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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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

    Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

    ''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

    It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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    ''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

    Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

    ''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

    After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

    ''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

    He's making his first start in the event.

    ''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

    Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

    ''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

    Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    ''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

    The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

    ''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

    Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

    ''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.