Osachoff Mills Among Tour Card-Holders
Osachoff fired a final-round 1-under-par 71 to wind up the four-day tournament at 5-under 283, two shots better than fellow Calgarian Wes Heffernan and hot prospect Jon Mills (Brooklin, ON). Heffernan and Osachoff, who both played on the Canadian Tour this past season but lost their cards after failing to finish in the Top 80 on the McDonalds Order of Merit, were two of eight 2000 Tour members who won exempt cards back Friday. A total of 15 exempt cards, as well as an additional 11 conditional, were handed out for the 2002 campaign following play Friday.
Coming out of amateur this past season, it was a bit of a shock to me to step right in and play at that level, admitted Osachoff. It was a bit of an adjustment, but Im ready now. Im there physically; its just the mental part I have to improve on. The top guys on Tour will always be there, but the depth on this Tour is amazing.
Mills, 23, who recently finished 6th in the NCAA Nationals while at Kent State, will attend the PGA Qualifying School later this fall. Either way, he knows he will have his work cut out for him on the Canadian Tour should he not qualify down south.
Getting a card was my goal coming in, so it feels good to play well here, he said. Thats what Im looking for-that experience that will take me to the next level. I want to set some goals for myself, and set them high.
At the Bayer Championship in Sarnia last weekend, Hearn wound up the low Canadian (T5th), and was just a couple of groups back of Jason Bohn (Atlanta, Ga.), who carded a final-round 58 Sunday, the first time that score has ever been recorded in tournament play. Hearn feels that shows the level of talent on the Canadian Tour, and he looks forward to the challenge.
I wasnt going to look at the board (last Sunday), but I couldnt help it, laughed the 22-year-old. Something seemed out of place, and it was his 9-under through 7 holes. But now I know at least I have somewhere to play next year. Im not going to put too much pressure on myself.
Scores Friday after the final round of the Canadian Tour's 2001 Fall Qualifying School played at Royal Ashburn Golf Club (x-earned exempt card for 2002 Canadian Tour season; xp-earned exempt card in playofff; c-earned conditional card):
x-Osachoff, Brent Calgary, AB 68-73-71-71_283 -5
x-Heffernan, Wes Calgary, AB 73-73-71-68_285 -3
x-Mills, Jon Brooklin, ON 69-73-72-71_285 -3
x-Daniel, Matt Richmond, BC 69-74-74-69_286 -2
x-Chartrand, Dan Victoria, BC 72-70-74-71_287 -1
x-Fritsch, Brad Manotick, ON 72-71-73-71_287 -1
x-Harrison, Roger Calgary, AB 72-75-68-72_287 -1
x-Smith, Tony Clovis, CA 74-72-70-71_287 -1
x-Hearn, David Brantford, ON 67-72-74-75_288 Even
x-Henderson, Mark Innisfil, ON 71-73-73-72_289 +1
x-Sahl, Danny Sherwood Park, AB 71-75-74-69_289 +1
x-Woodcock, Mike Chatham, ON 76-69-72-72_289 +1
x-Krieger, Ty Edina, MN 73-76-69-72_290 +2
x-Muir, James Calgary, AB 76-67-74-73_290 +2
xp-Webb, Brennan Bracebridge, ON 73-69-72-77_291 +3
c-Chilton, Gord Markham, ON 70-76-69-76_291 +3
c-Kral, Scotty Victoria, BC 76-73-71-71_291 +3
c-Welder, Jamie Calgary, AB 71-75-73-72_291 +3
c-Anderson, Stuart Strathmore, AB 71-76-72-73_292 +4
c-Blais, Jerome Sherbrooke, QC 73-73-73-73_292 +4
c-Lee, Regan Pearl City, HI 73-73-74-72_292 +4
c-Lippert, Eric Temecula, CA 71-71-82-68_292 +4
c-McCann, Brian Mississauga, ON 69-75-74-75_293 +5
c-Petty, Mayson Charlotte, NC 71-77-72-73_293 +5
c-Hinds, Jerry Orillia, ON 79-68-76-71_294 +6
c-Pence, Todd Cheney, WA 72-78-73-71_294 +6
Beale, Roger Ottawa, ON 74-75-71-75_295 +7
Hinton, Keith Port Huron, MI 75-76-70-74_295 +7
Millage, Reg Ennismore, ON 74-77-71-73_295 +7
Jones, Kevin Ajax, ON 73-75-76-72_296 +8
Chubb, Matthew Toronto, ON 72-75-76-74_297 +9
Kennedy, Dean Vancouver, BC 76-73-70-78_297 +9
Short, Adam Vineland, ON 71-76-77-73_297 +9
Belbin, Chad Kamloops, BC 70-77-73-78_298 +10
Haraguchi, Mike Richmond, BC 77-74-74-73_298 +10
Keating, Walter Thunder Bay, ON 73-76-73-76_298 +10
Levesque, Dave Quebec City, QC 75-70-80-73_298 +10
North, Dean Winnipeg, MB 71-78-78-71_298 +10
Burns, Gordon Scarborough, ON 75-78-71-75_299 +11
Sung, Steven Markham, ON 79-73-72-75_299 +11
Kureluk, Jamie Calgary, AB 76-75-76-73_300 +12
Fukishima, Kent Grande Prairie, AB 73-77-75-76_301 +13
Greville, Jeremy Hamilton, ON 73-76-79-73_301 +13
Jenkinson, Garett Calgary, AB 75-77-74-75_301 +13
Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON 73-82-70-76_301 +13
Buck, David Abbotsford, BC 73-78-77-74_302 +14
McKenzie, Luke Holland Landing, ON 76-79-72-75_302 +14
Burch, Jason Vaughn, ON 77-76-75-75_303 +15
Vance, Brian Ottawa, ON 74-78-76-75_303 +15
James, Julian Ottawa, ON 78-76-74-76_304 +16
Lim, Dean Vancouver, BC 78-74-74-78_304 +16
O'Brien, Terry Barrie, ON 78-75-72-79_304 +16
Tomasulo, Justin Stratford, ON 74-76-75-80_305 +17
Ward, Andrew Calgary, AB 73-77-74-81_305 +17
Matheson, Craig Markham, ON 78-72-78-78_306 +18
Robertson, John Courtenay, BC 74-80-73-79_306 +18
Lemieux, Richard Edmonton, AB 74-78-76-83_311 +23
Walker, Michel Ottawa, ON 78-76-73-86_313 +25
Arsenault, Bryce Summerside, PEI 79-81_160 M/C M/C
Markic, Izzy Toronto, ON 83-77_160 M/C M/C
McRobie, Jordan Montreal, QC 80-80_160 M/C M/C
Caulfield, Grant Orangeville, ON 77-84_161 M/C M/C
Dziabel, Jason Oakville, ON 83-78_161 M/C M/C
Hill, Jason St. John's, NFLD 80-81_161 M/C M/C
Minogue, Ryan Blenheim, ON 84-77_161 M/C M/C
Whalen, Brad High Prairie, AB 84-77_161 M/C M/C
Hansen, Steve Perth-Andover, NB 81-81_162 M/C M/C
Huang, Hart Abbotsford, BC 81-81_162 M/C M/C
Landriault, Gerry Chilliwack, BC 80-82_162 M/C M/C
Brown, Dean Regina, SK 82-82_164 M/C M/C
Schade, Derek Kelowna, BC 78-86_164 M/C M/C
Thompson, Peter Oshawa, ON 81-84_165 M/C M/C
Douglas, Rob Stratford, ON 75-91_166 M/C M/C
Knight, Troy Lacombe, AB 82-84_166 M/C M/C
Dakin, Mike Aurora, ON 82-85_167 M/C M/C
Knudsen, Erik Richmond, VA 86-81_167 M/C M/C
Dean, Mike Windsor, ON 78-90_168 M/C M/C
Hawker, Jai Calgary, AB 86-82_168 M/C M/C
Philips, Matt Aurora, ON 85-84_169 M/C M/C
Lacoursiere, Dean Vancouver, BC 91-79_170 M/C M/C
Vanderbeek, Chris Dundas, ON 89-82_171 M/C M/C
Luchkiw, Don Innisfil, ON 88-84_172 M/C M/C
Ruiter, Kris Hudson, QC 83-89_172 M/C M/C
Kachmar, John Vancouver, BC 86-88_174 M/C M/C
Pickering, Andrew Wallaceburg, ON 88-91_179 M/C M/C
Burke, Mark Toronto, ON 75-78-76_229 M/C M/C
Church, Dan North York, ON 77-78-74_229 M/C M/C
Mumford, Kevin Mississauga, ON 76-76-77_229 M/C M/C
Bidewell, Neil Delta, BC 79-75-76_230 M/C M/C
Dompier, Chris Tucson, AZ 76-79-75_230 M/C M/C
Jones, Cory Toronto, ON 73-79-78_230 M/C M/C
Kelly, Dave Ste-Foy, QC 74-80-76_230 M/C M/C
Rinker, Joe London, ON 78-73-79_230 M/C M/C
Almand, Jim San Diego, CA 73-78-80_231 M/C M/C
Hendershott, Dennis Toronto, ON 74-78-79_231 M/C M/C
Moore, Brad Oakville, ON 80-78-73_231 M/C M/C
Devlin, Ryan Calgary, AB 75-80-77_232 M/C M/C
Buck, Ryan Abbotsford, BC 74-81-78_233 M/C M/C
Castleton, Geoff Coburg, ON 81-72-80_233 M/C M/C
Henson, Ian Vancouver, BC 78-78-77_233 M/C M/C
Sempecos, Perry Toronto, ON 78-80-75_233 M/C M/C
Dibble, Scott Gormley, ON 80-75-79_234 M/C M/C
Jones, Forrest Sarnia, ON 73-85-76_234 M/C M/C
Fuhr, Grant Calgary, AB 81-78-76_235 M/C M/C
Johnson, Scott Nepean, ON 75-81-79_235 M/C M/C
Lessard, Frederic Ste-Marie de Beauce, QC 76-81-78_235 M/C M/C
Versage, Joe St. Catharines, ON 77-82-76_235 M/C M/C
Gordon, Chris Sarnia, ON 81-77-78_236 M/C M/C
Machel, Mike Halifax, NS 84-74-78_236 M/C M/C
Proctor, Marcus Aurora, ON 81-77-78_236 M/C M/C
Scott, Drew Pinehurst, NC 80-77-80_237 M/C M/C
Hagger, Ryan Blind River, ON 79-80-79_238 M/C M/C
Kang, Tai Abbotsford, BC 77-77-85_239 M/C M/C
Huth, Thomas Vancouver, BC 79-80-81_240 M/C M/C
Allman, Blake Brantford, ON 78-81-83_242 M/C M/C
Osborn, Darin Chico, CA GW/D GW/D
Wilson, Mark Kincardine, ON GW/D GW/D
Petryk, Larry Smoky Lake, AB 80 GW/D GW/D
Hutzul, Courtney Millet, AB 78-80_158 GW/D GW/D
McCann, John Barrie, ON 76-75-71_222 GW/D GW/D
Gunn, Jeff Nepean, ON 80-76_156 DQ DQ
Hins, Mike Ste-Soffie, QC 81-78_159 DQ DQ
Norton, Danny Richmond, BC 70-76-82_228 DQ DQ
Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder
He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):
12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson
Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson
At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker
Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.
1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas
Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.
Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone
HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.
It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.
Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.
It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.
''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''
The reward now?
''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''
He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.
During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.
''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''
Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.
''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''
During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.
''Bones, don't ever do that again.''
It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.
Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.
And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.
It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.
''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''
Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.
And not the Masters.
He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.
''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''
There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.
Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.
''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''
He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.
''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.
He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.
''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''
Except for that first week in April.
The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't
The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.
All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.
By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.
Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.
As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:
This is unreal,hiding in kitchen beachside missile attack from North Korea. Alarm went out all over Hawaii, and it’s no test...— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) January 13, 2018
In a basement under hotel. Barely any service. Can you send confirmed message over radio or tv https://t.co/qHLeQSecnd— JJ Spaun (@JJSpaun) January 13, 2018
Under mattresses in the bathtub with my wife, baby and in laws. Please lord let this bomb threat not be real.— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonFW) January 13, 2018
While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:
Yeah, you heard that right.
“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”
Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.
Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.
Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.
As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.
Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.
Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.
With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.
First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.
“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”
Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.
We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.
The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.
These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.
Here's two more just for good measure.
Focus on a different face every time and this 15 second clip turns into 10 minutes of pure entertainment pic.twitter.com/JJeVV5eaVh— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 15, 2018
Farts ... will they ever not be funny?
Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.
Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.
Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"
Yeah Tommy, we all got that.
Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.
But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.
We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.
Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.
PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.
Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.
Spieth selected by peers to run for PAC chairman
Jordan Spieth may still be relatively young, but he has gained the confidence of some of the PGA Tour's most seasoned voices.
Spieth is one of two players selected by the current player directors of the Tour's Policy Board to run for Chairman of the Player Advisory Council (PAC). Spieth will face Billy Hurley III in an election that will end Feb. 13, with the leading vote-getter replacing Davis Love III next year on the Policy Board for a three-year term through 2021.
Last year's PAC chairman, Johnson Wagner, replaces Jason Bohn as a player director on the Policy Board beginning this year and running through 2020. Other existing player directors include Charley Hoffman (2017-19), Kevin Streelman (2017-19) and Love (2016-18).
The 16-member PAC advises and consults with the Policy Board and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on "issues affecting the Tour."
In addition to Spieth and Hurley, other PAC members for 2018 include Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley, James Hahn, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Geoff Ogilvy, Sam Saunders, Chris Stroud, Justin Thomas, Kyle Thompson and Cameron Tringale.