Notes Ogilvies Benevolence Armour Talk

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. -- Tom Pernice Jr. can think about winning for the first time in seven years, and not missing his 13-year-old daughter who is legally blind sing the national anthem in Dodger Stadium.
 
Brooke Pernice has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, in which her retinas did not develop fully at birth. Last year, she released an album called Help From Above, and twice this year she sang the national anthem at road games for the Chicago Cubs in an effort to help raise money for Project 3000, which is trying to find the 3,000 estimated to have the disease.
 
Derrek Lees daughter also has the disease.
 
Brooke is trying to help Derrek with his charity to bring awareness to these people that have this disease that thought there was no possible cure, Pernice said. All we need to identify is the gene, and his charity will pay for the blood work.
 
His daughter sang at Petro Park for a Cubs-Padres game, and Dodger Stadium when the Cubs went to Los Angeles. Trouble was, Pernice was playing at the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis.
 
He thought he might catch an early flight for the second game, but he played well enough that Pernice had to stick around to make sure he would not be in a playoff. Brooke told him to keep playing, and Pernice at least watched the video.
 
Shes doing awesome, Pernice said.
 
One can only assume that the singing voice came from her mother?
 
Neither one of us, Pernice said. Its a gift from the Father up above. Shes an amazing girl, and were awfully proud of her.
 
GOLF AND DIPLOMACY:
Among those watching the AT&T National on Saturday was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is slowly becoming more than a spectator.
 
Golf is a new passion, she said.
 
Rice said she took up golf three years ago, and while she played tennis and was a figure skater in her youth, nothing has captured my imagination like this. But just like everyone else, mastering the game has taken time.
 
Ive always been good off the tee. I the love the driver, Rice said in an interview with CBS Sports. And I love putting. My struggle is everything in between.
 
She said she recently established a handicap index for the first time'21' although Rice was quick to add that shes only been playing three years and travels too much to play more.
 
Her summer goal is to work on her short game. Tournament host Tiger Woods wont be around to offer a few tips, since he is in a full leg brace in Florida after going through season-ending surgery on his left knee.
 
Rice said she has met the worlds No. 1 player a few times'she taught at Stanford when he played on the golf team'but they have not seen each other at Stanford since both were at a basketball game in 2000 when the Cardinal defeated Duke.
 
Stanford hit a buzzer-beater, and Tiger and I rushed the court, she said. Thats our common experience.
 
OGILVIES BENEVOLENCE:
Joe Ogilvie looked like he would have the weekend off until making four birdies in a five-hole stretch to reach 2 over. But when he missed an 8-foot par putt on the final hole, that bogey brought 13 players back into the tournament.
 
If he had made the par, 70 players would have made the cut at 2 over. Instead, 83 players made the cut at 3 over.
 
Either way, Ogilvie kept playing.
 
But that brought in the infamous MDF policy'made the cut, did not finish. There was another cut for the top 70 and ties on Saturday because more than 78 players qualified for the weekend.
 
Ogilvie would have been guaranteed two days to improve his standing had he made the par putt Friday. He shot a 72 on Saturday and did not advance to final round.
 
Seven players whom Ogilvie let into the tournament advanced to Sunday, including Vaughn Taylor, who had a 64 and was tied for 20th.
 
I bought his dinner last night, Taylor said. I was in the hotel when Joe came in and told the waitress, Ive got his check.
 
ARMOUR TALK:
Whether it was the Booz Allen Classic or the AT&T National, Tommy Armour has only missed coming to this area twice in the last 20 years.
 
He had a relatively simply explanation.
 
I like D.C., I like to play golf, he said. Those are the two things.
 
Armour kept it short and sweet in explaining his round of 66 and just about everything else regarding the week at Congressional.
 
I hit the ball well. I made some putts. Thats what youve got to do on this course, he said. Its a good test of golf and I hit a lot of good shots.
 
And his thoughts going into the final round?
 
Need to play good, he said.
 
STRICKERS VISIT:
Steve Stricker had never been to a holiday birthday bash quite like this. He was among 14 players invited Friday night to the White House to celebrate Fourth of July and President Bushs upcoming birthday.
 
Ill remember that the rest of my life, Stricker said. Just the opportunity to go there and to see what goes on in throwing a party and trying to get into the place. Once youre in, they pretty much let you walk wherever you wanted to go.
 
Stricker had an audience with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who sat next to him and talked about golf.
 
No, slow play never came up.
 
It was interesting, Stricker said. Im really a fish out of water, me and politics. But it was fun to see.
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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.