Ryder Cup Anger

By Brian HewittSeptember 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
The Ryder Cup hit a nerve. Oh, did it hit a nerve.
I wrote a column, suggesting solutions to the American problems in recent Ryder Cup matches. It was posted Monday. Within 24 hours, more than 500 e-mail responses poured in and they are still coming.
Seems everybody has an opinion. A lot of them are not nice. Oh, did the Ryder Cup hit a nerve.
What follows are selected excerpts from the readers. Warning: lots of people are lots of angry.
From Wayne in Halifax: Put a muzzle on Johnny Miller. The guy is depressing. Did I say that? Im not the only one.
Comment: Whatever happened to the green light special?'
From Terry in England: Drop Tiger. He can only play for Tiger not anyone or anything else.Invade Europe and make it another state.'
Comment: But then wed have to elect two more Senators.
From Al: Make the course all par 5s so that Phil can make a birdie.
Comment: But there wouldnt be any holes-in-one.
From Robert: Have the captain tell the players that the only time both players should read a putt is when the putter asks for help.'
Comment: Maybe we could implant directional microchips into the golf ball.
From George: Confront Sergio when hes a jerk. Nothing motivates players more than holding your opponent accountable for being smarmy. Dont stew about it, get into his face. It will throw him off his game.
Comment: Sweet thought.
From Meg in Milwaukee: Our boys need to read The Little Engine That Could. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. They need to read it and believe it, trust themselves and enjoy the moment.
Comment: Which came first in golf: Fun or the made 10-foot putt?
From Landis: Make Johnny Miller the captain over the next 10 years.
Comment: For which team?
From Frank in Rancho Mirage: Maybe the Ryder Cup could turn into the biggest money game in the world. Maybe Phil would show up!
Comment: And play it at Bighorn.
From Stephen: Not sure if everyone caught Sergios comment during the post-tournament press conference: 'Its sweet beating the Americans.' If this isnt motivational, we are beyond help.
Comment: Sergio Garcia: Americas Most Wanted.
From Jimmy: I wish someone like Jack Nicklaus would be captain.
Comment: There is no one like Jack Nicklaus. Except Jack Nicklaus.
From Steve in Orlando: In addition to allowing the Captain to make his Captains picks, also allow the Captain to UNCHOOSE up to two picks who have earned points to be on the team. I realize this is really radical and probably unfair.But players such as Phil Mickelson, for whatever reason, cannot and do not play well in this event.
Comment: I like this one ... Maybe hire Donald Trump as a vice-captain.
From Joe: Our guys, just like the CEOs they emulate, are aloof, overly paid loners.
Comment: Actually I think a lot of CEOs would rather be professional golfers.
From Yvette: The top five makes the teamCaptain picks five members.Top five get to pick remaining two members.
Comment: And be forced to reveal their ballots.
From Wade in Houston: Give me Hal Sutton any day. He clearly took some chances and ended up no worse than Lehman.
Comment: This idea is stronger than new rope.
From George: Assign points based on finishes but subtract points for finishes below 25th.
Comment: Non-grinders need not apply.
From Jonathan: Once the team is picked the team members need to go to a 10-day military type Ryder Cup boot camp.
Comment: Would those be FootJoy boots or Nike boots?
From Vince: I hope that every event that he (Garcia) plays in our country from now on he misses the cut and gets booed out of each PGA town, Send him a case of mustard to spread on himself and give him his own personal emergency medical team at each major for when he chokes!!!
Comment: Yo, Vince: Guldens brown or Frenchs yellow?
From Kriss in California: Get the American team out of funeral clothes and into snappy, colorful clothes that fit. The sweaters rode up and looked inexpensive.
Comment: Marty Hackel for next U.S. captain.
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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.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.