Cut Line: Stars on parade

By Rex HoggardSeptember 23, 2011, 10:46 pm

ATLANTA – With just 54 of the world’s best in action on the main stage this week – 30 at the Tour Championship and 24 at the Solheim Cup, both no-cut stops – it seems apropos that Cut Line’s weekly lineup would be filled from the gallery.

To Greg Norman’s strangely motivational take on Tiger Woods to John Daly’s strange behavior, it has been the action outside the ropes that has been all at once compelling and confounding.

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FixIt Cup? For five years we’ve heard the FedEx Cup is too confusing, too contrived, too ill-fitting a concept for a game that values majors above all else. But as Friday’s leaderboard unfolded at the Tour Championship, it was difficult to separate historic fact from the sea of hyperbole.

At the close of business the top of the marquee read Adam Scott – who is also currently projected to hit the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot – K.J. Choi, Jason Day, Luke Donald and Bubba Watson. Not exactly a “B” list of the Tour’s rank and file. And the record further shows that the Cup has been won in the past by Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk. Again, not a bad group to round out anyone’s fourball.

The science and semantics may be a golf ball shy of a full sleeve, but considering how the last few Grand Slams have played out there have been some major leaderboards that should be as lucky as the Tour Championship's.

East Lake: No, not the Rees Jones restoration of the old Donald Ross gem, although we are certainly glad to see the former is having a better week. It’s the East Lake Foundation that’s 4 up on conventional wisdom and cruising.

One former Georgia Tech golfer reminisced this week how far the club and surrounding neighborhood have come. Before the revitalization there was an automatic press during rounds when gunshots were heard and players rarely played Nos. 3, 4 and 5 late in the day for fear they’d be robbed.

Now the club and surrounding community is a blueprint for other troubled neighborhoods across the country, but to hear Tom Cousins, the 79-year-old patriarch of the East Lake project, they haven’t accomplished anything yet.

“Warren Buffett told me, ‘I want to see this done in every U.S. city before I die.’ I told him we’re the same age so we better hurry up . . . or live until we’re 110,” Cousins smiled.

Sean Foley: The thoughtful swing coach was due for a good run and it came in a rush the last week or so. Just days after his newborn son, Kieran Malcolm, returned home from an Orlando, Fla.-area hospital with an inspiring clean bill of health, one of Foley's players, Justin Rose, won the BMW Championship.

Kieran was born on Aug. 26 with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a life-threatening condition in which an abnormal opening in the diaphragm can lead to parts of the stomach or other abdominal organs moving into the chest cavity

“They said he’d probably be in the hospital 15 weeks and he came home last week. All the doctors were amazed,” Foley told Cut Line late Sunday. “It makes bogeys and everything else, well, basically unimportant.”

Funny how perspective whips nitpicking every time.

Tweet of the week: @JasonDufner “Thanks to Eric [sic] “whatever your last name is” from the Morning Drive, I am on my way to Atlanta. #motivation.”

Erik Kuselias was glad to help.

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Greg Norman: Imagine the chances that the Shark would ruffle feathers this month and the offending event would have nothing to do with his Presidents Cup picks, which are due on Tuesday.

In an item that promises to go directly to the U.S. Presidents Cup team’s bulletin board, Norman told Golf Magazine that Woods lacks the “street smarts” to fully recover his game.

“He thinks everything's OK because his world is so cocooned,” Norman added.

Stephen Ames thought it wise to poke the bear once and he turned into 9-and-8 road kill at the 2006 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Sergio Garcia: The man who has taken on the golf gods and the fashion police can now be called the unofficial spokesman for everything that is wrong with professional golf’s “Generation Me.”

Following last Saturday’s second-round 67 at the BMW Championship “El No-no” was asked his plans for Sunday’s closing turn considering his precarious position on the leaderboard (T-7) and the FedEx Cup standings (53rd).

“I just want to get done,” he said.

In Garcia’s defense, the BMW was his 21st worldwide start this year and his on-course haul this season on the PGA Tour is a paltry $1.5 million. Greece isn’t the only thing in Europe that should be embracing austerity.

John Daly: Speaking of coddled headliners with a light grasp on reality, “Big John” stretched the bounds of the ugly American on Friday at the Austrian Open.

On the 15th hole during the second round, Daly was informed by a tournament official that he’d taken an incorrect drop away from a television tower and would be penalized two strokes for the infraction.

After a lengthy discussion with the official, Daly decided to go with “Plan B” and walked off the golf course. The incident came just a few holes after Daly had thrown a golf club into a water hazard.

It’s time for Daly to change his catch phrase from “Grip it and rip it” to simply “Get a grip.”

LPGA: At best, the tour’s handling of the Lexi Thompson affair is an administrative snafu, at worst an inexplicable example of misplaced showmanship. Either way, a circuit in desperate need of a break breezed right past the “free money” sign on the way to the soup line.

Cut Line has to believe that the 16-year-old phenom has a date with a tour card next week following her historic victory on Sunday in Alabama, a poorly conceived pause to keep from overshadowing this week’s Solheim Cup. But the damage is done.

LPGA commissioner Michael Whan should have been waiting for Thompson on the 72nd hole on Sunday with a trophy in one hand and a tour card in the other. Instead, the circuit offered administrative double-talk and what should have been a hallmark moment delivered only a flurry of petitions and postulations.

File this under unsolicited advice, but when the future calls, it is best not to let it go straight to voicemail.

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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.