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The Social: Kids these days

By Jason CrookFebruary 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

An up-and-coming pro deletes his Twitter account after forgetting the first rule of the social media website – don't tweet, Billy Hurley provides us with one of the funniest moments of the year so far – at Jordan Spieth's expense, and the best shot of the week comes from Jim Nantz's backyard – twice.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

You may think you know it all in your mid-20s, but you most certainly do not. Almost everyone learns this lesson at some point around that age range. On Sunday, it was Lee McCoy’s turn.

McCoy, the 24-year-old who flashed his potential by finishing fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur in 2016, had a rough ending to the Tour's Club Colombia Championship, falling from inside the top 10 to a T-20 finish after bogeying two of his final three holes.

The University of Georgia product took his frustrations out on Twitter after the round, complaining about the kids in the galleries that were there “only to try and get free stuff from us” and said he taught one kid a “life lesson” by refusing to give him anything as he walked off the 18th green.

He also fired off a tweet comparing President Donald Trump’s United States to countries in South America before deleting his account because of the backlash.

Who knows the real story? Perhaps McCoy is right that the children who showed up to the Club Colombia Championship had no real interest in the golf tournament and were only there for some free souvenirs. Perhaps they were even rude about how they went about asking.

But … waging war on little kids seems like a public relations battle you simply aren’t going to win. Unless they’re the sisters from “The Shining,” you're going to have a hard time getting people on your side, a fact not lost on McCoy’s peers, who didn’t hesitate to let him have it.

On Tuesday, McCoy offered an apology for his words and actions in an interview with Golf Digest. Lets all just agree to chalk this up as a learning experience and move on. After all, he is just a kid, and kids make mistakes.

Jordan Spieth may be one of the most popular players with fans of the PGA Tour, but he’s going to need some help to win the popular vote amongst his peers after the stunt Billy Hurley pulled on Monday.

Spieth and Hurley are running against each other for Player Advisory Council chairman, and from the looks of the campaign ad Hurley dropped on Twitter, the Navy veteran knows how to play politics.

The 2016 Quicken Loans National winner has to be considered the frontrunner for the seat after everyone saw the hilarious video in which he used Spieth’s own words out of context to make the case that he’s a “dictator,” “pathetic” and a “thief.”

But don’t worry, there’s no hard feelings. In fact, Hurley’s ad even flipped the vote of Spieth himself:

As Spieth points out – hard to argue with facts.

In honor of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, here's Swiss professional skier Fabian Bösch winning all of the gold medals.

As the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am until the world No. 3 almost gets his head taken off by a ‘90s sitcom star ... then it makes for a pretty good viral video.

That was the situation that went down over the weekend, when Jordan Spieth was nearly beaned in the head by a skulled shot from Ray Romano as he was about to tee off on the fifth hole:

Sure, some people may tire of the celebrity component at Pebble Beach year after year, but if they all decide to use the top players in the world as target practice going forward, this event may just have found have a new identity.

We follow up one of the worst shots of the week with two of the absolute best.

These from the (replica) seventh hole at Pebble Beach (in Jim Nantz' backyard), holes-in-one by Sir Nick Faldo and Billy Horschel:

Nantz seems like a pretty connected dude. Wouldn't put it past him to have Bugs Bunny and a giant magnet brought in for these big-time weeks to spruce things up a bit.

There's not many people in this world who enjoy life more than Andrew “Beef” Johnston, so when he proclaims a week the best ever, it’s worth taking some time to reminisce.

While he may be cutting down on drinking in his off time, Beef, who was in Australia for the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, hasn’t cut out modeling on the beach with Lee Westwood, snorkeling, riding Segways or hanging with koalas. And for that, we thank him.

And bonus ... if you've ever secretly wanted to watch someone fall off a Segway, check out Min Woo Lee at the 43 second mark of the second video. After you stop laughing, feel free to check it out again.

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Hataoka leads Minjee Lee by one at LPGA Volvik

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:54 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After losing in a playoff last weekend, Nasa Hataoka is making another bid for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hataoka shot a 4-under 68 on Friday, and the Japanese teenager led by one stroke over Minjee Lee after the second round of the Volvik Championship. Hataoka, who is coming off the first two top-10 finishes of her LPGA career, made seven birdies at Travis Pointe Country Club. She began her round on No. 10, and her best stretch came toward the end, when she birdied Nos. 4, 5 and 6.

''I'm really comfortable playing the LPGA,'' the 19-year-old Hataoka said through a translator. ''I've really got confidence now.''

Hataoka made the cut nine times in 17 starts as a rookie in 2017, and she has made significant strides of late. She tied for seventh at last month's MEDIHEAL Championship and nearly won a week ago at the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

Hataoka finished the second round in Michigan at 9 under. Lee (69) was also solid Friday. Gaby Lopez (68), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70) and Lindy Duncan (70) were a stroke behind Lee in a tie for third.

Hataoka did not make a single bogey in last week's three-round tournament, and she didn't have any in the first round in Michigan. She finally made a few Friday, but that didn't stop her from taking sole possession of the lead.

''I kind of feel like not really perfect, but I just kind of try to (be) aggressive,'' she said.

Full-field scores from the LPGA Volvik Championship

Lee, who lost by one stroke on this course last year, is in contention again.

''I guess the fairways are pretty generous and I think the greens are a little bit on the trickier side to read,'' Lee said. ''As long as your iron shots are pretty solid, I think you're going to be in good position around this golf course.''

Lee birdied the first two holes, and the only blemish on her scorecard Friday came on the par-5 14th. After missing the fairway to the right, she hit an aggressive shot out of the rough that went straight toward a water hazard well in front of the green. She settled for a bogey after taking a drop.

''I thought the ball was sitting OK in the rough, but it must have been a bit funny, or underneath it,'' she said. ''I made a mistake. I thought it was good enough to hit 3-wood there.''

Lee lost last year in Michigan to Shanshan Feng, but Feng will have some ground to make up in her attempt to repeat. She shot 69 on Friday but is still eight strokes behind the leader.

Ariya Jutanugarn was 6 under after a second consecutive 69.

Lopez made only six pars in the second round, tied for the fewest of the day, but her eight birdies and four bogeys put her near the top of the leaderboard.

''It was a little bit of an up and down,'' she said. ''There's so many opportunities out here to make birdie, that the most important thing to do is just to be patient, to be in the moment and not to get ahead of yourself. I think I came back from a couple mistakes that I did.''

In contrast to Lopez, Brittany Lincicome parred all 18 holes Friday and made the cut at 1 under. Paula Creamer (71) triple bogeyed the par-4 13th. She followed that with an eagle on the very next hole but missed the cut by a stroke.

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Childhood rivals share Sr. PGA lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 12:00 am

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron have been rivals since their junior golf days around Sacramento, California. The two old friends were back at it Friday at the top of the Senior PGA Championship leaderboard.

''It's honestly, nothing new for us,'' said Sutherland who played in the third-to-last group and birdied his last two holes for a 5-under 66 to match McCarron at 8 under.

McCarron had a 68 in the morning wave to emerge from a championship record group of six tied for the first-round lead.

Sutherland was last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner with his only senior win coming in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while McCarron has six PGA Tour Champions wins, including a major at the 2017 Senior Players Championship.

''We are both (Northern California) guys, played in high school, junior golf, on tour and it seems like a lot on the Champions Tour,'' Sutherland said. ''We were in the last group on Sundays a lot last year. Scott played so well and had an incredible year, and I had a great year, too.''

Sutherland's lone PGA Tour victory came at McCarron's expense in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship, when he beat McCarron 1 up in the 36-hole final. As youngsters they played on opposing high school teams located about an hour apart and met often in state tournaments as well as on the California junior circuit.

''It's been happening for 30 years, wait 35 years now, I guess,'' Sutherland said. ''Playing together on a Saturday is a little different. We're both still trying to get in position to win.''

Jerry Kelly shot a 65 to join Tim Petrovic (69), Chris Williams (68) and Joe Durant (67) at 7 under. Durant tied for second last week in the Regions Tradition, also a major championship.

Full-field scores from the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

McCarron feels like he is just starting to warm to the task this year. He had to replace his clubs, including a favored putter damaged beyond repair in air transit two months ago.

''I've been putting with a back-up putter I had, but it just didn't feel quite right,'' he said. ''I changed last Sunday at the Regions Tradition and started putting better on Sunday. So I'm using this one again this week and seem to be putting pretty good with it.''

McCarron said the Harbor Shores course played a little tougher in light winds in the second round. He made six birdies and three bogeys.

''I would just like to have a couple of those bogeys back,'' he said. ''But we're in a good position going into the weekend.''

McCarron came to the press center after his round and walked in on a press conference where course-designer Jack and Barbara Nicklaus were being honored by sponsoring KitchenAid with the establishment of a local college scholarship program in their name.

McCarron, who said he has idolized Nicklaus since his youth, played media and asked Nicklaus what he ate when he was near the lead going into the weekend of a major championship.

Nicklaus said if you play well one day, eat the same thing the next day.

''But no hamburgers, or you will play like hamburger,'' he said.

Stuart Smith, the Reno, Neveda, club pro who was tied for the lead after the first round, missed the 36-hole cut with a second-round 83.

''I'll take the 66, 83 and enjoy the 66 yesterday,'' he said. ''You put this one down to just plain old golf. It's a nasty game we play sometimes. Glad I have a day job.''

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Wise, Simpson both miss cut at Colonial

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 11:34 pm

The two most recent winners on the PGA Tour, Aaron Wise and Webb Simpson, missed the cut at the Fort Worth Invitational on Friday.

Wise and Simpson both came up short of the 2-over total by a shot following rounds of 70-73.

Wise was safely inside the number before playing his last four holes in 4 over par with two bogeys and a closing double following a trip into the water at the par-4 ninth.

Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

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Simpson, making his first start following his Players triumph, similarly struggled coming home, bogeying three of his final six holes.

Other notables who won't be around for the weekend at Colonial include Xander Schauffele (+4), Jason Dufner (+5), Patrick Cantlay (+6), Smylie Kaufman (+13), and Sam Burns (+13).

This is Kaufman's 11th consecutive MC and his 15th in his last 16 starts.

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Sr. PGA caddie learns of nephew's heroism in school shooting

By Tim RosaforteMay 25, 2018, 10:33 pm

Tracy Hubly caddied for her husband, club pro Chris Starkjohann, on Friday at the KitchenAid Senior PGA and learned after their round that her nephew was credited with helping stop the school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana.

Jason Seaman, a 29-year-old science instructor and seventh grade football coach at the school, took three bullets but survived as what his aunt called a hero.

“You hear the stories about these shootings and I think about Parkland and the officer that was trained but didn’t go into the school,” Hubly said. “It’s really shocking to think it comes close to your family, but it does."

It’s not unusual for Hubly to caddie for her husband, a teacher at Carlsbad Golf Center and coach of a PGA Junior League program in Southern California. Hubly, who works in the pro shop at Emerald Island Golf Course in Oceanside, Calif., was on the bag when he was low golf professional at the 2009 Senior PGA Championship held at Canterbury GC. 

Starkjohann, 61, missed the cut at Harbor Shores with rounds of 76-79—155 and was heading to the Colorado State Open.

 “I didn’t hear about it until after my round was done,” Starkjohann said. “Everything happened after I got in.”