He Said/She Said: Assistant captain controversy?

By Bailey MosierNovember 3, 2011, 5:00 am

With Michael Jordan bowing out of his assistant captain role for the Presidents Cup in Australia, the Golf Guy and 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier go outside the box to come up with choices for the U.S. assistant captain role.


David Feherty: Oh my goodness, this is a ‘no-brainer.’ A ‘layup.’ A ‘sure thing’ in my book. Let me count the ways: First, Feherty is a newly-minted American citizen who has not been shy about his love for all this great country means to him personally. Second, he can play. Maybe not as well as Keegan Bradley or John Cook, but hey, he certainly can play better than Air Jordan. Lastly, Mr. Feherty would bring a welcomed comic relief to the team room (no offense, Jay Haas). Not sure of his pingpong skills, but I’m pretty sure his breakdown of the Phil vs. Tiger pingpong match would be just as entertaining as the showdown itself.

Dr. Phil: Speaking of Tiger and Phil, perhaps only the great Dr. Phil could finally ‘bring down these walls!’ between the two mega-stars. Just imagine the team room, all quiet on the eve of the competition, as Captain Freddie introduces Dr. Phil: smattering of applause as Dr. Phil steps up. Then, out of nowhere, Dr. Phil shuns the spotlight and stuns the teams as he introduces instead, Oprah Winfrey. The Great Harpo then does the smartest move in Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup history – she promises the players (secret) appearance fees after all. The team room goes nuts and the United States wins 34-0. Greg Norman is left to wonder why cute baby kangaroos for each team member ultimately amounted to nothing.


Ken Whisenhunt: Since Jordan had to step down because of the NBA lockout, I'm going to look to another league – and another man – who was also recently wrapped up in lockout lockdown.

The Arizona Cardinals coach was born in Augusta, Ga.; has played Augusta National; carries a scratch handicap when it's the offseason; has teed it up with Arnold Palmer and other Tour pros on multiple occasions and he even qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1994.

Besides having a stacked golf résumé, Whisenhunt knows how to coach and how to motivate his players. His Cardinals lost to the Steelers in the 2009 Super Bowl, but he led them to football's pinnacle event in only his second season coaching Arizona. But since the NFL lockout has been resolved – and thank goodness it has – he may be a little busy come late November.

Simon Cowell: This is a hypothetical situation, so please indulge me as I choose someone who's technically not American. Well, not even technically. Simply not.

He knows how to be a team player – working alongside Paula and Randy counts as teamwork, right? – and he would make sure to keep the U.S. guys in line. He'd tell it like it is and if nothing else, his hypercritical commentary could lend itself to some very colorful catch phrases in golf.

He'd be the perfect third to balance the other two judges, er, captains' coaching styles: Fred Couples (AKA the Randy Jackson approach), Jay Haas (AKA the Paula Abdul approach) and Simon Cowell.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm