Is Ogilvy right or wrong

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2010, 9:17 pm

Geoff Ogilvy says Tiger Woods should face the media before he returns to tournament golf out of respect for his fellow players, “to diffuse the circus” that would accompany his return to the PGA Tour. Is Ogilvy right?

By REX HOGGARD

Even before Geoff Ogilvy avoided the corporate tents down the left side of Winged Foot’s 18th fairway to join the U.S. Open club he was one of the game’s best interviews because he was honest and thoughtful, and the Australian’s comments this week regarding Tiger Woods’ potential return to the Tour are proof of that DNA even if you don’t agree entirely with the message.

The Tour’s other Ogilvie (Joe) seemed to address this a few years back when he suggested that every player should cut Woods a check each year considering what the world No. 1 has brought to the game. Tour purses were $70.7 million in 1996 when Woods joined the fun. This year the independent contractors are playing for $275.8 million.

If the rank-and-file have to deal with some paparazzi on the way to the bank, so be it. Ditto for tournaments that have universally made mission statement No. 1 getting Tiger on a tee sheet.

The core of Ogilvy’s point, however, is valid. Look no further than Mark McGwire’s well-scripted mea culpa if one needs to be sure. The shamed slugger, with the help of former White House spin master Ari Fleischer, lifted the veil off his decade’s old lie with a perfectly-executed blitz that included a friendly initial assault (MLB Network interview) followed by a series of interviews aimed at easing the blow when he arrives at spring training.

Woods could help the process with a similar preemptive plan, but the questions will come regardless of where and when the world No. 1 finally steps to a microphone. Whether the mea culpa comes at Doral or the Masters, the circus will follow. Fittingly, however, the one thing that will likely quiet the media hordes is the one thing Woods does best – winning.

By RANDALL MELL

Yes, Ogilvy is right, but for the wrong reasons. Woods should face the media if he cares about the healing it will help bring to a public that feels invested in him. He should do it out of respect for golf fans who feel defrauded and betrayed. Woods shouldn’t do it to spare fellow pros the inconvenience a media circus would bring to a PGA Tour event. That’s secondary. Woods helped make so many of his colleagues rich. There’s a larger purpose served in Woods doing public penance before he returns to tournament golf.

As much ill will as Woods has created, there are a lot of folks who will root for his redemption. Meeting with the media helps set that transition in motion. It will serve as a powerful act of contrition if it’s sincerely delivered. There’s a show of respect for the game doing it away from the site of his return to golf.

Woods may not believe he owes us anything. Maybe he doesn’t. The bottom line, though, is that his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record will be a colder journey if he doesn’t invite us along in some meaningful way. The celebration of something spectacular won’t feel as good. Woods can change that by reaching out before he resumes his journey.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.