Interest in Pebble about Tiger and the QBs

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2012, 8:53 pm

HONOLULU (AP)—Ollie Nutt can’t recall how long it has been since there wasso much interest and speculation in the field for the Pebble Beach NationalPro-Am—and that was after Tiger Woods announced he was playing.

Woods is set to play with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, although thepro-am pairings aren’t set until Feb. 7, the Tuesday of tournament week. Nutt,president and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, said the tournament hasbeen in touch with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, and hopes to hear bythe end of the week if he will accept an invitation to play.

Also expected to play is Tom Brady, who hopes to get New England back intothe Super Bowl, which would be played the Sunday before the AT&T Pebble BeachNational Pro-Am.

Nutt can more easily measure the interest in ticket sales than phone calls.

“This last week, after Tiger committed, we’re up 35 percent,” Nutt saidTuesday after hosting the tournament’s media day. “I think Saturday could be asellout. We’ve been hitting 34,000, 35,000. We’ve set the maximum at 37,500, andI wouldn’t be surprised if we sold out. We won’t go more than that. We stillwant the spectators to have a good experience. And with the rotation of threecourses, we know we can handle that number.”

Pebble regular and “Caddyshack” star Bill Murray stole the spotlight lastyear when he teamed with D.A. Points , who captured his first PGA Tour event. Fornow, the focus has shifted to Tiger and the quarterbacks.

Nutt said Romo and Woods have said they were interested in playing aspartners. As for the speculation that Tebow would join the foursome if heplayed, Nutt said, “I don’t see that as likely.”

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DRESSED LIKE A KING: Arnold Palmer Enterprises and Quagmire Golf cloth havedeveloped a new clothing line called “Arnie,” designed to reflect Palmer’sclassic look from the 1950s through the 1970s.

They found the PGA Tour player they believe is perfect for the look—RyanMoore .

Moore is a throwback, even wearing a skinny tie with a cardigan sweater onoccasion. He will wear the “Arnie” collection on tour and make marketingappearances for the company.

“Mr. Palmer is among my all-time idols as a golfer and a person, socompeting in these clothes and being so closely associated with his style legacyis a dream come true,” Moore said. “The research that went into each piece isreally evident and when you combine those timeless elements with advancedtechnical fabrics you’ve got something great.”

The collection was developed in part by going through Palmer’s personallibrary of photographs. It will be distributed this year over six months, withthree styles—the 1950s (fitted pants and tops, small collars and shortersleeves); the 1960s (wider pant legs and collars); and the 1970s (slightly widercollars, with gray as the signature color).

Geoff Tait, creative director for Arnie and Quagmire, said Moore was oneveryone’s list to wear the clothes.

“He truly gets our vision and is a dapper guy who’s always movingmainstream menswear trends onto the fairways,” Tait said.

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NAME GAME: You’ve heard stories about players who take time off and move upin the world ranking. How about the case of Michael Thompson , who moved up 52spots after not playing one week?

It’s a true story—although it’s the product of confusion over his middleinitial.

Thompson was coming off a rookie season on the PGA Tour in which he finished98th on the money list to easily retain his card. He played in the inauguralThailand Golf Championship at the end of the year and finished third behind LeeWestwood and Charl Schwartzel . When he looked at the world ranking, he actuallydropped two spots to No. 183.

“I got back from Thailand and saw that I got no points,” Thompson said.

He called his agent, and before long the tour and world ranking board wereinvolved.

Thompson played his first PGA Tour-sanctioned event at the 2008 Masters, theyear after he was runner-up in the U.S. Amateur. Because there already was aMichael Thompson in the ranking archives, he was assigned “X” as his middleinitial. This is a common practice. He played the Masters, U.S. Open andTraveler’s Championship in 2008 as an amateur, and he tied for 28th in his prodebut that fall in the Texas Open.

When he earned his card, the tour entered him in the system using his properinitial—“H” for Hayes.

But the Michael X. Thompson remained in the system and was awarded the 12.8points for a third-place finish at Thailand that should have gone to Michael H.Thompson.

There was no golf played the following week, but in the final world rankingof 2011, the points were restored, and Michael H. Thompson had gone from No. 183to No. 131.

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CITIZEN CARL: Carl Pettersson started his 10th season on the PGA Tour with aminor change: He’s not an American citizen.

He moved from Sweden to England when he was 10, then to North Carolina whilestill in high school. His father was an executive for Volvo. Pettersson neverleft, however. He played golf at North Carolina State, married a local girl, andsettled in Raleigh to raise a family.

“I’ve been here for 20 years. My kids were born here. My wife isAmerican,” Pettersson said. “I haven’t lived in Sweden since I was 10. I justwanted to do it because of my kids. And I feel American. It’s hard to say thatbecause I know I was born in Sweden. But I played junior golf here, went to highschool here.”

Pettersson said the process included fingerprints, a background check and ahistory test.

“And I got 100 on that, which I was proud of,” he said. “They hadquestions like when the Declaration of Independence was written, and somequestions about the Constitution. I crammed it all in the night before,memorized it and then forgot it.”

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POLICY BOARD: Ben Crane , Harrison Frazar and Scott Verplank are the nomineesto be chairman of the Players Advisory Council. Voting lasts for about a month.The chairman eventually joins the policy board.

They are part of a 16-man PAC that was announced Tuesday. The other playersare Stewart Cink , Jason Day , Ken Duke , Charley Hoffman , Matt Kuchar , JoeOgilvie , Carl Pettersson, Justin Rose , Patrick Sheehan , Webb Simpson , ChrisStroud , Bo Van Pelt and Mark Wilson .

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DIVOTS: The minor changes the world ranking board approved in 2010 now arecomplete. The new season began with 52 being the maximum tournaments that countas the divisor. … Johnson Wagner and Harrison Frazar were the only players tostart the season with top 10s in the two Hawaii tournaments. … Only fivewinners of the Sony Open did not play at Kapalua the previous week in the 14years since the Tournament of Champions moved to Maui. … Tom Pernice Jr.played the final round at Waialae with Kevin Chappell , who wasn’t even born whenPernice first played the Sony Open in 1986.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Steve Stricker has played the week after winning a PGATour event eight times in his career. His only finish in the top 10 was a tiefor ninth in 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship.

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FINAL WORD: “The PGA Tour, I mean, it’s the Nationwide on steroids.”—Jhonattan Vegas .

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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