Notes Ryder Cup flap Furyk on the media

By Associated PressJuly 29, 2008, 4:00 pm
WGC-Bridgestone - 125wAKRON, Ohio ' David Duval criticized the Ryder Cup largesse in 1999 by saying the event was overcooked, and he led a campaign for players to have more input on what to do with all the money generated for the PGA of America.
 
Nine years later, Hunter Mahan also wonders whether so much money has made the Ryder Cup more work than fun.
 
The PGA of America could care less about winning it, honestly, Mahan said in an interview with Golf magazine. They pick a site where theyre going to have the Senior PGA, the PGA and the Ryder Cup, which means less money they have to pay out to get more money. And from what Ive heard, the whole week is extremely long. Youve got dinners every night ' not little dinners, but huge, massive dinners. I know, as players, thats the last thing we want to do. We want to prepare ourselves.
 
Mahan has never played in a Ryder Cup and is 11th in the standings going into the final two weeks of qualifying. He said Tuesday that he offered his opinions based purely on what he had heard other players talk about.
 
In the magazine interview, he referred to the Ryder Cup as a moneymaker like no other.
 
Earlier this week, the PGA of America sent out a reminder that while the Ryder Cup has been sold out for nearly a year, local and regional residents can still be part of the official festivities in Louisville during the week of Sept. 16-21. It said the 37th Ryder Cup Gala will be held at The Kentucky Center, an elegant black-tie affair that occurs only once every four years in the United States.
 
This one-of-a-kind evening includes dinner in the majestic Ryder Cup Gala Pavilion, an official presentation of the United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, interviews of both Ryder Cup Captains, world-class entertainment, and an after-party featuring cocktails, desserts and dancing, the announcement said.
 
Tickets cost $400 for the entertainment only and $850 when dinner is included.
 
MEDIA SAVVY
 
Someone asked Jim Furyk last week at the Canadian Open if he found it refreshing to see golf stories about someone other than Tiger Woods.
 
You actually assume that I read, Furyk said to laughter.
 
Only he wasnt kidding.
 
Furyk said he goes out of his way to avoid newspaper coverage at golf tournaments because there is nothing to gain.
 
If something positive is written about you, I guess you can either ignore it or your head can get big, he said. If something is negative about you, which happens quite a bit, then that can just (tick) you off, and thats not all that good.
 
Furyk figures he knows the score and doesnt need to read about whats going on.
 
I have a great relationship, in my opinion, with the media. I feel like Ive been treated fairly, Furyk said. But I think you all would be surprised at how little I pay attention.
 
But he does read. His favorite items are Q&As in a magazine.
 
I love quotes because I like to see what guys had to say, he said.
 
KIWI CHALLENGE
 
Brandt Snedeker plans to get married Oct. 18, with part of his honeymoon at work in New Zealand.
 
Snedeker joins Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan and Adam Scott in the new Kiwi Challenge to be played Oct. 27-28 at Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers. The winner gets $1.5 million from a $2.6 million total, making it the second-largest payoff in the silly season behind the $2 million at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa.
 
Its the second time this decade someone has tried to capitalize on the emerging youth in golf. Unlike the Tommy Bahama Challenge, which didnt last long, this brings together four players in the top 50 who are willing to travel.
 
Mahan went to Wentworth last year for the World Match Play Championship, while Snedeker played last year in Australia.
 
Its hard for me to relay the feeling of how excited myself and my fiancee are to visit New Zealand, Snedeker said. Were getting married right before the Kiwi Challenge, and this will be a honeymoon to remember.
 
NBC Sports will televise the event Nov. 15-16.
 
EARLY RISER
 
Pat Perez is starting his day about the same time it used to end.
 
Perez had a miserable experience at the British Open, opening with an 82 in the worst of weather and punctuating the round by criticizing himself, the weather and just about everything else at Royal Birkdale.
 
Lost in his outburst was that he was up at 3:30 a.m. every day to stay true to his new fitness routine with trainer Joey Diovisalvi. Even with a 6:41 a.m. tee time the first day, he didnt miss his time in the gym.
 
I just wanted to get in shape and play better, Perez said. Joey is intense. Hes tough, but he wants 110 percent from every workout.
 
Perez figures he has been wasting his talent ' a message has been preaching to John Daly ' and at least wants to give himself a chance.
 
DUPLANTIS TRUST
 
Jim Furyk is in the middle of four straight tournaments in three countries, but he still found time to play in a charity outing in Canada on Monday and served as the host during a dinner on Tuesday.
 
The outing was for Steve DuPlantis, the Canadian caddie who was killed while crossing the street at the Buick Invitational in January. The idea was to raise money for a trust fund for DuPlantis daughter, Sierra.
 
The reason I played on Monday was because it was the right thing to do and because I talked to the family and I told them Id be there, Furyk said. We had a great time.
 
Furyk said Royal Bank of Canada donated $50,000 to the trust.
 
DIVOTS
 
Ten players in their 20s have won on the PGA TOUR this year, with Chez Reavie the latest at the Canadian Open. Friday is the deadline to apply for tickets to the U.S. Open next year at Bethpage Black. A random drawing will be held later in August. The U.S. Open has been a sellout the last 22 years. Will MacKenzie withdrew from the Canadian Open to be with his wife, who gave birth to their first child. Maverick Noah MacKenzie was born Saturday evening, presumably with a snowboard attached to his feet. Research out of Purdue University reveals that golfers who play well are more likely to see the hole as larger than those who play poorly. This breakthrough has been published in June edition of Psychonomic Bulletin and Review journal.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Eighteen players have finished second behind Tiger Woods in the World Golf Championships.
 
FINAL WORD
Its as quick as youll ever see, considering were not in Georgia with a lot of hills.'Stuart Appleby, comparing the greens at Firestone with Augusta National.
 

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    Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

    Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."