Should USGA have kept the 10-shot rule at the U.S. Open?

By Jay CoffinJune 16, 2012, 6:55 pm

The U.S. Golf Association allowed only the top 60 and ties to make the cut in the 112th U.S. Open, eliminating its standard 10-shot rule. Under the old system, any player within 10 strokes of the lead would have made the cut, which fell at 8 over. In this year's case, with 1 under par being the 36-hole lead, 22 extra players would have qualified for weekend play having finished at 9 over. editorial director Jay Coffin and senior writer Rex Hoggard offer their thoughts on whether or not the USGA should have kept the 10-shot rule.


SAN FRANCISCO – Hell no. All the fuss over eliminating the 10-shot rule for the U.S. Open this year is ridiculous. Who cares? It doesn’t make a bit of difference and it allows the weekend to become more manageable.

Would we have more to write about if Casey Martin had made the cut? Absolutely. Watching him for another 36 holes would continue to be inspiring. Would it be nice to have major champions Lucas Glover, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson? How about Bill Haas and Dustin Johnson? Sure. But that alone is not a reason to keep an outdated rule.

Just look at the sheer numbers. Seventy-two players made the cut without the rule. If you weren’t one of the 72 best players around The Olympic Club the past two days you don’t deserve to play the weekend. Two words: Play better.

Another 22 players were at 9 over par and would’ve played the weekend had the rule not been abolished this year. Twenty-two! That’s 11 more twosomes. As it is the first pairing was off at 9:15 a.m. PT and co-leaders Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk are the last to go at 3:05 p.m. PT.

Adding nearly two more hours of tee times, and having the first group go at around 7:30 a.m. PT, doesn’t make this a better championship. It makes a long week longer, and it’s completely unnecessary.


SAN FRANCISCO – There was nothing wrong with the 10-shot rule that an early wake-up call and some caffeine wouldn’t fix.

Sure, nobody likes to see 94 players advance to the weekend, the number that would have played Saturday and Sunday at The Olympic Club had the U.S. Golf Association not nixed the 10-shot rule for this year’s championship. But a cost-benefit analysis of this year’s tee sheet suggests that the tradeoff for an extra 11 tee times may be worth the effort.

Had the 10-shot rule been used this week there would have been an additional 22 players make the weekend, which means officials would have had to begin the third round at 7:25 a.m. PT, instead of 9:15 a.m.

And for that extra effort, the likes of Casey Martin, Lucas Glover and Bubba Watson – who all finished a stroke outside the cut at 9 over but within 10 strokes of the leaders – would have been around for the weekend.

Besides, since 1996 – when an unwieldy 108 players made the cut – the 10-shot rule has been used only four times to determine the cut.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to continue to use the rule came in 1993 when Ernie Els narrowly made the weekend, 10 shots out of the 36-hole lead, and rallied to finish tied for seventh to earn a spot in the ’94 Open, which he won.

Maybe no one can come back from 10 shots to win, but we’ll never know now.

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 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.