Notes Outside Looking In Boos World

By Associated PressFebruary 20, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccentureTUCSON, Arizona -- Anthony Kim was on the far end of the practice range Wednesday morning, knowing that his chances of playing in the Accenture Match Play Championship were thinner than the mountain air above Tucson.
 
Kim was the first alternate, and had to wait five hours to make sure no one withdrew.
 
He also was the first casualty of the PGA TOURs new cut policy that limits the weekend field when more than 78 players make the cut.
 
Kim was among 19 players at 1-over par at the Buick Invitational who did not get to play the final two grounds because the cut was 85 players. He was awarded official last-place money ($9,880) and FedEx Cup points (47).
 
What he could have used were world ranking points.
 
When qualifying for the Match Play ended, Kim was at No. 66 in the world, a mere 0.004 points behind J.B. Holmes.
 
Justin Leonard was one shot ahead of me and he finished fifth, Kim said.
 
Theres no telling what Kim would have shot on the weekend at Torrey Pines. It was his 77 on the South Course in the second round that caused him to get the most notorious acronym on tour'MDF, which stands for made the cut did not finish.
 
World ranking points were awarded to the top 56 that week, meaning Kim only had to shoot 74-74 on the weekend to get something. And because he has played only 34 events the last two years, his divisor will be the minimum 40 for two more months. In other words, whenever he earns any points, his ranking only can go up.
 
Kim thought he would make the field anyway because Ernie Els had said he would not come to Dove Mountain this year. The Big Easy changed his mind last week, meaning Kim went from a possible first-round match with Tiger Woods to an alternate who only got privileges on the practice range.
 
He had said last week at Riviera he would not come to Arizona, then showed how much he is maturing by changing his mind.
 
If I had gotten the call in Dallas at 7 a.m. and not been here, that would have been foolish, he said.
 
As for the MDF at Torrey Pines? Kim says he has no one to blame but himself. He knew the cut policy when he teed off in the first round and was solely responsible for his score.
 
The question he has now is what the policy board should consider when it meets Monday to decide whether to revise the cut rule. If already one person has been affected, is it fair to change the policy in the middle of a season?
 
BOOS WORLD
Boo Weekley reckons he hasnt competed in match play since something called the Pensacola Scratch Open, so there were a few moments of confusion.
 
Martin Kaymer missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole and stooped to pick up the ball, looking back at Weekley when he didnt hear anything. Weekley was at a loss, too.
 
Hes looking at me saying, This good? I didnt know you could pick your ball up, Weekley said. Dazed and confused. Just like that movie. Thats me. Dazed and confused.
 
Next up for Weekley is Sergio Garcia, and the consolation is that Weekley doesnt have to keep score.
 
He marked the wrong score for Garcia at the PGA Championship last year. Garcia was in such a rush to leave he didnt notice the error, and was disqualified after the first round for signing an incorrect card.
 
Thats one less thing to worry about, Weekley said. Thats one less thing for me to foul up.
 
TOUGH TOMS
Its not quite up there with death and taxes, but David Toms advancing out of the first round is becoming a habit.
 
He faced a tough opponent Wednesday in Masters champion Zach Johnson'they were a combined 7 under on the front nine'but pulled away on the back for a 2-and-1 victory.
 
This was his ninth Match Play event, and the ninth consecutive time Toms has won in the first round, the longest streak in tournament history. Nick OHern is next, winning his match to make it five straight.
 
Toms won the tournament in 2005, and improved his record to 23-7, second only to Woods mark of 26-6.
 
Ive just played well in a lot of the matches, Toms said. Other times, Ive just gotten by. Thats the way match play is.
 
Toms said his back began hurting toward the end of the match, and he sought treatment when he was done. He plays Aaron Baddeley in the second round.
 
DIVOTS
The bad timing award goes to Robert Karlsson, who shot a 7-under 65 and lost to Paul Casey, who had a 64. Neither made a bogey. South Africa began the tournament with six players, and only Trevor Immelman made it past the opening round. Ernie Els, Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen, Richard Sterne and Tim Clark all were beaten. The Honda Classic has awarded a sponsors exemption to Tadd Fujikawa, the high school junior from Honolulu. It will be his third start this year (Sony Open, Pebble Beach) and another chance to make his first cut since he turned pro last summer.
 
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    Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:32 pm

    SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

    He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the early 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

    ''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

    Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

    Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots out of the lead among those who played Friday morning. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

    Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, might have a long stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.


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    Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and was outside the cut. He was in jeopardy of missing his second straight cut, depending on afternoon scoring.

    Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

    The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

    Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

    ''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

    The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

    ''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

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    Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

    RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

    Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

    ''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

    On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

    ''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

    Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

    ''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''


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    Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

    ''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

    Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

    First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.

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    Football coach hates golf: Don't need practice swearing

    By Jason CrookApril 20, 2018, 10:15 pm

    Some football coaches are a little more talkative than others. On one side of the spectrum, there's Bill Belichick. On the other sits Washington State football coach Mike Leach.

    Leach always delivers the goods, and when asked recently if he liked golf, he didn't hold back:

    As wrong as the 57-year-old is on the topic (golf is awesome), the man makes some hilarious points:

    • “It’s boring. I don’t care where that ball goes.”

    • "Golfers are always practicing their swing. But you know what I never did? I never practice fishing in my living room.”

    • "They'll line up over the ball and they'll say they're going to do something that you can't do with a sniper rifle and a scope, but they're going to do it with a stick and a ball."

    • “Golf’s pretty much for people that don’t swear effectively enough or need practice. And so there are people that need golf, and I don’t think I do.”

    So in conclusion, it's confirmed: Mike Leach - not a golf guy.

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    Quiros takes 1-shot lead in Morocco

    By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 8:22 pm

    RABAT, Morocco - Alvaro Quiros shot a solid 2-under 70 in windy conditions to push into a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Friday.

    Quiros fought the elements, carding seven birdies and five bogeys to move to 7 under overall and take the outright lead at the halfway point of the European Tour event.

    The Spaniard was one clear of Andrew Dodt, who moved into contention with a 4-under 68 at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam course. Dodt dropped two shots in his first six holes but the Australian recovered from that shaky start to collect four birdies and an eagle.


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    Erik van Rooyen of South Africa was another shot back in third on 5 under after his 71.

    Bradley Dredge of Wales, who shared the first-round lead with Quiros, slipped off the pace with a 1-over 73. He's tied for fourth with Austin Connelly of Canada (71), 4 under par and three shots behind Quiros.