Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 1, 2001, 5:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WELL THE MASTERS BEING THE FIRST MAJOR OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS VERY INTENSE FOR THE COMPETITORS. YOU WANT TO DO YOUR VERY BEST. KIND OF INTERESTING THOUGH. YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THIS WOULD BE THE CASE. THE MASTERS IS A REALLY GOOD FAMILY WEEK ISN'T IT? TELL US WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY COOL. I HAD BOTH MY BROTHERS, MITCH AND RICK THERE, MY WIFE OF COURSE, AMY, MY TWO CHILDREN, MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER IN LAW CAME UP AND MY MOTHER IN LAW, SO WE HAD A FULL HOUSE OF PEOPLE AND IT WAS JUST REALLY NEAT. I MEAN IT WAS, IT WAS FUN

JUST TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE. WE PLAYED CARDS AND WE DID, YOU KNOW, PLAY STATION AND WE JUST DID A LOT OF FAMILY STUFF AND A LOT OF FAMILY TIMES SO EVERYBODY GOT TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD.

RICH LERNER
AND YOU HAD YOUR LITTLE BOY ON THE BAG AT THE PAR 3.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I DID. THAT WAS SO COOL. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS SEEING HIM ON THAT BAG JUST

RICH LERNER
AND THERE'S

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE HE IS JUST

RICH LERNER
20:CHRISTIAN, AND WE JUST SAW YOUR POP

CHRIS DIMARCO
YUP. HE IS, HE WAS, GOSH, LOOK AT HIM THERE, HE WAS

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT'S SUCH A PROUD MOMENT THERE.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING) LOOK AT THE UNIFORM RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE HAD, THE, THE POCKETS WERE TOUCHING HIS HEELS IT WAS SO CUTE. YOU KNOW HE JUST HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. HE LOVES, LOVES BEING OUT ON GOLF, ANY WITH, ANYTHING WITH GOLF HE LOVES IT AND IT'S JUST SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
BEAUTIFUL SHOT RIGHT THERE.
I DON'T KNOW HOW STRONGLY YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT GUY RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH HE'S BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE TOO SO IT, IT, MY DAD'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART.

RICH LERNER
WELL, I KNOW HE WAS BUSTING AT THE SEEMS LAST WEEK WITH PRIDE. LET'S GO BACK TO LONG ISLAND. GIVE US A THUMB NAIL SKETCH OF THE DIMARCO FAMILY. WHAT DID YOUR DAD DO AND MOM AND HOW MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL MY DAD WORKED FOR A COMPANY CALLED C.F.S. CONTINENTAL FOODS AND LUCKILY HE GOT TRANSFERRED FROM NEW YORK AND MOVED, GOT US BACK TO ORLANDO WHICH WAS GREAT BACK IN 1975.

RICH LERNER
IN WHAT END OF THE BUSINESS WAS HE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE WAS A, A, A PRESIDENT OF, OF CFS,

A BRANCH HERE IN TOWN

RICH LERNER
OKAY

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHICH GOT TAKEN OVER BY CISCO FOODS AND NOW HE, HE JUST RECENTLY RETIRED IN DECEMBER, 42 YEARS I BELIEVE.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SAME COMPANY, WITH THE SAME JOB, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
HECK OF A RUN

CHRIS DIMARCO
HECK OF A RUN

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO HE GETS TRANSFERRED, YOU GUYS COME DOWN HERE TO CENTRAL FLORIDA. YOU'RE INTO FOOTBALL.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I, IT WAS FUNNY BECAUSE MY BROTHER, MITCH, WENT TO LAKE BRENTLEY HIGH SCHOOL AS A 9TH GRADER, MY BROTHER RICK WENT TO TIEG MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I WENT TO SABLE POINT ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL AND YEAH I PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR TEN YEARS. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I USED TO LOVE TO HIT, HIT PEOPLE, DEFENSE WAS MY, MY SPECIALTY.

RICH LERNER
WELL WHAT, WHAT DID YOU PLAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
ACTUALLY I PLAYED QUARTER BACK AND MIDDLE LINE BACKER, BECAUSE I TOLD THEM I WOULDN'T PLAY QUARTER BACK UNLESS THEY LET ME PLAY MIDDLE LINE BACKER BECAUSE I JUST LOVED PLAYING DEFENSE TOO MUCH.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, AND, YOU HAD TO GET OUT OF FOOTBALL, WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM MY 9TH GRADE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL I WAS LIKE, 5 FOOT, FIVE FOOT TWO

RICH LERNER
REALLY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS VERY SHORT AND KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WERE VERY BIG AND I WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS DEFINITELY A GOOD CAREER CHOICE IN, IN, ON MY PART.

RICH LERNER
YOU FOUND THE RIGHT SPORT. WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DID YOUR BROTHERS HAVE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM THEY MADE ME TOUGH, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT. I USED TO GET, I USED TO GET BEAT UP PRETTY GOOD AS A KID BUT THEY MADE ME TOUGH. IT WAS FUN. NEVER GAVE THEM THE SATISFACTION OF CRYING.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
WHO WAS THE, WHO WAS THE BEST ATHLETE OF THE THREE AT THE TIME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, I THINK ALL THREE OF US WERE REALLY GOOD ATHLETES. EVERYTHING WE DID WE WERE ALL PRETTY GOOD AT EVERYTHING AND THERE WAS SO MUCH SIBLING RIVALRY AND THERE STILL IS TODAY. I MEAN GOSH WE PLAYED WATER BASKET BALL IN MY POOL YESTERDAY AND I GOT SCARS TO PROVE IT, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
WHAT DO THE BROTHERS DO NOW?

CHRIS DIMARCO
MY BROTHER MITCH IS ACTUALLY AN EXECUTIVE FOR SPICE WORLD HERE IN TOWN.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
20:AND MY BROTHER RICK IS A BRANCH MANAGER FOR FIRST UNION.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. WHEN DID YOU FIRST PICK UP A GOLF CLUB?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THE FIRST TIME I PICKED IT UP WAS NOT LONG AFTER WE MOVED FROM NEW YORK. I THINK AGE 7.

RICH LERNER
MHMM. AND WHAT KIND OF HANDICAP WAS DAD PLAYING TO?

CHRIS DIMARCO
DAD WAS PROBABLY, I DON'T KNOW, A 12 OR 13, I THINK, YOU KNOW, HE WASN'T PLAYING THAT MUCH EITHER UNTIL HE MOVED HERE EITHER.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, SO THERE WAS NO, NOBODY IN THE FAMILY NECESSARILY GIFTED

CHRIS DIMARCO
MMM MMM

RICH LERNER
20:WHO PASSED IT ALONG TO YOU. SO YOU PICK IT UP AT A RELATIVELY EARLY AGE. WHEN DID YOU KIND OF GET HOOKED ON THE GAME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY. THEY, THEY KEEP SAYING, I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T REMEMBER, BUT THEY SAY THAT THE FIRST TIME I EVER PLAYED 9 HOLES I SHOT 48 SO IT WAS VERY NATURAL TO ME.

I THINK MY SWING IS ALMOST THE SAME AS IT WAS WHEN I FIRST STARTED PLAYING AND, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S WHAT I HAVE. I HAVE A REALLY

NATURAL SWING. VERY, A LOT OF FEEL. I DON'T, I DON'T, THAT'S WHAT, I DON'T HAVE A TEACHER WHICH MIGHT NOT BE THAT SMART, I MEAN I NEED TO FIND SOMEBODY TO HELP ME OUT WITH THE

BASICS, THE FUNDAMENTALS BUT I PLAY BY SO MUCH FEEL THAT IT'S HARD TO TRY TO GET A CLUB IN A CERTAIN POSITION ALL THE TIME AND I LIKE TO KIND OF PLAY MYSELF OUT OF MY QUIRKS.

RICH LERNER
WE NEED TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT YOUR FIRST HOLE IN ONE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH YEAH THIS WAS A GOOD STORY.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS ACTUALLY, I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, I WAS PLAYING WITH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, CHRIS, AND WE HAD TWO, WE WERE PLAYING WITH TWO PRIESTS, SO I MADE SURE THEY SIGNED THE CARD, AND THEY, THEY, THEY

THERE WAS NO LYING

RICH LERNER
NO DISPUTING IT

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE WAS, THERE WAS, THEY COULD, NOBODY COULD DISPUTE ME AT ALL BECAUSE I HAD TWO PRIESTS AND THEY SIGNED IT.

RICH LERNER
WHEN DID YOU FIRST, SAY BREAK 70, WE'LL SAY, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO END UP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, YOU NEED TO BE SHOOTING IN THE 60'S, WINNING JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM, YOU KNOW I WOULD PROBABLY SAY I WAS AROUND 13.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SOMEWHERE, 13 OR 14. PROBABLY WHEN I GAVE UP FOOTBALL AND STARTED PLAYING GOLF YEAR ROUND IS WHEN THE NOTICEABLE BECAME A LOT BETTER.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

(WRITTEN TEXT)
1990 NCAA ALL-AMERICAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

CHRIS DIMARCO
BECAUSE I GAVE IT THE FULL YEAR INSTEAD OF THE 6 MONTHS. IT WAS JUST, IT, IT JUST GOT PROGRESSIVELY BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER EVERY YEAR.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO GO PLAY IN COLLEGE. GET A SCHOLARSHIP. WAS FLORIDA YOUR FIRST CHOICE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH, MY, MY BROTHER MITCH WENT THERE WHEN I WAS TEN, SO I WAS A GATOR FROM TEN AND THEN MY BROTHER RICK WENT THERE FROM TWO YEARS AFTER MY OTHER BROTHER AND THEN, SO HE WAS, THE YEAR HE GOT OUT I STARTED, SO BASICALLY I WAS A GATOR FOR 14 YEARS

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
GOING UP TO GAMES AND STUFF, SO I, I'VE BEEN A TRUE GATOR FOR, BOY, 22 YEARS NOW.

RICH LERNER
WHAT'S IT LIKE WHEN YOU DRIVE, OR WHEN YOU USED TO DRIVE THAT GATOR VAN WITH, WHICH YOU DROVE THE COUNTRY IN WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING THEN THE NIKE TOUR? WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU DROVE IN TO, LET'S SAY, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
LUCKILY, KNOXVILLE WAS ON THE WAY OUTSKIRTS WHERE WE PLAYED IN THAT TOURNAMENT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I THOUGHT FOR SURE SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE VAN THERE. IT'S FUNNY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE VAN HAPPENED IN OMAHA WHERE, THE YEAR AFTER NEBRASKA JUST DRILLED US 62 TO 28 IN, IN THE FIESTA BOWL. WE, SOMEBODY SPIT

ON MY CAR OR SOMETHING. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED BUT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT WAS FUN DRIVING THAT, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN DRIVING THAT VAN ESPECIALLY, I HAD IT IN '96 WHEN WE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS '97.

RICH LERNER
BEAT FLORIDA STATE

CHRIS DIMARCO
WE BEAT FLORIDA STATE.

RICH LERNER
WAS, WAS THERE A GREATER DAY, A GREATER DAY IN YOUR LIFE AS A SPORTS FAN?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE GREATEST DAY BECAUSE I WAS, I WAS WITH BOTH MY BROTHERS. WE WEREN'T IN A SPORTS BAR, WE WERE JUST, THE THREE OF US WATCHING THAT GAME. TRUE GATOR FANS, JUST GOING CRAZY. IT WAS, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. YOU EVER PLAY GOLF WITH STEVE SPURRY (?) ? THE COACH OF FLORIDA. HE'S A VERY GOOD PLAYER.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH HIM, BUT I GOT, I GOT A VERY NICE THING. HE, ONE OF THE BOOSTERS GUYS AT FLORIDA TOLD ME THAT THEY TURNED THE GAME FILM OFF ON SUNDAY TO WATCH ME COME HOME AND WIN THE LAST HOUR OF THE TELECAST.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
AND THEN I GOT A NICE LETTER FROM THREE OR FOUR OF THE COACHES DOWN THERE TELLING ME HOW GREAT, GREAT THEY WERE AND HAPPY AND PROUD THEY WERE AS GATORS FOR ME TO WIN. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S FANTASTIC. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND MUCH OF CHRIS' SUCCESS OF LATE IS DUE TO HIS NOW FAMOUS PUTTING GRIP, AND WHEN

WE COME BACK WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW HE GETS IT DONE, ALSO TELL YOU JUST HOW BOB BARKER AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT MAY HAVE SAVED THIS YOUNG MAN'S CAREER (LAUGHING). STAY WITH US.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH GOODNESS.

(MUSIC)

(BREAK)
 
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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.

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Tour's Integrity Program raises gambling questions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 17, 2018, 7:00 pm

The video begins with an eye-opening disclaimer: “Sport betting markets produce revenues of $1 trillion each year.”

For all the seemingly elementary elements of the 15-minute video PGA Tour players have been required to watch as part of the circuit’s newly created Integrity Program, it’s the enormity of the industry – $1 trillion annually – that concerns officials.

There are no glaring examples of how sport betting has impacted golf, no red flags that sent Tour officials into damage control; just a realization that with that kind of money it’s best to be proactive.

“It's important that in that world, you can operate not understanding what's happening week in and week out, or you can assume that all of our players and everybody in our ecosystem understands that that's not an acceptable activity, or you can just be proactive and clarify and educate,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan explained earlier this month. “That's what we have attempted to do not with just the video, but with all of our communication with our players and will continue to do that.”

But if clarification is the goal, a copy of the training video obtained by GolfChannel.com paints a different picture.



Although the essence of the policy is straightforward – “prohibit players from betting on professional golf” – the primary concern, at least if the training video is any indication, is on match fixing; and warns players to avoid divulging what is considered “inside information.”

“I thought the questions were laughable. They were all like first-grade-level questions,” Chez Reavie said. “I would like to think everyone out here already knows the answer to those questions. But the Tour has to protect themselves.”

Monahan explained that the creation of the integrity policy was not in reaction to a specific incident and every player asked last week at the Sony Open said they had never encountered any type of match fixing.

“No, not at all,” Reavie said. “I have friends who will text me from home after a round, ‘Oh, I bet on you playing so-and-so.’ But I make it clear I don’t want to know. I don’t gamble like that. No one has ever approached me about losing a match.”

It was a common answer, but the majority of the video focuses on how players can avoid being placed in a compromising situation that could lead to match fixing. It should be noted that gamblers can place wagers on head-to-head matchups, provided by betting outlets, during stroke-play rounds of tournaments – not just in match-play competitions.

Part of the training video included questions players must answer to avoid violating the policy. An example of this was how a player should respond when asked, “Hello, buddy! Well played today. I was following your progress. I noticed your partner pulled out of his approach on 18, looked like his back. Is he okay for tomorrow?”

The correct answer from a list of options was, “I don’t know, sorry. I’m sure he will get it looked at if it’s bothering him.”

You get the idea, but for some players the training created more questions.

How, for example, should a player respond when asked how he’s feeling by a fan?

“The part I don’t understand, let’s say a member of your club comes out and watches you on the range hitting balls, he knows you’re struggling, and he bets against you. Somehow, some way that could come back to you, according to what I saw on that video,” said one player who asked not to be identified.

Exactly what constitutes a violation is still unclear for some who took the training, which was even more concerning considering the penalties for a violation of the policy.

The first violation is a warning and a second infraction will require the player to retake the training program, but a third violation is a fine “up to $500,000” or “the amount illegally received from the betting activity.” A sixth violation is a lifetime ban from the Tour.

Players are advised to be mindful of what they post on social media and to “refrain from talking about odds or betting activity.” The latter could be an issue considering how often players discuss betting on other sports.

Just last week at the Sony Open, Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas had a “friendly” wager on the College Football Playoff National Championship. Kisner, a Georgia fan, lost the wager and had to wear an Alabama football jersey while playing the 17th hole last Thursday.

“If I'd have got the points, he'd have been wearing [the jersey], and I was lobbying for the points the whole week, and he didn't give them to me,” Kisner said. “So I'm still not sure about this bet.”

It’s unclear to some if Kisner’s remark, which was a joke and didn’t have anything to do with golf, would be considered a violation. From a common sense standpoint, Kisner did nothing wrong, but the uncertainty is an issue.

Much like drug testing, which the Tour introduced in 2008, few, if any, think sport betting is an issue in golf; but also like the anti-doping program, there appears to be the danger of an inadvertent and entirely innocent violation.

The Tour is trying to be proactive and the circuit has a trillion reasons to get out in front of what could become an issue, but if the initial reaction to the training video is any indication they may want to try a second take.

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Lexi looks to shine as LPGA season begins next week

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 6:06 pm

Lexi Thompson may be No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, but in so many ways she became the new face of the women’s game last year.

That makes her the headliner in a fairly star-studded season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic next week.

Three of the top four players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are scheduled to tee it up on Paradise Island, including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and co-Rolex Player of the Year So Yeon Ryu.

From the heartache at year’s start with the controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration, through the angst in the middle of the year with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, to the stunning disappointment at year’s end, Thompson emerged as the story of the year because of all she achieved in spite of those ordeals.

Next week’s event will mark the first time Thompson tees it up in an LPGA tournament since her season ended in stunning fashion last November with a missed 2-foot putt that cost her a chance to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and become the world No. 1.

She still walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for the season’s low scoring average.

She also walked away sounding determined to show she will bounce back from that last disappointment the same way she bounced back from her gut-wrenching loss at the year’s first major, the ANA, where a four-shot Sunday penalty cost her a chance to win her second major.

“Just going through what I have this whole year, and seeing how strong I am, and how I got through it all and still won two tournaments, got six seconds ... it didn’t stop me,” Thompson said leaving the CME Group Tour Championship. “This won’t either.”

Thompson was named the Golf Writers Association of America’s Player of the Year in a vote of GWAA membership. Ryu and Sung Hyun Park won the tour’s points-based Rolex Player of the Year Award.

With those two victories and six second-place finishes, three of those coming after playoff losses, Thompson was close to fashioning a spectacular year in 2017, to dominating the tour.

The new season opens with Thompson the center of attention again. Consistently one of the tour’s best ball strikers and longest hitters, she enjoyed her best year on tour last season by making dramatic improvements in her wedge play, short game and, most notably, her putting.

She doesn’t have a swing coach. She fashioned a better all-around game on her own, or under the watchful eye of her father, Scott. All the work she put in showed up in her winning the Vare Trophy.

The Pure Silk Bahamas Classic will also feature defending champion Brittany Lincicome, as well as Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brooke Henderson, I.K. Kim, Danielle Kang and Charley Hull.

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One & Done: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

Beginning in 2018, Golf Channel is offering a "One & Done" fantasy game alternative. Choose a golfer and add the salary they earn at the event to your season-long total - but know that once chosen, a player cannot be used again for the rest of the year.

Log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to start your own league and make picks for this week's event.

Here are some players to consider for One & Done picks this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Hudson Swafford returns as the defending champion:

Zach Johnson. The two-time major champ has missed the cut here three years in a row. So why include him in One & Done consideration? Because the three years before that (2012-14) included three top-25s highlighted by a third-place finish, and his T-14 at the Sony Open last week was his fifth straight top-25 dating back to September.

Bud Cauley. Cauley has yet to win on Tour, but that could very well change this year - even this week. Cauley ended up only two shots behind Swafford last year and tied for 14th the year prior, as four of his five career appearances have netted at least a top-40 finish. He opened the new season with a T-7 in Napa and closed out the fall with a T-8 at Sea Island.

Adam Hadwin. Swafford left last year with the trophy, but it looked for much of the weekend like it would be Hadwin's tournament as he finished second despite shooting a 59 in the third round. Hadwin was also T-6 at this event in 2016 and now with a win under his belt last March he returns with some unfinished business.

Charles Howell III. If you didn't use him last week at the Sony Open, this could be another good spot for the veteran who has four top-15 finishes over the last seven years at this event, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013. His T-32 finish last week in Honolulu, while not spectacular, did include four sub-70 scores.

David Lingmerth. Lingmerth was in that 2013 playoff with Howell (eventually won by Brian Gay), and he also lost here in overtimei to Jason Dufner in 2016. The Swede also cracked the top 25 here in 2015 and is making his first start since his wife, Megan, gave birth to the couple's first child in December. Beware the sleep-deprived golfer.