Notes New Hall of Famers Lefty No 1

By Associated PressJune 24, 2008, 4:00 pm
EDINA, Minn. -- He was the first of only five players to capture the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. He was the first player to lose all four majors in extra holes. Finally, Craig Wood is getting his due.
 
Forty years after he died, Wood was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by earning the minimum 65 percent of the vote, making him the only player this year to be get in through the PGA TOUR ballot.
 
Wood will be inducted Nov. 10 at the World Golf Village along with a class of 2008 that was expanded to five Tuesday.
 
Denny Shute, who won a British Open at St. Andrews and won back-to-back years at the PGA Championship, was selected through the Veterans Category, while golf writer Herbert Warren Wind and seven-time USGA champion Carole Semple Thompson were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category. Golf course architect Pete Dye was selected earlier in the Lifetime Achievement category.
 
Wood won 21 times on the PGA TOUR and became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Masters in 1941. He was poised to win the second edition of the Masters in 1935, safely in the clubhouse until Gene Sarazen holed out for double eagle on the 15th hole, then defeated Wood the next day in a playoff.
 
Shute had 15 TOUR victories, including the British Open at St. Andrews in 1933. He won the PGA Championship in 1936 and 1937, and for 63 years was the last man to win consecutive PGA titles until Tiger Woods in 1999-2000.
 
Wind wrote for The New Yorker from 1947 to 1953, then a 30-year stretch until he retired in 1990. He was covering the Masters in 1958 for Sports Illustrated when he described the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as Amen Corner. His books on golf include The Story of American Golf and Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf that he wrote with Ben Hogan.
 
Thompson has played in more than 100 USGA events, winning the U.S. Womens Amateur in 1973, four straight years in the U.S. Womens Senior Amateur and the twice in the U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur. She played on 12 Curtis Cup teams and was captain twice.
 
WHOS NO. 1
Even without playing the rest of the year, Tiger Woods has clinched the Mark H. McCormack Award for being No. 1 in the world ranking for the most weeks during a season.
 
No surprise there'Woods has won the award every year since it began in 1998.
 
The question is whether he can stay No. 1 the rest of the season. Woods is at 21.14, more than double that of Phil Mickelson at No. 2. Points are gradually reduced, and without earning any more points, Woods will finish 2008 with an average of 11.97.
 
That leaves him in range of Mickelson, who likely will need to win a major, a World Golf Championship event and perhaps two other events to replace Woods at No. 1.
 
Since the world ranking became official in 1986, Mickelson and the late Payne Stewart are the only players to win three majors without ever reaching No. 1.
 
INTERLACHEN 5s
For those pleasantly surprised to see the USGA keep the 18th hole at Torrey Pines as a par 5 at the U.S. Open, it went a few steps further for the U.S. Womens Open. Interlachen will have five par 5s and play as a par 73.
 
Not that Mike Davis, senior director of rules and competition who sets up the course, didnt think about it.
 
None of those holes made sense as a par 4, Davis said.
 
It will be the second LPGA major in the last four events that par was 73. The Road Hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews was changed from a par 4 to a par 5 for the Womens British Open.
 
Davis said the nines at Interlachen also have been flipped, making it the same routing as when Bobby Jones won the 1930 U.S. Open on his way to the Grand Slam.
 
I checked the records, and they played it as a 72 for that Open, Davis said. The 10th hole was a par 4. I looked at that for the women, but it just didnt make sense.
 
COLLEGE COMBINE
For those who want to play college golf, there might be a cheaper way to get noticed by coaches than an expensive summer on junior golf circuits.
 
There will be two College Golf Combines this summer, in South Carolina and California, where kids from the eighth grade through seniors in high school will spend one day going through various skills tests, followed by an 18-hole tournament.
 
The International Junior Golf Tour and Hank Haneys golf academy are sponsoring the combine, which has signed up Under Armour as a title sponsor. The East combine will be held July 28-29 at Tradition National in Hardeeville, S.C., with the West combine scheduled for Aug. 4-5 at East Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.
 
Its going to give these kids some good exposure, Haney said. It allows coaches to get a close look at potential players. This is something thats going to grow each year. Its already to the point where were doing it on both coasts.
 
Already coaches from 40 colleges, from NAIA to Division I, have signed up for mens and womens combines on both coasts. Tournament director Stephanie Gelleni said more than 175 recruits have registered.
 
Combines have proven to be very successful for many other sports in the college ranks, Long Beach State womens coach Sue Ewart said. For golf, this will be the one time where we can compare athlete to athlete on various shots.
 
MONEY MATTERS
With a tie for sixth last week, Lorena Ochoa set an LPGA Tour record by reaching $2 million in earnings in just her 11th tournament this year. The previous record was Annika Sorenstam, who took 15 events to reach $2 million in 2004.
 
Ochoa also holds the record for fastest to reach $1 million (five events), and she is the only LPGA player to surpass $3 million and $4 million in a single season (2007).
 
DIVOTS
Three players shot 62 in the third round of the Travelers Championship. None of them broke par the next day. Two days before Tiger Woods teed off in the U.S. Open, Shaun Micheel had season-ending surgery on his left should to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur. The Walker Cup will be played in 2013 at National Golf Links, site of the first Walker Cup in 1922.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
The U.S. Womens Open includes 27 amateurs. The U.S. Open had 11 amateurs in the field.
 
FINAL WORD
I talk a lot.'LPGA champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan, on how she learned to speak English.
 

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.