Hooks Cuts from Torrey Pines

By Rich LernerFebruary 1, 2010, 9:41 pm
SAN DIEGO – Hooks and Cuts consisting of layups, dust-ups and give-ups.
  • I hope John Daly plays well, but with 45 missed cuts including 14 WDs in his last 70 starts over four years, he reminds me of Mike Tyson. He’s a beat up fighter who has taken one too many punches, whose legs won’t move, whose fists won’t fire. Talent doesn’t go along for the kind of ride Daly’s been on and wake up refreshed on a Thursday morning. Talent dies young when it’s neglected.
  • From Bubba Watson and Tim Clark at the Bob Hope to Michael Sim at Torrey, the Tour’s suddenly gone basketball old school. The layup is back in vogue.

  • Scott McCarron was wrong to say Phil Mickelson is cheating by using the old Ping wedge, because technically it’s not cheating. But I like Lee Westwood’s position. Europe’s No. 1 is a long time Ping guy who says he could easily skirt the new rule because he has thousands of Ping wedges, but he chooses not to.

  • Robert Allenby is going to win this year, isn’t he?

  • I get that guys these days are really good from 85 yards, but the layup is really bad theater.  On the other hand, the final-hole-down-by-one-go-for-it-in-two long ball is one of the game’s most dramatic moments. Can he get there? Yes he can. What’s the carry? 225. Where’s the trouble? Staring him right in the face, water front. What’s he hitting? Five-wood. Silence. Hold your breath. Ball airborne. Wet or dry? Win or lose?

  • There are times in life when even if something is legal it just may not be the right thing to do.

  • Watson laying up when he could’ve reached with 3-iron at 14 at the Hope on the final day, making par and ultimately losing by one is like Babe Ruth sacrifice bunting and the Yankees not being able to push the run across.

  • Ernie Els will win soon. He’s putting better and he’s not as road weary since he is not traveling the Middle East for the first time in 15 years. He promised daughter Samantha he’d be home more.

  • Just when the Tour needed some go-for-broke heroes, we get the safety first brigade.

  • Speaking of heroes, I was watching Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in an interview and Chris Berman asked Manning what he likes about Brees. Manning said he likes that Brees takes chances, that he goes for it.

  • With 37 wins, Phil Mickelson certainly knows what he’s doing, but still times have changed.  Can you imagine Jack Nicklaus flying Jack Grout in for a lesson before the final round of a tournament he’s in position to win?

  • David Feherty delivered a good line after Sim’s chip shot on 18 came up short. “He layed up three times on this hole,” Feherty said.

  • It feels like the worst is over for Tiger Woods. If in fact he’s in sex rehab the story now moves in the direction of getting well, not getting caught. But it’s doubtful that the digging into his past is done.

  • Would you watch the first two Hawaii events in primetime if they ran from Tuesday through Friday instead of Thursday through Sunday? I would. Why go up against the NFL Playoffs and get your brains beat in on a January weekend? It’s time for the Tour to think far outside the box.

  • While we’re at it, is it time for the Bob Hope to go from five to four rounds and bring in Freddy Couples and, say, Kevin Costner or Matt Damon as co-hosts?

  • Putting Laker legend Jerry West in charge at the Northern Trust looks like a good move. One of the greatest pure shooters in history later became one of the best franchise builders. And even the Pau Gasol deal he appeared to gift wrap to his beloved Lakers while he was running the Memphis Grizzlies has turned out to be pretty good for a suddenly on-the-rise Memphis club.

  • Unless you live in Indy, it's hard to root against New Orleans in this Super Bowl, isn’t it?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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

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Trump golf properties


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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

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Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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