Sony Open in Hawaii
Panama Claro Championship
Panama City, Panama
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Here are some my favorite things and tidbits from the PGA TOUR.
Quail Hollow Club at the Wachovia Championship - It's a great course to play on, and the fans in Charlotte are a lot of fun.
#16 on TPC Scottsdale at the FBR Open - This is one of the most well-known holes on tour. It's a 162-yard par 3, lined with bleachers and fans who are always cheering you on. As soon as you walk through the tunnel onto the tee box, you're greeted with unbelievable cheers.
#1 at Waialae Country Club at the Sony Open in Hawaii - This hole is a 480-yard par 4. In the 2008 Sony Open, only 30 birdies were made on this hole throughout the entire tournament.
The PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - The Honda Classic is played at this course each year, and it is a par-70 course. The 2008 Honda Classic winner, Ernie Els, won with a total of 6-under par 274 through four rounds.
#15 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas - A 341-yard par 4, this hole has always been great for me. I birdied this hole three out of the four days at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas - I had two eagles and 21 birdies on this course in 2008 and finished the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 16-under par 272.
My winning putt on the last hole at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open - My first career PGA Tour victory was at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, and it was an incredible feeling to putt on #18 and seal the deal.
My 3rd shot on the last hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship during round 2 - If I would have holed this putt, I would have made the cut and moved on to the next week of playoffs by being in the top-70 of the PGA TOUR's FedEx Cup standings. Instead, I putted about six feet past the hole and missed the cut, ending my 2008 FedEx Cup Playoff run.
Shooting 62 in the second round of the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open - This was my lowest round of the season and of my PGA TOUR career, and was the round that put me in position to win the 2008 Legends Reno-Tahoe Open. It also tied the course record for lowest single round at Montreau Golf and Country Club.
Acme Oyster House in New Orleans - This place had amazing food, and Kristy and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.
The Lodge in Verona, New York - We stayed here during the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
New Orleans - The food here is delicious, the entertainment in great, and in 2009, Jazz Fest will be going on, which should be really fun.
My home state of Hawaii - Of course, it's always a good time to go back and play in front of the hometown fans in the Sony Open and Mercedes Championships in Hawaii. But if I have to say a city away from home, that would be Charlotte, N.C. The fans there make the Wachovia Championship a really special event.
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - The clubhouse here was not even really a clubhouse, but rather a sort of makeshift tent. But what was so cool about it was having the celebrities, amateurs and pros all together in the clubhouse setting.
Waialae Country Club at the Sony Open - I love the Bermuda grass here, and of course I grew up on those greens since it was my home course.
The Memorial Tournament - Everybody always told me I had to try the milkshake from the men's grill at the Memorial. True to their word, it was a delicious treat to have when I came off the course.