Cut Line Bananas beers and best intentions

By Rex HoggardJuly 31, 2010, 2:27 am

This week's “Cut Line” features dueling Grand Slams that are marred, one by a major scheduling snafu and the other some seriously flawed qualifying logic, while the dog days get a breath of fresh air via a Swedish celebration and something special in West Virginia.

“Cut Line” covers the rest of the week’s scoreboard in a special “Midsummer’s nightmare” edition.

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Swede week. Golf’s answer to “Shark Week”’ came by way a Swedish Double last Sunday as Richard S. Johnson stormed to victory at the Scandinavian Masters with a comedian on his bag and Carl Pettersson had some laughs of his own, both on and off the golf course, in Canada.

Johnson called his victory “epic” and the home game was made that much more entertaining by the antics of Anders Timmell, a friend of Johnson’s who is a local Swedish DJ- restaurant owner-comedian who filled in as his caddie.

While Pettersson, who eased the pain of narrowly making the cut on Friday in Canada with a few local pints, said following his victory, “I'm not your typical Swede, as you know. I don't have a 28-inch waist, and I don't eat bananas at the turn.”

The Old White. This week’s stop at the Greenbrier Classic may not have the best date on the PGA Tour schedule or the agronomic docket, wedged before a WGC and a major and during a time of year that demands soft conditions, but the Charles Blair Macdonald-designed gem is putting on a show nonetheless.

“Cut Line” holds to the theory that the Tour often plays the second-, or third-, best course in town any given week, but the Greenbrier is the exception to the rule.

In fact, the classic old layout is the start of perhaps the best architectural run on the Tour with upcoming stops at Sedgefield in North Carolina (Donad Ross), Ridgewood in New Jersey (A.W. Tillinghast), Cog Hill in Chicago (Joe Lee, Dick Wilson, et al) and Atlanta’s East Lake (Ross).

Tweet of the week: @PaulAzinger “Did Lane Kiffin hate orange jerseys, Old Rocky Top and getting pounded by the Gators enough to go to USC and play for nothing?”

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Corey Pavin. There is no such thing as too much communication, particularly when the world No. 1 is involved, but what in the world could Captain America have in mind for the Détente he has scheduled with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship?

Other than, “the plane leaves at 6 p.m. for Wales, you’ve already been upgraded,” the entire affair smells of 10 minutes neither man will ever get back.

Woods is currently eighth on the U.S. points list and could fail to secure an automatic spot on the team, but we challenge Pavin or anyone else to name someone more deserving of a pick. He may not be 100 percent, he may not even be at 75 percent, but Pavin will need all the help he can get in Wales.

Cell phones. Give Wyndham Championship officials a nod for creative thinking, although we don’t want to be there the first time a “Spice Girls” ring tone disrupts Vijay Singh’s pre-shot routine.

We don’t like cell phones on the golf course – any golf course, be it a Tour stop or a Saturday morning four-ball – but the electronic leash is a reality in the world in which we live and lest we forget the Wyndham folks are in the business of putting butts in seats.

Besides, as incoming Tour Policy Board member Paul Goydos recently joked at a player meeting when the subject was brought up, “Cell phones aren’t allowed on the golf course?”

Missed Cut

Senior majors. It’s Friday which means the over-50 set must be playing a major, or so it seems.

But then the three-majors-in-five-weeks lineup would be easier to stomach if the seniors could get on the same page and create some spacing for their biggest events. Travel logistics likely cost the Senior British Open a Fred Couples cameo and I don’t care how many SkyMiles your rack up, travelling eight time zones from Scotland to Seattle is not conducive to good play or pre-tournament hype.

How about a U.S. Senior Open in June? We hear the Pacific Northwest is beautiful that time of year.

Kapalua. By any name the season-opener is still paradise but it’s become clear things aren’t perfect on Maui.

The word from the islands is that the SBS Championship will be run by a different charitable organization next year, and likely involve island native Mark Rolfing, and we hear commissioner Tim Finchem is pushing to expand the winners-only field.

One member of the Player Advisory Board told “Cut Line” earlier this month that the Tour is pushing to give circuit winners a two-year exemption, creating a larger field that could also boost attendance the following week at the Sony Open.

“Cut Line” remembers a time, not that long ago, when a week in Hawaii in January was a cure, not a cause, for all of one’s woes.

Ladies’ Golf Union. There are no “freebies” in golf, and to Alexis Thompson’s credit she wasn’t looking for a handout. All the teen-ager wanted was a spot in Monday’s final qualifier for the Women’s British Open but she was denied by LGU officials.

Earlier this year Vijay Singh landed a “get out of jail free” card from the U.S. Golf Association and a spot at Pebble Beach and a millionaire hotel owner with a 2-handicap gave himself a spot into next week’s Turning Stone Championship.

Three wrongs wouldn’t have made a right, but giving Thompson, who just days earlier nearly won the Evian Masters in France, a chance to qualify would have been the right thing to do.

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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

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.