Furyk Mickelson comment on pro-am snafu

By John HawkinsAugust 26, 2010, 12:55 am
PARAMUS, N.J. – As Jim Furyk cleaned out his locker at Ridgewood C.C. Wednesday morning, the faces around him were long, the apologies basically non-stop.

“I’ve heard those two words [I’m sorry] about 150 times today,” Furyk said as he boarded a plane that would take him back to his home in northern Florida. “I’ve got no one to blame but myself. If you ask me how I feel about the rule now, I’m in a no-win situation .Last week I could have spoken open and freely about how I wasn’t in favor of penalizing guys Thursday for something they did Wednesday. If I do that this week, I’m a whiner.”

Maybe not, but Furyk is a two-time winner in 2010, which means his DQ from the FedEx Cup playoff opener puts a serious crimp in his pursuit of the overall title, which is worth $10 million, which will buy you a lot of alarm clocks. Having awakened on his own at 7:23 for a 7:30 shotgun start, Furyk dashed to the course in record time, something fairly close to a New York minute.

He arrived at the course at approximately 7:35 – PGA Tour rules stipulate you have a five-minute grace period on pro-am and tournament starts. There was just one problem: Furyk was teeing off on the 11th hole in the morning shotgun.

“I was hoping no one would ask me that,” Furyk said of his feelings on the Tour’s mandatory expulsion for those who do not play in the Wednesday gathering. “I’ve never thought it was a great rule. I understand the need for something, but I voted against it. I’ve never been one to skip out on the pro-ams, but a rule is a rule.

And some are uncool. Furyk entered the week trailing only Ernie Els and Steve Stricker in the FedEx Cup standings, but this latest occurrence will cost him heavily in a postseason points system designed to be volatile. It’s hard to say where Furyk will rank when play ends Sunday night – though the Tour said it won’t be worse than 19th – but this would have been an ideal venue for him if the course dries up, which is likely to be the case by the weekend.

We’ll leave the last word to the man who ranks right behind Furyk in the standings.

“The rule itself applies to only half the field,” said Phil Mickelson. “So if you’re going to have a rule that does not apply to everybody, because everybody doesn’t play in the pro-am, you cannot have it affect the competition. There has to be a different penalty. I cannot disagree with it more. I have no idea how the commissioner [Tim Finchem] let this rule go through. It’s ridiculous.”
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.