Cut Line Mobspeak and Merriment
Or, as co-architect of the sprawling layout Bob Cupp figured when he first saw the wasteland that would become Liberty National, It was a nightmare, we were pretty sure any travesty known to man was on this property.
With this dubious ground underfoot ' if the Meadowlands are the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa, only RICO knows what lies beneath all that fill at Liberty National ' we offer the Sopranos edition of Cut Line, complete with plenty of mobspeak and a little gabagool on the side.
Bada Bing (Made Cut)
Christina Kim. Critics say the American sparkplug went too far, that her celebrations were unsportsmanlike and out of place. Madonn.
Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open in June with all the zeal of a man getting his oil changed. Its how his grandfather taught him, Act like youve been there, and all of Long Island respected him for it. Kim lives life as if on an adrenaline drip, she knows no other way. You may not appreciate the personality, but you cant question the passion.
Besides, Kims antics only seemed out of place in Sugar Grove, a suburb of Chicago, because its been over 100 years since the Cubs gave the Wrigleyville fateful a championship to celebrate.
Ryan Moore. Weve admired the wunderkind since he won the amateur Grand Slam in 2004 (U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links, Western Amateur, NCAA Championship) because he seemed to do it with heart, almost as much as natural talent.
With a homemade swing his father, Mike, taught him, Moore has the single element missing from so many young Americans ' the ability to get the ball in the hole when the situation intensifies.
That he pocketed his first Tour title last week at the Wyndham Championship without a vig, um, equipment deal, simply proves the point that hes more concerned with winning than getting rich.
No Disrespect (Made Cut-Did Not Finish)
U.S. Golf Association. Tim Jackson, the 50-year-old who crashed the kids party this week at the U.S. Amateur, won the stroke-play portion of the championship, and that was after the USGA laid a one-stroke penalty on him for slow play.
Anything that speeds up play is good for golf, but Cut Line is flummoxed by the dichotomy of the situation. The USGA has no problem doling out penalties at its amateur events, but somehow five hour-plus rounds at Junes U.S. Open went unnoticed.
It all has a playground bully feel to it. If the USGA wants to fit slow play with a pair of concrete shoes, lets see the stopwatches early and often next year at Pebble Beach.
Executive privilege. Rumors spread last week that No. 44 (President Barack Obama) and No. 1 (Tiger Woods) planned to sneak in a few holes on Marthas Vineyard.
Seems the buzz of an all-world two-ball was just talk, and maybe thats for the best. Not for nothin, but the chief executive probably has his hands full what with a sagging economy, two wars and a heated health care debate; and Woods has a playoff run to focus on.
There will be plenty of time for a quick nine in the fall, but just a tip for No. 44, keep the subject on golf, No. 1s politics move in only one direction ' the right.
FedEx Cup playoffs. Its best to hang an under construction sign on the Tours third postseason. Some have already labeled the experiment a mess and moved on while ignoring the elephant in Liberty Nationals sprawling room with a view this week.
Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, et al dont go head-to-head very often and almost never in the fall of a non-Ryder Cup year. And if the Tours new math creates some buzz at the Tour Championship all the better. In New Orleans they call that lagniappe, a little extra.
Fugetaboutit (Missed Cut)
Cash for Clunkers. No, were not talking about that federal trade-in program, but it seems a fitting title to help alleviate whats ailing many of the Tours biggest names right now.
Over the past two weeks Vijay Singh and Garcia have both been bitten by clunky putters, proving yet again that an effortless and efficient swing may look good on the practice tee but a pedestrian putter can make a mess of any scorecard.
Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on last years final FedEx Cup points list currently rank 168th (Singh), 111th (Camilo Villegas) and 125th (Sergio Garcia) on Tour iCam putting average, which makes one wonder if the next tweaks to the playoffs need to involve the flat stick.
Liberty National. Seems you can pump $250 million into a former garbage dump and still end up with, well, something only slightly better.
Liberty National officials must have felt like they hit the lottery when they landed the tournament and Woods for a week in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, but after Tour Local No. 768 gets done with the links-like layout they will likely be second guessing their good fortune.
Paul Goydos, as thoughtful as they come on Tour, offered a veiled the golf course is what it is, and another player, looking to avoid a fine, requested anonymity after a more biting assessment, Greatest waste of a toxic landfill ever. Ever.
The Books, as Tony Soprano might say of a doomed associate, seem to be closed on the Jersey layout.
Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage
Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.
Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.
Swipe to see what’s up in my world. It’s long-winded.... short version, we lost the baby. Had to share this since we had shared the news already. I know you’re all so supportive and kind. I just couldn’t face it before. Now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. #ihavealotoffeelings #andphotostocatchupon
“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”
The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.
“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia
This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.
The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.
Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.
The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.
A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.
And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.
Green jacket tour
Man of the people
Ace at 17th at Sawgrass
Departure from TaylorMade
Squashed beef with Paddy
Victory at Valderrama
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates:
No. 4: Dec. 13
No. 3: Dec. 14
No. 2: Dec. 15
No. 1: Dec. 18
Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf
Well, this is a one new one.
According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:
“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”
Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.
“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.
The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.
“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”
The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.
Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.
Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.