Jason Sobel

Jason Sobel

Senior Golf Writer, http://ESPN.com | jason.sobel@espn.com | This is a game. That's all it is. It's not a war. —Nicklaus

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Rory McIlroy started the week as the tourney favorite at +500, took the opening-round lead and is now all the way to +130 with three rounds left to play.

Chris Couch is tied for the lead in Puerto Rico. Telling ya, the Amigos group text with my boys from The WOCC, including a few pros who consider him their coach, is straight 🔥🔥🔥 right now.

Can’t wait to dig in. Anyone who refers to Timber Point as beautiful is a true wordsmith...

Patrick Reed in contention during a week when Patrick Reed is being more strongly accused of cheating is the most Patrick Reed thing ever.

Bryson DeChambeau told me after Sunday’s round at Riv that it’s taken him a while to get his wedges and putter right after gaining muscle in the offseason, but he’s finally got ‘em dialed in. Proving it this week.

The altitude must make the hole a lot bigger, too.

Justin Thomas with rounds of 67-66-65 so far. Decent trend.


Very sad news tonight. According to multiple reports, golf legend Arnold Palmer has died. The King was 87.

Steph Curry shoots 74-74 in Web Tour debut. Not bad for a professional golfer. Pretty ridiculous for an active NBA superstar.

Rickie Fowler on the Phoenix fans calling him "Big Dick Rick": "It's been going on for a few years now. It's really growing -- the name, I mean."

Poor Rickie. Hang in there, buddy.

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Having visions of Tiger Woods rummaging through the garage, finding the old Scotty and slowly starting to nod his head and smile.

Major step forward for golf today: No more viewer call-ins for rules violations beginning in 2018. Hallelujah.

You know the worst part? If Jordan Spieth doesn't come back to win, he's gotta put the green jacket on some other guy after all this.