Without the Scot front and center the next two years, “Cut Line” may have to rename the “Missed Cut” portion of our weekly scorecard to “Missing Monty.”
Fall Seriousness. It is supposed to be a competitive afterthought, a reason to keep the remote fixated on football. The Fall Series is five events after the Tour Championship with only a handful of compelling storylines (top 125 and top 30 in earnings) to keep a viewer’s interest.
Instead Tour types have been treated to back-to-back keepers, last week’s McGladrey Classic at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort and this week’s Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in California.
“It is as good as it gets,” Jay Williamson said of the McGladrey Classic.
Actually, next year is supposed to be even better when the Frys.com moves to the exclusive Institute layout which features just 12 members. Not sure it’s a great “grow the game” initiative, but the Tour brothers should like it.
Charles Howell III. CHIII grew up in the shadow of Augusta National just over the fence at Augusta Country Club, so it was a bit surprising when he dropped the gloves during his post-round interview on Sunday at Sea Island to take a swing at the green jackets.
“If you win some of these tournaments, you should get in the Masters. I don't understand how you can make a decision where if a guy wins a Fall Series event he's not in the Masters,” Howell said. “You know, I think sometimes decisions like that are made that aren't the best decisions.”
Howell makes a fine point, but few friends down Magnolia Lane. The good news is he’s always welcome on the other side of the fence at ACC.
Tweet of the Week: @BradFaxon “Played the pro am today at the Frys.com Open and on No. 1 hit my shot over the green and next to a dead tarantula. Never had seen one except zoo.”
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World Golf Ranking. It should have been magical performances, not convoluted math, that finally unseated Tiger Woods from atop the World Golf Ranking.
Woods has not played like the world No. 1 this season, but then neither has anyone else. Phil Mickelson had his chances and came up short, now it seems Lee Westwood, the most consistent player this season, will assume the top spot from the disabled list if the computer models are to be believed.
Change atop the world order is good for golf, but change just for the sake of it never feels right.
Lana Lawless. The former police officer has challenged the LPGA’s “female at birth” regulation, claiming that transgender athletes are embraced in nearly every other sport.
“I could participate in female wrestling in international Olympic events,” said Lawless, who noted that the International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes since 2004 as long as the competitor underwent surgery and at least two years of hormone-replacement therapy.
From where “Cut Line” sits it’s not a fight worth the LPGA’s effort. At 57 there’s little, if any, chance Lawless could ever earn a tour card and, if she can, then the circuit has bigger competitive issues than a transgender athlete to deal with.
Grand Shun. First it was Phil Mickelson – too busy eating veggies or investing in hamburger joints, we can only assume – then it was Louis Oosthuizen, who, in his defense, is nursing an injury, opting out of a guaranteed payday and two days of sun in Bermuda.
Ernie Els and David Toms are more than attractive fill ins, but even a “Silly Season” event deserves better than what is becoming a customary blow off.
We don’t want to say the frat brothers have become a tad spoiled, but do you remember the days when Kapalua and the World Cup and Grand Slam were considered perks, not punishments?
Colin Montgomerie. Instead of basking in his Ryder Cup swan song, the victorious skipper has chosen to gloat, and that’s not a good look on anyone.
Last week Capt. Monty made a curious point on the state of the biennial matches, saying, “We have always bowed to America’s dominance of the world ranking, with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson one and two, respectively. But now we don’t just have Lee Westwood but also Martin Kaymer coming up as well.”
“There is a changing of the guard towards Europe and also the European Tour.”
To clarify, weren’t the Europeans considered the favorites to win the matches?