A surprise guest and a 'Tiger-like' Kobe

By Golf GuyJanuary 12, 2012, 2:40 pm

After a triumphant grand re-opening of the Grill Room last week, the Golf Guy welcomes all back inside. And to show our appreciation for the success of Week 1, we have gone out of our way to offer up a very special guest (with help from the 'Morning Drive' crew). And, of course, rum and Cokes are on the house!

Happy Hour Special Guest: Chubby Chandler!

Famed agent Chubby Chandler was kind enough to take a few moments to answer a few barroom-type questions – not hard-hitting questions, but certainly the kind we in the Grill Room want answered:

Favorite all-time movie? – 'Hitch'

Funniest player on tour? – Lee Westwood (Miguel Angel Jimenez second)

Favorite thing about golf? – The 19th Hole!

Last meal - what's on the menu? – Chicken curry

Favorite all-time band? – Earth, Wind and Fire


Gary Woodland had a drive measured in the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at – get this – 450 yards! In my world, that would equal driver, then a driver off the deck, and then a pitching wedge. If I was a course designer, I would build every course on the side of a mountain and every tee shot would be downhill.

On a Scale of 1-10

(with 10 being totally awesome and 1 completely sucking)

Golfing in Hawaii – 10. Granted, a few things have to come into play – no crazy trade winds, no crazy South Pacific storms, no mainland bad attitude. If you can steer clear of those hazards, here is what ensues: the most relaxed, carefree, awe-inspiring, enjoyable, visually stunning, memorable, life-changing golf ever. And that sans hyperbole.

Blenders – 2. With the PGA Tour being on the Hawaiian Islands, the thought of blended drinks comes to mind – a Pina Colada; a Blue Hawaiian; and the best of the best, a Lava Flow. That said, my sad-ass blender couldn't stir a glass of water and a cup of yogurt. Not only are delicious frozen margaritas out of the mix, so too is my favorite chilly concoction, chocolate milkshakes. Damn those pathetic, non-industrial strength blenders.

Random Quote of the Week (from outside of golf)

'Yeah, not bad for the seventh-best player in the league.' – Kobe Bryant, after dropping 48 points against the Phoenix Suns, in a tongue-in-cheek, yet defiant answer to him recently being labeled as the seventh-best player in the league according to an ESPN.com poll.

I bring this up for two reasons: 1) Kobe is, in my opinion, the most talented player in basketball history; and 2) It sounds like the mindset of Tiger Woods. Extremely self-confident with an unforgiving memory of critics and criticisms that an elephant would be proud of.

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Rahm focusing on play, not shot at No. 1

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 9:06 pm

SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm’s meteoric rise in the world rankings could end with him reaching No. 1 with a win this week at Torrey Pines.

After winning last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his fourth title in 51 weeks, Rahm has closed the gap on Dustin Johnson – less than 1.5 average points separates them.

With Johnson not playing this week, the 23-year-old Spaniard has a chance to reach the top spot for the first time, but only if he defends his title at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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“Beating Dustin Johnson is a really, really hard task. It’s no easy task,” he said Tuesday. “We still have four days of golf ahead and we’ll see what happens. But I’ll try to focus more on what’s going on this week rather than what comes with it if I win.

“I’ll try my best, that’s for sure. Hopefully it happens, but we all know how hard it is to win on Tour.”

Rahm has already become the fourth-youngest player to reach No. 2 in the world, behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. 

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Rahm: Playoff wasn't friendly, just 'nervous'

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:53 pm

SAN DIEGO – Too chummy? Jon Rahm says he and Andrew Landry were just expending some nervous energy on the walk up to the fairway during the first playoff hole of the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“I wouldn’t have been that nervous if it was friendly,” Rahm said with a smile Tuesday. “I think it was something he said because we were talking going out of the first tee.

“I didn’t know Andrew – I think it was a pretty good time to get to know him. We had at least 10 minutes to ourselves. It’s not like we were supporting each other, right? We were both in it together, we were both nervous together, and I felt like talking about it might have eased the tension out of both of us.”

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On Sunday, two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange saw the exchange on TV and tweeted: “Walking off the tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me? Talking at all?”

Strange followed up by saying that, in a head-to-head situation, the last thing he’d want to do was make his opponent comfortable. When his comments went viral, Strange tweeted at Rahm, who won after four holes: “Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific. I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made an adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff. Not for me. A fan.”

Not surprisingly, the gregarious Rahm saw things differently.

“We only talked going out of the first tee up until the fairway,” he said. “Besides that, all we said was, ‘Good shot, good putt, see you on the next tee.’ That’s what it was reduced to. We didn’t say much.” 

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Tiger grouped with Reed, Hoffman at Torrey Pines

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 8:35 pm

SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods will make his 2018 debut alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

The threesome will go off Torrey Pines’ South Course at 1:40 p.m. ET Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open. They begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the North Course.

Woods is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open, but he hasn’t broken 70 in his last seven rounds on either course. Last year, he shot rounds of 76-72 to miss the cut.

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Reed, who has grown close to Woods after being in his pod during the past two international team competitions, is coming off a missed cut last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Hoffman, a San Diego native, has only two top-10s in 20 career starts at Torrey.

Other featured groups for the first two rounds include:

• Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker: 1:30 p.m. Thursday off South 1, 12:20 p.m. Friday off North 10

• Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele: 12:30 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:30 p.m. Friday off South 1

• Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama: 12:40 p.m. Thursday off North 10, 1:40 p.m. Friday off South 1

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”