Fantasy Island: Waste Management Open

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 1, 2011, 8:29 pm

GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Each week, senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell, contributors John Hawkins and Charlie Rymer, and editorial director Jay Coffin will give their picks from three groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open

 

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard
Score:
1,050,044
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Bill Haas

Group C:
Gary Woodland

Lefty began Sunday with a one-stroke lead and closed with 69. Under normal circumstance that would have been more than enough, but he discovered you can’t trade birdies with a Bubba on a bomber’s course.

In consecutive weeks he’s lost in a playoff at the Bob Hope Classic and teed off in the final group at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Third time’s a charm.

Doesn’t have much history at TPC Scottsdale, but bombers seem to do well in the Arizona desert (see: Holmes, J.B.) and his playoff loss at the Bob Hope Classic is a sign he’s ready to win.

Randall Mell

Randall Mell
Score:
670,421
Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Jhonattan Vegas

Group C:
Chris Couch

No laying up this week, attack mode gets Lefty the victory.

Doubling down with Vegas on a roll.

The big man stood tall in Palm Springs, and he'll come up big in another desert.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer
Score:
927,096
 Group A:
Dustin Johnson

Group B:
J.B. Holmes

Group C:
Tommy Gainey
DJ finished well at Farmers and that may just be the spark he needs to get the season jump-started.

Holmes has been a a one-man, flame-throwing, golf-ball launching, grass-scorching, wrecking crew at this event. Why stop now?

They call him 'Two gloves' for a reason – he actually wears two gloves. And it's supposed to be cold in Phoenix this week.
John Hawkins

John Hawkins
Score:
612,694
 Group A:
Rickie Fowler

Group B:
Ryan Moore

Group C:
J.J. Henry

 

I can just smell that first win coming. Weird layup cost him a shot here last year.

Bad Saturday (74) killed his chances in 2010. Rarin' to go; a home game for him.

Tied for second here in 2006. A long time ago, sure, but Henry remains strong tee to green.

 

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin
Score:
1,181,884
 Group A:
Phil Mickelson

Group B:
Ryan Moore

Group C:
Billy Mayfair

 

I was tempted to go with Rickie Fowler, but Lefty had too much game last week in San Diego and will be in the hunt this week.

Vegas is the sexy pick and Moore is coming off an illness but a T-14 and T-6 the last two years shows he can handle the pressure of the elements.

He’s played here every year for the last 20 years. Here’s hoping he can find a little magic just one more time around these stomping grounds.

 


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McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

 

 

Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.