New York Frame of Mind

By Rex HoggardJune 26, 2009, 4:00 pm
Another Friday comes and another cut is pushed off until Saturday, or beyond, on the PGA Tour. Luckily 'Cut Line' remains unaffected by weather delays. The good news for those drenched by even more rain at the Travelers Championship is that, unlike the U.S. Golf Association, the Tour has no problem with playing lift, clean and place or 54-hole champions.
Made Cut
  • Phil Mickelson: Heavy-hearted ' with his wife, Amy, at home preparing to begin treatment for breast cancer ' and heavy-handed, at least from 5 feet, Lefty came within two late pars (at Nos. 15 and 17) of that coveted U.S. Open title.
    I think maybe it's more in perspective for me, Mickelson said. I want to win this tournament badly. This is now my fifth second. I play well in this event and I enjoy this event. . . . I feel I'll have more and more chances.
    Not sure where Mickelson will file this one ' near miss, choke job, emotional respite ' and runner-ups at major championships are little solace to players of his caliber, but given the circumstances this may have been Phil at his Open best.
  • Lucas Glover, Ricky Barnes, et al.: The first indication Glover is not your off-the-shelf Open champion came in the moments before his post-final round press conference as he intently studied the names on the silver trophy: Me and Horace Rawlins (winner of the first U.S. Open in 1895) are tight, he smiled, when asked if he recognized any of the past champions.
    The second hint came Wednesday when he arrived in Cromwell, Conn., for this weeks Travelers Championship. Not only did Glover keep his word, but he played in the pro-am and accommodated nearly an hours worth of media requests beforehand.
    I called him on Saturday just to ask where his head was, said Travelers tournament director Nathan Grube. He just said, Im playin. And he never even asked to get out of the pro-am.
  • Tour golf: Pro golf, by nature, is a lonely business. That is until there is a tragedy and the competitive universe closes in like Tiger Woods in the final round of a major.
    Nationwide Tour players rallied this week at the stop in West Virginia to honor the wife of Chris Smith, Beth, who was killed in a car crash last weekend, wearing caddie bibs with Smiths name on them and black ribbons.
    Ken Green ' who lost his right leg, his brother and his girlfriend in a recent car crash ' is being honored this week at TPC River Highlands. Players, volunteers and fans were given green ribbons to show their support for Green, a native of Danbury, Conn.

    Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
  • U.S. Golf Association: The Open that would never end made it to the finish line, thanks to Glover and Mother Nature. And while the USGA did the best it could to hold a championship on the set of Water World, the entire affair had a less-than-pleasing feel for anyone not named Glover.
    Seven of the eight Open rounds played at Bethpage have done so under threatening skies, traffic in and around the course is untenable, the fans are a bit much and, as Stewart Cink pointed out, the logistics of Bethpage are a shuttle bus nightmare.
    The only bright spot to the week, other than the champion? There are no majors currently scheduled for the New York area.
  • Dicks Sporting Goods Open: The Champions Tour event that stepped in when the Tour bolted Endicott, N.Y., is being played this weekend. OK, the AARP circuit is hardly the worse of consolation prizes, but it is a shame that the Tour seems to have outgrown small-market stops like Endicott.
    After a few days in Cromwell this week it became clear that the Travelers is more than just a tournament to the little village that could. Its the sporting event of summer.

    Missed Cut
  • Vijay Singh: CNBC reported that the Fijian has offered to help pay a portion of the $500,000 bail for jailed financier Allen Stanford, but authorities balked at the offer because Singh is not a U.S. citizen.
    Singh, who has an endorsement deal with Stanford Financial reportedly worth $8 million and continues to wear the companys log on his visor and shirt, said through a statement issued by his management company, IMG, that Stanford has yet to be proven guilty.
    While we applaud Singhs loyalty, we are curious. As long as the three-time major champion is doling out cash perhaps he could put some aside for the $7 billion Stanford is accused of swindling his investors out of.
  • Europe: Other than Padraig Harrington, who made hay better than anyone while Woods was away last year, the continents drought at American majors is becoming biblical.
    The last European to win a U.S. Open was Tony Jacklin in 1970, while the folks from the other side of the pond were 0-for-10 decades at the PGA before Harrington, with the last European winner being Tommy Armour in 1930.
    Point is despite an influx of youthful talent ' Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher, to name a few ' and a spotty U.S. Ryder Cup record in recent years, the continent continues to come up short when it really counts.

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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

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    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

    He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.