Notes More Furyk follies Working overtime

By Doug FergusonSeptember 4, 2010, 1:33 am
PGA Tour (75x100)NORTON, Mass. – Jim Furyk made sure he had two alarms to make his tee time Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his cell phone and a wake-up call from the hotel.

Then the power went out.

Furyk now is famous for his cell phone going dead, causing him to oversleep and miss his pro-am time last week at The Barclays, which made him ineligible to play the tournament. He dropped six spots to No. 9 in the FedEx Cup standings.

This time, there was no need to worry. He also had a third backup, with his wife promising to call him to make sure he was up. What bothered Furyk about the power going out was being unable to watch Ohio State’s football game.

“Right about kickoff time, the power went off at my hotel for about an hour,” Furyk said after opening with a 66. “And I’m staring at my phone thinking … ‘Do I need to save some battery?’ I can’t get a wake-up call and my phone is not working, so I was going to sleep. And I opened the drapes, because if it didn’t come back on, at least I’d see the sunlight.”’

The power came back on in an hour, he watched Ohio State win and he woke up on time Friday.

Then, Furyk said he had one of his best rounds striking the ball – and his experiment with the belly putter went just fine.

“I knew I was going to go with it unless something funky happened,” Furyk said. “I think I’ve still got some particulars to work out. Overall, my speed was very good. I was a little nervous about some of the longer putts, and I was able to knock it up there close and get some good two-putts.”

He said he could have done better inside 10 feet, but he’s at the start of the learning curve.

“It’s the first day of the tournament, and I’ll get some experience with it,” Furyk said.

The best news of all? He tees off Saturday afternoon at the earliest and can sleep as long as he wants.


WORKING OVERTIME: Rain delays caused by Hurricane Earl can made it tough on TV.

For starters, NBC Sports golf producer Tommy Roy recorded the final hour of morning action Friday to have something to show in case there were delays in the afternoon. But it really gets sticky for Keith Blachly.

Blachly manages the technical aspect of NBC’s coverage. Because of high wind anticipated overnight, Blachly and his staff have decided to tear down at the end of the day all the announcer booths and green bunting that shields the scaffolding. Plus, cameras that typically are left on the course will be brought into the broadcast compound.

Blachly will have to put everything back together and in position Saturday morning.


GLOVER’S DAY: Someone mentioned to Lucas Glover after he opened with a 70 that if not for bad luck, there would be none at all.

Glover somehow managed a wry grin.

He was going along nicely at 3 under until his tee shot wound up in a divot on the 14th hole. That wouldn’t be a problem under lift, clean and place – except this was in the first cut of rough. Trying to dig out the shock, Glover suffered a stinger in his right hand, and he was clenching it the rest of the round.

From the middle of the 15th fairway, his first iron shot after the stinger, he flinched before digging into the turf and caught only the top half of the ball, sending it low and over the green for a bogey. On the par-5 18th, his ball was headed for the bunker, meaning he would have to lay up. Instead, it found a thick bush in the bunker, and he had to take a one-shot penalty to remove it. He hit his next shot into the hazard and had to scramble for a bogey.

After signing his card, it only got worse.

An official with a clipboard broke the bad news – Glover had been selected for drug testing.

BEST BALL: The top three players in the FedEx Cup standings, playing in the same group, combined to shoot 16-under par. Steve Stricker led the way with a 66, and he said it’s easy for everyone in the group to feed off the good vibes from so many birdies.

No need telling that to the group of Zach Johnson, Jason Day and Ryan Palmer. They combined to shoot 23-under par.

Asked if he had ever been in a group with such low scoring, Johnson thought back to his days on the mini-tours, “but it was not remotely on a golf course of this magnitude.”

“I think we had some bogeys, too, so that was pretty impressive all around,” Johnson said.

If they had played a better ball, the group score would have been 57. The only holes none of them birdied were Nos. 4, 6, 14 and 16.

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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.

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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.