Keep a Close Eye on Weir

By Brian HewittFebruary 8, 2005, 5:00 pm
If anybody has asked me, Id have told them that:
  • Theres nothing wrong with Mike Weir that a good week at Pebble Beach wont cure. Weir has slipped to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking. But he has finished tied seventh, tied eighth, tied 52nd, tied third and tied fourth in his last five appearances at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
    So expect him to start climbing back up the rankings ladder this week. And, for that matter, dont look for that climb to stop any time soon. Weir is the two-time defending champion at the Nissan Open, which will be played next week at Riviera Country Club.
  • The greens at Pebble Beach will surprise almost everybody this week. In the past, certain prominent players have avoided this event because iffy weather made for iffy greens. That wont be the case down on the Monterey Peninsula this week.
  • You wont be seeing the Gnau Trophy in public any time soon. It may be the only R-rated trophy in golf.
    This prize went to the winner of a challenge match between Walter Hagens Ryder Cup team and a group of 10 players chosen by Gene Sarazen. The event took place in the early 40s when WWII forced cancellation of four Ryder Cups.
    The trophy itself is of a nude golfer and was sculpted by Adolph Alexander Weiman in sterling silver. Well-known Michigan golf marketer Dave Richards recently spotted the Gnau Trophy in the basement of Russell Gnau, son of John Gnau, the man who started the event.
    Richards initially was going to help Gnau sell the trophy but decided to buy it himself. The sculpture, Richards says, has never been exhibited to my knowledge.
    In case you were wondering, Hagens team defeated Sarazens challengers 7-5 in the first Gnau Cup at Oakland Hills in 1940.
  • Life got a lot better for Nick OHern the day after he lost an agonizing four-hole playoff to Craig Parry at Sundays Heineken Classic.
    Monday was when OHern learned he had jumped from No. 47 to No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking. OHern is assured a spot in the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play and virtually guaranteed invites to this years Players Championship and Masters. Neither of which he has played in before.
  • Soon the subject of whether Jack Nicklaus will play in the Masters this April will be debated in various media outlets.
    Nicklaus won more than $300,000 last weekend at the Wendys Champions Skins Game in Hawaii, taking down Craig Stadler, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson along the way.
    The Golden Bear turned 65 last month and had back surgery just last November. My opinion: Jack should show up and play at Augusta as long as he wants. My hope: When he stops playing in the tournament proper, he continues to show up and play Wednesdays Par 3 event as long as he can walk.
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    Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech

    By Associated PressAugust 17, 2018, 12:50 am

    INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.

    Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.

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    Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.

    Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.

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    Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters

    By Associated PressAugust 16, 2018, 11:23 pm

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

    Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''

    The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.

    Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.

    Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.

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    Peterson confirms plans to play Finals

    By Will GrayAugust 16, 2018, 9:17 pm

    After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Tour Finals.

    Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.

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    But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.

    Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."

    The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.

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    Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 16, 2018, 9:00 pm

    Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.

    And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.

    Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.

    Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:

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    Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.