Ben's Back Nine

OCTOBER 28: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates winning the tournament on the 18th green during the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
November 08, 2019 - 9:25 am
I still remember where I was,10 years ago, when I heard that Tiger Woods had been involved in a car crash. Of course, we soon heard all the sordid details of Tiger's infidelities and the end of his marriage, the sex rehab and three-year struggle to get his golf game back. In 2013, Tiger rose back...
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Ben Higgins
October 08, 2019 - 7:02 pm
We're in the doldrums of golf season and I've been lacking inspiration lately for BEN'S BACK NINE. It will return, but I wanted to keep writing, and if there's one thing I love as much as sports...it's food. My wife, Sheli, is an amazing cook, but since I've worked nights at KGTV for the past 15...
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SEPTEMBER 01: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off in the playoff on the eighteenth during Day Four of the Omega European Masters at Crans Montana Golf Club on September 01, 2019 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
September 12, 2019 - 9:12 am
Happy Opening Day, golf fans! What, you didn't realize a new PGA Tour season is starting today in West Virginia? It's true -- but you're forgiven if the occasion flew under your radar. After all, it was just 2 1/2 weeks ago when Rory McIlroy was crowned FedEx Cup playoff champion at East Lake. It...
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AUGUST 25: Brooks Koepka of the United States congratulates Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the 18th green after McIlroy won the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship during the final round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on August 25, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
August 29, 2019 - 5:00 am
Brooks Koepka or Rory McIlroy? The results for the PGA Tour Player of the Year award will be announced soon, and it's a two-horse race. Neither choice is a bad one. Brooks Koepka won three tournaments, including the PGA Championship. He also posted a top-4 result in every major, and finished atop...
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AUGUST 24: FedEx Cup signage is displayed during the second round of The Northern Trust on August 24, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
August 23, 2019 - 8:42 am
I hope I never become "that" sports guy. You know, the one who rails against anything new, and constantly tells anyone who will listen (or can't escape) that baseball or football or basketball was so much better "back in my day" (see: Gossage, Goose). Golf isn't immune from this phenomenon. You...
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AUGUST 10: Bryson DeChambeau of the United States lines up a putt on the fifth green during the third round of The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club on August 10, 2019 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
August 14, 2019 - 10:48 pm
Woods has been known, on occasion, to say I have the patience of a saint. Of course, we've never played a round of golf together (The Links at Petco Park doesn't count for the purposes of this blog). Slow play on the golf course (and the baseball diamond) is one of my biggest pet peeves in sports...
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JULY 25: Xander Schauffele hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational on July 25, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
August 08, 2019 - 1:11 pm
The PGA Tour regular season is over (yes, I know the FedEx Cup isn’t exactly the NCAA Tournament or Stanley Cup Finals as far as playoffs go, but here we are nonetheless). I thought this would be a good time to see how San Diego County locals fared this year on the PGA Tour. I’ll use the final...
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JANUARY 27: Jason Day of Australia plays a shot from a bunker on the 17th hole on the South Course during the final round of the the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
July 25, 2019 - 4:54 pm
It's time to wrap up my month-long countdown of my favorite golf courses in North County. Check out previous Ben's Back Nine blogs for #15 through #11 and #10 through #6 . I've played all of these courses multiple times, and we're now down to the best of the best. Just a reminder, here are my...
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JULY 18: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off during the first round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 18, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
July 18, 2019 - 8:56 am
We'll return to the countdown of my top North County golf courses later in the month, but today we're focusing in on the final major of the golf season. First, let's all agree to call it by its proper name, the Open Championship. Americans got used to calling it the British Open, but to be fair,...
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ANUARY 27: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan plays his shot on the 17th hole on the South Course during the final round of the the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Ben Higgins
July 11, 2019 - 5:00 am
The countdown continues this week! If you missed my rankings for golf courses 11 through 15, click here. The number of terrific golf courses within about 15 miles of where I grew up in Encinitas is ridiculous. I'm going through my favorites all this month. Just a reminder, here are my guidelines: I...
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