Immelman Misses Another Cut at Wachovia

By Associated PressMay 2, 2008, 4:00 pm
2007 Wachovia ChampionshipCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Trevor Immelman had his best round since he was fitted for his green jacket. It still wasnt enough to get him to the weekend.
The struggles continued for the Masters champion who missed the cut Friday at the Wachovia Championship, failing to reach the third round in the two tournaments hes played since his life-changing victory.
The South African shot a 1-over 73'the first time he broke 75 since the third round of his victory at Augusta National.
Still, that left him at 148 for the tournament, four strokes below the cut line of 1-over. Playing the Quail Hollow Club course where two years ago he lost in a playoff to Jim Furyk, he missed the cut here for the first time since his first visit in 2003.
Immelman, who also was cut from last weeks Byron Nelson, earlier in the week admitted that the photo shoots, autographs, interviews and other distractions have affected his play.
After his round, he politely declined to discuss his play as he hustled out of the clubhouse to catch a flight.
Theres not much to talk about, really, Immelman said.
HART-WARMING: Dudley Hart is looking forward to a full weekend here, for reasons more important than golf.
Hart withdrew from the Wachovia last year shortly before doctors found a softball-sized tumor in his wifes lung. The tour veteran didnt play in any events the rest of the year, instead taking the time off to stay home with the couples 5-year-old triplets while she recovered.
Now, almost exactly one year after her health scare and the beneficiary of the tours new medical exceptions for family hardships, Hart is back playing again in Charlotte. Hes got a refreshed outlook and is contending for his second straight top 10 finish, shooting a 67 and moving three strokes behind second-round leader Jason Bohn.
It puts things in perspective, Hart said. You know that playing a bad round of golf isnt the worst thing in the world, even though you dont like to do it. But theres a lot worse things that can happen to you.
FLESCH LIVES: Now this is how Steve Flesch wanted to finish his round: He birdied four consecutive holes late during a 68 that thrust him considerably up the leaderboard.
After his opening-round 71 landed him in a logjam of 26 players tied for 72nd place, Flesch moved safely away from the cut line and moved within six strokes of the lead.
The highlight of his round came on No. 6, his 16th hole of the round, where he sank a 50-yard chip shot. He also had birdies on Nos. 5, 7 and 8.
I wish I could say something did change, but I just put myself underneath the hole a few more times, had a few more birdie opportunities and maybe was a little more focused today, Flesch said. Yesterday, I was kind of distracted out there. I dont know why, but I was looking around too much, just kind of enjoying it, and today, I was kind of putting my game face on.
HIGH PRAISE: Jim Furyk sounds like someone whos looking forward to another four years at Quail Hollow.
The 2006 Wachovia Championship winner praised the way the course plays after the announcement that the tournament with the $6.4 million purse will stay here through at least 2014.
When it plays firm and fast, you really have to work the ball off the tee to get the ball in the fairways, Furyk said. Some of the greens are very, very severe. Youve got to hit crisp iron shots and put the ball in a place to play from.
Its just a tough, fair course, and they do everything first-class here, he added. Its no secret why its, if not the premier event on the tour, definitely in the top five.
MURPHYS LAW: Trevor Murphy couldnt duplicate his opening-round performance. The UNC Charlotte seniors hopes to make the cut as an amateur were dashed by a back-to-earth 76 in which he bogeyed four of the last five holes on the tours toughest closing stretch.
He finished two strokes below the cut line, one day after he unexpectedly opened with a 71'better than the two pros in his group'that had him tied for 24th.
ACE IN THE HOLE: Jay Williamson had the first hole-in-one in the tournaments 6-year history, knocking his tee shot into the cup on the par-3 sixth. Williamson used a hybrid club to ace the 245-yard hole, which came one hole after his birdie on a par-5.
Im thinking, God, just get the ball on the green and try to make a 3, Williamson said. It hit and it ran right into the hole. Not very often are holes-in-one perfect shots, but this one happened to be.
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    Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

    By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 15, 2018, 9:14 pm

    After nearly 30 years in the broadcast booth, Johnny Miller is ready to hang up his microphone.

    Following a Hall of Fame playing career that included a pair of major titles, Miller has become one of the most outspoken voices in the game as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports. But at age 71 he has decided to retire from broadcasting following the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

    “The call of being there for my grandkids, to teach them how to fish. I felt it was a higher calling,” Miller told “The parents are trying to make a living, and grandparents can be there like my father was with my four boys. He was there every day for them. I'm a big believer that there is a time and a season for everything.”

    Miller was named lead analyst for NBC in 1990, making his broadcast debut at what was then known as the Bob Hope Desert Classic. He still remained competitive, notably winning the 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at age 46, but made an indelible mark on the next generation of Tour pros with his frank and candid assessment of the action from some of golf’s biggest events.

    Miller’s broadcasting career has included 20 U.S. Opens, 14 Ryder Cups, nine Presidents Cups, three Open Championships and the 2016 Olympics. While he has teamed in the booth with Dan Hicks for the past 20 years, Miller’s previous on-air partners included Bryant Gumbel, Charlie Jones, Jim Lampley and Dick Enberg.

    His farewell event will be in Phoenix Jan. 31-Feb. 3, at a tournament he won in back-to-back years in 1974-75.

    “When it comes to serving golf fans with sharp insight on what is happening inside the ropes, Johnny Miller is the gold standard,” said NBC lead golf producer Tommy Roy. “It has been an honor working with him, and while it might not be Johnny’s personal style, it will be fun to send him off at one of the PGA Tour’s best parties at TPC Scottsdale.”

    Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998 after a playing career that included wins at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont and The Open in 1976 at Royal Birkdale. Before turning pro, he won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur and was low amateur at the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic, where he tied for eighth at age 19.

    Born and raised in San Francisco, Miller now lives in Utah with his wife, Linda, and annually serves as tournament host of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

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    Randall's Rant: Tiger vs. Phil feels like a ripoff

    By Randall MellOctober 15, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Usually, you have to buy something before you feel like you were ripped off.

    The wonder in the marketing of Tiger vs. Phil and “The Match” is how it is making so many people feel as if they are getting ripped off before they’ve shelled out a single penny for the product.

    Phil Mickelson gets credit for this miscue.

    Apparently, the smartest guy in the room isn’t the smartest marketing guy.

    He was a little bit like that telemarketer who teases you into thinking you’ve won a free weekend getaway, only to lead you into the discovery that there’s a shady catch, with fine print and a price tag.

    There was something as slippery as snake oil in the original pitch.

    In Mickelson’s eagerness to create some excitement, he hinted back during The Players in May about the possibility of a big-money, head-to-head match with Woods. A couple months later, he leaked more details, before it was ready to be fully announced.

    So while there was an initial buzz over news of the Thanksgiving weekend matchup, the original pitch set up a real buzzkill when it was later announced that you were only going to get to see it live on pay-per-view.

    The news landed with a thud but no price tag. We’re still waiting to see what it’s going to cost when these two meet at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, but anything that feels even slightly inflated now is going to further dampen the original enthusiasm Mickelson created.

    Without Woods or Mickelson putting up their own money, this $9 million winner-take-all event was always going to feel more like a money grab than real competition.

    When we were expecting to see it on network or cable TV, we didn’t care so much. Tiger's and Phil’s hands would have felt as if they were reaching into corporate America’s pockets. Now, it feels as if they’re digging into ours.

    Last week, there was more disappointing news, with the Las Vegas Review-Journal reporting that tickets won’t be sold to the public, that the match at Shadow Creek will only be open to select sponsors and VIPs.

    Now there’s a larger insult to the common fan, who can’t help but feel he isn’t worthy or important enough to gain admittance.

    Sorry, but that’s how news of a closed gate landed on the heels of the pay-per-view news.

    “The Match” was never going to be meaningful golf in any historical sense.

    This matchup was never going to rekindle the magic Tiger vs. Phil brought in their epic Duel at Doral in ’05.

    The $9 million was never going to buy the legitimacy a major championship or PGA Tour Sunday clash could bring.

    It was never going to be more than an exhibition, with no lingering historical significance, but that was OK as quasi silly-season fare on TV on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23), the traditional weekend of the old Skins Game.

    “The Match” still has a chance to be meaningful, but first and foremost as entertainment, not real competition. That’s what this was always going to be about, but now the bar is raised.

    Pay per view does that.

    “You get what you pay for” is an adage that doesn’t apply to free (or already-paid for) TV. It does to pay per view. Expectations go way up when you aren’t just channel surfing to a telecast. So the higher the price tag they end up putting on this showdown, the more entertaining this has to be.

    If Phil brings his “A-Game” to his trash talking, and if Tiger can bring some clever repartee, this can still be fun. If the prerecorded segments wedged between shots are insightful, even meaningful in their ability to make us understand these players in ways we didn’t before, this will be worthwhile.

    Ultimately, “The Match” is a success if it leaves folks who paid to see it feeling as if they weren’t as ripped off as the people who refused to pay for it. That’s the handicap a history of free golf on TV brings. Welcome to pay-per-view, Tiger and Phil.

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    Trial date set for drifter charged with killing Barquin Arozamena

    By Associated PressOctober 15, 2018, 7:28 pm

    AMES, Iowa – A judge has scheduled a January trial for a 22-year-old Iowa drifter charged with killing a top amateur golfer from Spain.

    District Judge Bethany Currie ruled Monday that Collin Richards will stand trial Jan. 15 for first-degree murder in the death of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

    Richards entered a written not guilty plea Monday morning and waived his right to a speedy trial. The filing canceled an in-person arraignment hearing that had been scheduled for later Monday.

    Investigators say Richards attacked Barquin on Sept. 17 while she was playing a round at a public course in Ames, near the university campus. Her body was found in a pond on the course riddled with stab wounds.

    Richards faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

    LeBron's son tries golf, and he might be good at everything

    By Grill Room TeamOctober 15, 2018, 5:36 pm

    LeBron James' son seems well on his way to a successful basketball career of his own. To wit:

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    Finally got it down lol

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    But with just a little work, he could pass on trying to surpass his father and try to take on Tiger and Jack, instead.

    Bronny posted this video to Instagram of him in sandals whacking balls off a mat atop a deck into a large body of water, which is the golfer's definition of living your best life.

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    How far, maybe 400 #happygilmore

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    If you listen closely, at the end of the clip, you can just barely hear someone scream out for a marine biologist.