Snedeker Awaiting Rookie of the Year Award

By Associated PressDecember 5, 2007, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)Brandt Snedeker cashed checks worth $2.8 million, won a PGA tournament and finished in the top 10 in five other events.
 
All in his rookie season.
 
The 26-year-old from Nashville, Tenn., is a favorite for the Tour's rookie of the year award. He's the highest first-year player on the money list (17th) and the FedExCup points standings (9th).
 
Not that he's heard anything one way or the other.
 
'I have no clue, I thought it would have happened by now,' Snedeker said at the Australian PGA Championship. 'I keep hearing different dates, and hopefully before too long we'll hear. I think I've won it but I'm not 100 percent sure until it comes out.'
 
Snedeker didn't get a chance to vote. He spent two weeks in Japan after an eight-week layoff following the Tour Championship. After the Australian PGA Championship, which starts Thursday, he'll head to the Australian Open in Sydney.
 
'I didn't get (the rookie award balloting) before I came out,' Snedeker said. 'I'm hoping my fellow tour players will eke me in. It would be a great honor.'
 
And if he loses by one vote?
 
'I'm sure I'll be kicking myself later,' he said, laughing.
 
Snedeker celebrates his 27th birthday on Saturday -- when he hopes to be playing with Adam Scott, Rory Sabbatini, defending champion Nick O'Hern and Stuart Appleby on a golf course that reminds him of manicured Florida layouts.
 
Last year, O'Hern holed out from a greenside bunker to beat two-time champion Peter Lonard on the fourth hole of a playoff.
 
O'Hern is happy to see Snedeker at the tournament.
 
'It's fantastic -- the more international players we can get down here, obviously the better,' O'Hern said. 'I think the public will see guys they haven't seen before, and I'm sure by the end of the week they'll remember who they are.'
 
Snedeker flew into the Sunshine Coast for a few practice rounds on the Hyatt Regency resort course after a week on the Great Barrier Reef off the resort town of Port Douglas in north Queensland.
 
Snorkeling and fishing -- a few coral trout on the end of the hook among others -- put him in a pleasant frame of mind.
 
'I had a blast, I was happy and sad to come here,' Snedeker said. 'It was great to see the Great Barrier Reef. I wish I had a couple more days to go up there and snorkel, but with my skin complexion I wouldn't have lasted too long.'
 
His time away from golf gave Snedeker a chance to reflect on his first year on tour, including a win at the Wyndham Championship and a third at the Buick Invitational.
 
In 29 tournaments, he finished 13 times in the top 25 and made 23 cuts.
 
'Being a rookie, you really don't know where you are going to get in,' Snedeker said. 'My goal for the year was to try and play as many events as I could on tour, see where I liked to play, what fit my eye, what didn't fit my eye. I kept playing better through the second half of the year and just wanted to keep playing. '
 
The results exceeded his expectations.
 
'It's been overwhelming to say the least, I wasn't expecting it,' Snedeker said. 'I was just trying to make sure I had a job for next year. The only downside now is that I've got to try to improve on it next year.'
 
And next year begins now, he said.
 
'After my eight-week break, this is really the beginning of my year, to get my game going and find out where it is,' Snedeker said. 'We're in the middle of summer here, great weather. It hasn't felt great the first two days, but I'm hoping it's better on Thursday.'
 
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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.