Tiger AK and Paula

By Rich LernerOctober 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • Tiger Woods is building an ocean-front track in Mexico. Its all about the land in that business ' get yourself a nice piece of property ' and Tiger will not come up short in that department. I expect a classic from Tiger within his first few projects.
  • Phil Mickelson makes a cameo this month on HBOs Entourage. I checked and he wasnt in the recent episode where the guys ate mushrooms and hallucinated in the desert while deciding whether Vince should revive his career with a part in Benji.
  • Davis Love will win again. His swing is lively; his heads right and hes focused on making good buddy Fred Couples Presidents Cup team next fall.
  • Dustin Johnson slaughters the golf ball. And as a flat-out, legit dunker hed start on the PGA Tours all-hoop squad. Woody Austin and Lee Janzen apparently own skills as well.
  • Nice to see another young player birdie the last two to win a tournament as Johnson did at Turning Stone. Outside of his late thrust, though, youd be hard-pressed to recall many great shots in the final round. One Sunday in the fall tells you why so many guys are in the predicament theyre in.
  • Just so were clear, to be truly Tiger-like, Anthony Kim will need to win five or six tournaments every single year. To be truly Tiger-like, hell need to contend at just about every major and win one or more every year. To be truly Tiger-like, hell have make every cut and contend just about every week. To be truly Tiger-like, hell have to draw an extra 10,000 fans, at a minimum, every week. That said, I absolutely love Anthony Kim.
  • Freddie, the Shark, Tiger, Camilo, A.K. and Boo by the Bay next October for the laid back Presidents Cup should be very pleasant.
  • Thanks to the Ryder Cup, the PGA Tour can now put Boo on a billboard, or J.B. Holmes or A.K., and sell tickets to a non-Tiger event.
  • Paula Creamer demonstrated fire and ice in winning last week in California. It got very chilly when she glared, I mean really glared, at her caddie Colin Cann after an early-round misfire. It warmed considerably by the time she reached the winners circle Sunday ' all smiles. Now shes talking about knocking Lorena Ochoa out of the No. 1 spot. After a tough second half of the season, with Lorena and Annika Sorenstam struggling, plus the language controversy, Paulas passionate run is a welcome development for the LPGA.
  • People ask me if the season will ever end. I always tell them that as long as theres daylight somewhere on the planet someone will try to shoot 65 and get paid for it.
  • Congress approved the $700 billion bailout plan, but is still deadlocked on a new proposal to fix the FedEx Cup.
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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.