Comebacker Town

By Brian HewittFebruary 20, 2009, 5:00 pm
The Comebacker is all over the map but, judging from the e-mails this week, the map only has two towns on it: Wie City and Mickelsonville.
 
Without further ado:
 
George writes: To discount the hard work that Angela Stanford put in to get to the level needed to pull of an LPGA win is insane. Give me a break. When, and I say WHEN, because it will happen this year, Michelle Wie gets a win, write all the articles you want. For Gods sake, will you please take a break from the bandwagon?
 
The Comebacker Ignoring Wies presence on the LPGA right now would be to ignore a room full of elephants. As for Angela Stanford: shes the hottest player in womens golf right now. She has won three of her last seven starts and hasnt finished worse than sixth in any of those tournaments. Nobody who knows anything about the game is discounting what she has been doing.
 

Jerry writes: Michelle has so much talent it won't be long until she is on top of that tour, but right now Angela Stanford is there and it has been earned by hard work and determination.
 
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Jerry, please give George a call.
 

Steve writes: So, what you are saying is Angela is chopped liver? It is really disappointing to read this kind of crap in light of the awesome numbers that Angela put up. She continues to raise her game every year and the media continues to ignore her. Angela will be in the last group but who gets the camera time? Its always some mid-pack blonde or lithe eye candy. Very sad.
 
The Comebacker Mid-pack blonde?....Sounds like the sequel to a B movie starring Patrick Swayze. (Therell never be another, Roadhouse.)
 

Dave writes: As a lefty and a fan of Phils ability and fearlessness, thus far this season and late last season, I wish he would decide to play with feel and not so much technique again. I believe he has two masters; Butch and Dave. Like so many of us amateurs, we think too much. Someone with Phils game should go out and play.
 
The Comebacker This just in: Phil Mickelson birdied six of the first 12 holes at Riviera Thursday en route to an 8-under 63. Maybe he wasnt thinking.
 

Brian writes: Her parents Bo and B.J. get a clear 'A' for how they've taught her the game, and life. But Tiger's dad and mom get an 'A+. And that difference is between a great golfer and a legend who re-writes history. When the title is on the line, most peoples games choke. Tiger is the rarest exception. Michelle's the opposite.
 
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Maybe its the grandparents fault.
 

Keith writes: Grateful for the opportunities? Appreciative of the work done by others? I dont think so, Annika. Lets hope everyone who cant be No.1 doesnt walk away from the sponsors and the fans and the game.
 
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Whoa. Whered that one come from?
 

Stephen writes: I believe that Phil should get rid of the Breaking Point (hat) and go back to the Breaking Point (sun visor). He plays much better with it than the hat. This of course is just my opinion.
 
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And heres my opinion: The hat worked pretty well Thursday at Riviera.
 

 
Philip writes: Phil, probably the best feel player who ever played the game, has been going down hill since he hired Pelz and Butch. They both have tried to turn Phil into a technician. It won't work. My advice to Phil is forget them, go back to being the feel player you are, one who hits a 9-iron 200 yards and the a 4-iron 180 yards, and you will quickly return to form.
 
The Comebacker Sorry, Philip, but Im thinking here Tiger probably believes hes the best feel player who ever played the game. And if he reads The Comebacker, or somebody sends this to him, this will be just more fodder for his bulletin board.
 

Doug writes: Winning golf tournaments is a skill that can only come from experience, and usually that experience comes from first losing golf tournaments. Before he won eight major championships, Tom Watson had a reputation as a guy who couldn't close the deal. Six-time major champion Nick Faldo formerly had a reputation as Fold-O. Even Bobby Jones had a dry spell: Competing in national championships starting at age 14, it took him seven years to win the first of his 13 majors. More recently, even such stars as Phil Mickelson and Lorena Ochoa were hung with the unenviable title of 'Best Player Never to Win a Major.'
 
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We couldnt have said it any better.
 

Elizabeth writes: You are a bit like Bill O'Reilly ('The O'Reilly Factor' of Fox News) at Golf Channel. I said this as a compliment. I watched many networks but found Bill O'Reilly the most objective. Your view on Michelle Wie and her impact on the future of LPGA Tour is as objective as it gets.
 
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I wish I could take a Bill OReilly comparison as a compliment.
 

Joel writes: As a typical hack golfer (12.8 index right now) I am always amazed to read complaints from my fellow hack amateurs about how this, that, or the other player is not playing their best. Phil Mickelson is one of the favorite targets these days. I say I am amazed because it baffles me that anyone who has played this impossible game can be anything but sympathetic in the face of a fellow sufferer's suffering.
 
The Comebacker This reminds me of a remark Jeff Sluman once made after a poor round (for him) of golf: I hate golf, Sluman said with a brief pause'What time are we playing tomorrow?

 
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Report: Tour close to finalizing Detroit tournament

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 7:07 pm

With the final pieces of the 2019 schedule falling into place, the PGA Tour appears on the verge of returning to Michigan for the first time in nearly a decade.

According to a Detroit News report, the Tour is "believed to be close" to an agreement to bring a tournament to the Motor City beginning in 2019, reportedly likely to take place at Detroit Golf Club near downtown.

While the specifics remain undisclosed, the prime candidate for such a move appears to be The National. The Washington, D.C.-area event was sponsored by Detroit-based Quicken Loans from 2014-2017, and this year will be conducted without a title sponsor. According to a Detroit News report in September, Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert was open to continuing his company's sponsorship of the event if it shifted to Detroit.

In addition to The National, the only other current PGA Tour event without a title sponsor is the Houston Open. On Monday Charles Schwab was introduced as the new title sponsor of the Fort Worth Invitational beginning in 2019.

The PGA Tour has not held an event in the state of Michigan since 2009, the final year of the now-defunct Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. While the final details of a revamped schedule have yet to be announced, the Tour is expected to unveil its itinerary for the 2018-19 season at The Players next month.

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Inbee Park quietly reclaims world No. 1

By Randall MellApril 23, 2018, 6:44 pm

Inbee Park moved back to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in about as ho-hum fashion as you’ll ever see a player take the top spot.

It isn’t that she doesn’t care about the top ranking. It just wasn’t a priority in her return to golf this year, after missing big portions of the last two years with injuries.

With an Olympic gold medal and seven major championship titles, the LPGA Hall of Famer isn’t done trying to top the scoreboards that matter most to her.

“To be honest, I never really think about being No. 1 again,” Park said early last week, before tying for second at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open. “If it comes to me, great. If not, it doesn't matter.”

It came to her for the fourth time in her career.

Park, 29, reigned at No. 1 for 59 weeks in her longest run on top, back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons.

Oddly, this run to No. 1 almost comes as a surprise to Park, who didn’t need long to get back to the top spot after returning to the tour. She won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup last month in her second after missing seven months with a back injury.

Park last lost the No. 1 ranking in October of 2015, doing so to Lydia Ko.

In six starts this year, Park has finished T-3 or better four times. She leads the tour in scoring average (69.13) and is second in greens in regulation (77.5 percent).

Just wait until her putter heats up.

Yeah, Park’s not very satisfied with her putting. She’s one of the greatest putters who ever played the women’s game, but she has been frustrated with the inconsistency of her stroke much of this season. Of course, her standards are high. She ranks second in putts per greens in regulation so far this year.

On Sunday, this is how Park summed up her putting in 2018: “Some days, I’ve been really good. Some days, I’ve been really bad.”

Park has led the LPGA in putts per GIR in five of the last 10 years. She switched from her preferred mallet-style putter to a blade earlier this season and won with a Toulon Madison blade at the Founders Cup last month. She was back with an Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball mallet this past week. That’s the putter she used to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. She used an Odyssey Sabertooth winged mallet in her 2013 run of three consecutive major championship victories.

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Goose takes down junior golfer - it's awesome

By Nick MentaApril 23, 2018, 6:33 pm

A goose evidently went into business for itself somewhere in Michigan and took down this high school golfer in dramatic, hilarious, photographed fashion. To the evidence we go ...

Per the Blissfield Athletics Twitter account, "The golfers just finished teeing off and were walking down the fairway. To the left there was a goose nest and the golfers did a good job of avoiding it but the guard goose hanging out on the far right thought differently."

Just so we can all continue laughing, the Blissfield account confirmed the kid was OK.

If you're looking for related content, check out Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and this video:

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It's official: Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 6:30 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas – The longest-running PGA Tour event still played at its original site has a new title sponsor, one already deeply involved in golf.

The PGA Tour and Colonial Country Club announced Monday that financial services provider Charles Schwab & Co. will take over as title sponsor starting in 2019. The four-year agreement goes through 2022.

Local companies are backing the event after upscale grocer Dean and Deluca withdrew as title sponsor after only two tournaments of a six-year deal. The companies include American Airlines, AT&T, XTO Energy and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway.

Charles Schwab is already a major sponsor on the PGA Tour. On the PGA Tour Champions, the Charles Schwab Cup is awarded to the season's top player.

Next month's tournament at Colonial, which has hosted since 1946, will be played as the Fort Worth Invitational.