Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 8, 1997, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW, WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT THE 1996 PRESIDENTS CUP OF WHICH DAVID DUVAL, OF COURSE, WAS A MEMBER. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS IRON SHOTS IN A WEEK WHERE DAVID HAD IT WORKING ON ALL CYLINDERS. JUST LIKE HE'D LIKE TO HAVE IT WORKING EVERY WEEK. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT ANOTHER SHOT THAT ENDS UP STONEY TO THE STICK. EVEN THE OPPOSITION WOULDN'T MAKE HIM PUT THAT ONE. AND THEN HERE, OF COURSE, IS THE WINNING PUT BY FREDDY COUPLES ON THE 17TH HOLE AGAINST V.J. SINGH.

ONE OF GOLF'S GREATEST GUYS ON AND OFF THE COURSE IS MARK O'MEARA. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT HE HAD REQUESTED TO PLAY WITH YOU, TALKED WITH ARNOLD, THEN CAME TO YOU. WHAT IS IT ABOUT MARK THAT MAKES HIM SO SPECIAL, PARTICULARLY WITH THE WAY THAT HE'S TREATING THE YOUNGER PLAYERS LIKE YOU AND TIGER FOR EXAMPLE?

DAVID DUVAL
I DON'T KNOW WHY. I COULDN'T SAY. I WOULD JUST SAY THAT HE'S JUST A GOOD PERSON AND WE GET ALONG WELL, I GUESS HE THINKS LIKE THE YOUNGER PLAYERS. I DON'T KNOW BUT, HE JUST, I THINK HE APPRECIATES WHAT THE YOUNGER PLAYERS GO THROUGH AND THE STRUGGLES. HE CAN RELATE TO SOME OF THE STRUGGLES I'VE HAD TO SOME OF THE ONES THAT HE HAD AS A YOUNG PLAYER AND MAYBE HE FEELS THAT HE CAN HELP ME THROUGH IT ALL WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLY GIVING OF HIM.

PETER KESSLER
BUT, HE'S MUCH MORE, DON'T YOU THINK, EVEN TEMPERED THAN YOU ARE BY NATURE. THAT YOU'RE MORE OF AN EXTREME PERSON. YOU CAN GO EITHER WAY. DO YOU THINK THAT HE SAW THAT IN YOU AND COULD, BY JUST BEING WITH YOU, GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT EVENNESS, 15 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, CAN DO FOR YOUR GOLF GAME?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK THERE MIGHT BE SOME TRUTH TO THAT. I THINK YOU'VE GOT IT A LITTLE BIT WRONG IN THAT I DON'T HAVE EXTREMES FROM GREAT ANGER TO GREAT JOY. IT'S USUALLY KIND OF FROM MIDDLE TO GREAT ANGER. ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE

PETER KESSLER
SO, YOU'RE JUST A DEPRESSIVE, NOT A MANIC DEPRESSIVE. I'VE GOT IT. OK

DAVID DUVAL
BUT, WE PLAYED SOME PRACTICE ROUNDS UP AT THE PRESIDENTS CUP AND I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AND I WAS EVEN MORE LUCKY TO BE ON MY GAME THAT WEEK AND MAYBE MARK SAW THAT I WAS AND FELT THAT HIS PRESENCE COULD HELP ME STAY THERE, WHICH IT MOST DEFINITELY DID. HE JUST KEPT TELLING ME, HE KEPT SAYING HIT IT CLOSE. I'LL MAKE THEM. FOR SOME REASON, I JUST KEPT HITTING THEM CLOSE AND HE MADE THEM AND I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE PLAYED THE 17TH HOLE ONCE AND THAT WAS IT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS THE HAPPIEST I'VE EVER BEEN TO BE WRONG. TO GO FROM THE MIDDLE TO EXTREME ANGER. LET'S TALK TO CHUCK IN SOUTH CAROLINA. HELLO, CHUCK

CALLER - CHUCK (MALE):
HELLO, PETER. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT.

PETER KESSLERDAVID DUVAL
VERY WELL. THANK YOU SIR.

CALLER (MALE):
I'D LIKE TO SAY WE IMMENSELY ENJOY YOUR SHOW HERE IN MYRTLE BEACH

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
AND THE JOB YOU DO

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
I GET A SENSE THAT YOU'RE THE 1ST PERSON I'VE RUN ACROSS THAT LOVES GOLF AS MUCH AS I DO .
I'VE GOT 3 QUESTIONS, IF YOU'D ALLOW ME, FOR DAVID AND I'LL JUST RUN THROUGH THEM AND I'LL JUST HANG UP AN D LISTEN.

PETER KESSLER
FIRE AWAY

CALLER (MALE):
#1, DAVID, HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL PRESSURE DO YOU FEEL TO WIN BY ALL THE PRESS ACTIVITY EVERY TIME YOU GET CLOSE THE 1ST 2 DAYS OF A TOURNAMENT AND ALL THE TALK COMES UP. SECONDLY, THE SUN GLASSES, IS THAT AN IMAGE OR A TRADEMARK THAT YOU USE OR DO YOU ACTUALLY WEAR THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PROTECTION OF YOUR EYES? AND THIRDLY, WHEN TIGER CAME OUT ON TOUR, DID YOU AND THE REST OF THE YOUNG PLAYERS, DAVIS LOVE AND JUSTIN LEONARD AND BASICALLY ALL THE YOUNG GUYS FEELING THE ADDED PRESSURE TO STEP YOUR GAME UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL, TO GET SOME OF THE LIMELIGHT AWAY AND JUST BASICALLY COMPETE AND GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL. AND I'LL HANG UP AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE COMMENT, I HAVE TREMENDOUS ADMIRATION FOR YOUR HONESTY TONIGHT FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, THANK YOU

CALLER (MALE):
AND ONE FINAL COMMENT. WE'RE TICKLED TO HAVE PUDGY BLACKMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

DAVID DUVAL
GO GAME COCKS, HUH?

CALLER (MALE):
THAT'S ALL. THANKS, DAVID

PETER KESSLER
THANKS CHUCK

DAVID DUVAL
#1, I DON'T FEEL ANY ADDITIONAL PRESSURE BECAUSE, I HAVE MY OWN GOALS FOR WHAT I WANT TO DO AND WHERE I WANT TO BE AND YES, THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE I'VE PLAYED VERY WELL FROM THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AND HAVE NOT PLAYED WELL ON SUNDAY. BUT, THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN ACTUALLY A LOT MORE TIMES WHEN I HAVE KINDA NOT PLAYED SO WELL AND THEN GOTTEN INTO A POSITION AND ACTUALLY PLAYED A REALLY GOOD ROUND AND SOMEBODY BEAT ME. YOU KNOW I SHOT A 67 ON SUNDAY, 2 SHOTS BEHIND AT PEBBLE BEACH MY FIRST YEAR AND LOST. YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT BROUGHT UP IN ALL THIS AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT, OF ALL THE TOURNAMENTS WHERE I'VE HAD A CHANCE TO WIN AND HAVEN'T, THE ONLY ONE I FLAT OUT BLEW IT, IN MY MIND, WAS ATLANTA LAST YEAR. I FLAT OUT BLEW IT. I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS CHOKING OR WHAT BUT, IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY BUT, I THINK I NEED TO SHOOT, AS IT TURNED OUT, IF I'D HAVE SHOT 72 OR 3 I'D HAVE WON THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. I BELIEVE I SHOT 76 AND I BLEW IT. YOU KNOW, AS A PROFESSIONAL, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOOT EVEN PAR ON HARD DAYS. I WAS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY BUT, IT WASN'T LIKE A 40 MILE AND HOUR WIND BRITISH OPEN TYPE DAY. SO, THE SUN GLASSES, I STARTED MY SENIOR YEAR IN SCHOOL, WE WERE PLAYING AT THE ACCs AND AS YOU KNOW THAT TIME OF YEAR, IN THE SPRING, THE POLLEN IS UNBELIEVABLY BAD AND I WEAR CONTACTS AND I BASICALLY COULDN'T SEE WITH ALL THE POLLEN THAT WAS GETTING IN MY EYES AND SO, I STARTED WEARING THEM THAT WEEK AND THEN FROM THEN ON I'VE WORN THEM. AND THE 3d ONE, DO YOU REMEMBER?

PETER KESSLER
IT WAS THE TIGER. DID ALL OF THE OTHER YOUNG PLAYERS? AND HE CALLED DAVIS YOUNG FORGETTING HE'S AL THE WAY IN HIS 30s ALREADY

DAVID DUVAL
I KNOW. HE'S OLD

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEEDED TO JUMP START THE QUALITY OF YOUR GAME?

DAVID DUVAL
I THINK TIGER HAS A UNIQUE ABILITY THAT NOT MANY PLAYERS HAVE HAD IN THE PAST TO KIND OF DEMAND THAT EVERYBODY BRINGS THEIR GAME UP A LITTLE BIT MORE. ARNOLD DID IT AND JACK DID IT AND TOM WATSON DID IT AND I THINK TIGER'S KIND OF DOING THAT. I THINK AS YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THE YOUNGER PLAYERS HAVE DONE IT AND THEY'VE DONE IT QUITE WELL. SO, MY HAT'S OFF TO THOSE PLAYERS. I HAVEN'T QUITE GOTTEN THERE BUT, THERE'S DEFINITELY, THE STAKES HAVE BEEN RAISED AND YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT BETTER

PETER KESSLER
AND LET'S BE PARTICULARLY FAIR ABOUT HOW WELL YOU'VE PLAYED ON A NUMBER OF SUNDAYS. I THINK OF, WHEN TOM WATSON WON AT MEMORIAL, YOU FINISHED WITH A PAIR OF 67s AND I THINK, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, YOU FINISHED BIRDIE, EAGLE, BIRDIE, PAR, BIRDIE ON THE FINAL ROUND EXCEPT THAT TOM WATSON FINISHED BIRDIE, EAGLE, BIRDIE, PAR, BIRDIE AS WELL SO SOMETIMES SOMEBODY ELSE PLAYS BETTER

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, THAT'S JUST THE NATURE OF THE GAME

PETER KESSLER
IT IS. AND THAT'S WHY YOU'RE NOT UPSET ABOUT THOSE INCIDENTS

DAVID DUVAL
EXACTLY

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU KNOW, AND I THINK THIS YEAR AT THE PEBBLE BEACH EVENT IT MIGHT SOUND STUPID AND MAYBE THIS IS SOME OF MY SHORTCOMINGS WHY I HAVEN'T WON GOLF TOURNAMENTS BUT, I AM PROBABLY MOST PROUD OF THE ROUND OF THE ROUND I PLAYED ON SUNDAY OF ANY ROUND I'VE PLAYED THIS YEAR BECAUSE I PLAYED HORRIBLE. I ABSOLUTELY STRUCK THE BALL POORLY ALL DAY. I WAS IN BETWEEN CLUBS. I NEVER SEEMED TO PULL THE RIGHT ONE BUT, STAYING ON 17 TEE, I STILL HAD A CHANCE. I KEPT IN IT WITH MY CHIPPING AND MY PUTTING AND I HELD MYSELF IN THERE AND I MADE A LONG PUT ON 17 FOR BIRDIE AND THEN MARK MADE IT ON TOP OF ME WHICH KEPT IT AT A 2 SHOT MARGIN BUT I STILL HAD A CHANCE. YOU NEVER KNOW AT PEBBLE. I BIRDIED 18 AS WELL SO, I WAS VERY PROUD OF MYSELF THAT DAY BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE IT AND I STUCK IN THERE THOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WITH GOOD REASON. AND YOU HAD NO REASON TO GO FROM HERE VERY ANGRY. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND WE'LL SHOW YOU A PARTICULARLY FASCINATING GRAPHIC OF 4 TIME ALL AMERICANS

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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.