Runways to Fairways: Affordable, accessible golf in sunny San Diego

By Matt GinellaApril 19, 2013, 3:26 am

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego is one of my favorite cities in the world and the subject of the latest installment of Runways to Fairways, which appears on “Morning Drive” every Tuesday and Saturday:

As much as I loved getting out of the cart and knocking it close to the fog-shrouded third hole at Torrey South…

Torrey Pines No. 3

And making a memorable putt on the 18th to force a playoff ...

Torrey Pines No. 18

There was nothing better than paying $35 to play Coronado as the rising sun skipped across the neighboring San Diego Bay. The fact that I was joined by a former Navy SEAL was a bonus – and an honor.

Hiatt and Ginella

Shane Hiatt served as a SEAL for more than 16 years. BUD/s class 164, Hiatt did six deployments and saw combat in Somalia and Iraq. He’s been torn apart and put back together several times. Hiatt admits that’s true both physically and mentally.

Now he travels the country with his dog and a modified truck, “chasing the sun,” playing golf, picking up the occasional welding job and teaching people how to get “SealFit,” in which he puts willing civilians through 50-hour workout regimes. “I’m an a------, a loudmouth and I cuss a lot,” says Hiatt.

He obviously saves that side for his paying customers, because on the morning that we were together at one of my favorite public courses in the country, he was nothing but thoughtful and engaging. He was also smart, sharp, direct, self assured, philosophical and goal-oriented: “I want to be scratch by the end of the year.”

Hiatt

He says he’s about a 6 handicap right now. Who am I to tell him the chances of consistently shaving at least six strokes in eight months is a mission I don’t think he can accomplish? After all, this is a guy who has been dropped and drowned, tested and never rested, since high school. His swing is serviceable, but he’s forced to make allowances for his physical disabilities. Not only was he a SEAL, he has competed in more than 50 triathlons and an Ironman. If Tiger Woods is a Tour player with a bad knee who wishes he could be a SEAL, Hiatt is a SEAL with a bad elbow, shoulder and knee who wishes he could be a Tour player.

Both have a mental advantage on their competition, but only Hiatt is a hero.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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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 Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.