Driver Elected for Second USGA President Term

By Usga News ServicesFebruary 3, 2007, 5:00 pm
USGA 100x133FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Walter W. Driver Jr., 61, of Atlanta, Ga., has been elected to serve a second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association. The election of officers and the full 15-member USGA Executive Committee took place Feb. 3, at the USGAs Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif.
 
As president, Driver will continue to lead the USGAs professional staff and nearly 1,400 volunteers who serve on more than 30 committees.
 
Driver is Chairman-Southeast of Goldman, Sachs and Co., a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Texas Law School. He began his service on the Executive Committee as general counsel in 1997 and was named to the Committee two years later. He served two years as treasurer and four years as vice president.
 
The other elected officers of the Executive Committee are: James F. Vernon of Pasadena, Calif., and James B. Hyler Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., as vice presidents; Emily R. (Missy) Crisp of Mill Neck, N.Y., as secretary; and Fredric C. Nelson of San Francisco, Calif., as treasurer.
 
The other seven returning members of the Executive Committee are: James T. Bunch of Denver, Colo.; Irving Fish of Wayzata, Minn.; William M. Lewis Jr. of New York, N.Y.; Pat McKinney of Charleston, S.C.; Cameron Jay Rains of San Diego, Calif.; Loren Singletary of Houston, Texas; and Steve Smyers of Lakeland, Fla.
 
Glen Nager, a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, has been chosen as the Associations general counsel for a second consecutive year.
 
There are three newly elected members of the Executive Committee for 2007. They are Christie Austin of Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; John Kim of Farmington, Conn.; and Geoffrey Yang of Menlo Park, Calif.
 
Austin, 49, executive vice president since 2003 of Marsico Capital Management, a Denver-based asset management firm, has been involved in the last two USGA championships held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. Most recently, she served as vice chairman of the 2005 U.S. Womens Open at Cherry Hills. She also was registration chairman for the 1993 U.S. Senior Open at Cherry Hills. A member at Cherry Hills, she recently won her 11th Club championship. She also has qualified for seven U.S. Womens Mid-Amateur championships.
 
Professionally, Austin, a CPA, served as MCMs chief financial officer from its formation in 1997 until 2003. Prior to 1997, she helped found Englewood Mortgage Company in 1987 with her husband, Bob. They have two children, Michael and Julie. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
 
Kim, 46, has been president of Prudential Retirement (formerly CIGNA Retirement and Investments) since 2002, a leading plan provider that serves more than three million customers and manages roughly $140 billion in assets. The company has 2,500 employees.
 
A graduate of the University of Michigan (BBA) and the University of Connecticut (MBA), Kim is a chartered financial analyst who has been an industry leader since 1995, when he served as chief executive officer at Aeltus Investment Management. In 2001, he moved to the president and chief executive officer role of BondBook, LLC.
 
He and his wife, Diane, have three children: Andrew, Emily and Caroline.
 
Yang, 47, is a founding partner and managing director of Redpoint Ventures, a family of early stage venture capital funds based in Californias Silicon Valley. He is responsible for the firms investments in new companies, such as Ask Jeeves, Excite, MySpace, TiVo, Foundry Networks and Juniper Networks. Prior to 1999, Yang was a general partner with Institutional Venture Partners for 12 years.
 
Born in New York, N.Y., Yang is a 1981 graduate of Princeton University. He earned a masters degree in business from Stanford University in 1985.
 
Three members of the 2006 Committee who have retired from active duty are Craig Ammerman of Cherry Hill, N.J.; Lewis Blakey of Alexandria, Va.; and James Reinhart of Mequon, Wis.
 
According to USGA by-law provisions, the 2008 Nominating Committee will consist of two recent USGA past presidents and three at-large committee members. It will be comprised by USGA past Presidents Trey Holland (2000-01) and Reed Mackenzie (2002-03) and three at-large members ' Peter James of Los Angeles, Calif., Christopher Liedel of Reston, Va., and Leslie Turner of Minneapolis, Minn. James is a former Executive Committee member. Liedel serves as Chief Financial Officer of the National Geographic Society located in Washington, D.C. Turner is a former member of the USGA Womens Committee.
 
The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the United States and Mexico. These nations together comprise more than half the worlds golfers and courses. The Associations most visible role is conducting 13 national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Womens Open and U.S. Senior Open. Ten additional USGA national championships are exclusively for amateurs, and include the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Womens Amateur.
 
The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, maintains an official Handicap System and administers an ongoing For the Good of the Game grants program, which has allocated more than $53 million over the last 10 years to programs that seek to grow the game.
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry