More Hooks Cuts from Torrey

By Rich LernerJune 15, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenSAN DIEGO -- Some more Hooks and Cuts from Torrey Pines:
 
  • Whatd you think when he made the eagle at 13? That Jordan and Ruth and Gretzky were all timers, but not even they did stuff like this?
     
  • Lee Westwoods a cool customer with a dry British wit. Hes been building to this moment for a few years. Once number four in the world, he fell outside the top 200 until fighting back towards the upper echelon. Westwoods been very steady all week. Id be mildly surprised were he to win today, but not shocked.
     
  • Phil Mickelson faces a tough walk spoiled this afternoon. The quad at 13 made his Torrey homecoming not just disappointing, but embarrassing. He may want to re-think his major championship preparation. Why turn simple algebra into advanced calculus?
     
  • Roccos good buddies are guys named Sticky and Murph. He looks at the galleries and smiles when they scream his name. He enjoyed stogies and wore shorts in the U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, where he survived an 11 man playoff. Smoke em if you got em gentlemen.
     
  • Good week so far for some good young American players hoping to catch Paul Azingers attention. D.J. Trahan and Hunter Mahan begin the day five back.
     
  • If the executives at Advil are on their game, they cut a deal with Tiger immediately.
     
  • In GolfWorlds U.S. Open preview special, I was part of a panel rating the Top 10 U.S. Opens of all time. I picked Tigers runaway at Pebble as number one because it was the finest hour for the man I believe is the finest player in history. Other Opens on various lists included Ouimet in 1913, Hogan in 1950, Jones in 1930, Palmer in 1960, Jack in 1962, Watson in 1982 and Trevino in 1971, among others. Were one good day away here at Torrey from having to give serious consideration to putting the 2008 U.S. Open on the list.
     
  • Whatd you think when Tiger chipped in at 17? You yelled and screamed and said it cant be done, its just not possible, didnt you?
     
  • The 63 at Southern Hills last August, the Match Play comeback against J.B. Holmes and the game winner at Bay Hill werent that long ago. But Tiger makes them old news. In fact, the eagle at 13 and the chip-in at 17 were old news by the time he stepped up the plate at 18. New day, new hole and time after unbelievable time he absolutely boggles your mind.
     
  • Sunday wish list: a Sergio charge, a couple eagles at the now drivable 14th, Rocco in the mix, a move from Ernie, heroics from someone not named Tiger and more of the usual fall-out-of-your chair theatrics from you know who.
     
  • I dont know if hell win today. But I do know this. Tiger will be famous for 500 years.
     
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

    Jack Nicklaus:

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    Steve Stricker:

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    Frank Nobilo:

    Ian Poulter:

    Tyrone Van Aswegen:

    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.