Vegas may hit the jackpot at

By Randall MellOctober 12, 2012, 3:52 pm

Jhonattan Vegas might get his shot at hitting a jackpot after all this year.

Vegas, whose ailing left shoulder hasn’t helped him build on his big-bang PGA Tour start as a rookie last year, got bumped out of the FedEx Cup playoffs in the final week of regular-season qualifying this year. He was 120th on the FedEx Cup points list going to the Wyndham Championship but missed the cut and tumbled to 126th, missing a chance at the playoffs’ jackpot by one spot.

With a 6-under-par 65 in Thursday’s start of the Open, Vegas got himself in early position to try to add to his maiden Bob Hope Classic victory a year ago. He followed up that 65 with a 67 on Friday and is tied for second place, four shots behind leader John Mallinger.

With an old shoulder injury flaring up, Vegas has managed just two top-10 finishes this year. He tied for seventh at The Players Championship and tied for fourth at the AT&T National. His next best finish is a tie for 27th at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Vegas rested his shoulder after Wyndham, not teeing it up again until last week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where he tied for 46th. He is 112th on the PGA Tour money list.

“Out of those five weeks, I took four off trying to let the shoulder heal and recover,” Vegas said. “It's feeling better, not quite as good as I'd like it, but definitely that's helped. 

“I think I pushed it a little too hard at the beginning of the year, and I was behind the eight ball the whole time. So it's good to get a few weeks off, get some rest and get recovered. The rest is really helping right now.”

Vegas, 28, said he first hurt his shoulder while playing at the University of Texas.

“I hurt it working out,” he said. “For some reason, I haven't really been able to heal it completely. The good thing is that I am able to play; I just feel that my golf swing is not the same. I can't turn to the ball as good as I used to.”

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.

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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”

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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.

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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.