, setting the stage for Bradley and his 15-foot par putt. He already had won twice on the PGA TOUR, including becoming just the third player to win his first major appearance, at the 2011 PGA Championship, but he also had celebrated similar victories thousands of times in his mind. “I remember when you’re a little kid playing matches against other guys, I used to love coming down the last hole having to make birdie,” Bradley said. “I just kept telling myself that this is the exact moment that I live for, that you play golf for, that you grow up your whole life, and I’m living it. It’s just an amazing feeling to be in that moment and just loving every second of it. “I didn’t think for a second I was going to miss it. It was unbelievable. I got behind it, and I barely even had to read it. I knew the exact way it was going to break. I just needed to hit it hard enough. I knew that. And it was dead center.” Bradley celebrated with a fist pump that would have made Mike Tyson duck. When Furyk missed his bogey putt, Bradley took off his hat and scratched his head in disbelief. Not even having played two full seasons on the PGA TOUR, he had moved into elite company by becoming just the 11th player to win a major and a World Golf Championships event. It
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also clinched his first of what should be many spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, where he led the Americans with a 4-1 record in 2012. “It just feels so great,” Bradley said. “I kept having memories of last year creeping into my head (when he lost the lead at Firestone), and I was thinking about it. I just felt so strong coming down the stretch, and most of all I enjoyed every minute of it.” While Furyk was lamenting the double-bogey that prevented him from winning in wire-to-wire fashion, he paid tribute to Bradley’s fine finish that included a 31 on the last nine holes. “Keegan played a heck of a back nine,” Furyk said. “He did everything he needed to do to win the golf tournament. I felt like I did the same, until the 18th hole.” Bradley was a top skier as a kid growing up in the mountains of Vermont. It wasn’t until he was 12 when he decided he’d rather face downhill putts than a downhill slope. “I’m at the top of this mountain in Killington, Vt., thinking, ‘This isn’t much fun,’” Bradley said. “That was the moment I realized I didn’t want to ski. I wanted to be a golfer.” But it wasn’t a smooth transition. Even with his father, Mark, a PGA professional, Bradley wasn’t a top junior player. His high-school coach says he
was the third-best player on his team. Bradley went to college at St. John’s – a school known more for basketball than golf – and yet won nine times before graduating in 2008. Still, he was recognized more for being the nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley than for being a hot-shot prospect. He failed to make it through q-school his first try, played on the Hooters Tour for a year and missed making it through q-school by two shots, earning him a spot on the Web. com Tour. Initially, that was a struggle, too, as he missed five consecutive cuts early in 2010. But late in the season, with the pressure on, he strung together four consecutive top-five finishes to place 14th on the money list and earn his way to the PGA TOUR. He had mixed success as a rookie (two top-10 finishes, six missed cuts) before he broke through by beating Ryan Palmer in a playoff at the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship. No longer was he known as Pat’s nephew. He was now a PGA TOUR winner. “For Keegan, since he was a little boy, this has been his dream,” Pat Bradley said. “He’s been thinking it, he’s been feeling it, he’s been seeing it all his life.” Said Keegan, “It’s fun to look around and see the boys I’ve been watching
BRADLEY CELEBRATED WITH A FIST PUMP THAT WOULD HAVE MADE MIKE TYSON DUCK. on TV forever. It’s fun to play in front of galleries.” You get the feeling Bradley is enjoying his time on the PGA TOUR? How many more times can he say the word “fun?” Just 10 weeks later, things got even more enjoyable when Bradley found himself in contention at his first major, the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. His hopes of winning appeared to be drowned when his chip rolled into the water at No. 15, leading to a triple-bogey that dropped him five shots behind leader Jason Dufner with three holes left. Somehow, Bradley regrouped and birdied the next two holes. When Dufner finished with three bogeys, Bradley was given a mulligan of sorts by making the playoff, which he won by a shot over Dufner. Two years after he was playing on the Hooters Tour, Bradley was holding the Wanamaker Trophy, joining Frances Ouimet and Ben Curtis as the only players to win their first start in a major. “It seems like a dream,” said Bradley, who took a picture of the trophy while seated in the media room. “I’m afraid I’m going to wake up in five minutes and it’s not going to be real.” Bradley admits he has been bummed out by the anchored putter controversy. He was the first to win a major with a long putter, and after he was joined by Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and Adam Scott, the USGA and R&A announced in May it will ban anchored putters beginning in 2016. Bradley has been heckled at several tournaments by fans calling him a “cheater” because he continues to use the anchored putter. The deplorable incidents caused the USGA to issue a
statement in his defense. His aunt did the same thing. “He’ll deal with this on a professional level and make the adjustments like all pro golfers,” said Pat Bradley. “Keegan is going to be successful no matter what he does. He is going to make the switch when it’s comfortable for him.” To focus on his putter really shortchanges what Bradley has accomplished. In less than three full seasons on TOUR, the 27-year-old has three victories, a Ryder Cup appearance, earnings of more than $10 million and he’s risen into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking. In 2012, Bradley – nicknamed “Keegs” – led the TOUR in its all-around ranking, and he’s been in the top 10 in that statistic for most of this season. He does have his idiosyncrasies, such as staring almost cross-eyed at the ball as he lines up putts, and shuffling his feet and turning over his club face repeatedly as he prepares to hit a shot. But once he addresses the ball, he quickly uses his 6-foot-2 frame to lash the ball more than 300 yards. With his game, his charisma and his ever-present smile, Bradley is certainly one of the most marketable young American golfers in the game. Pressure? What pressure? “Keegs really gets joy out of his success,” Pat Bradley said. “In that way, he is much different from me. I got mine from fear of failure.” Bradley isn’t ready to come down from golf’s mountaintop, either. “There’s still tons for me to do,” he said. “I want to keep climbing the rankings. I want to win more tournaments and majors, play in more Ryder Cups in the future. There’s still tons of stuff that I can accomplish.” One thing is for sure… he will do it all with a smile on his face.
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Northern Ohio Golf Charities are delighted to partner with the Ronald McDonald Houses of Cleveland and Akron as the golf tournament’s anchor charity,” said Bridgestone Invitational Executive Director Don Padgett. “The support these organizations provide to hospitalized children and their families is outstanding, and we are proud to help with their efforts.” Charitable proceeds from the Bridgestone Invitational are raised through hospitality package and ticket sales. Greater attendance and support for the event translates into more funds for the event’s charitable arm, Northern Ohio Golf Charities. With the addition of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Cleveland and Akron as the Bridgestone Invitational anchor charities, the Northern Ohio Golf Charities will continue its legacy of supporting various worthy causes throughout the region.
“Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better,” said Craig Wilson, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland executive director. “While we cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources they need to help their child heal. We are so thankful for the Bridgestone Invitational’s commitment to help us continue our work in Northeast Ohio.” Studies have shown that sick children heal faster when they receive emotional support from their families while in the hospital. By providing the families with a comfortable place to stay in a home-style environment, Ronald McDonald Houses provide a support network for the entire family, allowing them to focus on helping their child heal. “By removing worries such as where they will stay, how much it will cost, and where they will find strength, RMH allows families to focus on what’s most important – the recovery and healing process of their sick child,” said Anne Collins, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. Meantime, the Northeast Ohio affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure remains as a charitable recipient from the Bridgestone In-
vitational for the third consecutive year. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. The funds allow the chapter to continue its important role as a primary breast health resource that encourages people to take charge of their own health. “We are thrilled to partner with Bridgestone Invitational and Northern Ohio Golf Charities,” said Lauren Barbour, Komen Northeast Ohio executive director. “Their support is instrumental in our ability to deliver and increase the level of services we provide.” The Bridgestone Invitational has generated more than $22 million to 200-plus charitable organizations in the last 25 years through the Northern Ohio Golf Charities.
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Accuracy rather than sheer power is necessary to navigate the fairway bunkers. A successful second shot will leave the ball below the pin. The green, which slopes to the front-left, is guarded by a deep bunker to the left and a large shallow bunker on the right.
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Pros think birdie on this par 5 with overhanging trees at the narrow dogleg left. A nest of bunkers protect the green.
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “I love this hole. You’re hitting to a fairway that slopes downhill and to the right. Your second shot is over the water and into a beautiful setting. You really need to hit the fairway on this hole.”
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No. 4 is one of the most difficult par 4s on the course. The fairway slopes right-to-left. The second shot must come in high to hold the elevated green.
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The challenging green, skirted by bunkers, requires accurate club selection as well as shot making. A challenging par 3.
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The sixth is a slight dogleg right and is one of the tougher holes on the course. The green slopes back-to-front and is surrounded by three bunkers.
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The seventh features the largest green on the course. The frontright bunker bunker is deep and difficult.
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “I always thought No. 8 was a wonderful hole. You can aim the ball at the water tower and if you shaped the ball with the left-toright fairway, it would have more momentum and it would run down the fairway. It would make the difference between hitting a 9- or 8-iron versus a 5- or 6-iron. That’s what I loved about Firestone – the course design encourages you to work the ball one way or the other.” 24
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A set of bunkers guards a fairway that slopes left-to-right. A challenging approach to a small green that is severely sloped in the front awaits the players.
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A set of fairway bunkers demand an accurate drive. And this back-tofront, undulating green is always a challenge.
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An accurate tee shot sets up a short iron to the wide green that features a shelf on the back-left section
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This is the shortest hole on the course. The picturesque green sits atop a ridge and is entrenched on three sides by deep, menacing bunkers.
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “This is a good hole. Once again, you had to shape the ball off the tee to avoid a deep bunker to the left and a huge tree to the right. Then you’re hitting into a very small green. I would take four pars here every time.”
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “Firestone has so many great par 4s, and this is one of them. They have added about 30 yards to this hole, which brings the fairway bunkers into play and means the longest hitters have to use driver to get over them. The green isn’t that deep, and you have to avoid the bunkers in front and behind it.” 30
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This long par 3 has a long but narrow green with bunkers left and right.
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “Even before they lengthened it, the 16th hole was always one of the longest par 5s on the PGA TOUR. It played about 30-40 yards shorter because the drive was downhill, but that used to be a hole nobody could reach in two. You have to hit your drive into the fairway, and the second shot also needs to be in the fairway. It’s a hole that tempts you – you want to make sure you’re hitting no more than a sand wedge for your third shot, but the farther you hit it, you had to worry about the water in the front and a creek on the right. There’s a reason this is Firestone’s signature hole.” 32
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Most players will lay up short of the bunkers off the tee at the bottom of the hill. The undulating green has some tough pin placements.
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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAMER NICK PRICE SAYS: “It’s a classic par 4 from an elevated tee to a downhill fairway with a dogleg to the left. You hit your second shot into an elevated green that serves as a great amphitheatre.”
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Just Four Shy of Sam Snead To borrow a line from baseball’s Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Woods is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, leads in FedExCup points and is tops on this year’s money list. Now for a super stat: January through June, he collected four wins in a mere nine starts. Woods cruised to his first season win and seventh Farmers Insurance Open title in January while taming a soggy Torrey Pines for an eighth time. The last time Woods won at Torrey Pines was the epic 2008 U.S. Open. “Does it feel good?” Woods said. “Yes. Does it give me confidence? Absolutely.” Confidence and a wickedly good game landed Woods in the winner’s circle three more times. “From what I saw the last couple of days, he’s been putting great,” said Brandt Snedeker at THE PLAYERS Championship in May. “That’s scary. The way he hits it and with his short game, that’s hard to beat.” Despite dunking his tee shot into the water on the 14th hole, Woods rebounded to win his second PLAYERS and 78th
TOUR title at age 37. Snead posted his record 82nd title at age 52. ON COURSE Seventeen months, seven wins and $12 million ago, Woods broke his record 30-month winless streak at the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. It was, “Pure joy,” according to Woods. “I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again.” At this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods collected his eighth career win at Bay Hill, a record he now shares with Sam Snead as the only players to have won the same event so often. “I play well here. It’s as simple as it gets,” said Woods. OFF THE COURSE The Tiger Woods Foundation recently celebrated the expansion of the Tiger Woods Learning Center with the launch of two campuses in Washington, D.C. The Learning Centers, which began in 2006 when the flagship site opened its doors in Anaheim, Calif., have reached more than 100,000 young people.
Nationality: Northern Irish Age: 24
Stay Tuned... On the eve of the opening round at the U.S. Open, McIlroy bolted up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the exuberance of a kid. “Can’t come to Philadelphia and not see the ‘Rocky’ steps!!” McIlroy said via Twitter. After a dazzling 2012, expectations for the planet’s top-ranked player were huge. Then McIlroy missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship to open the year and came close to winning just once at the Valero Texas Open. And then “the kid” who won five tournaments last year also missed the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and The Open Championship. McIlroy has blamed his less-thanperfect play on his swing, not his new equipment. After missing the cut at the Irish Open, McIlroy told the Irish Independent he was open to tweaking his driver. “The driver hasn’t been the best club in my bag this year to be honest. I base my game around that and if I drive the ball well, I am going to do well.” McIlroy planned “to test a few more drivers and get something set up for me so I have confidence going into
the rest of the season.” Heading into the FedExCup Playoffs, however, the positives are there. McIlroy has four top 10s in 10 starts on TOUR through June, and it shouldn’t be forgotten that he won two of his four 2012 TOUR titles during the Playoffs. ON COURSE McIlroy was voted 2012 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, an honor bestowed upon him by his fellow players. With four TOUR victories, 10 top 10s, and $8,047,952 in earnings, he was clearly the year’s best. McIlroy posted his fifth European Tour win last November at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. OFF THE COURSE The Rory Foundation “6 Bags Project” invited fans to bid on the golf bag McIlroy used in selected tournaments to raise money for local charities. The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, The Child Protection Team of Palm Beach, The First Tee of Miami, Chinquapin Prep (in Houston) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital were the recipients. PROFILES
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Rose Nationality: English Age: 33
Flying High You know you’ve arrived when British Airways names a new flight number after your U.S. Open winning total at Merion: BA 281. The final-round trip for Rose on the way to his first major included five birdies and five bogeys through 16 holes, then clutch pars at the punishing 17th and 18th—all while being chased by Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Jason Day. “I just stayed in my little tunnel and kept telling myself that if I was struggling, then so was everyone else,” said Rose. “I really wanted to finish in style — like the great Ben Hogan did here.” Rose credited Masters champion Adam Scott for inspiring him to win his first major championship, but he dedicated his victory to his father, Ken, who died of leukemia in 2002. “Yes, the look up to the heavens was absolutely for my dad; Father’s Day was not lost on me today,” Rose said. In the wake of his life-changing victory, Rose recalled a recent story about Tony Jacklin, the last Englishman to win the U.S. Open (1970), in an interview on CNBC’s 42
Power Lunch. “He felt like he was dragged all over the world doing things that he thought he should be doing as a major champion,” Rose said, but Jacklin’s form soon deteriorated because of the distractions. “You have to relish the opportunities that [winning] will bring, but at the same time weigh them out carefully.” ON COURSE Rose began this year with a runnerup finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, added a second runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and posted three other top 10s before his major win. OFF THE COURSE “I think my career is definitely suiting living in America right now, and for the most part, this is home,” said Rose following his win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship last year. “I really enjoy going back to England…The Ryder Cup instills great patriotism in all the players. I really do enjoy America from a lifestyle perspective and the TOUR out here. I’m a player who balances trying to play both tours.”
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Nationality: Australian Age: 33
The Best Down Under Under a soft drizzle at Augusta National, Adam Scott was unshakable, draining one clutch putt after another in pursuit of his first major. First, a remarkable 20-foot putt on the final hole in regulation to take the clubhouse lead, then a 12-footer on the second playoff hole with Angel Cabrera to bring the green jacket home to Australia for the first time. “It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Aussie to win. Just incredible,” said Scott, who had dreamed of a Masters win for his homeland since he was 6 years old. “Ever since I saw Larry Mize chipin against Greg Norman in 1987 [on television],” said Scott during an interview on CBS This Morning. “It broke my heart. I got to stay home from school, my mom was crying, and so the green jacket has meant so much to every Aussie kid for such a long time.” One of the first to Tweet congratulations was Greg Norman, “What happened today I observed in the eyes of Adam when he was 15. He deserves everything he gets from this win. Proud of him & #australia.”
Scott, who has 11 international victories and nine TOUR titles, has focused on TOUR events only so far this season, recording three top 10s in nine events played. Outside the Masters, his most recent TOUR win was the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational. ON COURSE Was it foretelling when Scott edged out Ian Poulter at the 2012 Talisker Australian Masters to win his first gold jacket? “It’s pretty awesome to be able to slip this jacket on,” said Scott last November. “Maybe I can set the theme of winning jackets and turn it green next year before I come back to defend.” OFF THE COURSE Scott was born in Adelaide, Australia, and moved to Queensland when he was 7. “That’s where I fell in love with the beach,” said Scott, an avid surfer. Scott attended college at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and currently lives in Crans sur Sierre, Switzerland, an alpine resort known for its two spectacular golf courses.
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Mickelson Nationality: American Age: 43
Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson’s exhibition in clutch shot-making on a punishing Muirfield during the final round of The Open Championship was momentous. “Great players hit great shots when they need them the most,” said ESPN commentator Paul Azinger who pointed to Mickleson’s 302-yard approach shot to the par-5 17th “as one of the greatest 3-woods ever hit.” Mickelson began five shots back making four birdies over his last six holes to shoot 66 for his first Open win. “I needed to bring it,” he said. “I needed to show up and play some of my best golf, and I did. I played some of the best golf of my career.” Over the past 20 years, Mickelson has collected 42 titles, including five majors, and won legions of fans with his autograph pen and signature tip of his cap. Following his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Mickelson focused on his future.” To be called a Hall of Famer, that does sound like I’m a little old. Fortunately, I don’t feel old, and hopefully I’ll be able to play quite a bit longer. I still want to win a number of golf tournaments.”
“Heartbreak,” Mickelson said on television after finishing second at the U.S. Open for the sixth time in his career. “This is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all of them because I was playing well. I had a golf course I really liked that I could play aggressive on a number of holes, and felt like this was as good an opportunity to ask for, and to not do it -- it hurts.” A few weeks later Mickelson was able to acknowledge the positives of his game. “I’m playing better than I have in years. My putting hasn’t been this good in four or five years. My driving is off the charts. So I’m excited to keep playing.” OFF THE COURSE
The Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation focuses on supporting youth and family initiatives including Start Smart and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. “Both Amy and I benefitted by being raised in our own strong, loving families and now we’re fortunate and thankful to be in a position to help others strengthen their own family bonds.”
Nationality: American Age: 35
Always Smilin’ You’re not likely to see Matt Kuchar’s name above the 100 mark on stats for driving distance or even driving accuracy. Yet in any given season, Kuchar is top tier when it comes to scoring average and strokes gainedputting, which usually equates to enviable positions on the FedExCup points and official money lists— Kuchar is currently No. 2 behind Tiger Woods on both. “I’m really happy with the way my golf career has gone,” Kuchar said last year after his win at THE PLAYERS Championship. “I’ve played some great golf, some consistent golf. I never wanted to be the guy that won once a year and missed 10 cuts a year.” Kuchar added TOUR wins five and six at this year’s World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. “There are a couple of things I thought were missing from my pedigree. A major championship is on the list, and a multiple-win season was on the list,” said Kuchar after the Memorial win. “Having a multiple-win season is nice to be able to check off the list.”
ON COURSE Kuchar succeeded Tiger Woods as U.S. Amateur champion in 1997 and proceeded to astound the golf world a year later at the Masters and U.S. Open. According to Golf Digest, it was speculated that Kuchar would skip his final two years at Georgia Tech, accept lucrative sponsorship offers and turn pro. Kuchar played it smart. He earned his degree and made the most of his sponsors’ exemptions on TOUR in 2001 to secure a card for the coming season, for which his goals were high: “In my heart, I have to believe I can beat Tiger.” OFF THE COURSE Kuchar is notoriously likeable. According to The Florida Times-Union, Kuchar is “disarmingly polite, smiles, signs autographs, is cordial with the media and leaves elderly female volunteers wishing they could adopt him. But there’s a dark side…He’s a habitual practical joker.” Kuchar’s father Peter claims responsibility for his son’s behavior, “I hate to admit that he learned most of this stuff from me.”
McDowell Nationality: Northern Irish Age: 34
Scrambling Man “It’s been a funny season, inconsistent…When it’s been good, it’s been really good,” said Graeme McDowell after posting his ninth European Tour title and his third title this year at the Alston Open de France. It could be a career-best year in the making for McDowell despite having missed the cut in three of his last four TOUR starts and two of his last three European starts. One media outlet properly described his current season as a “brilliantly successful rollercoaster.”
McDowell added the French title to wins in the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria and the RBC Heritage on TOUR. He was particularly pleased with the precedent he set at the Heritage, his first TOUR win in three years. “For those statisticians out there, it’s the first time I’ve won in odd number years, as well,” explained McDowell. “It’s nice to break that. Not that I’m paying any attention. My wins came in ‘02, ‘04, ‘08, ‘10 and ‘12. So here we are in an odd number year, so thank goodness for that.”
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McDowell is second in scrambling on TOUR, a stat the scrappy Ulsterman feels is “telling” of his evolution in the game. “I feel like I’m a substantially better player than I was three years ago, all around really,” he said. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this process that I’ve gone through the last two-and-a-half years, winning the U.S. Open, getting comfortable with deserving that U.S. Open, getting comfortable with the player that I was trying to become…Things are good.” When the 19-year-old McDowell joined the University of AlabamaBirmingham golf team, “All of a sudden I was thrust into this American lifestyle where everyone seemed brash and cocky and wanted to be winners,” he recalled. “That did a lot for me. I came back that first summer and won pretty much everything in Ireland, got myself in the Walker Cup team and by the third year was the No. 1 college player in the States. If I hadn’t gone over there would I be sitting where I am now?”
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Snedeker Nationality: American Age: 32
The $10 Million Dollar Man “I was not thinking about the $10 million at all until the last hole, and I hit an awful shot. So that shows you what that does for you,” said Brandt Snedeker, who had just won the 2012 FedExCup and the richest payoff in golf with his victory at the TOUR Championship by CocaCola. Snedeker began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked 19th in points earned during the PGA TOUR season. He posted two top-10 finishes in the FedExCup Playoffs get into position to control his own destiny in Atlanta, the Playoffs finale. Money aside, the accomplishment launched a career revival for the 2007 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year despite his recent physical challenges. Snedeker underwent a second hip surgery in November 2011 and 90 days later won the Farmers Insurance Open, the first marker on his path to the FedExCup. Today, Snedeker struggles with a painful rib condition, yet he boasts seven top 10s, including a win this season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “I had everything tested,
and they found this one anomaly in my DNA,” Snedeker told Golf Magazine. “What it boils down to is that my ribs are just really brittle compared to the rest of my bones. So I’m on this medication that is supposed to strengthen your bones and keep this stuff from happening.” ON COURSE Snedeker was No. 1 in strokes gainedputting on TOUR last year. “I’ve practiced a little harder to try to be the best putter in the world,” Snedeker said. “I get this from my brother. He tells me in the business world they ask, ‘What are you really good at?’ It’s better to try to be a 10 out of 10 at one thing and a 5 out of 10 in something else than a 7 out of 10 across the board.” OFF THE COURSE Snedeker still lives in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where he hosts an annual charity tournament. After collecting his $10 million FedExCup champion’s check, he remarked, “I really think we can make a difference and help a lot of people out in Nashville and Tennessee and the surrounding areas, for sure.”
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Donald Nationality: English Age: 35
All Style and Substance Luke Donald was two shots off the lead at day’s end Saturday at the U.S. Open, even after a bogey, double-bogey finish. Paired with Justin Rose in the final round, Donald stumbled early and never recovered. “I come away with some positive feelings,” Donald said. “I got in position in a U.S. Open. I haven’t really done that in my career. So, there’s definitely positives.” Donald ended tied for eighth, his first top10 finish at the event. Earlier this season, Donald posted top 10s at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank and the RBC Heritage. Donald’s positive outlook may have been stoked by basketball great Michael Jordan. Donald recently struck up a relationship with Jordan via their golf outings at Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. “Michael’s a really nice chap who I’ve got to know really well recently,” Donald told Telegraph Sport. “I’m always happy to empty his wallet,” joked Donald, who claims he’s motivated by Jordan’s famous competitive spirit. “He’s good for the mind,” Donald said. “He’s been making sure that I’m ready mentally. It’s been good 52
to pick Michael’s brains and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He doesn’t like to lose.” ON COURSE Donald enjoyed a productive 2012 with his fifth TOUR win at the Tampa Bay Championship, a repeat win at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship and a seventh international win at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan. Of course, winning his fourth Ryder Cup as a member of Team Europe in his adopted hometown of Chicago probably stands tallest in the pride category. OFF THE COURSE In May, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to Donald at Buckingham Palace. The honor is bestowed upon civilians and service personnel for public service and other distinctions. The Englishman received the award in recognition of his contributions to professional golf, for helping organizations like The First Tee raise millions of dollars for junior golf and for his role as a global ambassador for Britain. “I’m touched that my accomplishments have been recognized in this way,” said Donald.
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Mr. Nice Guy Steve Stricker has his priorities straight. The 12-time TOUR winner chose to bypass The Open Championship to celebrate his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, and sometimes caddie, Niki. Not surprising for a guy who labels himself ‘Husband, Father and PGA TOUR Player’ on the masthead of his Twitter page. “I’ll be watching it and probably wishing I was there in some regard,” said Stricker, “But I’m happy with my decision, what I’m doing, and I have been all year.” More at-home time is now factored into Stricker’s schedule. Prior to defending his title at the seasonopening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Stricker announced he would only play about 10 events this year—the Bridgestone Invitational is his ninth start. “I had a great run the last six years. I think it’s just the travel, the time away,” said Stricker after posting a T10 at the John Deere Classic. “I have been playing well. My attitude is fresher. I’m excited to be at each and every event that I tee it up in.” The PGA Championship is Stricker’s next scheduled stop. After that, “It 54
depends where I am on The Presidents Cup list and if I’m going to make the team,” explained Stricker. “Of course, if I make the team, I may throw in a couple Playoff events.” ON COURSE The PGA TOUR’s 2006 and 2007 Comeback Player of the Year is at it again. Stricker’s current TOUR stats reflect his reenergized game and attitude: five top 10s in nine starts, including two runner-ups; first in scoring average and greens in regulation; $2.3 million in year-todate earnings. OFF THE COURSE Stricker established a charitable foundation with a new sponsor, American Family Insurance, with the goal of helping children and young adults. The seed money came from the charity donation he received for winning the 2012 Payne Stewart Award and for playing in the Ryder Cup. Stricker was able to restructure his agreements with other sponsors based on his reduced schedule. “I was prepared to lose all that, I really was,” Stricker said. “For the most part, they’re happy for me.”
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When South African great Gary Player launched his career in the 1950s, wo r kou t ro u ti nes and conditioning coaches were anomalies in the sport of golf. “People said weight training was detrimental to golfers,” Player told the Wall Street Journal. “I was squatting 325 pounds the night before I won my first U.S. Open. Today, the players have traveling gyms.” Player’s role in advancing the globalization and athleticism of the sport [he reportedly still does 1,000 sit-ups every day] is honored each year when the Gary Player Cup is presented to the Bridgestone Invitational champion. The shift toward über fitness evolved as golf’s persona transitioned from eminent style—think Sam Snead and that graceful-albeit-powerful swing he employed to win tournaments over six decades—to effusive power. “I guess it could be said my legacy might be that I changed an era,” said Jack Nicklaus, this year’s Ambassador of Golf. “I came along during an era where the game of golf was more of a stylish game, and I added more power to the game. If you look at today’s player, they all play with power. So I think I took the game in a different direction.” Tiger Woods’ fitness level appeared to escalate simultaneously with his wins; he defines athletics in modern golf. “I view fitness as a long-term strategy for building and maintaining endurance, strength and agility. It’s a continuous cycle of training and recovery,” said Woods, who trains two to 10 hours a day according to his website. Woods was sidelined briefly after the U.S. Open with an elbow strain but recently shared, “I don’t have to worry about my Achilles or my knee anymore. I can now actually train instead of rehab. That’s one reason why I’m hitting it further.
I have my legs underneath me, and that’s where our power is.” Not all young superstars subscribed to a Tiger-esque approach to fitness at the start of their careers. Rory McIlroy was asked what sticks out in his mind when he looks back at the 20-year-old who won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship. “I was chubby,” replied McIlroy with a laugh. Shortly after his win at Quail Hollow, McIlroy contacted Dr. Steve McGregor, the British physical scientist who helped reshape Lee Westwood. “He was only 21 then, but he’d been swinging a club since the age of 2 without much focus on fitness, and that created an overuse injury [back],” McGregor told Golf Magazine. As a right-handed golfer, McIlroy’s left side was weaker than his right.”We had to try to balance those discrepancies…So there’d be a lot of single-arm stuff first,” McIlroy recalls. Single-leg moves like split squats and Bulgarian
the 1995 U.S. Open, a testament to his talent and physical investments. Noss currently coaches Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Stewart Cink, Brian Gay and D.A. Points and resides Tuesdays through Sunday mornings at TOUR events to work with each player individually. Once competition begins, Noss replaces rigorous exercises with light workouts that focus on flexibility and functionality as well as on keeping a competitive mind frame. “A player has to deal with media, his family, balancing his time and the stress of being in the tournament,” said Noss. “They’re there to play golf, and I’m there to help them play the best golf they possibly can.”
squats were prescribed to balance McIlroy’s lower body; he trained indoors, outdoors, with weights, on the treadmill, doing sprints, and would swim when he’s near the beach, according to McGregor. “Going to the gym is great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind,” said McIlroy. While Woods was making headlines in 1990 as a 15-year-old amateur, Chris Noss debuted as a golf conditioning coach on TOUR at the urging of Corey Pavin. “Corey wanted to get more out of his body,” recalls Noss. “We started out lifting weights and cross-training with things like boxing.” As training techniques evolved, Noss re-engineered Pavin’s program to include regimens related to the function of the swing. “We take the player out of his box, his comfort zone, getting him into a bigger range of motion so when gets back into his box of motion, he’s more stable, mobile and stronger.” Pavin posted seven victories from 1991-96, including
Most trainers would agree that without strong, pliable muscles in your stomach, hips, glutes and lower back [your core], you can’t make a golf swing that is both powerful and technically sound. Bubba Watson jokes about his invisible biceps but illustrates core power principles with every swing he takes. “Once your core gets a little bit stronger, that’s going to help everything else,” explained Watson. “During my golf swing, I twist and turn a lot pretty rapidly, pretty violently, so it’s all about functional movements to try to help prevent the injuries as much as possible.” For Justin Rose, fundamentals still apply. The U.S. Open champion follows a fitness regimen built on the pyramid of stability, strength and power; everything relates back to the swing. And it was that silky swing that overcame a devilish course at Merion. “I believed in myself inherently; deep down I always knew that I had a talent to play the game. And I simply thought that if I put talent and hard work together, surely it will work out in the end, in the long run.” Rose has spent hours upon hours on the range but acknowledges his punishing workouts in the gym contributed to his success. “If you want be the best, you have to be an athlete,” said Rose in a video released last year. “You have to be working out in the gym, otherwise, someone else is…someone else then has a whole set of skills that you don’t have.” Ultimate fitness isn’t always the cure all for a game gone wrong. Gary Woodland was named “Top Athlete on TOUR” by Golf Digest in late 2011 as determined by a survey of 66 TOUR players, just edging out Dustin Johnson. Woodland’s peers described the 6-1, 201-pound golfer as “an athletic freak.” SERIOUS SHAPE
A strong 2011, highlighted by a win at the Tampa Bay Golf Championship, moved Woodland to 17th on the money list with more than $3 million. During 2012, Woodland wrestled with injuries to both wrists and an iffy short game. By year’s end, he had tumbled to 134 in the FedExCup standings. Woodland’s physician collaborated with swing coach Butch Harmon to devise a new grip for the big-hitter, and now he’s pain free; golf coach Pat Goss was enlisted for help around the greens. “I was lying to myself, thinking I could just mentally overpower the pain,” Woodland said. “When you don’t get results, it’s hard to play with confidence. I’m starting to see results now.” Longevity on the golf course is evidence of a body well cared for, and Bernhard Langer, who turns 55 this month, is looking as lean as he did during his first Masters win in 1985. “I always enjoyed fitness all my life, and I had back issues all my life, so I had to do stretching and fitness to just be able to play golf. I don’t know how it feels to a guy who is not fit…Because I’ve never been there,” said Langer, who currently has 18 Champions Tour wins on the books. If ever there was a poster boy for the best baby-boomer golfer still in the game, it would be Tom Watson, one of
the most enduring professional golfers since the late Sam Snead. Just a few weeks ago, the 63-year-old Watson competed at the British Open, showing only slight differences from the swing he used to win his last Open 30 years ago, despite undergoing hip replacement surgery in 2008. Watson cites a daily exercise regimen as key to staying competitive. “The first thing you lose is the ability to fire your hips,” said Watson, who was selected as U.S. Team captain for next year’s Ryder Cup in Scotland. “You have to do it (workout). And not just stretching. You need cardio, strength training, the works.”
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AMBASSADOR OF GOLF AWARD 2013: JACK NICKLAUS
It has been 27 years since Jack Nicklaus stepped to the first tee at Firestone Country Club for a PGA TOUR event. Regardless, when he does so at this year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, he’ll be leaving with another piece of hardware. Nicklaus, who enjoyed tremendous success as a golfer at Firestone with seven victories, will be honored for his efforts outside the yellow ropes on July 31 – the Wednesday of the Bridgestone Invitational – when he receives the 2013 Ambassador of Golf Award by the Northern Ohio Golf Charities The Ambassador of Golf Award is presented annually to a person who has fostered the ideals of the game on an international level and whose concern for others extends beyond the golf course. Nicklaus becomes the 35th honoree, following in the footsteps of Hall of Famers such as Nick Price, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Carner, Byron Nelson and Gene Sarazen – and Nicklaus’ wife,
Barbara, who was honored in 1990. “This is certainly a special and meaningful recognition,” Nicklaus said. “I feel blessed to be included among such a distinguished list of past recipients, including my wife, because I am certainly Barbara Nicklaus’ biggest fan. Anytime I can follow my wife by winning something, that’s a pretty good person to follow.” Nicklaus, with his 18 professional major championships and 73 PGA TOUR titles, remains the gold standard in golf – both on and off the course. He and Barbara have become prolific philanthropists with their Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation that has raised more than $23 million in their home state of Ohio, as well as Florida. “Jack Nicklaus is the embodiment of all that the Ambassador of Golf Award represents,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “On and off the golf course he has represented the game and its ideals with the utmost in class and dignity. As a player, there is perhaps no equal. He has been a
DID YOU KNOW? Nicklaus earned a total of $71,696 at Firestone, with 62 percent coming via the 1975 PGA Championship win ($45,000). Nicklaus had a stroke average of 70.52 in 22 starts at Firestone (6,136 strokes).
Jack Nicklaus is the embodiment of all that the Ambassador of Golf Award represents.
prolific golf course designer, tournament host and successful business man. And, as a philanthropist, he has leveraged his position as a sports legend for the betterment of society through the support of numerous charities. It is very fitting that Jack joins his wife, Barbara, as a recipient of the Ambassador of Golf Award.” The 73-year-old Nicklaus retired from competition in 2005, but he and Barbara continue to tirelessly assist as the PGA TOUR nears the $2 billion mark in charitable contributions. He has also helped grow the game on a global level as an architect and a confidante to many young players and was among the leaders in the effort to bring golf to the Olympics. “As Barbara and I look back on our careers and our lives together, we realize and appreciate that golf has contributed to us having a lifetime of fulfillment, enrichment and happiness,” Nicklaus said. “But we also felt a responsibility to give back, whenever and wherever we could. “A legacy is not what you do on the field or inside the ropes. A legacy is what you leave behind for others and how you are remembered. Golf has always been my vehicle to competition, but golf was also a vehicle for both Barbara and me to give back. Our hope has been to leave the world, even if just the world of golf, a better place than when we arrived. So in some small way, I hope I have used the game of golf, my career and my life to do that.” Firestone Country Club has been
a special place for Nicklaus, who grew up 125 miles away in Columbus. As an 18-year-old amateur going into his sophomore year at Ohio State, he played in his first professional tournament, the 1958 Rubber City Open, and finished eight strokes behind winner Art Wall. The highlight among his seven wins at Firestone was the 1975 PGA Championship, when he beat Bruce Crampton by two shots for his fourth PGA title. Nicklaus also won the 1968 American Golf Classic, beating Lee Elder in a five-hole playoff. He won the World Series of Golf four times (the inaugural in 1962, plus ’63, ’67 and ’70) when it was a 36-hole exhibition, and also claimed the first 72-hole World Series of Golf event in 1976. “Firestone was always a special place to me,” Nicklaus said. “I played my first TOUR tournament there, I won the first World Series there, I won a PGA there. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy several significant victories and moments at Firestone.” Nicklaus will be honored with a plaque on the first tee at Firestone at 5:30 p.m., an event open to all Bridgestone Invitational Wednesday ticket holders. Fans will hear remarks from Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, and, fittingly, the Ohio State Marching Band will perform. A private reception benefitting Northern Ohio Golf Charities and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will follow. JACK NICKLAUS
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