Just My Opinion

By Kraig KannNovember 10, 2006, 5:00 pm
The PGA TOUR season is done. Soon the LPGA will be a thing of the past. The Nationwide Tour season finishes this week. And Europe is already beginning 2007s schedule.
So with a year nearly behind us, and the European Tours new season already upon us, what are we left with?
Images, trophy holders and ... random opinions about what happened.
  • The Silly Season might be now. But there was nothing silly about the PGA TOUR season that just concluded. Tiger Woods lost his Dad, Chris DiMarco lost his Mom, among other things. Which puts everything into perspective.
  • Tigers season was incredible considering the result of the first major and the loss of his Dad. To win the last two majors, and to run off six-in-a-row is amazing.
  • Its great that Lorena Ochoa battled Annika Sorenstam, and that Karrie Webb came back to battle both of them. In fact, I think its been a great season for the LPGA Tour. But for me, the biggest disappointment of the LPGA season has been the lack of Paula Creamer in the winners circle. And not just her. The fact that Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim ' fresh off the Solheim Cup glory ' couldnt answer the victory bell often enough is equally newsworthy.
  • What happened to the Big Four? Or the Big Five? Retief Goosen and Ernie Els are sixth and eighth in the World Golf Ranking, respectively.
  • The highest ranking Americans in the final PGA TOUR All-Around Ranking (not named Tiger) are Steve Stricker (fourth) and Jonathan Byrd (fifth.) Neither was on the Ryder Cup Team.
  • Joe Durant made roughly $2.5 million in the last month of the season to finish 13th on the Official Money List. Now you know why Paul Azinger wants to find the hot player for his 2008 team -- if he can find one.
  • No matter how I rationalize it, its just not right that Tiger and Phil Mickelson werent in the field at the TOUR Championship. Yet nobody will convince me that Tiger shouldnt be able to call almost any shot he wants.
  • It took $660,898 to finish No. 125 on the PGA TOUR money list. Not bad. And dont forget that a spot inside that number guarentees players a ton in endorsement money beyond that. About $250,000 would probably be a low figure for No. 124.
  • Is there any player in golf more on the 2007 cant wait to see list than Phil Mickelson? Who knows how hell come out of the gates.
  • Twelve of 2005s Nationwide Tour graduates finished among the Top 125 on this years PGA TOUR money list. Three of them won a tournament (Troy Matteson, Chris Couch, Eric Axley). If that doesnt provide reason to up the number of cards given to 25 ' what does?
  • Another public divorce for John Daly, which makes four. His PGA TOUR victory total stands at five. Remember the jolt he gave the PGA TOUR season a few years back by winning in San Diego? It would be great for golf, the FedEx Cup and most importantly John, if he could somehow do it again.
  • Paul Azinger as Ryder Cup captain? How fast can we get to September 2008. Can he get 12 picks?
  • He might need 14 given the great players on the European side right now. From my view, clearly the other side of the pond has better talent and greater depth. And if you disagree with that, you cant tell me Europe doesnt have it.
  • Come January, TGC is on board for more PGA TOUR coverage than ever before. If company meetings in 2006 have a direct effect on producing innovative programming and a fresh and exciting look for professional golf in 2007 ' then were okay. If you could only see what I see around this building!
    As always, I know Ive missed some things so let er rip.
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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