Golf Words That Must Go

By Brian HewittAugust 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
For decades golf, spoken and written, has too often lent itself to overdramatized and maudlin usage of the English language.
Dont expect that to change any time soon.
But there are a few clichs increasingly infecting our sport, taken from the vernacular, that must be stricken from the records immediately.
At the end of the day, has got to go.
Its a verbal crutch that means little and adds nothing other than to prop up the self-esteem of its users who, for some misguided reason think, at the end of their sentences, it makes them sound smarter.
At the end of the year, lets hope at the end of the day is at the end of its rope.
Even more annoying is the younger cousin of at the end of the day.
Yes, Im talking about: It is what it is.
Anybody who responds to a question by saying, it is what it is, is simply a verbally lazy person.
At the end of the year lets hope it is what is has also disappeared. Then we can say, it was what it was.
Another crutch that has increasingly worked its way into golf's spoken and written words is something of a ...
As in: Tiger Woods is something of a wizard with the short game.
Or: Sergio Garcia is something of a whiner.
Or: Hogans secret is something of a mystery.
This construct is something of a crashing bore. It all sounds too much like somebody named Basil talking to somebody named Nigel over high tea. And its a bad habit.
Three more:
Each and every.
Hello, people.
If you say each of the shots I hit in my round today was solid, why would you ever have to say each and every shot I hit in my round today was solid? Its the same thing.
And, at the end of the day, you used two more words than you needed. And every does not need to accompany each ad nauseam. Nor does each and need to accompany every.
And while were at it, Tiger Woods training method is not his regime; its his regimen.
Tiger Woods regime is the far-reaching golf kingdom over which he holds sway.
Finally, If you make two or more aces while playing golf, you have scored two holes-in-one not two hole-in-ones.
No explanation necessary on this one. It is what it is. Just make sure, at the end of the day, you buy drinks for each and every person at the bar. Its something of a tradition. And be careful not to imbibe too freely because it could throw off your training regime the next day.
Peace out, dog.
Meanwhile, back at the golf course, Tiger Woods decision to sit out the FedExCup opener in New York has already effectively cost him the points lead it took him all season to earn.
According to the numbers crunchers at the PGA TOUR, who have been peering at the computer printouts at their headquarters in Florida, The likely scenario is that two or three players will pass Woods and he will be in third or fourth going into the Deutsche Bank Championship (next week). He could be as many as 8,000 points out of first if (Vijay) Singh were to win The Barclays.
Moreover, according to the TOUR, anybody sitting better than 60th on the current point standings can pass Woods with a win at Barclays.
Anybody better than 21st can jump past Woods with a second place finish and anybody better than ninth can pass Woods with a third.
Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk could wrest away Tigers lead with a fourth; Singh or Furyk could take Tigers lead with an eighth or better; and Singh could pass Woods with a 13th or better.
For his part, Woods could drop all the way to seventh this week. It is also mathematically possible for him to retain his lead after The Barclays.
Tiger Woods, according to one source who has studied all the scenarios closely, can still win the FedExCup with two very strong finishes in the final three events. He will almost certainly need to win one and finish in the top two or three in another. He might also need a good finish in his third event'perhaps even as high as a top 5. ... In summary, Woods strategy of skipping The Barclays is dangerous.
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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 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.

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    Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

    Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

    The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

    It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

    "It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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    Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

    Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

    "This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."