Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 1, 2001, 5:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WELL THE MASTERS BEING THE FIRST MAJOR OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS VERY INTENSE FOR THE COMPETITORS. YOU WANT TO DO YOUR VERY BEST. KIND OF INTERESTING THOUGH. YOU MIGHT NOT THINK THIS WOULD BE THE CASE. THE MASTERS IS A REALLY GOOD FAMILY WEEK ISN'T IT? TELL US WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY COOL. I HAD BOTH MY BROTHERS, MITCH AND RICK THERE, MY WIFE OF COURSE, AMY, MY TWO CHILDREN, MY PARENTS, MY BROTHER IN LAW CAME UP AND MY MOTHER IN LAW, SO WE HAD A FULL HOUSE OF PEOPLE AND IT WAS JUST REALLY NEAT. I MEAN IT WAS, IT WAS FUN

JUST TO HAVE EVERYBODY THERE. WE PLAYED CARDS AND WE DID, YOU KNOW, PLAY STATION AND WE JUST DID A LOT OF FAMILY STUFF AND A LOT OF FAMILY TIMES SO EVERYBODY GOT TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER WHICH WAS REALLY GOOD.

RICH LERNER
AND YOU HAD YOUR LITTLE BOY ON THE BAG AT THE PAR 3.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I DID. THAT WAS SO COOL. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE PROUDEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE WAS SEEING HIM ON THAT BAG JUST

RICH LERNER
AND THERE'S

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE HE IS JUST

RICH LERNER
20:CHRISTIAN, AND WE JUST SAW YOUR POP

CHRIS DIMARCO
YUP. HE IS, HE WAS, GOSH, LOOK AT HIM THERE, HE WAS

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT'S SUCH A PROUD MOMENT THERE.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING) LOOK AT THE UNIFORM RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE HAD, THE, THE POCKETS WERE TOUCHING HIS HEELS IT WAS SO CUTE. YOU KNOW HE JUST HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME. HE LOVES, LOVES BEING OUT ON GOLF, ANY WITH, ANYTHING WITH GOLF HE LOVES IT AND IT'S JUST SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
BEAUTIFUL SHOT RIGHT THERE.
I DON'T KNOW HOW STRONGLY YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT GUY RIGHT THERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH HE'S BEEN A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE TOO SO IT, IT, MY DAD'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART.

RICH LERNER
WELL, I KNOW HE WAS BUSTING AT THE SEEMS LAST WEEK WITH PRIDE. LET'S GO BACK TO LONG ISLAND. GIVE US A THUMB NAIL SKETCH OF THE DIMARCO FAMILY. WHAT DID YOUR DAD DO AND MOM AND HOW MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL MY DAD WORKED FOR A COMPANY CALLED C.F.S. CONTINENTAL FOODS AND LUCKILY HE GOT TRANSFERRED FROM NEW YORK AND MOVED, GOT US BACK TO ORLANDO WHICH WAS GREAT BACK IN 1975.

RICH LERNER
IN WHAT END OF THE BUSINESS WAS HE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE WAS A, A, A PRESIDENT OF, OF CFS,

A BRANCH HERE IN TOWN

RICH LERNER
OKAY

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHICH GOT TAKEN OVER BY CISCO FOODS AND NOW HE, HE JUST RECENTLY RETIRED IN DECEMBER, 42 YEARS I BELIEVE.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SAME COMPANY, WITH THE SAME JOB, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
HECK OF A RUN

CHRIS DIMARCO
HECK OF A RUN

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO HE GETS TRANSFERRED, YOU GUYS COME DOWN HERE TO CENTRAL FLORIDA. YOU'RE INTO FOOTBALL.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I, IT WAS FUNNY BECAUSE MY BROTHER, MITCH, WENT TO LAKE BRENTLEY HIGH SCHOOL AS A 9TH GRADER, MY BROTHER RICK WENT TO TIEG MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I WENT TO SABLE POINT ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL AND YEAH I PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR TEN YEARS. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. I USED TO LOVE TO HIT, HIT PEOPLE, DEFENSE WAS MY, MY SPECIALTY.

RICH LERNER
WELL WHAT, WHAT DID YOU PLAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
ACTUALLY I PLAYED QUARTER BACK AND MIDDLE LINE BACKER, BECAUSE I TOLD THEM I WOULDN'T PLAY QUARTER BACK UNLESS THEY LET ME PLAY MIDDLE LINE BACKER BECAUSE I JUST LOVED PLAYING DEFENSE TOO MUCH.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, AND, YOU HAD TO GET OUT OF FOOTBALL, WHY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM MY 9TH GRADE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL I WAS LIKE, 5 FOOT, FIVE FOOT TWO

RICH LERNER
REALLY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS VERY SHORT AND KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WERE VERY BIG AND I WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS DEFINITELY A GOOD CAREER CHOICE IN, IN, ON MY PART.

RICH LERNER
YOU FOUND THE RIGHT SPORT. WHAT KIND OF INFLUENCE DID YOUR BROTHERS HAVE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM THEY MADE ME TOUGH, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT. I USED TO GET, I USED TO GET BEAT UP PRETTY GOOD AS A KID BUT THEY MADE ME TOUGH. IT WAS FUN. NEVER GAVE THEM THE SATISFACTION OF CRYING.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)
WHO WAS THE, WHO WAS THE BEST ATHLETE OF THE THREE AT THE TIME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, I THINK ALL THREE OF US WERE REALLY GOOD ATHLETES. EVERYTHING WE DID WE WERE ALL PRETTY GOOD AT EVERYTHING AND THERE WAS SO MUCH SIBLING RIVALRY AND THERE STILL IS TODAY. I MEAN GOSH WE PLAYED WATER BASKET BALL IN MY POOL YESTERDAY AND I GOT SCARS TO PROVE IT, SO I MEAN IT WAS

RICH LERNER
WHAT DO THE BROTHERS DO NOW?

CHRIS DIMARCO
MY BROTHER MITCH IS ACTUALLY AN EXECUTIVE FOR SPICE WORLD HERE IN TOWN.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
20:AND MY BROTHER RICK IS A BRANCH MANAGER FOR FIRST UNION.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. WHEN DID YOU FIRST PICK UP A GOLF CLUB?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THE FIRST TIME I PICKED IT UP WAS NOT LONG AFTER WE MOVED FROM NEW YORK. I THINK AGE 7.

RICH LERNER
MHMM. AND WHAT KIND OF HANDICAP WAS DAD PLAYING TO?

CHRIS DIMARCO
DAD WAS PROBABLY, I DON'T KNOW, A 12 OR 13, I THINK, YOU KNOW, HE WASN'T PLAYING THAT MUCH EITHER UNTIL HE MOVED HERE EITHER.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, SO THERE WAS NO, NOBODY IN THE FAMILY NECESSARILY GIFTED

CHRIS DIMARCO
MMM MMM

RICH LERNER
20:WHO PASSED IT ALONG TO YOU. SO YOU PICK IT UP AT A RELATIVELY EARLY AGE. WHEN DID YOU KIND OF GET HOOKED ON THE GAME?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY. THEY, THEY KEEP SAYING, I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T REMEMBER, BUT THEY SAY THAT THE FIRST TIME I EVER PLAYED 9 HOLES I SHOT 48 SO IT WAS VERY NATURAL TO ME.

I THINK MY SWING IS ALMOST THE SAME AS IT WAS WHEN I FIRST STARTED PLAYING AND, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S WHAT I HAVE. I HAVE A REALLY

NATURAL SWING. VERY, A LOT OF FEEL. I DON'T, I DON'T, THAT'S WHAT, I DON'T HAVE A TEACHER WHICH MIGHT NOT BE THAT SMART, I MEAN I NEED TO FIND SOMEBODY TO HELP ME OUT WITH THE

BASICS, THE FUNDAMENTALS BUT I PLAY BY SO MUCH FEEL THAT IT'S HARD TO TRY TO GET A CLUB IN A CERTAIN POSITION ALL THE TIME AND I LIKE TO KIND OF PLAY MYSELF OUT OF MY QUIRKS.

RICH LERNER
WE NEED TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT YOUR FIRST HOLE IN ONE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH YEAH THIS WAS A GOOD STORY.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I WAS ACTUALLY, I WAS TEN YEARS OLD, I WAS PLAYING WITH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, CHRIS, AND WE HAD TWO, WE WERE PLAYING WITH TWO PRIESTS, SO I MADE SURE THEY SIGNED THE CARD, AND THEY, THEY, THEY

THERE WAS NO LYING

RICH LERNER
NO DISPUTING IT

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE WAS, THERE WAS, THEY COULD, NOBODY COULD DISPUTE ME AT ALL BECAUSE I HAD TWO PRIESTS AND THEY SIGNED IT.

RICH LERNER
WHEN DID YOU FIRST, SAY BREAK 70, WE'LL SAY, BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO END UP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, YOU NEED TO BE SHOOTING IN THE 60'S, WINNING JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM, YOU KNOW I WOULD PROBABLY SAY I WAS AROUND 13.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
SOMEWHERE, 13 OR 14. PROBABLY WHEN I GAVE UP FOOTBALL AND STARTED PLAYING GOLF YEAR ROUND IS WHEN THE NOTICEABLE BECAME A LOT BETTER.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

(WRITTEN TEXT)
1990 NCAA ALL-AMERICAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

CHRIS DIMARCO
BECAUSE I GAVE IT THE FULL YEAR INSTEAD OF THE 6 MONTHS. IT WAS JUST, IT, IT JUST GOT PROGRESSIVELY BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER EVERY YEAR.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. SO YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO GO PLAY IN COLLEGE. GET A SCHOLARSHIP. WAS FLORIDA YOUR FIRST CHOICE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH, MY, MY BROTHER MITCH WENT THERE WHEN I WAS TEN, SO I WAS A GATOR FROM TEN AND THEN MY BROTHER RICK WENT THERE FROM TWO YEARS AFTER MY OTHER BROTHER AND THEN, SO HE WAS, THE YEAR HE GOT OUT I STARTED, SO BASICALLY I WAS A GATOR FOR 14 YEARS

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
GOING UP TO GAMES AND STUFF, SO I, I'VE BEEN A TRUE GATOR FOR, BOY, 22 YEARS NOW.

RICH LERNER
WHAT'S IT LIKE WHEN YOU DRIVE, OR WHEN YOU USED TO DRIVE THAT GATOR VAN WITH, WHICH YOU DROVE THE COUNTRY IN WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING THEN THE NIKE TOUR? WHAT WAS IT LIKE WHEN YOU DROVE IN TO, LET'S SAY, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
LUCKILY, KNOXVILLE WAS ON THE WAY OUTSKIRTS WHERE WE PLAYED IN THAT TOURNAMENT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
I THOUGHT FOR SURE SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE VAN THERE. IT'S FUNNY THAT THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE VAN HAPPENED IN OMAHA WHERE, THE YEAR AFTER NEBRASKA JUST DRILLED US 62 TO 28 IN, IN THE FIESTA BOWL. WE, SOMEBODY SPIT

ON MY CAR OR SOMETHING. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED BUT IT WAS, YOU KNOW, IT WAS FUN DRIVING THAT, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN DRIVING THAT VAN ESPECIALLY, I HAD IT IN '96 WHEN WE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS '97.

RICH LERNER
BEAT FLORIDA STATE

CHRIS DIMARCO
WE BEAT FLORIDA STATE.

RICH LERNER
WAS, WAS THERE A GREATER DAY, A GREATER DAY IN YOUR LIFE AS A SPORTS FAN?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE GREATEST DAY BECAUSE I WAS, I WAS WITH BOTH MY BROTHERS. WE WEREN'T IN A SPORTS BAR, WE WERE JUST, THE THREE OF US WATCHING THAT GAME. TRUE GATOR FANS, JUST GOING CRAZY. IT WAS, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. YOU EVER PLAY GOLF WITH STEVE SPURRY (?) ? THE COACH OF FLORIDA. HE'S A VERY GOOD PLAYER.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH HIM, BUT I GOT, I GOT A VERY NICE THING. HE, ONE OF THE BOOSTERS GUYS AT FLORIDA TOLD ME THAT THEY TURNED THE GAME FILM OFF ON SUNDAY TO WATCH ME COME HOME AND WIN THE LAST HOUR OF THE TELECAST.

RICH LERNER
MMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
AND THEN I GOT A NICE LETTER FROM THREE OR FOUR OF THE COACHES DOWN THERE TELLING ME HOW GREAT, GREAT THEY WERE AND HAPPY AND PROUD THEY WERE AS GATORS FOR ME TO WIN. IT WAS PRETTY COOL.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S FANTASTIC. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND MUCH OF CHRIS' SUCCESS OF LATE IS DUE TO HIS NOW FAMOUS PUTTING GRIP, AND WHEN

WE COME BACK WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW HE GETS IT DONE, ALSO TELL YOU JUST HOW BOB BARKER AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT MAY HAVE SAVED THIS YOUNG MAN'S CAREER (LAUGHING). STAY WITH US.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH GOODNESS.

(MUSIC)

(BREAK)
 
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Landry reaches OWGR career high after Valero win

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:40 pm

After notching his first career PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open, Andrew Landry also reached unprecedented heights in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Landry shot a final-round 68 at TPC San Antonio to win by two shots, and in the process he cracked the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time at age 30. Landry started the week ranked No. 114, but he's now up to 66th. The move puts him within reach of a possible U.S. Open exemption, given that the top 60 in the May 21 rankings will automatically qualify for Shinnecock Hills.

Trey Mullinax went from No. 306 to No. 169 with his T-2 finish in San Antonio, while fellow runner-up Sean O Hair jumped 29 spots to No. 83 in the world. Jimmy Walker, who finished alone in fourth, went from No. 88 to No. 81 while fifth-place Zach Johnson moved up five spots to No. 53.


Updated Official World Golf Ranking


Alexander Levy took home the title at the European Tour's Trophee Hassan II, allowing the Frenchman to move from No. 66 to No. 47. With no OWGR points available at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Levy is guaranteed to stay inside the top 50 next week, thereby earning a spot in The Players.

Idle since an MDF result at the Houston Open, former world No. 1 Lee Westwood dropped two spots to No. 100 this week. It marks the first time Westwood has been ranked 100th or worse in nearly 15 years, ending a streak of consistency that dates back to September 2003.

The top 10 in the rankings remained the same, with Dustin Johnson leading off at No. 1 followed by Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose. Rickie Fowler remains No. 6 with Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia rounding out the top 10.

With no starts announced until the U.S. Open in June, Tiger Woods dropped two more spots to No. 91 in the latest rankings.

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What's in the bag: Valero Texas Open winner Landry

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 12:34 pm

Andrew Landry won his first PGA Tour event at the Valero Texas Open. Here's a look inside the winners' bag.

Driver: Ping G30 (9 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 65X shaft

Fairway woods: Ping G (14.5 degrees adjusted to 15.5), with Project X HZRDUS Yellow 75X shaft; (17.5 degrees), with Project X HZRDUS Yellow 85X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (3-PW), with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 105 S shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD ZB-S

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Monday Scramble: Family, firsts for Landry, Jutanugarn

By Ryan LavnerApril 23, 2018, 12:15 pm

Andrew Landry breaks through, Moriya Jutanugarn completes the sister act, Joaquin Niemann dazzles in his debut and more in this week's edition of Monday Scramble:

In the shadow of the famed Hollywood sign, Moriya Jutanugarn scripted a cinematic moment that left some in the audience in tears.

Playing in her 156th career start, she held off Hall of Famer Inbee Park and Jin Young Ko to capture her first LPGA title at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open.

And that alone is a great story – one of hard work and perseverance. But this was different, with Moriya joining younger sister, Ariya, as just the second siblings to win on tour, following Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam.

No one was more overcome with emotion than Ariya, a seven-time winner, a major champion and a former world No. 1.

Her family had reached its goal. The Thai sisters are winners.


1. After a few close calls over the past few years, Andrew Landry became a PGA Tour winner Sunday with a rock-solid final round of 68 to win the Valero Texas Open.

Landry might be best remembered for his starring role at the 2016 U.S. Open, where the little-known Texan played his way into the final group. He spent last year tearing up the Web.com Tour and then took Jon Rahm into a playoff at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Now, after a two-shot victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair, Landry is exempt for The Players, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, Tournament of Champions and 2019 Masters.

2. Your trusty correspondent wrote more about Landry at Oakmont, but it’s worth retelling.

The 30-year-old grew up in Groves, Texas, playing on a nine-hole track called The Pea Patch, the former home to another PGA Tour player, Chris Stroud. Friends and family described it as a goat track with a bar. A country-club upbringing, it was not. 

More on that backstory here.

Landry said this on Sunday night: “It just shows that it doesn’t really matter where you come from. It just matters the determination and hard work you have – anything you put your mind to, you can accomplish.”

3. No one played better over the weekend than Mullinax, the former Alabama product who fired a course-record 62 on Saturday to put himself in the mix.

It was an important final round for Mullinax, who finished 137th on the 2016-17 points list and was playing this season on conditional status. He looked decent in his limited appearances, but he hadn’t played since a tie for eighth in Tampa.

Mullinax made six birdies in the final round, but he made two costly errors. The first came on the par-5 14th, where after a massive drive, he flared his approach into the greenside bunker. It plugged near the lip, and he could only make par. Then came his miscue on the 17th. One behind with two to play, he was just left of the green with his tee shot on the drivable 17th. Then he quit on his pitch shot and flubbed it into the bunker, leading to a stunning bogey and gifting Landry a two-shot lead heading into the finishing par 5.

“This experience that I’m gaining right now is just going to help me down the road,” Mullinax said.



4. How about that debut for Joaquin Niemann?

The former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, making his pro debut, shot a pair of weekend 67s to surge all the way into sixth place at the Texas Open.

He earned $223,200 and 100 non-member FedExCup points, putting him in line to at least qualify for the season-ending Web.com Tour Finals, where he’d have a chance to secure one of 25 PGA Tour cards. He needs 269 points to earn special temporary membership, which would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the rest of the year (otherwise he’s limited to seven).

This kid is obviously a stick – he won nine times worldwide in 2017, including four pro events in Chile – and now he’ll have a few more opportunities to wrap up his card for next season. By virtue of his top-10, he gets into next week’s Wells Fargo Championship (he now can save the sponsor invite), the Byron Nelson and Memorial.

“I feel like a veteran right now; I feel like a Tour player now,” he said. “I know I can beat these guys, and I’m just going to wait for my week and try to win.”



5. Alexander Levy boosted his chances of playing in a home Ryder Cup with his victory Sunday at the Trophee Hassan II.

Levy needed only a final-round 70 to overtake Alvaro Quiros and win for the fifth time on the European Tour. It was his fourth top-7 in six starts this year.

With the victory, he moved up to No. 9 in the European Points and 15th on the World Points List.

“It’s a good win, but I need to go back to work because we can see we have a lot of good players in Europe,” he said, “so it will be tough to make it.”

So, yes, he might qualify for the team on his own merit. If not, the fun character would be a no-brainer choice for captain Thomas Bjorn – a top-50 player teeing it up in his home country.



6. Brooks Koepka returns to competition after a 15-week layoff to recover from a torn ligament in his left wrist.

Koepka said he doesn’t know how he injured his wrist, but it began to bother him the week after he blew away the field at the Dunlop Phoenix in November. He finished last in his next two starts, then shut it down for more than three months. He had originally targeted a return at the Masters, but he wasn’t ready.

To help him recover, Koepka had bone marrow from his hip injected into his wrist and endured a round of platlet-rich plasma injections, according to the Associated Press. Koepka only began hitting balls two weeks ago, and his swing coach, Claude Harmon III, posted this video over the weekend:


All of that time away didn’t really affect his world ranking – he’s still ninth in the world – or his Ryder Cup position, as the reigning U.S. Open champ is still seventh in points.  

7. Koepka’s partner this week at the Zurich is (somewhat randomly) Marc Turnesa, a 40-year-old who won on Tour, in Las Vegas, a decade ago. Because Koepka committed so late – a few hours before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline – his options for a partner were limited.

Turnesa also plays at Medalist in South Florida. Playing mostly on the Web.com Tour, he’s missed 13 of his past 17 worldwide cuts, including eight in a row.

The Zurich field is filled out by two tiers of players – Player A is by eligibility ranking, while B has to have some Tour status or it counts as a sponsor exemption.



8. Koepka is one of 10 top-14 players who will tee it up this week at the Zurich. It’s Year 2 of the two-man team format, with alternate shot on Thursday and Saturday and best ball on Friday and Sunday.

Some of the notables in the field include Jordan Spieth (partnering with Ryan Palmer), Justin Thomas (Bud Cauley) Jason Day (Ryan Ruffels), Justin Rose (Henrik Stenson) and newly crowned Masters champion Patrick Reed (Patrick Cantlay), who is making his first start since Augusta.

Having covered the Zurich for the past couple of years, it’s been fascinating to watch the revitalization of this tournament. This year’s field is – by far – the strongest it’s ever been. That so many great players are willing to play an event without world-ranking points and reduced FedExCup points suggests that they’re tired of the 72-hole, stroke-play monotony.

No, they don’t want every week to feature a tricked-up format, but there are plenty of other opportunities throughout the year for a player to sharpen his scoring skills. Zurich week becomes all about competition and camaraderie.

9. The only thing that could make a good week even better is a venue change.

Move the event to City Park – the community-based program modeled after East Lake in Atlanta – and put TPC Louisiana in the rearview mirror. It’s a bland course that’s too far away from all of the action downtown.



10. Asked this week by CNN’s Shane O’Donoghue whether he thinks he’ll be able to win the Masters to complete the career Grand Slam, Rory McIlroy said – yep, you guessed it! – “it’ll happen.”

“I play that golf course well enough. I’ve had five top 10s in a row. I’ve given himself the chance; it didn’t quite work out but the more I keep putting myself in those positions, sooner or later, it’s going to happen for me.”

Speaking for the first time since he played in the final group at Augusta, closed with 74 and tied for fifth, McIlroy said that he was “quite nervous” on the first tee and felt “a little bit of pressure there, for some reason.”

There was a reason for that, of course – he was vying for the career Grand Slam – and his attempts on the eve of the final round to deflect attention were feeble at best. It was McIlroy, not the first-timer Reed, who played like he had everything to lose on Sunday.

In this clip, Washington State football coach Mike Leach explains why he doesn't like golf.

As is most things with Leach, it's entertaining, but there's a short-and-sweet rebuttal here: Hey, at least golf doesn't turn your brain to mush!


This week's award winners ... 


Back On Top: Inbee Park. With a tie for second in LA, she supplanted Shanshan Feng as the world No. 1, marking her first return to the top since October 2015.

Thanks, Mother Nature!: Eric Axley. Holding on to a three-shot lead, the 44-year-old was declared the winner of the inaugural North Mississippi Classic after the final round was canceled because of inclement weather. It was his first victory on the Web since … 2005.

Keep An Eye Out For: Sean O'Hair and Jimmy Walker. After shooting a combined 29 under par at the Valero (good for a T-2 and fourth-place finish, respectively), they’re teaming up for the team event at Zurich.

Must Not Be Sleeping Well: Sergio Garcia. He has missed his first two cuts since becoming a father (his first back-to-back trunk-slammer in the U.S. since 2003), though at least he didn't make a 13 at TPC San Antonio. He did, however, have a temper tanrum:


Under-The-Radar Stud Alert: Valentina Giraldo. The junior at Jacksonville State earned medalist honors at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. It’s her sixth title in 10 starts this season, which is a school and conference record.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Charley Hoffman. The tournament’s all-time money leader added to his total – barely. He didn’t even sniff a round in the 60s and tied for 64th, a waste of a one-and-done pick. Sigh. 

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Texas Open purse payout: Landry doubles earnings

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 11:42 am

Andrew Landry won the Valero Texas Open for his first career PGA Tour victory. In the process, he doubled his season earnings. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at TPC San Antonio.

1 Andrew Landry -17 $1,116,000
T2 Trey Mullinax -15 $545,600
T2 Sean O'Hair -15 $545,600
4 Jimmy Walker -14 $297,600
5 Zach Johnson -13 $248,000
6 Joaquin Niemann -12 $223,200
7 Ryan Moore -11 $207,700
T8 Chris Kirk -10 $179,800
T8 Andrew Putnam -10 $179,800
T8 Kevin Streelman -10 $179,800
T11 Ben Crane -9 $136,400
T11 Billy Horschel -9 $136,400
T11 Martin Laird -9 $136,400
T11 Richy Werenski -9 $136,400
15 Brandt Snedeker -8 $111,600
T16 Aaron Baddeley -7 $96,100
T16 David Hearn -7 $96,100
T16 Grayson Murray -7 $96,100
T16 Vaughn Taylor -7 $96,100
T20 Dylan Frittelli -5 $67,167
T20 Retief Goosen -5 $67,167
T20 Chesson Hadley -5 $67,167
T20 Denny McCarthy -5 $67,167
T20 Johnson Wagner -5 $67,167
T20 Nick Watney -5 $67,167
T26 Corey Conners -4 $46,810
T26 Jim Furyk -4 $46,810
T26 Keith Mitchell -4 $46,810
T26 J.J. Spaun -4 $46,810
T30 Kevin Chappell -3 $37,665
T30 Austin Cook -3 $37,665
T30 Ernie Els -3 $37,665
T30 Jamie Lovemark -3 $37,665
T30 J.T. Poston -3 $37,665
T30 Brendan Steele -3 $37,665
T36 Zac Blair -2 $26,694
T36 Harris English -2 $26,694
T36 Jason Kokrak -2 $26,694
T36 Nicholas Lindheim -2 $26,694
T36 Troy Merritt -2 $26,694
T36 Sam Ryder -2 $26,694
T36 Ollie Schniederjans -2 $26,694
T36 Brian Stuard -2 $26,694
T36 Kevin Tway -2 $26,694
T45 Keegan Bradley -1 $17,732
T45 K.J. Choi -1 $17,732
T45 Si Woo Kim -1 $17,732
T45 Hunter Mahan -1 $17,732
T45 Ben Martin -1 $17,732
T45 Ben Silverman -1 $17,732
T51 Ricky Barnes E $14,508
T51 Zecheng Dou E $14,508
T51 Beau Hossler E $14,508
T51 Matt Kuchar E $14,508
T51 Danny Lee E $14,508
T51 David Lingmerth E $14,508
T51 Graeme McDowell E $14,508
T58 Abraham Ancer 1 $13,578
T58 Lanto Griffin 1 $13,578
T58 Anirban Lahiri 1 $13,578
T58 Adam Schenk 1 $13,578
T58 Daniel Summerhays 1 $13,578
T58 Julian Suri 1 $13,578
T64 Joshua Creel 2 $12,958
T64 Charley Hoffman 2 $12,958
T64 Peter Malnati 2 $12,958
T64 Andrew Yun 2 $12,958
T68 Matt Atkins 4 $12,462
T68 Steve Marino 4 $12,462
T68 Rod Pampling 4 $12,462
T68 Michael Thompson 4 $12,462
72 Ethan Tracy 8 $12,152
MDF Cameron Champ 2 $11,966
MDF Xander Schauffele 2 $11,966
MDF Joel Dahmen 3 $11,594
MDF Bill Haas 3 $11,594
MDF Brandon Harkins 3 $11,594
MDF Hudson Swafford 3 $11,594
MDF John Senden 4 $11,284
MDF Brice Garnett 8 $11,160