Thats Showbiz - COPIED

By Rex HoggardDecember 17, 2008, 5:00 pm
Jerry Seinfeld said it best. Leave them wanting more, the Manhattanite funnyman told George Costanza. The essence, if not the substance, of Seinfelds message will ring true Thursday morning when the PGA of America announces its pick for the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup captain.
 
Paul Azinger, the firebrand who injected life and energy into this years matches with everything from his team pod theory to his emotionally charged cheerleading from his captains cart, ended all the will he, wont he? hype this week when he told Golf World magazine that he will not return to captain the 2010 squad.
 
Paul Azinger
Paul Azinger is one and done as U.S. Ryder Cup captain. (Getty Images)
The PGA is said to have pegged Corey Pavin to lead the American side at Celtic Manor in Wales. Its a pick thats been brewing for some time.
 
We spotted Pavin and a PGA executive having dinner at the 2007 Honda Classic and it was a meal peppered with Cup talk. Pavin was given a special exemption into the 2007 PGA Championship and was on the grounds this year at Oakland Hills glad-handing sponsors and officials.
 
Whether Pavin ' a three-time Cup participant with an 8-5-0 record ' will be a good choice to lead the United States is best left to the fortunes of history. He will, however, have a tough act to follow. Imagine the marquee getting flopped and The King Curtis Band having to go on after The Beatles at Madison Square Garden.
 
Azinger was coy when pressed last week at the Father-Son tournament near Orlando, Fla., about the subject. I dont want to jump the gun and try to get the message out ahead of when they want the message out, Azinger said.
 
Less than a week later, Azinger got the message and it was likely not the one he had hoped for. But it may be the best move, if not for the U.S. team then at least for Azinger.
 
Be it his decision or the PGAs, Azinger will now always be remembered as Captain America. He will forever be the guy who used grit and an ingenious game plan to stem Americas sliding fortunes in the biennial meet-and-greet.
 
Azingers players, led by Phil Mickelsons chants of Azinger in 2010 at the post-match press conference, wanted him back and theres a good chance he was intrigued by the chance to win one on European soil. But at what cost?
 
Would Azingers legacy have been enhanced by an American repeat at Celtic Manor in 2010? Maybe. What is not debatable is what impact a loss, particularly another 18 -9 walkover, would do to Azingers place in the history books.
 
It may not be of his own making, but Azinger will enjoy the simplicity of Seinfelds wisdom. The image of him charging his Club Car down Valhallas 17th fairway, whipping the Kentucky fateful into a frenzy will now be burned into the iconic slideshow of great Ryder Cup moments.
 
The PGA may have been calling the shots, but it was fate that wielded the ultimate haymaker for Azinger. Had the golf world not lost Payne Stewart there is a good chance America could be riding a 2-0 Ryder Cup wave heading into Wales.
Stewart, one of Azingers closest friends, who was cut from the same win-at-all-cost mold, would have probably captained the 2006 U.S. team in Ireland. Its not a stretch to envision, particularly after Azingers dynamic leadership, how Stewart could have swung Americas Cup fortunes at The K Club. It would have made the passing of the captains hat to Pavin in 2010 easier to swallow.
 
The PGA may have pulled the plug on Azinger, but it was a surgeons scalpel that cost him his ultimate Ryder Cup experience. When Tiger Woods season ended shortly after his historic U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines it robbed Azinger of his chance to captain a team that included the world No. 1.
 
Its one of those things Im going to miss the most. Not being able to spend time with the likes of Tiger Woods . . . its unfortunate, Azinger said before the matches.
 
For the man who didnt leave a blade of Kentucky bluegrass undisturbed in his quest for Ryder Cup gold, the PGAs decision and Woods season-ending injury are particularly painful rubs on an otherwise agreeable green.
 
The good news for Azinger is that like Seinfeld he left us wanting more.
 
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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 Web.com 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 Web.com 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."