The Social: Hair today, gone tomorrow

By Jason CrookMarch 21, 2017, 4:30 pm

Jordan Spieth meets the Godfather, Father Time looks like it's catching up with Tiger Woods and Grayson Murray landed himself a hot date for the Masters, now he's just got to get there. All that and more in this edition of The Social.

Woods made the media rounds on Monday to promote his new book about the 1997 Masters, appearing on both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ESPN’s “Sportscenter.” And while we were treated to a vintage fist pump after Tiger beat Michael Strahan in a putting contest, it was a different vintage look that set social media on fire – the lack of hair on top of the 14-time major winner’s head.

And Twitter, as it always does, had jokes. This is why we can't have nice things, Twitter.

Of course, Woods isn't a huge social media guy, so it's possible he missed out on the roast session entirely, that is, until ESPN's Scott Van Pelt just said what everyone was thinking right to his face.

Guys, this is a very special occasion. The Godfather himself has decided to grace us with his presence. This is his damn house. He sleeps 20 feet away.

OK, maybe not that last part, but the immortal words of Bernard “Beanie” Campbell ring as true today as they did 14 years ago. Why was Luke Wilson at the WGC-Match Play draw on Monday? Maybe it's because he's got business ventures in Austin. Or maybe he is still looking for true love. It is hard to find after all.

But whatever the reason he was probably really glad and proud to be there. And hopefully Frank's dad made it out, too.

The golf gods can only give so much before they start to resent you. Adam Hadwin found that out the hard way on the 17th hole Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, hitting what should have been a hole-in-one. Instead, this happened:

Hadwin kept his sense of humor about him (a win and a 59 on the year will do that to you).

And … cut to a live shot of Hadwin sulking in the corner cause he had to settle for a regular ol' birdie:

Oh, that’s right, he’s getting married this week. Something tells me these two are gonna be alright.

Two weeks till we recreate this moment at the altar #gooooointothechapel (: @malonesinclaire )

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A live-action reboot of Foghorn Leghorn? Is nothing sacred anymore?

This is the biggest damn chicken I've ever seen in my life!! WILD!!!

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But seriously, that's a big chicken.

Wayne Gretzky once famously said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

I'm pretty sure this is exactly what he was talking about.

PGA Tour rookie Grayson Murray asked model Lindsey Pelas on Twitter Monday to be his Masters Par 3 Contest caddie should he qualify for the tournament.

She said yes, because, who says no to that? But making it into the field will be tough for Murray. His only chance is to win the Shell Houston Open next week, a tall task for anyone, let alone someone who has made just four cuts in 11 tries this season and missed five in a row.

Should he pull it off, he will be rewarded with her caddieing services for nine holes at Augusta National. If he doesn't, it wouldn't be a total shock to see someone else in the field slide up in them DMs.

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After 18 consecutive missed cuts, Matt Every made the cut and tied for 62nd last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Was it playing at Bay Hill, where he's won twice before that broke him out of his slump? Or perhaps it was the fact that he went on the No Laying Up podcast?

Steven Bowditch, who's mirred in a slump of his own, is buying the latter, firing off this hilarious tweet after shooting 79-79 to miss his 11th cut in 12 starts this year.

Simple answers for a simple game.

Just some folks answering life's most important questions in the comments this week. Doesn't get any better than that.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.