Play Suspended in Hilton Head

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 15, 2001, 4:00 pm
Its an event that no one appears to want to win. So much so, that itll take an extra day to determine a victor.

A playoff between Billy Mayfair and Jose Coceres was suspended after each man parred the first two extra holes in the WorldCom Classic. Play will resume in Hilton Head Island, SC on Monday at 8:00am ET.
Ive never had this experience before to go out and play one hole of sudden death or whatever it takes, said Mayfair, who is 2-4 in PGA Tour playoffs, including a victory over Tiger Woods in the 1998 Nissan Open.
Darkness will officially get the blame for the suspension. But the true culprits were lightning and poor play.
Coceres (71) and Mayfair (71) each finished regulation at 11-under-par 273. Both men made clutch par saves on the 72nd hole to force sudden death.
Vijay Singh (74), Carl Paulson (69), Bernhard Langer (69) and Scott Verplank (70) all tied for third place at 10-under.
Singh led the event by two shots entering the final round, but struggled mightily on Sunday. Though he was in contention until his final stroke, Singh failed to make the playoff when he missed a pair of birdie putts over his final two holes.
Paulson, Langer and Verplank were able to make their way into the clubhouse at 10-under. Paulson and Verplank each made nice par saves on the final hole to keep alive their chances. Langer, who won on the Harbour Town Golf Links in 1985, finished birdie-bogey-birdie to end the tournament at 10-under.
However, their wait proved to be fruitless.
Mayfair first tied for the lead by birdieing the 8th to move to 13-under-par. Singh was on that number, but bogeyed the 7th and doubled the 8th after hitting his approach shot into the water guarding the left side of the green.
Coceres, who had never made a cut in the U.S. prior to this week, was also at 13-under until the 8th hole. Like Singh, he pushed his approach shot; but unlike the Fijian, Coceres managed to avoid the hazard ' barely.
With his ball up against a wooden guard rail, Coceres tried to run his ball through the bunker. He came up well short of the hole and recorded a bogey.
Leading outright at 13-under, Mayfair found trouble of his own on the par-4 11th. He hit his tee shot out of bounds, played a provisional and made a double bogey 6.
Still, Mayfair held a share of the lead with both Singh and Coceres, who bogeyed the 9th to fall to 11-under.
Once again, the final twosome lost their shares of the top spot. Coceres bogeyed the 11th, while Singh bogeyed the 12th.
Thats when play was suspended due at 4:45pm to the threat of lightning.
One hour and five minutes later, players returned the course, with Mayfair holding a one-shot cushion at 11-under-par.
That advantage didnt last long, as Mayfair bogeyed the par-3 14th and fell into another tie for first place at 10-under.
In fact, at one time six players held possession of the lead at minus 10.
Singh was never able to go any lower. He parred his final six holes. Singhs opportunity to win his first PGA Tour event since the 2000 Masters evaporated with a missed 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th.
He now has a pair of runner-up finishes and three thirds on tour this season.
Mayfair pulled from the logjam at 10-under by dropping in a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th. After a par at the 17th, Mayfair sank a 15-foot par save at the par-4 18th to wash away the chances of all those sitting on 10-under-par.
It was now Mayfairs turn to wait.
Coceres moved to 11-under by sticking a wedge approach shot on the 16th to three feet. He then parred the 17th, but missed the green on the home hole. After pitching to three feet, Coceres nailed the par putt to force a playoff.
With darkness descending, both men quickly made their way back to the 18th; where they each parred the hole. On the second extra hole, the 17th, Coceres had a chance to win his first PGA Tour event, but missed his birdie putt from 15 feet.
Tour official Slugger White then called play.
Im very happy because I know that I will finish in first or second place, said Coceres.
First place is worth $630,000. The runner-up will take home $378,000.
Full-field scores from the WorldCom Classic

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.