If Anybody Had Asked Me

By Brian HewittSeptember 29, 2004, 4:00 pm
If anybody had asked me, Id have told them that:
  • Its time we compare apples to apples on this money list thing. That is to say: In 2000 Tiger Woods won approximately 5.6 percent of the available official prize money on the PGA Tour. For Vijay Singh to eclipse that percentage this year, he would have to win approximately $14.5 million. So far in 2004 Singh has won less than $10 million.
  • That having been said, Singh has been in the zone a long time. Three straight wins. Five wins in his last six starts. Eight victories this year. Fifteen top 10s in 26 starts in 2004. The fact that he never seems to have a sore back is a tribute to his mechanics.
  • The early favorite to win the next scheduled major championship'the 2005 Masters'is Vijay Singh.
  • Jim Furyk has dropped out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings. That wont last long.
  • If Phil Mickelson hadnt made that putt on the 72nd hole at Augusta in April, the din from his critics would now be deafening.
  • Dont be surprised if the career of Lee Westwood winds up being defined by his Ryder Cup heroics the same way Colin Montgomeries is right now.
  • The LPGAs Christina Kim is about to become a star. The LPGAs Cristie Kerr is about to become a superstar.
  • Skins Game Id like to see: Annika, Vijay, Tiger and Phil. Might not be a whole lot of banter, though.
  • Skins Game that would be the most fun to see: Peter Jacobsen, Darren Clarke, John Daly and Victor Schwamkrug, the ultra-long Nationwide player.
  • Larry Nelson would be a lot tougher as a U.S. Ryder Cup captain in 2006 than most people might imagine. And, he would be effective.
  • Younger players who will one day become Ryder Cup captains: Clarke, Westwood, Sergio Garcia, David Toms, Furyk and Davis Love III.
  • Players who will become Ryder Cup captains sooner than that: Paul Azinger and Montgomerie.
  • The chatter (in the old days the word was grapevine') is very loud right now. And it says Tiger Woods will be married soon. It says here matrimony will be a good thing for his golf game.
  • Five years ago Gary Player stood outside the clubhouse at Augusta National and predicted one day players would be driving the first hole there. We all thought he was crazy. The day somebody DOES drive the first hole there will be the last year before the Lords of the Masters mandate some kind of restrictions on the golf ball. It will be like trying to stuff the genie back into the bottle.
  • The United States should not be favored to capture another Presidents or Ryder Cup until it wins one of them.
  • Player of the Year in all of golf: Annika or Vijay?
  • The best two consecutive holes of golf played by a professional this year (second best is not even close) were the ones turned in by Karen Stupples on the first two holes of the final round of the Womens British. Stupples opened with an eagle and followed with a double eagle. She was five-under on her round standing on the third tee.
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  • Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.