Hooks and Cuts

By Rich LernerNovember 29, 2010, 2:25 am

In this edition of Hooks & Cuts we take a look back at an eventful year.

– Tiger Woods doesn’t look authentic or genuine or contrite or humbled or grounded right now. But the moment he makes a 25-footer to win he’ll suddenly be all of that.

– If all you do is win the Masters and win it the way Phil Mickelson did, in my book, it’s a successful season.

Give great credit to Stuart Appleby and Paul Goydos, because 59 is a special number. But they essentially ushered in a new era in which 58 will be the Holy Grail.

– They needed to win: Paula Creamer at the U.S. Women’s Open, Dustin Johnson at the BMW and Robert Garrigus at Disney.

– The most dominant performance of 2010 may well have been Cristie Kerr by a dozen at the LPGA Championship.

– If Mickelson had donated a winner’s check to charity as In-Kyung Kim did, he’d have been a media Mother Teresa. Truth is South Korean LPGA players get too little love.

– The public doesn’t want pithy tweets from Tiger. The public wants killer golf.

– Galleries exploded four times that I can remember: At the Masters when Phil went wild and hit the no-way-in-100-years 6-iron on Sunday; at Quail Hollow when Rory McIlroy shot 62; at Pebble Beach when Tiger found Tiger for a fleeting, thrilling hour in Round 3 at the U.S. Open; and at Celtic Manor when GMac drilled the birdie putt at 16 on Monday.

– In '10, fizzlers included Tiger, Sergio Garcia and Groovegate. Sizzlers were Rickie Fowler, Ai Miyazato and golfers on Twitter.

– They turned 30 and turned a corner: Justin Rose and Adam Scott.

– If Tiger’s brain-trust is calculating his every move, why not donate his next winner’s check to charity?

They became one name, big names in golf in '10: GMac, Martin, Bubba, Dustin, Louis and Rickie.

Newsmaker of the Year – not counting Tiger Woods – is Dustin Johnson; Man of the Year is Graeme McDowell; PGA Tour Player of the Year is Jim Furyk; Worldwide Player of the Year is Martin Kaymer; Tournament of the Year is the Masters; Shot of the Year is Jonathan Byrd’s Vegas ace.

– Freddy Couples gave the seniors a golden glow back in January in Hawaii.

– They felt more like sagas than stories: Hank Haney, Sean Foley and Tiger; Dustin and the bunker at Whistling Straits.

– Sad moments on course in '10: Robert Garrigus making triple bogey on the final hole in Memphis [and eventually losing the tournament in a playoff]; Hunter Mahan stubbing his chip at the Ryder Cup in Wales; and Dustin being told he’d violated the rules and wouldn’t be in a PGA Championship playoff.

– Truly sad moments in '10: the deaths of Erica Blasberg and Maurice Hayden, a maintenance worker in Florida killed by an errant shot.

– Joyous performance of the year that too few saw may have been Rocco Mediate on that insane hole-out binge in the Fall Series.

– Best pure exhibition of beautiful rhythm, timing and pure ball-striking may well have been Louis Oosthuizen at the Open Championship.

– Speeches that stopped us in our tracks: Jose Maria Olazabal’s heartfelt words at his Hall of Fame induction and Billy Payne’s controversial scolding of Tiger at the Masters.

– They’d like a mulligan: Tiger on his first public mea culpa; Tiger on his post-Masters interview with Peter Kostis; Nike and Tiger on the commercial featuring his late father; Mahan at the Ryder Cup; Johnson at Whistling Straits.

– They burnished their reps by the way they handled adversity: Johnson and Brian Davis.

– What we learned in '10: The kids can play; the rules are the rules; the dominant days of Tiger and Phil are at an end; and the European Tour is a powerhouse.

– We need more of them in 2011: Michelle Wie, Anthony Kim and Tiger Woods.

– Relatively safe predictions for '11: Tiger will win a tournament and Lee Westwood will win a major while also becoming Twitter’s funniest golfer.

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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.