Cut Line

By Rex HoggardOctober 17, 2009, 12:44 am

Meaningful golf remains, at least for the 125 or so independent contractors in search of gainful employment in 2010, which means another Friday comes and goes with an eclectic assortment of would-be champions and woebegone also-rans.

We begin this weeks edition with a man who spent the better part of the last half century searching for the truth, and end it with a man who decided truth is a matter of political expediency.

Made Cut

Furman Bisher: Late in the summer of 2006 and just down the road from Royal Yellow Brick Road (aka Hoylake) a colleague spotted the deans of golf writing, Dan Jenkins and Bisher, having drinks and holding court in a local pub.

Two hours later more than a century of sports writing packed up and headed home and the history lesson they left behind, from Hogan to Jones to Cobb, was worth the late night, to say nothing of the Transatlantic flight, bad food and roundabouts.

On Sunday Bisher penned his final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and already press rooms from Torrey Pines to TPC Sawgrass seem less welcoming.

For 59 years Bisher was the voice of Atlanta sports, covering Super Bowls and Olympics and World Series with equal parts creativity and depth of knowledge. But it was his presence at Augusta National that will be missed the most. Bisher may not have coined the sports writing staple, swans to Capistrano, but he used it more artfully than any other to refer to golfs annual Masters migration.

Fittingly, Bishers final literary turn for the Journal-Constitution was written on his trusty Royal typewriter and came complete with a familiar ending ' Selah.

The Body: A threesome of LPGA players were among the athletes who went Henrik Stenson for ESPN The Magazines now-annual Body issue.

Some will twist this into something undignified or banal, while others will applaud the LPGA trio for bringing some much-needed attention to a sport that has suffered more than its share of body blows this season. Lost amid the cacophony of the debate, however, will be a new perspective of professional golfers as athletes. Although a running joke in mainstream sports circles, anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in the Tours travelling gym can attest ' these guys are good and, regardless of stereotype, are in good shape.

Of course, the Tour can hold off on supplemental performance-enhancing drug testing, the issue also includes athletes from table tennis and sumo wrestling.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

John Daly: Another 180 from JD should come as no surprise. A healthy, happy and controversy-free Daly is good for the game, as well as the Tour, but his announcement this week that he would play the Viking Classic later this month doesnt pass the sniff test.

According to Daly his injuries have healed enough thanks to stem cell injections that his doctors cleared him to play and he quickly accepted a sponsors invitation for the Viking. Yet at 215th in earnings (with about $68K) there is little chance he will convert the freebie into a 2010 Tour card and he said in a recent interview that he will use the start to test new wedges with next years conforming grooves.

Daly also has taken another pass on going to Q-School to reclaim his playing privileges, all of which doesnt sound like a man on a card quest. Daly may be good for the gate, but wouldnt that exemption feel better if it went to a player who was serious about earning or keeping a Tour card?

Justin Timberlake: The host with the most is putting on a good show in a town that knows a thing or two about star power, and practice range scuttlebutt has it the Las Vegas stop, thanks to Timberlakes work and cache, could land a spot in the FedEx Cup schedule on future calendars. But the entertainer went sideways when he compared himself to the uber-cool Rat Pack.

I'm kind of intrigued by the fact that maybe we can bring that type of synergy and that type of style, that type of legend about the game in modern day, Timberlake said. I just have to find three or four other guys who can really get out there and play and who love it, who can play the part and dress the part.

  • Youre cool, baby, but Sinatra? Martin? Jr.? Really?

Missed Cut

The economy: After 42 years one of the Tours lunchbox events took a 10-count this week, the victim of a sagging economy and an undesirable date on the circuits crowded mid-summer docket.

The charity that ran the Tours Milwaukee stop announced this week they would dissolve and the scramble to replace U.S. Bank, which did not pick up its three-year title sponsor option after this years playing, appears over.

A spot on the schedule alongside the British Open made Milwaukee something of a competitive afterthought, but it seems like a melancholy swansong for an event that gave us Hello, world in 1996 for Tiger Woods professional debut.

Officials were hopeful the tournament could return to the fold in 2011 and Cut Line can think of one possible winning scenario ' The Steve Stricker Invitational.

Robert Allenby. Waxed 5 and 3 in Sunday singles, it seems the Aussie waxed a few minutes too long outside the International sides cabin at Harding Park last weekend.

There is no question the Aussie out-punted his coverage when he labeled Anthony Kim, his Sunday singles opponent, the John Daly of the new generation and said the young American was out until 4 a.m. on the eve of the final matches.

The Tour, Allenby, Kim and golf would have been better off if Allenby would have pleaded no comment and joined his teammates on the bus, but the forced, Tour-driven public apology simply gave the row more legs, and his claim that his comments were taken out of context begs the question: in what context should they have been taken?

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

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

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


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