Notes Perry Unsure of Rebound in 05

By Associated PressDecember 22, 2004, 5:00 pm
Kenny Perry is baffled by a turn for the worse.
 
He went from three victories and No. 6 on the PGA Tour money list last year to no victories and needing a top 10 finish in final full-field event of the year just to get the last spot in the Tour Championship.
 
I didnt have a chance to win this year, and that was a disappointment, Perry said. I dont know if it was just coming off a high or what. It might have busted my bubble a little it. Its like you finally achieve something, and what else do you do? Ive achieved every goal I thought I could achieve except winning a major.
 
Where does he go from here?
 
Perry is 44 and exempt through the 2007 season. With his $16 million in career earnings, he probably can play on the PGA Tour until he is eligible for the Champions Tour.
 
Is he satisfied with what he has accomplished in his 18 years on tour? Is he burning to have another big year that landed him on his first Ryder Cup team?
 
It can go either way, Perry said. You can see me disappear, or I might go crazy again. I dont have any pressure on me, and that might be a bad thing. Ive always played pretty good with pressure on me. I hope I dont get lazy and sit back. But Im tired of playing. Ive fought it and fought it. Ive been a pro for 23 years now.
 
He used Jay Haas as a model.
 
Haas had a solid career until disappearing for a four-year stretch, even losing exempt status at one point. Rejuvenated in his late 40s, and with help from putting guru Stan Utley, Haas returned to the top 30. At age 50, he became the oldest man to make the Tour Championship and the second-oldest to play in the Ryder Cup.
 
Perry is certain of one thing. He will work harder than ever to make the Ryder Cup team in 2008, when it will be played at Valhalla in his native Kentucky.
 
I think that will revitalize my career, he said. Im a goal-oriented person, and thats going to be a big goal of mine. I think thats going to be good for me.
 
PRICE RUN
Nick Price slipped to No. 51 in the final world ranking of 2004, ending the most remarkable run since the Official World Golf Ranking began in 1986.
 
Price had been in the top 50 for a record 17 consecutive years dating to 1987.
 
Greg Norman did it for 15 consecutive years.
 
The longest active streak -- 14 years'now belongs to Davis Love III, who ended the year at No. 7.
 
HAPPY MECHANIC
Listening to Miguel Angel Jimenez, its not hard to figure out why he had his best year, with four victories in the 2004 season and one more in December in an early start to the 2005 schedule.
 
Its all about attitude for the Spaniard known as the Mechanic. And right now, the glass is half-full.
 
You never know whats going to happen, he said. You just play well, enjoy yourself and collect titles. The only thing Im doing is just be happy on the golf course.
 
His attitude isnt limited to inside the ropes. Jimenez takes the high road on other issues, too.
 
When Tom Lehman was picked as Ryder Cup captain for 2006, some Europeans wondered whether that might rekindle some of the bad blood from Brookline in 1999, when the Americans were accused of being bad sports for their exuberance. Some of those Euros (Paul Casey) werent even there.
 
Jimenez was, and he has no problem with Lehman.
 
We are intelligent people and I dont live in the past,
 
Jimenez said. If youre going to live like that, you cannot be happy at that point in your life and you cannot play golf and youre not going to win. You get the point?
 
Look, the guy, he played in a Ryder Cup. He is a great player. Hes a winner. I think he has respect from lots of players in America. And thats it. What happened before ... I cannot recall anything from that. Forget that thing. You cannot live there.
 
BAKER-FINCH RETURN?
Ian Baker-Finch might play some PGA Tour events next year to see where his game is.
 
The 91 British Open champion last played on tour at the 2001 Colonial, missing the cut with rounds of 74-77. It was his first tournament since he walked away from the game after a 92 in the first round of the British Open at Royal Troon in 1997, the lowest point of a mystifying slump.
 
The congenial Aussie, now a golf analyst for ABC Sports, said he would not ask for any sponsors exemptions and would consider playing only in tournaments for which he is eligible. Past champions (Baker-Finch won Colonial and the British Open) fall behind the guys who finished from 126-150 on the previous years money list, so he likely could play some in September.
 
Baker-Finch still plays pro-ams and casual rounds, and has shot 63 on occasion at The Bears Club in south Florida.
 
I just want to see where I am, Baker-Finch said. Its better to do that now than to delude myself for six years before Im eligible for the Champions Tour.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
Jack Nicklaus finally fell out of the top 100 on the PGA Tour career money list. He has earned $5,734,031 and dropped to No. 103, one spot behind Tom Byrum.
 
FINAL WORD
Losing in Ireland is not an option.'Colin Montgomerie on the 2006 Ryder Cup.
 
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”