Harigae Jun Share Publinx Medalist Honors
Jun, the first-round leader, could not quite match Tuesdays 6-under 66 effort in posting a 1-under 71 Wednesday morning on the 6,263-yard, par-72 layout.
Fifteen players came back out Thursday morning to complete their second rounds after darkness halted play for the day on Wednesday at 8:24 p.m. Weather delays totaling 2 hours and 8 minutes caused two suspensions in the afternoon.
A 3-for-1 playoff was held Thursday, with Chelsey Collins, 18, of Louisville, Colo., posting a birdie at the first hole to edge Ryann O'Toole and Megan McChrystal. Collins faces Harigae at 11:30 a.m. Collins knocked a gap wedge from 107 yards to 18 inches for the tap-in 3.
The first match will start at 9:30 a.m. The low 64 scorers qualified for match play, which continues through Sundays 36-hole championship match.
This was the second consecutive year players shared medalist honors. Mari Chun and Angela Park tied at 136 last year at Swope Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.
One stroke behind Harigae and June was Tiffany Joh, 19, of San Diego, who shot a 4-under 68 (138). The 68 tied for the best round of the day with 16-year-old Stephanie Kono of Honolulu, Hawaii, one of five players in the field to have qualified for next weeks U.S. Womens Open at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. Kono finished at 3-under 141, along with 19-year-old Allison Goodman of San Diego, who shot a 73 after a 68 on Tuesday.
Jenna Pearson, 20, of Wheaton, Ill., a quarterfinalist at the 2004 WAPL, shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 5-under 139.
Korean-born Glory Joo Young Yang, 18, of Murrieta, Calif., stands at 142 with Angela Oh, 17, of Maple Shade, N.J. Yang and Oh posted 70 and 72, respectively. Kelly Schaub, 26, of Greeley, Colo., one of eight players from the state in the field, used an eagle-3 at the fifth hole to shoot a 70 and is tied at 143 with Selanee Henderson of Apple Valley, Calif. (70-73).
Harigae, who had the only sub-par round among the afternoon players that finished, had a golden chance to overtake Jun but three-putted 17 for a bogey and then missed a 5-foot birdie putt at 18.
The whole time I was just trying to think, You have made all these putts before, its like putting with your eyes closed, said Harigae, an alternate for the 2006 USA Curtis Cup team and a semifinalist at the 2003 U.S. Girls Junior. Thats what I do as a drill. It just didnt happen. But thats OK.
At one point in her round, Harigae made five consecutive birdies from the par-3 12th, including a chip-in at the par-4 16th.
I was pretty happy with todays round, said Harigae, who did not make a bogey in shooting 67 on Tuesday.
Jun, meanwhile, missed five months of golf this past season after fracturing the C-2 vertebra in her neck Dec. 10 in an automobile accident. It forced her to sit out much of the spring season at UCLA, but she returned for regionals and the NCAA Division I Womens Championship in Columbus, Ohio. She was just happy to get done before the delays.
It was about average today, said Jun. I hit both par-5s on the front [nine] and three-putted them both.
A veteran of USGA competitions, Jun knows stroke-play scores wont matter once match play commences on Thursday. Four years ago, she didnt finish high in qualifying, but advanced all the way to the semifinals of the U.S. Girls Junior at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J., losing to eventual champion In-Bee Park in 21 holes.
You take it day by day. Stroke play is over now, said Jun, who needed five months to recover from the accident. The driver of the car, UCLA punter Justin Medlock, has pleaded not guilty to a felony driving under the influence charge. The accident occurred on a freeway off-ramp in Los Angeles.
Its just hole by hole, continued Jun on the mindset for match play, and its easier to forget if you make a triple [bogey] because you are only down one [hole] instead of five [strokes]. So its not too bad.
Joh took advantage of calmer morning conditions to register an eagle, four birdies against two bogeys. Her 3 on the par-5 fifth came after her 19-degree rescue club approach stopped 20 feet from the flagstick on the fringe. She was coming off a birdie at the par-5 fourth and then proceeded to birdie the par-3 sixth, holing a 50-footer.
I made a putt across Colorado, said Joh, who will be a sophomore this fall at UCLA. You really cant expect to make a ton of putts on this course. The greens are so undulated and there are so many tiers and slopes that you pretty much have to hit [the putt] and pray to Jesus, Allah or Buddha.
Joh would like to improve upon her round-of-32 finish at last years U.S. Womens Amateur when she lost to 2006 USA Curtis Cupper Jenny Suh. She has never advanced to the third round in any of her USGA appearances.
Its just nice to string two solid rounds together again, said Joh, who struggled at the NCAA Division I Womens Championship and failed in her attempt to qualify for the U.S. Womens Open. Ill take the 68 and run. As long as I am not playing Hannah [in the first round], Ill be a happy camper.
Pearson also will be seeded high after posting her second consecutive sub-par round. She had a solid, but unspectacular junior season at the University of South Carolina, posting two top-10 finishes, but she and her team failed to qualify for the NCAAs. She had six birdies and three bogeys in her round, including a 40-footer at the par-3 12th that started a stretch of three consecutive birdies.
I played yesterday in the afternoon, so it was a lot less windy out there this morning, said Pearson, who is competing in her seventh USGA championship. It was playing a little bit easier.
Kono posted a 3-under 33 on the back nine ' she started on 10 ' and then birdied the first hole before coasting home with eight consecutive pars. She finished at 3-under 141, safely inside the cut for match play. The 68 was four strokes off her personal best of 64, shot in the first round of the Hawaii state high school tournament this past season.
Yesterday I drove the ball really well and it didnt seem like I missed any fairways, but I didnt shoot that well (73), said Kono, a high school classmate at Punahou with Michelle Wie. It was kind of disappointing because where I was in the fairway I should have had a better score.
The WAPL is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Pueblo, Colo. ' Results from the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship at the 6,263-yard, par-72 Walking Stick Golf Course (x-qualified for match play in a playoff; y-in playoff for final match-play spot):
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 66-71--137
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 67-70--137
Tiffany Joh, San Diego, Calif., 70-68--138
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 70-69--139
Allison Goodman, San Diego, Calif., 68-73--141
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 73-68--141
Angela Oh, Maple Shade, N.J., 70-72--142
Glory Joo Young Yang, Murrieta, Calif., 72-70--142
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 73-70--143
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 70-73--143
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 73-71--144
Maria Jose Uribe, Colombia, 69-75--144
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 70-75--145
Nicole Smith, Riverside, Calif., 74-71--145
Jessica Steward, Wake Forest, N.C., 74-72--146
Tonya Choate, Mount Vernon, Mo., 71-75--146
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 71-76--147
Courtney Mahon, Kansas City, Mo., 74-73--147
Juli Wightman, Chicopee, Mass., 69-78--147
Kayla Mortellaro, Phoenix, Ariz., 74-73--147
Jane Rah, Torrance, Calif., 74-74--148
Megan Dowdy, Leander, Texas, 74-74--148
Melanie DeLeon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 70-78--148
Alexandra Phelps, Albuquerque, N.M., 74-75--149
Karla Murra, Sioux Falls, S.D., 73-76--149
Sara Hester, Fort Mill, S.C., 74-75--149
Kimberly Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 73-76--149
Veronique Drouin, Athens, Ga., 72-77--149
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 75-75--150
Christi Athas, Eldora, Iowa, 78-72--150
Grace Na, Oakland, Calif., 72-78--150
Mari Chun, Pearl City, Hawaii, 75-75--150
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 74-76--150
Veronica Valerio, Temecula, Calif., 74-76--150
Tamasin Clelland, New Zealand, 74-76--150
Diane Kwon, Fremont, Calif., 75-76--151
Erica Moston, Belmont, Calif., 74-77--151
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas, 73-78--151
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 75-76--151
Anya Sarai Alvarez, Tulsa, Okla., 72-79--151
Laura Cross, Midlothian, Texas, 74-77--151
Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Thailand, 75-76--151
Katherine Hoey, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 79-73--152
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 71-81--152
Morgan Grantham, Kingman, Ariz., 73-79--152
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 76-76--152
Youn Hee Bae, Centreville, Va., 74-78--152
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 75-77--152
Allison Travis, Eagle, Idaho, 74-79--153
Annie Giangrosso, Overland Park, Kan., 77-76--153
Ashley Anast, Portland, Ore., 79-74--153
Carrie Morris, Tyler, Texas, 78-75--153
Jenny Shin, Torrance, Calif., 76-77--153
Kyu Ri Ban, Korea, 74-79--153
Lala Anai, Belmont, Mass., 76-77--153
Stacey Tate, New Zealand, 76-77--153 Aimee Neff, Carmel, Ind., 78-76--154
Ann Maness, Galivants Ferry, S.C., 77-77--154
Hillary Zeigler, Beaumont, Texas, 75-79--154
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 80-74--154
Kristen Schelling, Mesa, Ariz., 76-78--154
Laura Luethke, Fresno, Calif., 75-79--154
Stephanie Ruiz, Edmond, Okla., 78-76--154
x-Chelsey Collins, Louisville, Colo., 77-78--155 (3)
Failed To Qualify
y-Megan McChrystal, Stuart, Fla., 76-79--155 (4)
y-Ryann O'Toole, San Clemente, Calif., 76-79--155 (4)
Ashley Tait, Littleton, Colo., 79-77--156
Ashley Young, Upper St Clair, Pa., 79-77--156
Jackie Smith, Magnolia, Texas, 75-81--156
Kailin Downs, Bend, Ore., 76-80--156
Kylie Fuller, Temecula, Calif., 81-75--156
Lorraine Ballerano, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 77-79--156
Misha Harvey, Forest, Va., 79-77--156
Alexandra Quagliata, Reston, Va., 76-81--157
Ashley Barton, Tampa, Fla., 83-74--157
Carly Werwie, Kenosha, Wis., 73-84--157
Christine Kim, Hilo, Hawaii, 73-84--157
Mari Miezwa, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 77-80--157
Maria Castellanos, Stuart, Fla., 76-81--157
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 77-80--157
Morgan Chambers, Purcell, Okla., 78-79--157
Natalie Stone, Bountiful, Utah, 74-83--157
Kelly Nakashima, Wailuku, Hawaii, 79-78--157
Camille Williams, Ormond Beach, Fla., 77-81--158
Deirdre Hatfield, Lexington, Mass., 82-76--158
Jennifer Head, Midland, Ga., 74-84--158
Shannon Yocum, Palos Verdes Est, Calif., 74-84--158
Stephanie Simich, Canada, 75-83--158
Susan Choi, Natick, Mass., 80-78--158
Remijin Camping, Hollywood, Fla., 70-88--158
Amanda Miller, Wahpeton, N.D., 82-77--159
Bianca Melone, Orlando, Fla., 76-83--159
Brittany Weddell, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 81-78--159
Cyd Okino, Honolulu, Hawaii, 78-81--159
Erin Thorne, Canada, 75-84--159
Jaclyn Hilea, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 77-82--159
Lori Planos, Kapalua, Hawaii, 82-77--159
Mary Carmody, Cortland, N.Y., 79-80--159
Seul Ki Park, Wilmette, Ill., 75-84--159
Tamara Campbell, Lawton, Okla., 78-81--159
Kendra Hanson, Forest City, Iowa, 76-83--159
Christina Schams, Chandler, Ariz., 76-84--160
Jessica McKay, Grand Junction, Colo., 78-82--160
Allison Mayborg, Cincinnati, Ohio, 77-84--161
Carly Hunt, Easton, Pa., 80-81--161
Jackie Barenborg, Vero Beach, Fla., 80-81--161
Jennifer Adyorough, Atlanta, Ga., 74-87--161
Krissy Martin, Louisville, Ky., 78-83--161
Nicole Olson, Meridian, Idaho, 79-82--161
Stacey Arnold, Westminster, Colo., 80-81--161
Taryn Rechlicz, Madison, Wis., 82-79--161
Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep. of China, 83-79--162
Ki-Shui Liao, Hong Kong, 78-84--162
Kristen Obush, Indiana, Pa., 82-80--162
Lisa Kraxner, Kansas City, Mo., 83-79--162
Sarah Harvey, Forest, Va., 80-82--162
Tamara Robbins, Las Cruces, N.M., 83-79--162
Jessica Thomas, Ogden, Utah, 87-76--163
Mandy Parsons, Spokane, Wash., 78-85--163
Mikala Henzlik, Rapid City, S.D., 85-78--163
Wallace Hamerton, Bluffton, S.C., 81-82--163
Dawn Shockley, Estes Park, Colo., 77-86--163
Jaclyn Perlman, Clayton, N.C., 77-87--164
Lauren Archer, Boise, Idaho, 82-82--164
Ashley Kelley, Edmond, Okla., 81-84--165
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 81-84--165
Jillian Stupiansky, Lakewood, Ohio, 78-87--165
Andrea Ely, Oley, Pa., 78-88--166
Ashley Edwards, Oakley, Calif., 84-82--166
Kathryn Murphy, La Selva Beach, Calif., 80-86--166
Mandi Morrow, Kent, Ohio, 85-81--166
Rheba Mabie, Boulder Junction, Wis., 80-86--166
Lois Kim, Bayside, N.Y., 82-85--167
Maricel Manguinao, Philippines, 83-84--167
Gennifer Mendez, North Port, Fla., 83-84--167
Katie Kempter, Albuquerque, N.M., 83-85--168
Ali Beuckman, Jupiter, Fla., 80-89--169
Tiffany Hockensmith, Bloomington, Ind., 84-88--172
Shannon Jungman, Pflugerville, Texas, 85-88--173
Aubree Nickle, Delta, Utah, 86-88--174
Catherine Allen, Bellingham, Wash., 88-88--176
Mindy Stefanski, Palmer, Alaska, 87-89--176
Sarah Bowman, Parkman, Wyo., 86-91--177
Jamie L Berge, Anchorage, Alaska, 92-91'183
Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener
South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.
Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.
Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.
Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.
Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.
Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder
He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):
12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson
Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson
At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker
Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.
1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas
Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.
Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone
HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.
It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.
Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.
It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.
''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''
The reward now?
''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''
He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.
During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.
''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''
Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.
''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''
During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.
''Bones, don't ever do that again.''
It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.
Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.
And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.
It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.
''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''
Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.
And not the Masters.
He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.
''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''
There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.
Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.
''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''
He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.
''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.
He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.
''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''
Except for that first week in April.
The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't
The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.
All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.
By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.
Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.
As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:
This is unreal,hiding in kitchen beachside missile attack from North Korea. Alarm went out all over Hawaii, and it’s no test...— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) January 13, 2018
In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv https://t.co/qHLeQSecnd— JJ Spaun (@JJSpaun) January 13, 2018
Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws. Please lord let this bomb threat not be real.— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonFW) January 13, 2018
While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:
Yeah, you heard that right.
“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”
Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.
Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.
Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.
As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.
Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.
Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.
With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.
First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.
“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”
Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.
We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.
The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.
These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.
Here's two more just for good measure.
Focus on a different face every time and this 15 second clip turns into 10 minutes of pure entertainment pic.twitter.com/JJeVV5eaVh— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 15, 2018
Farts ... will they ever not be funny?
Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.
Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.
Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"
Yeah Tommy, we all got that.
Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.
But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.
We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.
Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.
PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.
Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.