Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
NOT SINCE TIGER WOODS HAS A YOUNG PLAYER GENERATED THIS MUCH BUZZ. MEET ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING YOUNG TALENTS IN THE GAME, CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD, NEXT ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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RICH LERNER
CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD BEGAN THIS SEASON WITH NO OFFICIAL STATUS ON THE PGA TOUR. UNOFFICIALLY HIS STATUS WAS THAT OF THE HOTTEST PROSPECTS IN SOME GUY NAMED TIGER. HOW HOT? WELL WHEN HOWELL SIGNED WITH REPRESENTATIVE ROCKY HAMBRIC THE AGENT GAVE HIM 5%

OF HIS COMPANY, CALLAWAY HANDED THE YOUNGSTER WELL OVER A MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR FOR BETTER THAN FOUR YEARS. SAID TONY NAVARO, LONG TIME CADDIE FOR GREG NORMAN, THERE'S NOTHING THIS KID CAN'T DO, IT'S SCARY TO THINK ABOUT.

VETERAN ANDREW MCGEE WATCHED THE WIRY HOWELL HIT BALLS THEN PROCLAIM HE MAY HAVE THE BEST SHOULDER TURN OUT HERE. JACK NICKLAUS WAS ASKED WHO MIGHT CHALLENGE TIGER. THE ANSWER, CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD. LIKE WOODS, HOWELL GREW UP SINGLE MINDED IN HIS

PASSION FOR GOLF. THE SON OF A PEDIATRIC SURGEON FROM INTERESTINGLY, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, HOWELL WOULD GO ON TO WIN THE NCAA INDIVIDUAL TITLE IN 2000 BY A RECORD EIGHT SHOT, HIS TEAM WINNING AS WELL. HIS OKLAHOMA STATE COACH, MIKE POLDER, CALLED HOWELL THE GREATEST

PLAYER HE'S EVER HAD, AND THE COWBOYS HAVE HAD SOME GOOD ONES THROUGH THE YEARS LIKE BOB TWAY AND SCOTT VERPLANK. THIS YEAR HOWELL'S BACKED UP ALL THE TALK, FINISHING SECOND IN MILWAUKEE AND HAVING ALREADY EARNED

ENOUGH MONEY TO SECURE HIS CARD FOR 2002. HE POSSESSES WOODS LIKE LENGTH OFF THE TEE AND UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF DAVID LEADBETTER HE'S TECHNICALLY SOUND, BUT HE'S STILL LEARNING WHEN TO ATTACK. WHEN TO LAY BACK. HOW TO

BETTER CONTROL HIS DISTANCE ON SHORT IRONS. HOW TO BETTER PLAY VARIOUS SHOTS FROM AROUND THE GREEN. RECENTLY MARRIED, HOWELL'S FEET APPEAR TO BE FIRMLY PLANTED ON THE GROUND EVEN AS HIS PROFILE CONTINUES TO GROW. HE'S AS POLITE AS HE IS TALENTED,

BUT BENEATH THE HUMBLE EXTERIOR LIES A FEARLESS COMPETITOR AND WHILE HIS STATUS AT THE START OF THIS CAMPAIGN WAS IN QUESTION, YOU WOULD DENY HIS POTENTIAL FUTURE STATUS AS ONE OF THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE NEW ERA.

AND WELCOME TO GOLF TALK. RICH LERNER JOINED BY CHARLIE HOWELL. CHARLES, GREAT TO SEE YOU.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

RICH LERNER
YOU'RE AN OLD MARRIED MAN NOW.

(CHARLES AND RICH LAUGH)

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU GOT MARRIED IN JUNE, WE SAW THAT PICTURE AND CONGRATULATIONS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANK YOU.

RICH LERNER
HOW HAS MARRIED LIFE BEEN SO FAR?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH IT'S BEEN GREAT. IT'S, UH, WELL IT'S BEEN A WHIRLWIND SO FAR. WE GOT MARRIED IN MAUI AND HEADED STRAIGHT FROM THERE TO CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT FOR THE GREATER HARTFORD OPEN AND HADN'T BEEN HOME SINCE THEN.

RICH LERNER
AND NOW YOU OWE HEATHER, YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE, A HONEYMOON, BECAUSE YOU PUT THAT ON HOLD, DIDN'T YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YEAH WE PUT THAT ONE ON HOLD PROBABLY TILL DECEMBER ON HER, SO WE'VE AL... WE HAD A SIX WEEK HONEYMOON ON THE PGA TOUR.

RICH LERNER
GREW UP IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. WHY DID YOU TAKE UNTIL SEVEN YEARS OLD TO BEGIN PLAYING GOLF IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I'M REALLY NOT SURE HOW I, YOU KNOW MY FRIENDS AROUND ME PLAY A LOT OF SOCCER AND BASKET BALL AND YOU KNOW I GUESS I HAD TO BREAK TWO WRISTS AND TWO FINGERS IN BASKETBALL BEFORE I WISED UP.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. WHEN YOU BEGAN PLAYING, YOU STARTED, YOUR DAD'S BACKYARD?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, WELL MY DAD BUILT A COUPLE OF PRACTICE GREENS IN OUR BACKYARD AND A PRACTICE BUNKER AND I STARTED THERE AND THEN MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS, THEY ACTUALLY, THEY WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE THAT GOT ME STARTED AND YOU KNOW,

I STARTED WITH THE WHIFFLE BALLS AND THE 7 IRON AND THE SHORT CLUBS AND ALL THAT BUT, NO, IT'S, IT STARTED AT AGE 7 AND HASN'T SLOWED DOWN SINCE.

RICH LERNER
MMM, AND DID YOUR DAD PLAY THE GAME?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, NOT AT ALL. NO, HE'S, HE WAS A PEDIATRIC SURGEON AND YEAH MY MOM WAS A NURSE AND SO THEY REALLY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT GOLF WAS TO BE QUITE HONEST WITH YOU, MY NEIGHBORS.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND WHAT ABOUT THE GAME DREW YOU AS A SEVEN YEAR OLD, EIGHT YEAR OLD?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT. ALL THE GLORY THAT YOU GOT AND ALL THE BLAME YOU GOT AND I'M MORE OF A LONER AND AN

INDIVIDUALISTIC TYPE PERSON AND I UH, I, I LIKE THE CREDIT BUT I CAN ALSO TAKE THE BLAME AS WELL.

RICH LERNER
ANY BROTHERS OR SISTER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOUNGER BROTHER. HE'S 18 NOW.

RICH LERNER
IS HE A PLAYER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, CAN'T STAND GOLF.

(CHARLES AND RICH LAUGH)

RICH LERNER
SO REALLY YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE IN THE FAMILY

CHARLES HOWELL III
ONLY ONE IN THE FAMILY, RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
WHO SHOWED AN INCLINATION TOWARD THE GAME.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU WERE ALWAYS SINGLE MINDED IN YOUR PURSUIT. HOW EARLY DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO PURSUE GOLF AS A PROFESSION SOME DAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL IT'S GOING TO SOUND WEIRD BUT WHEN I WAS SEVEN. I, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THIS WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD I WANTED TO PLAY GOLF FOR A LIVING, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THAT THE

FIRST DAY I PLAYED IT I CAME HOME AND ASKED MY PARENTS FOR GOLF LESSONS AND YOU KNOW I THINK THEY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY. THEY DIDN'T, THEY THOUGHT HERE HE GOES AGAIN WITH ANOTHER SPORT. I WAS

PLAYING SOCCER AND BASKETBALL AT THE TIME BUT YOU KNOW WHEN I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD AND EIGHT I REALLY KNEW I WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME FOREVER.

RICH LERNER
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BEGIN HAVING SUCCESS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD I WON THE FUTURE MASTERS WHICH AT THE TIME WAS THE BIGGEST JUNIOR TOURNAMENT IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU KNOW I THINK, I THINK AT THAT AGE

WHEN I WON THAT TOURNAMENT I REALLY THOUGH I COULD DO SOMETHING AND I THOUGHT THAT YOU KNOW, I KNEW I HAD A GOD GIVEN TALENT AND FROM THEN ON IT WAS UP TO HOW MUCH I PUT INTO IT.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, YOU BEGAN SEEING DAVID LEADBETTER WHEN YOU WERE ELEVEN YEARS OLD BUT BETWEEN SEVEN AND TEN HAD YOU HAD ANY FORMAL LESSONS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
I HAD LESSONS FROM SOME TEACHERS IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, LEE HAMETT (?) WAS MY FIRST GOLF TEACHER AT A, AT A PUBLIC DRIVING RANGE IN AUGUSTA WHERE YOU COULD HIT BALLS

AT NIGHT.

RICH LERNER
SURE

CHARLES HOWELL III
THE LIGHTED RANGE YOU HIT AT THE PARK.

RICH LERNER
GREW UP AT A LIGHTED DRIVING RANGE THAT MY DAD OWNED.

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH EVERY NIGHT. YOU KNOW MY DAD AND I WERE OUT THERE AND I, MY FIRST LESSONS WERE FROM HER AND THEN I WORKED WITH AN ASSISTANT AT WESTLAKE COUNTRY CLUB NAMED GAYLA GILL FOR A WHILE AND THEN, AND THEN ONTO DAVID LEADBETTER WHEN I WAS ELEVEN, WELL HIS ACADEMY.

MY FIRST YEAR (?) I WORKED WITH SIMON HOMES AND WILL NEAL WHO WERE ASSISTANTS AT THE TIME WHEN I WAS ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND THEN I MOVED ONTO DAVID.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. YOUR FAMILY WAS A MEMBER AT AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHICH IS SITUATED WHERE IN RELATION TO THE FABLED COURSE IN THAT TOWN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH IT'S RIGHT NEXT DOOR, SO TO SPEAK. THE 9TH HOLE OF AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB BORDERS THE, THE 12TH GREEN AND THE 13TH TEE BOX OF AUGUSTA NATIONAL, SO IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH TO PEER INTO THE FENCE.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND WHEN DID YOU FIRST GO TO THE MASTERS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
MY FIRST MASTERS WHEN I WAS SEVEN. IT WAS THE 1987 MASTERS WHEN LARRY MIZE WON AND PRETTY SPECIAL.

RICH LERNER
AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, LARRY MIZE, LIKE YOU, GREW UP IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, RIGHT I HOPE THAT PROVES TO BE A GOOD SENSE OF IRONY THERE BUT NO THAT WAS A, THAT WAS MY FIRST MASTERS AND BEING HIM FROM AUGUSTA WINNING IT, IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL TO WATCH THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE MASTERS PRETTY MUCH EVERY YEAR SINCE THEN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
EVERY YEAR FROM '87 UNTIL COACH HOLDRIC CONVINCED ME TO GO TO OKLAHOMA STATE, AND, I DIDN'T GET TO GO TILL WHEN I WAS OUT OF SCHOOL BUT EVERY YEAR FROM '87 UNTIL I WENT TO SCHOOL.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. WHICH MASTERS STANDS OUT MOST TO YOU WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE ONES THAT YOU HAVE SEEN WITH YOUR OWN TWO EYES IN PERSON?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I'D HAVE TO SAY THE '96 MASTERS WHEN NICK FALDO BEAT GREG NORMAN. THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE THERE. I COULDN'T, YOU KNOW THE ONE WHEN LARRY MIZE

WON AND CHIPPED IN THAT MEANT A LOT BUT WHEN GREG, WHEN GREG LOST THAT IT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS, THAT TORE MY HEART OUT BECAUSE I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT AND YOU KNOW, THAT MASTERS RIGHT THERE SHOWS YOU WHAT KIND OF GAME THIS IS, THAT IT'S A,

IT'S AN UNBELIEVABLE MASTERS. IT'S, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND, I MEAN IT'S, YOU KNOW IT'S THE GAME OF GOLF.

RICH LERNER
WHAT, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED ON THAT DAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW. IT'S UH, IT SHOWS YOU HOW THIS GAME IS AND HOW MUCH MENTAL IT IS AND YOU KNOW GREG IS THIS UNBELIEVABLY TOUGH COMPETITOR AND SO WAS NICK FALDO AND I MEAN IT JUST SHOWS

YOU HOW WHEN MOMENTUM STARTS GOING ONE WAY IT, IT CAN GET OUT OF HAND.

RICH LERNER
OBVIOUSLY THE MASTERS REMAINS A DREAM FOR YOU

CHARLES HOWELL III
SURE

RICH LERNER
TO WIN THAT SOME DAY.

CHARLES HOWELL III
SURE

RICH LERNER
I KNOW YOU, IN, IN, IN PAST INTERVIEWS YOU WOULD NOT ARTICULATE ANY PARTICULAR DESIRE TO WIN ANY TOURNAMENT

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
THAT THAT IS A GIVEN BECAUSE

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE YOU, YOU WANT TO BE THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, BUT THE MASTERS YOU'RE WILLING TO GO ON RECORD AS SAYING YES

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH NO I UH

RICH LERNER
THAT'S WHAT I WANT

CHARLES HOWELL III
I'VE JOKED AROUND AND SAID IF I WIN THE MASTERS I'LL RETIRE

THE DAY AFTER

RICH LERNER
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CHARLES HOWELL III
BUT, NO THE MASTERS THAT, THAT'D MEAN MORE TO ME THAN ANYTHING. I HAVE TO WIN THERE. I MEAN THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE GROWING UP IN AUGUSTA AND ALL THE,

MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WATCHED ME GROW UP AND YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE THAT SAID I COULD MAKE IT AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE THAT SAID I COULDN'T MAKE IT.

RICH LERNER
THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO SAID YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH SURE, I MEAN I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS, I'M, I'M NO BIG PHYSICAL SPECIMEN NOW, BUT WHEN I WAS TEN, ELEVEN YEARS OLD, HE'S TOO SMALL, HE CAN'T HIT IT FAR ENOUGH AND ALL THOSE (?).

RICH LERNER
WELL YOU, YOU WERE ABOUT WHAT, A BUCK TWENTY UNTIL YOU WERE MAYBE 17, 18 YEARS OLD AND BEFORE YOU STARTED LIFTING WEIGHTS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, THAT, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT RIGHT. I WAS, WHEN I ENTERED SCHOOL I WAS 135 POUNDS, I DO KNOW THAT FOR SURE.

RICH LERNER
SO PEOPLE MUST HAVE LOOKED AT YOU AND SAID, WHO'S THIS GUY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH YEAH, OH I, I GOT A LOT OF THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND THEN THEY WATCH YOU HIT A BALL ABOUT 325 YARDS AND THEY GO OH THAT'S WHO HE IS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT. WE'RE TALKING WITH CHARLES HOWELL. WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HIS WORK WITH DAVID LEADBETTER. WHAT GOES INTO THE MAKING OF A GREAT YOUNG GOLFING STAR AND HE MENTIONED HIS VICTORY AT THE FUTURE MASTERS. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A

QUICK LOOK AS WE HEAD TO BREAK AT CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD WHEN HE WAS A MERE LAD OF TEN YEARS OF AGE. A GOLF PRODIGY IN THE MAKING. STAY WITH US. WE'RE BACK WITH CHARLIE IN JUST A MOMENT.

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Monday Scramble: Just getting started

By Will GrayJanuary 22, 2018, 4:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood dazzles, Jon Rahm outlasts, Phil Mickelson falters, Rory McIlroy starts the year on the right foot and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble:

He didn't hit a single shot on Sunday, but the biggest winner of the weekend may have been Thomas Bjorn.

That's because the burly Dane watched one potential European Ryder Cup stud after another either lift a trophy or show significant signs of promise.

First it was Sergio Garcia cruising to victory in Singapore, then Tommy Fleetwood's stirring rally in Abu Dhabi. By the time Jon Rahm finished off the CareerBuilder Challenge in the waning daylight, the European skipper likely had a grin plastered from ear to ear.

There will be countless ebbs and flows of momentum before the first shot is struck at Le Golf National, but this week proved once again that the Americans won't be the only ones sporting some serious depth at the biennial matches.


1. The most dazzling display Sunday came from Fleetwood, who successfully defended his title in Abu Dhabi thanks to an absolutely unconscious back nine.

The Englishman was five shots back when he made the turn, but six birdies over his final nine holes turned that deficit into a two-shot win.

It was in Abu Dhabi last year that he sparked a career turnaround, winning the event en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. He turned up once again this year with ample confidence and a new wedding ring, and the results were much the same.

He doesn't have the star power of some of his contemporaries, but it's becoming increasingly clear that Fleetwood can more than hold his own against even the best in the game.

2. Hours before Fleetwood caught fire, it was Garcia rolling to a five-shot win in Singapore to complete the transition from tournament headliner to tournament champion.

Garcia was just days removed from his 38th birthday and making his first start with a full bag of Callaway clubs. But he showed no signs of offseason rust or equipment adjustment while capturing his second worldwide win since slipping into his green jacket.

The Spaniard has certainly enjoyed the fruits of his Masters victory nine months ago, but it's apparent that he has no plans to rest on the laurels of last spring.



3. He didn't leave Abu Dhabi with the trophy, but McIlroy may have found something more lasting: confidence.

It was in his first start last year that McIlroy injured his rib and plummeted into a vicious cycle of attempted rehabs and ill-fated comebacks. This time around, he came out of the gates with a relaxed swagger en route to a tie for third.

As Ryan Lavner wrote, it was an ideal beginning to a big year for McIlroy, who has already offered up the notion that 2018 could be the busiest season of his career as he chases the final leg of the career Grand Slam and a return to golf's upper echelon.

After the first leg of a two-week stay in the Middle East, that plan is off to a promising start.

4. Let's take a moment to marvel at McIlroy's record in Abu Dhabi, where he has done everything but win the tournament.

In his last nine appearances, McIlroy has finished fifth or better eight times. That stretch includes four runner-up results and now two straight T-3 finishes.

There remain two equally remarkable factors to McIlroy's run: the fact that he somehow hasn't managed to lift the trophy (yet), and the lone outlier: a missed cut in 2013 after his celebrated switch to Nike.



5. With darkness rapidly encircling the Coachella Valley, Rahm managed to shake off Andrew Landry and capture his second career PGA Tour victory.

Rahm's 20-foot birdie on the fourth playoff hole proved the difference in Palm Springs, where he entered as the highest-ranked player in the field and supported that status with his stout play.

Rahm barely took his foot off the gas, both across the difficult closing stretch at PGA West and during the playoff when he sent one approach after the next hurtling toward the pin. It's the fourth worldwide win in less than a year for Rahm, who continues to outpace even the rosiest of projections for his burgeoning career.

6. The win moves Rahm past Jordan Spieth to world No. 2, making him the fourth-youngest player to ever reach such heights.

One year ago, the Spaniard was ranked 137th in the world. His win at the Farmers Insurance Open the following week altered his trajectory, and he now finds himself only one rung away from the top of the ladder.

While so much focus has been (deservedly) heaped upon players like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, perhaps it's Rahm who has the best chance to eventually unseat world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. He'll have a chance to chip into that deficit this week as he defends his title at Torrey Pines.



7. Speaking of Torrey Pines, it's officially Farmers Insurance Open week which means that Tiger Woods watch is about to kick off in earnest.

It's something of a tradition to see Woods strolling the fairways of the South Course, where he has won eight times including the 2008 U.S. Open. But this week will bring heightened expectation following Woods' better-than-anticipated return from injury last month at the Hero World Challenge.

Granted, Torrey Pines is a far cry from the forgiving fairways of Albany. But if Woods is able to put together two solid rounds and make the cut, it should be seen as a step in the right direction.

Of course, for all of Woods' success in San Diego, it's also the place where he struggled with chipping yips prior to a withdrawal in 2015 and missed the cut last year in his final official PGA Tour start of the year. So his results this time around might be anyone's guess.

Ken Duke is one of the bona fide nice guys on Tour, and he proved it this weekend in Palm Springs.

Duke is playing off past champion status this season, and he unsuccessfully petitioned tournament officials at the CareerBuilder Challenge for a sponsor invite. With 156 players in the field, Duke was the odd man out at No. 157 and relegated to first alternate status.

He didn't get into the tournament proper, but Duke was willing to step in when Corey Pavin's first Tour start since 2015 ended with a withdrawal after just 17 holes. Because of the tournament's pro-am format, Pavin's amateur partner was left without a pro for the next two rounds.

So in came Duke to play what amounted to a 36-hole pro-am, an effort of good faith to help an event that couldn't find room for him at the start of the week:

It's not often you see a pro compete where his score only counts for his amateur partner. But such was Duke's situation this week, and kudos to him for handling it with class.

This week's award winners ...


Unusually Short Stay: Phil Mickelson. Lefty has become a regular in Palm Springs, but three shaky rounds left him with his first missed cut in this event since 1994 - a few months before Rahm was born.

Nice Job, Kid: Sungjae Im. The 19-year-old Korean joined Jason Day as the only two teenagers to win on the Web.com Tour, as Im shot a final-round 65 to win the season opener in the Bahamas.

A for Effort: Andrew Landry. Landry put up a stellar fight in Palm Springs, holing a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff and going shot-for-shot with Rahm for nearly an hour. He came up short in his effort to win for the first time, but Landry certainly has plenty of positive takeaways from his week in the desert.



On the Disabled List: Brooks Koepka. The reigning U.S. Open champ is out for the next couple months because of a torn ligament in his wrist, with hopes of returning before the Masters. The diagnosis comes after Koepka finished last at both the Hero World Challenge and Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Still the Bridesmaid: Ross Fisher. The Englishman now has 14 runner-up finishes on the European Tour after he coughed up a late lead to Fleetwood. It's been a resurgent year for Fisher, including nine top-10s and three runner-ups in his last six starts. But he's still looking for his first win in nearly four years.

More Euro Momentum: Not to be outshone by Fleetwood and McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick (T-3) and Thomas Pieters (T-5) both started the year on the right foot in Abu Dhabi. Both men were at Hazeltine two years ago, and expect one (or both) to factor on the team in Paris this fall.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Bill Haas. A two-time winner and the all-time leading money-winner in Palm Springs, Haas never factored and eventually missed the cut. Honorable mention here goes to 2014 champ Patrick Reed who also stayed home on Sunday.

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Rosaforte Report: Landry's grit born in a Pea Patch

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 22, 2018, 3:40 pm

In this week's Rosaforte Report: The birthplace of Andrew Landry's grit, Tiger's former coach invites instruction debate, downtime may be good for Brooks Koepka, Stacy Lewis is amped for 2018, and a "very boring" birthday gift for Jack Nicklaus.

The beauty and drama of tournament golf played out in the California desert on Sunday when Andrew Landry, a journeyman who learned the game on a shabby nine-hole course called the Pea Patch in Port Groves, Texas, took the hottest young player in the game, Jon Rahm, to four holes of a sudden death playoff before finally succumbing. It was riveting drama in a yard-for-yard, stride-for-stride and putt-for-putt contrast that ended with the sun setting over the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With it, the 23-year-old Rahm went to No. 2 in the world and the 30-year-old Landry, a grinder finally off the Web.com Tour, moved from 184th to a career high 102nd in the world ranking.

The 5-foot-7 Landry, who had his “Tin Cup” moment in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he held the first-round lead and hung with the big boys until a T-15 finish, never backed off in the shadow of the 6-foot-2 Rahm, just as he never backed away from bets in the Tuesday and Saturday games at the Pea Patch. That’s where he would write his name on the chalkboard for the “Dog Fights” that were the club’s version of the SWAT competition that is an Oakmont tradition.

“Those money games are what made us,” Andrew’s brother, Adam, told me the day his sibling became the proverbial no-name leader after shooting the lowest opening round (66) in U.S. Open-Oakmont history.

Andrew Landry lost his money game to Rahm, but his second-place finish still paid out $637,200, putting him over the $1 million mark for the season, and sending him off to the Farmers Insurance Open with a message that this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from him.

“We’ll take it and move on to Torrey Pines,” Landry said before exiting Palm Springs. “It’s obviously a great course for me. I’m driving the ball really well and I’m doing everything really good, so we’ll try again next week.”



GREAT(S) DEBATES: Chris Como may not be Tiger Woods’ teacher anymore, but he was recently appointed director of instruction at Dallas National, one of the plush practice environments in golf. He is also architect of an interesting forum on the mental game and the philosophy of instruction Tuesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., which features Claude Harmon III, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Mike Adams, Fran Pirozzolo, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon and Brandel Chamblee.

“It’s an event that invited open dialog and debate about all the topics of golf instruction,” Como said in a text message. “The goal is to put a bunch of smart people in the same room together to move our industry forward in a positive direction.”

This should be entertaining dialog, especially coming two days before Tiger makes his comeback at the Farmers.


Stacy Lewis at the 2017 LPGA Cambia Portland Classic


STACY'S SPARK: On the week when she was named winner of the Ben Hogan Award for overcoming scoliosis, Stacy Lewis did what Hogan epitomized – she doggedly continued to work on her game.

Heading into her 10th season on the LPGA tour and facing her 33rd birthday on Feb. 16, Lewis flew from Houston to Florida, on her way to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, for checkups with instructor Joe Hallett and performance coach Dave Donatucci.

After workouts and an evaluation at his gym, Donatucci noted the veteran’s vertical leap was 2 inches higher than she’s ever jumped before. “Physically, she’s in a great place,” Donatucci said. Mentally, she is in a great place as well, breaking a 39-month winless streak in September with a victory in the Cambia Portland Classic. After playing lessons at Old Palm and The Floridian, Hallet told me, “There’s an energy there that she’s always had.”

Other than Cristie Kerr, who is 40, the top 10 players in the Race to the CME Globe were all in their 20s. Lewis, who was 13th, told the Houston Chronicle she played some of her best golf the last six to seven tournaments of 2017. “Honestly it doesn’t feel like that start to a new year,” she said. “It just feels like a little bit of a break and I’m starting up again.”



KOEPKA'S HEALING TIME: Claude Harmon III had an interesting take on the torn wrist tendon that will sidelineU.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka until the Masters. “To be honest, the time off for the injury part of it doesn’t worry me,” Harmon said, using last year as his point of reference.

Looking back to the start of 2017, Koepka missed cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, was T-42 as defending champion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, missed cuts at the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, finished T-48 in the no-cut WGC Mexico Championship, and didn’t play on the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Three months later, Koepka overpowered Erin Hills and tied Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open scoring record of 16 under par. Harmon used McIlroy’s third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in his return “as something to look at and emulate.”

The hard part is that Koepka closed out the 2017 season with a second-place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and a nine-stroke win over Xander Schauffele in the Dunlop Phoenix, rising to a career high seventh in the world. But between cardio at Joey D’s gym and putting practice (once he gets doctor’s clearance), Harmon doesn’t think Koepka will look at the next three months as down time.



BIG-TIME PERFORMER: Thomas Pieters was back in the top-five of a premier tournament again, finishing T-5 in Abu Dhabi after a run of nine events at the end of 2017 that did not match the first eight months of his rookie year.

Coming off a Ryder Cup performance in 2016 that set European records for most points (4) and wins (4) by a rookie, Pieters was T-2 at the Genesis Open, T-5 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, T-4 at the Masters and solo fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In a news conference after his opening-round 67, Pieters admitted it was nice having fun again and attributed the lack of enjoyment to some struggles he was having off the golf course.

“With a lot of players these days, it’s more off the course than on the course; life in general sometimes causes problems,” swing instructor Pete Cowen told me Monday morning from Dubai, without getting into specifics. “Pieters is looking a lot better. I think he’s now in a great frame of mind.”

After winning the NCAA Championship as a sophomore for Illinois in 2012, the now 25-year-old Belgian is 34th in the world, 33 spots behind his goal.

“Tom Pieters doesn’t want to be a superstar, he just wants to be the best player,” Cowen said. “That’s what drives him … what I like about him. He wants to be the best, and will do whatever it takes to be the best.”



GIFT OF LOVE: What do you give a man that has everything for his 78th birthday? For Barbara Nicklaus it was classified in a text message with a smiley face emoji as a “Very boring!!!!!” gift of two pairs of pants and a shirt.

As you can see from the above photo, just being together with his family and bride of 57 years at The Bears Club was enough.

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Golf Channel to Deliver Worldwide Coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, "The Major of Golf Business," Tueday-Friday, Jan. 23-26

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 22, 2018, 2:45 pm

Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider Access to the PGA Show with Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage; Golf Channel’s School of Golf Instruction Program to Originate From On-Site

Golf Channel’s Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands – GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy, Revolution Golf and World Long Drive On-Site at the PGA Show Contributing to the Network’s Comprehensive Coverage

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Golf Channel announced plans for its comprehensive coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show – the largest golf convention and business gathering in the world – with nearly 20 hours of news and instruction coverage Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Jan. 26. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across the four days, beginning Tuesday with the “PGA Show Demo Day” from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., and continuing Wednesday-Friday at the PGA Merchandise Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

With an insider look at the PGA Merchandise Show – a golf industry event that is not open to the public – Golf Channel’s coverage via Morning Drive and Golf Central will be delivered to a worldwide audience in more than 36 countries. Coverage will provide viewers live interviews with industry leaders, professional golfers from the world’s major tours, PGA of America members and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2018 from some of the nearly 1,100 golf brands exhibiting on-site.

PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 23-26 (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday

Morning Drive

7-11 a.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

School of Golf

8-9 p.m.

 

Wednesday

Morning Drive

7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Wednesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

 

BROADCAST TEAM

Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air personalities from the network’s news division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the PGA Show Floor will include Matt Adams, Cara Banks, Lisa Cornwell, Matt Ginella, Damon Hack, Bailey Mosier and Gary Williams.

DIGITAL & STREAMING COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show on-air coverage will be available to stream via Golf Channel Digital Tuesday-Friday. Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available throughout the week, with contributions from writers Jay Coffin and Will Gray. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will host Golf Channel’s digital and social media coverage throughout the week.

PGA SHOW DEMO DAY COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” will begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. ET with Morning Drive airing live and on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment from the expansive driving range at Orange County National. Rymer and Thompson will host Morning Drive on-site, featuring interviews and product demonstrations.

PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW FLOOR COVERAGE

Coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 24-26 to give viewers an all-access tour of the PGA Show. Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the PGA Show Floor. Coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the PGA Show Floor, with three set configurations for interviews, along with a putting green and a golf simulator for product demonstrations. Golf Channel also will feature a “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show Floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of the vast floor and the exhibitors. New for 2018 will be a “Jib Cart,” a mobile cart with a camera jib affixed allowing high shots of the booths throughout the Show Floor.

SCHOOL OF GOLF KICKS OFF EIGHTH SEASON WITH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM DEMO DAY

School of Golf, Golf Channel’s signature instruction program that airs on Tuesday nights, will kick off its eighth season with a one-hour special at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, airing in primetime from 8-9 p.m. ET. Originating from the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth on the Orange County National driving range and hosted by Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal, the show will include special guests and interactions with a live audience.

GOLF CHANNEL’S PORTFOLIO OF LIFESTYLE BRANDS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

In addition to Golf Channel’s on-air and digital coverage, the network’s lifestyle brands – GolfNow, World Long Drive, Golf Channel Academy and Revolution Golf will showcase their services at the PGA Show with special clinics, product demonstrations and on-site activations.

GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173

GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about innovations and services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Business experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that saves course operators from 6-35 percent on items they buy day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.

WORLD LONG DRIVE BRACKET CHALLENGE

Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, World Long Drive competitors will be at the PGA Show to compete in a World Long Drive Bracket Challenge. Hosted by Golf Channel’s social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin and airing live via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live, the competition will take place at Golf Channel’s simulator on the Show Floor featuring eight men and four women, including World No. 2 Ryan Reisbeck, No. 3 Maurice Allen, No. 5 Trent Scruggs and 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Women’s Champion Sandra Carlborg.

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTION

Wednesday-Friday, Golf Channel Academy coaches will provide on-site instruction clinics at Golf Channel’s simulator set on the Show Floor. Wednesday’s clinics will feature driving, full swing, wedge play and putting clinics. Thursday’s clinic will include the full swing and Friday’s clinic will feature the short game, all streamed live via Golf Channel Academy’s Facebook page.

REVOLUTION GOLF TO SHOOT DIGITAL INSTRUCTION SEGMENTS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

Revolution Golf, the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce will have a significant presence at the PGA Show. Golf Channel’s newest digital acquisition, Revolution Golf will be shooting digital segments at Demo Day and throughout the PGA Show Floor, including segments with its team of instructors.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974