Hooks and Cuts: The Beginning

By Rich LernerJanuary 8, 2011, 12:11 am
KAPALUA, Hawaii – Suddenly walking around Maui has become as dangerous as going over the middle against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Geoff Ogilvy’s out after a fall on the beach with a cut index finger and Zach Johnson’s iffy after he banged his right big toe on some stairs, ripping the nail off.

Here are some other 'Hooks and Cuts' for the New Year:
 
  • Graeme McDowell moves with an undeniable swagger while managing to remain very likable. He’s least likely to stiff a reporter, least likely to walk by a fan without a smile or autograph and most likely to deliver with everything riding.
  • Where does GMac's toughness come from? 'My Mom,' he told us Thursday. 'She's been battling MS and she's one tough cookie.'

  • Justin Rose said even if he’d been chosen he likely wouldn’t have been able to play the Ryder Cup because of a slight left shoulder tear. He’s 90 percent healthy after two-a-day rehab sessions.
  • Adam Scott, among the worst from 10 feet and in on Tour last season, built a putting green and chipping area in his backyard in Australia.
  • You could envision any number of guys ending this year No. 1: Westwood, Woods, Kaymer, Furyk, Stricker, McIlroy, Mickelson, McDowell and Johnson.
  • GMac’s become golf’s version of Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. The closer. You were expecting Kyra Sedgwick?
  • Sean Foley’s here with Rose and Hunter Mahan. He said of Tiger that “someone asked me what’s it like to work with the chosen one and I responded that he chose to be the one.” Woods may well return with better control of his golf ball than he’s had in years.
  • Jason Day’s poised to become a consistent force. He absolutely thumps the ball, and he’s a seasoned 23 with five years as a pro under his belt.
  • Long drive champ Jamie Sadlowski out-slugged Dustin, Bubba and Big Bob Garrigus in a Wednesday distance challenge. He may soon turn his sights to regular professional golf. A former hockey player, Jamie’s just 22 years old and 160 pounds of lean, taut muscle.  With his Daly-esque backswing, he pounded his winning tee ball 407 yards into the wind on the downhill 18th at the Plantation Course. The guy’s an absolute must-see freak. 
  • Bubba's driver off the deck will be one of the 10 coolest shots of the year 12 months from now. He estimates he's hit it 50 times in competition.

  • Rocco Mediate with a two-year exemption off the Fry’s win that takes him to 50 on Tour quipped to Rose on the putting green: “I’m gonna’ be buggin’ you guys for a few more years.” Rose shot back: “Same as always Roc.”
  • Garrigus told colleague Steve Sands a nice story. He spent his honeymoon here in 2004 and shot 63, telling his wife, “Someday I’m going to compete here.” That day has come, after plenty of hardship with a stint in rehab.
  • Anthony Kim needs an injury free, trouble free, full on, game on year from start to finish.
  • Fluff Cowan begins his 36th year as a Tour caddie. He’s 62 and the old bones and muscles ache every night. Of his old boss Tiger, Fluff says emphatically he’ll be fine. Of his current boss Jim Furyk he says, “He’s an unbelievable competitor.” 
  • Went whale watching and learned that the North Pacific Humpback has sex as early as 5 years old. Beautiful creatures but loose morals.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.