He Said/She Said: Sin City? Let's roll the dice

By Golf GuySeptember 30, 2011, 3:19 am

While The Golf Guy and 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier can argue opposing sides of most topics, on Las Vegas they simply must agree – the Entertainment Capital of the World has it all. In this edition of He Said/She Said, they share their perfect Vegas weekend in light of this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

By The Golf Guy

I’m going to Vegas to spend the week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open? And I need to have a game plan? Well, let me count the ways ...

First off, let it be known that I love Vegas. Yet at the same time let it be known that I hate Vegas. Actually, the hatred is more like I’m scared of Vegas. A city that has based its reputation on the slogan, 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,' doesn’t seem to realize that anything strange or very unusual that happens there will unfortunately stay in your own mind. So that slogan just isn’t that comforting.

That said, going to Vegas for a golf tournament can actually help anyone keep the stupidity level to a minimum. Why? Because golf is a 'gentleman’s game,' one that offers up the 'golf clap,' and a sport that requires people to call penalties on themselves. Possible case in point: “Man, you are one hot babe, would you like to come back to my room and do some night putting?” Right then and there, you realize you are a golfer and quickly call a two-stroke penalty on yourself and let the lady play through and not bother her anymore.

As for a Sin City itinerary the week of the JT SHO, this is The Golf Guy’s fool-proof plan:

• Play some golf at Bali Hai. The location and convenience is hard to beat – right on the strip. It’s a beautiful course, and if you can handle airplane noise – and unfortunately there is a lot of it – you will save yourself plenty of time in having to drive to many of the courses far from the strip.

• This is a must: the Bellagio water show. That might sound strange coming from The Golf Guy, but hearing Andrea Bocelli sing 'Time to say goodbye' to the amazing water show warms my heart. Much like standing on a tee box during a late afternoon round with good friends, with the sun going down and the shadows stretching over the fairway.

• Wanna see a Vegas show? Well, do me a favor and skip all the foolishness and just go to a comedy show. There’s always a big-name comic in town and it’s always worth the salty price of admission. There are options as well. My favorite when it comes to affordability? George Wallace at the Flamingo. He’s freaking hilarious.

• Spend at least a few hours playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. I used to think slot machines were for water show-watching sissies, but this slot machine is highly addictive. Let’s just say, when you finally win a free spin of the wheel, and you hear ‘Wheel … of … Fortune,” blaring out the speakers, you can’t help but get completely giddy.

• I know most of you are waiting for me to suggest going to a gentleman’s club. My friends tell me it can be fun. But I wouldn’t know. OK, I’m lying. It is fun. And weird. Well, kinda like Vegas as a whole.

• Oh, last thing: Go to the actual Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Like the title sponsor suggests, the least you can do is drag your hungover self out to the course and help support a wonderful cause. And it's a perfect 'killing two birds with one stone' situation: You help a worthy charity and you can start getting your base on for the ensuing wild evening.

By 'Birdie' Bailey Mosier

You can’t go wrong with Vegas. Take it from the girl who grew up there – yours truly – it really does have all the glam, glitz and appeal you think it does.

I often get asked the question, “What was it like growing up in Vegas?” to which I respond the same way every time: “It’s just as much fun as you imagine it to be.”

Vegas has it all. Warm weather, great golf and good-looking cart girls. Food, flair and nightlife. Shows, casinos and shopping. Anything you want at any hour of the day.

Whether you live there or you’re lucky enough to be visiting this week for the PGA Tour stop – the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – you’re guaranteed to leave happy even if you leave empty-handed.

So what would 'Birdie' do if she were there this weekend to take in the fun and the sun? Let me share some local knowledge on all the best Las Vegas has to offer.

Golf: I would certainly head out to TPC Summerlin to catch some of the PGA Tour action. Walk the course and get some exercise, or find some shade and pop open a beer as you watch the world’s finest go low at the TPC. If you can sneak in a round or two of your own, my recommendations are Rio Secco – a Rees Jones design – and any one of the three courses at the Paiute Indian Reservation located northwest of the strip. I've grazed many fairways of the 100-plus golf courses in Vegas, and Rio Secco and Paiute top my list every time.

Eats: The best steak I’ve ever had was at the SW Steakhouse inside the Wynn. Pricey, by some standards, but you’re in Vegas for Pete’s sake. Splurge. Trust me, this is one meal you won’t regret.

Drinks: They don’t call it the 'coolest' bar on the strip by accident. The Minus 5 bar located inside the Mandalay Bay is one of my favorite spots. You enter what is essentially a giant freezer where the temperature is kept at minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and are given coats and mittens to help withstand the chill. It’s a fun change of pace to your otherwise typical loud, crazy bar scene and it’s worth trying at least once.

Shopping: Yes, I had to throw this one in for all the ladies and, whether you know it or not, for all you men out there, too. The Fashion Show Mall off of Las Vegas Blvd. and Spring Mountain has every store you could possibly dream up. From designer labels to feel-good brands, this mall will keep the ladies occupied for hours and will give the men some time to themselves. Which brings me to …

Gambling: Another question I get asked all the time is whether or not people who live in Vegas gamble all the time. The answer is no. Not all the time. We have jobs and other hobbies, too. But when the occasion calls for gambling, the must-play game for me is craps. I love the energy and excitement of getting an entire table full of people involved. It’s true you can lose big and lose quickly at the craps table, but when it’s hot, there’s no greater gamble.

I could go on and on about all the gems Las Vegas holds, but instead I may go pack my suitcase and head to the City of Sin. It’s been far too long since this West Coast girl painted that town red. 

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M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.

Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open

Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner

On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell

On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''

Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.

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Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:06 am

The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.

Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.

"I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."

Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

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Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

"Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."