Six-time Champ Rhoden Ineligible for Tahoe Event

By Associated PressMay 16, 2006, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. -- Rick Rhoden, who has won the annual celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe a record six times, is ineligible to play this year because of his status on the Champions Tour, sponsors said Monday.
It will be the first time since 1990 the former major league pitcher will miss the American Century Celebrity Championship, where he's won a record $812,289.

After failing to qualify the three previous years, the former major league pitcher earned a conditional card for the Champions Tour by tying for 10th at the Q-School last November.
NBC Sports, which televises the 54-hole tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course July 14-16, established the eligibility rules several years ago.
'We congratulate Rick on earning his Champions Tour privileges and everybody who has lived the American Century Championship experience over the years roots hard for him whenever he plays,' said Jon Miller, NBC Sports senior vice president for programming.
'We know he wanted to play, but can't justify it from a fairness standpoint with all the guys who try to come out and compete as celebrities and not touring pros.'
The same rule affected John Brodie, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1985, the predecessor to the Champions Tour.
Brodie played on that tour off and on through 1998, earning $735,758. He was allowed to play in the celebrity tournament at Lake Tahoe only during years when he was playing with tour exemptions rather than with formal conditional or full status.
'When John Brodie was playing Senior PGA Golf on a regular basis, we chose not to invite him. Then, he was invited later when his Senior PGA starts were sponsor exemptions,' Miller said.
Rhoden said he would like to play at Lake Tahoe again because the event falls during an off-week on the Champions Tour, but he understands the rule.
'That's the rule, then that's the rule,' Rhoden told the (South Lake) Tahoe Daily Tribune. 'I knew when I got my card that it might cause a problem. You can't have a rule for one guy one way and another way for another guy.'
Rhoden, who turns 53 Tuesday, won the celebrity event in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2003. He finished third last year.
So far this year, he's appeared in only three events on the Champions Tour because the number of tournaments has been reduced, making less space available for players with conditional cards. Last week, he tied for 22nd place in the Regions Charity Classic, earning $16,091. For the season, he is 85th on the tour's money list with $23,764.
Rhoden actually played more often on the Champions Tour in past seasons because of sponsor exemptions and weekly qualifying. Last year, he competed in seven events.
Rhoden will be allowed to return to the celebrity tournament if he fails to qualify for the Champions Tour next season.
Unless he wins one of the remaining Champions Tour events, Rhoden said he will return to an all-new Q-School in the fall. Instead of issuing full and conditional cards for the 2007 season, the tour will take the top 35 players at Q-School and let them compete each Monday in a qualifying round for nine spots into the tournament for that week.
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Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

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Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen: