Notes Hatless Phil Daly Denied

By Associated PressJanuary 24, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Buick InvitationalSAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The PGA TOUR makes a distinction between performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs in its anti-doping policy, and commissioner Tim Finchem is in charge of doling out any penalties for the latter.
 
Drugs such as marijuana and cocaine are among the group of substances that now are banned by the PGA TOUR.
 
For performance-enhancing drugs, the penalties is up to a one-year suspension for the first violation, a five-year suspension for the second violation, and a permanent ban for a third positive test.
 
In each case, there are exceptions for 'drugs of abuse.' Those penalties are determined by Finchem.
 
'If we got a positive test, it could conceivably be that a substantive abuse is being taken for a competitive advantage. We would doubt that, but it's possible,' Finchem said Wednesday.
 
If it was determined the drug use was lack of judgment or addiction, punishment would be handled accordingly. Finchem said that could be disciplinary action, rehabilitation or continued testing.
 
'So it could conceivably be that a player is disciplined at some level and then if he's allowed to continue to play, he's tested on a regular basis to help him deal with those issues,' Finchem said. 'We view that as somewhat different than a player who has intentionally taken a substance to gain competitive advantage. That would be dealt with in a different arena.'
 
The LPGA Tour policy does not discriminate between performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs.
 
The greater concern, which some players have expressed privately, is whether Finchem would have too much power to discipline players for recreational drug use, leading to the perception that he is playing favorites.
 
'Candidly, I don't think it puts me in an uncomfortable position,' Finchem said. 'I think it puts me in a position to make a tough decision. But we have a lot of comfort that we've managed in the discipline area for the last 30 years, and me for the last 15 years, and I'm called on to make those decisions frequently. They're not any different. It has to do with players' conduct.
 
'I think we have a pretty good history of dealing with that, and we would anticipate continuing that.'
 
HATLESS PHIL:
Phil Mickelson played his pro-am round without a cap, rare for such a highly ranked player. And it could continue until Mickelson he works through his deal with Bearing Point.
 
Bearing Point recently replaced CEO Harry You, who was Mickelson's partner when they won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last year. The CEO also was trying to sign up Bearing Point as the title sponsor at Riviera until his board balked.
 
Mickelson did not want to discuss the endorsement.
 
'I don't know what I should or shouldn't say on that right now so I'm going to hold on,' Mickelson said. 'But we're trying to finalize some things up as we speak.'
 
What kind of hat will we wear at the Buick Invitational.
 
'I'm not sure,' he said. 'We'll see.'
 
DALY DOINGS:
John Daly was waiting to see if he would get a sponsor's exemption to the FBR Open next week outside Phoenix, and he got his answer Wednesday. The tournament gave its last spot to 20-year-old Jason Day.
 
Daly had his pick of exemptions last year, the first time he was not fully exempt since his 1991 victory in the PGA Championship, and he withdrew six times while dealing with a rib and shoulder injury.
 
He withdrew last week after three rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, citing an injury. The Los Angeles Times reported that Daly was a regular at tournament parties during the Hope, and eyewitnesses told the newspaper that he was helped out of one after-party by an unidentified man.
 
Day, the youngest player on the PGA TOUR, and Daly are represented by the same agent.
 
BARCLAYS VENUE:
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem says he is still negotiating with Westchester Country Club on a contract that was to play The Barclays there at least three times in six years.
 
The tour already has said the first FedExCup playoff event will be at Liberty National in 2009, and recent reports have indicated the tour already is considering moving this year's event to Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
 
'We would like to perhaps accelerate the rotation somewhat,' Finchem said. 'But we are in discussion with Westchester on a wide range of options within that, and I don't want to get into speculating on any one course, but we are deep into discussions.'
 
He expects a decision shortly, especially if it means not playing at Westchester this year.
 
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    The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

    Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

    The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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    MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

    The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

    England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

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    ''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

    Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

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    ''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

    The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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    ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

    The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

    Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

    Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

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    By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

    LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

    Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

    He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

    ''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

    Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

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    Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

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    Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

    ''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

    He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

    McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

    ''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

    Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.