Chip-in’s & Chunks is a weekly feature highlighting the good (chip-in’s) and the bad (chunks) from the world of golf over the past week. If you have something you’d like to see added please contact me on Twitter @Front9Back9 or email me directly.
We’re less than two weeks away from The Masters and the fellas are in full prep mode getting ready for the first major of the year. This week the PGA Tour teed it up in San Antonio for the Valero Texas Open where I spent the last four days out there volunteering at the event.
In our latest chapter of Chip-In’s & Chunks from the last week in the golf world
Chip-In’s (the good):
Jimmy Walker Wins Valero Texas Open
Jimmy Walker became the first two-time winner on the PGA Tour on Sunday after closing out the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio in front of a crowd that was clearly stoked for the local favorite. Walker fired at 2-under 70 on Sunday to hold off Billy Horschel and Jordan Spieth on a blustery South Texas day. Jimmy will be in the field next week at the Shell Houston Open and plans on spending the next couple days at Augusta, getting ready for The Masters.
Valero Texas Open Reaches $100 Million in Charitable Giving
The Valero Texas Open was on a mission this week to reach $100 million in charitable givings with this week’s tournament and made the announcement on air with Dan Hicks during the NBC broadcast. Valero Energy does a great job as title sponsor about getting it’s name out there and giving back so much. It’s a great milestone to reach and this tournament always ends up being one of the biggest charitable events of each year.
Chunks (the bad):
WD’s from the Valero Texas Open
Last year after Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Valero Texas Open, I made a proposal the PGA Tour needed to come up with a different policy for players who WD after the start of a tournament. If a player is hurt, they know they this prior to the start of the first round on Thursday. They play at least 1-2 practice rounds and are required to play the Pro-Am on Wednesday’s. Unless they are out playing pickup basketball or flag football on Wednesday nights and get hurt, these guys KNOW when they are hurting. They should WD before the start of the event. There were SEVEN withdraws in the Valero Texas Open. SEVEN! I personally think that’s ridiculous. I’m working on an entire post about withdrawing on the PGA Tour but this policy needs to be changed.
Tiger Woods Not Playing in Houston
If we’re going to see Tiger Woods at the 2015 Masters then it’s going to be without playing a competitive round of golf since February 2015. If you remember, the last time we saw El Tigre was back at Torrey Pines in early February, when he withdrew after skulling and chunking chips all over the course. He said he won’t return until he can be “competitive” again, whatever that means.
The dude just needs to go play golf and stop worrying about everything else. He hits a little white ball around the course for a living, I mean how bad can it really be?
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