golf http://kcur.org en Tom Watson Posts Best Tournament Finish in Three Years http://kcur.org/post/tom-watson-posts-best-tournament-finish-three-years <p>Tom Watson finished in second place at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It was his best finish since winning the same event in 2011.</p><p>Colin Montgomerie of Scotland won by four strokes.</p><p>Watson said he has mixed feelings about finishing second.</p><p>“You need to make the putts to win and I didn’t do it today, but I certainly had the opportunities today,” he said. “It could have been a real low round today, and so I come away with a really good feeling inside about the way I played.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:09:24 +0000 Greg Echlin 56319 at http://kcur.org KU Grad, Raytown Native Win Major Golf Championships http://kcur.org/post/ku-grad-raytown-native-win-major-golf-championships <p>A golf rarity took place Sunday when two professionals with ties to the area won separate tournaments, and combined for more than $800,000 in prize money along the way.</p><p>Gary Woodland is a Topeka, Kan. native who played golf at KU. He won a PGA Tour event in Nevada and collected $540,000.</p><p>Earlier in the day, Tom Pernice Jr. earned more than $262,000 for a Champions Tour win among the 50-and-older pros.</p><p>With four top-5 finishes in the first five Champions Tour events Tom Pernice Jr. played this season, he said&nbsp;in late May he felt close to winning again.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:52:57 +0000 Greg Echlin 41408 at http://kcur.org Will Kansas City Ever Host A Golf Major? http://kcur.org/post/will-kansas-city-ever-host-golf-major <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The PGA Tour’s web-dot-com circuit stops this week in the Kansas City area. First-round play begins Thursday at the Lions Gate course in Overland Park, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>For a long time, area courses have served as the host site for golf tour events, but never a major.&nbsp;</p><p>More than 34,000 fans attended Sunday’s final round of the US Senior Open at Omaha Country Club, the single largest attended sporting event in Omaha history.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:03:30 +0000 Greg Echlin 40339 at http://kcur.org Will Kansas City Ever Host A Golf Major? Watson Has Eyes On Another Senior PGA Championship http://kcur.org/post/watson-has-eyes-another-senior-pga-championship <p>Because of a hand injury last year, Tom Watson was unable to defend the last tournament he won, the Senior PGA Championship. But he’s healthy now and&nbsp;in the frame of mind to win another championship.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s Senior PGA Championship takes place at the </span>Bellerive<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Country Club in St. Louis, MO. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though Tom Watson is 63 now, he’s not ready to give in easily to age. He compares his attitude to another legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:46:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 37223 at http://kcur.org Watson Has Eyes On Another Senior PGA Championship Athletes Continue To Play In Twilight Years http://kcur.org/post/athletes-continue-play-twilight-years <p>Because of a pinched nerve in his wrist, Kansas City&rsquo;s Tom Watson is sitting out this week&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pga.com/seniorpga/2012/" target="_blank">Senior PGA Championship</a>, a tournament he won a year ago. It gets underway Thursday in Benton Harbor, Mich. Thu, 24 May 2012 03:14:16 +0000 Greg Echlin 18208 at http://kcur.org Athletes Continue To Play In Twilight Years Here's How And Why Bubba Watson Hit The Shot That Won The Masters http://kcur.org/post/heres-how-and-why-bubba-watson-hit-shot-won-masters Hours and hours of hitting little plastic golf balls and learning to make them twist and turn and bend and bounce in almost any direction.<p>That's one reason why golfer Bubba Watson was able to hit a shot Sunday that most duffers could never make — and do it to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/09/150268415/bubba-watson-wins-masters-in-playoff" target="_blank">win this year's Masters Tournament</a>.<p>But there's another reason why Watson was able to hit his ball so that it flew between two rows of spectators, under some trees, up into air, turned right and hooked toward a green about 155 y Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:25:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15701 at http://kcur.org Here's How And Why Bubba Watson Hit The Shot That Won The Masters Obama, Romney Agree On One Thing: Women Should Be Allowed In Augusta http://kcur.org/post/obama-romney-agree-one-thing-women-should-be-allowed-augusta Maybe this bipartisan thing will become a trend: As we noted, earlier today President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/05/150078048/president-obama-signs-jobs-act-into-law">flanked by Republican Majority Leader Rep. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:02:00 +0000 editor 15514 at http://kcur.org Obama, Romney Agree On One Thing: Women Should Be Allowed In Augusta The Masters Begins: Will Tiger Woods Win? Do You Want Him To? http://kcur.org/post/masters-begins-will-tiger-woods-win-do-you-want-him They're teeing off this morning in Augusta, Ga. <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/golf/tournaments/masters" target="_blank">It's the Masters</a>, the first of the "major" tournaments for men each year.<p>Off the course, the major story is whether the club where the tournament is played — Augusta National — has or has not accepted its first female member. Club Chairman Billy Payne wouldn't say on Wednesday whether new IBM CEO Virginia Rometty has been invited. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15467 at http://kcur.org The Masters Begins: Will Tiger Woods Win? Do You Want Him To? Nixon Pushes To Ensure Claycomo Jobs http://kcur.org/post/nixon-pushes-ensure-claycomo-jobs <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d34c7400020-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d34c7400020-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d34c7400020-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-901350.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – While Missouri's state senators were playing golf on a day off at the Lake of the Ozarks, Governor Nixon was talking to them - from Claycomo. He says a tax credit is needed to make sure 3700 workers at the Ford plant keep their jobs.</p> Wed, 12 May 2010 16:22:06 +0000 Steve Bell 6612 at http://kcur.org Nixon Pushes To Ensure Claycomo Jobs