Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 10, 1997, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

WHAT A TIME IT WAS. THE 1960'S, ARNIE AND JACK, GARY AND BILLY. CHI CHI STILL FOUND A WAY TO WIN AGAINST FOUR OF THE GREATEST TO EVER PLAY THE GAME. HE FOUND A WAY TO BECOME A BRILLIANT STROKE PLAYER. HE PLAYED WEDGES AS WELL AS ANYONE OF HIS ERA. HIS BUNKER PLAY WAS SENSATIONAL. HE TURNED 5'S INTO 4'S AND 4'S INTO 3'S WITH STUNNING REGULARITY. HE ALSO PROVIDED A NEEDED SENSE OF LEVITY, OF ENTERTAINMENT, OF SHOWMANSHIP. HE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY IN LIFE TO GET IT DONE, EVEN AGAINST ARNIE AND JACK AND GARY AND BILLY.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT ROBERTO CLEMENTE AND JOSH GIBSON MADE ME THINK DURING THE BREAK THAT IN THE VERY EARLY 60'S, AND OF COURSE YOU JOINED THE TOUR IN '60, WAS THE TIME THAT CHARLIE SIFFORD BROKE THE CAUCASIAN ONLY CODE IN 1962. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION, GIVEN WHERE YOU CAME FROM, TO THAT WHOLE TIME AND WHAT CHARLIE WAS TRYING TO DO?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL IN, IN, IN... I NEVER, YOU KNOW IN PUERTO RICO WE DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM. WE'RE ALL THE SAME. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. SO I NEVER KNEW WHAT, WHAT IT MEANT TO, I WAS A PGA MEMBER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT, WHY I WAS A PGA MEM... I'M, I'M A PUERTO RICAN BUT UH I, I, I DIDN'T KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT RACISM WAS. I REALLY DON'T UH I WENT IN THE ARMY WHEN I WAS 19 UH I, I NEVER KNEW THAT STUFF LIKE THAT HAPPENED. YOU KNOW I WAS BROUGHT UP WHERE EVERYBODY WAS THE SAME SO BUT I THINK CHARLIE SIFFORD IS THE, THE BIGGEST LEGEND THAT GOLF EVER HAD.

PETER KESSLER

WHY?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO UH TO SPEND ALL YOUR LIFE ACCOMPLISHING GREAT THINGS LIKE HE DID AND YOU KNOW THE BIGGEST THRILL THAT ANY PROFESSIONAL CAN HAVE IS TO PLAY THE MASTERS. I WOULD LOVE TO PLAY THE MASTERS ONE MORE TIME, I'M NOT GOING TO QUALIFY FOR IT BUT CHARLIE NEVER PLAYED THE MASTERS. HE NEVER WALKED THOSE FAIRWAYS LIKE TIGER WOODS AND LEE ELDER DID AND UH AND UH OTHER, OTHER PLAYERS, AF.. AFRICAN AMERICANS UH. THEY NEVER, HE, CHARLIE NEVER WALKED THOSE FAIRWAYS. IMAGINE TO WALK THE FAIRWAYS AT AUGUSTA IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THRILL. IT'S LIKE, IT'S LIKE HITTING THE GRAND SLAM. IT'S LIKE WATCHING BABE RUTH HIT. BABE RUTH WAS MY IDOL. I MEAN BABE RUTH COULD HIT MAN. BABE RUTH, ONE YEAR HE HIT MORE HOME RUNS THAN ANY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. THEY TALK ABOUT GREAT HITTERS, TED WILLIAMS AND ALL THESE GUYS. BABE RUTH WAS THE GREATEST HITTER OF ALL TIME. 342 LIFE TIME BATTING AVERAGE AND CHARLIE WOULD HAVE FELT JUST LIKE BABE RUTH FELT WHEN HE TOLD THAT KID IN THAT HOSPITAL `KID PUT THE RADIO ON. TURN THE GAME ON. I'M GOING TO HIT THIS BALL OVER', THAT KID WAS VERY SICK YOU KNOW AND BABE RUTH SAYS `I'M GOING TO HIT IT OUT FOR YOU AND HE POINTED IT OUT AND HE GAVE THE PITCHER TWO STRIKES. I STILL CRY WHEN I SEE THAT SCENE AND THEN HE POINTED IT OUT AND HE HIT THE BALL OUT AND THAT KID GOT WELL.

PETER KESSLER

IS ARNOLD PALMER THE BABE RUTH OF GOLF?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ARNOLD PALMER, IS UH HE'S MORE THAN THAT. ARNOLD PALMER IS THE KING OF GOLF. ARNOLD PALMER WAS THE ROCKY MARCIANO... OF GOLF. ROCKY CAME INTO BOXING, YOU KNOW, AND MADE IT A REAL INTERESTING THING. MOHAMMED ALLI CAME IN AND REALLY GAVE IT A LIFT. ARNOLD PALMER'S THE, EVERYBODY THAT PLAYS GOLF AND MAKES ALL THE MONEY THAT THEY MAKE NOW SHOULD KISS THE FOOTSTEPS OF ARNOLD PALMER BECAUSE ARNIE WAS THE MAN THAT BROUGHT UP THE PURSES. HIM AND DEAN BEAMAN. DEAN BEAMAN, SOME OF THE PROS TALK BAD ABOUT DEAN BEAMAN. DEAN BEAMAN DID MORE FOR GOLF, BESIDES ARNOLD PALMER THAN ANYBODY.

PETER KESSLER

BECAUSE HE GOT THE PURSES GOING AND MADE SURE THAT, THAT THE PEOPLE BEYOND JUST THE SUPER STARS COULD MAKE A LIVING. IS THAT THE SENSE THAT YOU MEAN IT IN?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. HE WAS LIKE A PROMOTER. LIKE DON KING IS IN BOXING. YOU KNOW THEY CAN TALK, WHATEVER THEY SAY ABOUT HIM, HE PUTS GREAT SHOWS, THEY MAKE GREAT MONEY, THE BOXERS MAKE GREAT MONEY BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE DON KING AND BOB AIRO (???).

PETER KESSLER

NOW SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT DEAN BEAMAN DID SOMETHING THAT HE OUGHT NOT TO HAVE DONE WHICH WAS CHAMPIONING THE CAUSE OF THE MARGINAL PLAYER BY ALLOWING TOO MANY PLAYERS TO BECOME EXEMPT FOR THE NEXT YEAR, BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, LET'S LET OUR VIEWERS PARTICIPATE. I JUST WANTED TO THROW THAT ONE AT YOU AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO VITO IN NEW YORK. HELLO VITO.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

HI YA PETER HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER

VERY WELL SIR, AND YOU?

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

I'M SO GLAD I GOT THROUGH.

PETER KESSLER

SO GLAD YOU GOT THROUGH TOO THEN.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

CHI CHI HI HOW ARE YOU?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

BON ASERE (???) VITO.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

CHI CHI WE WERE AT THE NORTHVILLE THIS YEAR. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REM.... YOU SHOULD REMEMBER, MY SON STEVEN MET YOU ON THE 7TH UH GREEN UM HE'S UH PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED, HE'S MISSING A LEFT HAND AND YOU SAID MEET US AT THE 10TH AFTER THE ROUND AND WE WENT, MET YOU THERE AMONGST ALL THE KIDS AND YOU, WE LOOKED AT, YOU, YOU SAW MY SON, YOU AUTOGRAPHED THE, YOUR UH GLOVE THAT YOU WERE WEARING AND YOU GAVE IT TO HIM. I JUST CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH THAT MADE HIS DAY AND MY LITTLE SON PLAYS GOLF ALL THE TIME. HITS THE BALL 150 YARDS. I WISH I COULD HIT IT AS STRAIGHT AS HE DOES AND I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT A GREAT INSPIRATION YOU ARE AND HE'S RIGHT HERE, HE'S 9 YEARS OLD AND HE WANTS TO THANK YOU AND I'M JUST SO GLAD I WAS ABLE TO GET THROUGH TO YOU.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THANK YOU VITO AND I, I

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

DO YOU REMEMBER CHICH? I KNOW YOU SEE THOUSANDS OF KIDS AND YOUR SO HELPFUL BUT, IT WAS AT THE NORTHVILLE HERE ON LONG ISLAND.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL VITO I, I USUALLY DON'T REMEMBER STUFF THAT I DO BUT I, I'M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING, I GAVE THAT KID MY GLOVE

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

YUP

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

BUT THAT KID, THAT KID GAVE ME HIS HEART.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

HE SURE DID

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THAT'S A GREAT TRADE FOR ME.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

OH MAN. CAN I ASK, CAN I HAVE HIM THANK YOU? HE'S RIGHT HERE.

PETER KESSLER

ABSOLUTELY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ABSOLUTELY.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER

PLEASE DO.

VITO - CALLER FROM NEW YORK

HOLD ON CHICH

VITO'S SON:

THANK YOU CHI CHI

PETER KESSLER

AW.... WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

STEVEN - VITO'S SON

STEVEN

PETER KESSLER

HOW YOU DOING STEVEN?

STEVEN - VITO'S SON

GOOD.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHI CHI?

STEVEN - VITO'S SON

HE'S GREAT!

PETER KESSLER

TELL

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

(?????)

PETER KESSLER

GO AHEAD CHICH

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

STEVE I, I, I LOVE YOU AND YOU'RE A GOOD YOUNG MAN AND UH UH I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU AND REMEMBER UH IN ITALIAN BUENO FORTUNA PISAN.

PETER KESSLER

TELL HIM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OVERCOMING THE HARDSHIPS OF LIFE THAT EVERYBODY DOESN'T GET EVERYTHING TO BEGIN WITH. HE INCLUDED. WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE DO YOU NEED TO PERSEVERE, TO OVERCOME LIFE'S OBSTACLES, CHI CHI?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL I BELIEVE THAT UH THAT WHEN YOU'RE BORN WITH NOTHING YOU WORK HARDER AND WHEN YOU WORK HARDER YOU BECOME STRONGER. SEE? LIFE IS FUNNY. WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU'RE POOR AND YOU CAN'T AFFORD NO FOOD YOU EAT ALL THE FOOD YOU CAN, THEN YOU FINALLY CAN AFFORD FOOD AND THEN THEY PUT YOU ON DIETS. THEY TELL YOU NOT TO EAT THAT FOOD. IT'S BAD FOR YOU. WELL THE SAME THING HAPPENS WITH LIFE. YOU WORK HARDER, YOU RELAX ABOUT IT AND, AND GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT BECAUSE I TELL YOU IF YOU GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT YOU WILL NEVER LOSE IN ANYTHING THAT YOU DO. YOU'RE A LOSER WHEN YOU GIVE UP. SOMEBODY ELSE MIGHT BEAT YOU BECAUSE THEY MIGHT DO BETTER BUT YOU NEVER LOSE. GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT. GO TO SCHOOL. GET A DIPLOMA. THEY CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR CITIZENSHIP, THEY CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR DIGNITY, THEY CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR MONEY. THEY CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY YOUR DIPLOMA. GO TO SCHOOL AND I'LL SEE YOU IN LONG ISLAND NEXT YEAR. I'LL BE THERE.

PETER KESSLER

AS WE, AS WE LEAVE FOR A MOMENT LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOMETHING THAT SOMETIMES YOU DO HAVE AND SOMETIMES YOU DON'T HAVE WHICH IS YOUR PUTTING STROKE. WE'LL GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT JACK NICKLAUS HAD TO SAY TO YOU MANY YEARS AGO AS YOU TOOK A LESSON FROM HIM. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT.

JACK NICKLAUS

DON'T YOU THINK THIS SHOULD BE OVER A LITTLE BIT MORE THIS WAY AND THIS SHOULD BE UNDER A LITTLE BIT MORE THIS WAY. ISN'T THAT... ISN'T THAT MUCH BETTER? HUH?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING? IT MAKES YOU KEEP YOUR ELBOWS TOGETHER. I WAS THINKING IT'S A GOOD IDEA BUT

JACK NICKLAUS

OF COURSE YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE THE KNEES TOGETHER TOO.
CHICH... MY LEFT EYE RIGHT?
CHI CHI I THINK YOU'RE READY.
THEY'RE JUST CALLING YOU TO THE FIRST TEE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

OH THANK YOU

JACK NICKLAUS

GOOD LUCK GUY

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

JACK NICKLAUS

GOOD LUCK TO YOU

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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
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.