Greenbrier Grabs Gold

By Rex HoggardAugust 7, 2009, 4:00 pm
AKRON, Ohio ' For years Tim Clark fumed that he should be playing in Reno, site of this weeks opposite-field event, instead of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
 
Following that second-round 83, Yuji Igarashi may be thinking the same thing considering there is no cut at Firestone and the native of Japan is facing three long walks on a long golf course with virtually no chance of contending.
 
Thankfully, Cut Line gives no freebies, and the early days of August had plenty of reasons to thin the herd.
 

 
Made Cut
 
  • Greenbrier: The tiny West Virginia resort is known for its classic gem (the Old White Course), a litany of extracurricular activities (falconry, anyone?) and a bunker cut deep into the earth to protect members of Congress and other government officials in the event of a nuclear war.
     
    Luckily for the Tour, Greenbrier chief Jim Justice provided economic cover for the circuit when General Motors was forced out of the golf business by a auto market and bankruptcy court.
     
    Justice probably could have stepped in for a single year and likely at something less than a full rate, but it seems the mountain of a man does nothing timidly. The resort signed a six-year deal to sponsor the event and the purse will be $6 million in 2010, a price tag on the upper end of the Tour price range.
     
  • Beth Daniel: The U.S. Solheim Cup captain dismissed a potential political misstep and made Michelle Wie one of her picks for this months matches, doing whats best for her team if not the game.
     
    Although Wie hasnt won on the LPGA, shes an explosive player that makes tons of birdies, a litmus test for match-play success.
     
    The U.S. skipper likely didnt let this factor into her decision, but Wie moves the needle among non-golf fans and after a difficult year for the LPGA a rousing Solheim Cup could be the salve that saves the season.
     

     
    Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
     
  • Flex scheduling: It has replaced playoffs and PEDs as the circuits new buzz word and is quickly gaining traction among players, sponsors and tournament directors.
     
    The idea is to rotate tournaments that have historically struggled to pull top fields in and out of more attractive dates. Its a compromise to the one-in-four concept, an unpopular idea among independent contractors everywhere, and could be enough to narrow the gap between the Tours haves and have-nots.
     
    Commissioner Tim Finchem said flex scheduling could be implemented as early as 2013, giving the Tours top dog a slight spring in his step as he continues to struggle with economic headwinds.
     
    Im positive about things, Finchem said on Wednesday. Its a struggle, but it gets your juices flowing. Its fun.
     
    Cant say weve heard the f word much this year.
     
  • World Golf Championships fields: Most often heard question when the worlds best gather for the annual WGC annuity: 'howd that guy get in the field?'
     
    No disrespect, but the tee sheet at Firestone looks more like a Homeland Security watch list than a convergence of the globes best and brightest.
     
    Among those with tee times at Firestone this week were Shane Lowry, Igarashi and Chih-Bing Lam; while the likes of Kevin Na, currently 22nd on the FedEx Cup points list, and Charley Hoffman, No. 21, toil in Reno, a fine spot to spend a week, no doubt, but a tough sell if youre billing Bridgestone as Golfs Global Summit.
     

     
    Missed Cut
     
  • Race to Dubai: The gazillion dollar season-long race attracted a lot of interest when it was announced late last year ' but then a $10 million purse and $10 million in bonuses can bridge any language barrier.
     
    The pot was so tempting it convinced some players to seek partial membership on the European Tour, but when the bottom dropped out of the real estate market in the Middle East it took a healthy chunk of the Race with it.
     
    Officials announced this week the pot has been trimmed by 25 percent, thanks to a bailout of sorts by Dubai officials to save the government-backed Leisurecorp, which was writing the checks for the Race.
     
    Grandpa Cut Lines old saw comes to mind: if its too good to be true, it probably is.
     
  • U.S. Golf Association: There is not a more foreign concept in golf, or life, than changing the rules in the middle of a round, which seems to be what the USGA did late last month.
     
    According to a report on Golfweek.com, the USGA rejected a set of irons from Callaway Golf that the company submitted for approval in preparation of next years new rules regarding the size and shape of grooves. The USGA black balled the irons because, The goal all along was to limit spin rate from the rough, USGA senior technical director Dick Rugge told Golfweek.
     
    Lost in this current episode is this simple truth: manufacturers pay their rocket scientist to make better equipment within the confines of existing rules. If the USGA keeps reinventing the rules the manufacturers may turn to lawyers for the same purpose, and no one wins when that happens.
     

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  • Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

    By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


    Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

    Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

    LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

    "The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

    It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

    "He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

    After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

    The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

    At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


    While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

    But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

    What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm