Notes: Scott clarifies he's not suing PGA Tour

By Associated PressMay 29, 2013, 10:31 pm

DUBLIN, Ohio – Adam Scott wants to make it perfectly clear that he isn't suing the PGA Tour.

Scott, the Australian who used the anchored putting stroke to win the Masters in April, is part of a group that has retained a lawyer to look into the situation. Hiring legal representation, he said Wednesday on the eve of The Memorial Tournament, was just a way of not being left out of the loop.

''My intention is just to get all the information given to me possible from the PGA Tour,'' he said. ''And just really, for me, like anyone else in a business, to have some professional guidance on this issue.''

The two governing bodies of the sport, the U.S. Golf Association and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, have outlawed the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions. The rule takes effect in 2016 prohibiting players from anchoring a club against their bodies. Those two groups have urged the PGA Tour to join them so that the sport is played under one set of rules.

Scott is just trying to protect himself.

''I don't think I have the ability to get that (information) or ask the right questions, necessarily. I'm not a lawyer. And that's not my area of expertise,'' he said. ''So I just want to get that information and make sure that my views are expressed to the Tour and that's that. There's no intention of filing suit or making problems.''

Vijay Singh has sued the PGA Tour for exposing him to ''public humiliation and ridicule'' during a 12-week investigation into his use of deer antler spray, a substance that was on the tour's list of banned substances. The tour subsequently dropped its case against him and Singh filed the lawsuit later.

Addressing the issue of the banned putting motion, Scott said he was only trying to level the playing field.

''This is a business and I'm treating it professionally and I have professional counsel to do that,'' he said. ''I'm sure the tour has professional counsel when they make decisions about things or the USGA or R&A, for that matter. They wouldn't do this without professional help either, so that's all it is.''


WHERE'S TIGER? Many golf fans, conditioned by the emphasis placed on winning major championships, might not be fully aware that Tiger Woods has won four times in seven PGA Tour starts this season. That is a remarkable winning percentage for a tour player.

Davis Love III said people need to appreciate just how good he has been.

''People say, 'What's the matter with Tiger?' Nothing's the matter with him. As long as he plays, he wins,'' Love said Wednesday during preparations for the Memorial Tournament. ''When he was out for 6 months at a time, he didn't have a chance to win. But when he's been playing, he consistently wins one out of every four times he plays.''

Or, of course, even more often than that.

Woods is rested after taking time off – he was spotted water skiing with his kids and Olympic skiing star Lindsey Vonn – and ready to defend his title at the Muirfield Village layout where he has won a record five times.

''It's been a nice two weeks off, and now it's time to get out and play and come to an event that I've always loved playing,'' he said.

Woods said he's in a good place with his swing.

''I feel comfortable with the motion I'm making,'' he said, his cap pulled down low over his eyes. ''All the stretches where I've played well for a few years, I just felt good about what I was able to do as far as my misses and being able to fix it on the fly. ... I have a better understanding of how to make adjustments. That's huge.''

Rory McIlroy, No. 2 in the world rankings and a spot behind Woods, believes Woods is far and away the favorite at the Memorial.

''Most golf courses set up well for Tiger Woods, I guess,'' McIlroy said, grinning. ''The guy is good wherever he goes and plays. It's not like he goes to the same course and wins. He can win anywhere.''

Love believes that superstars raise the bar so high that they are victimized when they are merely great and not in the stratosphere in their accomplishments.

''We expect too much as fans out of Tiger, like we expected too much out of Michael Jordan,'' the veteran said. ''Like Michael should make every jump shot at the end of the game or something's wrong. They do it so many times they raise people's expectations. In the same respect, you don't give them enough credit because people think, 'Well, Tiger hasn't won the last three weeks. What's the matter with Tiger?' Well, odds are, the fourth week he's going to win.''

Woods is now 37 years old. He has won 14 majors – granted, none since the 2008 U.S. Open – and has 78 career PGA Tour victories. In addition to the humiliating series of affairs that ruined his marriage and changed how many think of him, he's also had four surgeries on his left knee.

Time wears down everyone, even one of the greatest golfers ever.

''You can tell when he walks, he's not Tiger – we're not what we were when we came out on Tour, none of us,'' Love said. ''I don't think we give him enough credit for how consistent he's been.''

Yet Woods sounds as if he's at a peak.

''What you're seeing more this year is that I've gotten more precise,'' he said. ''I've been able to work on the other parts of my game and made them strengths.''


FLOYD IS HONORED: Raymond Floyd, who won four major championships and 22 PGA Tour titles, is the latest player or contributor added to the list of honorees of the Memorial Tournament.

Floyd was introduced during a special ceremony Wednesday on the driving range at Muirfield Village.

His voice breaking, the 70-year-old credited his wife of 39 years, Maria, for making him a better person and player.

''I would not be here without her,'' he said.

It was Maria, dying of cancer, who had prompted him to accept the honor when tournament founder Jack Nicklaus first called him a year ago.

After a parade of people recited his accomplishments and told stories about him, Floyd said, ''I never knew I was this good. I'm humbled to be in such company.''

Past Memorial Tournament honorees also include Tom Watson, Nancy Lopez, Seve Ballesteros, JoAnne Carner, Lee Trevino, Payne Stewart, Sam Snead, Walter Hagen, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and Nicklaus.

Nicklaus was asked to reminisce about playing against Floyd.

''What I always remember about Raymond is his competitiveness,'' he said. ''When he got in contention, generally speaking, he won.''


SPREADING THE LOVE: U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples has tapped one of his best friends, Davis Love III, as one of his assistants for this fall's team competition at Muirfield Village.

Both Love and Couples are playing in the Memorial this week, also at Muirfield. Love said he was surprised to join Jay Haas on Couples' staff.

''I really actually wasn't expecting it because we hadn't talked about it,'' Love said. ''To be around a team again so soon is really great for me, because we had a great experience for two years. It would be nice to jump right back in and let him make the speeches.''

Love was captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team last fall which built a gaping 10-6 lead heading into the final day but then lost eight singles matches and tied one to lose, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. The victory was Europe's fifth in the last six matches.

The 49-year-old Love can't wait to get back into a team competition, but would prefer to do it as a player. He had surgery on his neck in February and didn't play until The Players Championship earlier this month.

Love said he preferred to be in a support role on the team.

''I'll be the behind-the-scenes golf-cart charger or whatever,'' he said.

Love holds a 16-8-5 record in Presidents Cup play, including a 5-2-1 mark when teamed with Couples.

''He is one of my closest friends,'' Couples said in announcing the decision.

The Presidents Cup will be played Oct. 3-6.

Love said he would like nothing more than to someday be in charge of the American side.

''I would love to do it,'' he said. ''Hopefully down the road a Presidents Cup captaincy will come up. It would be fun.''

The International team is led by captain Nick Price, with assistants Shigeki Maruyama, Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone.


DIVOTS: The Muirfield Village grille room is famous for its milkshakes. At least two players could be spotted, on a sunny day with temperatures in the high 90s, sipping on shakes in between shots on the range. ... Daniel Summerhays, who finished tied for fourth behind Tiger Woods a year ago at the Memorial, took the place of Robert Garrigus, whose wife is expecting. ... Lucas Glover is a father for the first time. His wife gave birth to a daughter two weeks ago named Lucille.

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Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

“It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  


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On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

“Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

“Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

“But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $6 million

Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.


Notables in the field

Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Henrik Stenson

• Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

• Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open


Sergio Garcia

• Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

• Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)


Webb Simpson

• Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

• 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.


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"I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

"What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."

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McDowell needs Wyndham result to maintain status

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 5:56 pm

For the first time in nearly three years, Graeme McDowell heads into an event with his PGA Tour status hanging in the balance.

The Ulsterman joined the Tour in 2006, and he has had nearly uninterrupted status since winning the 2010 U.S. Open. But McDowell's two-season exemption for winning the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba only extends through this week, where he will start the Wyndham Championship at No. 143 in the season-long points race.

McDowell tied for fifth at Sedgefield Country Club in 2016, and he will likely need a similar result to crack the top 125 in the standings and retain his fully exempt status for the 2019 season. While he finished T-10 in Las Vegas in November, that remains his lone top-10 finish of the Tour season. The veteran's best results this year have come in Europe, where he tied for fifth at the Italian Open and finished T-12 at the BMW PGA Championship.


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"I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I feel like it's not a do-or-die scenario for me," McDowell told reporters earlier this month at the Barracuda Championship. "I feel if I was 25 years old without a European Tour card to fall back on, it would be a do-or-die scenario. Certainly trying to put the pressure off, if I don't get myself into the top 125 it's not the end of the world for me. I still feel like I can play a great schedule next season."

By finishing Nos. 126-150 in points after this week, McDowell would retain conditional status that would likely ensure him at least 12-15 starts next season. He would also still have privileges as a past tournament champion.

But he's not the only winner from the 2015-16 season whose two-year exemption is on the verge of running out. Fabian Gomez (160th), Peter Malnati (164th) and Billy Hurley III (202nd) all need big results in Greensboro to keep their cards, while Shane Lowry, David Lingmerth and Matt Every all earned three-year exemptions for victories in 2015 but currently sit Nos. 139, 140 and 184 in points, respectively.

Last year four players moved into the top 125 thanks to strong play at Wyndham, with the biggest jump coming from Rory Sabbatini, who went from No. 148 to No. 122 after tying for fourth place.