Baby Woods Gets Baby Woods - COPIED

By Brian HewittJune 14, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 U.S. OpenOAKMONT, Pa. -- Heres the scoop on that new Nike commercial that will begin airing on GOLF CHANNEL Thursday and also appear on NBC during the weekend: The subject is Fathers Day and the imminent arrival of Tiger and Elin Woods first child.
 
The stars of the ad are a small golf bag with the name Baby Woods on the side and the Nike clubs being readied to go into that bag.
 
Baby Woods
Boy or girl, Baby Woods will be well equipped on the course. (courtesy: Nike Golf)
It was filmed at Nike Golfs Research and Development facility in Fort Worth, Texas. And the man shown grinding Baby Woods irons is Mike Taylor. Taylor is Nike Golfs main man when it comes to custom club work for Nikes players, including Tiger.
 
The people around Taylor in the ad are also Nike Golf employees. The clubs are not for sale and Woods now has possession of the clubs. In the bag are an SQ small driver, four irons and a putter.
 
JOHNNY REDUX:
In you case missed NBC announcer Johnny Millers press conference (more of a monologue) earlier this week, here are a few more highlights:
 
On the 288-yard, par-3 eighth at Oakmont: In the old days they used to play par-3s 250 when guys could not hit it 250. Im not going to cry for the guys is what Ill say. Putting it in front of the green is fantastic. Just short of the green is fantastic. You can just chip it up the hill and make your par. Its not like you have an island green at 300 yards.
 
On changes since Shinnecock at the 2004 U.S. Open: When Vijay Singh, after two or three rounds at Shinnecock, was dead last in driving accuracy and No. 1 in greens hit, that should have made Ben Hogan puke. Think about it, dead last in driving accuracy, and the guy is No. 1 in greens hit. That cant be what the USGA wanted. But the reason why that happened is that not only was the rough a little skimpy, but the ball was rolling 60, 80 yards, so those holes were just a driver and 9-iron, wedge for those guys.
 
On the danger of making a course set-up too hard: Remember this: When you make a championship so ridiculous, you can get ridiculous winners. You can get winners that will never ever win again, just happened to have a hot putting week or a good bounce here and there.
 
YOUNGER STILL:
Richard Lee, 16 years old and the youngest player in the field, will turn professional after the U.S. Open regardless of how he plays. Lee is a high-school sophomore in Arizona who shot a 62 when he was 12 years old. He is one of 12 amateurs in the field.
 
RETURN TO PINEHURST:
The USGA officially announced Wednesday that the 2014 U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst No. 2.
 
Prior to 2014, the Open will be played at Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, Calif., from June 12-15, 2008; at Bethpage State Parks Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., from June 18-21, 2009; at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., from June 17-20, 2010; at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., from June 16-19, 2011; at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., from June 14-17, 2012; and at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., from June 13-16; 2013.
 
This will be the eighth time the No. 2 course at Pinehurst Resort has hosted a USGA championship, including two previous U.S. Opens. Payne Stewart defeated Phil Mickelson in an epic 1999 battle. Micheal Campbell also prevailed in 2005.
 
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.