Trahan Comes Back to Win Bob Hope

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicPALM DESERT, Calif. -- D.J. Trahan played like the seasoned veteran.
 
The 27-year-old Trahan, who had won just once before, charged from four shots back Sunday to overtake Justin Leonard and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
 
The 35-year-old Leonard, whose 11 victories include the 1997 British Open, was the one who faltered.
 
Trahan shot a sparkling 7-under 65 to beat Leonard by three strokes. The younger player said a four-shot deficit looked imposing heading into the final round of the five-day tournament.
 
'You certainly don't feel particularly optimistic about it when you're playing against a guy like Justin Leonard,' Trahan said. 'I wasn't playing against a rookie who was in the lead for the first time.
 
'He's won a major championship, Ryder Cups. I don't know how many times he's won on tour, but it's definitely more than me.'
 
Leonard closed with a 72 that included a 39 on the back nine at the Classic Club. He still was only one shot behind before his drive went into the water on No. 18 to end his chances.
 
'I played solid the first eight holes, was 3 under,' he said. 'Obviously D.J. was playing very well. I just didn't get that (good play) to the back nine and he did. That was the difference.
 
'To have a four-shot lead and come out and play as well as I did the first eight holes, and lose a golf tournament is disappointing.'
 
Trahan birdied the final hole to finish the 90-hole tournament at 26-under 334 for his biggest payday, $918,000, and the right to play in this year's Masters. It will be his second trip to Augusta; he missed the cut as an amateur in 2001.
 
Leonard, who last year failed to make the cut in his first six events, including the Hope, began playing well in July and finished the season strong. So he wasn't discouraged by his runner-up finish this early in the season.
 
'I get some perspective in the fact that at this time last year, I was pretty lost,' he said. 'That gives me a bit of comfort, but still it only takes a little bit of the sting out of it, not all of it.'
 
Kenny Perry, the 1995 Hope champion, and 22-year-old Anthony Kim, who played high school golf in nearby La Quinta, shot 69s to tie for third at 338.
 
Trahan turned what had threatened to be a runaway into a duel when he picked up four shots over three holes beginning at No. 9. He sank an 8-footer birdie putt on the ninth hole, rolled in a 40-footer from the fringe for another birdie on the 10th, then parred the 11th while Leonard went par-bogey-bogey.
 
Trahan took the lead for good with an 8-footer for birdie on No. 14 to go to 25 under. He capped his round with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 while Leonard took a bogey 6.
 
Trahan finished as the best putter in the tournament, averaging 26 putts per round.
 
'Pardon me for smiling, but I've never heard anybody tell me that before,' said Trahan, who normally isn't known for his putting.
 
A former Clemson All-American, Trahan got his first tour win at Madison, Miss., in 2006.
 
The first four days of the Hope are a pro-am played over four courses. The low-scoring 70 pros and ties played the final round at the Classic Club.
 
Notes
 
The tournament lost one of its bigger gallery draws when John Daly dropped out after three rounds, telling officials he had a rib injury. He was tied for 75th at 4 under after 54 holes. The withdrawal was his 12th in tour events over the past two years. ... Comedian George Lopez, the tournament host, and actor teammates Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson won the four-day amateur portion of the event at 59 under. Although Lopez joked earlier that, among other ways to cheat, he would try to get to his ball first to ensure himself a good lie every time. But he and his team won the amateur title legitimately.
 
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    Davies leads Inkster after Day 1 of Senior LPGA Champ.

    By Associated PressOctober 16, 2018, 1:10 am

    FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Laura Davies opened with a 4-under 68 despite finishing with two bogeys Monday, giving her a one-shot lead over Juli Inkster after Round 1 of the Senior LPGA Championship.

    Davies, who earlier this year won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, had a lost ball on the par-5 18th hole on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. She still salvaged a bogey in chilly, windy weather that had the 55-year-old from England bundled up in a blanket between shots.

    Inkster, runner-up to Davies at the Senior Women's Open, made eagle on the closing hole for a 69.

    Jane Crafter was at 70. Defending champion Trish Johnson opened with a 73.

    Temperatures were in the high 40s, but the damp air and wind made it feel even colder.

    Inkster made a bogey on the 17th hole by missing the green with a 9-iron.

    ''As old as I am, I still get made and I crushed that drive on 18,'' said Inkster, who followed with a 3-wood to 15 feet to set up her eagle.

    The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday.

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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.