Cut Line Catty Daly - COPIED

By Rex HoggardFebruary 4, 2011, 9:23 pm

Farmers Insurance OpenSAN DIEGO – In a “Cut Line” first, a player on the leaderboard has gotten the metaphorical axe. But if John Daly gets the call for a curious sense of self-entitlement, Torrey Pines should get a call from the U.S. Golf Association for being entitled to another U.S. Open.

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Phil and Amy Mickelson. Their emotional embrace behind Augusta National’s 18th green last year feels like a lifetime ago and it appears the Mickelsons are still learning to deal with Amy’s ongoing cancer treatments. All of which made her presence at Torrey Pines for Rounds 1 and 2 so encouraging.

Amy’s return and Phil’s first-round 67, which matched his best card on the South Course since the Rees Jones redesign in 2001, were not mutually exclusive events it seems.

“I forget how much I missed having her out here. It's been a good day,” Mickelson said.

Lucas Glover. Tales from the blogosphere of Glover’s professional demise appear to be greatly exaggerated. The former U.S. Open champion turned up at Torrey Pines hungry and, well hairy.

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Lucas Glover sits at 4 under through two rounds at Torrey Pines. He's saving birdies for the weekend in his beard.

Many players grow “off-season” beards but Glover took it to a new level, so much so one caddie referred to him as “Grizzly Adams.”

According to a member of Camp Lucas, he started growing the beard in the fall but had to start over following a nasty shaving incident. No worries, however, it takes about four days for Glover to go from Mr. Clean to Mean Joe Green.

“Winning a U.S. Open. So easy, even a caveman can do it,” tweeted Justin Rose complete with a scruffy snapshot of Glover.

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New cell phone policy. Or, for those historically inclined, the ode to the obvious policy considering that fans have been sneaking cell phones into golf tournaments for years.

In fact, when the proposal was first introduced to the Tour’s Policy Board last year incoming board member Paul Goydos deadpanned, “We don’t allow cell phones at tournaments?”

But now the Tour is on the record in an effort to attract new fans that may have been turned off by the ban, but four events into the experiment the circuit is experiencing some growing pains.

On Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open officials confiscated 13 cell phones from the throng trailing Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines . . . on the first hole.

U.S. Golf Association. Maybe it was Woods’ first competitive return to Torrey Pines since his historic U.S. Open victory in 2008, or maybe it was just the song of crashing waves on Black’s Beach.

Either way, it’s time for the USGA to quit stalling and pull the seaside muni back into the national championship fold.

“I thought it was a great venue. There were a zillion people here, and the playoff was ridiculous. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen, so I'm surprised (Torrey Pines hasn’t been offered a second U.S. Open),” said Rocco Mediate, the affable antagonist at the ’08 Open.

You do the math, another muddy People’s Open at Bethpage Black? Or sun and fun in SoCal?

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Tim Finchem. It was an occasion to take the high road and open the door for healing. Instead, the commissioner offered only a backhanded snub when asked about the Lee Westwood v. Players Championship row earlier this week.

When asked about the Englishman’s decision not to play The Players, the commissioner, who supported a late-in-the-game decision to alter Tour rules in attempt to lure Westwood to TPC Sawgrass in May, took a different course.

“I'm not going to argue whether a European Tour player is doing the wrong thing, if (European Tour commissioner) George O'Grady feels because it's so important for that player to play over there,” Finchem said. “Candidly, it's probably more important on the European Tour that some of those players play over there than it is for us that they play here.”

Who says the new grooves rule did away with spin on the PGA Tour?

Tweet of the week: @IanJamesPoulter “Tiger give us a smile. Tiger Tiger give us a smile. Tiger give us a smile. Come on @TigerWoods shall we sing a song for you?”

Trash talk Twitter-style, but Woods wasn’t interested in Poulter’s reindeer games and when asked about the Englishman’s jabs he flashed a knowing smile and said, “He's probably just bored and has nothing to do. I was at home and working on my game, and flying out here. That's just Poults being Poults, and that's fine.”

Hope-less. John Daly has stretched the bounds of reason, and acceptable behavior, chronically in his career, but on Thursday at Torrey Pines he took his self-entitled outlook to a whole new stratosphere.

Following an opening-round 67 that put him in the hunt at Torrey Pines, Daly used the occasion to vent some misplaced venom toward two tournaments that had the audacity to pass on his schtick this year.

“I'll never go back to the (Bob Hope Classic) and I'll never go back to Phoenix, no matter what happens. I won't even send letters anymore. I'm not saying that to ditch the tournaments,” said Daly, who did not get a sponsor exemption into either the Hope or Waste Management Phoenix Open this year.

“I felt like I did my part. It hurt me for those two tournaments not to give me spots. So I'll go to Europe on those weeks.”

Just a thought, but if Daly really wanted to play the Hope and Phoenix he may have given Q-School a try, but then they don’t give exemptions out at the Fall Classic either.

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Rose (64) peaking just ahead of the U.S. Open

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:40 pm

A former U.S. Open champion appears to be finding his form just three weeks ahead of the year's second major.

Justin Rose ascended to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Fort Worth Invitational, with rounds of 66-64 pushing him to 10 under par for the week.

Through 36 at Colonial, Rose has marked 12 birdies against just two bogeys.

"Yeah, I did a lot of good things today," Rose said. "I think, you know, the end of my round got a little scrappy, but until the last three holes it was pretty flawless. I think I hit every fairway pretty much and obviously every green to that point. ...

"Yeah, the way I played through, I guess through my first 15 holes today, was about as good as I've played in a long time."

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Rose won in back-to-back weeks last fall, stunning Dustin Johnson at the WGC-HSBC Championship and riding that victory right into another at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Now the 2013 U.S. Open winner at Merion feels himself once again rounding into form ahead of this year's Open at Shinnecock. A final-round 66 at The Players gave Rose something to focus on in his recent practice sessions with swing coach Sean Foley, as the two work to shore up the timing of Rose's transition into the downswing.

As for his decision to tee it up at Colonial for the first time since 2010, "It was more the run of form really," Rose explained. "I feel like if I didn't play here it was going to be a little spotty going into the U.S. Open. I felt like I wanted to play enough golf where I would have a good read on my game going into Shinnecock.

"So rather than the venue it was more the timing, but it's obviously it's just such a bonus to be on a great layout like this."

For whatever reason, Rose does tend to play his best golf at iconic venues, having won PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village, Aronimink, Cog Hill, Doral, Merion and Congressional.

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Koepka (63): Two wrist dislocations in two months

By Nick MentaMay 25, 2018, 8:19 pm

Brook Koepka's journey back from a wrist injury that kept him out four months hasn't been totally smooth sailing, even if his play has suggested otherwise.

Koepka on Friday fired a 7-under 63 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for third, three shots behind leader Justin Rose through the end of the morning wave at the Fort Worth Invitational.

After a slow start Thursday saw him play his first 13 holes 3 over, Koepka is 10 under with 11 birdies in his last 23 holes at Colonial.

"It doesn't matter to me. I could care less. I'm still going to try as hard as I can," Koepka said. "I don't care how many over or how many under I am. Still going to fight through it."

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Just like he's been fighting his wrist the last two months or so. Koepka reinjured his wrist the Wednesday of The Players when he was practicing on the range and had to halt mid-swing after a golf cart drove in front of him. He nonetheless managed to finish T-11.

And that's not the only issue he's had with that wrist during his return.

"We had a bone pop out of place. I didn't tell anybody, but, yeah, they popped it back in," Koepka admitted Friday. "Luckily enough we kind of popped it back into place right away so it wasn't stiff and I didn't have too, too many problems.

"Yeah. I mean, I've dislocated my wrist twice in the last two months. You know, different spots, but, I mean, it's fun. I'll be all right."

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Twitter spat turns into fundraising opportunity

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 6:30 pm

Country music star Jake Owen, along with Brandt Snedeker, has turned a spat on Twitter into a fundraising campaign that will support Snedeker’s foundation.

On Thursday, Owen was criticized during the opening round of the Tour’s Nashville Golf Open, which benefits the Snedeker Foundation, for his poor play after opening with an 86.

In response, Snedeker and country singer Chris Young pledged $5,000 for every birdie that Owen makes on Friday in a campaign called NGO Birdies for Kids

Although Owen, who is playing the event on a sponsor exemption, doesn’t tee off for Round 2 in Nashville until 2 p.m. (CT), the campaign has already generated interest, with NBC Sports/Golf Channel analyst Peter Jacobsen along with Tour player Zac Blair both pledging $100 for every birdie Owen makes.

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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

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