Notes: Harrington still thinks Tiger will pass Nicklaus' 18 majors

By Doug FergusonAugust 24, 2011, 1:05 am

EDISON, N.J. – Padraig Harrington still puts his money on Tiger Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 professional majors.

Harrington played the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship with Woods, who missed the cut. Even so, the Irishman saw him hit enough good shots to realize his game will not be gone forever.

“I still believe when he turns up and plays well in a given week, I think he’s well capable of winning any major he plays in,” Harrington said Tuesday. “He still has a good ball flight. He still hits it well. Once he puts it together in a given week, he can win and will going forward. … OK, it wasn’t his week that week. But when it is his week, he will win again.”

Harrington said the difference now is that if something can go wrong with Woods on the course, it will. Woods was atop the leaderboard through five holes of the opening round, and one tee shot into the water changed everything. He opened with a 77 and finished outside the top 100 in a major for the first time.

“This is what I would have seen at the PGA,” Harrington said. “Certain he played better, much better than his score. Whereas when he was on top of his game, he always scored really well. It was very rare that you would ever see Tiger Woods walking off a golf course where he had not got the most out of his round, where he certainly didn’t at the PGA. He got the minimum out of his rounds.”

Harrington said Woods appeared frustrated with the technical part of his game, which did not surprise him. Harrington knows better than most, since he always is tinkering with his swing.

“When you’re kind of happy with your game, you tend to get the most out of it,” he said. “You feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 68. And when you’re not happy with your game, you feel like you shot 70 and you end up shooting 72. I experience that myself a lot. That’s kind of what I see in Tiger’s game.”

WORLD CUP: Some of the top Americans have been bailing out on the World Cup since it changed formats and moved to China. Matt Kuchar sees nothing but a “cool opportunity.”

Kuchar, who is at No. 12 in the world ranking, has accepted a spot on the U.S. team and will be joined by Gary Woodland. The World Cup is Thanksgiving week, Nov. 24-27, at Mission Hills in China. It will be held the week after the Presidents Cup in Australia

Kuchar played in the World Amateur Team Championship in 1998 when he was at Georgia Tech, and he played in the Walker Cup the following year. He did not represent his country again until the Ryder Cup last year.

“I think to be one of those two guys representing your country is really an honor,” he said.

Woodland is No. 38 in the world, a winner this year in Tampa and a rising talent in the American ranks who is known for his power.

“I think he’s going to be a guy we are going to see more and more playing some great golf,” Kuchar said. “And so I’m pretty excited to have a guy that plays as well as he does and hits it as far as he does as my partner. I think I can be the steady one that makes a lot of pars and watch him just make golf look pretty easy.”

MR. SEPTEMBER: And to think that Steve Stricker used to avoid golf in September.

Ten years ago, he went nearly all of September and October without touching a club, nearly costing himself a spot in the Tour Championship. Stricker is usually home that time of the year, getting ready for hunting season.

That changed with the FedEx Cup in 2007, and it’s worked out just fine for Stricker. Going into The Barclays, he is the only player who has competed in all 64 rounds of the playoff events.

In those 16 tournaments, Stricker has finished out of the top 20 only twice and has two wins. He has earned over $5.7 million in the playoff events, an average of $365,580 per start.

SOLHEIM SURPRISE: Based on the numbers alone, it would seem Americans have seen stronger days at the Solheim Cup.

Only two of the 10 players who qualified have won on the LPGA this year - Stacy Lewis at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Brittany Lincicome at the ShopRite Classic. One of the captain’s picks, Ryann O’Toole, has only played seven events in her LPGA career.

And then there’s Christina Kim. In her 14 tournaments this year, she has broken 70 only twice, missed five cuts, has yet to finish in the top 12 and is No. 58 on the money list with just over $80,000. And she qualified for the team.

If anything, however, it’s a reflection of tough economic times on the tour. When the qualifying ended, there were only 14 tournaments, with 10 of those in the United States. Yani Tseng, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, has won four times (including two majors), while Karrie Webb of Australia also has won twice.

FAXON APP: On the day before Brad Faxon made his debut on the Champions Tour, he joined ShotVision in launching a short-game instruction app for the iPhone and iPad that offers more than 100 videos in super high definition.

Faxon, who has nine wins worldwide and played on two Ryder Cup teams, is renowned for his short game, particularly his putting. The menu offers putting drills, the proper grip, putting from six distances and short-game instruction on bunkers, chipping, flop shots and pitch shots. Each instruction comes with various angles.

Different about this app is there is no sound - only video. It pauses at various points and script shows up on the screen to explain the swing. The idea is to teach more through visualization.

The app is called “Brad Faxon - ShotVision Golf” and costs $4.99.

DIVOTS: One of the best things to happen to Keegan Bradley since he won the PGA Championship? “I looked at my phone and I had a text from Tom Brady, my absolute childhood hero. To get a text from him reaching out to me was a highlight of my career.” … Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk are the only players to have competed in every Tour Championship since the FedEx Cup began in 2007. Els (No. 118) and Furyk (No. 60) are outside the top 30 going into the playoffs. … Franklin Templeton is returning as the title sponsor of the Shark Shootout through 2012. It will be played this year Dec. 9-11 in Naples, Fla. … Paul McGinley (Great Britain & Ireland) and Jean Van de Velde (Continental Europe) will be captains for the Vivendi Seve Trophy to be played Sept. 15-18 in France. … The Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., will host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Eleven of the 35 rookies on the PGA Tour qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

FINAL WORD: “As much as I believe there’s no limit to what I can achieve, I’m pretty realistic knowing that going on 34, that it’s going to be hard for me to accomplish what Tiger has done in his career.” - Luke Donald.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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