Notes Mickelson Furyk in favor of Olympics

By Associated PressAugust 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
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2008 US Open 81x90BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. ' If it were up to Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk, golfers would be going for the gold.
 
Having golf an Olympic sport is exponentially more important to the game of golf than the majors, Mickelson said Tuesday from the site of the seasons final major, the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. The reason for that is it would bring in 168 different countries and their Olympic foundation and all those revenues and that would be going towards the growth of the game.
 
Mickelson said Olympic golf would get increased exposure around the globe, reaching people who may not watch the sport now.
 
The majors are incredibly big as we know, but we still capture the same audience that (is) already interested in the game, he said.
 
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem, European Tour chief George OGrady, LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens, USGA executive director David Fay and Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson met in May with IOC president Jacques Rogge, making the case for golf in the Games.
 
Its for growing the game around the world and something we can all do together, Finchem said at the time. The value for the players is that the more people that play around the world, the more people will be watching. Theyll be paid back eventually.
 
Mickelson said scheduling wouldnt be a problem .
 
Its only once every four years, he said. Its not a big disruption by any means.
 
The earliest that we could see the sport in the Olympics would be 2016. Mickelson and Furyk would both be 46 then, Tiger Woods would be 40.
 
Furyk drew a distinction between pros and amateurs competing.
 
I want to watch the (Olympic sports) where basically professionals arent playing, he said. Where that is the absolute pinnacle of their career and they had to wait four years for this one moment and they go out and they perform ' break a world record, win a gold medal and they were able to perform on the spot.
 
DOWS 50TH
 
Dow Finsterwald, who won the 1958 PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa., is a guest at Oakland Hills this week for the 90th edition of the major championship.
 
Finsterwalds victory came in the first year the tournament was determined by medal rather than match play.
 
The last three holes, I knew I had a two-shot lead, the 78-year-old said. I didnt step on my big toe and make any bogeys. I parred the last three, nothing heroic.
 
He also was captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1977, two years before all of Europe was included with the Brits.
 
Finsterwald shot down the theory that the Europeans, who have won five of the last six matches, are so successful because they are all good friends and travel together.
 
They talk about all the camaraderie that the Europeans have, Finsterwald said. I dont know about all this camaraderie stuff. Sure, it helps, but the fact is our guys just need to play better.
 
HOW SOON THEY FORGET
 
On the massive banner in the interview room, 2003 winner Shaun Micheels name is spelled Shaun Michael.
 
WRONG SPORT
 
Joey Harrington hasnt had much success as a quarterback in the NFL, particularly during his years in Detroit.
 
Maybe he should have tried golf.
 
The former Detroit and Miami and current Atlanta Falcons signal-caller had two holes-in-one in a span of two weeks in June at the Druid Hills Golf Club in suburban Atlanta on the 132-yard, par-3 6th.
 
His distant cousin is Padraig Harrington, who won his second consecutive British Open last month at Royal Birkdale. Padraig has discussed the twin aces with his American cousin.
 
I had him over for dinner in Ireland about six weeks ago, Padraig said Tuesday during preparations for the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills ' in suburban Detroit, where the former Lion had few fans. The first question I asked him, Was it a blind par-3? At home when you have a blind par-3, often the caddies stick the golf balls in the hole. So Ive been teasing him about that.
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY
 
Rich Beem held off Tiger Woods by a shot to win the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. He hasnt won an official tour event since.
 
When a fan called him a legend as he practiced, Beem laughed and said, In my own mind, maybe.
 
DIVOTS
Hunter Mahan, a member of the 156-player field at the PGA Championship, has some experience at Oakland Hills. He advanced to the final of the 2002 U.S. Amateur there before losing 2 and 1 to Ricky Barnes. Theres a chance of thunderstorms each of the first three days of the PGA Championship, with temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Finsterwald reported that he had just spoken to his good friend Arnold Palmer, who received a clean bill of health from the Mayo Clinic this week.
 
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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.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry