Notes Hatless Phil Daly Denied

By Associated PressJanuary 24, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Buick InvitationalSAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The PGA TOUR makes a distinction between performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs in its anti-doping policy, and commissioner Tim Finchem is in charge of doling out any penalties for the latter.
 
Drugs such as marijuana and cocaine are among the group of substances that now are banned by the PGA TOUR.
 
For performance-enhancing drugs, the penalties is up to a one-year suspension for the first violation, a five-year suspension for the second violation, and a permanent ban for a third positive test.
 
In each case, there are exceptions for 'drugs of abuse.' Those penalties are determined by Finchem.
 
'If we got a positive test, it could conceivably be that a substantive abuse is being taken for a competitive advantage. We would doubt that, but it's possible,' Finchem said Wednesday.
 
If it was determined the drug use was lack of judgment or addiction, punishment would be handled accordingly. Finchem said that could be disciplinary action, rehabilitation or continued testing.
 
'So it could conceivably be that a player is disciplined at some level and then if he's allowed to continue to play, he's tested on a regular basis to help him deal with those issues,' Finchem said. 'We view that as somewhat different than a player who has intentionally taken a substance to gain competitive advantage. That would be dealt with in a different arena.'
 
The LPGA Tour policy does not discriminate between performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs.
 
The greater concern, which some players have expressed privately, is whether Finchem would have too much power to discipline players for recreational drug use, leading to the perception that he is playing favorites.
 
'Candidly, I don't think it puts me in an uncomfortable position,' Finchem said. 'I think it puts me in a position to make a tough decision. But we have a lot of comfort that we've managed in the discipline area for the last 30 years, and me for the last 15 years, and I'm called on to make those decisions frequently. They're not any different. It has to do with players' conduct.
 
'I think we have a pretty good history of dealing with that, and we would anticipate continuing that.'
 
HATLESS PHIL:
Phil Mickelson played his pro-am round without a cap, rare for such a highly ranked player. And it could continue until Mickelson he works through his deal with Bearing Point.
 
Bearing Point recently replaced CEO Harry You, who was Mickelson's partner when they won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last year. The CEO also was trying to sign up Bearing Point as the title sponsor at Riviera until his board balked.
 
Mickelson did not want to discuss the endorsement.
 
'I don't know what I should or shouldn't say on that right now so I'm going to hold on,' Mickelson said. 'But we're trying to finalize some things up as we speak.'
 
What kind of hat will we wear at the Buick Invitational.
 
'I'm not sure,' he said. 'We'll see.'
 
DALY DOINGS:
John Daly was waiting to see if he would get a sponsor's exemption to the FBR Open next week outside Phoenix, and he got his answer Wednesday. The tournament gave its last spot to 20-year-old Jason Day.
 
Daly had his pick of exemptions last year, the first time he was not fully exempt since his 1991 victory in the PGA Championship, and he withdrew six times while dealing with a rib and shoulder injury.
 
He withdrew last week after three rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, citing an injury. The Los Angeles Times reported that Daly was a regular at tournament parties during the Hope, and eyewitnesses told the newspaper that he was helped out of one after-party by an unidentified man.
 
Day, the youngest player on the PGA TOUR, and Daly are represented by the same agent.
 
BARCLAYS VENUE:
PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem says he is still negotiating with Westchester Country Club on a contract that was to play The Barclays there at least three times in six years.
 
The tour already has said the first FedExCup playoff event will be at Liberty National in 2009, and recent reports have indicated the tour already is considering moving this year's event to Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.
 
'We would like to perhaps accelerate the rotation somewhat,' Finchem said. 'But we are in discussion with Westchester on a wide range of options within that, and I don't want to get into speculating on any one course, but we are deep into discussions.'
 
He expects a decision shortly, especially if it means not playing at Westchester this year.
 
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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 GolfChannel.com. “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.