Hooks Cuts Presidents Cup

By Rich LernerOctober 7, 2009, 12:15 am

Presidents CupWhat is so unsettling about Greg Norman and Chris Evert is how quickly it came apart. File this one under the nothing-is-what-it-seems category.

Here are more Hooks and Cuts from the Presidents Cup:

– Long before recent converts Phil Mickelson and Michelle Wie rang up the putting maestro Dave Stockton, Matt Kuchar knew the value. I dug up a story I wrote on Kooch eight years ago where he said, “I remember that I loved to watch Dave Stockton so I’m going to more of a broad stance and forward press.” This past weekend at Turning Stone, with left-hand-low but feet still wide, he led the field in putting and drilled a huge 22-footer to stay alive on the fourth playoff hole.

– Who on the International Presidents Cup team besides Ryo Ishikawa could be called 'hot' right now?

– Kevin Streelman is putting his Duke education to good use. He’s developed an iPhone app that will allow users to download instant Streelman golf tips. I got a sneak peek and they’re well done, in HD no less.

– Six years ago, how much would you have bet that Michelle Wie would have at least one win by the time she turned 20 years old? Me, I would have wagered a considerable amount. And by this Sunday, Michelle’s 20th birthday, I’d be a lot lighter in the wallet.

– Unheralded officials generally do a terrific job setting up PGA Tour events, but there is really no good reason for a Fall Series event to finish on Monday because they ran out of daylight on Sunday.

– Notah Begay is putting his Stanford education to good use. Begay’s foundation helps underprivileged Native American children. People forget Begay won four times until injuries set him back, including a recent knee surgery. Now, Begay’s immersed in his charity work. “There’s so much to do beyond golf,” he said.

– On the subject of presidents and golf, comedian Bill Maher recently lamented President Obama’s love affair with the game. Maher feels betrayed saying that Obama campaigned as a basketball player, which suggests he's urban, athletic, hip and a team player. On the other hand, Maher says that golf suggests 'I like Lipitor.' Funny. Seriously, though, I love hoops and still play it. But in your late 40s it’s a lot tougher on the body than golf.

– The Presidents Cup will likely be an emotional return to San Francisco for NBC’s Johnny Miller, who grew up there. His dad was a supervisor for RCA who worked the midnight to 8 a.m. shift so that he could mold Johnny. He called his son “champ.”

– Another Dukie Leif Olson jumped from 214 to 148 on the money list with a third place finish at Turning Stone. Olson burned out on golf in his early 20s, flirted with medical school but then rekindled his passion for the sport.

– Norman is hoping this current involvement with Presidential golf goes better than his 1997 encounter. That’s when President Clinton tore up his knee at Norman’s south Florida house.

– Northern California stirs Miller for another reason. As a kid he lost his older teen-aged brother, who drowned while fishing off the coast of the Pacific.

– I’m curious to see if Ryo Ishikawa and Y.E. Yang draw fans from the sizable Asian community in San Francisco.

– Captains Norman and Fred Couples have been blessed in a number of obvious ways but they’ve clearly been unlucky in love. If you’re told your whole life how beautiful you are, what’s the impact? I would not know.

– It’s a good thing Southeastern Conference officials aren’t working the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods could be flagged for excessive celebration.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:30 pm