Notes Disappearing Logos Last Chance for Masters
Find a FedExCup logo at Bay Hill.
This being the 'new era in golf,' FedExCup logos have been everywhere on the PGA TOUR from scoreboards to tee boxes, on promotional material and even the FedExCup truck parked somewhere on the golf course.
But the logo was missing at Bay Hill, and that was no accident.
'We try not to change the basic character of the event,' said Tom Wade, chief marketing officer of the PGA TOUR.
The TOUR tirelessly promotes the first eight months of the season as part of the FedExCup season, and there have been boardroom battles recently between title sponsors and the TOUR over sharing advertising space with another company.
Bay Hill, however, doesn't have a title sponsor. MasterCard is the presenting sponsor, meaning it doesn't pay as much money and doesn't get as much exposure. If the TOUR were to fill up signs with FedExCup, the presenting sponsor would be squeezed out even more.
In other words, don't look for any FedExCup logos at the Memorial, either.
'Jack (Nicklaus) believes the tournament should be conducted in a way, from a signage standpoint, that's consistent over the years,' tournament director Dan Sullivan said. 'We don't have any corporate identification when it comes to on-course signage. We don't have a PGA TOUR logo. And we won't have a FedExCup logo.'
He said Morgan Stanley, the presenting sponsor, will show up on the main scorecard, the daily pairings sheet and the magazine.
If the lack of title sponsor gets Nicklaus and Palmer off the hook, keep an eye on the Canadian Open. The third-oldest national championship in golf currently has no title sponsor, yet it still is burdened with FedExCup logos.
'We'd have that discussion with them,' tournament director Bill Paul said. 'Right now, it's not that much of an issue with me.'
Paul said he's disturbed by what he considers different rules for different tournaments. It really hit home last year at the Memorial during a meeting with tournament directors, when he admired the clean look at Muirfield Village.
'It hit me on the last day,' he said. 'The only PGA TOUR logo I've seen all week is on the fitness trailer. So I asked the question, didn't get an answer and just smiled. My only take is that Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Palmer have different rules. I know all Mr. Palmer and Mr. Nicklaus have done for the game. But I don't think it's right.'
WHAT'S IN A NAME?:
Charl Schwartzel didn't know much about Doral except its reputation as the Blue Monster.
The jury's still out on the 'monster,' but he's already skeptical about the 'blue' part of the name.
'I thought there was a lot more water on the course,' he said Tuesday. 'I had this thing of all 18 holes have got water on it. I wasn't disappointed, but I was looking for water on the golf course.'
Water only comes into play -- barring a truly horrific shot -- on six holes.
For those who qualified for the 74-man field, the CA Championship is the last chance to qualify for the Masters. Augusta National will take the top 10 from the PGA TOUR money list and the top 50 in the world ranking for those not already eligible.
That means this is a big week for Mark Calcavecchia and Mark Wilson.
Calcavecchia is No. 7 on the money list thanks to his victory two weeks ago in Tampa. It would take the perfect set of circumstances for enough guys to bump him out of the top 10. Honda Classic winner Mark Wilson is No. 9 on the money list and must play well to make sure he doesn't get bumped.
John Rollins is No. 4 and is guaranteed to stay in the top 10.
From the world ranking, Charl Schwartzel has an outside chance at No. 58 in the world.
A LOOPER'S LIFE:
The Wachovia Championship is known for taking care of the players. That extends to the caddies, too.
They already get valet parking at Quail Hollow. But imagine Johnny Buchna's surprise when he got a letter from tournament director Kym Hougham a few years ago informing him the defending champion's caddie gets a courtesy Mercedes-Benz for the week.
'It had 13 miles on it,' said Buchna, longtime looper for Joey Sindelar and proud owner of a Honda.
He picked it up at the airport and gave Andy Pazder, the PGA TOUR's vice president of competition, a lift to the course. Pulling up in front of the clubhouse, Buchna felt like a king. When he got out and saw two TOUR officials, he jokingly asked if they would park it.
The player does OK, too, getting a Mercedes Maybach for the week. But it's hard to find another tournament that provides a luxury courtesy car for a caddie.
'Fluff gets it this year,' Buchna said, referring to Mike Cowan, caddie for Jim Furyk. 'But he already drives a BMW.'
PGA TOUR players were reminded to sign up for media training next week at the Houston Open. The notice was posted above the urinals in the locker room at Bay Hill. There's a story there ... The USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award this year goes to James W. Finegan for his book, 'Where Golf is Great: The Finest Courses of Scotland and Ireland.' ... South Africa has nine players at Doral, second only to the 25 players from the United States. ... Justin Rose of England withdrew from the CA Championship with a sore back.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
Americans represent one-third of the field at Doral.
'One thing I don't see enough of is relating to galleries. It might be too businessy. A little lightening up wouldn't be a bad thing.' -- Arnold Palmer on the state of the PGA TOUR.
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.
Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.
The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.
Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.
Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.
Third-round tee times for the 147th Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.
Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.
Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.
Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.
4:15AM ET: Gavin Green
4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed
4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose
4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton
4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley
5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner
5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson
5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)
5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood
5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello
6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford
6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma
6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele
6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood
6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na
6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin
7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim
7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira
7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters
7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li
7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker
7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink
8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook
8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris
8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim
8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari
8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson
8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell
9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka
9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott
9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren
9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone
9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett
10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler
10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell
10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau
10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen
10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood
11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson
Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.
He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.
“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.
At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.
Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.
“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”
Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?
Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.
Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.
“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”
Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.
Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.
“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.
More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.
“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”