Pro golfer has clubs stolen … shoots 63 with borrowed set, qualifies for Tour

It was the most important day of his golf career so far but Cody Blick’s clubs had been stolen and he was desperate. In only his third year as a pro golfer, the 25-year-old was supposed to playing the final round of the notoriously difficult Web.com Tour qualifying school Sunday.His performance would determine how many … Continue reading “Pro golfer has clubs stolen … shoots 63 with borrowed set, qualifies for Tour”

It was the most important day of his golf career so far but Cody Blick’s clubs had been stolen and he was desperate.

In only his third year as a pro golfer, the 25-year-old was supposed to playing the final round of the notoriously difficult Web.com Tour qualifying school Sunday.His performance would determine how many — if any — starts he would gain on next season’s Web.com Tour, the developmental circuit for the PGA Tour.

    In panic at being without his trusty weapons, he took to social media.”I will give you $5,000 cash no questions asked,” a desperate Blick posted on Instagram.Read MoreVisit CNN/com/sport for more news, features and videos

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    ­čÜĘSTOLEN GOLF CLUBS­čÜĘTO WHOEVER HAS OR HAS SEEN MY GOLF CLUBS- I will give you $5,000 cash no questions asked.

    A post shared by Cody Blick (@blick_golf) on Dec 9, 2018 at 8:02am PST

    Staying at a rented Airbnb in Arizona, Blick was cooking breakfast Sunday morning when he realized the garage door had been opened and his clubs were gone.Heading into round four Blick was tied for 74th on 10 under par, four shots shy of a top-40 finish that would see him earn a guaranteed eight starts on the Tour.”I went through a rollercoaster of emotions for about five minutes,” Blick told GolfChannel.com. “I was kinda freaking out, but I had to get it together.”READ: Tiger Woods ‘expected’ to win again, says agentREAD: Fred Couples on the Masters, Augusta and Arnold PalmerThanks to the kindness of those around him — and a few spare irons from the club shop — the Californian managed to cobble together a makeshift set for his 10:39am tee off time.Unsurprisingly, he struggled to begin with, but what followed came as a shock to everybody, not least Blick himself.He eventually shot 63, his lowest round of the tournament, and catapulted himself 49 places up the leaderboard to finish tied for 25th.

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    I want to say THANK YOU to the team for getting me through yesterday’s adversity. For those who haven’t heard, I woke up yesterday (the final day of Q-School) and my clubs had been stolen from our airbnb. It was a panic but the team came in clutch. My parents and coach were there to help me out and @titleist getting me a set of usable clubs- I’m very grateful. They say golf is an individual sport but this was a tale of team work! And thank you to everyone who reached out with positive words, it all means a lot to me! Can’t wait for 2019 @webdotcomtour #titleist #scottycameron #vokeywedges #pgatour #webdotcomtour #rentalclubs #ripmyclubs

    A post shared by Cody Blick (@blick_golf) on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:11am PST

    It meant Blick secured his place at the first eight tournaments of next year’s Web.com Tour, the first coming in January’s The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic.”It was an attack mentality all day,” Blick told GolfChannel.com. “Hitting bad shots was OK, almost, like, dude, I have a mismatched set.

      “It’s not expected of me to hit good shots. In a weird way, that was comforting.”Whether or not Blick has decided to keep his hodgepodge set of clubs, however, remains to be seen.

Tiger Woods ‘expected’ to win again, says agent Mark Steinberg

For 20 years, Mark Steinberg has had a front row seat for one of the greatest sports careers of all time.

Having managed Tiger Woods since 1998, Steinberg has been at his side for the incredible highs and the debilitating lows.From ruling the golf world to personal crises, multiple surgeries and a descent to 1,199th in the world rankings.

    The last 12 months have seen Woods mount an astonishing comeback, culminating in a first PGA Tour win in over five years at September’s Tour Championship. And while many thought the American’s days at the top of the leaderboard were over, Steinberg insists the man himself never doubted he’d be back.Read More”Well it was obviously great for golf,” Steinberg told CNN Living Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue of Woods’ win at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club.”It was exciting but Tiger expected that to happen.”‘Did it happen sooner than anticipated?” added Steinberg, “maybe, but he had a plan, he had a vision, he stuck to it. “Most importantly he stayed healthy and he played more golf than he thought he would play, more consecutive weeks than he thought he would play.”

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        “Business is pretty strong right now and we’re fortunate that we’re in the position where we’re assessing opportunities rather than chasing them. Interest in appearances around the world is booming once again,” he said. ”We’re certainly going to be a bit more sensitive and careful on long-haul trips. For the past 20 years Tiger has been one of the true global travelers for golf but I think he’s just going to be more cognizant of his body, what makes sense for his schedule and just to make sure that he’s healthy.”

Tiger Woods reveals ankle pain at Hero World Challenge

His back is healing, but Tiger Woods revealed he is struggling with ankle pain at the Hero World Challenge.

The 14-time major champion, who has enjoyed a successful season after returning from career-threatening back injuries, appeared to be walking with discomfort during the first round of the invitational event in the Bahamas.

    The former world No.1 later admitted his ankles were troubling him.”I’ve struggled with my ankles over the last few months. Still the same issues,” said Woods, who won the season-ending Tour Championship in September for his first title in five years.”They’ve just been sore for months, just wear and tear.”Read MoreVisit cnn.com/sport for more news and videosWoods plays off the third hole at the Hero World Challenge.Woods, 42, toiled on the first day of the tournament which benefits his charity, carding a one-over 73 to place him tied for 16th in an 18-man field. Earlier in the week, Woods said his form this year had surprised him to the extent he was “not physically prepared to play that much golf at the end of the year.” He added he was “worn out mentally, physically, emotionally” by the time he played in the Ryder Cup a month ago.

      Woods returned from a fourth major back operation in April 2017 to record his lowest finish at a major in a decade when he finished runner-up at the US PGA in August.He then secured his 80th PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta.

Uber driving golfer Adam Stephens challenges leaders at Australian Open

More accustomed to driving customers around in his Uber, Adam Stephens didn’t expect to be driving his way through the field at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Stephens, currently No. 1,939 in golf’s world rankings, was recently forced to start working as an Uber driver “just to get mortgage going and a bit of income in” after he stopped earning enough through golf to pay the bills.Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos

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        Stephens missed the cut at last week’s New South Wales Open, but is now leading the likes of major winner Keegan Bradley and US Ryder Cup veterans Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker.Hailing from the Gold Coast, Stephens only picked up a golf club for the first time at the age of 11, before going to golf school in Queensland at 17.From there he went to Hills International, the same college former world No. 1 Jason Day attended for his golf education.A one-time winner of the South Pacific Open, Stephens grinded for years in Asia with little success, eventually leading him to give up everything but his Australasian Tour card last year.

          “To be honest, I didn’t go to Japan this year because I had no money,” he said. “That’s the reality of it over here in Australia. I went there last year and I got to final three stage, but it almost bankrupt me.”With a first-place prize of around $163,000, a second place prize of $92,500 and a third place prize of $61,500, Stephens may be able to leave his Prius on his driveway and head to the driving range instead.

Korda Sisters: Golf’s star siblings from a tennis family

American football has the Manning brothers while tennis has the Williams sisters.

But few family can boast the multi-sport pedigree of the Kordas. In 1998, Petr Korda capped a fine tennis career by winning the Australian Open. He and his wife Regina Rajchrtová, also a pro tennis player, had three children; Jessica and Nelly, both pro golfers; and Sebastian; a top-ranked junior tennis star.

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          “I don’t think I would be as comfortable as I was in my rookie year, because she showed me all the ropes, she played all the practice rounds with me,” added Nelly. “Having her there was really good for me. We obviously want to beat each other, but we also push each other. “I think that I’ve raised her level quite a bit because she wants to beat me out here. But it’s always healthy, it’s never unhealthy, we just really push each other, we help each other out, we want each other to do well.”

Tiger Woods on track for 15th major, says close friend Notah Begay

Tiger Woods may have to battle a bit harder for his next major victory but a 15th title is “not out of the realms of possibility,” according to one of his best friends Notah Begay.

The former world No. 1 ended the 2018 season on a high with victory in the Tour Championship at East Lake for his first win in five years after overcoming four back surgeries.Follow @cnnsportWoods, who will turn 43 on December 26, took his tally of PGA Tour wins to 80, two behind the all-time record of Sam Snead, but it is Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles that he has long coveted.

    Many thought his multiple back injuries had put paid to that, but Begay, Woods’ college roommate at Stanford, says the pursuit of Nicklaus is back on the agenda.”I think now the first win is out of the way he is focused on getting off 14 [major wins] and on to 15,” four-time PGA Tour winner Begay told CNN Sport.Read More”I do not think that’s out of the realm of possibility.”

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        Begay is one of the few people in Woods’ inner circle, and he admits he feared his friend’s career was over. “I was sat in his living room right after the first surgery [in March 2014] and he was moving around like an 85-year-old man,” he says. “I literally thought the career of the greatest golfer I’d ever known and one of my dearest friends in the world was coming to an end.”

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          Why Europe triumphed and US crumbled? 03:40Woods has been open about the “dark times” he faced, which is why his comeback has been so remarkable, says Begay, who now works as an analyst for Golf Channel.”We were about two weeks removed from that victory at East Lake and I got a text from Tiger one morning and it was simply like, ‘I can’t believe I won my 80th golf tournament,'” he added. “It still hasn’t settled with him, so that’s how big an impact it made on him personally and the ripple effect it’s having on our game is extreme — the economic benefits, the TV ratings, the interest in the game.” Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryTiger Woods celebrates after winning the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday, September 23.Hide Caption 1 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods raises his hands in the air after tapping in a par putt on his final stroke. It was Woods’ 80th victory and his first since 2013.Hide Caption 2 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods hugs caddie Joe LaCava after winning. Woods has been plagued by pain and injury problems in recent years.Hide Caption 3 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryFans take pictures as Woods tees off on the fourth hole Sunday. Thousands of fans followed Woods during the final round.Hide Caption 4 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods and Justin Rose fist-bump on the 16th green during the third round Saturday, September 22.Hide Caption 5 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods shoots out of the sand onto the 15th green Saturday during the third round.Hide Caption 6 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods plays a shot on the 17th hole Saturday.Hide Caption 7 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryFans watch the second round of the Tour Championship on Friday.Hide Caption 8 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods lines up a putt on the 18th green during the second round on Friday, September 21.Hide Caption 9 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryTiger Woods fist-bumps with fans after leaving the 18th hole during the first round on Thursday, September 20.Hide Caption 10 of 11 Photos: In photos: Tiger Woods' comeback victoryWoods celebrates after making an eagle putt on 18 on Thursday during the first round.Hide Caption 11 of 11The footage of vast crowds stampeding after Woods as he wrapped up his East Lake win were a throwback to his heyday in the early 2000s. TV ratings were up 206% on last year and the coverage yielded the highest rating for a non-major all year, third only to the Masters and the PGA Championship in which he chased home Brooks Koepka.”Half the people watch because they’re waiting for a train wreck or want to see him fail, and the other half want to be inspired and relive those historic wins that he had in ’97 at the Masters or 2000 at Pebble Beach in the US Open,” added Begay. “Those are nostalgic-type victories that make people that are at different points in their lives remember just how fun sports and golf and Tiger Woods made watching golf.”READ: How a WhatsApp “love-in” and tattoo pledge inspired Europe in Ryder Cup

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson begin ‘smack talk’ ahead of The Match

The side bets, the trash talking, and plans for a celebratory “worm” dance are in full swing as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson gear up for their much-hyped $9 million duel in the desert.

The two old foes, now good friends, will clash Friday in an 18-hole head-to-head, dubbed “The Match,” at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada.And the pair, who have 19 majors between them, have already upped the ante by wagering a separate $200,000 out of their own pockets — to benefit each other’s chosen charities — on whether Mickelson will birdie the first hole.

    “The tough thing was getting him to bite,” said Mickelson, who first proposed a $100,000 bet, talking to CNN World Sport’s Hines Ward in Las Vegas. “Not only did he take it, he doubled it. He doubled it, are you kidding me? That’s awesome. I can’t believe it.” Read MoreWoods, who won the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship in September for his first victory in five years, said the challenges would be “escalating.””We’re trying to get in each other’s heads,” added the 42-year-old.

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      ‘Bragging rights’

      Former world No.1 Woods has always had the upper hand over his compatriot throughout their illustrious careers, and had won eight of his 14 majors before Mickelson clinched his first in 2004.

      Phenoms. Champions. Legends. Rivals. #TigervsPhil pic.twitter.com/bCpaR2LXJX

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      Woods has 80 PGA Tour wins — the second highest of all time — to Mickelson’s 43, and is widely expected to prevail at Shadow Creek after his remarkable return to form.An impressive comeback season culminated in the Tour Championship win following a fourth major back surgery in April 2017. Mickelson staged a renaissance of his own this year with a first win since his British Open triumph in 2013, and is adamant he can take down his former nemesis. “The bragging rights that will go on for months and years after this will be just as valuable [as money],” said Mickelson. “Because if I’m able to come out on top I am the worst guy to lose to. I’ll find a way to make sure you never forget.” “He’s that guy,” said Woods. “That makes me a fun guy to beat,” fired back Mickelson. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods shake hands during a press conference.

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      The two players will wear microphones for the match, meaning those stumping up the $19.99 to watch on pay-per-view in the US will be able to hear their interactions on the course. “You know Tiger is an underrated smack talker,” said Mickelson, 48. “He doesn’t get the credit for his smack talk because he does it so understated and he does it under his breath so nobody else can hear other than you. “That funny side of him is going to come out.”

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            Woods said he was safe given Mickelson vowed only to perform it if he wins, but he admits he is under “pressure” to come out on top to avoid seeing the worm. “How he responds to that pressure. That’s the real question,” said Mickelson.

Georgia Hall: On the bag with the British Open champion

When it comes to caddies, British golfer Georgia Hall likes to have the people who know her best carrying the bag.

Follow @cnnsportIt was her Dad who was by her side when she won her first major title at the Women’s British Open earlier this year — a partnership that’s been tried and tested over the years.

    “He’s done it for the last four years,” Hall, whose Dad also caddied for her at the Scottish Open in July, tells CNN Living Golf. “It’s a tradition that he comes out and my Mum out as well. It’s special, it’s nice for them to be there and watch it.”He’s good [as a caddy]. I probably pick most of the clubs but if I’m stuck he’ll help me out and most of the time he’s right. He keeps me calm. We have chats about other things as well, like my brother or sister, or that sort of thing. “He’s watched me practice all my life so he’s watched my good and bad shots and what I tend to do on the golf course.”Read More

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        On the bag: Gary Player 04:57Taking a break from the competition at the Evian Championship earlier this year, Hall got the chance to experiment with a new caddy as Living Golf host Shane O’Donoghue took up the mantle.

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Shubhankar Sharma: On the bag with India’s top golfer

It’s been quite a year for Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma.

Not long ago he was watching European Tour events on TV, dreaming that one day he could play in them himself.Follow @cnnsportOver the past 12 months, that dream has been realized — and more.

    The high point came during the WGC Mexico Championship when Sharma, only 21 at the time, led a star-studded field through 54 holes before falling back on the final day. “Things were very different after that when I got back to India,” Sharma, a two-time winner on the European Tour, tells CNN Living Golf. Read More”I played the Indian Open and so many people came and watched, especially on the last day when I was leading. I never imagined that there’d be so many people who would come and support me.

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Justin Rose targets majors after reclaiming No. 1 spot

He returned to world No. 1 with victory in Turkey, but now Justin Rose has his eye on more major trophies next year.

The Englishman beat China’s Haotong Li in a playoff to successfully defend his Turkish Airlines Open title and in the process leapfrogged American Brooks Koepka at the top of the world rankings.

    Follow @cnnsportLi led by three shots heading into the final day in Antalya, but Rose fired a final-round 68 to force a sudden-death playoff after the pair tied at 17 under. It was Li who cracked under the pressure, three-putting from just nine feet to gift Rose the title. Read MoreFollowing the victory — the first title defense of his 20-year career — Rose said he now wants to emulate the likes of Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington by winning major titles as he approaches his 40s. “More majors for sure, that’s what I’m interested in,” said the 38-year-old Rose. “I’m trying to chase down as many as I can. “You’ve seen players like Phil and Padraig have hot spells towards the end of their careers where they have amassed two or three really quickly.”If I was able to do that on the top of what I’ve already achieved, it would make things really good, so very much focusing on the majors … maybe not playing too much and playing as fresh as I can for those.”READ: 19 golf courses you have to play before you dieREAD: What’s it like to caddie for nine-time major champion Gary Player? Photos: Golf's world No. 1sJustin Rose, England: current No. 1 – Justin Rose is only the fourth Englishman to hold the world No. 1 spot. Here’s a look back at the other 22 golfers to hold the world No. 1 ranking.Hide Caption 1 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sBrooks Koepka, US: 2 weeks at No. 1 – Three major wins (US Open 2017, 2018; PGA Championship 2018). Hide Caption 2 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sJustin Thomas, US: 4 weeks at No. 1 – One major win (PGA Championship 2017)Hide Caption 3 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sDustin Johnson, US, 78 weeks at No. 1 – One major win (2016 US Open)Hide Caption 4 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sJason Day, Australia: 51 weeks at No. 1 – One major win (PGA Championship 2015).Hide Caption 5 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sJordan Spieth, US: 26 weeks – Two major wins (Masters 2015; US Open 2015; British Open 2017).Hide Caption 6 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sAdam Scott, Australia: 11 weeks – One major win (Masters 2013).Hide Caption 7 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sRory McIlroy, Northern Ireland: 95 weeks – Four major wins (US Open 2011; British Open 2014; PGA Championship 2012, 2014).Hide Caption 8 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sLuke Donald, England: 56 weeks – No major wins.Hide Caption 9 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sMartin Kaymer, Germany: 8 weeks – Two major wins (US Open 2014; PGA Championship 2010).Hide Caption 10 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sLee Westwood, England: 22 weeks – No major wins.Hide Caption 11 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sTiger Woods, US: 683 weeks – 14 major wins (Masters 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005; US Open 2000, 2002, 2008; British Open 2000, 2005, 2006; PGA Championship 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007).Hide Caption 12 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sVijay Singh, Fiji: 32 weeks – Three major wins (Masters 2000; PGA Championship 1998, 2004).Hide Caption 13 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sDavid Duval, US: 15 weeks – One major win (British Open 2001).Hide Caption 14 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sErnie Els, South Africa: 9 weeks – Four major wins (US Open 1994, 1997; British Open 2002, 2012).Hide Caption 15 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sTom Lehman, US: 1 week – One major win (British Open 1996).Hide Caption 16 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sNick Price, Zimbabwe: 44 weeks – Three major wins (British Open 1994; PGA Championship 1992, 1994).Hide Caption 17 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sFred Couples, US: 16 weeks – One major win (Masters 1992).Hide Caption 18 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sIan Woosnam, Wales: 50 weeks – One major win (Masters 1991).Hide Caption 19 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sNick Faldo, England: 97 weeks – Six major wins (Masters 1989, 1990 and 1996, The Open 1987, 1990 and 1992).Hide Caption 20 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sGreg Norman, Australia: 331 weeks – Two major wins (The Open 1986 and 1993).Hide Caption 21 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sSeve Ballesteros, Spain: 61 weeks – Five major wins (Masters 1980 and 1983, The Open 1979, 1984 and 1988).Hide Caption 22 of 23 Photos: Golf's world No. 1sBernhard Langer, Germany: 3 weeks – Two major wins (Masters 1985, 1993).Hide Caption 23 of 23Rose’s sole major triumph to date is the 2013 US Open when he finished two shots clear of Mickelson and Jason Day at Merion. He lost a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the Masters last year and also finished tied second behind Italian Francesco Molinari at the Open at Carnoustie in July. But three top-four finishes in September and third at the World Golf Championship event in October suggest more major silverware could be just around the corner.Rose first became world No.1 on September 10 despite losing a playoff to American Keegan Bradley at the BMW Championship.He spent two weeks at the head of the rankings and sealed the $10 million FedEx Cup title at the season-ending Tour Championship, which was won by Tiger Woods for his first victory in five years.

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        Visit cnn.com/golf for more news and videos”Last time it was muted because I was still so mad at not winning the tournament at the BMW, but this time I’ve got the double-kind-of-winning feeling, so it might be a bit more fun to celebrate it at this time.”