Monday SHO finish would cause Masters headache

By Ryan LavnerApril 5, 2014, 9:24 pm

HUMBLE, Texas – Historically, meteorologists have been as accurate with their forecasts as Phil Mickelson has been off the tee, and PGA Tour officials are hoping the weather for Sunday’s final round of the Shell Houston Open is better than anticipated.

The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms. The Tour has already moved up final-round tee times, with the final group going off at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Still, it appears increasingly likely that there will be a Monday finish for the Masters tune-up. That’s a major headache.

Just how much of an inconvenience it poses, however, depends on the players’ Augusta preparation.

Several players – including Houston Open leader Matt Kuchar and Masters favorites Rory McIlroy and Mickelson – said it wouldn’t be an end-of-the-world scenario. In many cases, they’ve already done their Masters scouting. McIlroy, for instance, spent two days this week at Augusta, playing 18 holes each day.

“I don’t mind if I stick around,” McIlroy said. “It’d probably be preferable to get out of here (Sunday) night, but otherwise it won’t affect me that much.”

Said Mickelson: “I usually take Mondays off, so I have nothing scheduled. I’ve already done my preparations. I know how I’m going to play it.”

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Kuchar, who leads here by four, wasn’t even planning on being at Augusta until late-afternoon Tuesday. A Monday finish in Houston would simply mean one fewer night at home.

Hunter Mahan hasn’t made a pre-tournament trip to Augusta, but he didn’t seem that concerned, either. Normally, Mahan spends his Masters Monday on the range with swing coach Sean Foley, going over their game plan for the week from a technical standpoint.

“It’d be a headache, for sure,” he said, “but it’s just another challenge you’ve got to deal with. You can’t harp on any kind of circumstances you can’t control. You’ve just got to get there and go to work. You signed up for this week, so you have to play this week.”

The threat of a Monday finish could prompt those toward the bottom of the leaderboard to reevaluate whether they want to stick around for the conclusion of play or bail early for Augusta.

Sergio Garcia doesn’t have that luxury, seeing as how he is tied for second heading into the final round. But he’s still worried about what impact a Monday finish could have.

“I don’t think it’d be the best thing, for sure,” he said. “It wouldn’t be very good. You’d have to squeeze everything together, get no rest.”

Well, rest assured, the Tour is hoping it doesn’t come to this worst-case scenario. 

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

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Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.

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Tiger gets rapper Big Boi's support during opening 65

By Grill Room TeamSeptember 21, 2018, 6:00 pm

Tiger Woods fans everywhere were buzzing during his opening 65 at the Tour Championship, and that includes Atlanta hip-hop legend Big Boi, who was supporting the 14-time major champ from the East Lake gallery.

Perhaps best known as one half of the rap duo "Outkast" along with André 3000, Big Boi played the part of Woods superfan on Thursday, following Tiger around the course and posting videos on Twitter, before eventually stopping for a chat and a few pictures after the round.

Big Boi, who kicked off the Tour Championship with a performance at the event’s opening ceremonies, is hardly the first hip-hop superstar to buddy up to Woods - who could forget these incredible pictures with Snoop Dogg?

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After Tour Finals, Peterson retires ... again

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 21, 2018, 5:50 pm

OK, now it’s official: John Peterson is done with professional golf.  

With one last chance to secure his PGA Tour card for next season, Peterson missed the cut in the season-ending Tour Championship. After failing to keep conditional status on Tour – in the most excruciating of circumstances – Peterson is now out of options to play the big tour in 2019, so he’s stepping away from professional golf, at age 29.

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It’s been one of the most unusual storylines of the year. The former NCAA individual champion from LSU announced at the beginning of the year that he was done if he didn’t keep his card on his major medical extension. He’d grown tired of the nomadic existence on Tour, and as a new father and husband, he’d already lined up his next career, in real estate and business development in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

In July, Peterson said that the Tour Finals would be his final opportunity. If he earned a full PGA Tour card through the four-event series, then he’d continue to play in 2018-19 because he’d be able to pick and choose his schedule. But he never threatened full status, missing three cuts and tying for 56th in the other start.

And so on Friday afternoon, Peterson tapped out this tweet, saying goodbye to the Tour: