Hooks Cuts Major Season


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HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. ' This is the last year McDonalds will be attached to the LPGA Championship as the LPGA will own it and try to mold it like The Players. It wasnt Tiger like, but Ronald McDonald had a good run in the game.
  • Speaking of clowns, how about Jim Furyk stepping out of his comfort zone and into the jesters costume on the latest cover of Golf World?
  • Phil Mickelson would trade all of his 36 wins and three majors for one clean bill of health for Amy.
  • Still no venue and still no sponsor for next years LPGA Championship. These are the times when a commissioner is really tested.
  • President Obamas agreed to be honorary chairman for the upcoming Presidents Cup. No President loved the game more than Ike. Sam Snead once tried to give him a lesson, saying, Mr. President, you got to get your ass into it. A secret service agent raced in, admonishing Snead. You cant say that. Hes the President of The United States. Snead deadpanned, Well he got an ass dont he?
  • John Daly could do for lap band surgery what Joan Rivers did for plastic surgery.
  • For a Magic fan, Dwight Howard missing two free throws late against the Lakers was as painful as Doug Sanders shoving a 3 footer wide right at the British Open all those years ago.
  • Beer companies remind me of golf equipment companies, constantly looking for the latest innovation. We may not fix the deficit in our lifetime, but we do have cold activated cans from Coors.
  • Tiger won the U.S. Open at Torrey on a broken leg, rehabbed for eight months and then returned. Yet as we get set for Bethpage, nothings really changed. Hes still the favorite, by miles.
  • Christina Kim wore a microphone for the first two rounds of the LPGA Championship. Not since Charles Barkley was diagnosed with an inoperable swing have we seen a more entertaining golfer.
  • Interesting groupings for next weeks Open: Tiger, Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington deliver major firepower; two Singhs are paired together ' Vijay and Jeev Milkha; its a good guy get together with Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman and Rocco Mediate; the best looking galleries figure to follow the threesome of Sergio Garcia, Camillo Villegas and Adam Scott; and Ernie Els and Retief Goosen bring their four combined U.S. Opens into Phils world.
  • True story. At the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble, Jack hit 1-iron off the flagstick into a stiff breeze at 17 on Sunday on his way to victory. He actually re-routed the club on the downswing after sensing it was shut. Think about that. The man re-routed a 1-iron. On the 71st hole of a U.S. Open. And almost jarred it. Write me if youve ever re-routed a 1-iron.
  • Fourteen amateurs are in the field at Bethpage, including a name you have to love, Bronson Burgoon. Burgoon hit the clinching wedge shot at the NCAA's to give Texas A&M the team title. Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State and Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech also bear watching. Drew Weaver, who lifted the spirits of the Virginia Tech community by playing the British Open two years ago, also qualified.
  • To those who think Kim wearing a microphone cheapens a major championship, consider that its just for the first two days. Also, in a terribly crowded sports television landscape the LPGA ' and really every league for that matter ' needs to spike interest. Theres no shortage of well-struck 7-irons on our network. There has been a shortage of personality on all the tours. And just about every league from the NBA to the NHL is using game audio to enhance the telecasts, with interviews with coaches in the heat of game sevens to eavesdropping in the locker rooms.
  • Woods has played 53 majors and won 14. Through his first 53, Jack had won 11.
  • Tyson Alexanders another amateur headed to Bethpage. He plays for his dad Buddy, whos the head golf coach at the University of Florida. Tysons the third generation Alexander to play in the national championship. Buddy played twice, including 1986 after he won the U.S. Amateur. His grandfather Skip played five times and finished 11th in 1948. By the way, Tyson drilled a 17-footer for birdie to make the Open in the qualifier at Lake Nona in Orlando.
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