Hooks Cuts from Pebble Beach

By Rich LernerFebruary 7, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • Congratulations to Mark Lye, joining short-game legend Phil Rogers in the California Golf Writers Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
  • Glenn Frey of the Eagles says golfs acoustic, not electric, and that 'Peaceful Easy Feeling is the song which best describes the sport. My last round felt like AC/DCs 'Highway to Hell.'
  • I asked Jerry Kelly if, as the show says, 'Everybody Loves Raymond.' Are you kidding? I love him on 'King of Queens.'
  • Huey Lewis once said the AT&Ts the Masters of the pro-am circuit.
  • Tom Watsons back 25 years after his U.S. Open chip-in, playing with 24-year old son Michael. Said Michael on his relationship with Dad, As you get older you begin to realize they know more than you thought. Im buying the ticket if hell fly east to talk to my teenage son.
  • Phil Rogers likes Jack in his prime against Tiger. Nicklaus carried the ball prodigious distances, the 67-year-old told me. He then recounted a long drive exhibition before the 1963 PGA Championship at Dallas Athletic. Last to go, Jack would have three swats to beat 295 yards. He went 305, 315 and 325, with balata balls and a persimmon driver with a 43- and-five-eighths inch shaft.
  • On the subject of old clubs, the Wilson Dina/Power Sand Wedge Watson used to hole the shot at 17 is on display, not at the USGA, but The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Tom maintains a relationship with the famous resort.
  • Billy Andrade on Pebbles beauty: If you dont believe in the Almighty, come to Pebble and youll believe in some higher power. This place is breathtaking.
  • The weathers expected to be soggy. Thats better than the wind that blew in 1991, when Ed Dougherty took 14 putts on the 17th at Cypress.
  • Clint Eastwood will host but not play. According to Carmel Magazine, Frank Sinatra was offered the role of Dirty Harry, passing because the movie was too violent. Strange because legend has it that the Chairman of the Board had a heavyweight run-in at the AT&T, then the Crosby, in 1964. Returning to The Lodge after midnight, he punched a local power broker when informed he couldnt get food at such a late hour. Sinatra was told in no uncertain terms that he was no longer welcome.
  • Young TOUR pro Kyle Thompson got married at Pebble at the start of the week. Pebbles not Vegas, but it does have a few things going for it.
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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.