Notes Code of Conduct Caddies Banned

By Associated PressMay 6, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 THE PLAYERSPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem stressed in a players meeting last week the importance of having a professional appearance. About the same time, a video was making the rounds of John Daly looking anything but that.
 
Daly was in Branson, Mo., at a golf course that bears his name, John Dalys Murder Rock Golf and Country Club, for a television appearance. He showed up wearing only blue jeans'no shoes, socks or shirt, and played with a local TV anchor.
 
Finchem declined to say whether he has spoken to Daly, but he made his expectations quite clear Tuesday.
 
There are certain things about presentation that we must insist on, Finchem said. There are certain things about presentation that are not going to be tolerated. I think that the world changes and you make adjustments, but I think perhaps we need to be more direct in our comments to players about specific dos and donts, and increase focus in that area to make sure that we have a level of professionalism going forward that were comfortable with.
 
It was the latest incident with Daly that some found offensive.
 
Two months ago at the PODS Championship, he spent a rain delay in a Hooters tent, then used Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden as his caddie for the final few holes. Daly was playing on a sponsors exemption.
 
That led swing coach Butch Harmon to fire Daly for spending more time drinking than working on his game. Daly said last week that Harmon called and apologized for such harsh comments, and how it cost Daly his endorsements.
 
Harmon said he never apologized to Daly, then offered a quick look Tuesday at a text message he sent Daly that urged the two-time major champion to start taking responsibility for his own actions.
 
INNISBROOK ACTION
Innisbrook wondered if it would have a tournament next year. Now theres a chance for two.
 
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem inadvertently announced Tuesday that officials were close to a deal with a new title sponsor for the March event north of Tampa.
 
He was asked about the search for sponsors in Tampa and Atlanta.
 
Well, help me out here. I thought we announced Tampa, Finchem said. Did we announce Tampa?
 
This led to some stammering by his staff, who informed him there had not been an official announcement on the Tampa event.
 
Well, we have two big problems. One is Tampa, Finchem said, pausing to join the laughter. And one is Atlanta. And I think Im not supposed to say anything else. Its still our intention to fill the title positions in those two tournaments. If we are not done in Tampa, we are very close to being done.
 
Meanwhile, LPGA Tour officials have made two site visits to Innisbrook as it considers a new tournament. But while the men play on the Copperhead Course, resort owner Sheila Johnson is interested in having the LPGA Tour on the renovated Island Course.
 
Brittany Lincicome said she was asked to take part in an official site visit in March. LPGA Tour officials declined comment.
 
NO CADDIES ALLOWED
A half-dozen players not eligible for the pro-am last week on the LPGA Tour were on the putting green, with their caddies standing on the fringe. Thats courtesy of a daft new policy that bans caddies from being on the practice green between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Turns out a couple of players were having a putting contest when a caddie was standing in their line. They asked him to move, he did, but that wasnt enough. They went to the commissioner to complain about crowded conditions on the green, and a new policy was enacted.
 
The fine for a caddie being on the green'to work with his players mechanics or retrieve balls from the cup'is $500.
 
The policy even applies to the chipping area, and its peculiar to see players hit three or four chips, then shag their own golf balls.
 
Count Juli Inkster among those who think the policy is bordering on ridiculous.
 
You know what? Its women, she said when asked for a comment. If you just put that down, everyone will know what you mean. Just capitalize women and you dont need to explain anything else.
 
RITA REUNION
There were plenty of hugs to go around in the caddie lunch room Tuesday when longtime looper Greg Rita, who is battling brain cancer, stopped by for a visit.
 
Rita, who caddied for Curtis Strange when he won back-to-back U.S. Opens and for John Daly when he won the British Open, had a malignant tumor removed and recently overcame a nasty bout with pneumonia. He is going through physical, cognitive and rehabilitative therapy five days a week.
 
I played hooky today, said Rita, who looked fit and hopes to take his son to the zoo on Sunday.
 
Rita said a Golfweek magazine report that four-time major champion Raymond Floyd sent him a $50,000 check was overstated, saying the check was for $2,500 to help with expenses. But he was no less grateful, especially since he never worked for Floyd.
 
I got his address from the check and wrote him a note, Rita said. It was very kind of him.
 
SPIN OF THE WEEK
The PGA TOUR says that 49 of the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings are at THE PLAYERS Championship.
 
But it only has 45 of the top 50 from the world ranking, making it the fourth-strongest field of the year using that criteria, behind two World Golf Championships and the Masters.
 
DIVOTS
THE PLAYERS Championship raised its prize money to $9.5 million, with $1.71 million going to the winner. Of the 144-man field at THE PLAYERS Championship, 101 players have won PGA TOUR events. It took four months for someone named Kim to win this year. The surprise was that it happened on the PGA TOUR, with Anthony Kim winning the Wachovia Championship. Phil Mickelson will try to become the first player to win back-to-back at THE PLAYERS Championship. Jack Nicklaus tied for fifth in 1977, the best finish by a defending champion.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
There has not been a playoff at THE PLAYERS Championship since 1987, the longest streak on the PGA TOUR.
 
FINAL WORD
If he were here, Id tease him and say he wasnt that much of a factor in the past. So whats the difference?'Jim Furyk, on the absence of Tiger Woods at THE PLAYERS Championship. Woods has not finished in the top 10 since winning in 2001.
 
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    CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.06 million

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

    1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
    2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
    T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
    T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
    T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
    T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
    T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
    T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
    T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
    T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
    T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
    T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
    T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
    T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
    T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
    T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
    T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
    T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
    T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
    T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
    T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
    T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
    T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
    T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
    T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
    T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
    T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
    T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
    T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
    T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
    T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
    T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
    T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
    T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
    T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
    T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
    T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
    T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
    T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
    T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
    T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
    T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
    T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
    T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
    T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
    T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
    T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
    T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
    T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
    T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
    T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
    T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
    T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
    T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
    T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
    T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
    T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
    T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
    T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
    T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
    T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
    T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
    T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
    T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
    T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
    T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
    T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
    T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
    T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
    T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
    T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
    T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
    T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
    T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
    75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
    76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
    77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.