Hooks Cuts from the Sony

By Rich LernerJanuary 18, 2010, 7:10 pm

HONOLULU – A final look at the Sony Open from here in paradise:

  • Ryan Palmer’s caddie James Edmondson sent a text message to Tony Romo Saturday night, telling the Cowboys QB that if he takes care of business against the Vikings his man would do the same at the Sony. Romo and the ‘Boys made a couple early double bogeys and never recovered. Palmer did his part. He’ll be one of the few Cowboys’ fans feeling good on Monday.
  • Robert Allenby is disappointed, no doubt, but with wins at Sun City and in Australia late last year leading up to his effort at the Sony, I’d be shocked if he didn’t break his mystifying nine-year victory drought in the next few months.  “Considering my ankle,” he said, “I played pretty well.”


  • Ernie Els didn’t find anything traumatic in turning 40 a few months ago. “My wife Leisl threw a big three-day party in the Bahamas,” he said. “We had friends from South Africa, Europe and the States. It was a great time.” Nice to have the wherewithal for three-day Bahamas shindigs, isn’t it?


  • Palmer’s chip shot at 18 was lucky, certainly. His Seve special from the bunker at 16 on Saturday was special.


  • A John Daly comeback would unquestionably be a huge and heartwarming story, but nothing I saw this week has me believing he’s close.


  • Tour rookies Rickie Fowler and Cameron Tringale are sharing a condo in Las Vegas. Nice to have age, talent and Vegas at your fingertips, isn’t it?


  • Retief Goosen’s a threat again. “I spent the last couple years working pretty hard on my fitness and my game,” he said after a final-round 62 at Waialae. Goose drove the ball well. “I’m trying to get more on top of the ball,” he said, adding that when he struggles he tends to hang back on his right side.


  • It’s a dubious list, certainly, but the Sony is the best place on Tour to miss a cut. I saw Jay Williamson walking the beach on Saturday with wife Marnie, and Harrison Frazar on his way to the North Shore to watch the giant waves break.


  • Haiti needs your help.


  • While Michelle Wie is the most famous Hawaiian golfer, locals will always lovingly remember Ted Makalena. He won the second Sony Open in 1966, but tragically died two years later at the age of 34 after a swimming accident.


  • With or without Tiger Woods, I’ll always be drawn to golfers trying to shoot 65 in a game that I know is hard. I can’t do it. I like to watch guys who can.


  • Looking forward to seeing Yogi Berra next week as the Bob Hope ambassador. Thought of a Yogi-ism last night when I couldn’t get into a popular restaurant.  “It’s too crowded. No one goes there anymore.”


  • You’ve made foolish bets before, haven’t you? Old golf buddy of mine, Gary Jack Freedson, looked at me during a recent round as he stood over an impossible downhill, side hill 25-footer on the final hole and said, “If I make this, can I get a mention?” Naturally I said yes. Naturally he made it. Consider the wager settled pal.


  • SBS winner Geoff Ogilvy plays Abu Dhabi this week on Golf Channel. I asked him what would get him to the Bob Hope in future years. “If they went back to Indian Wells, I’d play,” he said. “It’s so beautiful that you can imagine being 80 years old, getting in your golf cart and going to tee it up.”


  • Putting un-nerves even the best in the world. “If you don’t make putts,” Els said, “you lose your sense of humor pretty quickly.” Even Retief, a pure roller, has struggled. “Before coming to Hawaii, I spent four straight days in South Africa with six different putters and every imaginable grip and setup,” he said. Most often repeated phrase in golf may well be, “I putted like #&*%.”


  • Even at 70, Jack Nicklaus is still my guy from 5 feet, one putt to save the planet.
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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.