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  • The 2019 US Open Tiger Woods is back playing competitive golf and playing well teamed up with his son Charlie at the PNC Championships in Orlando FL. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Tiger Woods Phil Mickelson will join some of golfs best teamed with stars from all over the entertainment world at beautiful Pebble Beach for yet another version of the Pro Am. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Rory plays the Silverado Country Club and Spa Max Homa shot a 19 under par to win the Fortinet Championship at the Silverado Spa and Resort by 1 shot over Maverick McNealy. Homa was 7 under Sunday. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Photo by Eric Taylor Promise fullfilled Viktor Hovland has not missed a beat since winning the US Ametur at Poppy Hills back in 2018. He ranks 5th in the Fed Ex Cup standings as we head into 2022. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Steph Curry Steph Curry is trying to bring a PGA Tour event back to the Bay. SF's Harding Park could host it. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM



Tiger Woods still has some bite left in his swing

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

It was quite a show at the 2021 PNC Championships in Orlando Fl.

John Daly and his son won the Pro Am tourney played mostly with pro's and their sons.

It was who came in second place and how they did it that stole the show. Tiger, back from his near career ending car crash and his son Charlie, just 12 and playing like a seasoned pro.

Tiger and son roared back to finish 2nd two shots off the pace, tying the Daly's at one point reeling off 11 straight birdies Sunday to make things interesting.

From the 7th to the 17th hole it was one birdie after another for Team Woods with young Charlie hitting his share of great drives, chips and putts to get them back in contention.

Daly and his son John Daly 11 finished Sunday with a 57 and a four day total of -27 under par setting a tournament record in the process.

Daly 11 is a freshmen at the University of Arkansas while Charlie Woods is just 12 and diffenetly held is own out there with the "Big Boys".


The Bay Area welcomes Fortinet as a title sponsor keeping world class golf in the bay area

Story by Mark Pitts

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Titled the Safeway open no more, it is now the Fortinet Championship.

The tournament in the enchanting Napa Valley will continue its role as the kickoff event of the new PGA Tour season, contested at the beautiful Silverado Resort and Spa, Sept. 13-19, 2021.

This tournament has a rich history which dates back to 2007 when it was titled the Fry’s Electronics Open and contested at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona.

It moved to CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin in 2010, and then eventually to the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa in 2014.

The tournament in Napa teetered on the brink of extinction after Safeway chose not to renew its sponsorship deal when it expired last fall.

Some of the best golfers in the world such as 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama, 2021 US Open champ John Rahm and "Lefty" Phil Mickelson (2021 PGA champion) are scheduled to compete as they begin their mission to make the 2022 Fed Ex playoffs.

The Fortinet Championship is more then just golf. Wine tasting and numerous live concerts will highlight a fun filled week of golf, fine foods and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

If you are a bay area golf fan you have to be thrilled to welcome Fortinet to the PGA TOUR family and be thankful for them keeping professional golf in the Bay Area. More click here


Phil shows that age is just a #

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Who saw this coming. A 50yr old Phil Mickelson grabbed the lead on Friday afternoon and winded his way to a historic win at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.

Phil held off Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen winning by two strokes for his 6th major championship and first since taking home the trophy from the 2016 Open Championship.

The fans also made a big splash as they returned in force to witness Phil's magical run to the title. A rambunchess gallery filed onto the fairway behind Koepka and Phil as they walked down the 18th green Sunday.

It made both golfers uncomfortable but it was not going to get in they way of Mickelson who had found the green on his approach shot, all but securing the win.

Consistency was the name of the game for Lefty. He never had the best round of the day and his 69 Saturday was his only round below 70. His 1-over Sunday matched Koepka.

Phil was however the only golfer to have three rounds of 70 or under. Lefty holing out from the bunker on 5 Sunday was the shot of the tourney and it could not have come at a better time.

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Story by Terry Collins

The Pebble Beach Tournament is an experience that will help you think about what you want out of life and can motivate you to make those dreams come true.

Photo by Jason Reed

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Watching the tournament on television captures the professional golfers and looks similar to the other tournaments where a few privileged individuals compete over the weekend for an insane amount of money.

The average person cannot relate to this lifestyle. For the non-golfer, who wants to stand around in silence while little known people wander by to putt a ball in a hole?

Visiting Pebble Beach will help you overcome this common misperception. Once you attend Pebble, you will return to Pebble. Here are 5 reasons why this experience may change your life.

1. It’s The Perfect Mix Of Golf And Entertainment
The competitors consist of some of the top-ranked golf professionals in the world, the entertainers that bring you joy and the athletes that are part of your sporting routine.

The purse is $7.8 million (1.4 for the winner Nick Taylor) and all the amateurs are serious players.

No other tournament allows a fan to sunbathe on the beach, drink their favorite libation and wait for people that they know and love to continuously perform for them within 50 feet.

You get to see the true pros Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, Kevin Streelman and the rest of the field attempt to chase down the winner Nick Taylor. The television cannot capture the energy of the tournament and the tension at the hole.

You actually get to see the landscaping of the course, how the grass is contoured to make the ball curve, and how these pitfalls require a level of skill that your neighborhood golf course does not require.

You will want to elevate your level of play to get to this level. Playing on a team with the pro is another person that has also brought you some fond memories.

Whether it was the Great One Wayne Gretzky scoring the goal, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rogers throwing the touchdown pass that made you scream at the television, or Bill Murray making you laugh, they all are there to perform for you.

You get to see the big screen come to life while these people are amenable to having a conversation with you after they leave the hole. There is someone for everyone that attends Pebble.

2. There Is Entertainment And Great Food At The Tournament
The tournament coordinators understand that people need to be entertained.

In 2020, award-winning artist Macklemore was there to provide some entertainment. The AT&T Loft allows everyone to put on a simulator for free.

The simulator moves and recreates the course and gives the average Joe a chance to see if he or she would have made the iconic shot from a previous tournament.

There are amazing food vendors throughout the main course at Pebble where people can partake in everything from nachos to exotic seafood dishes. Many people opt to enjoy the wild décor of Clint’s Saloon or Palmer’s Club 18 presented by Citrix.

Pebble did not forget about the kids. Take the youngsters to the “Autograph Zone” where they can get a selfie and autograph from their favorite celebrity. During the tournament, many people log onto social media and post all the excitement of the event.

3. The Nearby Attractions Are Amazing
The tournament will be over by 5 pm. There are so many things to do that are within a 10-20 mile radius of the tournament. Many people opt to leave a little early to catch the perfect sunset while they drive or bike the infamous 17-Mile Drive.

Others take a horseback ride on the Beach or visit Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can also find vintage and high-end arts and clothing as you shop on Ocean Drive at Carmel By the Sea.

Fine dining, gourmet candy shops, and award-winning Vineyards and Tasting Rooms are 5 miles away in Carmel Valley. If you need some exercise, you can run along the beach at the nearby Monterey Tides or hike at Point Lobos or Big Sur.

The white sandy beaches tend to provide for sanctuary and reflection that we all sometimes need. A few groups opted to travel to the places depicted in the phenomenal HBO Series Big Little Lies, which was filmed in Monterey, CA.

4. The Energy From The Staff Is Amazing

The 3 courses in the Del Monte Forest that the ATT uses for the pro am include the mainstay Pebble Beach, Monterey Peninsula C.C. Shore Course and Spyglass Hills.

Every course is a postcard picture in itself and is the most diverse and magnificent scenery in golf. What is more impressive than the scenery are the people that host the tournament.

The vast majority of personnel are volunteers. Instead of experiencing the underpaid worker that doesn’t truly want to be there, you get someone who is ecstatic to be there.

One couple travels annually from Kansas City to help at the tournament. Even though they are escaping the winter in KC, they opt to spend the week helping you enjoy and understand the history of the tournament.

Pebble also provides a huge party for its volunteers and makes sure that they are appreciated. There is another level of concierge and positive energy when the staff wants to be present.

The energy from the time you enter the gates of Pebble is extremely positive and refreshing.

5. Pebble May Refocus Your Value System

There is nothing that challenges your value system like money. Pebble is affluent. As you to approach the course, you are surrounded by homes that cost $2 million. If you want a peek at the water, pay $4 million.

If you want a home on the course, pay upward of $20 million. This will be your second home and you have not purchased furniture.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to grind harder and achieve these goals. However, you see many couples holding hands while walking around. They tend to have been reminded that they are part of a team.

A team that consists of more than money and things. The partnership and the journey are just as valuable as the purchase.

In sum, the Pebble Beach Tournament may bring you fond memories, breathtaking views, great food and entertainment, and a renewed value system. Put it on your bucket list.

Champ gets win just a few miles from his hometown Sacramento

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Cameron was all over the place Sunday as he became 1.88 million dollars richer over the weekend.

Champ's tee shot on his first hole Sunday went of course bouncing along a cart path before stopping in some ruff.

He birdied the hole.

Champ went up by as many as five strokes Sunday before a bogey on 17 left him tied with Adam Hadwin who had just finished his round with a birdie on 18 at 16-under.

With a victory staring him right in the face Champ played like one off the 18th tee smashing a drive over 370-yards on the fairway. His approach shot was off the mark but he chipped to within 4' on his 3rd shot of the par 5 18th before nailing the birdie putt.

Marc Leishman had the low round of the day Sunday with a 65 and finished alone in third place at 14-under 274.

Champ's grandfather is ill and Cameron almost skipped the tourney altogether showing up for his opening round tee time without any time on the practice tee or greens that did.

He knew his granddad wanted to watch him play on TV so he had to play, for his grandfather.

With the win, Champ secures a spot in next year’s Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Maui and the Masters Tournament, along with receiving 500 FedExCup points. He moves to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.

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