Woods Funk Lopez and Daly

By Brian HewittMarch 20, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker is disappointed. We tried to have a little fun in this space earlier this week by advancing the tongue-in-cheek notion that Fred Funk was angry at Tiger Woods for stealing his hat spike move.
Woods famously hurled his hat to the ground last Sunday at Bay Hill after making the lengthy putt that won him the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the 72nd hole. Funk, less famously, whipped his hat to the green after holing the putt that turned out to be the winning stroke at the 2005 PLAYERS.
Many thought I was disrespecting Tiger.
Pish, pish.
Without further ado, heres The Comebackers take on this and other issues.
Jarrick writes:What a mediocrity to focus on the smallness of tossing a hat. This is VERY negative on your part. The positive here was this man won a golf tournament and you incite such a punk attitude. You are incorrigible that you try to make a pristine event into an inferiority. Do I detect that you are jealous of Tiger and his greatness?
The Comebacker
Make up your mind, please: Am I a negative punk or a jealous incorrigible?

Barb writes: Lets hope he (Woods) doesnt emulate the Funk dress code.
The Comebacker
I dont think we will be seeing Tiger in a skort any time soon.

Lorna writes:.When you next see Tiger, please tell him that his comment about a Grand Slam win was doable has changed the Ladbroke odds. I have placed bets on Tiger winning multiple majors the past two years. Last year the lowest odds were 7-1 and 33-1 for the Slam. This year the odds 4-1 for none, 2-1 for the first three majors and 12-1 for the Slam. Cant make any money this year. I wish Tiger had kept his thought to himself.
The Comebacker
I will be sure to tell Tiger about his comment. Right after I tell him Fred Funk is still mad at him.

Vivian writes: Would Tiger have been as successful without Steve Williams?
The Comebacker
The answer is: yes. Tiger would have been as successful with PeeWee Herman on the bag. This is not to say Williams isnt one of the best loopers in the business, if not the friendliest. And heres a word on that: Tiger Woods, because of all the demands, is probably better served by a caddie/enforcer than he is by one who wants to be everybodys pal.

Byron writes:If only Veege could putt who knows how many more tournaments he could have won?
The Comebacker
Sure, and if Hogan had been a better putter, Tiger, now tied with Hogan at 64 wins, would still be chasing him in that category. The Comebacker, by the way, assumes when Byron writes Veege, he is referring to Veej, a.k.a. Vijay Singh.

Charlie writes: I agree George Lopez should go. I tune in to see golf, not some comic buffoons. To see clowns jumping into the gallery takes away from the game.
The Comebacker
Sorry, Charlie. You are wrong on this one. George Lopez is a funny man and provided a breath of fresh air at the Hope. The tournament officials did what they thought was best. And, yes, maybe Lopez particularly hip brand of humor is better suited for an event like the FBR Open, where the gallery demographic skews more towards his comedic instincts.

Marvin writes:I am so tired of all the self-righteous, politically correct, goody two-shoes in golf. So what if Daly has a few beers and gets over the edge now and then. Its his life. Does anyone remember a guy named Champagne Tony Lema? These buttinski types are the same Bushwood members that wanted to keep Lee Trevino off the TOUR, not to mention Charlie Sifford, and have promoted a stuffy members-only tradition that is ruining golf. Leave the man alone.

The Comebacker
Yes, its his life. But there are a lot of us who dont want to see him lose it.

Andre writes: Im certainly not admonishing Tripp (Isenhour) for killing the eagle, but to say it was an intentional act is probably an overstatement. Yes, he was aiming in the direction of the bird. But to stand over multiple shots with the intent of actually hitting the bird would not only be callous but smack of hatred; the kind of hatred that the television/internet mob assign to people like Michael Vick. And I doubt, without knowing him, that he had malicious intent when hitting the shots. It was a hooded 7-iron that got away from him. Instead of chasing the bird off the post he actually hit the bird. Yes, he should apologize, which he has. He should donate money and time to a humane society which Im sure he will. However, he shouldnt be sanctioned or banned from TOUR events for some length of time. That is just taking it too far.
The Comebacker
Several good points made by Andre. Didnt know there was such a thing as the television/internet mob, though.

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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.