Harmon Reveals Tiger Secrets

By Brian HewittSeptember 5, 2007, 4:00 pm
Phil still isnt telling. But when I talked to Butch Harmon this week about the so-called classified information on Tiger Woods he has passed on to Mickelson, Harmon scoffed at the notion that this was something out of a spy novel.
 
Mostly common sense, Harmon said. This isnt baseball, he said. Im not stealing signs.
 
Harmon said he told Mickelson he needed to enjoy playing in the same group with Tiger and he needed to pay attention and learn from playing in the company of the best player in the world.
 
Specifically, Harmon told Mickelson to note how Tiger slows down his central nervous system simply by walking more slowly in the heat of battle. Harmon told Phil to watch how Woods putts out when he has the opportunity rather than wait around and let his opponent finish.
 
Harmon also told me beating Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship Monday was huge for Mickelsons confidence. And, Harmon added, if Phil hadnt hurt his wrist in June you would have seen Tiger and Phil dueling like this all summer long.
 
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We know that for every action there is a reaction. And Harmon is predicting Woods reaction to his Monday defeat at the hands of Mickelson will only spur Woods on to better things.
 
And that, Harmon says, doesnt bode well for everybody else.
 
Harmon also said he was very impressed with Tigers ball-striking at the Deutsche Bank Championship. In the end, Harmon said, it was Tigers putting that let him down last week.
 
FEDEXCUP Q&A:
Here are this weeks FedExCup possibilities, fresh from the PGA TOURs home office in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.:
 
Q: Could Phil Mickelson have clinched first place in the final FedExCup point standings if he had played near Chicago at this weeks BMW Championship?
 
A: Mickelson could have if all the other players in the top five, except Steve Stricker, finished third or worse at Cog Hill. Stricker could have finished fourth and had a remote chance. The point is now moot with Mickelson out of the field.
 
(My opinion: This might even turn out to be a blessing in disguise because the points standings are almost certain to be closer near the top for the TOUR Championship the final week of The Playoffs.
 
Q: What needs to happen for Tiger Woods to pass Mickelson in the FedExCup point standings?
 
A: Second place or better.
 
Q: How many of the 70 remaining players have a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup?
 
A: All of them. No. 70, Bo Van Pelt, will need to win at BMW and Atlanta and have a lot of surprising things happen.
 
Q: How many of the remaining 70 players are guaranteed a spot in Atlanta regardless of how they do at the BMW Championship?
 
A: The top 11 are currently a lock for Atlanta. However, its extremely unlikely more than two or three players from outside the top 30 will move in this week. So the top 27 are, de facto, virtually safe. The key to it is this: There are two big gaps between places right now'271 points between (No. 30) Jonathan Byrd and (No. 31) David Toms and 375 points between (No. 32) Stewart Cink and (No. 33) Tim Clark. So if youre 33rd or lower, you have to jump that 650 point gap, plus the 100 points everybody gets for showing up. Which means Clark needs a 19th place finish at BMW just to get to 30th and that assumes Byrd, Toms and Cink all have bad tournaments.
 
Q: Is it mathematically possible for there to be a tie in the points totals for first place at the end of the TOUR Championship and, if so, how would the winner be determined?
 
A: Yes, its possible for there to be a tie at the top after The TOUR Championship. But its incredibly unlikely, and because of that, we (The TOUR) havent made a provision for it. We may revisit that this week.
 
But, says PGA TOUR house FedExCup expert Steve Dennis, Im betting my job we dont need a tiebreaker at the top.

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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.