Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 3

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

WELCOME BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE. WE'RE ON OUR ACADEMY LIVE SET BECAUSE ONE OF THE GREATEST SHORT GAME PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME HAPPENS TO BE WITH US TONIGHT AND BY THE WAY I WAS REMISS IN NOT WISHING YOU A HAPPY HEALTHY BIRTHDAY SIR.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT BECAUSE US RECREATIONAL PLAYERS CLEARLY ARE THINKING THE WRONG THINGS OVER PARTIAL SHOTS INSIDE OF 100 YARDS WITH YOUR PITCHING WEDGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL FIRST OF ALL PETER, 70 % OF ALL SHOTS HIT IN GOLF ARE HIT FROM 100 YARDS IN. THOSE ARE THE SHOTS THAT PEOPLE DON'T PRACTICE... SO I PRACTICE UH WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN I USED TO PRACTICE FROM 100 YARDS IN, THREE, FOUR HOURS EVERY DAY UNTIL MY HANDS BLED, SO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN WEDGE SHOTS, LIKE THIS IS A WEDGE SHOT. IF I'M GOING TO HIT THIS BALL SAY 50 YARDS I PUT ALL MY WEIGHT ON MY LEFT SIDE. SEE BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE YOUR, YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR LEFT SIDE YOU WANT TO HIT DOWN WITH THIS CLUB. IF YOU GOT IT ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE, THE CHANCES ARE YOU'RE GOING TO HIT UP AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO KIND OF HALF TAP OR TOP THE BALL SO YOU... TO HIT DOWN IT'S EASIER TO PICK THE CLUB UP AND TO HIT DOWN... ON THE BALL LIKE THAT. THE LOFT OF THE CLUB BRINGS THE BALL UP. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS EXPECT TO GET THE BALL UP AND DOWN OR IN TWO STROKES, TWO SHOTS FROM A HUNDRED YARDS IN. IF YOU CAN DO THAT, SAY 50 % OF THE TIMES, YOU'RE GOING TO BREAK PAR MOST OF THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER

MOST OF THE RECREATIONAL GOLFERS THAT YOU PLAY WITH DON'T GET IT UP AND DOWN INSIDE OF A HUNDRED YARDS IN, IN, IN TWO SHOTS. WHAT ARE WE DOING IN TERMS OF MAKING MISTAKES IN EITHER OUR THINKING OR IN OUR FEELER MECHANICS WITH REGARD TO THOSE SHOTS.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THE, THE NORMAL AMATEUR UH THEY DO, THEY DON'T PRACTICE THOSE SHOTS BECAUSE THEY, THE PROS DON'T EITHER BECAUSE IT'S VERY BORING. THE PROS ALL WANT TO SEE UH HAVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG, YOU W... YOU HAVE ALL THE YOUNG LADIES SITTING ON THE BLEACHERS AND YOU WANT THEM TO SEE ALL THIS. YOU KNOW THEY WANT TO, THAT FINISH AND ALL THAT, WELL YOU HIT A 300 YARD DRIVE AND YOU HIT A 25 YARD SHOT THEY COUNT THE SAME. YOU MUST PRACTICE BOTH SO I BELIEVE WHAT AMATEURS SHOULD DO IS INSTEAD OF GOING AND RUSHING AND HITTING A BUCKET OF BALLS, THEY ALL GO OVER THERE, I HAD AN AMATEUR ONE TIME THAT, I WAS GIVING HIM A LESSON, HE HAD THREE BALLS UP IN THE AIR AT ONE TIME AND HE SAYS WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? I MEAN HE'S RUSHING. THEY RUSH. YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND GO AND PRACTICE FROM 100 YARDS IN UH PRACTICE YOUR, IF YOU WANT TO SPIN THE BALL A LOT, GRIP THE CLUB A LITTLE HARDER, SWING IT A LITTLE SHORTER AND A LITTLE QUICKER. IF YOU WANT TO LOB IT AND HIT IT, HIT IT UH HIGH AND SOFT THEN YOU SOFTEN YOUR GRIP, YOU TAKE A LONGER SWING AND YOU TAKE A SLOWER STROKE AND THE BALL GETS UP IN THE AIR.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT KEITH IN NORTH CAROLINA WANTS TO ASK YOU ABOUT. HELLO KEITH.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HI HOW YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER

VERY WELL SIR.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HI PETER. HI CHI CHI!

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HELLO KEITH.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HOW YOU DOING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

TERRIFIC. THANK YOU.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

GOOD UH DO YOU THINK THE EQUIPMENT HAS REALLY OVER POWERED THE GOLF COURSES THAT ARE OUT NOW AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO CHANGE UH YOUR GAME AND YEAH LIKE YOU SAID, I, I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT 80 YARD SHOT. I CAN'T HIT AN 80 YARD WEDGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

100 YARD WEDGE I'M FINE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL KEITH, WHAT YOU, WHAT YOU, WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS FIRST OF ALL THE EQUIPMENT HAS GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER, THE GOLF BALLS ARE S..., ARE, ARE SO MUCH BETTER. THEY GO SO MUCH FURTHER. THEY HAVE, THEY HAVE REALLY MADE A LOT OF GOLF COURSES OBSOLETE BUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR PGA PRO FIRST OF ALL INSTEAD OF WORKING IT BY YOUR SELF. IF YOU'RE HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THAT, GO AND TAKE SOME LESSONS. GET YOU A CLUB WITH A LOT OF LOFT THAT YOU CAN HIT, MAYBE A 60 DEGREE OR WHERE YOU CAN HIT DOWN ON THE BALL AND UH MAKE SURE THAT YOU KEEP ALL THAT WEIGHT ON THE LEFT FOOT AND TRY TO KEEP YOUR NOSE IN FRONT OF THE BALL, IN FRONT OF THE BALL TOWARDS THE TARGET. NOT BEHIND IT, OKAY? BECAUSE THE MORE BEHIND IT YOU, YOU HAVE IT THE MORE WEIGHT ON YOUR RIGHT FOOT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE. THE MORE IN FRONT, THE MORE THE LEFT SHOULDER FALLS AND THE MORE UH WEIGHT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE ON THAT LEFT FOOT AND THAT'S THE SECRET OF THAT SHOT. IT'S LIKE ANY, ANY TRAP SHOT YOU HAVE AROUND THE GREENS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A HUNDRED PERCENT OF YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR LEFT FOOT.

PETER KESSLER

HUDSON WHAT SECRET DO YOU WANT UH CHI CHI TO LAY OUT FOR YOU TONIGHT?

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

HELLO?

PETER KESSLER

HELLO HUDSON.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

YES, CHI CHI. I JUST WANT TO KN... UH TELL YOU THAT UH IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND I UM I'M, I'M FROM BRAZIL. I'M INTO SOCCER A LOT AND I JUST GOT INTO THE, UH GOLF INTO LIKE UH FIVE MONTHS AGO AND UH MY MOTHER IN LAW CAME THE OTHER DAY TO VISIT ME AND UH I TOLD HER I WAS INTO GOLF AND SHE GOES OH YOU KNOW YOUR UH YOUR SECOND COUSIN IS A GOLFER ON TOUR. WHOSE MY SECOND COUSIN? SHE GOES OH CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ AND FROM THAT ON, FROM THAT POINT ON I'M JUST LIKE WATCHING YOU AND FOLLOWING, TRYING TO FOLLOW AS MUCH AS I CAN AND LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN FROM YOU AND UH MY WIFE'S STUDYING IN THE HOUSE THE OTHER DAY AND I WAS LIKE PLAYING WITH THE PUTTER AND SHE GOES WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING AND I SAID OH CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ. THAT'S NOW YOUR SECOND COUSIN. THAT'S LIKE WHOA AND I JUST WANT UH TO LET YOU KNOW HOW GREAT IT IS AND UH TRY TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN FROM YOU AND UM HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL HOW OLD ARE YOU HUDSON?

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

I'M 29.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL UH MAYBE YOU'RE MY COUSIN, YOU KNOW, I, I, I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE WE'RE SECOND COUSINS. I LOVE BRAZIL BY THE WAY.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

THANKS

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE IN SAN PABLO ARE BEAUTIFUL. OBLIGADO. OBLIGADO.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

YEAH RIGHT. DE NADA

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

DE NADA... AND NOW UH THAT PELE. WHAT A GREAT AC...

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

PELE RIGHT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WHAT A GREAT ATHLETE I MEAN WHAT PELE DID WAS MORE THAN HITTING A THOUSAND HOME RUNS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, YOU KNOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT BUT IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOOD, A GOOD PLAYER WHAT YOU DO IS YOU FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF GOOD PLAYERS, YOU KNOW UH MY FATHER USED TO SAY IF YOU STICK WITH WINNERS YOU BECOME A WINNER. IF YOU STICK WITH PIGS YOU START TO SMELL BAD. SO YOU GO AHEAD AND YOU WATCH THE ARNOLD PALMER'S AND THE JACK NICKLAUS', THE TIGER WOOD'S, THE DAVIS LOVE. WATCH THEIR SWING AND TRY TO, TO IMITATE THEM. SEE THAT'S WHAT I USED TO DO. I USED TO WATCH SAM SNEAD A LOT BECAUSE I, I KIND OF IDOLIZED SAM SNEAD AND OF COURSE ARNOLD AND, AND JACK BUT THEY'RE, THEY'RE MORE LIKE MY AGE. SAM WAS A, THE STATESMAN AND I USED TO WATCH THAT SWING MAN, AND I, MY, UH SAM SNEAD REMINDED ME OF MICHELANGELO. I NEVER SAW A, A SWING THAT BEAUTIFUL IN MY LIFE. HE LOOKED LIKE FRED ASTAIRE DANCING. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE YOU WATCH FRED ASTAIRE. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY GOLF YOU WATCH SAM SNEAD.

PETER KESSLER

NOW NORMALLY CHI CHI IN THIS BUILDING IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH A SWORD THAT'S ALWAYS LEFT TO MY BOSS, MICHAEL J. WHELAN, THE ACKNOWLEDGED SWORD EXPERT BUT HE'S GIVEN ME PERMISSION TONIGHT AS WE GO TO BREAK TO SEE IF I CAN TAKE YOU ON FOR JUST A SECOND HERE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL LET ME TELL YOU THERE'S, THERE'S SOME ART ABOUT DOING THE SWORD. A LOT OF PEOPLE

PETER KESSLER

I'VE BEEN WORKING ON IT

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

SEE YOU, YOU GOT TO PUT YOUR THUMB HERE WHEN YOU PUT IT DOWN AND TRY HOLD IT BECAUSE SEE IF YOU HAVE IT LOOSE, A LOT OF PEOPLE BREAK THEIR THUMBS SO YOU'VE GOT TO, YOU GOT TO HAVE THAT THUMB THERE AND YOU GRAB IT BEFORE IT HITS

PETER KESSLER

GOT THE THUMB, ZORRO.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND YOU GOT TO PUT IT FORWARD. SINCE TREVINO PUTS IT HERE, WHERE THE BULL IS GOING TO GET HIM, BECAUSE HE'S GOT THE SWORD, THE SWORD GOES THERE. OKAY SO NOW LET'S DO THE SWORD.

PETER KESSLER

OKAY NOW AS WE GO TO BREAK, I'LL TAKE CHI CHI OUT AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

OH....

PETER KESSLER

AFTER THIS. DON'T GO AWAY.
 
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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.