Loud Not So Clear

By Brian HewittMarch 7, 2008, 5:00 pm
The Comebacker is a bit of a potpourri this week. A little Lorena. A little Tiger. A Little Phil. And some dialogue on shooting your age.
Without further ado:
Bob writes: Is not it time for Lorena to take part in one of the Mens events?
The Comebacker
No, it not is.

Robert writes: While there is probably no reliable record on the youngest player to shoot his/her age in a casual round of golf, on the PGA TOUR, in 1979, Sam Snead became the first player to score his age and then score below his age. He shot 67 and 66 in the Ed McMahon Quad Cities Open at the age of 67. A fact that Mr. McMahon took pride in reporting on the Tonight Show. To date, no one on the PGA TOUR has bettered that mark.
The Senior/Champions Tour record is considerably lower. Then 61-year-old Walter Morgan shot a 60 in the 2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open, a record that even Tiger might find a challenge to surpass since he has not yet fired a 60 in a competitive round.
The ComebackerHiiiyyyooooooo!!!!!!!.......And yeah, the 32-year-old Tiger Woods still hasnt shot his age for 18 holes. What a chump. So overrated.

Kriss writes:To Jim who says Tiger and Phil take days off because they dont care, consider this, Jim: A multi-million dollar baseball player only has to play well 25% of the time to get his golden paycheck'and he has eight other players to help him get to the bank; a superstar basketball player runs around for 45 minutes, takes passes from his teammates, dunks a few and then gets automatic deposits for his allowance. But, pro golfers in the rarified air shared by Tiger and Phil and Jim and Vijay et al. play without teammates to help them. No go-to guy in the end zone, no assists under the net, no teammates hockey stick to nudge in a goal. If casual golfers dont get how hard pro golf is, then they just arent paying attention. So hush up, Jim.
The ComebackerLots of good points there Kriss. And a few not-so-good ones. Like for example, the Michael Jordan I watched in the NBA all those years did a lot more than run around for 45 minutes taking passes from teammates and dunking a few.

Cheryl writes: Ive never considered you a dullard.but what an idiotic write-up in your attempt to defend Phils 11 (At Pebble Beach on the 14th hole last month). If you truly believe Phil was trying to win, and if Phil believed he was playing to win the tournament on Saturday, you are both idiots. I dont have immediate access to a Tiger biography, but Ive never heard him say that you can win a tournament on any day but Sunday. There is no logic in trying to win, before even making the cut!
If being massively-talented and outrageously-rich affords Phil the luxury to feed his hubris--excessive pride, excessive ambition, that usually leads to the downfall of a hero--, then it is you that does not realize that Phil deserves the consequences of his risk-taking..without sympathy, excuses or praise! Why does anyone need to defend him?!.....
The ComebackerI know what hubris means, thank you very much. And I know what dullard means, thank you not so very much.

Rob writes: An old man I used to play with said, You have to have a hole in your head to putt. I think thats whats in Tigers head, the hole and nothing else. Which is why he wins, because he gets the ball in the hole in the least amount of strokes.
The ComebackerCongratulations, Rob. You have managed to write something new about Tiger Woods. You, sir, are not a dullard.

Tim writes: Nike is going to pay for Tiger Woods to go on the next moon exploration. Tiger will be attempting to drive his golf ball completely around the moons surface. Nike will then come out with their 'Moon Ball' and make billions.
The ComebackerActually tennis Andrea Jaeger thought of, and perfected, the moon ball way back in the '70s.

Ken writes: I am tired of hearing how Tiger Woods is the best golfer ever; once he actually plays a full schedule every week then maybe well see. The fact that he plays, like, once a month is pathetic. Anyone can take a month off and be fresh for his next start. I think people should stop bowing down to this guy until he plays every week like Jack, Arnie and the other old timers did, until then hes just a part-time player.
The ComebackerShakespeare didnt write a play every week (or even every month). Did that make him a part-time writer?

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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.