Words Can Miss a Cut


SAN DIEGO ' If Tour pros needed a reminder the warm-and-fuzzy season was coming to an end, all they needed to do was glance at the Buick Invitational leaderboard. It took a 2-over 146 total to make the weekend at Torrey Pines. So long Bob Hope, hello no hope.
Here at Cut Line, we to had to step up our game.
  • Paul Goydos: He scaled the interview podium following his second-round 66 at the Buick Invitational and offered another Goydos gem, Im tall.
    Of all the reasons to root for Goydos ' his everyman appeal, his ties to Southern California, his refreshingly self-deprecating style ' the most compelling reason to applaud the 44-year-olds Torrey timecard was one thing he didnt want to talk about.
    On his way home from the Sony Open Goydos learned that his ex-wife had died. Goydos, who missed much of the 2004 season to stay at home with his two daughters, took the last few weeks off to be with his family. Asked if golf provided him with a release, the always insightful Goydos kept it simple: Its golf, its what I do.
    At 5-foot-9, its good to see Goydos back on Tour and standing tall.
  • Tony Perez: The energetic father of PGA Tour player Pat Perez has served as an announcer at the Buick Invitational for years, but on Thursday he was pressed to complete his duties.
    Ladies and gentlemen, from Las Vegas, the champion of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, my son, Pat Perez, the emotional elder Perez said.
    During last years U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Tony Perez became choked up when he recalled Pats long history at Torrey Pines. When Pat was a teen he worked the Buick Invitational practice range, and Tony remembers the two trading a knowing glance the first time Pat played the event as a pro.
    For Pat, Thursdays intro was another Hallmark moment.
    Its just very special, more this year because I had more to say with Pat just winning, Tony Perez told the San Diego Times-Union. I got it all out, but I just kept telling myself to talk slow, like my backswing.

  • Tadd Fujikawa: It was a good move by the Puerto Rico Open folks to dish a sponsor exemption to the teen phenom and word on the Torrey Pines practice range earlier this week was Fujikawa might also get an invite into the Honda Classic the week before Puerto Rico.
    As Fujikawa proved last month in Hawaii, he can work a room with his play and playful style. But we cut to the top 60 and ties on the developmental front. Fujikawa needs confidence and reps right now, not potentially ego-bruising brushes with the big stage.
    At the risk of offering unsolicited advice, we have two words for Fujikawa ' Mini Tours.
  • West Coast Swing: Chances are the Left Coast will go without a Tiger Woods sighting for the first time since his first full season (1997) as a pro, and the economic cloud seemed to blot out even the ever-present Southern California sun.
    Car manufacturers (Buick and Chrysler) and financial institutions (FBR) dialed back tournament-week festivities and another season-opener without Tiger and Phil Mickelson sent a shiver down the spines of Mercedes-Benz Championship officials.
    The rub here is that, after the majors, the West Coast may have the best golf course lineup on Tour. The rota starts this week at Torrey Pines, followed by The Crosby at Pebble Beach and the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
    Its not Pine Valley, Augusta and Winged Foot, but its not too bad.

  • PGA Tour: The word is Tour officials are devising a policy to control the increase in facial hair on the circuit.
    While Cut Line appreciates well-groomed pros as much as anyone in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Tour is OB on this one. There is nothing countercultural about Steve Marinos perpetual 5 oclock shadow, and Mike Weirs playoff beard was one of the best looks of the year.
    We do, however, have to draw the line at Bart Bryants circa 1970s mustache. There has to be standards.
  • Anna Rawson: The glam gal, catwalk regular and LPGA Tour player firmly inserted foot in mouth this week during a radio interview back home in Australia.
    The disparaging remark lobbed at the previous generation of LPGA players created a storm for Rawson and her mea culpa had the feel of a non-apology.
    Among other things, Rawson said in the interview the perception was that womens golf was filled with unattractive women. In the wake of the comment, Rawson said she may have to undergo media training.
    Seems no one has ever run those well-worn golf axioms past Rawson: there are no pictures on scorecards and sometimes the games not pretty.
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