Surprise Surprise in Fall Series

By Associated PressOctober 28, 2008, 4:00 pm
Cameron Beckman was surprised to see his name attached to an online poll Tuesday morning, a pleasant reminder how quickly fortunes can change on the PGA Tour this time of the year.
The Tours Web site posted this question: Which Fall Series winner was the biggest surprise?
Forty percent were voting for me, Beckman said.
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Cameron Beckman became the latest surprise winner last week in Scottsdale. (Getty Images)
If only the Tour had offered all of the above as an option. It might have been unanimous.
Really, there should be no surprises in the Fall Series because the players who might be expected to win arent playing. Of the seven multiple winners on Tour this year, none has teed it up in America since the Tour Championship.
That doesnt mean the Fall Series is a waste of time ' certainly not to those scrambling to keep their jobs.
The Fall Series is serving its purpose. Think of it as seven last chances to avoid Q-School. As for the golf? Two of the five events were decided in a playoff, and the other three were not decided until the 18th hole.
Whats peculiar about this year are the guys winning.
The inaugural Fall Series produced winners like Justin Leonard, Mike Weir, Chad Campbell, Stephen Ames and Steve Flesch, all of whom were past champions, if not major champions. Most were looking to build confidence, or to finish the year with a victory so they could start the next year in Hawaii.
This year smacks more of desperation.
Among the Fall Series winners, the highest-ranked player on the money list going into his victory was Zach Johnson at No. 125. He is exempt through 2012 because of his Masters victory, but Johnson had a sour taste about how his year had gone until winning the Valero Texas Open.
The others?
Will MacKenzie was No. 178 on the money list until he birdied three of his last four holes to get into a playoff at the Viking Classic, where he outlasted Marc Turnesa. Goodbye, Q-School. Hello, Maui.
Now if Willie Mac can just remember to not give out his hotel room at the Ritz in Kapalua to a television audience.
Dustin Johnson, a big-hitting rookie, was No. 128 on the money list when he birdied his last two holes to win at Turning Stone.
Turnesa got his payback in Las Vegas. Losing the playoff at the Viking Classic helped move him up to No. 138 and get within range of a card. His clutch birdie on the 17th hole for a one-shot victory gave him a job for the next two years.
Thats what this is supposed to be ' a chase for the card, Beckman said.
Beckman must have felt as though he were chasing the wind. This year was among the worst of his 10 years on Tour. He withdrew from consecutive tournaments with back pain, had an epidural, played nine times in a 10-week stretch trying to find his rhythm, then was forced to sit out for a month during the FedEx Cup playoffs.
He was 176th on the money list, and No. 447 in the world ranking.
Beckman already had sent in his application for Q-School. It looked as though he would have to make it through two stages, and he talked to wife, Jennifer, about his plight before heading for Phoenix and the Open.
Beckman at least had to get into the top 150 on the money list to avoid the second stage of Q-School. He felt confident he could do that. Thats when he popped a bigger question to his wife.
I said, Do you think I can win? And she said, I know you can win. We didnt talk about it anymore, Beckman said. I went right to the tournament, and I won.
One minute he was gearing up for Q-School, the next minute his wife was on the phone making reservations at Kapalua.
Nobody wants to go to Tour school, Beckman said. Its horrible.
Beckman should know.
At the turn of the decade, he had the longest active streak on tour by making it through Q-School three years in a row. He failed in 2005, then made it a fourth time a year later.
It served him well Sunday at Grayhawk as he could feel himself surge into contention with every birdie in his round of 63. At one point in the middle of his back nine, he could feel his hands shaking.
I had this putt one year in the second stage of tour school where my hands were shaking so bad, Beckman said. I kept telling myself, This isnt as bad as tour school. That relaxed me, and I made the putt. And then the tap-in for the win, I could almost feel my hands shaking off the club. But I was just going for it. And I think thats why I finished the way I did.
Winning might be about the only guarantee of a card during this Fall Series.
Bob Tway tied for 11th to earn $102,500, and that only moved him up three spots to No. 132. Steve Allan was tied for the lead early in the final round and finished with a double bogey to tie for seventh. He made $150,625 and moved up eight spots to No. 131.
The top 125 keep their cards.
The way this Fall Series has gone, both are perfect candidates to win. And no one should be surprised if they do.
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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.

Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440