The Rickie Fowler Show

By Randall MellOctober 12, 2010, 7:48 pm

Blasting into the week, from the Rickie Fowler Show to Cristie Kerr’s rebound bid.

PGA TOURPGA Tour (75x100)

Frys.com Open

The stars may be aligning for Rickie Fowler this week.

The only player from the 2010 Ryder Cup teeing it up at CordeValle Golf Club, Fowler should be riding a high the way he finished at Celtic Manor two weeks ago. Fowler’s clutch finish there, his four consecutive closing birdies to steal a half-point from Europe’s Edoardo Molinari, should do wonders for his confidence in his return to tournament golf. You won’t feel any more pressure over putts than Fowler did over the pair of 18-footers he knocked down at the final two holes of the Ryder Cup.

Fowler also has the memory of last year’s finish at the Frys.com Open going for him. He didn’t win, but in just his fourth start as a pro he got himself into the playoff that Troy Matteson would go on to win. Tim Clark’s the highest ranked player in this week’s field at No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but Fowler’s next at No. 33. Nobody, though, arrives with more positive mojo than Fowler.

CordeValle Golf Club, by the way, is the new home of the Frys.com Open with a move from Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bunker shot: Aron Price should be feeling squeezed in his “bubble boy” position at 125th on the money list with three events left in the season. Every player from 106th on the money list to 141st is teeing it up this week. Price was one of just two players who jumped from outside the top 125 to inside with his performance last week. He climbed 10 spots, tying for ninth at the McGladrey Classic. Joe Durant was the other making the jump. He made the biggest move on the money list last week, climbing 16 spots to 115th. Heath Slocum climbed 14 spots to 29th on the money list winning the event. That’s notable because everyone inside the top 30 in money at season’s end earns Masters’ invitations if they haven’t already qualified.

Mell’s picks: Winner – Bo Van Pelt. Contender – Rickie Fowler. Dark horse – Robert Garrigus.

Course: CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, Calif. Par 71, 7,368 yards.

Purse: $5 million (winner’s share, $900,000).

TV times: Golf Channel – Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 p.m. ET

Last year: Troy Matteson defeated Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark in a playoff.


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CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge

CVS pharmacy’s contract as title sponsor expires after this week’s event, but LPGA pros aren’t exactly sending them off with a bouquet of roses.

Just two of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings – No. 2 Cristie Kerr and No. 10 Paula Creamer – are in this week’s field.

The reason so few top-ranked players are in the field is easy to surmise with the tour amid its busiest stretch this season. The CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge is the second of six consecutive weeks of tournament play for LPGA pros, the longest run of consecutive weeks this year. When you factor in that the next three events are in Asia with a trip to the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico closing out the six-week run, it’s a rigorous stretch.

Competing Asian events have lured some LPGA pros away this week while other players appear to be resting up. Jiyai Shin, No. 3 in the Rolex world rankings, is scheduled to play the Japan LPGA’s Fujitsu Ladies Championship this week. Song Hee Kim, No. 9 in the world, is scheduled to play the Korean LPGA’s third major, the Hite Cup.

Bunker shot: After squandering the final-round lead and a chance to win last week’s Navistar LPGA ClassicAi Miyazato taking the week off, the door’s open for the American to arrive with the No. 1 ranking when the three-week Asian swing begins at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia next week.

Mell’s picks: Winner – Angela Stanford. Contender – Cristie Kerr. Dark horse – Vicky Hurst.

Course: Blackhawk Country Club, Danville, Calif. Par 72, 6,185 yards.

Purse: $1.1 million (winner’s share, $165,000).

TV times: Golf Channel – Thursday-Sunday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET

Last year: Sophie Gustafson defeated Lorena Ochoa by four shots.


NATIONWIDE TOURNationwide Tour

Miccosukee Championship

It’s down-to-the-wire time on the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit.

The Miccosukee Championship is one of three events remaining before PGA Tour cards are dished out to the season’s top-25 money winners.

It’s one of two events left for players to qualify for the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship. The top 60 on the money list after next week’s Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open advance to the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel IslandJason Gore. Contender – Daniel Summerhays. Dark horse – Brian Smock.

Course: Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, Miami, Par 71, 7,200 yards.

Purse: $600,000 (winner’s share, $108,000).

TV times: Golf Channel – 1:30-4 p.m. ET

Last year: Chad Collins earned his second career Nationwide Tour title, winning by two shots.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win


Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.