Money Money Money

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 2, 2003, 5:00 pm
Retief Goosen hoisted the Chrysler Championship trophy Sunday, but he wasnt the only winner at the Westin Innisbrook Resort.
With this being the final full-field event of the season, players were battling one final time for a spot in the Tour Championship; an invitation into the Masters; their PGA Tour cards for 2004; and limited status for next season.
Glen Hnatiuk tied for 49th at the Chrysler, but had to leave feeling like a champion. He was the only player who started the week outside the top 125 but finished on the inside.
Hnatiuk shot 74 Sunday, yet it was good enough to move him from 130th to 124th on the money list.
Of course, that meant someone had to fall outside of the magical number. And that person was Per-Ulrik Johansson.
Johansson, who entered the week 125th on the money list, missed the cut and dropped to No. 126.
Dicky Pride, who started the tournament ranked 126th, also missed the cut and fell to No. 127.
Esteban Toledo had the weekend off as well. He was involved in a controversy when he was disqualified from last weeks Funai Classic.
Toledos playing companion at Disney, Marco Dawson, told tour officials that Toledo had taken an improper drop in the second round. Officials agreed and disqualified Toledo last Sunday for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Toledo, who would have tied for 30th at Disney, missed the cut this week, but it didnt prove too costly. He dropped only two spots from No. 123 to No. 125.
Players who finish inside the top 125 receive full exempt status on tour for the following season. Those who finish from 126-150 earn limited status that will get them into roughly 20 tournaments in 2004.
Thomas Levet needed to get a solo fifth-place finish or better this week to move into the top 125. He entered the week at No. 153, and at one point on Sunday was in a two-way tie for third place.
However, the Frenchman, who lost in a four-way playoff to Ernie Els in the 2002 British Open, shot 1-under 70 to tie for sixth. It didnt get him his card for 04, but it was enough to secure conditional status for next season as he finished 133rd in earnings.
Had Levet birdied his final hole he would have bumped out Toledo for No. 125. He made par.
Jose Coceres needed a strong finish Sunday to move from his 160th position. Instead, he shot 75 and dropped from a tie for fifth place as the day began into a tie for 17th.
The 2001 Disney winner could only move to 153rd on the money list.
Chris Anderson and Darron Stiles, both of who missed the cut this week, fell out of the top 150. Mike Grob, who finished 68th, crept into the 150 position, just over $2,000 ahead of Stiles.
On the Tour Championship front, Rocco Mediate was the man on the bubble and had to watch it burst from the sidelines.
Mediate missed the Chrysler cut, thanks to his ailing back. He was supplanted in the season finale by Briny Baird. Baird shot 1-over 72 in the final round to finish in solo third place. The paycheck was enough to move him into 22nd place.
Mediate fell from 30th to 31st.
PGA champion Shaun Micheel missed his opportunity to climb into the top 30 when he missed the cut. He started the week at No. 31, less than $6,000 behind Mediate, but shot 75-74 to end up in 32nd place.
Fred Couples, like Mediate, was also a victim of his chronically bad back. He was forced to withdraw after playing only two holes of his Wednesday pro-am. He started the week 32nd on the money list and was trying to make the Tour Championship for the first time since 1998.
His failure to do so was even more painful given the fact that this years event is being contested in Houston, Texas, where he attended college and won this years Shell Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson also missed qualifying for the season finale for the first time in a decade. Needing a clutch performance this week, he shot 80-74 to miss the cut.
The lefthander finished a dismal season without a victory and 38th in earnings (his worst showing since his rookie year of 1992).
The top 40 players on the season-ending money list, not otherwise exempt, gained a spot into the 2004 Masters Tournament.
Tim Petrovic tied for fourth to jump from 41st to 36th and earn his first trip to Augusta National.
Jeff Sluman tied for 13th to move into 40th place. He also will be going to the seasons first major.
Sluman bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes and had to wait to see what Coceres and Loren Roberts did on the 72nd hole. If either player made birdie, Sluman would miss on his bid for a return trip to Augusta. Both, however, made bogey.
Rory Sabbatini and John Huston were bumped from the top 40. Neither player is currently exempt into the Masters.
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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.