Double P Up Bob Hope Down

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2009, 5:00 pm
Bob Hope week is one of the toughest cuts to avoid all year on the PGA Tour. You have to go four rounds, make a ton of birdies and hope for the best to earn a check in the Coachella Valley. Even here at Cut Line we are feeling the pressure.
 

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  • Tiger Woods:
  • The man has avoided political minefields almost as ably as he has sidestepped fairway bunkers and water hazards, but last week he changed course a bit and spoke at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration in Washington, D.C.
     
    Although Woods stayed well clear of any hot-button political issues in his speech, instead honoring the military and the families of those who serve, it was encouraging to see someone who wields so much social influence take part in such a historic event.
     
    Besides, as best we can figure, Woods will play Tour golf for five more years and collect his 20 or so major keepsakes before starting his own quest for the White House. A little inside-the-beltway stage time in January is good practice.
     

  • Pat Perez:
  • The Southern Californian once fumed over a headline in a national golf magazine, It said, Why is Pat Perez so angry? Perez seethed. Why am I so angry? Can you believe that?
     
    Truth is, Perez can be a tad angry, but he can also be very good on the golf course and in the community. The former was proven on Wednesday when he opened the 50th Bob Hope Classic with an 11-under 61 which could have easily been a 59. The latter came to mind last year as we walked Torrey Pines, Perezs childhood track, with the players father, Tony.
     
    He is so good with the kids. Its amazing to watch him, said Tony Perez, who runs the Pin Pals project which benefits underprivileged kids in San Diego and Operation: Game On for wounded veterans.
     
    Welcome to the softer side of Double P.
     

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  • Tadd Fujikawa:
  • OK, so he faded on Sunday with an unsightly 73 to bring his total haul as a professional to $29,237. But you have to cheer the Hawaiian teens Sony Open odyssey regardless of finish or financial gain. The wee player with the whale-sized heart played his way through pre-qualifying, Monday qualifying and more pressure and expectations than should ever be cast on a 17-year-old.
     
    Todd Anderson, Fujikawas Sea Island (Ga.) Resort-based swing coach, said he wanted his pupil to focus on the mini-tours this year to build his confidence and hone his game. Good advice. Lets hope he doesnt follow the lead of that other teen-aged Hawaiian phenom and waste his time chasing sponsor exemptions and more Monday qualifying on Tour. Confidence is a commodity that shouldnt be taken for granted.
     

  • Flight Time:
  • It was a hook, in all honesty. A roping miss that sailed into the light rough ringing the 15th green at PGA Wests Palmer Course, bounced once and trundled some 50 feet into the cup for an unlikely hole-in-one and an unexpected door prize.
     
    Retired electronics manufacturer Andy Goldfarbs tee shot at the 15th was one of 88 strokes the 61-year-old took on Day 1 at the Bob Hope, but it was good enough to earn him a $50,000 credit toward flight time on a private Sentient Jet. Of course, $50K doesnt go real far when the going hourly rate on the companys smallest jet is $2,750. And that doesnt include taxes.
     
    The good news for Goldfarb? Most flights include an in-flight snack and there are no middle seats. The bad news? No word on whether Sentient was going to waive its $100,000 minimum deposit fee for membership.
     

  • Davis Love III:
  • The 20-time Tour winners name appeared on a ballot to chair this years Player Advisory Council opposite circuit quipster Paul Goydos. This years PAC chair ascends to the Tour Policy Board in 2010. Love, a board veteran, would certainly make a welcome return as a decision maker, but given the current economic situation he may want to take a dive in the chairmans race.
     
    They asked me to run for the board again and I said, Jeez, I was on the board when everything was good. Why do I want to be on it now? Everybody will be pointing fingers, Love said last month. I took a year off and look what happened.
     

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  • Bob Hope Classic officials:
  • Weve covered the last four desert classics, a brief but telling line that stretches from Chad Campbell in 2005 to D.J. Trahan in 08, and still have not fully grasped the temporary lapse that prompted tournament officials to oust George Lopez as tournament host.
     
    The pre-Lopez years had the look and feel of a tournament on life support, while the Lopez era was full of life, A list celebs and a bright future. Officials wisely enlisted the services of Arnold Palmer for this years event, but were still flummoxed by Lopezs ouster.
     
    A well-tread Hope one-liner seems apropos: I was out in the garden all day yesterday. I ironed the lawn, smoothed out the grass, put every blade in its place . . . and I still missed the putt anyway.
     

  • European Ryder Cup captain selection committee II:
  • Seems we wasted a portion of this space last week lamenting the ongoing and convoluted process. Turns out we didnt even have the right cast of characters.
     
    Reports surfaced last week that European stalwart Colin Montgomerie rushed into the frontrunners spot to captain the 2010 team in Wales. Monty would liven up the proceedings, but it must be pointed out that the Scot can be affable or aloof, it all depends on his mood.
     
    Were still confused by the committees indifference to Sandy Lyle, who was described as having, one of the best golf minds in the game, by one longtime associate last week.
     
    Outspoken basketball analyst Stephen A. Smith has a signature line for this: Dont hate the player, hate the game.
     
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.