Press Pass Streaks Dominance

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 31, 2007, 5:00 pm
Press PassEach week, Golf Channel experts and analysts will offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf. This week, the Press Pass debates the greatest streak in all sports and on which course is Tiger Woods the most dominant.
Hot Topic
Tigers PGA TOUR winning streak is now at seven straight. What is the most impressive streak in any sport?
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Senior Writer,
One you never hear about. In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer pitched two straight no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds. Think about it. To break that record streak somebody will have to pitch three consecutive no-hitters. Won't ever happen. Second on my list is Nelson's 11. Third, the late Pete Maravich AVERAGED 44.2 points per game for three years at LSU. That's a scoring streak.
Kraig Kann Kraig Kann - Host, Golf Channel:
Cal Ripken's consecutive games streak is tops on the chart ... 2131 straight games played; though, I don't have but three streaks at the tip of my tongue. A.C. Green played in the most consecutive NBA games which is impressive. Joe DiMaggio's streak of 56 straight games with a hit. To me, it's Ripken, hands down because of the injury factor. Talent is one thing (Tiger has plenty), durability is another. If Tiger played and won 11 straight events ... now we'd really be talking about something!
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer,
There are plenty of streaks that will likely never be broken, but nothing seems to amaze me more than Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Only one person has come within 17 games of that mark since he did it in 1941 -- and that just happened to be Pete Rose, the all-time hits king, who got to 44 in '78. Aside from that, I also find it amazing that Brett Favre has played in 237 straight NFL games (257 including playoffs), a record as a quarterback.
Hot Topic
Woods has won at least three times on six different courses on TOUR. On which one is he the most dominant?
Firestone. Five wins there including one that ended in the dark. Talk about a course fitting a player's eye. This one fits Woods' eye even when he can barely see his hand in front of his face.
Torrey Pines. He's great at Bay Hill and Muirfield and, of course, Augusta. Firestone CC has been a friendly place, too. But he's simply magic at Torrey Pines. Five wins thus far, and now three in a row. I'll go with San Diego.
I can't pick St. Andrews, since he's only won there twice. And he seems to have some stiff competition at Augusta National in Phil Mickelson. So, it comes down to Torrey Pines South and Firestone South. He's won five times at each venue. But I think he's been a bit more dominant at Torrey. Aside from his 11-shot win in the 2000 NEC (now the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), his other four victories have either been by one stroke or in playoffs. On the other hand, four of his five Buick Invitational victories have been by multiple shots, including his most recent.
Hot Topic
Several notable players are playing this week in Dubai on the European Tour. Should tours pay appearance fees to entice players?
I believe it's an advantage the European Tour needs to be able to compete, full field to full field, with the PGA TOUR. It should be pointed out, the Euros need no help when it comes to competing, 12 players to 12 players, in the Ryder Cup.
This is a tough question. Some tours have no choice but to offer money to entice big name players to venture overseas. Tiger's talent and stardom means he doesn't have to do anything without compensation. (Not that he always does.) If Tiger doesn't play Nissan (which he's never won) there will be those who say he's chosen Dubai over Nissan and the chance to make it eight straight. Yet, Tiger is the defending champ and Tiger travels and promotes the game worldwide. Is it his fault they're paying him? No. I wish it wasn't an issue, but I don't have a problem with players going global for 'green' so long as they support their own tour.
I don't have a problem with it -- on international tours. It's not necessary on the PGA TOUR since that is the game's preeminent arena. But in order for other tours, like the European and Australasian, to stay alive, they need to be able to get notable players to play their events. And the best way to do that is to pay them.
Hot Topic
Who you got in the Super Bowl?
Da Bears. By 50, my friend. With a mini-Ditka driving da team bus at da victory parade.
Da Bears! I'm a Chicago guy and a big Bears fan. I was in college when they dismantled the Patriots, 46-10. I'm not forecasting a similar blowout by any means ... but I love the underdog role and I'll take a one-point win if I can get it. 30-27 Bears ... on a Robbie Gould field goal. Sorry Adam V.; it's not your field goal this time.
Bears, 41-14. Peyton Manning never could beat Florida and he'll lose once again to their former quarterback. Just like the Gators stomped Ohio State in the National Championship game, Rex Grossman will lead Chicago to an easy victory -- in Florida, no less.
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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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    Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

    LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

    After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

    Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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    Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

    Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

    Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

    The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

    Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

    John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.