Who is the best player without a win

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2011, 10:06 pm

Who is the best player without a PGA Tour win? Rex Hoggard and Jay Coffin offer up their takes in this always entertaining topic.

By REX HOGGARD

Fitting that it was Tim Clark, the consensus frontrunner for “Best player without a Tour victory” at this time last year, finished tied for second place on Sunday at the Sony Open with Steve Marino, the heir apparent to what must be the least-coveted title.

Although the burly Marino and diminutive Clark have little in common there is a shared quality that makes Marino the circuit’s most polished player without a “W” – an utter lack of fear.

On Sunday, as Marino inched toward his third runner-up finish at Waialae, Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo figured that the fourth-year player may have too many moving parts in his swing to ever be a regular Sunday threat on Tour.

But it’s that creativity that separates Marino from the current list of players vying for “Best player without . . .” honors. Marino’s caddie, G.W. Cable, also serves as his swing coach and sports psychologist and Marino consistently ranks among the circuit’s leaders in birdie average and scoring.

Marino also enjoys a level of seasoning that most other contenders to the B.P.W.T.T. lack with 19 top-10 finishes, which is nearly the same number of cuts Rickie Fowler (20) has made in his young career.

It’s that experience, combined with his creativity, that makes Marino the “Best Player without . . .” Just ask Clark.

By JAY COFFIN

Naysayers will hammer this pick and say the kid has only one season under his belt, but the numbers don’t lie. Rickie Fowler is the best player without a PGA Tour victory, although he won’t be for much longer.

For starters, the 22-year-old orange, shaggy-haired wonder is ranked 30th in the world. Anyone else up for consideration of the aforementioned moniker is ranked outside the top 50. Jeff Overton, ranked 51st, would be my honorable mention.

Fowler’s rookie season speaks for itself. It was good enough to earn him Rookie of the Year, it was good enough to be a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup and it was good enough to earn him $2.85 million in earnings, which was 22nd on the money list.

Although Fowler failed to capture that maiden victory in 2010 – and some still say he needs to learn the ability to close down the stretch – the year was an overwhelming success. He knocked on the door of victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and had the Memorial Tournament within grasp until a costly error jumped up and bit him. Three second-place finishes and nine top-10s in such a young, promising career is strong by anyone’s standards.

Perhaps Fowler is my choice because there are not many candidates for this label.

Doesn’t matter, the kid is legit.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals 
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals (Click here to watch live)

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Davis: USGA learned from setup errors at Shinnecock

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 4:51 pm

With the U.S. Open set to return to Shinnecock Hills for the first time in 14 years, USGA executive director Mike Davis insists that his organization has learned from the setup mistakes that marred the event the last time it was played on the Southampton, N.Y., layout.

Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U.S. Open back in 2004, but the lasting image from the tournament may have been tournament officials spraying down the seventh green by hand during the final round after the putting surface had become nearly unplayable. With the course pushed to the brink over the first three days, stiff winds sucked out any remaining moisture and players struggled to stay on the greens with 30-foot putts, let alone approach shots.

Speaking to repoters at U.S. Open media day, Davis offered candid reflections about the missteps that led to the course overshadowing the play during that infamous final round.

"I would just say that it was 14 years ago. It was a different time, it was different people, and we as an organzation, we learned from it," Davis said. "When you set up a U.S. Open, it is golf's ultimate test. It's probably set up closer to the edge than any other event in golf, and I think that the difference then versus now is we have a lot more technology, a lot more data in our hands.

"And frankly, ladies and gentlemen, what really happened then was just a lack of water."

Davis pointed to enhancements like firmness and moisture readings for the greens that weren't available in 2004, and he noted that meterological data has evolved in the years since. With another chance to get his hands on one of the USGA's favorite venues, he remains confident that tournament officials will be able to better navigate the thin line between demanding and impossible this time around.

"There are parts that I think we learned from, and so I think we're happy that we have a mulligan this time," Davis said. "It was certainly a bogey last time. In fact maybe even a double bogey, and equitable stroke control perhaps kicked in."

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UCLA junior Vu named WGCA Player of the Year

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 3:23 pm

UCLA junior Lilia Vu was named Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).

Vu recorded the lowest full-season scoring average (70.37) in UCLA history. Her four tournament wins tied the school record for most victories in a single season.

Vu was also named to the WGCA All-America first team. Here's a look at the other players who joined her on the prestigious list:

WGCA First Team All-Americans

  • Maria Fassi, Junior, University of Arkansas
  • Kristen Gillman, Sophomore, University of Alabama
  • Jillian Hollis, Junior, University of Georgia
  • Cheyenne Knight, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Jennifer Kupcho, Junior, Wake Forest University
  • Andrea Lee, Sophomore, Stanford University
  • Leona Maguire, Senior, Duke University
  • Sophia Schubert, Senior, University of Texas
  • Lauren Stephenson, Junior, University of Alabama
  • Maddie Szeryk, Senior, Texas A&M University
  • Patty Tavatanakit, Freshman, UCLA
  • Lilia Vu, Junior, UCLA
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Stroud's caddie wins annual PGA Tour caddie tournament

By Rex HoggardMay 22, 2018, 3:15 pm

Casey Clendenon, who caddies for Chris Stroud, won the gross division of the annual PGA Tour caddie tournament on Monday, shooting a 5-under 66 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, site of last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.

Scott Tway (65), who caddies for Brian Harman, won the net division by two strokes over Wayne Birch, Troy Merritt’s caddie.

Kyle Bradley, Jonathan Byrd’s caddie, took second place with a 71 in the gross division.

The tournament was organized by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, and proceeds from the event went to two charities. The APTC donated $20,000 to Greg Chalmers’ charity, MAXimumChances.org, which aids families living with autism. The association also donated $10,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.