Cut Line Catty Daly - COPIED

By Rex HoggardFebruary 4, 2011, 9:23 pm

Farmers Insurance OpenSAN DIEGO – In a “Cut Line” first, a player on the leaderboard has gotten the metaphorical axe. But if John Daly gets the call for a curious sense of self-entitlement, Torrey Pines should get a call from the U.S. Golf Association for being entitled to another U.S. Open.

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Phil and Amy Mickelson. Their emotional embrace behind Augusta National’s 18th green last year feels like a lifetime ago and it appears the Mickelsons are still learning to deal with Amy’s ongoing cancer treatments. All of which made her presence at Torrey Pines for Rounds 1 and 2 so encouraging.

Amy’s return and Phil’s first-round 67, which matched his best card on the South Course since the Rees Jones redesign in 2001, were not mutually exclusive events it seems.

“I forget how much I missed having her out here. It's been a good day,” Mickelson said.

Lucas Glover. Tales from the blogosphere of Glover’s professional demise appear to be greatly exaggerated. The former U.S. Open champion turned up at Torrey Pines hungry and, well hairy.

Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover sits at 4 under through two rounds at Torrey Pines. He's saving birdies for the weekend in his beard.

Many players grow “off-season” beards but Glover took it to a new level, so much so one caddie referred to him as “Grizzly Adams.”

According to a member of Camp Lucas, he started growing the beard in the fall but had to start over following a nasty shaving incident. No worries, however, it takes about four days for Glover to go from Mr. Clean to Mean Joe Green.

“Winning a U.S. Open. So easy, even a caveman can do it,” tweeted Justin Rose complete with a scruffy snapshot of Glover.

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New cell phone policy. Or, for those historically inclined, the ode to the obvious policy considering that fans have been sneaking cell phones into golf tournaments for years.

In fact, when the proposal was first introduced to the Tour’s Policy Board last year incoming board member Paul Goydos deadpanned, “We don’t allow cell phones at tournaments?”

But now the Tour is on the record in an effort to attract new fans that may have been turned off by the ban, but four events into the experiment the circuit is experiencing some growing pains.

On Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open officials confiscated 13 cell phones from the throng trailing Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines . . . on the first hole.

U.S. Golf Association. Maybe it was Woods’ first competitive return to Torrey Pines since his historic U.S. Open victory in 2008, or maybe it was just the song of crashing waves on Black’s Beach.

Either way, it’s time for the USGA to quit stalling and pull the seaside muni back into the national championship fold.

“I thought it was a great venue. There were a zillion people here, and the playoff was ridiculous. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen, so I'm surprised (Torrey Pines hasn’t been offered a second U.S. Open),” said Rocco Mediate, the affable antagonist at the ’08 Open.

You do the math, another muddy People’s Open at Bethpage Black? Or sun and fun in SoCal?

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Tim Finchem. It was an occasion to take the high road and open the door for healing. Instead, the commissioner offered only a backhanded snub when asked about the Lee Westwood v. Players Championship row earlier this week.

When asked about the Englishman’s decision not to play The Players, the commissioner, who supported a late-in-the-game decision to alter Tour rules in attempt to lure Westwood to TPC Sawgrass in May, took a different course.

“I'm not going to argue whether a European Tour player is doing the wrong thing, if (European Tour commissioner) George O'Grady feels because it's so important for that player to play over there,” Finchem said. “Candidly, it's probably more important on the European Tour that some of those players play over there than it is for us that they play here.”

Who says the new grooves rule did away with spin on the PGA Tour?

Tweet of the week: @IanJamesPoulter “Tiger give us a smile. Tiger Tiger give us a smile. Tiger give us a smile. Come on @TigerWoods shall we sing a song for you?”

Trash talk Twitter-style, but Woods wasn’t interested in Poulter’s reindeer games and when asked about the Englishman’s jabs he flashed a knowing smile and said, “He's probably just bored and has nothing to do. I was at home and working on my game, and flying out here. That's just Poults being Poults, and that's fine.”

Hope-less. John Daly has stretched the bounds of reason, and acceptable behavior, chronically in his career, but on Thursday at Torrey Pines he took his self-entitled outlook to a whole new stratosphere.

Following an opening-round 67 that put him in the hunt at Torrey Pines, Daly used the occasion to vent some misplaced venom toward two tournaments that had the audacity to pass on his schtick this year.

“I'll never go back to the (Bob Hope Classic) and I'll never go back to Phoenix, no matter what happens. I won't even send letters anymore. I'm not saying that to ditch the tournaments,” said Daly, who did not get a sponsor exemption into either the Hope or Waste Management Phoenix Open this year.

“I felt like I did my part. It hurt me for those two tournaments not to give me spots. So I'll go to Europe on those weeks.”

Just a thought, but if Daly really wanted to play the Hope and Phoenix he may have given Q-School a try, but then they don’t give exemptions out at the Fall Classic either.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.