Dye Pleased with Revamped Ocean Course
The conditions were mild, the sun was shining and the competitors were hitting easy 7-irons into the par-3 17th. 'Raymond Floyd came up and told me, 'Pete, you've done a wonderful job,'' Dye said Thursday.
Then when the competition began, temperatures fell from the mid-70s to the 40s, the wind shifted direction from the milder southeast to the stronger northwest and the pros couldn't land a wood onto the treacherous par-3.
'I was trying to hide,' said Dye, on hand to talk about changes to the Ocean Course. The seaside layout will host the 50th World Cup event, part of the World Golf Championships, next month, where two-man teams from 24 nations will compete for the John Hopkins Cup.
Americans Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard will take on such stars as Australia's Stuart Appleby, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and England's Justin Rose during play from Nov. 13-16.
The Japanese team of Shigeki Maruyama and Hidemichi Tanaka will try and defend the crown they won a year ago.
Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, representing Ireland, won the World Cup in 1997 when it last visited the Ocean Course. Harrington, a European star, says the victory made huge headlines in his homeland and made him rededicate himself to a successful golfing career.
The victory 'actually changed my perception of golf,' Harrington said by phone while vacationing overseas.
And Harrington can't wait to see what Dye -- known in the golf world for his difficult layouts like TPC Sawgrass and Harbour Town -- has done to the Ocean Course.
The most dramatic change for the casual viewer is moving the 18th green about 40 yards closer to the seaside. Approach shots will rise high into the ocean backdrop. Dye and his crew also reclaimed some of the original bunker and transition area lines that were lost through years of blowing sand on the coastal island.
One of Dye's favorite touches? Subtle changes to the 11th, a par 5 where few of the pros at the 1991 Ryder Cup or the 1997 World Cup tried to go for it in two. Dye gave players a better -- and more enticing -- angle to take a chance. But beware of a changed, deeper bunker on the right side of the hole. 'I don't think anybody can get out of it,' Dye said, chuckling.
Crews also installed a salt-tolerant grass - OC03 Paspalum - to greens. It's a stronger strain, Dye said, that allows greens to be cut to shorter, faster levels.
That can't be good news for those playing here next month.
Harrington says he, like golfers everywhere, watched 1991's famous 'War at the Shore' Ryder Cup and the 'spectacular disaster it was.'
American Mark Calcavecchia went off crying on the sand dunes following his singles match - and his team won. Bernhard Langer missed about a 5-footer on the 18th hole to give the Americans a victory.
Harrington didn't know what to expect when he and McGinley arrived for the World Cup six years later. The two played steady golf -- Harrington was 14 under and McGinley 15 under -- for the win.
The alternate shot, foursomes format will give golfers a sterner test on the Ocean Course this time, he said. 'We wouldn't get around it if we had to go from the tips and some bad weather came in,' Harrington said.
That's just what Dye wants to hear.
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
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.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
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
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
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.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.