Green Jacket Required


Charles Howell, who will attempt to defend his title at the Northern Trust Open next week, was asked this week why Riviera doesnt seem to fit the eye of Tiger Woods, his frequent practice partner.
Truthfully, Howell said, I have no idea.
But Howell admitted, Its the only thing I have on Tiger and I remind him of it quite often.
Asked how Woods responds to the LA needling, Howell said, He mentions all of his green jackets quite quickly ... and that has a very quieting effect on me.
(If youre counting, thats Woods four green jackets, Howell zero.)
Yes, they made it to the game on time.
Actually, 11-year-old Drew Fockler and his father, John, were in their seats at Super Bowl XLII 40 minutes ahead of kickoff during a whirlwind day that started at the FBR Open with the pair in search of a Phil Mickelson autograph.
Their original efforts were rebuffed at the putting green before the start of the final round. But Mickelson and his caddie, Bones Mackay, stopped the pair after Phil had completed the third hole. Thats when they presented the Focklers with two tickets to the game that was 30 miles away in Glendale.
Drew Fockler is an 11-year-old junior golfer from Flagstaff, Ariz., who aspires to play high school, college and professional golf one day. He plays a junior tour near his home. His mother, Rebecca, says his handicap is 13.
The end zone tickets had a face value of $700 apiece. The Giants winning fourth quarter touchdown took place right in front of the Focklers seats. Rebecca Fockler was keeping her husband and son apprised of Mickelson progress via text messaging.
Once inside the stadium they were able to see the playoff, in which J.B. Holmes defeated Mickelson on the first extra hole, on a stadium television monitor near their seats.
Drew Fockler hung around Phoenix for part of the day Monday to do a local television interview. But he didnt miss any school because Monday was a school snow day in Flagstaff, located in northern Arizona.
Rebecca Fockler said all the members of her family are avid GOLF CHANNEL watchers including Drews younger sister, Alyssa. Alyssa is 20 months old and, according to Rebecca, was so happy with the plastic golf clubs she received for Christmas that she didnt want to open the rest of her presents.
I think, Rebecca Fockler said. Drews taking it all in stride. But hes at an age where this is a lifetime deal.
The Super Bowl tickets, if youre curious, included a valet parking pass.
The golf course design tandem of Bill Coore and former Masters champion Ben Crenshaw has completed their first work in Florida. Sugarloaf Mountain, near Orlando, is situated in the rolling hills above Lake Apopka and its another home run for Crenshaw and Coore who have been in high demand ever since conceiving and building Sand Hills Golf Club in Nebraska.
Sugarloaf Mountain, which officially opens for play Friday, is a classic design that plays 7,057 yards from the tips. It is owned by Hampton Golf, whose president is former PGA of America president M.G. Orender.
Adjoining residential real estate is planned for the future at Sugarloaf Mountain which will eventually go private. Not a bad hole out there, said two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, who recently set the course record of 70 at Sugarloaf Mountain. That mark lasted until Tour pro Garrett Willis carded a 68 just minutes later.
The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting that Johnny Miller and Stephen Ames, who has adopted Canada as his home country, are collaborating on a golf course in Calgary that could one day host the Canadian Open.
The name of the course will be The Legacy at Harmony and is scheduled for completion in 2012. Reports say the course could be stretched to 8,100 yards. No Calgary golf course has previously hosted a Canadian Open.
Meanwhile, Tom Doak, who designed Pacific Dunes in Oregon, was in Bandon last month for four days on a site visit for Old Macdonald.
Old Macdonald is an 18-hole homage to Charles Blair Macdonald, the seminal early-American golf course designer. Old Macdonald is located 400 acres north and east of Pacific Dunes. Its scheduled to open in July of 2010.
Macdonalds most famous design is the National Golf Links in Southampton, N.Y.
Among the perks provided at Riviera next week by first-time title sponsor Northern Trust, will be courtesy cars for all players (only half the field got courtesy cars last year); three ams (down from four) per group in the Pro-Am; and an exclusive brunch for companions and spouses with celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.
The Northern Trust is a multibank holding company based in Chicago. But when in L.A. ... Hence the chef. And, yes, culinarians, thats the same Giada De Laurentiis who has dueled Rachel Ray on Iron Chef.
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