After big changes, Scott ready to start season at Doral

By Jason SobelMarch 4, 2015, 10:27 pm

DORAL, Fla. – One by one, the world's best golfers have emerged from the dark shadows of hibernation, creating a staggered if not staggering start to the calendar year. The last of those to awaken from that slumber is Adam Scott, making his season debut at this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship with more variables than an 11th grade math problem.

In chronological order, he will begin his year with the following changes: A new caddie, a new daughter and a new putter.

“Yeah, everything was getting a little boring,” he offered with a sarcastic smile, “so I thought I’d just change everything completely.”

To be certain, some of these changes deserve a greater congratulatory response than others and some will affect his performance more than others.

Let’s start with the most recent development.

One of the last holdouts from the anchored putting brigade, Scott was spotted practicing with multiple standard-length putters here at Trump National Doral, later intimating that he will “probably” have one in the bag for Thursday’s opening round.

“Thinking a little more objectively about it at the back end of last year, I thought because I do have to make an adjustment by the end of this year, if I'm going to spend some time doing it, I should try and start now and maybe find the best solution,” he said, alluding to the rule which will ban anchoring in less than 10 months. “It's been feeling good. I've enjoyed doing it. It's not that big a deal. I did it for a long time, too, that way.”

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Barring a last-second change of heart, Scott will follow in the footsteps of Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and others, playing his first competitive round in 81 days without the crutch – mental imagery intended – of his much-maligned broomstick.

For some players, such a weighty shift in equipment would be a life-changing event. And it might have been for Scott, too, if not for the decidedly more life-changing event that took place just three weeks ago.

He and wife Marie welcomed daughter Bo Vera to the world on Feb. 15 – and just in case anyone was planning to accuse the world’s fifth-ranked golfer of failing to get his hands dirty, he offered up a theory on early diaper changing.

“I thought if I change a lot early,” he mused, “I'll make up for my six week absence at the moment.”

Scott won’t be competing each of the next six weeks, but he will be playing more regularly, starting his campaign later than any top-level peers in search of his second Masters title in the last two years.

This time, though, ubiquitous caddie Steve Williams won’t be walking alongside him in that journey. Longtime looper Mike Kerr filled in during a few late events last year and now has the full-time gig – a move with which Scott already seems comfortable.

“You've just got to take a chance; you've just got to pick someone,” he said. “I could keep having different guys try all the time, but I don't think I was going to get anything more, so I felt confident with Mike and my decision – and hopefully we're going to start a good run right here.”

To nobody’s surprise, he wasn’t lacking for suitors.

Scott hinted that his list of potential candidates for the position ranged from top-level professional caddies to, well ... some who aren’t.

“There was a letter from a Japanese guy – and apparently he's related to the royal family over there – but even in his letter, he says he's extremely lazy. I can't even remember the whole thing. But I've kept it, because it's just too good. And he included a picture of himself.

“A guy here in Florida, also, sent in a picture of himself – big strong guy, looks like he works out, muscle man kind of thing and lives with his 85-year-old mother. He made a point of telling me that, as well, in the application. But unfortunately, those ones were unsuccessful for them.”

As he relayed those stories Wednesday afternoon, Scott offered another smile. If there is any hesitation, any nervousness, any anxiety over so many new variables in his life, he isn’t showing it.

For one of the game’s most easygoing players, these changes were always going to be inevitable – and he was always going to roll with ‘em in the same relaxed manner that’s gotten him here in the first place.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.