My Road to Memphis

By Kip HenleyMay 25, 2005, 4:00 pm
April 25, 2005 ' Today is the first round of the Tennessee Section event for Club Professionals and the best amateurs in the state, The True Temper Classic. The tournament is held at The Colonial Club in Memphis Tennessee. (This is the course that Al Gieberger shot the 59 on.) Derick Calcote the CEO of a golf forum internet company, (one of my endorsement deals that I
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Kip Henley made his first start last week at the Henrico County Open.
am working with) is caddying for me. We kind of struggled around all day. Standing in middle of the 18th fairway, 210 yards, all carry over water, to the hole, I kind of fat pulled a 4 iron short and in the water. We went down a few yards to drop at the edge of the water and I pured a 5 iron onto the bank and it trickled back down into the water. Now Im thinking we could be here all day or ROB (run outta balls). I decided to hit 4 iron and totally blew it over the green, but alas, across the water and got it up and down for an 8, turning my 69 into a 75. A 68 was low round for the first day. The course is pretty hard if you ask anybody but Mr. Geiberger.
 
April 26, 2005 ' I bogeyed 18 again today and it was playing shorter than the day before. Shot a 71, one under par and 2 over for the tournament. Still somehow ended up solo 3rd place and won $1400 bucks. Not great but certainly not bad for how I played.
Just to show you how stubborn I am, I let Derick, who is a member at this course, read just 2 putts in 36 holes. He absolutely read both putts perfect and I made them both but still I was to prideful to let him read more. I felt that I hit the ball good that last day and was feeling pretty positive about the Fed/Ex St. Jude qualifier at TPC SouthWind the next day.
 
April 27, 2005 ' Today I shot a 3 over par 73 on a very windy tough day. The course recently went through a major renovation. The biggest change being converting the greens from Bent Grass to Champion Bermuda grass - now theyre harder than Chinese arithmetic. The 73 was not a great score but good enough to qualify me for the tournament and I AM PUMPED. That gives me six Nationwide starts and one PGA Tour start, a lot of great opportunities.
 
May 2nd and May 3rd, 2005 ' Chattanooga Classic media day and Knoxville Open media day. Had to give a short speech at both. I never make notes for my talks at these kind of events, I just shoot from my heart and people seem to enjoy them. I guess my idiotic red-neck banter humors most smart people.
 
May 11, 2005 ' A camera crew from The Golf Channel flew in today and shot film for the Quest for the Card show. Dont miss it because you get to see my hot wife Sissi and our two beautiful daughters, Darbi and Stormi. They have footage they should show of Stormi singing and it will knock your socks off. We had a blast filming and we cant wait for it to air. The folks at The Golf Channel have sure been good to me.
 
May 13, 2005 ' First stage U.S. Open qualifier at Holsten Hills in Knoxville Tennessee, a good ole Donald Ross course. I shot 2 under par 70 and still missed by one or two shots, DANG IT!!!
 
May 15, 2005 ' Flew outta Knoxville into Richmond for The Henrico County Open.
 
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Kip Henley had a strong following in his Natiowide Tour start in Richmond.
May 16, 17 and 18, 2005 ' Pro-Ams and practice rounds with a ZILLION media requests squeezed in between them. I truly enjoy them but it really feels that it puts more pressure on me than I was already feeling without it. Guess I better get used to it.
 
May 19, 2005 ' JEEZ-LOUISE!!!! What a pressure packed day. The cameras followed from the time I got out of the car until the time I got back in it. I somehow managed to scrape it around for an even par 72 but there is an asterisk attached. I had a 2 shot penalty when my caddy inadvertently switched balls with me after me marking my ball on the green. Its a long story and if you did not see the coverage you probably aint reading this noways.
 
May 20, 2005 ' I just thought day one was jeez-louise, today was the real
JEEEEZ LOUISE!!!!!!!! Even the best Boy Scout could not have been prepared for a day like today. I started the day on the practice range in short sleeves and finished soaking wet and frozen. By the end of the day I had put on everything I had in the car. We managed a 2 under par 70, one of the few under par scores from the morning wave of tee times. I really caught a bad wave of tee times. They say they that it evens out over time but if you ask me Gods got some catching up to do to get me evened out. I sill missed the cut by 2, (kinda ironic huh), disappointing as all getout but I have had worse showings. I dont feel it was that bad of a score considering all that happened during that tournament.
 
May 22, 2005 ' Flew into Memphis for the Fed/Ex St. Jude Classic where I will be staying at my usual host home with the most beautiful family that you have ever seen, Chip and Susan Cayce and their two great kids Lindsay 9, and Jimbo 6 (better wear a cup in Jimbos presence cause he gives you a punch square in the short hairs every time you walk past him).
 
May 24, 2005 ' Today I am nursing an unbelievably sore elbow. Yesterday I pulled the old club professional idiot move. I hit practice balls all day. The brand new practice pro V range balls and nice grass are too tempting to resist. I am not joking about the elbow, I had to pull out of a practice round with former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson on the second tee. Scott was a great sport and an even better guy. We have had to seek medical attention today and I am scared to death of not being able to start Thursday. I plan to get a shot to help ease the pain. Say a few prayers and pull for Kipper.
 
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    Woods, Leishman, Fleetwood grouped at Northern Trust

    By Will GrayAugust 20, 2018, 10:55 pm

    While 125 players qualified for The Northern Trust this week, only 120 have decided to tee it up at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Here's a look at a few of the marquee, early-round tee times where players are grouped via FedExCup standing and Tiger Woods makes his first start since a runner-up performance at the PGA Championship (all times ET):

    7:54 a.m. Thursday, 12:55 p.m. Friday: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood

    Woods starts the postseason at No. 20 in the points race, with a great chance to advance to the season-ending Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. He'll look to pad his point total this week in the Garden State, making his return to competition after a week off following a strong showing at Bellerive. He'll play the first two rounds with Leishman, who has two runner-up finishes this season, and Fleetwood, who nearly caught Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open.


    8:05 a.m. Thursday, 1:06 p.m. Friday: Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka

    There should be no shortage of eye-popping drives from this trio, who comprise the top three in the season-long points race heading into the playoffs. Johnson holds the No. 1 spot in both the world rankings and the FedExCup, having won three times since January, while Thomas will look to become the first player to go back-to-back in the playoffs and Koepka hopes to add to a career year that already includes two majors.


    8:16 a.m. Thursday, 1:17 p.m. Friday: Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau

    Simpson got back into the winner's circle in impressive fashion at The Players Championship, and he heads into the playoffs off a T-2 finish last week at the Wyndham Championship. Molinari cruised to victory at the Quicken Loans National before his major triumph at Carnoustie, while DeChambeau's win at the Memorial highlighted his season that brought him to the cusp of a Ryder Cup berth.


    12:44 p.m. Thursday, 7:43 a.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Beau Hossler, Byeong-Hun An

    Normally featured among the points leaders at this point in the season, Spieth heads into the playoffs at No. 43 in the standings, sandwiched between a pair of players whose best results came in playoff losses. Hossler has had a quietly strong season that was highlighted by a runner-up to Ian Poulter in overtime at the Houston Open, while An lost a playoff to DeChambeau at the Memorial.


    12:55 p.m. Thursday, 7:54 a.m. Friday: Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau

    There will be four green jackets among this group, as the reigning Masters champ is joined by a pair of Ryder Cup hopefuls in Mickelson and Finau. Lefty broke a lengthy victory drought with his WGC-Mexico win in March but has largely slowed this summer, while Finau notched top-10 finishes in each of the first three majors to enter the discussion for possible picks for Paris.

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    Randall's Rant: Too much Tiger for his own good?

    By Randall MellAugust 20, 2018, 10:00 pm

    We could be getting a dose of way too much Tiger Woods.

    Yeah, that’s difficult to fathom, given how good his return to the game has been on so many levels, but the man might be too close to winning for his own good right now.

    I’m not a doctor, I don’t play one on TV, and I didn’t sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but a reasonable person has to wonder how playing the next three weeks in a row – five of the next six weeks – will affect Woods’ surgically fused spine.

    That isn’t to say Woods is actually going to end up playing that much, but it looms as a real possibility.

    In fact, dating back to the WGC Bridgestone, it’s possible he could be amid a run of playing seven times in the last nine weeks.

    My sacroiliac joint is throbbing at the thought.

    Beginning with The Northern Trust this week, Woods is committed to the first three legs of the FedExCup Playoffs, and it’s difficult to imagine he wouldn’t play the final leg at the Tour Championship if he qualifies.

    It’s impossible to imagine he won’t be among Jim Furyk’s four captain’s picks to play the Ryder Cup.

    So if Woods continues this streak of strong play, what’s going to give?

    We hope it isn’t his back.

    Or his neck.

    Or his knees.

    Only Woods and his doctors really know how much the 42-year-old can take physically, but there is more to lose than to gain by overdoing it now.

    Yeah, the FedExCup Playoffs are great fun, more meaningful with each passing year, but it’s all about the major championships now for Woods.

    Competitively, it’s all that matters.

    Nobody but the most anal Tiger fans are going to remember how many FedExCups he won, but we’re all going to remember how many majors he won.

    We’re all going to remember him resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus, if that’s where his summer tease is taking us, with Woods’ T-6 at The Open last month and his second-place finish at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.

    Whether you are a Woods fan or not, how can you not want to see a historic chase of Jack as Tiger’s last chapter?

    The game soars to yet another level with that.

    A legion of young, new fans come pouring into the game even if Tiger only gets to 17 major championship titles.

    So while the FedExCup Playoffs give us a postseason in golf, make Player of the Year chases more interesting and Ryder Cup captain’s picks more intriguing, they are a mere prelude for Tiger.

    The playoffs give him another chance to get ready for next year’s Masters.

    They give him a chance to win something before heading to Augusta National.

    They give him another chance to rebuild his closing skills.

    Woods doesn’t have to win the overall FedExCup to do that.

    And he doesn’t have to play every event he commits to playing. He’s 20th in FedExCup points right now. He can get to the Tour Championship without playing all three of the legs leading there.

    The tough spot for Woods is withdrawing from a FedExCup event. It’s trickier for him. With all the extra tickets sold when he commits, with all the excitement his anticipated arrival creates, it feels like a broken promise when he backs out.

    Yeah, other players WD before big events for reasons beyond injury, but they don’t create the massive disappointment Woods creates.

    For somebody invested in wanting to see Tiger vs. Jack reprised, it’s a lot easier to live with seeing Woods pull out of a FedExCup Playoff event to rest than to see him WD from one with an injury.

    There’s more excitement in the prospect of seeing a lot of Woods in the majors next year than seeing too much of him now.

    Here’s hoping somebody helps Tiger gets his FedExCup Playoff dosage right. His pain could be golf’s pain.

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    Watch: Marshawn Lynch's golf game could use some work

    By Grill Room TeamAugust 20, 2018, 8:15 pm

    NFL star running back Marshawn Lynch is pretty great at driving golf carts, but from the looks of a video that surfaced this weekend, his golf prowess starts and ends there.

    "Beast Mode" was in attendance at Klay Thompson's charity event in San Francisco on Sunday, and luckily the Golden State Warriors shooting guard caught Lynch's swing on camera - because it is a sight to behold.

    Dressed in a traditional golf hoodie, the former Super Bowl champion who has been thrilling fans with his raw athleticism and power on the gridiron for more than a decade showed off a swing that would make Charles Barkley blush.

    Lynch was not questioned about the swing by members of media afterwards, although there's a pretty good chance you already know how he would've answered.

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    Stenson (elbow) withdraws from playoff opener

    By Will GrayAugust 20, 2018, 5:41 pm

    Former FedExCup champ Henrik Stenson will start his postseason on the sideline, as he withdrew on Monday from The Northern Trust because of an elbow injury.

    Stenson captured the season-long title back in 2013, when he won two of the four playoff events. At 50th in the current points standings, he's assured of a spot next week at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship and likely to make the field at the 70-man BMW Championship the following week.

    A PGA Tour official confirmed that Stenson cited the elbow injury as the reason for his withdrawal. He was bothered by an injured elbow last month that led him to withdraw from the Scottish Open and limited his prep for The Open, where he tied for 35th.

    The 42-year-old defended his title last week at the Wyndham Championship, tying for 20th place after shooting a 6-under 64 in the final round.

    "It's fine, I can practice and I can play without any problems as of now, but I can't really go after it in the gym fully," Stenson told reporters last week in Greensboro. "The main thing that we can play and practice without having any problems there, so it's getting better."

    The intrigue around Stenson's decision grows when the context of the Ryder Cup is taken into consideration. The Swede has represented Europe in the biennial matches four times, but he's currently 16th in both the European Points and World Points lists with only two weeks remaining in the qualification window.

    Even before skipping this week's event in New Jersey, Stenson appeared likely to need a pick from captain Thomas Bjorn, who will round out his 12-man roster with four selections on Sept. 5. Other notable players who are not currently in position to qualify include Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Russell Knox, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.

    Stenson becomes the fifth player to withdraw from this week's field, which does not feature alternates and is now down to 120 players. Rory McIlroy opted to rest up this week, while Patrick Rodgers is skipping the tournament to attend a wedding. Both Rickie Fowler (oblique) and Bud Cauley (June car accident) withdrew because of injury.