News and Views


NEWS: Officials working for the R&A put the Tiger Woods Vijay Singh pairing on the clock during the final round of the Open Championship.
VIEWS: In case anybody was wondering if what happened to Mark Roe could have been allowed to happen to the world's No. 1 ranked player, here's your answer.
NEWS: Speaking of Woods, if the numbers crunchers who do the world rankings added a multiple for 'style,' kept an all-time list and updated it on a regular basis, the current top 10 would be:
VIEWS: Woods, Nicklaus, Hogan, Nelson, Snead, Palmer, Ballesteros, Moe Norman, Sarazen and Henry Cotton.
NEWS: Speaking of the world rankings: Ben Curtis wins the Open Championship and moves from No. 396 to No. 35 in one week.
VIEWS: It's hard to have a view on this since you need an advanced degree in Boolean algebra to understand how the rankings work to begin with. Meanwhile, good for Ben Curtis.
NEWS: Craig Stadler's agent ponders the notion that his client belongs in the Skins Game, the flagship event in the golf armada known as 'The Silly Season.'
VIEWS: Hard to argue with Lynn Roach's logic on this. Roach, who also represents Fred Couples, points out that Stadler has done something nobody else has done before. He won, in consecutive weeks, on the Champions Tour and the regular Tour. The view here is this year's Skins Game should be a fivesome and its participants should be: Stadler, the resurgent Couples, Woods, Curtis and Annika Sorenstam.
NEWS: Stadler collects $375,000 for winning the Ford Senior Players Championship and $540,000 for his B.C. Open victory. These turn out to be the two biggest paychecks of a long and lucrative career.
VIEWS: He is the Walrus. Goo Goo GJoob
NEWS: Mark Lye temporarily gives up his day job at The Golf Channel to play in this week's Senior British Open at Turnberry in Scotland.
VIEWS: This guy can't be 50. I demand to see a birth certificate. Next thing you know, kids like Jay Haas and Peter Jacobson will be showing up at Champions Tour events.
NEWS: The Champions Tour Rookie of the Year race is boiling down to a competition between Stadler, Canadian Dave Barr and Irishman Des Smyth.
VIEWS: Hmmmm. Turn 50 and become a rookie. Isn't that kind of an oxymoron?
NEWS: Fredrik Jacobson has four top 10 finishes in five starts on the PGA Tour including a tie for sixth at Royal St. Georges last weekend.
VIEWS: He is the only Swede I know whose voice and accent sounds like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Henry Kissinger. 'Freddie Yock,' as he is known in media circles, has also won twice on the European Tour this year and is the best kept secret in golf.
NEWS: The Greater Hartford Open moves towards securing a new sponsor.
VIEWS: The people that run this show led by title sponsor committee head Roger Gelfenbein and tournament director Dan Baker have worked their butts off. News & Views wishes them the best.