Golf Words That Must Go

By Brian HewittAugust 22, 2007, 4:00 pm
For decades golf, spoken and written, has too often lent itself to overdramatized and maudlin usage of the English language.
Dont expect that to change any time soon.
But there are a few clichs increasingly infecting our sport, taken from the vernacular, that must be stricken from the records immediately.
At the end of the day, has got to go.
Its a verbal crutch that means little and adds nothing other than to prop up the self-esteem of its users who, for some misguided reason think, at the end of their sentences, it makes them sound smarter.
At the end of the year, lets hope at the end of the day is at the end of its rope.
Even more annoying is the younger cousin of at the end of the day.
Yes, Im talking about: It is what it is.
Anybody who responds to a question by saying, it is what it is, is simply a verbally lazy person.
At the end of the year lets hope it is what is has also disappeared. Then we can say, it was what it was.
Another crutch that has increasingly worked its way into golf's spoken and written words is something of a ...
As in: Tiger Woods is something of a wizard with the short game.
Or: Sergio Garcia is something of a whiner.
Or: Hogans secret is something of a mystery.
This construct is something of a crashing bore. It all sounds too much like somebody named Basil talking to somebody named Nigel over high tea. And its a bad habit.
Three more:
Each and every.
Hello, people.
If you say each of the shots I hit in my round today was solid, why would you ever have to say each and every shot I hit in my round today was solid? Its the same thing.
And, at the end of the day, you used two more words than you needed. And every does not need to accompany each ad nauseam. Nor does each and need to accompany every.
And while were at it, Tiger Woods training method is not his regime; its his regimen.
Tiger Woods regime is the far-reaching golf kingdom over which he holds sway.
Finally, If you make two or more aces while playing golf, you have scored two holes-in-one not two hole-in-ones.
No explanation necessary on this one. It is what it is. Just make sure, at the end of the day, you buy drinks for each and every person at the bar. Its something of a tradition. And be careful not to imbibe too freely because it could throw off your training regime the next day.
Peace out, dog.
Meanwhile, back at the golf course, Tiger Woods decision to sit out the FedExCup opener in New York has already effectively cost him the points lead it took him all season to earn.
According to the numbers crunchers at the PGA TOUR, who have been peering at the computer printouts at their headquarters in Florida, The likely scenario is that two or three players will pass Woods and he will be in third or fourth going into the Deutsche Bank Championship (next week). He could be as many as 8,000 points out of first if (Vijay) Singh were to win The Barclays.
Moreover, according to the TOUR, anybody sitting better than 60th on the current point standings can pass Woods with a win at Barclays.
Anybody better than 21st can jump past Woods with a second place finish and anybody better than ninth can pass Woods with a third.
Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk could wrest away Tigers lead with a fourth; Singh or Furyk could take Tigers lead with an eighth or better; and Singh could pass Woods with a 13th or better.
For his part, Woods could drop all the way to seventh this week. It is also mathematically possible for him to retain his lead after The Barclays.
Tiger Woods, according to one source who has studied all the scenarios closely, can still win the FedExCup with two very strong finishes in the final three events. He will almost certainly need to win one and finish in the top two or three in another. He might also need a good finish in his third event'perhaps even as high as a top 5. ... In summary, Woods strategy of skipping The Barclays is dangerous.
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    Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

    By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

    ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

    The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

    Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

    ''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

    The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

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    Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

    Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

    ''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

    Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

    Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

    First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.

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    Henley will try to put heat on Casey in final round

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – While it will be a tall task for anyone to catch Paul Casey at the Travelers Championship, the man who will start the round most within reach of the Englishman is Russell Henley.

    Henley was in the penultimate group at TPC River Highlands on Saturday, but he’ll now anchor things during the final round as he looks to overcome a four-shot deficit behind Casey. After a 3-under 67, Henley sits at 12 under through 54 holes and one shot clear of the three players tied for third.

    Henley closed his third round with a run of five straight pars, then became the beneficiary of a pair of late bogeys from Brian Harman that left Henley alone in second place.

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    “Could have made a couple more putts, but to end with two up-and-downs like that was nice,” Henley said. “I felt a little bit weird over the shots coming in, put me in some bad spots. But it was nice to have the short game to back me up.”

    Henley has won three times on Tour, most recently at the 2017 Houston Open, and he cracked the top 25 at both the Masters and U.S. Open. But with Casey riding a wave of confidence and coming off an 8-under 62 that marked the best round of the week, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in order to nab trophy No. 4.

    “I think I can shoot a low number on this course. You’ve got to make the putts,” Henley said. “I’m definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. But I can’t control what he’s doing. I can just try to keep playing solid.”

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    Back from back injury, Casey eyeing another win

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:36 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Given his four-shot cushion at the Travelers Championship and his recent victory at the Valspar Championship, it’s easy to forget that Paul Casey hit the disabled list in between.

    Casey had to withdraw from The Players Championship because of a bad back, becoming the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings to miss the PGA Tour’s flagship event. He flew back to England to get treatment, and Casey admitted that his T-20 finish at last month’s BMW PGA Championship came while he was still on the mend.

    “I wasn’t 100 percent fit with the back injury, which was L-4, L-5, S-1 (vertebrae) all out of place,” Casey said. “Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn’t know what was going on.”

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    Thanks in large part to a combination of MRIs, back adjustments and anti-inflammatories, Casey finally turned the corner. His T-16 finish at last week’s U.S. Open was the first event for which he felt fully healthy since before the Players, and he’s on the cusp of a second title since March after successfully battling through the injury.

    “We thought we were fixing it, but we weren’t. We were kind of hitting the effects rather than the cause,” Casey said. “Eventually we figured out the cause, which was structural.”

    Casey started the third round at TPC River Highlands two shots off the lead, but he’s now four clear of Russell Henley after firing an 8-under 62 that marked the low round of the week.

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    Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey

    By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:15 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.

    This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.

    Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.

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    Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.

    “My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”

    Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.

    “Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”