The Fighter: Letters to Jarrod

By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2014, 9:53 pm

Date: 9/11/2013

Hey Jarrod,
I have followed your golfing career both from the good times and the not so good times, as a boy born and breed in Finley along with reading the shepp news and various golf magazines it has been a joy to watch your golfing career go from strength to strength. As a father of 2 little ones you are a true inspiration to fathers the world over. Good luck with your comeback next week in Melbourne you will have no issue making the cut and finishing the event on top.

You are already a winner in a lot of ways.

Cheers Tony

 

Date: 08/02/2008

You are an inspiration. We just lost our 14 year old daughter to AML after a 13 month battle. She read your story in the Brisbane paper and was inspired to fight from it. She cut it out and had it on the wall.

Good Luck with the Golf.

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Sorry to hear of your illness. You have fought this battle before. Stay tough and go forward in the knowledge that many of your friends are with you every step of the way. You can beat this just like you did many years ago. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you 24/7. Trust the new addition to the family will be the ultimate medication. Best Regards

 

Date: 9/03/2012

Jarrod,
You can beat this. You have beaten it once and you will beat it again. You and your family will be in my prayers. Best of luck to you and your wife and congratulations on becoming a father! My wife and I are expecting our first in August, so I know how excited you are. Stay strong, stay positive, don't get down....this will just be another speed bump in what promises to be an amazing life for you.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hi Jarrod, I just heard the news about your relapse. I'm a first time cancer survivor (only heard the news a week ago), so I have a little bit of an idea what you're going through, but I imagine the second time would be even harder. Good luck with everything, and I really hope it all works out in the end. I hope you stay strong and positive throughout, no matter how hard it might seem.

 

Date: 10/03/2012

Hey Jarrod,
Wanted to drop you a line mate to let you know that Felicity and I are thinking about you and Briony. Wishing her the most amazing birth and sending you the most positive thoughts and encouragement in the road ahead. Can’t imagine how you feel with chemo coming up but do know how it feels when you see your baby for the first time. Hang in there mate. Enjoy every moment. It’s amazing.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

First, I want to congratulate you and your wife on the birth of Lusi Joy. How exciting to have a baby come into your life!

Second, Jarrod, I want to wish you all the best in your fight against leukemia. No one should have to deal with this once, for you to go through this a 2nd time is ridiculous.

I know this is a tough fight, so every time you're down I want you to think of that ace you made in Phoenix, and that amazing reaction from the crowd. I hope to see you back on the tour soon.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
Firstly, congratulations to both yourself and Briony on the wonderful birth of your beautiful little angel, Lusi. A new and amazing experience for you both. Secondly Jarrod are our hearts and thoughts are with you as you go through this next challenge in your life. We know you'll come through this with courage and strength again. It's just not fair that you should have to.

Love to you, Briony, Lusi and all the family.

 

Date: 12/03/2012

Jarrod,
Congratulations on the safe arrival of Lusi, and best wishes for the coming months.

Our A-Grade pennants team dedicated its win yesterday to you. You have always held a giggle in our hearts since your trot up the 18th at NSW to mark your ball in the Australian Open... :-)

Be strong, mate- be there for Briony and Lusi, no matter how long it takes. When they are looked after, we'll be lining up to have a quick 18 with you.

All the best!

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Jarrod, I was involved with you and your wonderful family as one of your social workers at RCH in '99 when you were first diagnosed with AML. I well remember your great courage last time and know that with the strength of your family, particularly now your wife and baby girl (how exciting!), that you will manage the high demands of your treatment ahead of you. I wish you and your family the very best of success for the coming months that are likely to be very difficult.

 

Date: 13/03/2012

Hi, Jarrod. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your chemotherapy. I also had AML diagnosed in 2009, recurrent in 2010. They were able to get me into a second remission and now I've had a stem cell transplant from a matched unrelated donor (in Jan 2011) and am doing fine!

I know it's a long haul, but I made it and I'm 50! As I'm sure you remember from last time, once you are through everything, it quickly becomes a bad memory and you can get back to enjoying life.

 

Date: 24/03/2012

Hi Jarrod,
I was diagnosed a month after you and I remember seeing you at the Royal Children's Hospital. I have followed your career, What an inspiration you are! Mildura had the relay for life today. I walked in the Survivors Walk for you mate! Good luck and best wishes on fighting that cancer.

 

Date: 25/04/2012

Jarrod,
I was diagnosed with AML in 2008 while I was in the hospital I watched a video that had you and your story in it. I love the game of golf, your story helped me get through a tough time and gave me hope that I to could once again be out there playing. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this tough time you and your family are going through. I wish you all the best. Keep fighting the fight and stay strong.

 

Date: 25/05/2012

You’re a legend big fella! People like you are why I'm proud to call myself Australian. This is one cut you will NOT miss mate. I love the game of golf and all it stands for, patience, dedication, self-belief. All the great qualities I know you possess.

My thoughts and best wishes to you and your family,

 

Date: 16/07/2012

Dear Jarrod,
I'm a 16 year old boy from Melbourne who plays at 13th beach and it deeply saddens me to hear of your current battle. To put it lightly you are my idol. Haha. It would be a great honour to meet you one day because you just seem like a great bloke that simply loves his family and his golf, maybe even play with you one day. You are my absolute motivation to not only make it as a PGA pro and get on tour but also to get as far as possible and live life to the fullest. I’m sure you hear this all before but I know you will get better and best of luck for the future. P.S if you can make a 1 on 16 at the waste management you can beat this! Catch you later mate, all the best for the future and it would be great to meet one day.

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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."