Author Archives: Bill Rand

Vicky Hurst: Lessons in a Tour pro’s fall and struggle back

Remember Vicky Hurst? She is the attractive LPGA star whose signature was her Ben Hogan-style cap. She was good enough that she made the 2011 Solheim Cup team as a captain’s pick after just three years on Tour. She had … Continue reading

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Lydia Ko: On working on her swing

It’s pretty exciting when the No. 1 Player in the World shows up in the media center for a questioning free-for-all. Even more so when the conversation moves to the work on her swing with David Leadbetter. And almost ecstasy … Continue reading

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LPGA Founders Cup looking for volunteers

For those of you in the Phoenix area or who would like to be here in mid-March, I just received this message from the LPGA Founders Cup seeking volunteers: JTBC FOUNDERS CUP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2016 TOURNAMENT Register now to … Continue reading

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Rickie Fowler: “Don’t worry”…and an unrelated Phil addendum

For all of his fans who were ardently pulling for him, Rickie Fowler took one on the chin on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. With the tournament in hand on the 17th tee, he hit a perfect tee … Continue reading

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Phil Mickelson: Making birdie from “unknown”

Phil Mickelson had one of his legendary adventures on the par-5 15th hole in the 3rd round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He was far enough back at the beginning of the day that he started on the 10th … Continue reading

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Kevin Na: A Tour pro’s Tour pro…the hard way

When the PGA Tour media room staff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open asked me if I wanted an exclusive interview with Kevin Na, I jumped at the chance. When he finished an on-camera promotional piece with the PGA Tour — … Continue reading

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Brandt Snedeker: The week after a win and the formal planning that goes into it

Brandt Snedeker rolled into Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a tortuous win at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California. He managed to finish his round in pretty good shape on Sunday, but was relegated to waiting … Continue reading

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Brooks Koepka: On his vagabond days in Europe and 3-iron testing

Brooks Keopka was in the Waste Management Phoenix Open media center, a privileged obligation of the defending champion, and the result of Brook’s “Excellent Adventure” on the European mini-tour. The theory, still currently practiced by young American PGA Tour aspirants, … Continue reading

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Billy Horschel: Working on the same stuff I am

Billy Horschel won the biggest purse in golf when he simultaneously won the 2014 Tour Championship and the year long race for the FedExCup. A mere $11.44 million for a lifetime of hard work. He gave his caddie a $1 … Continue reading

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Olin Browne: On playing on the fly

Olin Browne had a good first round in the Charles Schwab Cup. He managed to post an early 4-under 66 at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, good enough to warrant a trip into the media center. Browne’s is … Continue reading

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