Ride Boo Ride

By Brian HewittOctober 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
The Comebacker is feeling a little snarky today. So look out below.
Without further ado:
Alex writes Sad, I was hoping (Paul) Azinger's Ryder Cup regret would be telling the crowd to cheer for Europe's missed putts or controlling Boo's tacky behaviour.
The Comebacker This is in response to a column in which Azinger said his lone regret at Valhalla was not being on the tee box at the Friday afternoon fourball match in which Boo Weekley and J.B. Holmes both hit drives in the water, allowing the Euros to escape with a halved match. Me thinks Alex is a Euro. The tip-off? Notice the way he spells behavior.

R.W. writes That guy (Boo Weekley) is the worst thing to happen on the PGA Tour. He is an embarrassment to the history and tradition of this great sport.
The Comebacker
Wrong. If there were more Boo Weekleys on golfs landscape, the history and tradition of this great sport would richer and more colorful for it. Ride, Boo, ride.

Norman writes It's a shame to see the talents of John Daly not being used to the fullest. His talent is obvious; the demons too much to overcome, I guess. John, I wish you well! Please get it together, man!
The Comebacker
Almost all of us wish John Daly would get it together, man. But it looks, more and more, like we might be waiting a long time.

Warren writes Every time they have a tournament somebody will win it. I haven't seen the type of long term consistent play that makes me believe that the landscape of PGA (Tour) golf will change next year ' assuming that Tiger Woods returns at 75 percent of his previous performance level or more.
The Comebacker
Love your first sentence, bro. You have a tenacious grasp of the obvious.

Thomas writes I think you should stay out of politics, but if you dont you should at least be balanced. Everyone talks about (Sarah) Palins inexperience but no one mentions the top of the Democrat ticket being a man with LESS experience than she has. He was in the Senate for TWO years, but somehow he is okay and she is not? Shame on you!
The Comebacker
Have you heard of the great new golf course ' Bridge To Nowhere CC? It is, as you might imagine, not very linksy.

Dianne writes I do hope you are wrong about Tigers maybe not playing until the U.S. Open, but I do also worry that what if he comes back too soon and does more damage which would mean he would be out longer or, God forbid, he would do serious damage that could be career ending? I am a HUGE Tiger fan and miss him terribly, but I hope in the end he will do what is best for him and his career. But it sure feels like he has been gone forever. Oh, and those young guns had better keep watching their backs because when he does come back ' the game will be on!!!
The Comebacker
Tigers return will be terrific, yes, on that point we can all agree. But it will only be terrific if it doesnt turn out to be too soon.

Vernon writes While watching Michelle Wie suffer over the past two years, I have noticed that much of her problems occur on her drives. Last year, she had the excuse of having broken wrists; this year she still was having problems finding the fairways on her drives. Since David Leadbetter is supposed to be such a good swing instructor, why can't he straighten out her drives? I am sure he is getting enough compensation. What is he doing to earn it? I would appreciate knowing if you know or can find out.
The Comebacker
Leadbetter has earned the right to look at Michelles problem from the other direction: Imagine how far off line her drives would be if she did NOT have Leadbetter around to correct her problems.

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The Comebacker
Hmmmm, a flask I think Im going to have to pass this concept on to my good friend, the Golf Guy.

Vernon writes It has been a pleasure to watch more golf since Tiger Woods is not there. You do not keep seeing replay after replay of his swing and gushing of the announcers. Now, we get to see other good players perform. Maybe Woods should just stay home and count his money. He has a new (child) coming and he could just babysit.
The Comebacker
If Woods stays home, Im writing to Secretary Paulson asking for some of that $700 billion bailout money.

Edward writes What in the world was Lee Westwood thinking when he told Kelly Tilghman that the crowd 'abused' him? I refereed youth soccer for 15 years, and if there is one thing as certain as death and taxes it is that, once the crowd knows you hear them, they will ramp up the volume exponentially. Lee needs to find a good ear transplant surgeon immediately and replace his rabbit ears with tin ears. Otherwise, he risks becoming the next Colin Montgomerie. It will be interesting to see what happens next time he plays in the U.S.
The Comebacker

Garry writes There can be no doubts at all about Danny Lee's phenomenal talent. I have no idea as to whether he arrived at his decision to remain amateur for the time being on his own, but I suspect his mother may have had something to do with it. If so, she is to be congratulated! Keep the financial predators away for at least a year and let us see whether the lad has it in him to become a latter day Bobby Jones. Golf needs a breath of fresh Corinthian air!
The Comebacker
And, as Ricardo Montalban might add, some fine Corinthian leather, too.

Tod writes Just a thought, but how in the world does Camilo (Villegas) win two playoff tournaments including the ultimate Tour Championship and not win the FedEx Cup? I did some quick math and despite missing the cut in the first, he won over $200,000 more than Vijay in the four playoff events. The system theyre using is definitely flawed.
The Comebacker
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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”