Whos the Boss

By Mercer BaggsMay 18, 2009, 4:00 pm
Bookmark and Share


WE'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE: Zach Johnson repeated as champion of the Valero Texas Open, defeating James Driscoll with a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Johnson shot 10-under 60 in a weather-stricken third round and then beat back the pack on Sunday with an even-par 72.
Backspin A nice win for Johnson, but a missed opportunity for a bunch of others. Driscoll posted 15 under early in the day after shooting 62, but couldn't get it done in the playoff to miss out ' again ' on his first Tour win. Paul Goydos was at 16 under, with a one-shot lead, before finishing bogey-bogey. And Bill Haas, in search of his maiden victory, raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a six-hole strech on the back nine, before an ugly bogey at 17 ended his chances. Meanwhile, Johnson gets win No. 2 on the season and No. 6 of his burgeoning career.


YOU GOT BEAT BY A CADDIE: Lance Ten Broeck pulled double duty at La Cantera, making it into the field after David Berganio withdrew. The 53-year-old former Tour player competed in the morning Thursday and then performed his regular duty ' as caddie for Jesper Parnevik ' in the afternoon, and then repeated the process ' in reverse order ' Friday.
Backspin Ten Broeck had to borrow clubs from Richard S. Johnson, buy some slacks at the local mall, and play with balls on loan from Parnevik ' and he still beat his boss. While both men missed the cut, Ten Broeck shot 71-70; Parnevik 70-74. We're not saying that Ten Broeck should try his hand at the Champions Tour, but maybe he should look for another employer (Parnevik has made only two of eight cuts this year).


LOWRY SEASONED BEYOND YEARS: Shane Lowry, a 22-year-old amateur, won his country's Open championship when he defeated Robert Rock in a three-hole playoff at the Irish Open. The win was not only Lowry's first on the European Tour ' it was his first-ever start on the circuit.
Backspin With Padraig Harrington missing the cut and Rory McIlroy out of the hunt, this tournament could have been a dud for the Irish faithful. Instead, it turned into one of the more entertaining events on tour this year. Lowry showcased his talent with a Friday 62, then displayed his grit by overcoming a missed 3-footer on the 72nd hole which would have won him the tournament. It's now time for him to turn pro ' and get paid!


SOME GOOD OUT OF BAD: Coming off his runner-up finish in Italy, John Daly missed the cut at the Irish Open. Daly opened in 4-under 68, but shot 3-over 75 in Round 2 to finish three strokes out of weekend play.
Backspin Friday was cold, wet and windy ' basically what foreigners envision Ireland to be. Daly shooting 75 shouldn't be that big of a surprise. For the first time in a long time the guy was probably freezing, since he lost a layer of protection. But give him a bit of credit: He started his second round with double bogeys on two of his first four holes, yet played his final 14 in 1 under. He didn't quit, which says more about the new and improved Daly than the previous week's performance when he tied for second place.


OH, MY: Ji Young Oh earned her second career LPGA title, winning the Sybase Classic by four shots over Suzann Pettersen. The victory moved her to eighth on this season's money list.
Backspin Congratulations to Oh, but the real stroy was who didn't win. Pettersen, who was tied after 54 holes, shot 74 to finish second. Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie, both three back to start Sunday, had 73s and tied for third. And Kraft Nabisco champion Brittany Lincicome, who began just one off the pace, carded a 77 for a T-6. Those numbers sound ' and probably felt ' disappointing, but consider this: Oh's 2-under 70 tied for the low round of the day, and was one of only nine under-par scores Sunday.


DREAM A LITTLE DREAM: Michelle Wie matter-of-factly mentioned in her pre-tournament press conference at the Sybase Classic that she still has intentions of one day winning a PGA Tour event and making the Masters.
Backspin It's easy to roll our eyes and say, 'Here we go again.' But remember, she's only 19 years old. It doesn't seem likely that this will ever happen, but she's just at the beginning of her professional career. Let her set her own goals and see if she can achieve them. She's not laughing at me because I have a dream of one day getting out of credit-card debt. Actually, her goal is much more attainable.


GIRL TALK: Annika Sorenstam announced that she and husband Mike McGee are having a girl. The couple, who got married in January, are expecting their first child some time this fall.
Backspin Admit it: you're already wondering what kind of golfer she'll be. I'm more concerned with what they're going to name her. Give her a name like Potato Salad Sorenstam and it will be far more damaging than growing up the daughter of a sports legend.


YOU GO YOUR WAY, I'LL GO MINE: Rory McIlroy sparked a bit of controversy when he said that the Ryder Cup was a simple exhibition and that making the team didn't mean much to his career. Colin Montgomerie, the 2010 European captain, took exception to the comments, but made sure to point out that he was not trying to get into a war of words with the Irish teen.
Backspin As luck would have it, the boy and the man were grouped together in the first two rounds in Ireland. For the record, Monty opened in 70-65; McIlroy in 69-68 ' and both stunk once separated, over the weekend. It seems like for every Cup (not Presidents), there is someone who tries to downplay its importance. And then they get a chance to participate and it becomes the best experience of their professional life. The same thing will happen to McIlroy. Guaranteed.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bob Rosburg, the winner of six PGA Tour events including the 1959 PGA Championship, died Thursday after suffering a head injury earlier in the week. ... Keith Fergus won the Champions Tour's Regions Charity Classic, when inclement weather reduced the event to 36 holes. ... Michael Sim won the BMW Charity Classic, his second victory in his last three starts on the Nationwide Tour.
Backspin Rosburg was 82. And one of the great on-course commentators. ... It rained all week in Birmingham, Ala., beginning with a showering of Charles Barkley's golf balls into the gallery during the pro-am. ... Sim not only leads the tour's money list, but has a record $211,136 advantage over No. 2 Garth Mulroy.

Related Links:
  • Full Coverage ' Valero Texas Open
  • Full Coverage ' Sybase Classic
  • Complete News Headlines
  • Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

    The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

    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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

    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

    Getty Images

    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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