Topic: Golf

April 16, 2014

In most sports, competitive parity is viewed as a goal. In the post-Tiger PGA, it's flattened things maybe too much. At age 20, after nearly winning at Augusta National, Jordan Spieth looks just about ready to shake things up.

April 16, 2014

It's not quite prime Tiger, but there's something inevitable about Bubba Watson's success at this point, and that expectation counts for a lot.

January 8, 2014

China is trying to build a golf program that can win the country Olympic gold. It's worked for China in diving and gymnastics, but this time—and this sport—just seem like a different story.

July 24, 2013

Phil Mickelson's brilliant and predictably go-for-broke win at the Open Championships is a reminder of what type of golfer and what type of champion he is. That is, a unique and sometimes self-defeating one -- for lack of a less jarring description, something like the Kanye of golf.

April 15, 2013

More than perhaps any other sport on television, golf is a visual experience. It's the same way on an actual course. So why would there even be a radio broadcast of the Masters? And who would've imagined that it would be so illuminating and even fun to listen to?

September 19, 2012

When the world's No. 1 golfer, and sports' most visible Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, brought his allegiances for the 2016 Rio Olympics -- the first to include golf since St. Louis in 1904 -- into question after years of playing under the Irish flag, wounds long thought healed were reopened. But when picking a country to play for, is the onus on the athlete to represent us or themselves?

August 21, 2012

Credit is due, belatedly and meh-ly, to both Augusta National and Condi Rice. They did, after all, break one of the longest-running and most embarrassing ass-backwards anti-traditions in sports. But did  Augusta National's first female member really have to be a war-boner'ed former Secretary of State?

April 10, 2012

Further than dreams.

March 28, 2012

Tiger Woods may still end up the greatest golfer in the history of the sport. His sleazy personal life has made him into a totally different kind of celebrity. With this much ground to cover, it's no wonder that Hank Haney's new book is only the tip of the iceberg.

February 10, 2012

J. R. Smith is this close to being done in China, which means the NBA's great sower of chaos will soon be back in America. More importantly, he's a free agent, available to the highest bidder—or, if he so chooses, to follow a less conventional career path.