Hooks and Cuts

By Rich LernerJune 15, 2010, 10:49 pm

2010 U.S. OpenIf it’s based on most airtime and most love, the Pacific Ocean will win this U.S. Open in a runaway.

  • Speaking of runaways, so much in Tiger’s career has been unfathomable. Unfathomable to win a Masters at 21 by 12. Unfathomable to win a U.S. Open by 15. Unfathomable to fall from grace the way he has.
  • Phil could really use a signature major outside the Masters, at a famous venue. Tiger won at Pebble and St. Andrews. Jack won at Pebble and St. Andrews. Watson at Pebble and Turnberry. Hogan at Merion. Phil does not want to let this one slip by.
  • Best scenarios for the game: Phil wins, Tiger wins, Watson wins, Rory wins, Ryo wins.
  • Lee Westwood’s looking more and more like the quintessential, unflappable U.S. Open guy. Fairways and greens, fairways and greens. But does he have enough juice in his short game to account for the inevitable missed green in a pressure spot?
  • Look away from the obvious when looking for a winner. Glover, Cabrera, Ogilvy and Campbell were not on anyone’s radar flashing in neon prior to winning recent Opens. Nor was Rocco, and he damn near won.
  • Haven’t heard the word “brutal” thrown around in describing Pebble’s setup. Fair and challenging, yes. Brutal, no.
  • There seems to be a general feeling that Tiger will not win. Eight months ago, with Tiger in the midst of another big season, to think that we’d make that statement at the course where he won by 15 was unfathomable.
  • Phil came close in ’06 to unleashing a seismic shift in golf. Had he won Winged Foot that would’ve been three straight majors and for that moment his standing as best in the world would have been inarguable. But he blew it. And as good and thrilling as he is, Phil still has that “blow it” tendency, where he takes you to the brink of victory and then rips your heart out. It happened Sunday at the Masters last year, and Sunday at Bethpage as well.
  • As poorly as Tiger played at Wachovia and The Players, the truth is he does have a fourth at the Masters and a 19th at Memorial. Not bad. Not Tiger-like, but not bad. So while we’re certainly in uncharted Tiger territory, it would be foolish to dismiss him outright, though clearly and for the first time in his career expectations have been diminished.
  • I like the idea that with each passing major we start looking at 50-somethings more seriously. And with Pebble playing firm and fast and not overly long at 7,040 yards, length won’t be a deterrent the way it was at soggy and stretched out Bethpage. Tom Lehman at 51 might hover. Watson at 60 has our affection, and attention.
  • It’s risky and even foolish to write off a talent like Sergio. But seriously, you can’t help but be concerned. Concerned that his head’s not laser sharp the way it needs to be and that his putting continues to be an albatross dragging him down.
  • Rocco’s late entry as an alternate is a gift to the media because, along with Paul Goydos, he’s first team all quote. They’re Kobe and LeBron in the “say something memorable department.” And given Rocco’s role in the epic ’08 U.S. Open at Torrey, Rocco especially will help reporters round out their Tiger stories.
  • Ernie left a pound of flesh by the Pacific. He played alongside Tiger in the final round in 2000 and became the poster boy for a generation that would be rendered almost meek by Tiger’s hellacious standards. But thankfully, Ernie’s at last given us reason to believe there’s more there. His last major was eight years ago.
  • Retief’s quiet, always quiet. But who among us would be surprised if he led late on Sunday. No one that I know.
  • Next to his induction into the Hall of Fame, Vijay’s special exemption by the USGA has to be the most gratifying acknowledgement of his under-rated work in the game. He owns the most wins ever by a player in his ‘40s and was No. 1 in the heart of the Tiger era. Now he needs to find some faith from 10 feet and in.
  • This is not just the U.S. Open. It’s the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.