My Road to Memphis

By Kip HenleyMay 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
April 25, 2005 ' Today is the first round of the Tennessee Section event for Club Professionals and the best amateurs in the state, The True Temper Classic. The tournament is held at The Colonial Club in Memphis Tennessee. (This is the course that Al Gieberger shot the 59 on.) Derick Calcote the CEO of a golf forum internet company, (one of my endorsement deals that I
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Kip Henley made his first start last week at the Henrico County Open.
am working with) is caddying for me. We kind of struggled around all day. Standing in middle of the 18th fairway, 210 yards, all carry over water, to the hole, I kind of fat pulled a 4 iron short and in the water. We went down a few yards to drop at the edge of the water and I pured a 5 iron onto the bank and it trickled back down into the water. Now Im thinking we could be here all day or ROB (run outta balls). I decided to hit 4 iron and totally blew it over the green, but alas, across the water and got it up and down for an 8, turning my 69 into a 75. A 68 was low round for the first day. The course is pretty hard if you ask anybody but Mr. Geiberger.
 
April 26, 2005 ' I bogeyed 18 again today and it was playing shorter than the day before. Shot a 71, one under par and 2 over for the tournament. Still somehow ended up solo 3rd place and won $1400 bucks. Not great but certainly not bad for how I played.
Just to show you how stubborn I am, I let Derick, who is a member at this course, read just 2 putts in 36 holes. He absolutely read both putts perfect and I made them both but still I was to prideful to let him read more. I felt that I hit the ball good that last day and was feeling pretty positive about the Fed/Ex St. Jude qualifier at TPC SouthWind the next day.
 
April 27, 2005 ' Today I shot a 3 over par 73 on a very windy tough day. The course recently went through a major renovation. The biggest change being converting the greens from Bent Grass to Champion Bermuda grass - now theyre harder than Chinese arithmetic. The 73 was not a great score but good enough to qualify me for the tournament and I AM PUMPED. That gives me six Nationwide starts and one PGA Tour start, a lot of great opportunities.
 
May 2nd and May 3rd, 2005 ' Chattanooga Classic media day and Knoxville Open media day. Had to give a short speech at both. I never make notes for my talks at these kind of events, I just shoot from my heart and people seem to enjoy them. I guess my idiotic red-neck banter humors most smart people.
 
May 11, 2005 ' A camera crew from The Golf Channel flew in today and shot film for the Quest for the Card show. Dont miss it because you get to see my hot wife Sissi and our two beautiful daughters, Darbi and Stormi. They have footage they should show of Stormi singing and it will knock your socks off. We had a blast filming and we cant wait for it to air. The folks at The Golf Channel have sure been good to me.
 
May 13, 2005 ' First stage U.S. Open qualifier at Holsten Hills in Knoxville Tennessee, a good ole Donald Ross course. I shot 2 under par 70 and still missed by one or two shots, DANG IT!!!
 
May 15, 2005 ' Flew outta Knoxville into Richmond for The Henrico County Open.
 
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Kip Henley had a strong following in his Natiowide Tour start in Richmond.
May 16, 17 and 18, 2005 ' Pro-Ams and practice rounds with a ZILLION media requests squeezed in between them. I truly enjoy them but it really feels that it puts more pressure on me than I was already feeling without it. Guess I better get used to it.
 
May 19, 2005 ' JEEZ-LOUISE!!!! What a pressure packed day. The cameras followed from the time I got out of the car until the time I got back in it. I somehow managed to scrape it around for an even par 72 but there is an asterisk attached. I had a 2 shot penalty when my caddy inadvertently switched balls with me after me marking my ball on the green. Its a long story and if you did not see the coverage you probably aint reading this noways.
 
May 20, 2005 ' I just thought day one was jeez-louise, today was the real
JEEEEZ LOUISE!!!!!!!! Even the best Boy Scout could not have been prepared for a day like today. I started the day on the practice range in short sleeves and finished soaking wet and frozen. By the end of the day I had put on everything I had in the car. We managed a 2 under par 70, one of the few under par scores from the morning wave of tee times. I really caught a bad wave of tee times. They say they that it evens out over time but if you ask me Gods got some catching up to do to get me evened out. I sill missed the cut by 2, (kinda ironic huh), disappointing as all getout but I have had worse showings. I dont feel it was that bad of a score considering all that happened during that tournament.
 
May 22, 2005 ' Flew into Memphis for the Fed/Ex St. Jude Classic where I will be staying at my usual host home with the most beautiful family that you have ever seen, Chip and Susan Cayce and their two great kids Lindsay 9, and Jimbo 6 (better wear a cup in Jimbos presence cause he gives you a punch square in the short hairs every time you walk past him).
 
May 24, 2005 ' Today I am nursing an unbelievably sore elbow. Yesterday I pulled the old club professional idiot move. I hit practice balls all day. The brand new practice pro V range balls and nice grass are too tempting to resist. I am not joking about the elbow, I had to pull out of a practice round with former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson on the second tee. Scott was a great sport and an even better guy. We have had to seek medical attention today and I am scared to death of not being able to start Thursday. I plan to get a shot to help ease the pain. Say a few prayers and pull for Kipper.
 
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry