Singhing in The Reign

By Brian HewittOctober 25, 2004, 4:00 pm
I am struck by the relative ease with which Vijay Singh, a man who used to appear to be so uncomfortable in the spotlight, is wearing the mantel of being the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
Every week Singh appears a little more at home, on and off the course, with the trappings of his greatness.
Look, we were never going to get Seinfeld in the press room from Singh. He is a grinder not another Oscar Wilde. But for years he looked to be sneering out at us from behind a dark past. We wanted to know more about him and he often acted like he was cornered.
Now he is mostly going with the flow. And it is mostly becoming him. If he isnt letting us inside the inner Vijay, he isnt keeping us at arms length either. Part of this undoubtedly has to do with the fact that Singh is 41 years old. He knows his time on golfs big stage is finite.
He appreciates the fact that a power far greater has bestowed upon him a limber body that rarely breaks down under the abnormal strains of the golf swing. And he has complemented that gift with rigorous physical conditioning.
Sunday at Disney Singh almost tracked down Ryan Palmer in the waning moments of the Funai Classic. His was the stalk of a man who knew he was the best in the field and the only way he would lose was if he ran out of holes. Afterward, Singh was graceful.
Tiger Woods raised the bar in so many ways. Vijay Singh and Ernie Els have, for the time being, jumped over it.
I am reminded of that wonderful cautionary line by Shakespeare in one of his most under appreciated plays, Henry IV, Part II: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Singh wears golfs crown these days because he is perched on the throne reserved for the worlds best player. And the head isnt as uneasy as we might have suspected.
Lord knows Singh has earned his stature by dint of sheer hard work. And its easier to smile when you are playing well and winning.
Its easier to be relaxed about all manner of things when you realize that you are about to win $10 million in PGA Tour earnings in one year.
(Singh currently sits atop the money list with $9,825,166. That means he needs to win a combined total of approximately $175,000 in this weeks Chrysler Championship and next weeks Tour Championship, the seasons final two official money events. Last place at the Tour Championship gets an automatic $90,000. Sixteenth or better at Chrysler gets a player $85,000. You can do the rest of the math.)
Meanwhile, the internet is a place in which you can find almost anything. There is an anagram website that informs you that if you unscramble uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, you can come up with this:
What treachery awaits unseen, eh lads?
Lets hope there isnt any treachery down the road for Singh. Golfs hard enough without injecting conspiracy theories into the mix.
Gap is an anagram for PGA. Rout is an anagram for Tour. Singh has put the money list to rout this year while extending the gap between himself and Phil Mickelson, more than four million dollars behind in official earnings.
Singh probably wont ever be the guy you want to go have a beer with like, say, Joey Sindelar. And he may never be inducted into the unofficial good guys golf hall of fame. But he is starting to get it, at least a little, that there are more people than he ever dreamed for whom his terrific golf is quite enough.
Maybe Singh isnt the player whose head should be uneasy at this precise moment on the golf continuum.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

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Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.