Random Thoughts from My Desk

By Kraig KannSeptember 6, 2007, 4:00 pm
This weeks column isnt about deep thoughts, or long conversation. Its not about research either.
After spending the week at the Barclays hosting our Sprint Post Game shows and a week sitting glued to week two of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, and other tournament golf, Im simply tossing you some one-liners that might allow you to fire back with a response.
  • Steve Strickers win at the Barclays and the way it happened was better for the Playoffs than Tiger winning ' which might have ended the run for the cup before anyone was winded.
  • Vijay Singh missing 2 straight cuts on the PGA TOUR? Amazing. And given that he was in danger again at the Deutsche Bank, somethings not right. (He didnt miss the cut ' and given that hed never missed 3 straight ' he wasnt going to)
  • Tiger Woods hitting a 30 yard cut fairway wood from a fairway bunker and hitting the green was proof that Woods is the best shotmaker in the game ' period.
  • The fact that Woods 3-putted the same hole and struggled with 3-putts for the week in Boston means hes human (which is nice.)
  • Phil Mickelson isnt as consistent as Woods week-to-week. but when hes on hes just as fun to watch.
  • Woods and Mickelson together for 3 of 4 rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship? Cmon who could ask for anything better.
  • I really believe these Playoff events will come to mean more to win for players than the WGC events. More at stake, more pressure, and more emotion ' ask Steve Stricker who probably treasures his Barclays win more than his Accenture Match-Play title.
  • Rich Beem is the best there is ' in the pressroom. As well as hes played in the playoffs, its a shame hes not in Chicago ' at least for a press conference or two before the tournament.
  • Whos the first network to hire Beem someday as an on-course commentator? I hope its GOLF CHANNEL.

  • Sherri Steinhauers wire-to-wire win was exhilarating to watch. Im serious. Did you see the finish? Talk about clutch ' which is great for Betsy Kings Solheim Cup hopes.
  • Speaking of King. Her choice not to pick Christina Kim can certainly be questioned. Runner-up finishes in consecutive weeks and a whole lot of fire ' which never hurts in cup competition. Diaz has it. Castrale? Dont think so.
  • Annikas still stuck on 69 wins. Shocking. 7 events since her return from a ruptured disk in her neck. If there really is a golf god then please let her get there.
  • Arron Oberholser has the exact makeup youd like on a Ryder Cup team. I hope hes there when Azingers team visits Valhalla.
  • Dr. Gil Morgan beats Hale Irwin on the Champions Tour at Pebble Beach. More than 60 wins combined for the two men who used to dual week-to-week. If we cant get OMeara and Price then Morgan and Irwin make us think back to some good ol days.
  • Please no points next year for the FedEx Cup do it on money. And reward more guys for good play in each of the events. Brian Hewitt is advocating some bonus points or money for low round of the day, which keeps everyone involved. I like it.
  • As much as I loved the Deutsche Bank. I cant warm up to a Monday finish. Lets get this thing done on Sunday so everyone can enjoy the day with the family.
  • Nothing against Michelle Wie, but its been a nice break from the hype the last few weeks. Let her get her game back before the publicity train rolls again.
  • If Appalachian State can beat Michigan ' in Ann Arbor.. then the PGA TOUR needs to allow for a better chance of somebody outside number 15 winning the FedEx Cup. (PGA TOUR projections never allowed for someone outside 13 in their computer runs.)
  • I guarantee the BMW Championship will have a bigger feel than any WGC event played this year. Kudos to Commissioner Tim Finchem for the idea though it still needs some tweaking. (Dont know what that says about the WGC events moving forward.)
  • Actually, I wish theyd go away with the exception of the Match Play. Keep the venues but rid us of the no-cut, big purse event and find a way to give back to some of the tournaments that have lost their way. For example ' the folks in Milwaukee who support their event as well as anyone.
    Im sure Im missing something. But thats where you come in. And thanks for the responses I get each week ' positive or otherwise. Your thoughts are welcome.

    Email your thoughts to Kraig Kann
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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