Catching Up with Kip

By Kip HenleyJune 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
May 26th
My last diary entry I thought I had just over practiced my elbow, but it turned out to be a flair up of gout. My diet would make the late Marlon Brandos diet look healthy. Standing on No. 1 tee today I did not feel that bad. There is a pond on the left not in play; at the top of my backswing the club kind of slipped out of my hands and I almost fouled it off my left shin, it hooked so quickly. It nearly landed in No. 9 fairway which is a two-day bus ride from No. 1 tee. Good thing I wasnt wired for sound. It shocked and embarrassed the heck out of me. I went down to the edge of the lake to drop, needed to move a gallery rope stake. I grabbed it and kicked it (kinda hard) to loosen it and it cut my palm. Now I am mad, embarrassed, hurried and bleeding and its only the first hole. At the end of the day, I shoot 79. Managed to hit at least one ball in every lake on the back nine. My elbow and palm really did not bother me that bad, I just did not prepare well needing to rest my elbow, and my swing was loose with low confidence.
 
May 27th
My brother Lindy (the smart Henley boy) caddied this week and never lost his eternal optimist attitude. He will say things like, You can birdie the next eight holes and ace the last one. If God had given me his attitude you might have heard of me before the BBII. Backed up my 79 with a big fat 80. I did decide on an injection of pain killer directly into my elbow this morning before the round, more to see if I could tolerate it if this ever happened again. Didnt effect my day though; I hit it in a lot of hazards again today. Maybe the pain in my elbow is zipperitis from having to unzip my golf bag for a new ball every couple holes. All in all a very disappointing week in Memphis.
 
May 28th
We thought about sticking around and eating the killer food in the players lounge for the weekend. I have never tasted crme brulee before this week but I will again someday. If I played this tour full time for a year I could become a grand champion sumo the next year. Decided to drive to Chattanooga instead for next weeks Nationwide event. Checked into our hotel (Country Inn and Suites); these are great for our family. We search these out because they usually have a separate bedroom (most of you can figure that one out.)
 
May 30th
Played in the Chattanooga Classic Monday Pro-am with brother Lindy, brother in law Jimmy Taylor, and buds Mike Lister and David Brown. We shot 20 under, single best ball and finished fourth. I told them they have got to do a better job lying about their handicap. Reminds me of my father. He kept a 7 handicap for as long as I can remember. He was so competitive; sometimes in tourneys he would play way over his head. One time in the Tennessee Section Chattanooga Open he shot even par Day 1, plus-1 the last round, and was still 13 under and finished third. He was so mad. His comment was, You just cant beat these cheaters. I said, What do you think the guy at -12 is saying? We laughed like crazy, something we did a lot of in our family growing up.
 
May 31st
What an awesome day. Played in the Celebrity Skins match with pros Casey Wittenberg, Jim Gallagher Jr., Troy Matteson, and NFL stars Corey Bradford. Craig Hendrich, Frank Wycheck (Frank said he enjoyed every episode of the Big Break and loved it, which made me feel good), and Vince Gill, the most beautiful voice in music, and huge supporter of golf and junior golf in Tennessee. Vince is very competitive and has tons of game. After I teed off on No. 1, Vince joked to everyone out loud, I heard you were dating Danielle from BB III, is it true? I said, Ask that girl right behind you what she thinks. It was Sissi; he did not know her, and we had a big laugh and a great day. Vince stuck around for the Pro-Am party and donated a day with himself and his wife Amy Grant at the Grand Ole Opry for the charity. Vince is a wonderful person.
 
*Casey is a way misunderstood kid: some folks dont like the way he hides his eyes with dark sunglasses. I say so what: he is so focused and quiet on the course but as good a person as anybody on any tour and can shoot like crazy.
 
*Jim Gallagher Jr. is a talkative, friendly, smart, gracious veteran.
 
*Troy is a great guy but quieter than a mouse peeing on cotton. Everything about him is understated except his golf game. I predict he is a top 50 player in the world in less than three years.
 
*Craig and I teamed up; he out played me and we finish second behind Casey and Corey.
 
June 2nd
First round of the Chattanooga Classic, paired with Stephen Gangluff and B.J. Staten. Stephen shot 28 on the front nine and made my 37 look even worse than it was. I hit a lot of bad shots both days but hit a few decent shots that came down in the wrong spots and it just killed me. I am not playing relaxed enough and each time I made birdie I backed it up with a bogey. Besides poor driving, weak iron play, suspect putting, poor short game, and bad concentration, my game is in great shape.
 
June 3rd
Jacked another cut. Feeling the heat; time is ticking. I am working hard and trying to focus on next week in Chicago.
 
June 5th
I flew out of Chattanooga heading to the Windy City Chicago. I checked into my hotel tonight and the lady said 'Welcome Mr. Henley, blah, blah, blah, we have you checking out on Friday.' I thought for a second and said, well the way things have been going probably, but you best make my check out day Sunday. I guess the folks at the hotel have been tracking my progress and are just playing the odds.
 
June 6th
Today I played in Mon. Pro-Am. This course, The Glen Club, is a cool place.
 
June 7th
My girls flew in to OHare this afternoon and I picked them up at the airport. We went to a Cubs game today. Treated unbelievably by the tournament; they charted four buses for the game. Got to go out on Wrigley field for a picture with my family. Great game but the Cubs lost 6-4.
 
June 8th
We got three holes in the Pro-Am before sent in for bad weather. Sat around for an hour and a half and finally washed the day. My brother Brent is taking a week out of his really busy schedule (Woody Austins regular tour caddy) and is caddying for me this week. Brent and I needed this day to feel out the course.
 
June 9th
My first round tee time was at 1:50. The Golf Channel asked me to wear a heart rate monitor today. I agreed to wear it but told them that I didnt need the monitor to know that my heart was pounding through my chest. I just havent hit on a good relaxed mode yet and its killing me. I consider your mental state just like any other facet of the game, just like putting or chipping that comes and goes. When I find the key to it again, it will all fall into place. I didnt feel like I was hitting it so bad; just when I did hit it off line it was deadsville. Got a few bad breaks and didnt finish as well as I would have liked. But maybe I can get them back tomorrow.
 
June 10th
I hit it pretty decent today but just got nothing out of my round. Brent did an awesome job caddying for me. We got along great on the course; he thinks and plays the game a lot like me. It would be nice to someday be competitive enough on tour to entice him away from Woodrow. I shot 147 and missed the cut again, this week by five shots. That may seem like a lot to some but its only one or two bounces away. Case in point: I stood on 17 and hit a great shot that was 6 feet from the hole dead straight up the hill. Brent said great shot and I handed him the club and it started teetering down the slope and when it finally came to rest it was 40 feet away. I three-jacked it from there. I ended up bogeying the par-5 18th that I hit driver, 4-iron into the day before. Had I birdied 17 and been able to reach and eagle 18 I would have hit on the cut line instead of missing by five. If ifs and butts were candy and nuts we would all have a great Christmas. Thats golf.
 
June 11th
I practiced this morning and the girls and I went downtown in the afternoon to see some of the sights in Chicago. Had an awesome pizza dinner and went to the top of the Sears Tower to watch the sunset. We cant leave yet because it will take us two days to pack up our hotel room! Onto Knoxville. I am sick of saying this but I have to focus on next week. I have had some success in Knoxville Nationwide events so maybe I can get a good feeling and get it started.
 
June 16th
I had a 9:20 tee-time this morning. As I was warming up, I started to notice a ton of familiar faces. While on the way up the hill to the first tee I looked up and saw a huge crowd surrounding the tee. An old friend grabs me and says, Kip about 60 of us rented a bus and came up from Fairfield Glade in Crossville to watch you today and 60 different people are coming to watch the second round. I was one of the golf professionals in the Glade for 15 years. I still have a lot of dear friends out there. Sissi counted at one point 93 people following our group, which is amazing because I struggled all day and shot 83. It was hot as the dickens and they never left. I was getting claps for bogeys at one point. I guess I just tried too hard, I dont know for sure what it is but nothing seems to be working. Ive been practicing so hard, my head is just filled with too many swing keys. After the round, I went to visit one of my old teachers in Knoxville, Daniel Walker, to see if he could make things simpler for me. His biggest point was that I just wasnt turning my shoulders; I was lifting my arms to finish my backswing. This is a tendency of players that are unsure or doubting their golf swing, and Ive had plenty of that.
 
June 17th
2:15 tee time. I hit it a little better today but tripled my 16th hole and shot 76. Despite my score yesterday, I still had a lot of people following me today, which is just amazing. I have a lot of dear friends in this ole world, and for each of them to still want to come to watch me play, I am grateful. If I was them I would have come up with any excuse ' maybe of having to straighten my sock drawer or something ' rather than come out and watch me hit it 159 times. After I finished my round today, some Golf Channel guys asked if I would do an interview. I said sure but Im sick of doing these Friday afternoon exit interviews. I want desperately to do a late Sunday interview. I realize I cant be a big feature of these events if I keep playing poorly and I know the Golf Channel is doing all they can to keep my flame flickering; the key is for me to start shooting lower scores. Well gear up for Erie.
 
June 18th
I am looking forward to the week off to straighten up my game. Being in my own bed for the first time in seven weeks (except for one night) sounds pretty good. My oldest daughter Darbi turns 16 on the 21st and it will be special to be home and spend it with her.
 
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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.

    Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

    By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

    Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

    Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

    Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

    It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

    The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

    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 GolfChannel.com 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.