A Plea for Perspective

By Kraig KannSeptember 2, 2005, 4:00 pm
Does it really matter if Tiger Woods wins this week? Is it big news if Davis Love, Justin Leonard, Sean O Hair or Fred Couples wins the battle at the Deutsche Bank Championship and blows Woods away in the process? Hardly.
 
My wifes sister and family have called New Orleans, La., home for the past ten years or so. Now, they cant even call anybody they know. And theyre not in New Orleans anyway.
 
Obviously, my family is not alone in what has become a national disaster with tragic implications far reaching. At first, they scurried, with their child in tow, to Memphis, Tenn., leaving a car behind and many of their personal belongings. They never imagined it could be so bad. This week theyve driven to suburban Dallas, Tex., where my brother-in-laws company has a disaster relief office. Hes working from there and the family is holed up in a hotel room for the immediate and foreseeable future. Who knows ' Dallas could become a permanent home seeing that they have no idea if their recently built home event exists.
 
Watching the news this week brings me back to 9/11. Like the terrorist attacks, Katrina didnt happen near my home, but it sure feels like were a part of it. This country is in trouble ' and golf hardly seems like something to get fired up over.
 
Hey, Im not trying to come across as 'Father Teresa' here. Were all thinking about the folks who are stranded, abandoned or simply grieving about lost family or lost possessions. Im sure as you read this, you too, are probably figuring out how to make a donation to the cause.
 
This week the streets in Boston are dry and clear ' except for the traffic into the TPC for the Deutsche Bank where Woods visits one of Americas great cities and hopes to knock around some of the games top stars in this Friday-Monday tournament that gets bigger and better every year.
 
Defending champion Vijay Singh, who trails Woods by nearly six full points in the World Ranking, wont be able to dig into that lead at an event that ends on Labor Day. His withdrawal due to back spasms will let Woods work on padding his lead even further.
 
To me, though, Labor Day will take on a more important meaning this week. This country has plenty of work to do as the recovery along the Gulf coast begins. Whats sad at this point is that were not yet even to the point where chain saws can begin to cut the fallen limbs from trees that took out power and homes and cars.
 
Ever feel overwhelmed about tasks around the house that leave you not even knowing where to begin? Imagine how leaders in New Orleans feel. Try putting yourselves in the shoes of those running the government in Mississippi.
 
Next weeks Solheim Cup will take on a more patriotic feel than it has in the past. America will rally around a team, but that team is playing with a greater sense of pride than ever before. And dont think captain Nancy Lopez isnt aware.
 
This week, golf is just golf. Its a diversion. Its not life or death. Its not even mildly important. That stuff can wait. There are folks stuck in a dome in either New Orleans or Houston right now that really cant wait. They cant wait to find out what life exists for them when things are safe.
 
This week, turning to The Golf Channel seems like a 'shame on you' situation. The niche channel that we all love so much is hardly where our hearts should be.
 
Louisianas tour professionals like Hal Sutton, David Toms, Kelly Gibson, Mike Heinen and others are more important than any tour event. And if you are inclined to want to look ahead to a golf tournament ' then wait til next months Southern Farm Bureau Classic outside Jackson, Miss., or next years Zurich Classic of New Orleans (if it is staged at all.)
 
Those tournaments will be worth rallying around.
 
For now, lets keep golf and sport in its proper perspective. Its all just a game. Life itself is a fragile thing right now for many in this country. But I know that you already knew that.
 
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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.