Notes Caddie Taking Break From Singh
I just wasnt happy with the way things are going or the way I was getting treated, Renwick told The Scotsman newspaper. I just wasnt getting the respect I deserve.
Renwick is believed to have had the richest year ever by a caddie. Assuming he got the standard 10 percent of the earnings, he made over $1 million. But it apparently came at a cost.
I never got a Good morning from Vijay, or good club after a shot, or have a nice night at the end of the day. It was either nothing or a negative if he did speak to me, Renwick said. Being courteous isnt much to ask. Theres only so much of that stuff you can take, no matter how good the money is.
Singh is using his trainer as a caddie the first two weeks, then will return to Paul Tesori.
WILSON NOT GETTING HOME SUPPORT
Dean Wilson had just made it through Q-school when someone offering congratulations said he would see the 35-year-old from Hawaii at the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the year.
Wilson laughed, knowing the history at his hometown tournament.
It might be time to write another chapter.
Hawaiis best tour player was the fourth alternate when the 144-man field was announced Friday.
Are you kidding me? said Mike Weir, his teammate at BYU. I always thought it was a shame that Dean doesnt get the respect as the only tour player from Hawaii. For him not to get in Sony is a bit embarrassing for the tournament. Youve got to support your local guy.
Wilson, best known on tour for playing with Annika Sorenstam in the Colonial, has not had much success on the PGA Tour, but he won six times in Japan and captured two of its majors in 2001. In previous years, he never received a sponsors exemption, only getting into the Sony Open through Monday qualifying.
Sony officials give most of the exemptions to Japanese players for marketing purposes, and theres nothing wrong with that. Not even Wilson would complain about a spot going to 15-year-old Michelle Wie, who is responsible for any spike in ticket sales.
But there were some curious exemptions, such as Omar Uresti.
We wanted to have him, but Sony had others on their list, tournament director Ray Stosik said. Dean was one of those right near the top. At the time when the selections were made, it was looking like he had a good chance.
Wilson ordinarily would have made it into the Sony Open through the pecking order at the start of the year, which alternates between the top 20 on the Nationwide Tour money list and the 35 players who made it through Q-school. But a couple of late entries -- such as Tom Kite, Craig Stadler and Steve Jones'knocked him down the list.
Wilson tried to qualify Monday, but shot 67 to finish one shot out of the playoff.
Annika Sorenstam is among those who like the long offseason on the LPGA Tour, when she can clear her mind and do other things.
But the first major shows up quickly, and thats why Sorenstam might make her 05 debut a little earlier.
A year ago, she won the Safeway International in Phoenix and then struggled at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a quick end to her dream of winning all four majors.
Last year I played really good at Phoenix, so I cant complain it wasnt working, Sorenstam said. But its nice to get into a rhythm a little bit. I want to focus on the majors and be ready. Its OK to hit the ball well, but youve got to be able to score.
Sorenstam is not going to South Africa for the Womens World Cup, so she likely will play either Feb. 24-26 in Hawaii, or make her debut in Mexico City a week later. That would give her one more tournament before defending in Phoenix, then heading to Nabisco in pursuit of the Grand Slam.
I played great in Phoenix, but maybe I wasnt ready for the competition, she said. You can do four rounds, but then can you do another four? Ive got to try something different. Obviously, it didnt work last year.
As for her goals beyond the Grand Slam?
Sorenstam said she will have another two weeks off before going to the PGA Merchandise Show and slowly getting into the work.
Hopefully, by then things will shape up what I want to do, how Im going to approach it and what I need to do.
THE BIG HUNT
David Toms grew up in Louisiana and Chad Campbell is from west Texas, so hunting is one of their favorite hobbies.
But in Hawaii?
Tournament host Gary Planos is famous for pampering players during the stay at Kapalua, but he went to a new level this year by chartering a plane for Toms and Campbell to go hunting on the Big Island.
It was awesome, Toms said. I got a pheasant and an erkel.
Just goes to show you how much Hawaii has to offer.
Campbell heard about the possibility of a hunting trip last year, and made sure he arrived in Hawaii in time for the pre-Mercedes Championships trip. Campbell didnt divulge details of his outing, but casting his eyes to the ground and muttering something like, They gave me one, made it clear the excursion wasnt a big success for him.
Tom Lehman has selected Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts to be his assistant captains for the 2006 Ryder Cup. Both were on the team at Oak Hill in 1995. ... Vaughn Taylor was the only newcomer at the Mercedes Championships to finish in the top 10. ... The Solheim Cup already has been sold out to the general public. The matches will be played Sept. 9-11 at Crooked Stick in Indiana. ... Donna Andrews, whose six LPGA Tour victories include a major championship, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame this year.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Vijay Singh gives the Sony Open its first No. 1 player in the field since the world ranking began in 1986.
We lose against America, so we must be really bad.'Retief Goosen, on whether the International team in the Presidents Cup is stronger than Europe in the Ryder Cup.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
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.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
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.
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.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18