AFR: Following Bishop gaffe, let's all step back

By Al Tays, Randall Mell, Rex HoggardOctober 27, 2014, 1:00 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on further examination of the Ted Bishop "little girl" gaffe, a woman who wasn't afraid to speak her mind after about growing the game and an overly robust PGA Tour schedule that constantly creates scheduling issues.

I think about Ted Bishop, but I keep hearing Rodney King. To paraphrase: "Can't we all just take a step back?" This country has been sharply divided for a long time now, and the two sides aren't likely to come together anytime soon. The Bishop case is a microcosm of those divisions - the "political correctness run amok" crowd vs. the "stop insulting entire groups of people" crowd.

So how about we all take a step back and take a good, objective look at ourselves as well as our opponents? To the PGA of America, dismissing Bishop was one thing, but was it really necessary to wipe his name off the roster of past presidents, pretending he never existed? Was his crime that heinous? To those who felt Bishop deserved whatever punishment he got (and much of the media is a big part of this group), do you really think his intent in that stupid tweet was to demean an entire gender? Shouldn't his history of inclusiveness count for something? Where should we draw the line on the things we say? Should I turn myself in for re-education because I have, on many, many occasions, uttered the phrase "Hit it, Alice"? Finally, to the people who repeatedly complain about what they see as an overly PC-conscious society, is the right to insult anyone you want, whenever you want, without fear of reprisal, really a noble cause? Is it more important than the right of people to have some dignity? Maybe these questions won't cause anyone to change their mind. But they're worth asking. And they're better than just going on the Internet and calling people idiots. - Al Tays

Suzy Whaley was the strong voice among women stepping up to lay out exactly why Ted Bishop had to go as president of the PGA of America, even if there was just a month remaining in his term. She, more than anyone else, laid out exactly how Bishop betrayed the association’s cause in growing the game, how the attitude even more than the words, threatened to undermine the programs she helps lead in taking the game to places where women and minorities haven’t felt welcome. You might not have liked what Whaley had to say, but she has more stake in Bishop’s leadership than most everyone attacking her opinion. She has more sensitivity to golf leadership’s long reach as a woman devoted to bringing women and minorities into the game. Her voice matters, and there’s something to admire in her stepping into the fray knowing the vitriol awaiting. Bishop's failure wasn't a slip of the tongue in an interview. It was clumsiness greater than that, clumsiness in going after a European Ryder Cupper in a calculated way that threatened other people's good work. - Randall Mell

While there are no easy answers for PGA Tour planners when piecing together a schedule that spans two calendars and four continents, it may be time to reevaluate the fall portion of the circuit’s line up. After four perfect days at Sea Island Resort for this week’s McGladrey Classic the conversation turned to next year’s dates for the coastal Georgia stop. The event will be played the week before Thanksgiving in November and it almost seems inevitable that the weather won’t be as accommodating. That date, however, was better than the alternative, the week after the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Nearly every event has to deal with scheduling issues, but it seems time for the Tour to help alleviate some of those concerns. - Rex Hoggard

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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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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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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.