The Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 18, 2011, 3:45 pm

We asked Charlie Sheen to host the annual 'Rexys' gala but he cited conflicts, specifically with Stevie Williams’ demands for “tiger blood” in the green room and Jeff Overton’s claim to all the “Adonis DNA” east of the Mississippi River.

But like Sheen the 'Rexys' are all about winning, so without further ado the envelope please . . .

The Hangover II. Jeff Overton was a consensus late edition thanks to what authorities claim was an alcohol-induced tirade from a limousine window last weekend in Bloomington, Ind.

According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, Overton was arrested on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, although reports that he was yelling “boom baby” at Kentucky fans have not been confirmed.

He was released from Monroe County Jail after posting a $500 bond shortly before presenting a $50,000 check to the university to support a Play Golf America program during the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game.

The Herald-Times also reported that Overton was arrested in Bloomington in December 2007 on a public intoxication charge that was dismissed when he enrolled in a pre-trial diversion program.

The only thing missing from Overton’s wild night was a drug-dealing monkey, Mike Tyson’s tiger and an ill-advised tattoo. Remember, what happens in Bloomington, stays in ...

Tim Tebow Chalice. OK, maybe Webb Simpson’s rise in 2011 is not exactly Tebow-esque, but the similarities between the two are unmistakable.

Even Simpson’s own caddie once questioned his swing mechanics and the two-time Tour winner has not been shy about his faith, so much so one half-expects him to show up next year with “John 3:16” etched onto his hat.

Like Tebow, Simpson exceeded everyone's expectations except his own in 2011, nearly claiming the FedEx Cup and money titles, posting 12 top 10s and going 3-2-0 in his first Presidents Cup.

Word is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith will retire if Simpson wins a major in 2012, or something like that.

It’s not you, it’s me Award. Phil Mickelson’s worst putting year as a professional begot one of the most unexpected changes in modern history when the southpaw switched to a belly putter midway through this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

The move garnered plenty of attention but did little to help Lefty fix his putting woes and by the time he arrived in Australia for last month’s Presidents Cup he’d benched the long version.

Lefty said he would practice with the long putter during the offseason, but the body language was clear – don’t call me, I’ll call you.

The Silver Scapegoat Award. It may be time to rename the “SSA” the Rees Jones Cup following a particularly difficult year for the “Open Doctor.” The criticism reached a crescendo after Geoff Ogilvy rallied in Boston to advance to the third postseason event in Chicago. “My reward is I get to play Cog Hill,” the Aussie deadpanned.

It is curious that there wasn’t a single complaint filed against Jones for his handiwork at East Lake, home of the final playoff event. At East Lake officials were clear that Jones was to adhere to the original Donald Ross design, whereas in Chicago the mandate was to create a course that could host a U.S. Open.

So to be clear, if Jones is guilty of anything it is his ability to follow directions.

Conspiracy Cup. In one of the season’s most surreal moments Tiger Woods marched off TPC Sawgrass after just nine holes and onto the “DL” for the second consecutive year. Amid the confusion of Woods’ early exit from The Players, an overzealous security guard closed off the players’ parking lot “by order of the FBI.”

Tour officials denied any such order and there were no “G men” to be found as Woods wheeled out of the parking lot on his way to, we can only assume, Area 51 for treatment.

The vanishing man Award. Through the first month of the season Mark Wilson was one of the Tour’s hottest commodities, winning two of his first three starts and quietly becoming the player to beat in 2011.

When the dust finally settled, Wilson – one of the circuit’s most endearing and likeable players – had posted just two more top 10s and narrowly advanced to the Tour Championship.

In short, the Chicago-area resident faded faster than the Cubs in September.

Can you hear me now Cup. For two years Tiger Woods has gone from being the game’s bottom line to a punch line, so it must have taken no small amount of effort to choke back a hearty “I told you so” following his victory at the Chevron World Challenge.

Although Woods’ 18-man member-member will never be confused for a Grand Slam, the host’s victory had to be just as rewarding on some level, whether he’d admit it or not.

“I felt very comfortable in the tournament from start to finish,” Woods said in his year-ending post on his website. “Golf doesn’t change.”

A good fall doesn’t guarantee anything – remember, he closed 2010 with a solid Ryder Cup and runner-up showing at the Chevron – but your scribe could almost hear Woods as he left Sherwood Country Club, “Can you hear me now?”

The REM Trophy. To be clear, front-man Michael Stipe said he’d reunite with REM only “if we need the money,” and Dustin Johnson just seemed to need something familiar. Still, Johnson’s renewed relationship with former caddie Bobby Brown has a “getting the band back together” feel to it.

Johnson and Brown split in the spring and the player’s decision to hire caddie-yard legend Joe LaCava seemed a perfect fit. When LaCava bolted DJ’s bag for Tiger Woods, however, all roads led back to Brown, who Johnson teamed with for four of his five Tour victories.

Although the move seems obvious enough let’s hope the duet avoids some of their old stuff, most notably high-profile snafus at the 2010 PGA and 2011 Northern Trust Open.

Most likely to need a Gag Order Award. For more than a decade getting Stevie Williams to say anything was nearly impossible, but in the wake of his high-profile mid-summer split with Woods it’s become a challenge to get him to shut up.

Following his new man Adam Scott’s victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Williams caused a stir when he told reporters, “I’ve caddied for 33 years, 145 wins now, and that’s the best win I’ve ever had.”

At the WGC-HSBC Champions the New Zealander sparked an even larger controversy with racially insensitive remarks at an awards dinner that were directed at his former boss.

Your scribe has just two questions: When did Williams learn to talk, and how is it possible that a man with 145 career wins isn’t in the World Golf Hall of Fame?

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."