Cut Line From Cup to Couples


In honor of the years most permanent cut, this weeks Wyndham Championship is the final regular season event before next weeks Barclays trims to the years top 125, we look back on 10 years of Grand Slam glory, a Solheim solution and Fred Couples curious cornering.

Made Cut
A decade of majors: Last week's PGA Championship was the last major this decade, 40 Grand Slams that defined a Hall of Fame career (Tiger Woods) and defied logic and conventional wisdom (Y.E. Yang, Rich Beem, Todd Hamilton, et al).
Among Cut Lines personal highlights was the 2005 Masters and Woods chip that still seems perched on the lip of the cup at the 16th hole; 2008 U.S. Open and Rocco Mediates spirited tilt at the games most-imposing windmill; 2009 British Open because Tom Watson made us all believe; and the 2001 PGA where David Toms proved you dont have to hit the ball 320 yards to be a big winner.
Don Hodgskin: He never won a Tour event, doesnt play much golf these days and, truth be told, made his professional way in the world teaching tennis. Yet once a year the energetic fifty-something is every bit the major champion.
Every Aug. 18, Hodgskin can be found running the Veterans Golf Tournament at a central Florida layout, an emotional tribute to Hodgskins brother, James, who died fighting in Vietnam on Aug. 18, 1969.
The golf, lunch and drinks are free for any veteran who can show up and swing a club. Weve got one guy who fought in World War II, Hodgskin smiled last Tuesday at Orlandos Dubsdread Golf Club. I can live on this the rest of the year.
And the 200 or so who participated in the event cant wait until next year.

Made Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
Solheim Cup: Its impossible not to notice that the LPGAs biggest event tees off this weekend near Chicago missing many of the games biggest stars.
Excluded by geography from the weeks matches are five of the top 10 players in the Rolex Womens World Rankings, including Nos. 1 and 2 Lorena Ochoa (Mexico) and Yani Tseng (Taiwan), respectively.
Its not as though the event has an embarrassment of historical riches, the first Solheim Cup was played in 1990, nor much of a competitive resume, the U.S. is 5-0 at home in the matches. Adding the rest of the world to the mix guarantees the worlds best will play and some competitive balance.
Wanted: Top players, regardless of passport.
Hazeltine National: Maybe Dave Hill was onto something, smiled one player as he walked off the course last week in middle Minnesota.
Hill famously quipped during the 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine that, All you need is 80 acres of corn and some cows.
Geoff Ogilvy also joined the fun, Tweeting: I am thinking we should all pool together and buy the PGA a lawn mower for Christmas.
Perhaps the loudest critique came from Tiger Woods, the Tours E.F. Hutton, who mentioned the layouts bumpy poa greens on numerous occasions, particularly after that 33-putt final round.
Were not saying Woods prompted the extreme makeover, but the club plans to tear up all 18 greens and fairways before the 2016 Ryder Cup comes to Hazeltine in an attempt to rid the layout of the poa infestation. A gentle nudge from the world No. 1 never hurts.

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Fred Couples: colleague Randell Mell nailed this one down over the weekend at Hazeltine National ' the U.S. Presidents Cup captain said Hunter Mahan is a lock and Lucas Glover is likely to make his team as picks.
Hard to argue with that logic, both are team players and fearless competitors, but what if Brian Gay goes on a tear and wins the first two FedEx Cup events? Or Dustin Johnson? Or Steve Flesch, for that matter?
Boom Boom needlessly backed himself into a corner when he should have taken a page from Paul Azingers captains manual: always take the hot hand.
The Barclays: Not that theres anything wrong with the playoff opener and having Woods sign on this year will be a huge boost, it just seems like a bit of a buzz-kill to have the event at Liberty National. Along the same lines as having sporks at a formal dinner.
After years at storied Westchester, the event moved to the classic layout at Ridgewood last year in New Jersey and was a hit among players. Next year the event shifts to the Donald Ross-designed Plainfield, a must-play gem for anyone who enjoys golf.
Liberty may be a fine course, we hear the views of New York City are postcard ready, but an event searching for an identity would do well sticking with Ridgewood and Plainfield, perhaps the best one-two punch on Tour non-major flight.

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