Notes Jobes Fingers Reattached Weir Woes
This time, he had reason to believe his career might be over.
Jobe was sweeping his garage late last year when the handle broke, exposing a thin piece of metal that sliced through his fingers. He felt pain, then a little fear when he looked down and saw the top of his fingers on the floor.
He calmly placed the tips in a bag and said to his 6-year-old daughter, ``Daddy has to go to the hospital.''
Jobe said three doctors at the emergency room near Dallas told him there was nothing they could do, but he found another one - Dr. David Zehr - who specializes in attaching fingers. He went to work on it right away, and it was a success.
``Emotionally, this was the hardest of the injuries,'' Jobe said. ``I was lucky.''
In 2003, Jobe broke a bone in his left wrist and broke it again a year later. He still has no feeling in his pinky finger from those injuries.
Jobe is making his 2007 debut at the PODS Championship, with 10 tournaments having already been played.
``It wouldn't be that big of a deal if this were a normal year,'' Jobe said. ``But with the FedExCup and everything, you probably have to be 80th to have any chance of winning it. I'm already two months behind.''
He is not eligible for three of the next four tournaments (Bay Hill, Doral and the Masters) but plans to play often. Assuming he stays healthy.
``If I keep this up, I'm going to be a bionic man,'' he said.
BACK TO GOLF:
Robert Ames made a decent living the last three years as the caddie for his brother, Stephen, whose victories include the Western Open and The Players Championship.
But Robert Ames wasn't ready to let go of his golf dreams.
After spending the winter playing in South America, he will spend the next few months playing on mini-tours in Florida and trying to qualify Monday for the Nationwide Tour. He played smaller tours before going to work for big brother.
``I sat down and looked at all the options of where I was going with my career,'' Ames said. ``I called up Steve and said, 'Thank you for all you've done for me and my family, but I'm going to do my own thing.'''
What made Ames & Ames such a good combination was the difference in their thinking. Stephen Ames has always been about feel, while Robert Ames concentrates on the technical side.
``Hopefully, he learned some things over the last three years,'' Stephen Ames said. ``He needs to spend more time playing golf instead of playing the golf swing.''
They played together in Barbados, representing Trinidad & Tobago in the World Cup. They tied for 21st at 4-over 284.
``I think I've learned to manage my game better,'' Robert Ames said. ``We had a discussion about that in Barbados. He told me that I'm swinging it good. It's taking me a little bit of a time, but so far it's good.''
For the first time this year, FedExCup points matter.
The next two weeks will help determine the field for the World Golf Championship at Doral, and the PGA TOUR added a wrinkle recently by awarding spots to the top 10 in the FedExCup standings after Tampa and Bay Hill.
Jeff Quinney is 11th in the standings, 366 points behind Henrik Stenson (18th place is worth 375 points). Everyone else down to Kevin Sutherland at No. 18 already is eligible, and Sutherland would need a third-place finish to qualify for Doral.
Once players get to Doral, the focus returns to money, as the top 10 on the PGA TOUR money list are eligible for the Masters. No one knows that better than Mark Wilson, which he proved Monday when someone mentioned a PGA TOUR victory no longer makes a player exempt for Augusta National.
``Top 10 on the money list does, though - through Doral,'' Wilson said after his playoff victory at the Honda Classic. ``I looked at that last night.''
His victory put him at No. 7 on the money list. Now he has three weeks to stay there.
The PGA TOUR first looked at taking the Presidents Cup to Canada in 2003, the year Mike Weir won the Masters. Now, the matches will be played the last week in September at Royal Montreal, and the International team might be devoid of Canadians.
Weir is in somewhat of a slump while undergoing swing changes to alleviate pressure on his back, but he did finish fifth last week in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand. Even so, he is not among the top 15 in the standings for the International team.
Just because the Presidents Cup is in Canada for the first time, don't expect any favors from the captain.
``I can't just put a Canadian in because we're playing in Canada and the people would love to see it,'' Gary Player said last week. ``It's my duty as captain to put in the very best team. But if he's in 21st position, I know that Mike Weir wouldn't expect to be in the team. Whoever it is has got to earn his spot in the team.''
It was strange that Player used 21st in the standings as an example.
Two years ago, he used a captain's pick on countryman Trevor Immelman at No. 22, passing over PGA runner-up Steve Elkington and Geoff Ogilvy, who tied for fifth in the British Open and tied for sixth in the PGA Championship.
``The entire press crucified me,'' Player said. ``They had five Australians in the team as it was, and I picked Immelman, and Immelman is now becoming one of the best players in the world. But I never heard them say, 'You were right' or 'I apologize.' I was the bum. Now I know they were the bums because they made a terrible mistake.''
Immelman went 1-3 in his four matches that week.
Mark Wilson's victory at the Honda Classic was the 200th by a player who has competed on the Nationwide Tour. ... ESPN will remain the exclusive cable network of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open through 2014. ... Candy Hannemann has started ``Candy Cares,'' in which she will donate $50 for every birdie she makes on the LPGA Tour toward youth and education programs in her native Brazil.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
Ten tournaments into the PGA TOUR season, three players already have earned more than $1 million without winning - Geoff Ogilvy, John Rollins and Trevor Immelman.
``They should be very proud of their tour, justifiably so. I don't think there's much awry there. I just feel that the rest of the world has caught up.'' - Colin Montgomerie, on the state of American golf and the PGA TOUR.
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Watch: Birds attack JT during post-round interview
Justin Thomas may have carded five birdies and an eagle on Saturday at the Genesis Open, but it was the two birds he encountered after his round that made for the biggest highlight.
Fresh off a third-round 67 that put him in the mix at Riviera Country Club through 54 holes, Thomas' post-round interview was interrupted by a couple of birds. Luckily, JT and CBS' Amanda Balionis were able to escape unscathed and with smiles on their faces.
Thomas will need to do a little worse at dodging birdies in the final round if he wants to catch the leaders on Sunday.
Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle
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.
Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open
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.
The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.
''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.
That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.
''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.
J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives
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.
Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.
"I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.
"It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."
South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.
Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.
"It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."