Bradley sick of being called cheater, tired of ban talk

By Randall MellFebruary 26, 2013, 5:50 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The furor cuts more painfully to Keegan Bradley.

As a guy who thrives using a belly putter, Bradley revealed Tuesday at The Honda Classic just how much the controversy over anchored putting has worn on him.

Bradley said that fan who called him a “cheater” during the World Challenge late last year wasn’t a lone wolf.

With the PGA Tour coming out Sunday against the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club’s proposed ban on anchoring, and with a resolution broiling toward completion, Bradley acknowledged he has struggled with the debate.

“It's been actually pretty difficult, especially lately,” Bradley said. “I'm being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers. It's really tough. I can't imagine how people can say that to me, or to anybody out here. It's been really difficult, and I'm sick of it to be honest.  I'm ready to be over it.”

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Bradley acknowledged he probably reads Twitter too much.

“The word cheater, I mean, it's amazing that people can say that,” Bradley said. “It's probably the worst thing you could ever say to an athlete.”

Bradley has been using a belly putter for about five years. He won the PGA Championship with it at the end of the 2011 season, initiating a run where three of five major championships were won with belly putters. The proposed ban came out at the end of that run.

The 90-day comment period put forth by the USGA and R&A ends Thursday. The governing bodies announced that they will make their determination on whether to implement the rule sometime during this spring.

“It’s a mess,” Bradley said. “It's going to be a mess.

“There's so much hearsay that's going on with this. There's so much media around it that one day I hear one thing, ‘Oh, there's no way it's going to happen,’ and then the next day I hear, ‘It's going to happen next year.’  So I'm going to wait and see. I realize that I'm going to have to deal with it for the next couple years, which I'm fine with, but I do know the Tour has my back, which is helpful.”

That’s how Bradley understood PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s pronouncement Sunday that the Tour is opposed to the proposed ban, though Finchem has yet to say if the Tour would ultimately adopt implementation of such a rule.

“Commissioner Finchem and the PGA Tour (have) always had their players’ backs, no matter how big or small the group is,” Bradley said. “I'm very proud, and it makes me feel good that my Tour, the Tour that I play on, has my back.”

Bradley was pleased both the PGA Tour and PGA of America came out against the proposed ban during the 90-day comment period.

“If they are really taking this comment period seriously, I think they really need to look at what's been said by both those organizations,” Bradley said.

In five official PGA Tour starts since the proposed ban was announced, Bradley has one top-10 finish, a tie for fourth in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He tied for 16th in his last stroke-play start, the Northern Trust Open, and lost to Marcus Fraser in the opening round of last week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play.

“I think a big part of Keegan’s game is that he has a phenomenal heart,” said Jim McLean, Bradley’s swing coach. “This bothers him; I think it weighs on him, but he’s been able to handle it so well because he’s such a super competitor.”

McLean believes Bradley would adapt to a standard putter quickly, but Bradley doesn’t want to putt that way.

“Keegan works at it,” McLean said. “You don’t just grab a belly putter and putt well with it.”

Bradley will be looking to win The Honda Classic with it this week while shutting out all the folks who don’t like the fact that he’s using it.

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.

Original story:

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.