Cut Line Golden Jack

By Rex HoggardJune 5, 2010, 2:42 am
DUBLIN, Ohio – Tiger Woods  will play the weekend at Muirfield Village, his slightly hyperbolic goal to start the week after playing his last two events MC-WD. Ditto for Phil Mickelson, who needs to win and hope Woods finishes no better than a three-way tie for third to ascend to No. 1 in the world.

As for the rest of the golf world, from bucket list moments (Kevin Streelman) to bucket-headed moves (Colin Montgomerie) time has run out.

Made Cut

Bucket lists. Kevin Streelman, a Midwesterner by birth and Jack Nicklaus fan by heritage, was mulling about the halfway house at Muirfield Village last Sunday after missing the cut at the Colonial when he spotted Nicklaus and his son, Jack II, coming up the ninth fairway.

After “soft stalking” Nicklaus at the turn, the Golden Bear asked Streelman to join him. What followed was a blur, as Streelman remembered the events and recounted them. The third-year Tour player birdied Nos. 10, 11 and 12, with no putt longer than 9 feet, added more birdies at the 15th and 16th holes and holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie at No. 17. A bogey at the closing hole left him at 5-under 31.

“Jack was just watching and said, ‘You beat me by nine (strokes). You’ve got to give me a shot a hole next time,’” Streelman smiled. “That’s about as cool as it can be.”

Jack Nicklaus. The Golden one invented the scrum, the free-for-all between players and media after the interview proper, and neither age nor competitive inactivity has dulled golf’s sharpest knife. All of which makes Nicklaus’ annual “State of the Golden Bear” at the Memorial a “can’t miss” for those who carry notebooks.

Among Tuesday’s highlights:

  • “I suppose that win in ’86 was a mistake. I suppose in many ways.” The “win,” of course, was his final Masters victory, among the greatest events in all of golf, if not sport.
  •  “I said firmly that (Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors) will be broken by Tiger [Woods]. If it is, it’s OK. I just want to be the first one there to shake his hand.”
  • “The press asked me what do you remember from that great (British) Open  in 1977? I said very simply, ‘I lost.’ I have a different phrase for the 1960 (U.S. Open). ‘I blew it.’”
  • “I was over in the Bahamas fishing during the Masters and we came in from fishing to watch the last nine holes. I thought that was a pretty big sacrifice for me.”
  • “Somewhere along the line the (U.S. Golf Association) and (Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) need to figure out a plan, every other sport is played in three hours or less. Except maybe your five sets of tennis.”

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Designated tournaments. The jury is still out whether the proposed plan to woo top players to wanting events has legs, but most who attended Tuesday’s Player Advisory Council meeting at Muirfield Village agreed the Tour has a need for change and the proposed plan has potential.

The rub, however, is that players have to be mandated to do what’s best for the Tour as opposed to what they perceive is best for their games.

On this the independent contractors have a 3-up lead, while those who pay the contracts (tournaments) are left watching from the clubhouse.

Tweet of the week: @stewartcink “I can’t change the channel from ‘Antique Roadshow.’” Takes a big man to admit that.

Pace of play. One Tour caddie who began his looping career on the hallowed links at Pebble Beach heard that rounds at the seaside course are currently taking upwards of 5 ½ hours.

“Every 20 (handicap) is heading to the back tees,” the caddie sighed. “It’s brutal.”

The greatest meeting of air, sea and land may be an American masterpiece, but the folks at Pebble Beach should take a page from Tour rookie Rickie Fowler‘s book – hit it hard and walk fast.
Missed Cut

U.S. Golf Association. Karma clearly doesn’t have a vote on the USGA’s executive council. If she did Vijay Singh would be paying $500 for a tee time at Pebble Beach like the rest of us instead of riding a freebie exemption to the national championship.

To make matters worse, Singh had already decided he wouldn’t attempt 36-hole qualifying on Monday like every other Tour pro large and small.

“When I found out my tee time is 7:30 (a.m.), I said, ‘I’m not going to go and qualify,’” Singh said. “I was really debating it.”

If only the USGA would have debated it a tad longer.

Colin Montgomerie. Revelations this week of Monty’s off-course antics aside, the European Ryder Cup captain is adding more intrigue to this year’s biennial grudge match than Samuel A. Ryder could have ever imagined.

Prior to his Fleet Street revelations, Monty had stirred the Ryder Cup waters yet again, insinuating that a European on the bubble for a captain’s pick should play the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August.

“I’ll be very surprised if I pick any player on the border of the team whom I ask to play at Gleneagles and they don’t show up,” the Scot said. “I expect there will be about eight candidates for my three wild cards and it should be a given that they turn up at the final event.”

Forget “designated tournaments,” the Tour should strong-arm like Monty if they want guys to play more.
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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.

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Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

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

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

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Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

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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.