Kim misreads tee time has to rush to first tee

By Associated PressSeptember 27, 2008, 4:00 pm
THE TOUR Championship by Coke 2007 LogoATLANTA ' Anthony Kim felt as if he were playing from behind even before he began Saturdays third round of the Tour Championship.
 
Kim glanced at the Saturday tee times when leaving the clubhouse on Friday and thought he saw the last group would tee off at 11:55 a.m. As the second-round leader, he knew he was in the last group.
 
Kim missed one number. His last group was to tee off at 11:25, not 11:55. That realization came too late Saturday for Kim to go through his usual practice routine.
 
I was hanging out in the locker room, talking to the locker room guys and I noticed there was nobody else around, Kim said, managing a smile. We were having a good time and theyre like Well, youve got about 30 minutes to go, or 25 minutes. I had no idea what time it was.
 
It was an embarrassing lesson for the 23-year-old Kim, who shot a 72 to fall into a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, three strokes behind Sergio Garcia.
 
Obviously I need to be a little bit more focused on the golf course when I get here and start planning my practice routine before I go tee it up, Kim said.
 
Kim refused to blame his wild round on his rush to make his tee time.
 
My swing was terrible whether I sat out there for an hour or eight hours, he said.
 
He hit a tee shot on No. 9 that hit a spectator, 48-year-old David Whitfield of Atlanta, opening an ugly cut that caused Whitfield to be taken off the course on a stretcher.
 
I thought I killed him, Kim said.
 
It was an awful feeling to look down and see a golf ball-sized impression in his forehead and its cut open. It was probably the nastiest thing Ive ever seen.
 
Tournament executive director Todd Rhinehart said Whitfield was released from a local hospital after a negative CT scan.
 
Luckily, no spectators were perched atop the tent where Kim hit his second shot on No. 16, leading to his third bogey. Kim managed only one birdie.
 
VOLUNTEER DUTY FOR BLANK
 
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, an honorary member at the East Lake Golf Club, served Saturday as the announcer on the 18th green.
 
Blank, wearing a coat and tie, held a microphone and stood at the edge of the green when introducing each pairing.
 
He called and said he wanted to volunteer, Rhinehart said.
 
Rhinehart said his committee works closely with the Falcons each year so the Falcons, who played at Carolina on Sunday, had a road game the week of the tournament. Blank was with the Falcons on Sunday.
 
BLACKOUT AT EAST LAKE
 
Former University of Georgia golfers Bubba Watson and Ryuji Imada each wore black to support the Georgia football blackout for its nationally televised home game in nearby Athens on Saturday night. Georgia coach Mark Richt announced at the start of the week his players would wear black jerseys and he asked fans to dress in black for the game.
 
Imada and Watson were cheering from the golf course.
 
Ive got to support the Georgia colors, Imada said. Its no coincidence Im wearing black today.
 
Imadas visor, shirt, pants and shoes were black. He completed the Georgia look with a red belt.
 
Im the real true Dog, Imada said with a laugh as he looked at Watsons black shirt with tan pants.
 
Imada and Watson were not the only players excited about the big game. Mickelson also said he was going to the game.
 
I think itll be interesting, two of the best teams in college football going at it, Mickelson said.
 
Mickelson also wore a black shirt, but he had no idea about the Richt-led blackout.
 
Yeah, I just wear black for other reasons, he said with a laugh.
 
Imada won the AT&T Classic at Atlantas TPC Sugarloaf for his first PGA victory this year. That win earned him his first trip to another in-state tournament ' next years Masters in Augusta.
 
Watson, who recently completed his degree requirements at Georgia, is carrying a new red Georgia bulldog head cover in his bag.
 
For me to tell the kids to go to school, I had to do something to back it up, he said.
 
REBOUND FOR PERRY
 
Kenny Perry found his focus and his stroke.
 
On Friday Perry, suffering a post-Ryder Cup letdown, proclaimed I have no focus. I dont even care following his 75 to finish two days at 11-over 251. He rebounded on Saturday with a 67, which tied Robert Allenby and Garcia for the low round of the day.
 
Perry began the day 29th in the field of 30 but moved up the list of leaders with his 3-under round, which included a 32 on the front 9.
 
HIS NAME IS MUDD
 
Garcia is trying to become the first player to win the Tour Championship and The Players Championship in the same year since Jodie Mudd in 1990.
 
For the 28-year-old Garcia, 1990 is a long time ago.
 
When asked if he knows the name Jodie Mudd, Garcia asked Who the hell is Jodie Mudd?
 
When told about Mudds claim to fame, Garcia said Sorry, Jodie.
 
Mudd, from Georgia Southern and Louisville, Ky., was fifth on the money list in 1990. He played his last season on Tour in 1996.
 
SHORT PUTTS
 
The last three third-round leaders have won the Tour Championship: Bart Bryant, a co-leader after three rounds in 2005; Adam Scott, who shared the third-round lead in 2006; and Tiger Woods last year. If tournament history holds true, only Kim and Mickelson have a chance of catching Garcia. No player has rallied from a deficit larger than four strokes, a feat accomplished by Retief Goosen in 2004.
 
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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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    Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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    Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

    Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

    1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

    2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

    3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

    4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

    5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

    6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

    7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

    8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

    9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

    10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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    Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

    It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

    Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

    "The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

    Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

    That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

    "You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

    "But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."