Gift Ideas

By Rich LernerDecember 21, 2000, 5:00 pm
The election mess divided co-workers, friends and even family. My buddy's grandmother is a Florida Democrat. He's an Ivy League Republican. So strained were their discussions on the matter that he's crossed her off his holiday gift list. I informed him that regardless of who's President we'd still drive our cars, eat at our restaurants, go to weddings and bar mitzvahs, listen to the radio, watch football and read to our kids at bedtime. I have little doubt that his heart will soften and then he'll need a present on the quick side. His grandmother's a solid 34-handicap who plays bridge on Tuesdays with Ethel Fink and golf on Fridays with Ethel Yarovsky.
 
Just in time for the 2000 season of giving, some suggestions for the Democratic grandmother and the Republican grandson who both enjoy rolling home six-footers for net pars. 'Let me tap that in Ethel, that's an 8 for a 4.'
 
The Tiger Woods Finger Pointer Putter
Hot new stick comes with pop up finger which springs forth from the butt of the putter just when your ball is eight feet from the hole. The Tiger Finger Pointer emits energy waves to the golf ball, directing it to the bottom of cup for another clutch 15-foot putt.
 
The Phil Mickelson Mask
Try on this handsome face with the trademark pursed lipped, half-smile and watch good things happen. Mask is great for covering up the fact that inside you want to rip your opponent's head off. Excellent for promoting boy-next-door image, even if you're a ferocious competitor with four wins in 2000. Mask should increase in value as soon as next year, when the 30-year-old mega millionaire figures to win his first major.
 
The Boss of the Moss Hypnotizer
3x5 metal replica of game's best putter features the soothing, repetitive putting stroke in real time. Hang it from your rearview mirror on your way to that Saturday morning match and then watch the putts drop. Batteries not included.
 
The Triplett
Simple in its design, sturdy in its function. The Triplett is the old standby in headwear, the bucket hat, but special because it comes from the man who epitomizes the legendary lid. A must for any guy who's dependable, likeable, hardworking, humble, regular and capable of making a meaningful downhill, five-footer at Riviera. Good for fishermen and yardworkers, too.

Billy Andrade's ESPN microphone
Now a collector's item! From the loveable New Englander who almost joined the ranks of us truly untalented TV yackers; instead engineered thrilling, career saving win in Vegas. Not just another golf photograph to hang in your home office.
 
Paul Azinger Badge of Courage
Handcrafted and tastefully designed. This offering is perfect for a company awards night or just to recognize someone of exceptionally strong character and high moral fiber.
 
Hal Sutton Motivational Audiocassette
Self-help tape can be used when trying to overcome a difficult obstacle, even the No.1 player in golf. Just insert tape and listen to Sutton, whose cadence and delivery lift and inspire like an old Southern football coach. Repeat the following: 'He puts his pants on the same way I do.' Perfectly mixed with NFL Films music underneath, The Hal Sutton Motivational Audiocassette will have you ready to take on the world.
 
The Tim Finchem Mask
Excellent for those in power who need to be even-keeled and unemotional. Think of the fun you'll have as friends try to guess exactly what you're thinking. Also good for poker games.
 
Stuart Appleby's Saucy Aussie Hot Sauce
Your mouth will be so alive with flavor that you'll become a quote machine, amazing your friends at the barbie with witty tomes like the one Appleby uttered at the light-on-Americans World Golf Championship at Valderrama. 'Americans are a bit like prawns on a hot Sunday. They don't travel well.' Refrigeration not necessary after opening.
 
Anyway, those are just a few possibilities. Perhaps you have some gift ideas of your own. E-mail them to me right here at our website. For now, I'm off to buy more action figures for my two boys. They're a great value. Kids like to use them for their world of pretend. Dads like them because they carry a sports message. My 8-year-old has a Greg Maddux action figure and I told him that what makes Maddux so good is not speed but control. So now in Little League when he uncorks a wild one I'll remind him of his favorite action figure, Greg Maddux.
 
Remember, it's not how much you spend. It's how much you give. We at The Golf Channel are certainly appreciative that you've given us a look, given us your ear, given us your support over this last year. Wishing you and your family good health and happiness in the New Year ahead.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

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

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...


2017 Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia


And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.

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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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.

Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic

Article: Thomas (64) rallies to defend CIMB title


Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double

Article: Thomas refuses to let disastrous hole derail TOC win

Article: Worst week ever ends with another title at Sony Open


Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open

Article: Thomas becomes youngest player to shoot 59

Take a look: Thomas’ scorecard from his amazing 59


Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open

Article: Thomas sets U.S. Open record with 9-under 63


Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row

Watch: Thomas loses club, makes 9, misses Open cut


Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow

Article: Thomas joins the club – the major club


Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship

Article: Thomas wins the battle of buddies over Spieth


The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ


Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year


And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season

Article: Thomas caps torrid 12-month run with CJ Cup win


Photo Galleries: Best of ...

Best of: Justin Thomas and Jillian Wisniewski

Best of: Justin Thomas through the years

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.