Another Year of Resolutions

By Brian HewittJanuary 4, 2004, 5:00 pm
New Years resolutions are tricky business. The word diet springs immediately to mind. New Years resolutions are even trickier when a person is filled with so much hubris that he or she decides to declare what New Years resolutions other people should make.

None of which, on this occasion, will stop your friendly neighborhood Golf Channel Insider from doing just that for certain special figures in the golf world in the coming 12 months.

TIGER WOODS: A resolution to let the majors come to him. Woods has so much game. Be a little more forgiving of your mistakes in the big ones, Tiger, and you might be surprised. A major might win you. Like most New Years resolutions, this one is easier said than done.

PHIL MICKELSON: A resolution to succumb to no more baseball tryouts. Green jackets dont go with pinstripes.

BEN CURTIS: A resolution to let the rest of his career come to him. The Open Championship winner must live up to his own expectations, not anybody elses.

DAVID DUVAL: A resolution to remain resolute. A few words with his college coach, Puggy Blackmon, wouldnt hurt either. Lee Westwood might have a thing or two to add.

DARREN CLARKE: A resolution to keep laughing. Now that he has lost the weight, Northern Irelands best golfer has become even more jolly. It becomes him. The golf world could become his oyster if he would let it. And oysters go so well with the right ale.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM: A resolution to play one PGA Tour event a year. Would Annika in a mens major be such a bad thing? Let the debate begin.

SEVE BALLESTEROS: A resolution to embrace grace wherever he can find it. The golf gods arent torturing this Spanish genius these days so much as he is torturing himself.

MIKE WEIR: A resolution to succumb to no minor league hockey tryouts. This would not be the best way to remain the worlds best left-handed golfer.

JACK NICKLAUS: A resolution to figure out a way to bring a major championship to Muirfield Village. Jacks got the clout. This course is just too good and too pure not to share itself with, say, the PGA Championship for one year.

THE EUROPEAN TOUR: A resolution to have one of its players win a major championship in this century. There have been 16 majors conducted in the 21st century. The Euros are oh-fer.

MICHELLE WIE: A resolution to have fun. At all costs. So far, despite all the second-guessing, shes doing a pretty good job. What none of us wants to see is Wie, at age 20, going through the motions in golf tournaments and carrying the 400-ton gorilla of burnout on her back.

SERGIO GARCIA: A resolution to stay the course on the swing changes. The young Spaniard, antsy by nature, displayed a wisdom way beyond his years in 2003 while struggling to make his game more pressure-proof. Positive results began filtering in at the end of the season. Garcia, not Els or Singh, could provide Woods with his stiffest competition in 2004.

VIJAY SINGH: A resolution to meet people halfway. The massively-talented Singh might actually like the results. Golf has given Singh a lot. Its time to give a little more back.

BRUCE EDWARDS: A resolution to remain brave in the face of advancing Lou Gehrigs disease. At Edwards moment of greatest need, he can help all the rest of us by continuing to display the courage he already has shown. Consider it an opportunity.

TOM WATSON: A resolution to stay with Edwards every step of the way, the same way Edwards has stayed with Watson every step of the way all these years. Not to worry here. Watson gets it. He will be there for his caddie.

CHARLES HOWELL III: A resolution to play an official round on the PGA Tour wearing a white Brooks Bros. Button down dress shirt; a pair of L.L. Bean khaki pants with a forest green Lands End belt; a pair of brown-on-brown wing tipped Bostonian golf shoes; and a navy blue, V-neck, lambs wool sweater from Saks Fifth Avenue. Thurston Howell would approve.
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Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Ko released this statement through the LPGA on Wednesday: 

"It has been my dream since I was young to play on the LPGA Tour and I look forward to testing myself against the best players on a worldwide stage. I know it is going to be tough but making a first win as an LPGA member and winning the Rolex Rookie of the Year award would be two of the biggest goals I would like to achieve next year."